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Jody To Keynote 2021 Fall Symposium

Date: Friday, November 19, 2021
Time: 9 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: Virtual/Online Webinar

Work-Life Challenges and Integration in the Context of COVID

Work-life integration has taken on new meaning during the pandemic. For some, the flexibility that comes with remote work opens up new opportunities while for others the lines between work and home life become blurred, with heightened work-life stress. For others, the stress and trauma associated with essential work during this time has clear implications for life outside of work including personal stress and family challenges. The sudden need to adapt to these changes during COVID has given rise to new challenges that range from work-life stress, disparities in employees’ ability to work from home effectively, and the increased need for employers to support worker safety, health, and well-being both at work and outside the traditional work environment. Further, the opportunity for remote and hybrid work, which are typically beyond reach for essential and front-line workers highlights the inherent lack of fairness in availability of flexible work arrangements and work-life support. Additionally, sick and family leave policies during this time have become more important now than ever, with many workers having to balance work while caring for themselves and/or those affected by COVID, which has disproportionately affected women and employees of color. Our Fall Symposium will address these topics and more.