MSU supports all of its faculty and staff to connect and navigate multiple roles throughout workplace, career and life transitions.
The WorkLife Office partners with the community to create an inclusive, responsive work environment where all faculty and staff are respected and supported toward well-being in work and personal lives.
Reflecting MSU's values of quality, inclusiveness and connectivity, the WorkLife Office strives for excellence, equity and synergy.
Who to Call
Information for all MSU Faculty and Staff that answers the question: "Who do I call for ____?"
This is the second survey distributed in 2020 by the MSU WorkLIfe Office to gather feedback about the concerns of the MSU employee community as three months have passed since classes shifted to online. The first survey was conducted at the onset of the stay-at-home order. We encourage any and all MSU employees to complete this survey once to provide feedback to the WorkLife Office. You can complete the survey whether or not you are currently working from home. We want to hear from everybody!
Relationships in a time of COVID
For many, the pandemic has shrunk our circles of support. For others, it has magnified our family and couple time adding lots of togetherness. Our relationships outside of our homes have been stressed due to being isolated from one another. This is a huge shift in how we interact. How are your relationships going?
Preparing Financially for a Furlough or Lay-off
It’s an unpleasant scenario to imagine, but the reality is that very few of us experience a linear, upward-trending income scale throughout the course of our working lives. For one reason or another, it’s likely that we experience at least one year of a drop in wage or salary (or several years of fluctuation) which requires us to be nimble and adaptive. Especially with today’s uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus, the closing & re-opening of the economy, and other societal influences, it’s important to be prepared and set yourself up for success no matter what ‘curveball’ life has to throw at you.
Strengthening Your Team
Many employees are working from home, others are essential and are working in person, and some are preparing to return to campus for research or other allowable ventures. Where does this leave our teams? It can be a challenge to maintain the team morale and connectedness with so many changes and challenges occurring. How can you keep your team connected?
Across the university parents are trying to find solutions to childcare, many of them juggling work and parenting in one consistently running 24 hour loop. It can be exhausting. If you need help there are a couple of options available to you for in-home care providers.
The cost and benefits of seeking feedback from your team and peers
Understanding K-12: Return to School
Expanded Version: Unconscious Bias in Virtual Settings
Unconscious Bias: How to Enact Micro-Interventions in Response to Microaggressions
HERC Overview with Maranda Holtsclaw and Ian Reynolds
Guest host Carly Kabel from the MSU College of Arts and Letters discusses the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium with Ian Reynolds, Executive Director, and Maranda Holtsclaw, Michigan Regional Director. After you listen, visit hercjobs.org
StrengthsFinder Coach Melissa Staub
"Name It, Aim It, Claim It"
The WorkLife Office team has the privilege of Melissa Staub from the College of Arts and Letters coaching us on StrengthsFinder. Melissa joins us for the first "virtual" edition of the WorkLife Podcast.
"Feeling more like I was in control of the work I was doing"
Erica Venton, Marketing Manager for the Office of the Provost Communications Team, shares some of the new practices she has inserted into her worklife to help her improve her experience.
Supporting Faculty and Safeguarding Equity During & After COVID-19
Join us as our panelists talk about their experience with layoffs and furloughs at Michigan State and beyond. We will talk about the outcomes of those directly affected and their family members. Learn about their experiences, how they have managed the emotional and financial roller coaster, and come with questions to build community surrounding this topic.
