As we reflect on work-life month being observed at MSU in October, it is a good time to reflect back. In 1993, a group of about 20 women interested in and working with work life issues came together. They later called themselves the “founding femmes” of the College and University Work-Life Family Association (CUWFA). Among these women was a Michigan State University employee who was a founding member of CUWFA. Over the past 29 years, MSU has played a significant role in this professional organization on a consistent basis.  
Advancing a university-wide caregiving program remains a high, institutional-level priority. We now invite your input and feedback to aid in prioritizing some of the committee recommendations by way of this Caregiving Prioritization Survey, available now through October 17th.
The WorkLIfe Office is proud to announce the return of the highly attended Take Your Child to Work Day. This highly anticipated annual event is one of our favorite events to bring to the Spartan community. It highlights the university’s support for its employees, their family members and all of our MSU community members.
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Wellbeing at Work is Tied to Higher Retention, Morale and Productivity! Join us Thursday, October 20, 2022, from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (EST) for the Whole-Person Workplace Conference. This is a free virtual conference open to MSU employees.  
We are emphasizing the importance of well-being and supportive workplace culture. The WorkLife Office is available to assist you, your colleagues, and your team with work and life concerns. We’ve compiled some great information, links, and checklists to help find childcare. Perhaps you already have a handle on childcare or adult dependent care, but just need assistance from time to time. Subsidized care options are available to stand in when you or your regular care provider have to step out.
The MSU WorkLife Office is proud to present the Supervisor Training Series: Supporting Employees with Chronic Health Conditions (physical health and mental health). Fostering a workplace that welcomes and supports the employee as a whole person is a primary focus of the WorkLife Office. As a supervisor, you may find yourself in challenging situations which place the solution at the supervisor's discretion. When it comes to managing an employee with a chronic health condition, it can be of even higher importance that a message of support and acceptance is communicated to the employee, while maintaining a sense of equity amongst the employee and their team members.
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The MSU WorkLife Office has some great news to share. During this very challenging year, we received the most nominations we ever have for MSU’s Outstanding Supervisor Awards! The committee met and selected 8 winners for this past year, they said there could have easilly been more than 20 winners. We look forward to sharing more information after the winners are announced.
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It becomes more apparent each year with the HERC Job Seeker Survey that providing employees with a flexible work environment is one of the key drivers of employee recruitment and retention. The 2022 HERC Job Seeker Survey clearly displays that employees are seeking work environments that value the employee as a whole person, which includes considering their needs outside the office. Our Spartans are not only employees, they are also parents, caregivers, spouses, and so much more! WorkLife issues affect every one of our employees and are undoubtedly a DEI issue, as the caregiving role disproportionately falls on women and especially women of color.  
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An Employee Resource Group is a free employee-led group (open to all MSU employee types including faculty, academic, and support staff and their families) that fosters inclusivity and builds community for those with common lived experiences by providing group discussion and learning opportunities, programming, and platforms for sharing resources.
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It can be a hard road sometimes.  Patience, grace, and working to achieve balance help, but there are days when it can be challenging to do that.  To help with those feelings, I work on trying to stay in the moment, one day at a time, and trying to not get too far ahead of myself.  I’ve received support and advice from therapists, family, and friends which has helped greatly.