Latest Webinars

Webinar Date Title Webinar Description

Family Employee Resource Group: Supporting Children Through Divorce with Jon Novello

Learning Objectives:
-Participants will learn effective communication strategies to use when speaking with children and teens about divorce.
-Participants will learn to consider a child’s developmental stage to tailor language that is age-appropriate, as well as allowing the child to lead aspects of the conversation to allow for developmentally appropriate discussion.
-Participants will consider their own role in the child’s environment and learn more about what they can do to foster a healthy and safe home for their child.
-Participants will consider any emotional or psychological baggage that might be impacting the home environment, and to consider addressing that individually as another way to support their children.

Adult Caregivers Employee Resource Group: Brain Functioning and Cognitive Impairment/Alzheimer’s Disease

In this session, participants gain a deeper understanding of basic brain functioning of the client with Cognitive Impairment/Alzheimer’s Disease. How to successfully navigate the journey of your new role assignment as caregiver; how to decrease burn out and ways to handle the various moods that may occur. This session also discusses ways to handle the progression of the disease, and what to expect over the long haul.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the basic brain functioning of individuals with Cognitive Impairment/Alzheimer’s Disease.
2. Understand how to navigate becoming a caregiver.
3. Understand how to navigate the various moods and feelings that come with being a caregiver.

WNA Presents: Identity, Difference, and Connection: A Dialogue & Strategy Sharing Session

When we are in proximity to people who have differing identities, lived experiences, and cultural understandings from our own, building meaningful and supportive connections can feel beyond our reach. In this session, we'll use Transforming Theatre Ensemble scenarios focused on a fictional relationship between a staff person and a student who have different understandings and experiences around gender.

Family Employee Resource Group: College Application, Admissions, & Stuff to Know

Are you beginning to plan college visits for your prospective high school graduate? Are you seeking guidance on how to navigate the landscape of nearly 4,000 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the United States? With nearly 30 years of college admissions experience between them, Christina Carr and Terence Brown provide information they hope will reduce the stress often associated with a student’s college search process. Please enjoy this webinar.

Advancing Your Career in Higher Education (ft. HERC)

Watch this informative webinar, presented by the WorkLife Office and Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

Do you feel stuck where you are now in your career in higher ed? In this webinar, we review the current higher education job market and share four strategies for moving up in your career, including concrete steps that you can take. We’ll also discuss how to assess if an institution is committed to internal advancement.

Learn more about HERC:

Learning About Trauma-Informed Care and Workplace Application

Enjoy this Lunch and Learn webinar about trauma-informed care, presented by Kelley Blanck (Clinical Instructor), and Natalie Moser (Director of the MSU Psychological Clinic).

Learning Objectives:

1. Define trauma and the manifestations of trauma in the workplace.
2. Describe the principles of a trauma-informed organization.
3. Define at least two of my your own potential needs related to practicing in a trauma-informed manner.

Creating an Inclusive Workplace: Work-Life Through an Equity Lens & How to Retain BIPOC Faculty and Staff

Creating an Inclusive Workplace: Work-Life Through an Equity Lens & How to Retain BIPOC Faculty and Staff

Watch as we welcome Jaimie Hutchison, Deputy Director of the MSU WorkLife Office, and Derek Smith, Executive Director of Central HERC, for a timely conversation around retention of historically marginalized groups. This conversation brought together passionate experts to discuss the strategies behind creating an inclusive work environment that promotes retention.

Adult Caregivers Employee Resource Group: Navigating Safety, Risk, and Independence while Caring for our Elders

It is a delicate balance to maintain the safety and the independence of our elders. How does one decide how to keep an elder person safe, but what risks are worth taking in order to maintain their independence? This can often be a stressful issue for older adults and caregivers who support them. Approaching caregiving as a partnership and identifying resources to assist older adults is essential to maintaining their independence and taking a collaborative approach to their care.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will describe the role of collaborating with their elders on their care.
2. Participants will identify two factors that impact honoring a care receiver’s desire to maintain independence.

WNA Presents: The Power of Affirmations - An Antidote to Imposter Syndrome & Burnout

The words we tell ourselves matter. This workshop explores the power of affirmations and address how they are important as an antidote to imposter syndrome, self-doubt, and burnout.

Fatherhood Forum - Today's Fathers: Caring, Committed, and Conflicted

Fatherhood Forum - Today's Fathers: Caring, Committed, and Conflicted

Fathers and guardians of all ages are welcome to listen how COVID has impacted gender roles on the home front and the research on the changing role of fathers in the workplace. Speaker Dr. Brad Harrington’s research and teaching focuses on career management and work-life integration, the changing role of fathers, and contemporary workforce management strategies.

Family Employee Resource Group: The Resilience Toolbox

WorkLife Office Presents: Family Employee Resource Group - The Resilience Toolbox

Prolonged or intense stress can have lasting negative impacts in the development of young children. Children with resilience are better able to manage this stress and work towards healthy and successful outcomes. This workshop will help participants gain an understanding of how stress affects children and the importance of developing resilience to combat that stress, including specific strategies for building protective factors. Stocking up your resilience toolbox empowers you to help children learn to manage the stressors in their lives and give them the skills, tools and know-how to deal with whatever life throws at them.

Learning Objectives:
1) Understand how stress affects children.
2) Learn protective factors to support resiliency.
3) Identify specific strategies to build resilience in children, including building adult capabilities.

Adult Caregiver ERG: Demystifying Dementia & The 6 Pillars of Brain Health

This session equipped participants on behalf of themselves, their families and their communities with a basic understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other common types of dementia, and provided an overview of the “Six Pillars of Brain Health” as identified by the Global Council on Brain Health. We offer resource information for families and individuals living with dementia in Michigan, and describe specific steps that everyone can take – regardless of age – to optimize their chances of maintaining their cognitive health.

Family Employee Resource Group: How to Support Your Children’s Learning from Technology

Young children learning from screens – what works and what doesn’t?

In the spring of 2020, children and caregivers had to quickly adapt to learning from screens. This felt like a new and daunting challenge for many of us. However, we do have over 50 years of research on about young children’s learning from media, largely thanks to programs like Sesame Street and Blues Clues, that can inform best practices. In this session, we discussed what we know from research about children and screens and how caregivers can use that information to support their children’s learning.

WNA: Women's Mental Health and Intersectionality Part 2

In Part 2 of the event, Dr. Farha Abbasi discusses:

1. The concept of intersectionality and its impact on mental health

2. Understanding bio, psychosocial model of mental disorders

3. Why women are more vulnerable to mental disorders

4. Impact of poverty, abuse, and minority status on mental health

5. Patterns and prevalence of substance use and suicide in women

Adult Caregivers Employee Resource Group: Talking About Brain Health & Aging - The Basics

This session covered risks and protective factors related to brain health, how to recognize that there is a problem, and things an individual can do to improve brain health. Information was provided on accessing a resource for caregivers who may want to learn more about how to care for a person with cognitive decline as well as other issues.

WNA: Women's Mental Health and Intersectionality

The attendees will learn about

1. The concept of intersectionality and its impact on mental health

2. Understanding bio, psychosocial model of mental disorders

3. Why women are more vulnerable to mental disorders

4. Impact of poverty, abuse, and minority status on mental health

5. Patterns and prevalence of substance use and suicide in women

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 Employee Resource 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: 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.

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.

Family Employee Resource 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.