Work-Life Challenges and Integration in the Context of COVID

Downtown Portland and Hood

2021 Fall Symposium

Date: Friday, November 19, 2021
Time: 9 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: Virtual/Online Webinar (Email us with questions)

Sponsored by the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, Oregon Healthy Workforce Center and Portland State University Occupational Health Psychology Program.

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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.

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AGENDA

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome
Leslie Hammer, Ph.D., Professor, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences; Co-Director, Oregon Healthy Workforce Center

Jody Thompson, Ph.D. Culture Rx
Jody Thompson

Jody Thompson
Culture Rx

The pandemic provided a global case study that proved work gets done outside of the constraints of the 9-5 office environment, and where the constraints and hazards of essential, on site work, have never been so evident.  Organizations must establish an equitable environment for everyone to thrive and feel supported, not by creating more policies and rules, but by thinking about work and performance management in an entirely different way.  Join me while I show how adopting a proven, contemporary equitable mindset will support and enable today’s workers to thrive.  

Charlice Hurst, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Management & Organization, Mendoza College of Business
Charlice Hurst

Charlice Hurst, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Management & Organization, Mendoza College of Business

Flexible work and racial equity are rarely considered in the same conversation. Yet, Black and Latinx women may have more to gain (and lose) from flexible work than white women. Black and Latinx women tend to have more intense caregiving demands and to be less financially able to work reduced hours or leave the workforce. Furthermore, what makes a city a great place to live often looks different to them. There are far fewer places that offer Black and Latinx women the cultural resources, economic opportunities and sense of safety that all employees value. Finally, they are overrepresented in low-wage service roles, often performing the "essential" work that has kept the United States running through the COVID-19 pandemic. Even as they have been lauded as heroic--even as their communities have been battered by the pandemic--they have lacked time off and flexibility to care for ailing loved ones, children learning remotely, or themselves. These women could benefit substantially from more flexible work options. Yet, without careful attention to the needs and preferences of Black and Latinx women, flexible work could also deepen their disadvantage by, for instance, reducing access to developmental and relationship-building opportunities. This session will explore how thoughtful flexible work policies could advance racial equity at a time when the critical roles that Black and Latinx women play in the economy has become clearer than ever. 

Kristen Shockley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Georgia
Kristen Shockley

Kristen Shockley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Georgia

COVID-19 brought on unprecedented work and work-family challenges, particularly for families with young children when childcare became largely nonexistent but work demands remained stable, albeit largely remote. Dr. Shockley will discuss the findings of a study conducted at the start of COVID-19 focused on strategies used by dual-earner couples to manage childcare and how these various strategies link to wellbeing outcomes. She will also discuss the results of a separate study funded by NSF focused on remote work during COVID-19, diving into predictors of successful adjustment to remote work and stress levels for newly remote workers. 

Tori Crain, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Portland State University
Tori Crain

Tori Crain, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Portland State University

Since the emergence of the COVID-19 Pandemic, essential workers have faced numerous stressors related to nonwork life. Although much of the focus to date has been on the experiences of healthcare workers, essential vulnerable workers in other industries have not received the same attention. This talk will highlight obstacles faced by essential, lower-wage shiftworkers, with a specific focus on the work-life challenges of fast food workers whose experiences can be generalized to other vulnerable occupational groups within the context of the Pandemic. Supportive solutions for both organizations and supervisors will be explored, which have been generated from in-depth interview studies conducted during the pandemic with these essential workers and supervisors.

The pandemic has in many cases furthered the inequities of wages, benefits and opportunities between workers in many industries, and especially among essential workers. This panel will discuss key lessons from the past 18 months, and what steps are needed as we move ahead to best support all workers.

Facilitated by Dede Montgomery, MS, CIH
Senior Research Associate, Outreach and Education, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, Oregon Healthy Workforce Center

Panelists

Steven Hecker, MS
Safety and Health Researcher and Educator

Nargess Shadbeh, JD
Director, Farmworker Program, Oregon Law Center

Kate Suisman, JD
Coordinator of Campaigns and Alliances, Northwest Workers' Justice Project

Facilitator
Leslie Hammer, Ph.D., Professor, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences; Co-Director, Oregon Healthy Workforce Center
Presenters, panelists and attendees

REGISTRATION FEES
Online only via Web Ex: $20.
Cancellations cannot be processed after November 12, 2021 but may be credited toward a future symposium.

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Note: A certificate of completion for continuing education records will be provided upon request.

We have requested Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for this event, and will confirm on this page once approval is granted. Oregon Healthy Workforce Center is recognized by SHRM to offer PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. This program is valid for 4 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. The SHRM Activity ID will be issued during the virtual event.  To learn more about SHRM recertification, visit www.shrmcertification.org. For more information about this event’s PDCs or if you require a certificate of completion for continuing education purposes, please email schucker@ohsu.edu. A certificate of completion can be produced for other CE needs.