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WorkLife Annual Survey Still Open

We in the WorkLife Advisory Committee appreciate the feedback you have provided to us thus far regarding your concerns and challenges when it comes to work-life integration.

Our first annual survey remains open, and will be open until December 28, 2015. This survey asks for information relating to challenges you face between work-related demands and home-life responsibilities, childcare needs, adult-care needs, and self-care needs. We also ask about what areas of work-life blending you would be most interested in or find most helpful.

Please help us out by taking about 10-15 minutes to provide your feedback. Click here to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/worklife_connections .

All answers are completely anonymous.

Our goal in the New Year is to develop new programs for you, based on the data provided through the survey.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at worklife@mtu.edu . If you are interested in serving on the committee, please email us as well.

Thank you for your help.


First Annual WorkLife Quality Survey is Open

The WorkLife Advisory Committee invites you to take the first annual WorkLife Quality Assessment Survey by clicking here. (URL: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/worklife_connections)

This survey will provide baseline data to help identify the services that are most needed to support work-life blending, as well as to assess the quality of work-life blending that all of us in the Michigan Tech community experience. All responses to the survey are completely anonymous. The report for the survey will be made available on the WorkLife website.

Your feedback is important as it allows us to address topics of importance and provide resources and services that are valuable to the campus community. The WorkLife Advisory Committee appreciates your assistance.


Instructors – please join us for Coffee Chat

Today’s teaching methods and tools enable communication with students from virtually any place at any time. Instructors often struggle to achieve a work-life balance that enables them to teach in an increasingly connected environment and still have time for family and personal interests. The WorkLife Programming Advisory Committee and the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning will co-host this coffee chat to explore tips and techniques for balancing the many demands placed on today’s instructors. We’ll also brainstorm other possible solutions, such as workplace flexibility and resources, that the WorkLife Programming Advisory Committee can advocate to help instructors balance their roles.

This coffee chat event is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26 from 3:30–4:30 p.m. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, February 23. Click here to register.


Your feedback is appreciated!

We are seeking your feedback to help us as we re-vamp the WorkLife Connections website. You might have noticed the SEND FEEDBACK button on the bottom-right of the website. Please…send us your feedback!

What do you think is missing from these pages? What would you like to see? What do you think isn’t necessary on the website? The SEND FEEDBACK button will be there through the end of February, so please, let us know how you think we can improve this website for you.

Thanks for your help!


You’re invited

We recently held our second WorkLife Programming Advisory Committee (WPAC) monthly meeting, and we’re beginning the hands-on work of understanding the quality of worklife blending here at Michigan Tech. Many issues have been brought to us: everything from childcare and elder care needs, to mentoring and professional development, and discussions of the technology infrastructure and services that are necessary to support a strong and flexible work environment.

While I  hope you’ll take time to take this informal survey, I’d also like to invite you to get in touch if you’d like to participate on any of our subcommittees. Specifically, we are looking for interested individuals to help out with:

  • Childcare and eldercare issues and concerns
  • Policies that support a good work-life blend for University employees
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • IT service, software, and technology infrastructure needs that support worklife quality and flexible work options
  • Professional and career development needs and interests

You can email me directly if you’re interested in helping out: amkitalo@mtu.edu.

Thank you!


How’s your work-life blending going?

It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day responsibilities (both work and home), and forget to take a quick breather for ourselves. I know I often feel as if I am running from task-to-task and place-to-place trying to meet obligations, and feeling as if I am on auto-pilot.

The WorkLife Programming Advisory Committee would like to hear from you—When it comes to blending work and home lives, what are your concerns? challenges? interests?

To make it easier for you, we’ve set up a simple survey. We are asking you to login to the survey so only Michigan Tech community members can take the survey, however we are not collecting your username, so your responses are entirely anonymous. You can also login to change your responses later, if you’d like. The survey will be available until

We’d appreciate it if you can take a few moments (and a breather!) to take the survey and let us know what’s important to you. Thank you!


WorkLife Programming at Michigan Tech

I am pleased to share with you Michigan Tech’s revitalized commitment to elevating and continually improving the quality of work and life blending here at the University. About four years ago, we built this website as a first step toward developing WorkLife programming. The site was intended to provide a central repository of resources and supporting services to the campus community.

Since then, it has become clear that we want to do more to help our colleagues—students, faculty, and staff—to find effective ways to blend work and life. We all face similar challenges as members of the Michigan Tech community: tight schedules (class or job, or both), commitments to family and other important people in our lives, and a need to find ways to take care of ourselves…among many other things. As a first step to address these common work-life challenges, a small group of us worked on collecting information via focus group discussion about the specific challenges faced by by different groups of people that make up the campus community. Some of these challenges weren’t surprises: childcare is, of course, one of the more common topics. Others came as a surprise; for example, a need and desire for mentoring by all the groups was rated as quite important.

As a result of this work, the University has committed to forming a new committee, the WorkLife Programming Advisory Committee (WPAC). Our group includes faculty, staff, and graduate student representation, and seeks further input and participation from interested undergraduates. Specifically, we are charged with:

  • Regularly assessing WorkLife quality at the University.
  • Reviewing and providing input on University policy to support WorkLife blending.
  • Benchmarking other institutions’ WorkLife programs.
  • Providing programming and resources to the campus community that support a high quality of WorkLife blending for all.

If you are interested in participating, please get in touch! I can be reached at amkitalo@mtu.edu. We’re looking forward to talking to you.