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Help Celebrate Work and Family Month

National Work and Family Month, celebrated every October, focuses on the challenges working families face every day. The month is nationally recognized by businesses, academic institutions, federal agencies, members of Congress, work-life advocacy groups, and individuals who want to help employees be more effective at work and at home. For 2017, Johns Hopkins will recognize the month in three ways.

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, it will host the annual Work and Family Fair with resources to help you integrate your work and personal lives, adopt a healthy lifestyle, and create a quality work environment.

Second, the Office of Work, Life and Engagement is sharing what it calls, “10 Reasons to Get to Know Us”(eligibility for programs and services varies). The office's staff works with employees to:

In addition, Work, Life and Engagement's staff members are collecting work-life apps and "hacks" as a way to celebrate. If you use an app or have a hack that helps your work-life mix, they want to hear about it. Visit the Work-Life Apps & Hacks website or the office's table at the Work and Family Fair to share. To finish National Work and Family Month strong, the office will share Johns Hopkins' top 10 apps and hacks. Faculty and staff who participate can opt to enter a drawing for prizes.

Work, Life and Engagement Brings Workshops to Departments

The Office of Work, Life and Engagement each year presents some 85 employee-targeted lunchtime workshops on such topics as work-life effectiveness, aging, finances, homeownership, parenting, and well-being—and now it’s easy to have them come to you.

Responding to interest from individuals and departments, the office has assembled an online catalog of approximately 40 workshops that can be requested for staff meetings, in-service trainings, or retreats.

Think a group in your office would benefit from learning more about the university’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, or about Smart Money Moves in your 20s and 30s? Or maybe they’d be interested in hearing about Helping Your Parents Age Well or When Adult Children Move Back Home.

It’s easy to find programs that are a good fit. In order to move forward with planning the workshop, a guarantee of at least 10 participants is required. The person responsible for organizing the department’s meetings and trainings should complete the online request form at least one month before the meeting/training. The department must arrange for both a room for the workshop and any necessary audio/video equipment.

Offerings are subject to change based on facilitator availability. If the department requests a workshop led by an expert outside of Johns Hopkins, there may be a speaking fee, which the department pays.

Contact with any questions.

Johns Hopkins Programs Support Victims of Domestic Violence

Johns Hopkins cares about employees who are victims of domestic/intimate partner violence and offers resources and support to help individuals. Domestic/intimate partner violence takes place when one partner uses physical violence, intimidation, threats, or emotional, sexual, or economic abuse to control the other partner.

Coworkers often know about incidents of domestic/intimate partner violence and are in the best position to elevate the situation for help because they are trusted. While domestic/intimate partner violence seems like a personal issue, it can become a workplace safety issue because the controlling partner knows where and when to find the victim. If the controlling partner comes to Johns Hopkins, faculty, staff, students, patients, and visitors can be at risk for violence.

Victims of domestic/intimate partner violence can benefit from support that improves safety and addresses emotions related to the abuse. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) offers support to victims and provides referrals to community resources.

If employees know of a controlling domestic/intimate partner relationship and are concerned about its effects on the individuals and the workplace, it is important to say something. Concerns may be elevated to a supervisor, manager, or human resources/labor relations professional, Security, or Safe at Hopkins.

United Way Campaign Kicks Off October 19

Watch your email for information about the campaign and how to make a pledge. United Way pledge designations made to the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund assist local nonprofit organizations' efforts to build stronger neighborhoods by addressing needs in areas of:


2017 Work & Family Fair - 35+ experts in One location

All Hopkins faculty and staff are invited to attend the 2017 Johns Hopkins Work & Family Fair. 

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Turner Concourse (East Baltimore Campus)

Come learn about resources that will help you:

35-plus exhibitors such as American Chiropractic Health, Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union, Live Baltimore, Women’s Mood Disorder Clinic, and EHP Health Coaching/Care Management will be on hand to discuss topics such as child care, aging parents, finances, legal issues, and health and wellness.

FIXT, a local company that has an agreement with Johns Hopkins to repair smartphones and tablets, will attend the fair to fix cracked screens. Employees can schedule a repair or get an estimate in advance of the fair; walk-ins are welcome as well

Attendees have a chance to win a prize from The Maryland Zoo.

Shuttle service is available between campuses.


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

Registration is required for workshops.

Updated 9/27/2017