Johns Hopkins recognized for work-life effectiveness

Johns Hopkins University and Health System have earned the WorldatWork Work-Life Seal of Distinction for the fourth year running. Since its inception in 2012, the Seal of Distinction has been awarded each year to organizations across the country that support employees at work and at home.

"Johns Hopkins is delighted and honored to be a recipient of the Seal of Distinction," says Michelle Carlstrom, senior director of the Office of Work, Life and Engagement. "The seal is an important endorsement of our strong portfolio of programs that reflects leadership's commitment to work-life initiatives."

Heidi Conway, vice president for human resources, says, "We are proud of this important distinction for Johns Hopkins. Providing the tools and resources that support faculty and staff in taking care of themselves, their families, and their professional responsibilities is important and ultimately results in a positive work experience that is essential to employee engagement and organizational success."

"Johns Hopkins' collection of resources lays a foundation, but it alone does not create work-life effectiveness" Carlstrom says. "Instead, the compilation of choices that individuals make every day can improve or hinder work-life progress. It's our people who will shift the culture toward true work-life effectiveness and away from the 24/7 pressures of work that are the reality for many Americans."

To foster work-life progress, the Office of Work, Life and Engagement has developed the Johns Hopkins Work-Life Pledge. Faculty and staff who take the pledge choose from a menu of strategies to customize and commit to a 30-day action plan. "Taking the pledge creates a pathway of support for daily choices that positively impact work-life fit and helps build a community of champions for work-life culture at Johns Hopkins," Carlstrom says.

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