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Anti-harassment Resources in the Time of COVID-19

As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, we are encountering disruptions and changes in our daily lives both at work and at home. These changes bring new and unique stressors that may prove difficult to manage and be detrimental to one’s mental health. Moreover, these virus-related stressors may impact our interactions with one another. It is important, more than ever, to ensure we are all taking the necessary measures to protect our mental and overall well-being. In taking time for self-care, you are better able to maintain civility in the workplace and at home.

To help you weather these difficult times, we wanted to highlight some useful resources offered across the agency and beyond:

NIH Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Federal EAP: These programs offer counseling and coaching services for NIH and federal employees, respectively


NIH Office of the Ombudsman: This office provides a full range of dispute resolution programs and services for all employees at the NIH.


NIH Civil Program: This program seeks to foster civility throughout the NIH. It offers resources and tools to report and cope with harassment, workplace incivility, domestic violence, and more.


NIH Guidance for Staff on Coronavirus: This employee intranet page was developed for NIH employees and contains useful information related to COVID-19, including guidance on telework/leave and resources on coping with stress.


WebEx Etiquette: A useful tip sheet on how to best compose oneself on work-related teleconferences



The NIH OD Anti-harassment Champions have also created an OD Anti-harassment intranet page: The page includes blogs, listings of anti-harassment training opportunities, outreach plans, and committee members.

In addition, we also strongly encourage you to tune into any upcoming NIH Virtual Town Hall meetings. These virtual town halls provide coronavirus-related updates from NIH leadership to the NIH community, including the agency’s activities in response to the pandemic. Recordings of past virtual town halls are available on the intranet page.