News

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We have recommitted ourselves to building a stronger, more transparent and trustworthy community, through fostering openness, willingness to hear one another’s voices, respect for diverse experiences and support for shared growth. There are conversations happening all over campus about how we want to work together, what kind of community we want to be, and how best to achieve those goals. 
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We understand that backup care is important for your loved ones – children or elders – and want you to choose the right services for your family. Last year, we actively listened to you, and have incorporated some changes to the MSU Backup Dependent Care program. 
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As we move forward in the new year, we are hopeful for the things we want moving forward – whether they’re our dreams or daily moments of joy. The new year brings a sense of empowerment that we can do what we set our mind to - in work and in our personal lives. Take some time today to set the course for the year ahead. 
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The MSU community came together to support several families over the month of December. A need was identified, a message went out over the parent listserv through the MSU WorkLife Office which highlighted the specific needs of the families.  Then the help came rolling in – people began emailing and dropping off items to help these Spartans in need.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration at Michigan State University (MSU) will be observed on January 21, 2019.  This year marks the 39th Annual Celebration at MSU.  The MSU 2019 theme is, Free Speech:  Constitutional Right vs. Respectful Discourse.
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Health and wellness are important to a strong work-life fit. Research shows that when we are stressed, our go-to habit is usually to eat high fat and high sugar foods, which in turn can stress us out even more. If you’d like to stock your fridge with super fresh, and super local veggies this year, check out the MSU Student Organic Farm.
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The holidays are painted to be a magical time for everyone. What about those of us who may have some stress around the holidays? What if this is not the time of year that we celebrate the holidays, yet we can’t avoid them? The truth is, holidays cause stress, whether positive stress, negative stress or a little bit of both.
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For many, this time of year marks the beginning of the Season of Giving. It is during this time that many of us seek opportunities to volunteer.
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What does flexible work look like for faculty? There is no cookie cutter version of a flexible work arrangement that works for everyone – which is both great, and complicated. Part of the role of the WorkLife Office is to help identify those needs and assist in implementing arrangements. 
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As we find ourselves grieving yet another violent hate crime - the shooting of worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh - the WorkLife Office seeks to express again our support for all groups made vulnerable in these challenging times. Violence and exclusion based on religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or any other characteristic has no place in our communities, and certainly not in our MSU community. As we face these challenges together, the WorkLife Office wants to ensure that everyone feels welcome to seek support and assistance from us, and that we are dedicated to making our office a safe space for all community members.