Taking Control of Your Financial Future
7/23/20 Thursday: Taking Control of Your Financial Future
Presented by: Shelly Eweka and Michelle Wright-Buckalew, TIAA
The past few months have created multiple challenges beyond just our health. From loss of income to reduced benefits, your financial situation may also be impacted. Join us for a conversation around regaining control of your immediate financial needs, along with minimizing the impacts to your financial future. TIAA’s facilitator will cover:
Immediate steps you can consider taking if the coronavirus pandemic has affected you or a loved one
How to help protect your future financial success
Considerations for those who may be close to retirement
Black Families - Honoring the Legacy and Research of Dr. Harriette Pipes McAdoo and Black Women Scholars at MSU
7/21/20 Tuesday: Black Families - Honoring the Legacy and Research of Dr. Harriette Pipes McAdoo and Black Women Scholars at MSU
Presented by: John Girdwood, Project Admin, MSU WorkLife Office
This webinar will pay homage to one of the most influential scholars ever, Dr. Harriette Pipes McAdoo, and reference her seminal book, titled "'Black Families,' and not 'The Black Family,' precisely because of the diversity of experiences of African Americans, both economic and social" (McAdoo, 2007). Dr. Harriette Pipes McAdoo "began her vocation and academic work with a series of transformative investigative projects focusing on US African American family life that were not grounded in deficit postures." McAdoo’s writing showed how African American and other racial-ethnic "children’s families possessed a strength that allowed individual members and the collectivities to survive and to prevail despite the racism of their social order... She taught at several academic campuses and closed her career with the Distinguished Faculty Award at Michigan State University (where) she was an original member of the executive board that designed and initiated the PhD program in African American and African Studies" (Dodson, 2017). The webinar will honor the legacies of many Black Women Scholars at MSU.
7/16/20 Thursday: Why COVID-19 Creates Worldwide Stir and Predict Long Term Social Norm Changes
Presented by: John Clements, Master of Public Health Program, MSU College of Human Medicine
This presentation will focus on differences in response to COVID-19 in various locations across the world and provide some discussion points about possible changes from the context of social and behavioral issues. These include the seemingly mundane issues of how we greet each other and shop for food, to the much more complex issues of changes in education, religious practice, and mental health, among others.
Respect, Patience and Compassion Essential in the Shifting Landscape of Work
Barbara Roberts, Ph.D, Director, WLO
An opportunity for profoundly positive culture change has landed in our laps with the onset of COVID-19 restrictions.
Applying key questions to what work comes back to campus - an APA example
By Barbara Roberts
A consistent set of principles, key questions or values goes a long way in clarifying complex decisions. When we get back to primary principles, and away from personal circumstances, we can make better decisions.I like what Fisher and Ury say in "Getting to Yes," at the Harvard Negotiation Project: "Separate the people from the problem. Be soft on the people and hard on the problem.” If we can identify the “problem” or the challenge as the work that must be done on campus, independent of the people initially, we can solve the problem better together and protect the people.
Why We’re Tired: Surviving Online Meetings
By Barbara Roberts
Working in this medium for hours on end is not good for the health we are trying so hard to preserve! Let’s be intentional about how we pace ourselves, and we will last longer in the end. We are all learning to function in a new medium, which takes energy in terms of attention, concentration, learning in real time while doing, and learning without hands-on, in-person supports.
By Barbara Roberts
A supervisor during my occupational therapy internship in spinal cord rehab taught me, with only a little tongue-in-cheek, that “Position in life is everything...”; that is, the physical position you are in to do any task affects your safety, comfort, endurance and effectiveness for the task. Earlier in life, when learning to use a hammer effectively, instead of whacking the nail at some odd angle, my father taught me to “Get your [backside] behind you.” Good advice when positioning to exert force. Position matters.
The Importance of NOT Socially Isolating While Simultaneously Practicing Social Distancing
By Jaimie Hutchison
Social distancing is the important strategy of physically separating ourselves from one another to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus. Social isolation, on the other hand, is often physically isolating ourselves (which we are doing) AND emotionally isolating ourselves, which we cannot afford to do.
The WorkLife Guide
This WorkLife Guide will help connect you to the breadth of resources available to you on campus and in the community for your work and personal lives. Whether you are a faculty member, support staff, or administrator, your ability to navigate your work and personal lives compatibly will help you be a productive, satisfied, successful, and healthy member of the MSU community.
This activity guide assists all families in exploring their community and helps them become acquainted with this rich environment. Whether you are an MSU faculty, staff or student or a community member, you will find activity information for people of all ages on campus and in the Greater Lansing area.
The MSU WorkLife Office newsletter features articles, events and resources that help keep you in touch with information on campus and beyond.
Outstanding Supervisor Award
The Outstanding Supervisor Award honors MSU supervisors who have consistently demonstrated work/life sensitivity and support of the professional/personal needs of the employees in their unit. Read more...
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