Welcome From the Executive Director


  Barbara Roberts

 Executive Director

Services & Resources


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In November, we often reflect and give thanks or take the time to think about what we are grateful for. For some of us, it is a year-round process. At our house, we talk about the best part of our day and the worst part of our day each night at dinner. We reflect on what we are grateful for. Other people start grateful jars and write something down each day, starting on the first of the year, then review them at the end of the year. No matter what your motivation, or what time of the year you do it, practicing gratitude has a wealth of positive effects on your health, relationships, personality, emotions, and career. 
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Leanne Hancock Hardisty, Research Associate in Earth and Environmental Sciences at MSU provides her insights on being a new parent, breastfeeding and tips for success.
Erin Gorman Outstanding Supervisor Award winner
Each October, MSU’s WorkLife Office honors Michigan State University supervisors who have consistently demonstrated sensitivity to the intersection of their employees’ work and personal lives. Employees from any MSU unit may nominate their supervisors. After the WorkLife Office determines the year’s winners, the festivities begin. The WorkLife Office coordinates with employees in the winners’ work spaces to make each winner’s celebration day special. 
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Being buried under debt makes it tough to save enough for a rainy-day fund or for retirement. On Thursday, Nov. 7, from noon – 1 p.m. WorkLife Office presents Inside Money: Managing Income and Debt with our local TIAA financial consultant, Jessica Burmeister, in the MSU Union, Room 30. Or, attend the same session as a webinar on Friday, Nov. 8, from 9 – 10 a.m. hosted by our local TIAA financial consultant, Ryan Hallowell.

Upcoming Events


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.



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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...