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UK Celebrates National Work and Family Month

2019 Employee Appreciation Day.
2019 Employee Appreciation Day. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 12, 2021) — The challenges of the past year and a half have demonstrated the importance of successful work-life integration. October is National Work and Family Month, a time to reconnect with the ways University of Kentucky supports employees on their journey to find work-life harmony. 

UK Human Resources Work-Life is available year-round to work with employees looking for ways to manage their work and personal responsibilities. This month, however, is a great opportunity to engage with us and discover which of our offerings may fit an employee’s unique situation. 

“Families continue to deal with the impact of the pandemic on everyday life,” said Azetta Beatty, HR Work-Life manager. “Employees are doing the best they can as they try to move forward in an uncertain time while maintaining some sort of self-care. We encourage employees to take it one day at a time, but be intentional as you seek out self-care options that can rejuvenate and revive you.” 

HR Work-Life will offer an online workshop series to help with the self-care journey, at noon every Thursday in October: 

Employees can also join in any of our regular monthly programming for working parentselder caregiving and mental health topics. A full list of HR events is available here. 

HR’s other well-being areas also offer great information for managing work and family responsibilities: 

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 four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, 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 five 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.