Wellness Initiative

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. Here you will find general questions regarding the NUNM Wellness Initiative program allowing staff and employees to take one hour a week to promote self-care and wellness at work.  If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please contact us at wellness@nunm.edu

Q:  When I use a Wellness hour, do I need to record it on my timesheet?

A:  No – your Wellness hour each week does not need to be recorded separately on your timesheet. It is an hour that is compensated in the same manner as all your work time and does not need to be tracked in payroll.

Q: Can I skip weekly wellness and “bank” my wellness hours to take a longer time off for a wellness event less frequently? 

A:  No – the intent of the program is to encourage all staff and faculty to take at least one hour a week of paid time to participate in self-care. It is not to be confused with vacation and other paid time off. It cannot be accrued or banked. Note:  While the paid time is sanctioned and must be allowed weekly, the employee must work with your supervisor or manager to be sure the needs of the department are being met.

Q:  Do I need to use the time in one hour increments or can I break it up? 

A:  The program allows you to have one paid hour of time weekly to indulge in activities that help you promote healing, wellness or self-care. If you choose to use the hour in two 30 minute intervals or four 15 minute intervals you are free to do so as long as you work with your supervisor or manager to be sure the needs of the department are being met.

Q:  Can I use my weekly hour to come in to work later or leave earlier? 

A:  The intent of the program is not to alter shifts but instead give staff and faculty permission and opportunity to balance their work week with some time devoted to relaxation and recuperation. If occasionally there is a special program or event that meets that description and you need to leave early or come late to participate, as long as you work out department coverage with your supervisor or department head that is allowed.

Q: How do I set up a group or program on campus that I think will promote wellness and relaxation – like a book club, walking group, yoga class, special lecture, etc.?

Check the NUNM Wellness website on the intranet and under forms there is a document and instructions on how to set up a group here on campus. It is important that new groups or programs are reviewed by the Wellness Committee to be sure they conform with all University policies related to inclusion, diversity and ethics.  Once approved if you need assistance finding a location or space for your planned meeting or event, please contact us at wellness@nunm.edu