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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 — 1:30 PM EDT

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Dr. Linda Duxbury will deliver a public talk on work/life balance at Laurier and a related research talk at Waterloo.

Work-life balance: rhetoric versus reality

University of Waterloo, 1:30-2:30pm in LHI 1621

In this talk, Duxbury synthesizes her research in the area of work-life balance so as to provide policy makers and researchers with a more objective “big picture” view of what has happened in this area in Canada in the last decade. Specifically, this talk uses survey and interview data from two national studies to dispel a number of key myths related to identifying and addressing the problem of work-life conflict. 

Work-life balance 101: creating a supportive work environment

Wilfrid Laurier University 4:00-5:00pm, Senate & Board Chamber (Visitor parking map)

In order to answer the question of “why do organizations need to make it easier for employees to balance work and life?” Duxbury discusses key reasons (including impending labour shortages, the need to recruit and retain employees, and the costs of inaction) and identifies specific recommendations for how companies can increase balance (such as the development of  supportive managers and the creation of  supportive work environments). Finally, Duxbury argues that for any significant changes to occur in this area, the organization needs to change its culture and concludes with a discussion of how cultural change can be achieved. More information about this talk is available on the Laurier website.

About the speaker

Linda Duxbury is a Professor at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University. She received an M.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo. Professor Duxbury is one of Canada’s leading authorities in the field of organizational health and has published widely in both the academic and practitioner literatures in the area of work-family conflict, change management, supportive work environments, stress, telework, the use and impact of office technology, managing the new workforce and supportive management. She has also given over 300 plenary talks on these issues to public and private sector audiences in Canada and internationally.

Download full descriptions of both talks (.rtf)

View or download the event poster (PDF)

This is a joint initiative of the Faculty Association Status of Women & Equity Committee and the Laurier Faculty Women's Colleague.

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