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UWF's goal is to provide employees with a robust selection of benefits to meet their personal needs in dealing with work/life balance issues.

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UWF has established a work-life task force to review work-life policies, benefits, and programs. The members focus on Flexible Work Options (tenure clock extension policy; modified duties policy; family/parental leave policy), and Education and Awareness (support programs for faculty during family transitions; formal policy review and development).

The work-life task force recognizes the varied responsibilities of work and personal life for UWF’s faculty and staff. Research and common experience suggest that work and personal life may conflict with one another, but may also provide synergistic opportunities. A harmonious relationship between work and life promotes individual and organizational well-being. The purpose of the work-life task force is to evaluate and advocate for policies, practices, and services that facilitate an enriching work-life relationship.

Part of the work-life task force's mission is make UWF employees aware of the programs, services, and discounts available to all employees of the university. The information contained herein aims to encapsulate all of the work-life programs made available to staff. Please let us know if there is something new or missing and we will update as appropriate.

The University of West Florida offers many different educational opportunities for employees. Please visit the links below to explore your options.

The University recognizes paid holidays as listed below. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on the following Monday. If it falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday.  

2024 UWF Holidays
2024 Holidays  
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 15, 2024
Declared Holiday Friday, March 29, 2024
Declared Holiday Friday, May 24, 2024
Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2024
Juneteenth Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Independence Day Thursday, July 4, 2024
Declared Holiday Friday, July 5, 2024
Labor Day Monday, September 2, 2024
Veterans Day Monday, November 11, 2024
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 28, 2024
Day after Thanksgiving Friday, November 29, 2024
Winter Holidays Tuesday, December 24, 2024 through Wednesday, January 1, 2025

The Office of Recreation provides a wide variety of recreational activities designed with the University community in mind. The program has six basic areas: Informal Recreation, Aquatics, Fitness/Wellness, Intramural Sports, Outdoor Adventure, and Sport Clubs. For more information, please visit the Office of Recreation, Building 72, Room 269,or call 850-474-2586,or Customer Service at 850-474-2580.

Employee Suggestions

The Program of Incentive for Efficiency (PIE) was established as a way to gather suggestions that save money or create new revenue for the university. Employees may be rewarded up to $25,000 for adopted suggestions depending on the benefit to the university.

Several employees have suggested ideas and have received cash awards. PIE also rewards the employees who implement the suggestion; everyone who is involved in making the suggestion a success, shares in the rewards.

Forms and Instructions

You may also review the PIE charter and committee membership.

In an effort to support nursing mothers, UWF offers an area for individuals needing a private place to express breast milk. The John C. Pace Library provides a private room on the third floor for all faculty, staff, and students. The key to the room can be checked out at the circulation desk with a Nautilus Card. You may call the circulation desk at 850.474.2414 to verify it is available before arriving. Though the key may be checked out for up to two hours, patrons are asked to return it when they have finished using the lactation room so that others may access this space.

The Professional Studies Library also provides a private room in Building 86, room 105. No checkout is required to use the room, and it is available on a first-come-first-served basis. You may call the Professional Studies Library to verify the availability of the room at 850.474.2438.