2017 Work Life Office Conference

Changing World of Work

Thursday, October 11, 2017

University Club, Heritage Room

The WorkLife Office-hosted conference, “The Changing World of Work,” focused on the many ways that changes in the work environment, workforce, and ways of doing work in the modern world impact staff and faculty at Michigan State University.

Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. Welcome by Dr. Barbara Roberts
8:40 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Keynote Address by Ellen Galinski
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Workshop Sessions
11:00 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Break
11:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Plenary Session & Panel Discussion

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Keynote Address: Ellen Galinsky

"Creating a Workplace that Works for Employees and Employers

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Ellen Galinsky is the Chief Science Officer for the Bezos Family Foundation and a Senior Research Advisor to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). A trailblazer in the work-family and early childhood fields, as well as co-founder and President of Families and Work Institute, she has written more than 100 books and reports and 300 articles, including Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. In March 2016, Mind in the Making (MITM) became a program of the Bezos Family Foundation. MITM and Vroom are unprecedented efforts to share the science of children’s learning. Since the 1990s, Ms. Galinsky has directed or co-directed the National Study of the Changing Workforce, the most comprehensive ongoing study of the US workforce and the National Study of Employers, also a comprehensive ongoing study tracking trends in employment benefits, policies and practices. She helped to create When Work Works, which provides an award for workplace effectiveness.

Ellen Galinsky is the Chief Science Officer for the Bezos Family Foundation and a Senior Research Advisor to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). A trailblazer in the work-family and early childhood fields, as well as co-founder and President of Families and Work Institute, she has written more than 100 books and reports and 300 articles, including Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. In March 2016, Mind in the Making (MITM) became a program of the Bezos Family Foundation. MITM and Vroom are unprecedented efforts to share the science of children’s learning. Since the 1990s, Ms. Galinsky has directed or co-directed the National Study of the Changing Workforce, the most comprehensive ongoing study of the US workforce and the National Study of Employers, also a comprehensive ongoing study tracking trends in employment benefits, policies and practices. She helped to create When Work Works, which provides an award for workplace effectiveness. 

Ms. Galinsky’s keynote address examined the increasing pressures for productivity in the world of work today, the ways in which technology causes many employees to bring work home, and caregiving responsibilities that continue to demand time and focus. Her presentation explored the ways work has changed over time and how employers are responding to those changes. Based on the findings of the most recent National Study of the Changing Workforce, this presentation also covered the why and how of implementing effective workplaces in today’s work world. Strategies were shared for creating work environments that benefit the employer, while simultaneously honoring the needs of employees.

 

Workshop Sessions

 

Photo of Ellen Galinsky's Workshop Session“Making Work and Life Work for You and Others”

Session description: Delve deeper into the implementation of effective workplaces. Learn the executive function based skills that will help you and/or your team create an optimal and supportive work environment. By examining the common obstacles to achieving our goals, we can design strategies and skills for making work and life work for the entire workplace.

Workshop Objectives:

  • - Identify an achievable goal and the obstacles that get in the way of that goal
  • - Explore executive function based skills
  • - Develop a strategy for creating an effective workplace

Presenter: Ellen Galinsky, Executive Director, Mind in the Making

 

 

Photo of Roger Baldwin Workshop Session“The Changing Meaning of Retirement: Trends, Issues, Innovative Practices”

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Session description: This session will report on trends reshaping traditional approaches to retirement and the alternative pathways people are taking as they redefine what retirement means in their lives.  The presentation will consider the implications of retirement trends for individual retirement planning as well as the implications for human resource policies and practices in a higher education context.  This interactive session will encourage participants to share their distinctive perspectives on retirement issues.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of key factors reshaping the nature of retirement in a dynamic society
  • Learn about innovative retirement policies and programs in higher education institutions
  • Consider the personal and organizational implications of the changing meaning of retirement in the U.S. in general and higher education in particular

Presenter:  Dr. Roger Baldwin, Erickson Distinguished Chair, College of Education

 

“Gen Talk: Understanding Generational Differences”

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Session description: This training is designed to provide people with a chance to get to know and understand themselves and others, illustrate the differences in generational preferences within a group or team, giving people an understanding that there are no right or wrong generational preferences. The training also helps build acceptance and understanding of those with different generational preferences and help groups have fun discovering their generational strengths and blind spots.

Workshop Objectives:

At the end of this training, participants will:

  • Be able to list the generations within their workforce or team
  • Be able to describe differences of each generation as it relates to communication, work ethic, core values, views on feedback and rewards as well as assets and liabilities
  • Be able to explain how generational differences can affect your team

Presenter: Rebecca Rostar, Organizational Change Management Lead and Training Analyst, Lansing Board of Water & Light

 

Plenary & Panel Discussion

“Enhancing Work Productivity: Technology, Time Zones & Telework”

Session description: This discussion will call on the expertise of the panelists to highlight the changing nature of work and how it impacts our work lives.

Panelists: Mevan Jayasinghe, Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations; Patricia Stewart, Director of Instructional Development, Academic Advancement Network; and Sharri Margraves, Associate Director, Human Resources.

 

 

What conference participants said...

  • “This is my first WorkLife Conference and I will come back next year.”

  • “Very interesting research that challenged conventional beliefs.”

  • “Thank you for this opportunity, it’s great for MSU to really begin to think/embrace fostering these issues/needs for a more effective and productive work culture.”

  • “Great conference on a topic that is very important but doesn’t always get the attention it needs. Great ideas for improvements that can be made and how to change the culture.”