Help celebrate Work and Family Month

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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 2018, Johns Hopkins will recognize the month in the following ways.

On Monday, Oct. 15, the Office of Work, Life and Engagement will host the annual Work & Family Fair with resources to help employees integrate their work and personal lives, adopt a healthy lifestyle, and create a quality work environment.

Second, WorkLife and Engagement staff are collecting strategies that help employees manage well-being at work as a way to celebrate. Visit the WorkLife and Engagement website or the office's table at the Work & Family Fair to submit a strategy for managing well-being at work. To finish National Work and Family Month strong, the office will share Johns Hopkins' top-10 strategies for managing well-being at work. Faculty and staff who participate can opt to enter a drawing for prizes.

Third, the Office of Work, Life and Engagement wants to remind employees of 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, through the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program
  • 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 their 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