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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 Whole-Person Workplace Column aims to embrace and encourage the whole person workplace. We honor who our employees are inside and outside of work in the multiple roles they have in their lives. To that end, we are offering monthly features that include a wide range of MSU faculty, academic staff, and support staff, including their lives, hobbies, and motivations outside of work. This month, we are highlighting MSU employees that are engaged in different physical activities. Read more about how Brian Egan and Charlie Liu cemented a friendship through the discipline required for running. Also featured: Jeanne Stebleton, who learned patience from running ultra-marathons, including a 100-mile marathon, and Amy Holda, who competes in obstacle course competitions! Are you interested in sharing your whole person story? Contact us at worklife@msu.edu.
Employee resource groups can help establish meaningful relationships and enhance a genuine sense of community, which can increase employee morale and satisfaction. These groups can also help create an inclusive and engaging company culture, benefitting both the employer and employee greatly. 
According to a national survey conducted for the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP Public Policy Institute, 40 million Americans are providing care for an adult family member or friend, yet few of these identify themselves as caregivers. A family caregiver can be someone caring for a spouse or parent, an adult child with disabilities or health conditions, an extended family member, or even a friend or neighbor.
The Whole-Person Workplace Column aims to embrace and encourage the whole person workplace. We honor who our employees are inside and outside of work in the multiple roles they have in their lives. To that end, we are offering monthly features that include a wide range of MSU faculty, academic staff, and support staff, including their lives, hobbies, and motivations outside of work. This month, we are highlighting MSU employees that are engaged in different physical activities. Read more about how Brian Egan and Charlie Liu cemented a friendship through the discipline required for running. Also featured: Jeanne Stebleton, who learned patience from running ultra-marathons, including a 100-mile marathon, and Amy Holda, who competes in obstacle course competitions! Are you interested in sharing your whole person story? Contact us at worklife@msu.edu.

Upcoming Events

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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 Parent Talk System, a parenting workshop authored by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, is designed to improve communication and provide practical strategies for raising confident, caring, responsible children. This class is meant for parents of kids from toddlers to teens and will explore the following topics:

- Eliminating unwanted behavior
- Setting limits
- Teaching about consequences
- Giving effective feedback
- Promoting independence
- Developing character

In Michigan, there are over 13,000 children in foster care and the number of homes willing to care for these vulnerable children is dwindling. Watch this webinar to learn more about Michigan’s foster children and how you can help!

DID YOU KNOW?
- Foster Parents can be single
- Foster Parents do not need previous parenting skills
- Foster Parents can live in apartments
- Foster Parents can work full-time Foster Parents come in all ages (minimum of age 21)
- Foster Children have their own medical insurance.
- Foster Parents can choose the age, gender, race/culture of a child they would be most comfortable parenting.

The Parent Talk System, a parenting workshop authored by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, is designed to improve communication and provide practical strategies for raising confident, caring, responsible children. This class is meant for parents of kids from toddlers to teens and will explore the following topics:

- Eliminating unwanted behavior
- Setting limits
- Teaching about consequences
- Giving effective feedback
- Promoting independence
- Developing character

The Parent Talk System, a parenting workshop authored by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, is designed to improve communication and provide practical strategies for raising confident, caring, responsible children. This class is meant for parents of kids from toddlers to teens and will explore the following topics:

- Eliminating unwanted behavior
- Setting limits
- Teaching about consequences
- Giving effective feedback
- Promoting independence
- Developing character

WNA Presents: Upgrade Your View - Vision Board Exclusive! This video features Regina Carey, Impact Coach & Passion Instigator, for a special hands-on, virtual event for building vision boards!

Regina leads the session, starting with a quick meditation exercise before walking participants through vision boarding concepts and how to create your vision! Ultimately, participants created their own vision board during the 1.5 hour session. Plan to watch the whole thing?! Find a comfortable spot that inspired creativity, find some glue/magazines/scissors, and hit play!

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.

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...