Talk About Time: Why We Fail at Work-Life Balance
Tuesday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM
110 E 2nd St
Anyone truly concerned about the wellness of employees, colleagues or oneself must stop talking about work-life balance and refocus on time. Don't get me wrong: The work-life conversation has raised important issues around time and work and it offers a language that signals our concerns. However, it is the wrong language because it more deeply masks already hidden aspects of culture. Instead, talking plainly about time—and research on chronemics (time as it is bound to human communication)—gets to the heart of overwork and our general quality of life. Because time is a silent language, the goal of this panel is to begin to develop chronemic literacy in our personal and professional lives.
The University of Texas at Austin
Dawna Ballard is Associate Professor in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. She is an expert in chronemics—the study of time as it is bound to human communicati...Show the rest
Dawna Ballard is Associate Professor in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. She is an expert in chronemics—the study of time as it is bound to human communication. She researches what drives our pace of life and its impact on the communication practices and long-term vitality of organizations, communities, and individuals. Her research and commentary have been featured in a variety of mainstream venues including NPR, PBS MediaShift, Huffington Post, Medium, Ignite, and Women’s eNews and has a forthcoming book called Work Pressures. She teaches an original course called Time Matters and is particularly interested in how applying longer time scales to social problems reveals new approaches and solutions. Dawna serves as Chief Time Mmindding Advisor at Mmindd Labs. A native Californian, she received her doctorate in organizational communication from the University of California at Santa Barbara.Hide the rest