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New Benefit: Family Leave Policy for New Parents

Family Leave for New Parents policy that began July 1 offers paid leave to full- and part-time employees who have worked at the university for at least one year. Mothers and fathers have four weeks of leave at full pay after their child is born or placed through adoption, and employees who give birth have an additional six weeks of paid birth recovery leave.

Read more about the policy on the Hub at Work website.

Service Leave Expands to Baltimore City

Johns Hopkins Takes Time for Schools became Johns Hopkins Takes Time for Baltimore effective July 1. Read about the kick-off activity at Family Recovery Program, Inc. on the Hub at Work website.

Visit the Office of Work, Life and Engagement website for more information about how departments and individuals can provide service to organizations and agencies.

Take the Work-Life Pledge for August

Are you dreading the schedule and activity changes that come with the start of fall and a new school year? Maybe taking the Johns Hopkins Work-Life Pledge for August will help you implement some strategies that rebalance your work-life fit for a smoother transition in September.

The Work-Life Pledge is an opportunity for faculty and staff to choose from best practices in five categories known to improve work-life effectiveness. Individuals who take the pledge select from a menu of strategies to customize and commit to a 30-day action plan. The purpose is to create a pathway of support for daily choices that positively impact one’s work-life fit, and to build a community of champions for work-life culture at Johns Hopkins.

Baltimore City Families Need Your Help to Afford Mandatory School Uniforms

You can help students attending a Baltimore City public school by donating $40 to purchase two new uniforms. The school district has seen a strong correlation between student access to school uniforms and student attendance. Starting the school year with new uniforms helps to build confidence in students and allows them to better focus on classwork.

Donate student uniforms by visiting the Work, Life and Engagement website by Friday, August 18 at 5 p.m.

Tips by and for Johns Hopkins Managers: Navigating Breastfeeding Support in the Workplace

We asked dozens of managers at Johns Hopkins how they support their employees who are breastfeeding. They shared over 30 strategies focused on what to do before the employee’s maternity leave begins and after the employee returns to work.

To acknowledge World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7, 2017), the list of tips is available for download from the Work, Life and Engagement website.  

To learn more about the Johns Hopkins Breastfeeding Support Program or to register to use one of the 25-plus Mother’s Rooms, visit the Work, Life and Engagement website.

Managing Cancer at Work Improves Employee Benefit

Access to the online and nurse navigator resources for Johns Hopkins' Managing Cancer at Work benefit has been improved.

Most importantly, there is a new URL: and a PIN is no longer needed to access either the employee or manager part of the program's website. Enhancements include more-frequently posted content and mobile-friendliness for all devices.

A second nurse navigator is now available to support faculty and staff and their loved ones facing a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

More improvements providing an enhanced experience will be announced soon.

Employees Provide Assistance to Local Nonprofits through the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund

Twenty local nonprofit organizations received financial support from the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund in the form of grants totaling nearly $222,000. Sixty-nine agencies applied for funding in February, with requests for projects that address the needs of communities around Johns Hopkins in the areas of public safety, health, employment, education and community revitalization.

Grant applications were reviewed by the fund’s allocation committee, which comprises a cross section of Johns Hopkins employees. The agencies funded for 2017 include: Adelante Latina, B'more Clubhouse, Health Care for the Homeless and Tahirih Justice Center. The complete list of funded organizations and their missions is posted on the Office of Work, Life and Engagement website.

The Neighborhood Fund was created in 2007 to support nonprofit organizations that serve the communities surrounding Johns Hopkins and that are associated with Hopkins through institutional involvement or affiliation with faculty, staff, retirees or students. Donations to the Neighborhood Fund are accepted through the annual Johns Hopkins United Way campaign. 


JHU Staff Appreciation Fall Fest

Fall Fest is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 8, 3-8 p.m. Information about tickets will be available in mid-August. For more information, visit this webpage.


Check out this month’s professional and personal enrichment programs being offered by our office. Read more

Registration is required for workshops.

Updated 8/1/2017