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Each day the MSU WorkLife Office strives to support faculty and staff by honoring the challenges and needs that managing multiple roles cause between our work and family lives. There is no doubt that the demands of work and family issues often seem to be difficult to balance. Part of this is because life is fluid and our needs change as we move through different phases of our lives and careers. 
CATA bus on MSU campus
Along with being known as the “Great Lakes” state, Michigan is also often referred to as the “car state.” As the birthplace of the auto industry, it’s no wonder that so many of us are dependent upon our motor vehicles. In fact, I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I have been known to drive my car two blocks to my neighbor’s house every now and again (don’t judge me). It’s easy to become accustomed to the ease and independence of a car, especially in a state whose culture celebrates the personal vehicle mode of transportation. 
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In the fall of 2018, Provost June Youatt and Executive Vice President for Administrative Services Satish Udpa approved guidelines to support breastfeeding faculty and staff at MSU.
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October is traditionally National Work and Family Month. That’s why we host our annual WorkLife Conference in October.  This year, our conference is entitled “Building Community in a Culture of Change”.
Fall has always felt like the real new year to me. The heat begins to abate and cozy fall clothes come out of the closet. Summer flowers make way for the more hearty autumn foliage, and barbecue menus give way to crisp apples. School starts, with new courses, books, apartments and friends, and as faculty and staff, we gear up to meet the new class and a year full of challenges and triumphs shared, both at home and at work.
Presentations and workshops
The WorkLife Office is proud to have provided the MSU community with over 80 educational opportunities and 342 consultations over the past year. In collaboration with units across the university and in the greater Lansing community, we have focused on fatherhood, the changing world of work, breastfeeding, caregiving and a new approach to back-up dependent care, along with networking, flexible work strategies, retirement options and international newcomer onboarding.
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The role of the WorkLife Office is to support Michigan State’s faculty, academic staff, support staff, and research associates (post-docs); we accomplish this in many unique ways. As we begin a new academic year, we’d like to highlight some of the support services that are offered through our office so you know some of the ways that we are able to assist you.
Jaimie Hutchinson
I am very excited to join the WorkLife Office as the Lifespan and Family Services Coordinator and to be a part of a team that provides support and resources to faculty and staff at MSU. I worked at MSU previously with a dual appointment to James Madison College and the MSU Career Services Network and I am thrilled to be back at MSU, because I am and always have been a Spartan!
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Support from female co-workers may be even more important to new moms who are breastfeeding than getting encouragement from their significant others, close friends and relatives, says a new study.
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.