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Livestream: Erin Kelly & Phyllis Moen on "Overload: How Good Jobs Went Bad and What We Can Do About It"

5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm EST livestream

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Date: Monday January 25, 2021 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Speaker(s): Erin Kelly, Sloan Distinguished Professor of Work and Organization Studies, MIT Sloan School of Management; Affiliate, MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research and the Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative; Co-Author

Phyllis Moen, McKnight Presidential Chair, Professor of Sociology, and Director - Life Course Center, University of Minnesota; Co-Author

In Conversation With: Sarah Kaplan, Director and Professor - Institute for Gender and the Economy, Distinguished Professor of Gender and the Economy and Professor of Strategic Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Topic: "Overload: How Good Jobs Went Bad and What We Can Do About It" (by E. Kelly & P. Moen for Princeton University Press, 2020).

The link to the livestream is included in the email confirmation you receive after you register.

Location: Online
Cost: $40.99 plus HST per person (includes the link to the livestream and 1 unsigned hardcover copy of "Overload" which will be shipped to paid registrants after the livestream)
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Book Synopsis:  Feeling overloaded and stressed in your job? 

This book explores why too much work and too little time is hurting workers and companies―and how a proven workplace redesign can benefit employees and the bottom line.

Today's ways of working are not working―even for professionals in "good" jobs. Responding to global competition and pressure from financial markets, companies are asking employees to do more with less, even as new technologies normalize 24/7 job expectations. In Overload, Erin Kelly and Phyllis Moen document how this new intensification of work creates chronic stress, leading to burnout, attrition, and underperformance. "Flexible" work policies and corporate lip service about "work-life balance" don't come close to fixing the problem. But this unhealthy and unsustainable situation can be changed―and

Overload shows how.

Drawing on five years of research, including hundreds of interviews with employees and managers, Kelly and Moen tell the story of a major experiment that they helped design and implement at a Fortune 500 firm. The company adopted creative and practical work redesigns that gave workers more control over how and where they worked and encouraged managers to evaluate performance in new ways. The result? Employees' health, well-being, and ability to manage their personal and work lives improved, while the company benefited from higher job satisfaction and lower turnover. And, as Kelly and Moen show, such changes can―and should―be made on a wide scale.

Complete with advice about ways that employees, managers, and corporate leaders can begin to question and fix one of today's most serious workplace problems, Overload is an inspiring account about how rethinking and redesigning work could transform our lives and companies.

About Our Speakers:

Erin L. Kelly is the Sloan Distinguished Professor of Work and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management and an Affiliate of the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research and the Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative. Twitter: @_elkelly

Phyllis Moen is a McKnight Presidential Chair, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Life Course Center at the University of Minnesota. Her books include, most recently, Encore Adulthood: Boomers on the Edge of Risk, Renewal, and Purpose.

Kelly and Moen’s research on work Overload has been featured in The New York Times Magazine.

Session Host: Institute for Gender and the Economy at Rotman (GATE)

Questions:, Megan Murphy, (416) 978-6122

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