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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.”
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The MSU WorkLife Office is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Supervisor Award. These six recipients from across the University community were recognized for their consistent support of the work/life (professional/personal) needs of their employees. This is the sixteenth year that the University-wide award has been given.
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As a faculty or staff member at MSU, you’re probably no stranger to the ways in which changes, large and small, can have an impact on your life (at work and at home). By examining the “Changing World of Work” at this year’s WorkLife Office Conference on October 11, 2017, participants will leave feeling empowered and with an understanding of the shifting nature of work.
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The International Student Support Program (ISSP) is a program that begins on September 1, 2017 to support international students and scholars (including faculty, staff, and researchers). The program provides support 24-hours a day, 7 days a week through chat, phone calls, and through the web. It is completely free and students and scholars can talk to someone in their native language, with an advisor who understands their culture!