Ad-hoc Childcare Advisory Task Force
The Ad-hoc Childcare Advisory Task Force has been charged with evaluating the current state of childcare availability, and associated challenges and best practices, experienced by Michigan Tech employees and students. The Task Force is preparing a report and recommendations, based on quantitative and qualitative data, as well as benchmarking of similar institutions. The report is scheduled to be available in September, 2016. Contact Ann Kitalong-Will (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Bi-Annual WorkLife Quality Survey
In support of the University’s strategic plan, we will conduct a bi-annual survey to assess the quality of WorkLife for Michigan Tech employees, as well as to evaluate how well our initiatives and pilot programs are helping to improve WorkLife integration at Michigan Tech. Survey reports will be available on the WorkLife Connections website. The first survey focused on childcare needs at the University, and data is currently being used to assist in the Ad-hoc Childcare Advisory Task Force’s report preparation.
Staff Mentoring Pilot Program
The University has received grant funding from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to develop a staff mentoring pilot program. Sixteen staff members are currently being trained to serve as mentors to their colleagues. Formal mentoring will be available beginning in September, 2016; WorkLife Connections will publish a call for potential mentorees to submit a questionnaire to assist in matching them with a mentor who will work with them during fall semester, 2016. Topics for mentoring may include (but are not limited to):
- Developing strategies to better integrate home and work lives
- Helping new employees to get to know Michigan Tech
- Networking opportunities
- Guidance in career and job goals
- Understanding resources available to employees
- Developing communication and other job skills
Support for Breastfeeding Mothers Program
Michigan Tech currently has nine lactation spaces or “Mothers’ Rooms” on campus where nursing mothers can go to pump breastmilk in a clean, relaxing, and private environment. WorkLife Connections is currently evaluating what more we can do at the University to support nursing mothers, and we welcome your input. Email email@example.com with questions and comments.
University Policies to Support WorkLife Integration
WorkLife Connections is continuously evaluating current policies and benchmarking other universities to understand how our policies might help or hinder Michigan Tech community members in connecting work and home lives effectively. If you would like to work with us on researching and developing effective policies to support our faculty, staff, and students to integrate work and home lives harmoniously, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.