January 2016 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. Calls for Papers
  4. Funding Opportunities
  5. Upcoming Events
  6. Recent Publications
  7. Requests for Information

1. 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.

2. 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,  which will be 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.

3. Calls for Papers
The Academy of Management invite theoretical contributions that address work-life issues for a special topic forum: ‘Advancing and expanding work-life theory from multiple perspectives’. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2016.

East European Journal of Society and Politics invites submissions to a Special Issue called ‘Work-life balance/imbalance: individual, organizational and social experiences’. The deadline is 29 February 2016.

4. Funding Opportunities
Volkswagen Foundation is funding hybrid projects that combine qualitative and digital procedures. Applications are invited from researchers across all historical-hermeneutical disciplines who work with partners in the areas of digital humanities or informatics. The deadline is 18 February.

5. Upcoming Events
The Innovation in Urban Spaces Contest final event will highlight some of the latest innovations in digital solutions in the urban living space.  The event will be held on 20 January 2016 in London.

The Work and Family Researchers Network WFRN 2016 Conference Careers, Care, and Life-Course “Fit:” Implications for Health, Equality, and Policy, will be held on 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 on 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 on 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?

The Balance Network has an extra ticket available for The New World of Work, which will be held at Judge Business School in Cambridge on Sun 24 January (9:30-16:30).  Email Rosie at rosie.robison@anglia.ac.uk if you are interested in the ticket.

6. Recent Publications
A study recently published in Environment & Behaviour examined the relationship between the presence of mobile devices and the quality of real-life in-person social interactions. Study participants viewed conversations in the absence of mobile devices as superior to those in the presence of a mobile device, no matter the participant’s age, gender, ethnicity, and mood.

7. 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 jc@talentkeepers.co.uk.

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