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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.

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Services & Resources

News

The challenges and stresses facing parents and caregivers at this time are staggering. With COVID numbers on the rise, schools going online and talks of returns to campus, parents and caregivers are running out of options faster than they can create solutions. That means MSU stands to lose valued employees for lack of childcare resources.
Author: Jeff Hollenbeck, Chief Investment Officer, ACE Financial Advisors
With so many possibilities and avenues to explore, it can be challenging to set-up or organize a game-plan to achieve your financial goals. The most important step is usually the most difficult one, and that’s getting STARTED. It’s one thing to have an idea of ‘what you want’ and ‘when you want it’, but it’s another thing to write them down and put a plan into action.
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For many, the pandemic has shrunk our circles of support. For others, it has magnified our family and couple time adding lots of togetherness. Our relationships outside of our homes have been stressed due to being isolated from one another. This is a huge shift in how we interact. How are your relationships going?
It’s an unpleasant scenario to imagine, but the reality is that very few of us experience a linear, upward-trending income scale throughout the course of our working lives. For one reason or another, it’s likely that we experience at least one year of a drop in wage or salary (or several years of fluctuation) which requires us to be nimble and adaptive. Especially with today’s uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus, the closing & re-opening of the economy, and other societal influences, it’s important to be prepared and set yourself up for success no matter what ‘curveball’ life has to throw at you.

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 presentation will explore wellness resources and opportunities available to the MSU community. There are many chances to engage in programming this fall, and to feel connected to campus no matter where you are. Learn about the MSU units and programs that work to support Spartan health and wellbeing. We will also discuss SMART Goal setting, and complete our own goals sheets. Finally, we’ll take a look ahead to upcoming wellness program opportunities, like the Workplace Walking Challenge. October is both Sustainability Month and Exercise is Medicine Month, so consider taking up a new healthy habit this fall.

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic
Families, businesses, and lives are destroyed in the name of "I'm Doing This For Us". Learn how to build a fail proof family and rebuild what was broken.

The Kinship Care Resource Center (KCRC) is a non-profit organization through the School of Social Work at Michigan State University that serves kinship families across the state of Michigan. Kinship care is the full time care, nurturing and protection of children by relatives, members of their tribes or clans, godparents, stepparents, or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child (Child Welfare League of America, 2011).
Presented by: Tracey DeFeyter, Navigator, Kinship Care Resource Center, MSU School of Social Work

Women's Networking Association and Women of Color Community
State Representative, Sarah Anthony: Leadership and Being a Person of Influence ​

Topic: Multigenerational Families and Grandparents

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. Our educational program aligns with that mission.

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.
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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...