Work vs. Life: Time for a balancing act
Technology is a regular part of our daily lives, keeping us virtually connected 24/7. New advancements are aimed at making life “easier,” providing up-to-the-minute information on phones through notifications, social media, emails and text messages.
But such a world can also make it seem like a true work-life balance is impossible to achieve.
If employees spend too much time at work, they may feel as though they’re neglecting other important aspects of their life, which can result in unnecessary feelings of unhappiness and stress.
The good news is that the university offers a vast array of resources to help team members strike the right balance between their work and personal lives.
“We place a high value on having work-life services that make a real difference in the lives of faculty, staff and students working to balance multiple commitments successfully,” says Jennie McAlpine, director of Work-Life Programs.
“These programs contribute to the health, engagement and wellness of our university community. And, in doing so, help make our organization stronger.”
The Work-Life Resource Center supports resources for finding child care, sick or back-up child care, the Family Helpers program, lactation resources, elder care resources, information and resources on flexible work options and an annual Work-Life Conference.
“Balancing your work and personal life is not always easy,” says Barbra Mulay, manager of the Work-Life Resource Center. “Start by identifying your key values and long-term goals. This will help provide a framework for decision making and finding resources to make your journey a little smoother along the way.”
MHealthy, the university’s health and well-being program, offers faculty and staff additional resources to support their physical, mental and emotional health. Exercise classes are available before, during and after work. Stress management classes are held regularly and counseling and consultation services are always available through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in the health system or the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) for campus faculty and staff.
Want more information? Visit hr.umich.edu/benefits-wellness.