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Welcome to the WorkLife Office at MSU

Michigan State University is committed and offers to its faculty and staff an excellent and supportive work place. However, balancing one's multiple roles is a struggle for all of us. Organizing your professional life in order to have the time you need to attend to family can be one of the most difficult challenges that we face over the course of our careers. This central website provides comprehensive, "one-stop," information regarding policies, practices, programs, events, and resources pertaining to all aspects of WorkLife at MSU. It is designed to help you organize your personal and professional life so that you can focus on being your most creative and productive self. Our goal is to continue to attract and retain excellent faculty and staff, and to create a community where all can be successful. One way of achieving this goal is by explicitly supporting your efforts to fulfill your work life responsibilities.

Making Work and Life Compatible

Photo of Barbara RobertsManaging our work and personal lives presents ongoing challenges, and the WorkLife Office is being developed to support you throughout your career span at MSU. We appreciate the many dynamics that contribute to the life experiences of our university community. Needs surrounding five areas are addressed through the WorkLife Office.

Barbara Roberts
Executive Director, WorkLife Office,
Michigan State University


The Michigan State University WorkLife Office was founded in 2016 and provides a one-stop destination for your lifespan and career/professional life questions. The staff of the office can help facilitate success in your many roles and can offer guidance in creating synergy between those responsibilities.

We are here for you.

The WorkLife Office accomplishes our mission by offering guidance and education in five areas:

  1. Career Transitions: For faculty or staff, career transition concerns may include: tenure clock stoppage for parental leave; taking on a new role at MSU; advancing or changing careers; among others. The WorkLife Office offers consultation and connects you to seminars and workshops to assist in these matters.
  2. Relocation & Community Connections: If you are new to Michigan State, the Greater Lansing area, Michigan or the United States, the WorkLife Office can help connect you to campus and community resources. Even if you aren’t new to the area, we have plenty of ways to help you locate and access the resources you need.
  3. Family Care: Resources include, but are not limited to, consultation to determine the best care for you and your family’s needs; identifying emergency childcare; sharing best practices for elder care.
  4. Workplace Assistance: We offer guidance for talking with supervisors about flexible work arrangements, recommendations for resolving conflict in the workplace, and identifying MSU policies which may apply to your workplace setting, among others.
  5. Research: We provide access to cutting-edge research about best practices for work-life synergy and develop research specific to MSU’s community.

We know these elements must be recognized and respected in the context of changing demands of both the workplace and home. The WorkLife Office is a resource-rich place of creativity, inclusion, safety, and information, I hope this website will help you find the supports you need to manage your work and personal lives in synergy, and not in competition. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, suggestions or concerns while we work with the community to create a place that supports you in all your roles, and fosters a place you want to be in. 

Honoring your work and personal lives!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What do your faculty and staff do when their child’s daycare is closed at the last minute?
  2. What if their aging parent’s caregiver is out sick?
  3. Where does a faculty or staff member find care for their child who is mildly ill, but too sick to return to school?

The WorkLife Office has recently expanded our backup dependent care options for MSU staff, faculty, and students with dependents, thanks to feedback from the MSU community.

Currently, the WorkLife Office subsidizes backup dependent care for up to five days or 40 hours per child or dependent of MSU faculty, staff, and students, per fiscal year. This is backup dependent care, meaning this service is to be used when one’s typical childcare or eldercare provider is not available during the employee’s business hours. If an MSU community member has several children or dependents they may reserve care for each dependent on different days. A total of five, eight-hour days, or 40 hours per child or dependent, will be subsidized. Details and conditions of each care provider’s service are on the WorkLife website.