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Two upcoming events promote a healthy workplace environment at Laurier
Wilfrid Laurier University is running two workplace organization and health events on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Laurier staff, faculty and graduate students from all of the university’s campuses are welcome to attend the events, which are taking place on the Waterloo campus.
The first event, titled “Conflict and Bullying in the Workplace,” takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Paul Martin Centre on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. The rise in complaints about harassment and bullying in academic workplaces has received growing attention from researchers and labour relations specialists. Speakers Peter Simpson from the Canadian Association of University Teachers and Mary Ann Baynton, a workplace relations specialist, will identify some of the reasons for these problems and propose strategies for short- and long-term solutions.
The second event, titled “Work-Life Balance 101: Creating a Supportive Work Environment,” takes place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Senate & Board Chamber on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. Speaker Linda Duxbury, a professor at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business, will discuss her research in the areas of work-life balance, supportive managers, supportive work environments and managing change. According to her research, work stress has increased over the past 10 years while job satisfaction and organization commitment have decreased. The talk examines why such changes have occurred, including factors such as demographic changes in the workforce, lack of action on the part of employers, increased workloads, office technology, downsizing and rightsizing, employee behaviour and organizational culture.
A reception with a cash bar will follow Duxbury’s talk.
Registration is strongly encouraged but not required. To register, click here. The sessions can be found under “Open Workshops → Other.”