Work/Life Balance

Work/Life Balance Programmes at NUI Galway

The Office of the Vice-President for Equality and Diversity is working with others across campus, including the Human Resources Office, to increase the support available to both staff and managers to help create a culture that is supportive for working parents, carers, and general staff well-being.

To help foster this supportive culture there are currently two training opportunites available: 'Managing Inclusively' and 'Ramp-up: Post-Maternity'.  Please review the Staff Training and Development site for current available training courses. 

Programmes Available

The OVPED is working with the assistance of an organisation called Mumager to provide the following training opportunites. These opportunities will continue to develop in the future, incorporating feedback and the needs of staff and managers.

Managing Inclusively

Line-managers and Supervisors are encouraged to attend the 'Managing Inclusively' programme.

NUI Galway has policies in place regarding flexible working, parental, carer, and maternity/paternity leave – but how these policies are being implemented and managed depends on you as a manager.  Many potential solutions to help support working parents and those with caring responsiblities relate directly to individual management. This training course is offered on select dates each semester.

This training programme will provide management and leadership advice on:

  • How to create a culture that values and supports all staff, inclusive of external responsibilities
  • How to support and manage employees with caring responsibilities
  • How to support and manage transitions from leave back to work

Ramp Up: Post-Maternity Workshop

The transition back into the working environment after maternity/adoptive leave can come with many challenges. If you are due to return, or have returned within 8 months, from maternity/adoptive leave this one-day interactive and practical workshop is aimed at helping you to prepare and supporting you in adjusting back to the workplace. The workshop runs in January and May/June  each year.

 During the workshop the following key topics will be covered:

  • Values
  • Setting boundaries
  • Choices
  • Getting over guilt
  • Time management
  • Hit the ground running
  • Resilience
  • Coaching session