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Redesigning Work: Making Flexibility the Solution, Not the Problem

School of Social Work Professor Jennifer Swanberg to speak October 26 at this event. More Information Here

Better work-life balance policies are not always a panacea. In American work culture, long hours at the office are seen as a sign of commitment to the job, and in high-wage work, flexibility still is often seen as an accommodation, or a gift outside the norm.

Ironically, what that’s led to in many flexible work environments, is signaling your dedication - and gratitude for the gift - by working even longer. For workers in hourly or low-skilled jobs, or in contingent or gig work, flexibility can mean schedule chaos, unpredictability and stress. So how do you design flexibility so that it works in both low wage and high wage settings? How do you not gift precious time to your employer?

Join the Better Life Lab to discuss a path forward for crafting policies and practices that support all workers in environments that promote effective work, and allow time for full, healthy lives.


Dr. Heejung Chung, @HeejungChung Reader in Sociology and Social Policy, University of Kent Principal Investigator, Work Autonomy, Flexibility and Work-Life Balance Project

Dr. Jennifer Swanberg Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work Director, Work, Family & Wellbeing Research Group at the University of Maryland

Manar Morales, @ManarMorales President & CEO, Diversity & Flexibility Alliance

Carrie Gleason, @GleasonCarrie Director, The Fair Workweek Initiative, Center for Popular Democracy + CPD Action

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