Latest Webinars

Webinar Date Title Webinar Description

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Employee Resource 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.

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!"

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 Employee Resource 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 Employee Resource 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. 

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.

IPF Home Improvement Series: Homeowner HVAC : Operations and Tips

IPF Home Improvement Series: Homeowner HVAC : Operations and Tips
Speaker: Alan Vanderstelt

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Fatherhood and Discipline

This presentation is aimed at exploring the role of Fatherhood as it relates to disciplining one’s child/ren. Is there a right and wrong way to discipline? What is discipline vs. punishment? What are thought to be common “mistakes” that Fathers make in relation to discipline? If I could go back and give my just becoming Father self some advice, what would it be? 

IPF Home Improvement Series: How to Safely Use a Generator with Brian Powe

Join the WorkLife Office and Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF) as we continue the Home Improvement Series with How to Safely Use a Generator to help Spartans who have been working from home for nearly a year!

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Overcoming the Pressures of Fatherhood

This session will highlight the challenges of fatherhood, and how to overcome them. Participants will leave with the motivation, and knowledge of how to handle and manage the complexities of fatherhood.

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Overcoming the Pressures of Fatherhood

This session will highlight the challenges of fatherhood, and how to overcome them. Participants will leave with the motivation, and knowledge of how to handle and manage the complexities of fatherhood.

Learn about Native Families

Get to know your Spartan colleagues! Our WorkLife Family Series is your chance to log on and learn from your fellow Spartans.

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Healing as a Father

Topic: Healing as a Father; this presentation will assist fathers in identifying areas of healing, and how healing will help fathers unleash the greatest father that already lies within them. This presentation will not only provide information, but also allow for fathers to have a safe space to discuss the topic of healing as fathers and as men.

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Fathers and Difficult Conversations about RACE

This presentation is aimed to educate on Race while promoting Culture and Ethnicity.  Erasing the myths and cliches and uplifting what's real.

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Being an Emotionally Responsive Dad: Good for your Kids, Good for You!

Speaker: Jon Novello, MSU Employee Assistance Program

Dad’s make a difference in the lives of their kids.  We know this is absolutely true, dads can contribute to providing the necessary structure and stability that kids need.  We also now know that when men are emotionally tuned in to their kids, children thrive!   And you know what else?  Being an emotionally responsive father is really, really good for the health of the dad, too!  Unfortunately, so many men have been discouraged from experiencing a full range of emotions, and as a result they may feel uncomfortable being emotionally open.  Join Jon Novello, counselor at MSU’s Employee Assistance Program, as he shares the ways that dads are so critical to the development of their children, and outlines what it really means to be an emotionally responsive dad.

Multiracial and Multicultural Families

Multiracial and Multicultural Families