Employees in Need
We recognize that employees in need will experience a wide range of emotions, behavior and reactions, including extreme anger, frustration, fear, loss of control and helplessness. It is helpful for the supervisor to acknowledge these feelings are valid under such extreme circumstances. It is normal to want to regain control after feeling violated, humiliated and/or scared. Encourage positive action (i.e.: blood drive, donations, volunteering, writing letters to rescue workers, etc) to find a productive and constructive outlet for their feelings.
Discourage expressions of blame of an entire group of people or accusing a class of people based on the actions of a few or the unknown. The truth and answers will be found in the facts and not in assumptions or rumors.
In the event an employee confides in you regarding a perceived or actual threat of violence, please know that we take these concerns very seriously and they will be handled accordingly. If at any time you feel you or any member of the Rice Community is in danger, please contact RUPD at x6000 or Human Resources at x4755 or x4791. Don’t try to handle it on your own – call for help.
The Employee Assistance Program (UTEAP) is a resource available to assist all employees and their dependents that may wish to speak with a trained counselor. The employee may contact UTEAP directly at 1-800-346-3549. If emotional behavior continues, the supervisor should contact Employee Relations for assistance in how to best address the concern.
Helpful Resources for Employees in Need
- Emergency Loan Program
- Disability Support Services
- Domestic Violence
- HIV/AIDS Workplace Guidelines
- Houston Area Women’s Center
- Identity Theft
- Reporting Illegal or Unethical Behavior
- Worker’s Compensation
- Earned Income Tax Credit
- Rice University Crisis Management Team