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Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance


University Holidays

  • All full-time employees will be excused from work with pay on observed holidays unless their services are required by their department during these periods.
  • In addition to standard university holidays, the University traditionally recognizes seven additional university closure day during the Christmas/Winter Break period, for a total of 17 paid holidays. View the Holiday Calendar for a complete listing.

Complete policy is located here.

Vacation Leave

Vacation leave with pay is earned by all regular full-time employees (non-faculty). Vacation leave accrues hourly, and may be taken in hourly increments. Vacation leave may be used for vacations, personal business, or for any other personal reason. There is no limit to the accumulation of earned vacation leave. However, the maximum number of days which may be carried forward from one fiscal year to the next (July 1) is 20 days (150 hours).

Complete policy located here.

Summer Hours

The University typically condenses its summer working hours for the entire summer period (end of May through first of August). Traditionally, WKU employees work 35 hour work weeks during this summer period, and continue to receive their full base pay for the standard workweek of 37.5 hours.

Flexible Work Options

WKU offers alternative work arrangements for employees, as they may increase work/life balance and maximize employee potential. Employees may benefit from alternative arrangements through more concentrated time off, a decrease in the number of commute days, and by working a schedule that allows for increased productivity because of work flow changes.

Flex time: Allows employees to work variable daily starting and ending times during a 37.5 workweek.

Flex-place: An agreement between a supervisor and employee that some component(s) of an employee’s work may be performed at home or some location other than the traditional work setting.

Compressed Workweek: A workweek (totaling 37.5 hours) that is condensed into fewer than five days. Employees may work longer days for part of a given week in exchange for shorter days off during the remainder of the week.

Complete policy located here.

Other Work/Life Resources

  • The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides free, confidential, short-term counseling—as well as referrals and access to educational tools and resources—for a variety of personal matters, including: marital/relationship problems, drug and alcohol abuse, parenting, child and elder care, adoption, certain legal matters, stress management and financial planning. You and your dependents may receive five free short-term counseling sessions, and a referral to a counselor for longer-term treatment if needed.

       Log in:  https://www.anthem.com/eap  Company code = WKU.

  • On-Campus Child Care - Western Kentucky University Campus Child Care (WKUCCC) operates a combination Early Head Start, Head Start and Non-Profit Child Care Program for children six weeks through five years of age. 

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 Last Modified 3/27/18