January Bulletin: Selected News Stories

  12 January 2016

Happy New Year, and we hope you enjoy the first bulletin for 2016! As always, if you’d like us to include an item in the bulletin and on our website, email a title and short description to stephanie.cziczo 'at' anglia.ac.uk.

1.    Recent Balance Network publicity
2.    Balance Network Activity Updates
3.    Upcoming Events
4.    Requests for Information
Recent Balance Network publicity
The Balance Network made the news twice before Christmas!  In Cambridge News, we asked if it was possible to go technology-free over the holidays. Beverly Leeds, founder of the Balance Network was also quoted in the article. The Balance Network was also interviewed for Cambridge TV, where we mentioned a number of our upcoming activities.
Balance Network Activity Updates
The project leads for the 2016 Balance Network funded events were hard at work before the holidays. A number of events now have confirmed locations, speakers and dates.  Bournemouth University’s event on 9 March regarding the impact of technology on leisure travel has a registration page, including a full agenda. On 3 March, University of Warwick will host a discussion of the role of crowdsourcing in the workforce, and you are able to register your interest in attending. The E-Resilience Conference,  at Birkbeck in April, now has a registration page. The first event of the New Year will be a design-led workshop at Goldsmiths on 17 February.

Upcoming Events
The Work and Family Researchers Network WFRN 2016 Conference Careers, Care, and Life-Course "Fit:" Implications for Health, Equality, and Policy, will be held June 23-25, 2016 in Washington, D.C.  The Balance Network was very pleased to connect recently with Ariane Ollier Malaterre, the lead of WFRN’s special interest group focused on Work-Family Issues and Technology.
The Dynamics of Virtual Work book series will be launched 21 January, 6-8pm in London.  More details on the book series are available and registration for the event is open.
Digital Families Across the Lifecourse, a Scottish Universities Insight Institute programme (SUII), is leading their second of three seminars. The event will be 26 February 2016 in Glasgow. Seminar Two will consider: 1) How are digital technologies used to manage family life and the work-life balance? 2)  How are they shaping family relationships, communication, and practices? 3) Are new technologies changing the nature of the family and family life?

Requests for Information
Journalist Harvey Schachter, who writes the Monday Morning Manager, Managing Books, and Balance columns for The Globe and Mail in Ontario, Canada, is interested in including recent Work-Life Balance research in upcoming columns.  He'll be speaking with Rosie later this month, so please contact us if you think you have relevant projects or outcomes that might be mentioned in his columns.

Which organisations have nailed flexible working? Where is it truly embedded? How did they make it happen - did it come from the top? And what's it done for employee engagement and performance? Jessica Chivers, founder of The Talent Keeper Specialists (www.talentkeepers.co.uk and @TalentKeepersUK and @jesschivers on Twitter) would love to know about great workplaces where flexible working is working, particularly professional services organisations by Friday 29th January. Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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