Workshops

The WorkLife Office supports all MSU faculty and staff by connecting individuals with resources and assistance to help navigate the workplace, career, and life transitions. We provide presentations and workshops to colleges, departments, and units at MSU.

We would love to facilitate a session with your team!  Please select “Request a Presentation or Workshop” below to submit your request or send an email to worklife@msu.edu. Thank you!

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.

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.

Boundaries and Self-Care

The boundaries and self-care presentation is an empowering and informative session designed to help individuals establish and maintain healthy personal and professional boundaries while prioritizing their well-being. Through practical examples, interactive exercises, and insightful discussions, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of setting boundaries in various aspects of their lives, including relationships, work, and personal time. This presentation aims to inspire individuals to embrace boundaries and self-care as vital components of a balanced and fulfilling life.

How to Recognize the Signs of Burnout in Uncertain Times

Burnout is the loss of meaning in one’s work, coupled with mental, emotional, or physical exhaustion as the result of long-term, unresolved stress.  Burnout impacts our mental and physical health, which directly affects both our work and personal lives. In this webinar, we will define burnout, explore the stages of burnout, and explore steps to minimize burnout to help us healthfully navigate stressful and uncertain times. Learning the signs and how to work toward health is a positive way to promote workplace wellbeing.   

Taking Care of Ourselves during 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. But with all of the uncertainties that we face in our personal and professional lives, we can begin to feel overwhelmed, which can impact our mental and physical health. During this presentation, we will discuss the importance of self-care, compassion for others, creating routines, and practice a visualization technique to help reduce our stress, regain our focus, and become more effective in our work and lives.

Recognizing Signs of Stress and Distress in Others

As a supervisor, it is important for you to be able to recognize signs of stress and distress in your employees. Noticing those signals can allow you to respond quickly and effectively with resources and guidance for your employees in need. In this third session of the 4-Part Supervisor Training Series, you will learn how to recognize the different signs of stress and distress, how to respond with empathy and care, as well as what resources are available to your employees on and off campus. 

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. 

US Surgeon General Framework for a Well Workplace

Seeing that we spend around half of our waking life at work, our workplace plays a significant role in shaping our mental health and overall wellbeing. Employers have a unique opportunity to not only invest in the mental health and wellbeing of their workforce but also to strengthen their organizations’ success by doing so. This session will explore the framework released by Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General, for guiding workplaces in promoting the health and wellbeing of our workers and communities.