Ask anyone at Virginia Tech what drew them to the university, and why they stay, and the answer is almost always the same – it’s the people.

In addition to a student body of 31,000 bright students, the university employees nearly 13,000 full- and part-time employees who make Virginia Tech a world class university and a great place to work.

“There’s no question that our success as the Commonwealth’s leading research university is a credit to the incredible work of our faculty and staff,” said Associate Vice President of Human Resources Hal Irvin.

According to BusinessWeek, “work-life balance now ranks as one of the most important workplace attributes — second only to compensation, according to research conducted by CEB among more than 50,000 global workers. And employees who feel they have a better work-life balance tend to work 21 percent harder than those that don't, the research said.

In 2014, Virginia Tech was ranked No. 9 on a list of "The Top 25 Universities To Work For in 2014," by The ranking was based on feedback from employees who noted factors that contribute to a positive work-life balance (flexible schedules, tuition reimbursement, an atmosphere of ongoing education, and opportunities to make an impact on young lives.)

To help employees achieve and maintain a positive work-life balance, the Department of Human Resources hosts an annual “Finding Balance Conference.” The event, coordinated by Hokie Wellness is open to all employees.

“It’s a bit of a thank you for all our employees do to support the university’s mission of teaching, research, and outreach. The conference offers employees an opportunity to learn and explore ways to increase the harmony between their work and personal lives as well as network with co-workers,” said Cathy Kropff, director of Hokie Wellness.

This year’s conference will be held Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Inn and Virginia Tech and features a keynote address from nationally known motivational speaker Paul Wesselman, also know as The Ripples Guy. Athletic Director Whit Babcock, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Buzz Williams, and Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo will also speak during the event.  Registration for the event was full within hours of opening.

Participants won’t be sitting and listening to speakers all day though. The Hokie Wellness team has planned several “get up and move activities” including Tai Chi, yoga, and Zumba, and wellness exhibitors will be available to discuss their services. The conference is sponsored by LewisGale Hospital Montgomery.

In addition to this annual event, the Hokie Wellness team hosts dozens of programs each year – all aimed at helping employees achieve work-life harmony. In addition to sessions on elder care, diabetes prevention and management, and preventative health, employees have the opportunity to participate in Weight Watchers at Work, ADHD support groups, financial wellness events, flu vaccination clinics, and health and nutrition counseling. 

Other programs, including Flexible Work Options, allow employees to balance work and personal responsibilities. Unlimited professional development opportunities allow employees to pursue their interests and further develop their skills.

Learn more about the university’s commitment to developing well-rounded employees who are active members of the university community as well as the community at-large.

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