How can employees be supported in finding a balance with work and personal life?

Tools, Forms, Checklists, etc.


Tools, Forms, Checklists, etc.

EAP Kit for Managers and Supervisors

UCI Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Parenting Resources Lactation Stations
Info, How To, and FAQ's Policies, Procedures, Laws, Contacts
How to Implement Alternate and Flexible Work Schedules UC Policy PPSM-84: Accommodations for Nursing Mothers 


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • Supervisors should look at the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) as a tool to keep personal issues from spilling over into the workplace or unduly affecting employee behavior and performance.
  • Consider an EAP referral when an employee’s performance is unacceptable and there are clear indications that personal factors are involved.  Some signs to watch out for:
    • Personality changes
    • Work behavior changes
    • Negative co-worker relations
    • Physical changes
    • Out of the office/away from desk
    • High accident rate
    • Drinking/drug use, etc.
    • An employee can engage with the EAP through self-referral, informal referral, or formal management referral.

Alternate/Flexible Work Schedules

  • Employees have the option for alternate work schedules or flex time.
    • An alternate work schedule may allow for a better balance of work life and home life; however, it must also result in a continuation of high quality service to customers.

Parenting Support

  • UC Irvine offers a variety of resources to help employees navigate parenthood, including classes for expecting parents, new parents and parents of young children.
  • A lactation station is available for the campus community, where nursing mothers can breastfeed or pump for their child in a quiet, comfortable, secure room.


  • A decision to refer an employee to EAP should be made in conjunction with HR.
  • It is NOT the supervisor’s job to be a professional counselor or best friend to the employee.
    • Getting involved in the employees’ personal issues can cloud supervisor judgment and make it difficult to treat everyone in a fair, consistent and objective manner.
  • Consult HR for alternate/flexible work schedule implementation
  • Supervisors who receive a lactation accommodation request will work, as needed, with an HR representative or the location’s breastfeeding support program representative to identify available appropriate space and determine a break schedule.

Common Wellness Questions


The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free, confidential benefit that can help address personal or work-related issues faced by UCI faculty, staff, retirees and dependents. This service, staffed by experienced clinicians, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A Guidance Resource Professional will help with problem identification, assessment and referral to treatment providers and community resources.

An alternate work schedule is a variation of the standard 5 day / 40 hour work schedule. It may include a 9/80, a 4/40, or other combination.

Flex time allows for some daily, weekly, or monthly variation. Start and end times are flexible hours other than the standard 8:00 to 5:00 work-day.

Lactation Accommodation Policy – California employers are required to make reasonable efforts to provide break time and space for employees who are nursing their infants to express milk during work hours.