Spring 2017 Work-Life Seminar Series

What’s complicating your life these days? Are you juggling multiple responsibilities and looking for a new approach to handling the stress of everyday life? Perhaps you’re adjusting to life as a new parent? Wondering how to support your school-age child, or how to help your high schooler plan for college? Dealing with the possibilities and uncertainties of life as a young professional, including how to manage your finances and career? Maybe you want to learn the best way to help an aging family member, or perhaps you are beginning to think about your retirement.

GAP GAP hooray! New cloud-based portal transforms managing graduate appointments

In April 2017, the Graduate Appointment Portal (GAP) will replace Web Grad Aid as the web-based data entry tool for processing graduate appointments and awards. The new GAP system integrates with MIT’s student information systems and SAP, providing significant improvements in managing graduate appointments. This academic year, MIT has 6852 graduate students on board.

Exceptional Service

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

This interactive workshop will focus on ways to build and maintain relationships with customers, including administrators, faculty, colleagues and others with whom you work closely and strategies for providing exceptional customer service to your internal and external customers.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

Fixing our broken sleep

Do you struggle to get a good night’s sleep? If so, you are not alone. Recent studies suggest that we are experiencing a worldwide epidemic of insufficient sleep, with 60 percent of Americans reporting difficulty sleeping nearly every night. In this interactive seminar, attendees will learn techniques for overcoming common sleep problems; examine sleep from a scientific, historic, and traditional perspective; and learn the connections between sleep and health. This presentation has helped many people begin to get better sleep almost immediately.

Websites smooth the way for newly hired employees and the administrators who bring them on board

Hiring at MIT surges in September, with the start of another academic year. That surge impacts managers and administrators in DLCs, who play a crucial role in bringing new hires on board. Since many department representatives aren’t recent hires themselves, many could benefit from a refresher on what to do and in what order.

Finding new and familiar faces on Atlas -- photo uploads

It would be a stretch to say that Aristotle might have foreseen the rise of Facebook and similar sites when he observed that humans are, by nature, social animals. He did, however, clearly understand the basic impulse underlying our 21st-century digital networking culture. As philosophers, social scientists, psychologists, and other thinkers have noted through the ages, much of our satisfaction in life arises in the context of our relationships with other people.


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