spear-thin-green.png
Vision

MSU supports all of its faculty and staff to connect and navigate multiple roles throughout workplace, career and life transitions.

Mission

The WorkLife Office partners with the community to create an inclusive, responsive work environment where all faculty and staff are respected and supported toward well-being in work and personal lives.

Values 

Reflecting MSU's values of quality, inclusiveness and connectivity, the WorkLife Office strives for excellence, equity and synergy.

spear-thin-green.png

Services & Resources

News

The WorkLife Office is committed to honoring your work and personal lives.  We do that in many ways: programs, consultations, educational sessions, and recognizing that your life and families are important.  There are many Spartans working at MSU and community members who have diverse backgrounds and experiences.  This series will provide the opportunity to learn from each other about each other.
Michigan Regional Higher Education Recruitment Consortium logo
The Midwest HERC Collaborative’s Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting on October 14, 2020, “Diversity, equity and inclusion strategies for virtual recruitment & interviewing,” provided expert guidance, new tools and resources, and input from regional colleagues on how to proactively reduce unconscious bias and increase diversity in our virtual recruitment and interviewing efforts.
shoes walking on sidewalk covered in leaves
MSU faculty and staff have experienced many challenges during COVID-19. Layoffs, furloughs, working from home challenges, working on campus with new protocols, and returning work to campus challenges are some examples. In addition, many employees are managing the pressures of working from home with children, overseeing online school, and caretaking duties of children and/or elders in  new ways. Even if we have found the silver linings, the stress associated with the unknown during these unprecedented times are taking their toll. 
Workplace Bullying
The WorkLife Office has increased focus on workplace bullying in many ways including its Annual Conference, new website, and bringing more awareness to the phenomenon that impacts many people in many places.

Upcoming Events

Latest Podcast

Guest host Carly Kabel from the MSU College of Arts and Letters discusses the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium with Ian Reynolds, Executive Director, and Maranda Holtsclaw, Michigan Regional Director. After you listen, visit hercjobs.org

"Name It, Aim It, Claim It"

The WorkLife Office team has the privilege of Melissa Staub from the College of Arts and Letters coaching us on StrengthsFinder. Melissa joins us for the first "virtual" edition of the WorkLife Podcast.

"Feeling more like I was in control of the work I was doing"

Erica Venton, Marketing Manager for the Office of the Provost Communications Team, shares some of the new practices she has inserted into her worklife to help her improve her experience.

Latest Webinars

The aim for this session is to foster thinking processes that fathers can use to make stronger family connections in a relaxed but informative interactive session.

Purpose:

The goal is to share tool that fathers can use to frame their own thinking and conversation goals to help their children live their best lives.

Outcomes: In this session participants will learn:

1. Three cognitive behavioral approaches for productive conversations with children and spouses.

2. A deeper understanding of connection and the different roles fathers can play in their children’s lives.

3. How to help children focus on goals and values to establish trust and encourage stronger communication.

Toxic work environments, including instances of bullying and incivility, are highly prevalent in higher education.  Workplace climate and culture, at an institutional level, can affect the lived experience of individual employees.  Levels of safety and trust vary, resulting in different work environments within the same institution. This conference will address bullying, incivility in the workplace, and bystander intervention.

This presentation is designed to provide insight on common issues surrounding remote work while additionally highlighting practical tools and sharing relevant experience as both a supervisor and a staff member.

Learning Objectives:
Answers to common questions and how to address stereotypes about remote work
How to develop an effective remote work plan that works for supervisors, employees, and the University.
Methods for tracking productivity in a remote work scenario
How to build trust as a supervisor and an employee in a remote environment

Speakers: Jaimie Hutchison, Deputy Director with MSU WorkLife Office and Wayne Hutchison, MBA Program

Jaimie Hutchison from the MSU WorkLife Office presents on Work-Life fit. In our fast-paced world, what is the secret to balancing all of our responsibilities? Well, there is no secret or fix-all answer, but there are strategies and tactics for helping to manage it all. In this interactive session, learn tips for striking a "balance" that works for you and your unique blend of responsibilities.

This is a very important webinar to support diversity at MSU and your interest is key to that goal. Panelists will be asked to speak to the religious experience of Spartans and others in the community so that we can learn from each other. That's the main goal: Learn from and with each other. Some general topics may include prayer schedules, holidays, locations to places of worship, and other cultural elements (norms, beliefs, values) that intersect with work.

Latest Blog

Barbara Roberts, Ph.D, Director, WLO

An opportunity for profoundly positive culture change has landed in our laps with the onset of COVID-19 restrictions.

By Barbara Roberts
A consistent set of principles, key questions or values goes a long way in clarifying complex decisions. When we get back to primary principles, and away from personal circumstances, we can make better decisions.I like what Fisher and Ury say in "Getting to Yes," at the Harvard Negotiation Project: "Separate the people from the problem. Be soft on the people and hard on the problem.” If we can identify the “problem” or the challenge as the work that must be done on campus, independent of the people initially, we can solve the problem better together and protect the people.

By Barbara Roberts
Working in this medium for hours on end is not good for the health we are trying so hard to preserve! Let’s be intentional about how we pace ourselves, and we will last longer in the end. We are all learning to function in a new medium, which takes energy in terms of attention, concentration, learning in real time while doing, and learning without hands-on, in-person supports.

By Barbara Roberts
A supervisor during my occupational therapy internship in spinal cord rehab taught me, with only a little tongue-in-cheek, that “Position in life is everything...”; that is, the physical position you are in to do any task affects your safety, comfort, endurance and effectiveness for the task. Earlier in life, when learning to use a hammer effectively, instead of whacking the nail at some odd angle, my father taught me to “Get your [backside] behind you.” Good advice when positioning to exert force. Position matters.

By Jaimie Hutchison
Social distancing is the important strategy of physically separating ourselves from one another to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus. Social isolation, on the other hand, is often physically isolating ourselves (which we are doing) AND emotionally isolating ourselves, which we cannot afford to do.

Publications

Cover of the WorkLife Guide, For MSU Facutly and Staff
This WorkLife Guide will help connect you to the breadth of resources available to you on campus and in the community for your work and personal lives. Whether you are a faculty member, support staff, or administrator, your ability to navigate your work and personal lives compatibly will help you be a productive, satisfied, successful, and healthy member of the MSU community.
Things to Do at MSU cover
This activity guide assists all families in exploring their community and helps them become acquainted with this rich environment. Whether you are an MSU faculty, staff or student or a community member, you will find activity information for people of all ages on campus and in the Greater Lansing area.
Screenshot of the new email newsletter format of WorkLife Connections
The MSU WorkLife Office newsletter features articles, events and resources that help keep you in touch with information on campus and beyond.

Outstanding Supervisor Award

Web-Homepage-Graphic550.jpg The Outstanding Supervisor Award honors MSU supervisors who have consistently demonstrated work/life sensitivity and support of the professional/personal needs of the employees in their unit. Read more...