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Recently a friend asked me for recommendations on productivity techniques and resources. Pulling links to some my favorites I came across a video featuring, “The Highlight” and it sparked the reminder of a conversation with John Zeratsky, co-author of the book “Make Time”, whose strongest recommendation was to choose a highlight for each day.
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Clutter represents more than an inconvenience. It has a real physiological effect on the human brain, to such an extent that even seeing clutter can cause the stress hormone cortisol to spike. 
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Why are family friendly policies so important? What value do caregivers bring to the workforce? In the US workforce, 17% are caregivers for adults over the age of 18 and 33% of the workforce are parents of children under 18 who live at home.  One third to one half of the entire workforce have a caregiving role.
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Do you remember the “BBC Dad,” Robert Kelly reporting from home on international relations in a live interview when his toddler came marching in behind him playing an imaginary instrument and his younger child came cruising through the door in their walker? This video went viral in 2017 and had a resurgence during COVID when many people found themselves working from home with their children at home as well. Why did it go viral in 2017 and again in 2020? Because so many of us could relate.
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There are lots of hours in a day and it's ok to take a few for you. MSU offers Dependent Care Support for children and elders through a couple of different subsidy options. Book a few hours or a whole work day of care when you need it. 
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Before becoming the executive director of MSU’s WorkLife Office, Dr. Barbara Roberts held the title of human rights director at the University of New Brunswick, where she was charged with addressing workplace bullying. 
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So, we’re home with our children, and we are limited in what outings we can do. So now what? How do we keep our kids active at home? How do we keep them engaged in learning? How do we come out of this summer feeling like we did our best, especially as we may be working from home at the same time?
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The MSU WorkLife Office is proud of the work our student interns and staff members provide to the MSU community. With a small staff, our students allow us to expand our reach while providing a learning opportunity for students in their areas of study. Throughout this year, our students have been valuable members of our team whose growth and commitment to learning have been evident. Join us in wishing these students all the best as they reach the next steps in their education and careers. 
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Typically at MSU we welcome children to campus to experience the many different career options available either within the campus community or through the education achieved here. Over the past year kids have gotten a unique experience with watching the adults in their lives handling work - some at home and some still traveling to locations. In lieu of Take Your Child to Work Day, we asked the kids what they think about their parents jobs.
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Did you know one of the focus areas of the MSU WorkLife Office is connecting people to the MSU community and surrounding community where you work?