Office of the Ombudsman

Confidential - Neutral - Independent - Informal

4. May I use work time to get help in resolving a work-related issue?

For the most part, yes.  To use official work time to visit the Employee Assistance Program, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, or the NIH Office of the Ombudsman, you must first obtain approval from your supervisor.  We understand, however, that some employees may not wish to inform their supervisors they are visiting the Office of the Ombudsman.  We will work with you to find a time to meet that is outside your official work time, such as early in the morning, later in the afternoon, or at lunchtime.