National Work and Family Month, celebrated every October, focuses on the challenges working families face every day. The month is nationally recognized by businesses, academic institutions, federal agencies, members of Congress, work-life advocacy groups, and individuals who want to help employees be more effective at work and at home. For 2017, Johns Hopkins will recognize the month in three ways.
On Wednesday, Oct. 11, it will host the annual Work and Family Fair with resources to help you integrate your work and personal lives, adopt a healthy lifestyle, and create a quality work environment.
Second, the Office of Work, Life and Engagement is sharing what it calls 10 Reasons to Get to Know Us (eligibility for programs and services varies). The office's staff works with employees to:
- Ease stress and emotional concerns with the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, or FASAP
- Take charge of their well-being
- Navigate the Live Near Your Work grant process
- Access breastfeeding resources and mothers rooms
- Learn about child care resources, referrals, and backup care
- Attend WorkLife workshops at lunchtime or in your department
- Explore flexible work schedules and alternate work locations
- Find care and resources for aging adults
- Research pre-retirement resources
- Engage with community organizations needing support
In addition, Work, Life and Engagement's staff members are collecting work-life apps and "hacks" as a way to celebrate. If you use an app or have a hack that helps your work-life mix, they want to hear about it. Visit the Work-Life Apps & Hacks website or the office's table at the Work and Family Fair to share. To finish National Work and Family Month strong, the office will share Johns Hopkins' top 10 apps and hacks. Faculty and staff who participate can opt to enter a drawing for prizes.