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Summertime at IPF: work hard, play hard

June 14, 2016

When people know you work at MSU, do they ever assume you are less busy during the summer because the students are gone? We know the truth, though. It’s precisely because the students are gone that we’re busier in the summer than just about any other time of year!

First, we have to get the campus looking gorgeous for graduation, no matter what the fickle Michigan weather is doing. You did a fabulous job, by the way. Campus looked beautiful and continues to look beautiful. That’s great news for all the weddings and special events happening on campus throughout the summer.

Then we have all of the summer construction and landscaping projects that need to be completed before the students come back. With the Abbot Road Landscape Rejuvenation project, we’re creating a beautifully updated look for a major campus entrance. We’re also reconstructing a few parking lots and doing electrical distribution work. We’re replacing chillers and doing classroom renovations. There’s new gas pipeline to be laid and old exterior masonry to be repaired. And that’s all without even mentioning the large, ongoing construction projects on campus, such as the Breslin Center upgrades and 1855 Place.

Yes, there’s lots to do when you work for IPF in the summertime.

But, there’s also time to have fun. There’s time for the IPF Employee Appreciation Picnic on June 23. Starting at 2 p.m., IPF employees will be enjoying great food, good conversation and games such as horseshoes and volleyball. And what about the Dave Lewis Golf Scramble on July 23 at the Wheatfield Valley Golf Course? Contact Michelle Jacobs for more info about the golf scramble or the picnic.

There’s time to spend with family and friends, too. After all, you live in the Great Lakes State, right? Take advantage of it! Go hiking in Sterling State Park on Lake Erie or head to Lake Huron for some lighthouse tours. Lake Superior is the best for shipwreck tours and Lake Michigan boasts wonderful sandy beaches for swimming and sunning. Even if you can’t get to one of the Great Lakes, maybe you can visit one of the other 11,000 lakes in the state—or just put a splash pool in the backyard!

Whether taking time to enjoy your family, get into your hobbies, do a project at home or just swing in a hammock (not on campus, of course), it’s important to balance your work at IPF with time for yourself. How can you be a creative innovator, a problem solver, a collaborative communicator or have any of the other attributes of a T-shaped employee if you’re burned out from lack of quality personal time?

So yes, work hard at your IPF job over the summer because that’s what your dedication and professionalism demands. But also play hard to keep yourself fresh and relaxed and ready for anything!

Until next time,


P.S. The Workforce Engagement subcommittee put together a short video about T-shaped employees. Please take a few minutes to watch it. And as always, if you have something you want to share, suggest or complain about, send it to