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Our Community: Engaging to Move Forward
“Our Community” conversations provided an opportunity for participants to express feelings about issues, points of ongoing pride, personal and professional care strategies, and hopes and suggestions for the future of MSU.
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This academic year, the WorkLife Office has been exploring the changing world of work. Work has changed significantly over time, including the type of work most of us engage in everyday, the ways in which we complete our tasks, and even the location where we do our jobs.
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The summer months on campus often mean fewer parking headaches, shorter lines at our favorite restaurants, and better weather for enjoying nature. It can also mean shifts in the demands of our schedules and the projects and work we are expected to complete. With the ebb and flow of the summer semester, it might be the perfect time to pilot a flexible work arrangement.
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Michigan State University is proud to participate in the national Take Your Child to Work Day event on Thursday, April 26, 2018. This year’s theme is "Spartans of Positive Change." Tours and career exploration activities are held across MSU to help our next generation imagine all of the possibilities they can explore for their future careers! The full Tour Guide is available to help you plan your day.
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This month's FlexWorx Column explores the importance of understanding your, and your coworkers', work style. When considering flexible work arrangements and working as a team, flex/work style is a critical component of the puzzle. The column will also help you consider how to create work-life boundaries that can contribute to a healthy work-life fit.
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The summer months have a tendency to sneak up, leaving some of us scrambling to find care for kids - or better yet, fun activities to keep their minds and creativity engaged over the summer. Luckily, there are many options in the Greater Lansing community to help you prevent the summer-month-scramble. From summer camps to in-home care, discover the best fit for you and your family.
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Not only is April National Mental Health Month, it's National Hope Month. WorkLife Office Executive Director Barbara Roberts shares some of the emotional and physical benefits of gardening.
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Lori Strom, Lifespan and Family Services Coordinator at the WorkLife Office is retiring at the end of March. Lori has been at Michigan State University for over 20 years, previously serving as the Coordinator of the Family Resource Center. She has impacted countless lives, especially by supporting and advocating for students, faculty, staff (and yes, even sometimes community members) juggling work, life, and family responsibilities.
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Discussions on sexual assault and relationship violence in the news, in the community, and at work may prompt painful memories or complex emotions for you and your colleagues. The WorkLife Office can help you approach difficult conversations with coworkers, supervisors, family and friends and help connect you with resources during this troubling time.
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Michigan State University recently became the first university to receive a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Award from the Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBFN). MSU was awarded the MIBFN’s Silver Workplace Award for going “above and beyond the law’s requirements to provide workplace support to their breastfeeding employees.”