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Volume 2
2007

How Does MSU Stack Up as an Employer?

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MSU is an Award Winning "Cool Place to Work"

Michigan State University was recognized with a 2005 Cool Places to Work award co-sponsored by Crain's Detroit Business and the Grand Rapids Business Journal. Employers had to be nominated by an employee. Nominees then were asked to fill out a detailed survey that measured workplace commitment to various programs, policies, and practices that contribute to great work environments. Those include workplace flexibility, promotion of diversity, benefits offered, attention to safety, and availability of professional development opportunities.

MSU Among Top Ten "Best Places to Work in Scientific Institutions"

In 2003 MSU was rated one of the top ten "Best Places to Work in Scientific Institutions" in the world, according to a survey in The Scientist. Based on criteria such as collegial relationships and appropriate access to resources, MSU ranked eighth in the survey. The University appeared again in The Scientist's "Best Places to Work for Postdocs" survey in 2005, ranking 4th among U.S. academic institutions and 14th for U.S. institutions overall.

MSU Promotes Family-Friendly Policies

MSU consistently promotes work/life balance and family friendly policies for faculty, staff, and students.

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Family Resource Center
The FRC offers services and Web-based information about adoption, breastfeeding, child care (including emergency sick care), eldercare, teen parenting, work-life balance, and more.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
EAP provides a safe place to share personal and work concerns in a non-judgmental, confidential environment. Counselors provide service, free of charge, to MSU employees and their immediate family members. Services include clinical assessment, short term counseling, and referral to other mental health resources when appropriate.

Health4U
MSU's health promotion program encourages faculty, staff, graduate students, retirees, and their families to redefine the way they think about health. Health4U offers programs, services, and activities designed to make a positive difference in participants' own health and the health of the campus community. Take a class or sign up for exercise sessions.