They say the only constant in life is change. The world of work is no different. While some change comes with celebration and positive outcomes, other changes can feel frustrating and difficult. 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.
The conference will kick-off with a keynote address by Ellen Galinsky, a researcher and work-life advocate who is touted as one of the founders of the field. Ms. Galinsky will focus her comments on how to create a work environment that supports employees, while meeting the needs of the employer – even in the face of shifting expectations and new ways of working.
Research suggests that the relatively recent increase in work being completed with a computer or other mobile technology is a significant change to the world of work. This rapid shift runs the risk of employees feeling like they need to constantly be connected to their workplace, which in turn can impact their life outside of work. Technological advances are just one of the many topics that will be covered at the conference.
Additionally, with a high percentage of MSU faculty and staff being eligible for retirement within the next few years, we will discuss new trends in retirement. And by now, we’ve probably all heard debates about the work ethics of Millennials versus Baby Boomers – the conference is your chance to learn about the ways that generational differences can influence how we work within work teams.
You are invited to join us at the “Changing World of Work” conference. Register by September 27 at: https://worklife.msu.edu/worklife-conference-registration-form.