Latest Webinars

Webinar Date Title Webinar Description

WNA: Mitigating Bias In Hiring

Learn about best practices and procedures for reducing potential bias in the screening and interview process and obtain tools for increasing understanding and self-awareness.

Adult Caregivers Affinity Group: Exploring Caregiver Values

When navigating the increased challenges and responsibilities of caregiving it is easy to become disoriented and to feel a bit unmoored.   Developing psychological flexibility and being clear about what matters most can help you find your way forward and allow you to respond to the challenges with value guided behavior.

Women's Networking Association: Building Up Women Around You Panel

A woman alone has power; collectively we have impact. By raising each other up and through the power of collaboration is how we will move forward, together, as women in the workforce. This panel will address how these women have experienced being lifted up by other women and how they lift other women up around them. How do you find your people? How do you amplify the voices of other women? What can you do, intentionally, to support the women around you?

WorkLife Office Annual Conference 2021 Keynote: “Well-being at Work—what is it?”


Strong work cultures have 14% turnover rate, while poor work cultures have 48% turnover rate. Join us for a Well-being at Work Q&A session addressing how we can individually and collectively change our message and advocate for a well and strong work culture that is more productive, collaborative, and healthy.

Hear an overview of what well-being at work is, its importance, and how having a well workforce leads to success.

WorkLife Office Annual Conference: The Guide

The Well-being at Work guide began as an idea that arose in 2019 after a number of on-campus presentations. The same questions surfaced across the ranks of faculty and staff, supervisors and leaders, focusing on how to create and maintain healthier, happier, workspaces and teams.

The goal of this guide is to provide evidence-based best practices in order to recruit and retain high-quality candidates and create healthier workplaces and teams, as we take care of our well-being and the well-being of each other. 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. It is a tool to use from any position when thinking about strengthening a team or a unit.

This presentation gives an overview of the Well-being guide and provides some background on its creation.

WorkLife Office Annual Conference: Supporting Your Employees As They Manage Their Accountabilities in the Evolving Workplace

We all live in a web of accountabilities. We have multiple demands that must be prioritized and addressed at work. Added to these, are the accountabilities that stem from our personal lives. The past year and a half has made many employees and employers readjust their priorities. Moreover, our ways of doing work (e.g., remotely or in a hybrid model) have changed in ways that we did not expect, and how we do work continues to evolve. These changes may bring stress. However, they also create an opportunity for employees and their bosses to reinvent how we structure work. This session offers tips that will be useful for both employees and bosses to utilize to (re)structure work, prioritize work, and manage competing demands in a way that is conducive to both the productivity and the long-term wellbeing of employees.

WorkLife Office Annual Conference: A Nature Boost: Forest Bathing

For 5 million years, our ancestors lived outdoors, but with the advent of the Industrial Revolution, humans began to live their lives inside. Today, most of the population of the United States spend less than 5% of their day outside. In our society, constant exposure to artificial light, chemical, electromagnetic and air and noise pollution are directly linked to the epidemic of stress and chronic disease. Forest therapy, also known as shinrin yoku, (Japanese for 'forest bathing') improves physical and mental health through awakening the senses by foraging mindfulness in nature. Learn more about forest bathing and how to engage in this therapeutic experience where people encounter and embody the whole of who they are.

Family Affinity Group: Being Responsive to Your Child's Cues

Humans communicate all of the time without ever speaking. Children are no different. Children send us cues to tell us what they need and want. In this session, parents and caregivers will learn the importance of recognizing their children’s cues, understanding what those cues might be communicating, and responding in a way that builds strong and supportive relationships.

Women's Networking Association: Taming Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome is real! I promise you are not alone in feeling like your success is due to luck, faking/faithing it, or any other gremlin that enjoys taking up residence in the back of your mind. Women, especially high-achieving women, are more likely to have feelings of inadequacy even though our successes are well documented. During our time together, we’ll dig into what Imposter Syndrome is and we’ll walk alongside each other to learn ways to remove the power of the gremlins that hinder harnessing success and self-love.

Queen Bee Syndrome in Higher Education: Myth or Reality?

Dr. Bonomi and Dr. Guinot Talbot have found critical information and guidance for what we do and not do in the gray space of bullying. The presentation includes some clear and concise conceptual models, along with strategies of how to address issues stemming directly from participants.

Well-being at Work Guide Kickoff

This presentation kicks off the Well-being at Work guide, and provides an overview of the guide and some background on its creation.

Adult Caregivers Affinity Group: Respite Care

This session discusses respite care and what it is, how it works, the typical associated costs, and also how it can help caregivers.

