Maranda Holtsclaw
Maranda Holtsclaw, Director of Michigan Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) is now co-chair of National HERC’s Dual Career Committee. The purpose of the Dual Career Committee is to advance HERC’s dual career mission and dual career value to HERC’s member institutions.
WorkLife student team standing outside of Linton Hall
Our student team is made up of incredible contributors to the WorkLife Office and the MSU community. We are so grateful to have worked with each of them.
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Personal wellbeing has come into the spotlight more and more in recent years. Finding the experts to support your journey is critical. The goal of this process is for you to end up working with someone you feel comfortable with who is well-equipped to support you. Just like with any relationship, some clinicians are a good fit for some clients, and some aren't. Every clinician has a different set of experiences and abilities, and they are ethically bound to only work with clients they can support effectively.
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The WorkLife Office was very fortunate to talk recently with Anne Bishop Shoup, Associate Vice President of University Advancement at MSU, about her 13.5 plus years of sobriety.  Anne declared her recovery publicly for the first time with an article she posted to her LinkedIn profile in December 2021.
The Whole Person Workplace column is a place where we are showing our employees as a whole person, highlighting things that they do outside of work and how those things add value to their lives.

This month, we are featuring varying musicians from right here in our MSU community.

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The Whole-Person Workplace Column aims to embrace and encourage the whole person workplace. We honor who our employees are inside and outside of work in the multiple roles they have in their lives. To that end, we are offering monthly features that include a wide range of MSU faculty, academic staff, and support staff, including their lives, hobbies, and motivations outside of work. This month, we are highlighting MSU employees that are engaged in different physical activities. Read more about how Brian Egan and Charlie Liu cemented a friendship through the discipline required for running. Also featured: Jeanne Stebleton, who learned patience from running ultra-marathons, including a 100-mile marathon, and Amy Holda, who competes in obstacle course competitions! Are you interested in sharing your whole person story? Contact us at

Everyone talks about looking forward to retirement. We’ve all had that conversation with a laugh, “how many more years until I can retire?” That transition in life can be such an exciting one, but when it does arrive for some people, it can also bring a lot of uncertainty, fear and overwhelm. Where some of us once thought we would be so excited to run out the door, it turns out that it can be very hard to leave. Some individuals find themselves struggling to make the decision to retire and to take the step to put in their notice and choose an end date.
Scott Behson
Employers can value their employees in different ways. Bad employers only value them as a part of the machine. Many employers view employees as valuable assets, which is good, but that’s still investing in people only to the extent that we get a return on the investment. I propose that the best employers value their employees as whole people, which means they recognize, appreciate, and try to help employees with their challenges, responsibilities, priorities and passions outside of work.
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What is the whole-person workplace? It is a set of research-based best practices that honor employees as a full person. This includes embracing their complete identity and numerous roles, both inside and outside of work.  
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Higher stress levels, for both caregivers and their dependents, and difficulty sleeping go hand-in-hand at a time when good health is as important as it has ever been. Getting the “right” amount of restful sleep every night is the biggest act of care you can do, both for yourself and your family.