World at Work 2016 Seal of Distinction

For the third year in a row, Oregon State University has earned a Work-Life Seal of Distinction for 2016 from the WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress.

Creating and maintaining a strong work-life balance for employees is an ongoing goal of the university, and has been identified as an important and attractive practice by incoming employees recruited to the university. Becky Warner, OSU’s Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, helped establish the OSU Office of Work-Life, which offers a variety of resources from flexible policies to accommodate employee needs outside the workplace to childcare and family resource options to help placing dual-career spouses at OSU.

Robynn Pease is director of the Office of Work-Life, and said that emphasizing a work-life balance is crucial to making OSU a great place to work.

“When people feel that they’re supported and viewed as more than just workers, they’ll be more productive and successful in all aspects of their lives,” she said. “OSU recognizes that our community is more vital because of the emphasis we place on work-life balance.”

WorldatWork is an alliance of independent compensation, benefits and human resources organizations representing professionals around the world. The seal is a mark of excellence designed to identify organizational success in work-life effectiveness. OSU was one of 77 honorees and only 14 universities to receive the honor.

OSU President Edward J. Ray said in a nominating letter that university administrators and staff were proud to be among the employers who have been nationally recognized for their work-life practices.

“OSU understands in today’s competitive environment, work-life initiatives provide the foundation for a productive and engaged campus community and underscores our leadership as a nationally recognized land-grant university,” he said. “This seal is a demonstration of our strong commitment to enhancing OSU’s faculty, staff and students’ work-life balance.”

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