Building a Better Workplace

Michigan State University has a wealth of workplace assistance resources and services, but sometimes finding what you are looking for can be difficult. The WorkLife Office specializes in identifying and connecting MSU faculty and staff to the resources that might best fit their needs.

The WorkLife Office offers guidance for talking with supervisors about flexible work arrangements; recommendations for addressing conflict in the workplace; identifying MSU policies which may apply to your work setting; among others.

Benefits & Options

Flexible Work

Community of Caring & Self-Care Strategies

Our Workshops

Jaimie HutchisonWe would love to facilitate a session with your team.  Click here to request a session today!

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.

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Busting the Myth of Work-Life Balance

In our fast-paced world, what is the secret to balancing all of 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, understanding your own and your colleagues' work styles, and creating an environment that works for your whole work team.

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.

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.

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!

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.