28 min

Crisis Conversations: Will COVID Kill Work-Life Balance? Better Life Lab

    • Society & Culture

In the era of coronavirus, the notion of work-life balance can seem a dream for those who still have work. But the gut-it-out model is bad for workers, virtual and otherwise, and bad for employers.
Host Brigid Schulte talks with behavioral science workers at ideas42 — a nonprofit that seeks to use behavioral science insights to improve lives and drive social change. We'll hear about efforts at ideas42 to research and re-design workplace culture in an innovative pilot project ideas42 is collaborating on with Accion, an international nonprofit working with microfinance programs, We'll explore what role the concept of “scarcity” plays in how we go about our pandemic workdays, and in how we design work in the first place. And we'll consider whether something called "the party principal" could make some of us better, happier virtual workers in the time of COVID-19.
Guests include:
Matthew Darling, Vice President at ideas42 and a teaching fellow at Harvard University
Lynne Curran, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, at Accion
Antonia Violante, a Senior Associate at ideas42
Uyhun Ung,a Senior Associate at ideas42

In the era of coronavirus, the notion of work-life balance can seem a dream for those who still have work. But the gut-it-out model is bad for workers, virtual and otherwise, and bad for employers.
Host Brigid Schulte talks with behavioral science workers at ideas42 — a nonprofit that seeks to use behavioral science insights to improve lives and drive social change. We'll hear about efforts at ideas42 to research and re-design workplace culture in an innovative pilot project ideas42 is collaborating on with Accion, an international nonprofit working with microfinance programs, We'll explore what role the concept of “scarcity” plays in how we go about our pandemic workdays, and in how we design work in the first place. And we'll consider whether something called "the party principal" could make some of us better, happier virtual workers in the time of COVID-19.
Guests include:
Matthew Darling, Vice President at ideas42 and a teaching fellow at Harvard University
Lynne Curran, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, at Accion
Antonia Violante, a Senior Associate at ideas42
Uyhun Ung,a Senior Associate at ideas42

28 min

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