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NIH Marks Quality of Work Life Week

It's been over a year since Secretary Shalala kicked off the HHS Quality of Work Life initiative, and over a year since NIH sponsored a Quality of Work Life (QWL) week devoted to raising awareness about work and family life issues. From Nov. 16-20, the spotlight will be on work and family life issues again when NIH hosts its second Quality of Work Life Week.

The purpose of the first NIH Quality of Work Life week was to introduce the NIH QWL strategy and to elevate issues that employees face trying to balance work and personal responsibilities," said Marvene Horwitz, chair of the NIH QWL committee. "This year, the QWL week will not only feature activities that highlight the achievements of the past year, but also will give NIH employees a chance to learn how they can make a difference in their communities."

The week will begin with a Volunteer Fair on Monday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Visitor Information Center at the Clinical Center. Over 30 agencies will be on hand to provide information about their organizations and volunteer opportunities. "We have selected a quote from Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, as the fair slogan," said Corliss Taylor, director of the NIH Work and Family Life Center and chief organizer of the fair. "It is 'Service: The rent we pay for living on this planet.' We feel this quote captures the spirit of the fair and the week."

The week's other events include a simulcast of Secretary Shalala's Conference on Family Friendly Work Practices on Tuesday, Nov. 17, which will be shown in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. Representatives from NIH will be participating in the secretary's conference, sharing the NIH experience with implementing family-friendly work practices such as alternative work schedules and flexi-place work arrangements. On Wednesday, NIH will host a reception from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Wilson Hall, honoring the most recent recipients of the NIH QWL Award. Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, NIH deputy director, will give opening remarks, and refreshments will be served. Finally, on Thursday, the NIH Work and Family Life Center will commemorate its 1-year anniversary by hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center is located in Bldg. 31, Rm. B3C15. Once again, Kirschstein will speak at 11 a.m.

For more information about the NIH Quality of Work Life week and other QWL initiatives, visit the QWL home page at:

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