UC Santa Barbara strives to live up to our reputation as Santa Barbara’s “Best Place to Work” by supporting faculty, staff, and student employees in the pursuit of a fully integrated life. The university offers programs, policies, referrals and education that enable people to be effective, engaged and satisfied at work, school, and home.  Please note: We do not recommend or endorse any particular non-university resource on this page; however, we do endorse the careful review and evaluation of services that best meet the needs of your family. 

If you need support finding resources for yourself or your family, have resources or events that you would like included, or if you have any feedback about this page, please submit a ticket through HR ServiceNow.  


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(related to COVID-19)


To request a COVID-19 related workplace adjustment related to childcare, an employee should ask their supervisor or Chair. Shira Minerd, Work-Life Resource Coordinator, is available to help employees and supervisors explore solutions that meet everyone's needs, however final determination to provide an adjustment is up to the department based upon operational needs. Please submit a ServiceNow ticket to Employee Services: Work-Life Resources

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WorkLife Events + Workshops


Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - Transitioning to a Post-Pandemic World: an ASAP Collaboration

Global Resources for Remote Work Series

Click on the series above to schedule on behalf of your unit, team, or group. OR ... we can CUSTOMIZE a workshop to meet your department or group needs.

Request a workshop for your department or workgroup!

Email Shira Minerd, work-life resource coordinator, to schedule your workshop: shira.minerd@hr.ucsb.edu

Topics can include

  • Evolving Into the New Normal of Work-Life
  • Productivity & Time Management
  • Childcare Needs & Resources
  • Balancing Everything: School, Family & Career 
  • Work-Life For Supervisors: Moving forward with strength 

Topics are refreshed regularly

Explore WorkLife Resources + Easy Action Steps

Workplace Flexibility

The Work-Life Resource Coordinator can assist both the employee and the department with any non-medical workplace adjustments. Please submit an HR ServiceNow ticket, and review the resources provided below. 

Worklife-Family Resources

Family Resources include Child Care, Summer Camps, backup care, elder care, nutrition and housing information, social support, and policies



Pregnant or expecting a child?   
Request a consultation with the Work-Life Resource Coordinator to review what to expect from your leave process and explore related resources. Please submit an HR ServiceNow ticket  to schedule this initial meeting. 

Announcing New family-friendly options for UC faculty and staff!

 The Pay for Family Care and Bonding (PFCB) program has been approved by President Michael V. Drake, M.D., and will be available as of July 1. Also effective July 1, UC’s new Adoption Assistance Plan will reimburse faculty and staff who are expanding their families through adoption for some of their related expenses.  

Worklife-Lactation Support

Lactation & Breastfeeding. The University of California recognizes the importance and benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and their infants, and is committed to providing the support and resources needed. These services are for all campus constituents who choose to breastfeed or express milk.


Worklife Resources-Health and Wellness

Health & Wellness Resources.  The Work-Life Resources Program partners with other campus organizations and departments to pursue "whole person" wellness for all university employees. UC Santa Barbara has a wide range of programs and services that support our community of faculty, staff and students with work/life concerns.


 UC Living Well provides activities and resources to help faculty, staff and retirees reach their wellness
  goals. For more information, see the UC Living Well website

 Gaucho REC (Recreation & Exercise Classes)

  Free fitness classes for staff at times to fit
  your schedule. Learn more at Shoreline here.  

The UCSB Recreation center offers several programs specifically geared towards Faculty & Staff to keep
  you moving and fit:

  • Walk UCSB
  • Power Walk
  • Fit for Life
  • L.I.F.E. Circuit Class
  • Eat Right UCSB

  Learn More about these staff and faculty wellness programs here

Easy Action Steps

Select any of these easy action steps for work-life
integration + harmony