WNA: The Importance of Taking Time Off and the Benefits of Staycations

Taking time away from work is important, both for your work life and your personal life. But you don’t need to travel at all to take advantage of a vacation. Jaimie Hutchison will discuss the value of taking vacation time for both work wellness and personal wellness. Lori Lanspeary will discuss the importance of visitors to a region and the role the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau plays. She will also give tips and tricks on how to make the most of your own staycation. Special guests Nick Little, Director of Railway Education in the MSU Broad College of Business, and Ed Phillips, an MSU University Travel Manager, will also discuss Rail and Ale tours in Michigan and staying local, but not at home, respectively.

Photovoice Project Kickoff: Sharing International Voices at MSU

Julia Shine, a BASW intern at the MSU WorkLife Office, will be presenting a photovoice project that focuses on international faculty and staff sharing their transition experiences to the United States.

MSU faculty and staff members share their experiences of transitioning to the United States from their international home. Through a written story and a meaningful photograph, they describe their experience navigating new systems, embracing new traditions, the feeling of living in two different worlds, and finding a sense of belonging in their new home at Michigan State.

WNA: Assertiveness: The secret ingredient for self-care and unlocking your untapped power

Assertiveness is one of the most important skills women need for stepping into their power, reclaiming their lives, and establishing boundaries and self-care practices. Despite its importance, assertiveness is often misunderstood as aggression, acting like a man, being mean or being disrespectful. This talk will debunk the myths about what assertiveness is and is not. By the end of this session, participants will have the resources needed for growing their assertiveness skills so they can build self-care practices and unleash the full depths of their power.

IPF Home Improvement Series: Pest Services

Speakers:

Jacob Barlow, Pest Control Worker, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities 
Angela Zell, Service Manager III, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities 

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Girl/Dad Panel

Hear our Spartan Fathers discuss the challenges and rewards of being "girl dads!"

Seasonal Outdoor Maintenance: Gutter Cleaning

Join IPF expert, Eric Doolittle, to learn more about seasonal outdoor maintenance.

WNA: Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court

Celebrate Women’s History Month by joining Professor Renee Knake Jefferson for this special conversation about women shortlisted for the United States Supreme Court before Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female justice in 1981. Drawing from the research in her book Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court, Jefferson will introduce the audience to nine extraordinary women—a cohort large enough to seat the entire Supreme Court—who appeared on presidential lists dating back to the 1930s. These women include Florence Allen, the first female judge on the highest court in Ohio, was named repeatedly in those early years. Eight more followed, including Amalya Kearse, a federal appellate judge who was the first African American woman viewed as a potential Supreme Court nominee. In addition to filling a notable historical gap, Jefferson will discuss the harms of shortlisting― how adding qualified female candidates to a list but passing over them ultimately creates the appearance of diversity while preserving the status quo. This phenomenon often occurs with any pursuit of professional advancement, whether the judge in the courtroom, the CEO in the corner office, or the coach on the playing field. Women, and especially female minorities, while as qualified as others on the shortlist (if not more so), find themselves far less likely to be chosen. Jefferson will conclude a valuable set of strategies for upending the injustices that still endure, drawn from the personal and professional lives of the shortlisted sisters profiled in her book.

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Boy/Dad Panel

Hear our Spartan Fathers discuss the challenges and rewards of being "boy dads!"

Family Affinity Group - Avoiding Power Struggles with Your Children

Do you ever find yourself asking, “How can I get my kid to do their homework without a huge fight?!”  Maybe you’ve wondered why you can’t have just one drama-free morning, where you don’t have to bribe your kid to brush their teeth. Are you just plain sick of the battle over how much they’re on their phones?  And while we’re at it, do you find that these battles with your kids while you’re trying to parent during the chaos of a global pandemic are just wearing you down even more than normal!?

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Finances for Fathers

We will discuss basic budgeting and the financial considerations involved when being a parent such as saving for their future and added expenses.

Adult Caregivers Affinity Group: A Caregivers Guide to Grieving

A place for Spartans to connect on adult caregiving/eldercare topics with the goal of connecting, building community and sharing best practices regarding adult/elder caregiving and the importance of caring for the caregivers.

Caring for someone who has a terminal illness or is in hospice can be a complicated experience.   While there is not one instruction manual that fits everyone’s unique experience of grieving while caring for a loved one, there are some common themes and frameworks that can be helpful to consider while you are on your personal caregiving journey.  Join us as we explore the landmark stages of grief and loss as well as explore the various ways people journey through these stages.   Explore how increasing your emotional resilience and psychological flexibility can ease the strain of caregiving and anticipatory grief regarding the pending loss of your loved one. Bring your questions and experiences. 

IPF Home Improvement Series: Remote Working Energy Tips for the Home

Speakers:

Jason Vallance, Building Service Manager - IPF Commissioning
Yuanji Li, Engineer/Architect - IPF Commissioning

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Positive Discipline

Discipline is a difficult topic for parents. How do you know what helps and what hurts? Learn about techniques that focus on positive discipline that can help you create an environment that is safe, fun, and focuses on learning while helping children develop self control and minimize behavior problems.