WorkLife Office: Helping you Navigate Workplace, Career and Life
The WorkLife Office (WLO) supports all MSU faculty and staff by connecting individuals with resources and assistance to help navigate the workplace, career, and life transitions.
The MSU WorkLife Office (WLO) supports all MSU faculty and staff by connecting individuals with resources and assistance to help navigate the workplace, career, and life transitions. The WorkLife Office partners with the community to create an inclusive and responsive work environment where all faculty and staff are respected and supported toward well-being in the multiple roles of work and personal life. They zoom most of their programs out, and are also available to work with you via a distance through video conference, phone, or email.
The WorkLife Office works to assist faculty and staff in five primary areas: family care, career transitions, workplace assistance, relocation and community connections, and providing research-based proposals that inform best practices and policies at MSU. Spouses or significant others are also welcome to attend our educational programming, join our listserv, or be part of a family consultation.
Here are some of the services the MSU WLO offers:
1:1 Consultation: Meet with a professional to seek advice, information, or referral. The WorkLife Office staff is here to help answer your work life questions and assist you and your family members to find the resources and solutions that will work best for you. Learn more here: https://worklife.msu.edu/news/lets-talk-about-it-what-exactly-consultation
Email Listservs: Connect to others in the MSU community who are engaged in managing or exploring similar topics.
- WorkLife Office list: Monthly updates from the WorkLife Office
- Parent (family) list: Those interested in resources about children and parenting
- Eldercare list: Those who have personal or professional interest in the issues of elders
- Special Needs list: Those who have children with special needs
- Adoption list: For those considering or pursuing adoption
- Breastfeeding list: Breastfeeding support including support from other breastfeeding mothers
- Women’s Networking Association (WNA) list: Information about the monthly WNA meetings
Education sessions: Learn more about parenting, eldercare, breastfeeding, infant care, adoption, major life changes (divorce, empty nesters, etc.), career changes, MSU resources, work-life fit, an annual conference at MSU on work life needs, and other educational programming which can be found here (calendar updated each semester) https://worklife.msu.edu/calendar
Finding childcare and eldercare to meet your family’s needs: The WorkLife Office provides free access to search Care.com using your MSU NetID. WLO also provides a subsidized back-up dependent care program for children and elders https://worklife.msu.edu/family-care/kids-parents/backup-care
Connecting newcomers or those still looking for their community to communities both at MSU and beyond, including culturally specific organizations, campus organizations, places of worship, volunteer opportunities, LGBTQ community, and more https://worklife.msu.edu/relocation-community
Monthly orientations for newcomers about resources at MSU and the MSU WorkLife Office (open to spouses/significant others)
Resource lists from the MSU community on realtors, doctors, dentists, the local area, housekeepers, pet sitters, childcare providers, etc.
Referrals: Looking for a therapist? Grief class? Information about handling X, Y or Z issues? Struggling with fertility? Want to connect with other new parents? Looking for summer camps? WorkLife Office provides referrals for just about anything!
Assisting spouses and significant others new to the area with job searches, volunteer opportunities, and connecting to the local area.
Career consultations: Looking to move at MSU? Interested in talking about your career? Make an appointment!
International Newcomer Mentoring Program to ease the transition to the US, Michigan and MSU https://worklife.msu.edu/news/international-newcomer-mentoring-program-explores-new-cultures-and-communities
You can count on the WLO to assist you and to make your time at MSU the best it can be. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the WorkLife Office at MSU!