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.
I invite you to use this tool and to follow up by scheduling a consultation or a presentation on workplace well-being. Together, we can make MSU an even healthier place to create, collaborate, and produce excellence in all we do.
I would like to thank Megan Lee for working tirelessly alongside me to make the Well-Being at Work guide a reality. I would also like to thank Chadelle Richardson for her contributions and the members of the MSU WorkLife Office, Health4U, EAP, Barbara Roberts, and the Provost’s Communication Team, specifically Erica Venton, for their contributions.
Jaimie Hutchison, MA, LPC
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Deputy Director, MSU WorkLife Office
How to Use the Guide
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Table of Contents
- What is Workplace Well-being?
- Benefits of Workplace Well-being Programs
- Working Too Many Hours Can Backfire
- Mental Health & Work
- Physical Health & Work
- Time Away is Important
- The Nature Boost
- Aspects of the Work Environment
- Supporting Caregivers
- References for the entire guide
MSU WorkLife Office Services
The WorkLife Office supports all MSU faculty, staff, specialists, and postdocs, working under the mission of connecting individuals with resources and assistance to help navigate the workplace, career, family, and life transitions. We partner 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.
We work to assist faculty, staff, specialists, and postdocs in six primary areas: family care, career transitions, workplace assistance, relocation, community connections, and research, basing our work on evidence, participating in original research, and disseminating information that informs best practices and policies at MSU.
Our goal is to continue to attract and retain excellent faculty and staff, and to create a community where all can be successful. The WorkLife Office is a resource-rich place of creativity, inclusion, safety, and information, working with the community to create a place that supports employees in all their roles, and fosters a place they want to be in.
Meet with a professional to seek advice, information, or referral. The WorkLife Office staff is here to help answer employees’ work-life questions and assist them and their family members to find the resources and solutions that will work best for them. Learn more about consultations, request a consultation or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a consultation.
Speak with a member of the MSU WorkLife Office to assist in supporting your employees with work-life fit issues, including but not limited to flex-time proposals, providing community resources, and providing information on support available for a variety of issues. Email email@example.com to request a consultation.
Presentations can be requested for faculty or staff meetings. The MSU WorkLife Office can present on the offerings and services of the MSU WorkLife Office, topics such as stress management, work-life fit or other topics. Request a presentation or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a presentation.
Learn more about parenting, eldercare, breastfeeding, infant care, adoption, major life changes (divorce, empty nesters, etc.), career changes, MSU resources, and work-life fit through our education sessions. Our annual conference at MSU on work-life needs and other educational programming can be found on the calendar (updated each semester). View the calendar.
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
- Family (previously called Parent) list: Resources about children and parenting, eldercare, adoption, breastfeeding, and more
- Resource list: Shares resources on a variety of topics, Spartans seek and receive referrals from other Spartans through this list
- International Networking: Information and events specific for those faculty, staff, postdocs, and scholars with an international background
- Women’s Networking Association list: connects professional women across campus and the community providing, education, networking, training, and more
- Subscribe to listservs
Finding childcare or eldercare:
We provide free access to search Care.com/msu using your MSU NetID (faculty, staff, and postdocs). We also provide a subsidized backup dependent care for children and elders. Learn more about childcare and eldercare options. Additionally, we provide assistance in finding childcare and eldercare in our community and beyond.
Connecting faculty and staff to communities:
Resources to connect faculty and staff both at MSU and beyond, including culturally specific organizations, campus organizations, places of worship, volunteer opportunities, LGBTQ community, and more. Find your communities
International Networking Program:
A program open to faculty, staff, administrators, post-docs, and scholars with an international background. The purpose is to connect and share experiences to help build community within the larger university. Learn more about the program
Women’s Networking Association:
Connecting professional women across campus through meaningful and empowering relationships. These are free professional development and networking opportunities.
A monthly email newsletter that shares articles, information, resources, and upcoming events. See recent issues.
Lists of resources from the MSU community on realtors, doctors, dentists, the local area, housekeepers, pet sitters, childcare providers, etc. Email: email@example.com
Thank you to the primary contributors to this guide: Jaimie Hutchison, MA, LPC, and Megan Lee
Visit the WorkLife Office website for more information.