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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

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It becomes more apparent each year with the HERC Job Seeker Survey that providing employees with a flexible work environment is one of the key drivers of employee recruitment and retention. The 2022 HERC Job Seeker Survey clearly displays that employees are seeking work environments that value the employee as a whole person, which includes considering their needs outside the office. Our Spartans are not only employees, they are also parents, caregivers, spouses, and so much more! WorkLife issues affect every one of our employees and are undoubtedly a DEI issue, as the caregiving role disproportionately falls on women and especially women of color.  
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An Employee Resource Group is a free employee-led group (open to all MSU employee types including faculty, academic, and support staff and their families) that fosters inclusivity and builds community for those with common lived experiences by providing group discussion and learning opportunities, programming, and platforms for sharing resources.
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It can be a hard road sometimes.  Patience, grace, and working to achieve balance help, but there are days when it can be challenging to do that.  To help with those feelings, I work on trying to stay in the moment, one day at a time, and trying to not get too far ahead of myself.  I’ve received support and advice from therapists, family, and friends which has helped greatly.  
The WorkLife Office is honored to work alongside talented and dedicated MSU students each year through our Internship Program.

This year, we have the pleasure of welcoming 6 students to our team! These students will focus their time on work-life projects, research, family and caregiving program coordination, and many of our monthly events. Help us give a warm welcome to these outstanding students and change-makers.

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

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

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

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...