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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Recently a friend asked me for recommendations on productivity techniques and resources. Pulling links to some my favorites I came across a video featuring, “The Highlight” and it sparked the reminder of a conversation with John Zeratsky, co-author of the book “Make Time”, whose strongest recommendation was to choose a highlight for each day.
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Clutter represents more than an inconvenience. It has a real physiological effect on the human brain, to such an extent that even seeing clutter can cause the stress hormone cortisol to spike. 
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Why are family friendly policies so important? What value do caregivers bring to the workforce? In the US workforce, 17% are caregivers for adults over the age of 18 and 33% of the workforce are parents of children under 18 who live at home.  One third to one half of the entire workforce have a caregiving role.
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Do you remember the “BBC Dad,” Robert Kelly reporting from home on international relations in a live interview when his toddler came marching in behind him playing an imaginary instrument and his younger child came cruising through the door in their walker? This video went viral in 2017 and had a resurgence during COVID when many people found themselves working from home with their children at home as well. Why did it go viral in 2017 and again in 2020? Because so many of us could relate.

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

This session discusses respite care and what it is, how it works, the typical associated costs, and also how it can help caregivers.

Taking time away from work is important, both for your work life and your personal life. But you don’t need to travel at all to take advantage of a vacation. Jaimie Hutchison will discuss the value of taking vacation time for both work wellness and personal wellness. Lori Lanspeary will discuss the importance of visitors to a region and the role the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau plays. She will also give tips and tricks on how to make the most of your own staycation. Special guests Nick Little, Director of Railway Education in the MSU Broad College of Business, and Ed Phillips, an MSU University Travel Manager, will also discuss Rail and Ale tours in Michigan and staying local, but not at home, respectively.

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 

Latest Blog

It was with deep sadness and disappointment that I learned of the defacing of The Rock during Pride Month recently. When I came to MSU and learned of the traditions surrounding The Rock, it seemed like a great community-centered forum for expression, an interesting focal point on campus for ideas and engagement. It seemed to be a place for positive expression, where ideas can be expressed safely, without fear of defamation.

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.


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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...