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The MSU WorkLife Office has been out and about giving presentations-virtually and in person. Thank you to Anthropolgy, the MSU College Advising Corps, MSU Extension, College of Nursing, WACSS, and Academic Advisors for investing in workplace wellness!

The MSU WorkLife Office provides presentations and workshops to colleges, departments, and units at MSU. We can help if you are looking for a way to:

  • increase workplace wellbeing
  • provide information about important MSU and community resources, or
  • emphasize tools to navigate stress and change 

Presentations are usually one hour in length. Often, they are a part of faculty meetings, staff meetings, retreats, wellness Wednesdays or meetings designed just for the purpose to gather and emphasize workplace wellbeing.  

Additionally, sharing the resources of the WorkLife Office can be very beneficial to all faculty, staff, postdocs, and specialists on campus. We give “About the WorkLife Office” presentations varying in length from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. We cover the supports we have in place for families, childcare, eldercare, workplace wellbeing, and more. Consider inviting us to present to your faculty and staff this semester.  

The MSU WorkLife Office provide support in the following areas: family care, workplace assistance/wellness, career, campus/community connections, and welcoming newcomers. Making sure your faculty, staff, postdocs and specialists know the resources available to them which are key to promoting workplace wellbeing and work-life fit. 

Email worklife@msu.edu to schedule a presentation to your employees. There is no fee for this service. We are currently doing most of our presentations via Zoom, but in-person is an option as well should schedules align.  

Current Workshops 

Supporting Each Other Through the Next Normal  

How can we support each other and our community as we navigate continued change? This presentation focuses on empathy, empathetic leadership, signs of burnout, resources and the importance of self-care. 

How to Recognize and Minimize Burnout in Uncertain Times  

As the COVID-19 pandemic crisis continues to create uncertainty in our lives, we may find ourselves having decision-making fatigue or having trouble making decisions about things that we do all the time. In this webinar, we will define burnout, explore the stages of burnout, and explore steps to minimize burnout to help us healthfully continue to navigate these uncertain times.  Burnout affects us mentally and physically which directly affects both our work and personal lives. Learning the signs and how to work toward health is a positive way to promote workplace wellbeing.  

Taking Care of Yourself in Times of Uncertainty  

We can be creatures of habit. Things that are expected and planned allow us to feel more in control of our lives and our time. With all the uncertainty surrounding the Novel Coronavirus, the unstable financial markets and the heightened political tensions in our world, we are likely feeling the stress of uncertainty. This is the first time in our lives that we have experienced anything of this nature so close to home. This presentation will address best practices for self-care.  

Grounding Strategies: Tools for Coping with Stress  

Grounding strategies help you cope with stressful situations and help you strengthen your resilience. The strategies that will be covered in this session include: gratitude, progressive muscle relaxation, optimism, visualization, guided imagery, mindfulness, focused breathing, meditation, and affirmations, mantras, and mottos. Grounding strategies are things you can do to bring yourself into contact with the present moment. They can be quick strategies or longer more formal exercises. Different strategies work for different people. By learning about them, you can find one that works for you!  

Well-being at Work 

Explore the questions that have surfaced the ranks of faculty and staff, supervisors and leaders, focusing on how to create and maintain healthier, more productive workplaces and teams. Well-being at work is important. It honors each employee as a complete person both inside and outside of work. It provides shared knowledge about workplace culture and practices that attract people to work at MSU and keep them here. During this presentation you will learn evidence based practices that increase well-being at work and lead to more productive and well workplaces.

Busting the Myth of Work-Life Balance  

In our fast-paced world, what is the secret to balancing all our responsibilities? Well, there is no secret or fix-all answer, but there are strategies and tactics for helping to manage it all. In this interactive session, learn tips for striking a "balance" that works for you and your unique blend of responsibilities. This session will also provide tools for reducing work-life stress and creating an environment that works for your multiple roles.  

Building Your Best Colleague  

During busy or challenging times at work, people may say, "Just let me know if you need anything." Sometimes it feels like an empty offer for help. Other times it can be hard to figure out exactly what we need. Join us for an interactive presentation about building a strong community of colleagues. Find out how you can be a good colleague and how you can build a strong network of colleagues around you. That way, you'll know how to identify what you need and who can help you accomplish that goal.  

Managing Stress at Work  

There are ebbs and flows to the intensity of our work and stressors in our personal lives. Learn tools and strategies for identifying stressors, prioritizing responsibilities, and managing stress throughout your career. Participants will leave with an action plan for handling even the most stressful moments.  

Creating Flexible Work Arrangements as a Team  

Flexible work arrangements can be a win-win for departments and employees. They can be a useful method to maintain unit service while supporting the personal needs of individuals on the team. This workshop can be adapted to small groups interested in learning about flex work, all the way to addressing the entire unit to help formulate a comprehensive arrangement for the whole team.  

Psychological Safety and Transparent Communication at Work:
Strengthening Collaboration and Innovation
 

Employees need to feel psychologically secure and safe in their workplace to do their best work. This type of workplace culture is increasingly important to encourage. Creating psychological safety in the workplace allows teams to create a trusting workplace and increase productivity. Transparent communication is a critical tool toward building trust and creating a workplace culture that has the foundation to allow psychological safety to flourish. Learn more about transparent communication and psychological safety which builds a climate that increases collaboration, innovation, and a positive work environment.  

Customized Workshop  

The WorkLife Office can design training programs to address the needs of your unit/group of any size. Workshops/presentations can range across a span of work-life topics. We will work directly with you to develop the session that is perfect for you and your team. 

Contact us: Email the MSU WorkLife Office at worklife@msu.edu to schedule a presentation or for more information.