MUS Wellness is proud to announce our first Departmental Award winner! The MSU Billings Library earned our Gold level award for creating an excellent culture of workplace well-being.
Being conscious of well-being is nothing new to the MSUB Library, as they formed a wellness committee back in 2009. The committee created a monthly newsletter for staff and began organizing special events like nature walks, how to make your own hummus and sprouts, and social gatherings outside of work hours.
Currently, the staff holds standing and walking meetings, and most enjoy competing with each other during our Incentive Program step challenges. One of their favorite annual events is the MSUB Spooktacular each Halloween, which gives them the opportunity to work together, get creative, and come up with costume and decoration themes for the library.
Having a supportive supervisor is key for a great work culture, and the MSUB Library recognized its director, Darlene Hert, in their award application:
“Our director is supportive of us attending Wellness webinars. Many times we host the webinars in our library. She covers our shifts, so we can attend as a group. When there are opportunities to volunteer on campus, she encourages us to participate. She is quick to remind us to bring healthy options to our potlucks. She is open to new suggestions about incorporating wellness-related activities in our department.”
Some of the Library’s wellness-related activities right now include decorating the stairwell with inspirational signage to encourage taking the stairs rather than the elevator, and a designated activity area where you can earn stickers for performing certain exercises!
Congratulations MSU Billings Library! You guys are amazing! Keep up the great work!
If you think your department is worthy of a Wellness Award, check out the criteria and submit your application to us!