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Vol. LXV, No. 1
January 4, 2013
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NICHD Committee Promotes Positive Work Environment

WE committee member Dr. Kathy Mann Koepke (l) describes committee programs to Presidential Management Fellows Susan Vorkoper (c) and Laura Damiano

WE committee member Dr. Kathy Mann Koepke (l) describes committee programs to Presidential Management Fellows Susan Vorkoper (c) and Laura Damiano.

In conjunction with NICHD’s 50th anniversary, the institute’s worklife enrichment (WE) committee held an employee information fair at the recent NICHD awards ceremony. The committee promotes a positive and productive worklife culture and advises the NICHD director on matters that influence morale and well-being, including support of inclusion, diversity and disabilities awareness.

The WE committee has four parts: the Culture Club, which sponsors cultural events; the health and well-being committee, which promotes employee health and worklife balance; the safety and occupational health committee, which tries to make the workplace safer; and the Take Your Child to Work Day committee, which coordinates NICHD’s participation in this event.

WE committee members, along with other NIH organizations, staffed tables to distribute information about topics such as cultural appreciation, employee health and well-being, child care and telework. Visitors could pick up pamphlets about ergonomic workstations and NIH fitness centers, volunteer for the 2013 Take Your Child to Work Day, sign up to be a child’s pen pal through the NICHD-Highland Elementary School Partnership, gather information on how to be more environmentally friendly and learn about resources for child or elder care.

The committee is looking to partner with other NIH organizations and ICs on worklife initiatives. If interested, contact Dr. Deborah Henken or Kathleen Stephan, co-chairs of the WE committee, at nichdwecommittee@mail.nih.gov.


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