Monthly Message from the Work-Life Director
MARCH GREETINGS FROM THE DIRECTOR
March 4, 2008 - After the snowy days of February, many of us are looking forward to the sunnier days of spring. When spring weather arrives, I will be taking walks after dinner, where I will meet up with other neighbors doing the same. It will feel so good to socialize outside, and I will be reminded of the lyrics from a David Byrne song, Neighborhood.
The people feel so good
Say boy, say girl
All in my neighborhood
Say boy, say girl
We got peace, love & money business
Gonna reach the very top
There’ll be pride, hope & Sunday mornings
All the things I’m thinking of …*
Having a sense of community is central to work/life balance, whether we are at home or work. Feeling a part of something larger than ourselves is central to being human, and as a land-grant university, we have a particular responsibility to extend our outreach to others. Employee satisfaction surveys rank meaningful work more important than salaries, and community outreach provides the opportunities to make a difference. Moreover, research shows that individuals, who participate in community, particularly as volunteers, have healthier and happier lives.
In the Work Life Office, we are making strides to connect. Recent activities include the expansion of our calendar of events, and participation in the Women’s Forum and Meeting the Challenges of Aging conferences. In our personal lives, we are involved in Girl Scout troops, neighborhood associations, community gardens, civic organizations and more.
For many of us, our sense of self is grounded in meaningful activities at work, home and community. After all,
…We could change in the world
In the night while we are sleeping
The Power’s in my neighborhood.*
See you around,
Robynn Pease, Director
Connect with your community today!
- Would you like to get involved in a volunteer activity? Visit our Community Involvement page and learn more.
- Are you involved in a community activity that contributes to your work/life balance. Send an e-mail to our office today and tell us about it. You might be featured on our site in the future.