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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 11 additional university closures during Spring Break, Fall Break, and the Christmas/Winter Break period for a total of 23 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 325 hours (two months).

Complete policy located here.

Summer Hours

WKU values a healthy work/life balance.  An added benefit to our total compensation is a reduced summer schedule.  While official operating hours of WKU remain Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM, employees work 34 hours per week, adjusting their workweek to suit personal needs as well as their departmental needs. 

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. To log in, enter “WKU” as the company name.
  • 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.
  • COVID-19 Resource Guide - The COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges in our work and home life.  Please reference this guide for resources available to you.


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 Last Modified 5/15/23