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Work-life Sensitivity Reflected in October Events for Employees

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2019) — Self-care, friends, parenting and caregiving are important parts of life.

This October marks the 16th anniversary of National Work and Family Month, a time for employers to celebrate progress toward workplaces that support life outside of work.

In 2013, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved work-life sensitivity as one of the university’s 11 values.

This value of work-life sensitivity serves as the theme for October events offered by the Work-Life team in Human Resources:

  • Oct. 3: Cyber security & awareness for the family lunch and learn;
  • Oct. 8: ABC’s of dementia for caregivers lunch and learn;
  • Oct. 10: Working parents group;
  • Oct. 15: Fayette County Schools Blitz lunch and learn;
  • Oct. 17: Self-care workshop on imposter syndrome; and 
  • Oct. 29: Flex Work at UK lunch and learn.

“Everyone has a unique situation with their work, life and family,” said HR Manager of Work-Life Azetta Beatty. “We offer events on a variety of work-life topics that matter to UK employees as they seek to manage their work and life responsibilities.”

These events are open to all faculty and staff, though "Flex Work at UK" on Oct. 29 is designed specifically for staff and any employee — faculty or staff — who supervises staff. This event spotlights supervisors who support their staff with flex time and telework. 

“Supervisors play a key role in helping employees by allowing some flexibility in their work schedule when possible,” Beatty said. “We hope to give attendees insight on how to initiate their own conversations about flex work.”

Visit the calendar of events for more details including registration. These events are hosted by the HR Work-Life team, which includes four mental health therapists dedicated to employees and a licensed social worker dedicated to supporting employees who are caregivers of older loved ones. 

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for," and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.