The 2001 ENOP Symposium
The aims of the symposium are to:
1. Analyse why work-life balance has become a contemporary policy issue in different countries, identify the key components of the policy debate and determine its relevance for w/o psychology
2. Consider frameworks for analysing work-life balance at different levels from the individual to the national, including cross-national comparisons
3. Understand how w/o psychology has contributed to our understanding of work-life balance and how it can contribute more fully
4. Identify research priorities and in particular comparative research issues
5. Explore in more detail the meaning of “balance” in work-life balance
1.30: Welcome to Workshop
Presentation by David Guest and discussion
(This presentation will introduce the issues and concepts in work-life balance, summarise core aspects of theory and research and set out some of the themes for the symposium. It will be built around a review paper which will be distributed in advance of the symposium)
3.15: Policy issues in work-life balance
Presentation by Nick Burkitt, Research Fellow, Institute for Public Policy Research, London
(The Institute of Public Policy Research is the leading “think tank” in the UK and has a strong influence on UK government policy development. Nick Burkitt has been leading a project on The Future of Work in which issues of work-life balance feature prominently. He will be discussing these policy issues, identifying why they are currently important and highlighting areas where research by w/o psychologists and others could help to improve policy).
5.00: Finish for the day
Friday 30 March.
The morning will consist of two or three national inputs on work-life balance highlighting current policy priorities and research by w/o psychologists. One of the aims will be to assess the policy-relevance of the research. Another will be to identify differences in concerns and priorities in different European countries.
9.00 – 10.15: Gunn Johansson: The Case of Sweden (presentation and preliminary discussion)
10.15 – 11.30: Branimir Sverko and Dr Lidija Arambasic : The Case of Croatia (presentation and preliminary discussion)
Participants will be invited to offer contributions on research in their countries.
2.00 – 4.00: Group discussions and Feedback.
Group discussions will provide an opportunity to discuss how the issue of work-life balance could usefully be researched on a comparative basis across European countries. Feedback and plenary discussion will seek to identify any common agenda and shared recognition of the difficulties of such research.
4.30 – 5.30: Personal Reflections on Work-Life Balance.
Short contributions from founder members of ENOP about the challenges and means of establishing work-life balance
8.00: Dinner (location to be specified)
9.30 – 12.00 Business Meeting