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


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.


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


Services & Resources


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To say this past year has been challenging is an understatement. As the pandemics continue to impact our personal lives, many educators are exhausted, stressed, and overworked. Some are burned out. The constant “pivoting”, adapting, working more, differently and harder has taken its toll. Selfcare is not the usual ‘go to’ for educators who are inclined to help others. But research, science, experience, stories tell us taking time for ourselves [including listing to a podcast!] is very important. We invite you to experience …  m
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MSU faculty, staff and administrators were asked to provide thoughts and stories about working outside of their country of origin.
Explore HERC’s free career resources to get help with career planning, networking, leadership, and access to other professional development articles and webinars.
MSU their place to embark on new experiences. Change isn’t easy and it often comes with lots of questions. The WorkLife Office has been reaching out to incoming faculty and staff to help connect to resources, services and answer questions. The WorkLife Office team is also available for candidates to be able to learn more about the work, life, family and culture at MSU, or may be referred by a supervisor or academic leader in order to provide candidates with more thorough information on the university.

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

Julia Shine, a BASW intern at the MSU WorkLife Office, will be presenting a photovoice project that focuses on international faculty and staff sharing their transition experiences to the United States.

MSU faculty and staff members share their experiences of transitioning to the United States from their international home. Through a written story and a meaningful photograph, they describe their experience navigating new systems, embracing new traditions, the feeling of living in two different worlds, and finding a sense of belonging in their new home at Michigan State.

Assertiveness is one of the most important skills women need for stepping into their power, reclaiming their lives, and establishing boundaries and self-care practices. Despite its importance, assertiveness is often misunderstood as aggression, acting like a man, being mean or being disrespectful. This talk will debunk the myths about what assertiveness is and is not. By the end of this session, participants will have the resources needed for growing their assertiveness skills so they can build self-care practices and unleash the full depths of their power.


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Angela Zell, Service Manager III, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities 

Hear our Spartan Fathers discuss the challenges and rewards of being "girl dads!"

Join IPF expert, Eric Doolittle, to learn more about seasonal outdoor maintenance.

Latest Blog

Starting with a news story from the BBC, we unpack the pressures of work and how they intersect with personal identities.

The WorLife Office is a strong advocate for support for Spartans who are caregivers - faculty, staff and students all benefit from the backup dependent care program, for example.  We appreciate the struggles, we see the challenges, and we are here for you.

As people who value strong community and equitable practices, we too condemn the misleading rhetoric and destructive behavior recently seen on Capitol Hill.

WorkLife Office Executive Director Barbara Roberts shares a message to start the new year.

Deb Martinez is Deputy Director of the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE). She has a drastic and positive effect as a supervisor and a leader in the Office of Institutional Equity. Martinez is an asset to MSU, a role-model, and a passionate and developmental member of the OIE team.


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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.
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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.
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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...