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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

In a year when countless work-life issues have been in the spotlight, including: working remotely from home, working in person during the unknown and navigating risks, navigating childcare, navigating eldercare, navigating well-being at home and at work, navigating isolation and extraordinary changes, you have stepped up. I know how much you have overcome and how much you are still navigating. I have been inspired by the commitment and resilience of our Spartans. Our faculty and staff have risen to the occasion of navigating a global pandemic the best they could. I feel grateful for having led the WorkLife Office and a team of students who have stepped up to help us keep our programs going over the past 5 months and assisting in the leadership the 7 months prior of 2021. Thank you, Spartans.
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It is no secret that the recent COVID-19 pandemic has influenced lives around the world in countless ways that have yet to be discovered. One of these new concerns that doctors have begun to document is a heavy increase in insomnia, a chronic difficulty with sleeping, and restless sleep, a seemingly universal problem. Although the research on this phenomenon is not fully established, there are many things that individuals can do now to combat these sleep issues without medical intervention. In an unpredictable and constantly changing world, it is more important than ever that health and wellness should come first. 
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It is easy to focus on what is lost - time, people, opportunity, warm weather. The close of the year brings twenty something different holidays, depending on your religion, culture, and family birthday schedule. While these holidays are a reason to pause and celebrate, they can also be a reflection of happier moments. 
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Outstanding supervisors are important because they truly transform a workplace. In these difficult times, working can feel strenuous, stressful, and there can be a lack of morale among employees. A supportive supervisor who brings balance to the office is incredibly beneficial for all workers. 

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

Learn about best practices and procedures for reducing potential bias in the screening and interview process and obtain tools for increasing understanding and self-awareness.

When navigating the increased challenges and responsibilities of caregiving it is easy to become disoriented and to feel a bit unmoored.   Developing psychological flexibility and being clear about what matters most can help you find your way forward and allow you to respond to the challenges with value guided behavior.

A woman alone has power; collectively we have impact. By raising each other up and through the power of collaboration is how we will move forward, together, as women in the workforce. This panel will address how these women have experienced being lifted up by other women and how they lift other women up around them. How do you find your people? How do you amplify the voices of other women? What can you do, intentionally, to support the women around you?

We all live in a web of accountabilities. We have multiple demands that must be prioritized and addressed at work. Added to these, are the accountabilities that stem from our personal lives. The past year and a half has made many employees and employers readjust their priorities. Moreover, our ways of doing work (e.g., remotely or in a hybrid model) have changed in ways that we did not expect, and how we do work continues to evolve. These changes may bring stress. However, they also create an opportunity for employees and their bosses to reinvent how we structure work. This session offers tips that will be useful for both employees and bosses to utilize to (re)structure work, prioritize work, and manage competing demands in a way that is conducive to both the productivity and the long-term wellbeing of employees.

For 5 million years, our ancestors lived outdoors, but with the advent of the Industrial Revolution, humans began to live their lives inside. Today, most of the population of the United States spend less than 5% of their day outside. In our society, constant exposure to artificial light, chemical, electromagnetic and air and noise pollution are directly linked to the epidemic of stress and chronic disease. Forest therapy, also known as shinrin yoku, (Japanese for 'forest bathing') improves physical and mental health through awakening the senses by foraging mindfulness in nature. Learn more about forest bathing and how to engage in this therapeutic experience where people encounter and embody the whole of who they are.

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

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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...