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Summer 2020 Newsletter -> Announcements

Having a Healthy Mindset

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed our lives. What we once considered “normal” is now a thing of the past. We have had to create new routines while adapting to new environments. These new circumstances not only influence our work and financial circumstances, but our mental and emotional health as well.


Being aware of your mental and emotional health is essential as some of the symptoms can easily be dismissed.


The following coping mechanisms and tips can help during the pandemic:


  • Reach out virtually – call, text, or video chat with family and friends
  • Take care of your physical health – get plenty of sleep, eat healthy, and be active
  • Avoid excessive media coverage
  • Stick to routines or activities you enjoy – make things more predictable
  • Look for ways to help others – check on your neighbors, donate or volunteer with charitable organizations, buy gift cards for local businesses
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Focus on positive thoughts and change your mindset – instead of “This will never end” try “This will pass, and I will have a new appreciation of things I took for granted”
  • Exercise self-compassion – treat yourself like you would treat a friend
  • Write a gratitude list or journal.



Many resources are available providing support and helpful information. Feel free to contact:


  • WorkLifeMatters, SPG’s totally confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    • Refer to additional information in this newsletter
    • 800.386.7055, (Username: Matters, Password: wlm70101)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA)
  • Contra Costa Crisis Center
    • Call 211 or text HOPE to 20121 to speak with or text someone if need emotional support or have questions about community resources
  • 24-hour Behavioral Health Access Line: 1-888-678-7277
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network,

WorkLifeMatters Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Help for What Matters Most

When difficulties in life happen, we may find ourselves feeling lost and helpless. As an SPG employee, you don’t have to face life’s challenges alone. WorkLifeMatters EAP confidentially offers a wide range of services available to you and your family that help promote well-being and enhance the quality of life.


Through WorkLifeMatters, you can access information and resources related to:

  • COVID-19
  • Unemployment
  • Legal and financial
  • Education
  • Lifestyle & Fitness Management
  • Dependent Care & Care Giving
  • Family Life
  • Working Smarter


For 24/7 online access, visit: WorkLifeMatters, username: Matters ,password: wlm70101


Connect to a counselor for unlimited free support services:

Phone: 1-800-386-7055. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Chat:, Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST



An appointment will be scheduled within one business day if more specialized support is needed with a behavioral health, financial or legal specialist. Up to three face-to-face counseling sessions are available free of charge per employee/household per year.

Finally! I legally changed my name. Now, who needs to know?

If you recently changed your legal name, you probably had to jump through hoops, sign forms, pay a fee, etc. Now that your name change is complete, you may be asking “Who needs to know?” SPG, that’s who! It’s important for SPG’s systems to reflect your legal name. Do not fear … updating your name is a breeze!


Your HR Team is here to help you through the name change process. Just follow a few simple steps:

Step 1. Contact with your name change request

Step 2. Provide a secure copy of your new Social Security card reflecting your updated legal name. How?

  • Via secure email:
  • Via fax: 925-945-1768
  • Make an appointment to drop off a copy of your SSN card at SPG’s Walnut Creek office

Step 3. Confirm how you would like to be addressed/known professionally.


Other updates that often coincide with a name change include changing your mailing address, your direct deposit, your tax withholdings, etc. If you have any questions or need assistance, your HR Team is just an email,, or phone call away!