Join us to discuss work-life challenges, integration, COVID and beyond

Our Fall 2021 Symposium addressing Work-Life Challenges and Integration in the Context of COVID is now open for registration. This full day virtual event via WebEx is scheduled for Friday, November 19, 2021, and is sponsored by OccHealthSci, the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, and Portland State University’s Occupational Health Psychology Program. We are pleased to be able to share top experts and thinkers on this topic, and hope you will join us.

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.

We are honored to have our keynote presented by Jody Thompson, Culture Rx, on Creating an Equitable Workplace for Today’s Workers to Thrive. Ms. Thompson will be followed by five additional presenters and panelists including:

  • Charlice Hurst, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Management and Organization, Mendoza College of Business (Designing Flexible Work to Create a Just Economy for Black and Latinx Women)
  • Kristen Shockley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Georgia (Work-Family Management and Remote Work in the Time of COVID-19)
  • Tori Crain, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Portland State University (Supporting Low-Wage, Essential Workers’ Nonwork Life in the Context of COVID-19)
  • Steven Hecker, MS, Safety and Health Researcher; Nargess Shadbeh, JD, Director, Farmworker Program, Oregon Law Center; and Kate Suisman, JD, Coordinator of Campaigns and Alliances, Northwest Workers’ Justice Project (Panel Discussion: Mandatory Essential Work, Fairness and Compensation).

Online registration fee for the day is $20.

Learn more about the talks, schedule and access registration on our web page. We hope you can join us for these important presentations and conversations.

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