Campus Conversations

Monday, February 25, 2013

  • 8:30-9:30 am: Travel and Workload
    Cassani Lounge (Shattuck Hall) with Chuck Ramsay, David Sanford, and Diana Alvarez
    1.) So, you think business travel is glamorous? Try a 14 hour flight when your Kindle runs out after six hours, the flight offers no entertainment, and you’re packed in like a sardine in the back of the plane. 
    2.) You’re away from the desk, but the emails, phone calls and work continue to pile up back in the office. How do you make the most of your time on the road and what kind of support do you need to be productive?
    3.) What are the most effective ways to prevent your family from rebelling due to the amount of time you spend away from home?
    4.) Health and Wellness are critical for producing at a high level both in an outside of the office. How do you improve your chances of not breaking down physically?
    5.) What might be the most effective way to cover my courses when I travel?

  • 4-5 pm: Are You Sleeping with Your Smartphone: Technology and Workload
    Stimson Room (Library) with Elizabeth Pyle and Megan Nunez
    Discussion Questions TBD

  • 4-5 pm: Faking It: Imposter Syndrome and Success at MHC
    Cassani Lounge (Shattuck Hall) with KC Haydon, Elizabeth Thompson, and Katrina Borowiec
    1.) Do you ever feel like your successes are an accident? Do you feel it’s only a matter of time before you are discovered as a fraud?
    2.) How do you cope with these feelings of inadequacy? Do you take on more work in order to demonstrate your worth or credibility?
    3.) How does the culture at MHC contribute to these feelings?
    4.) What are some tangible things we, as members of the Mount Holyoke community, can do?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • 8-9 am: Flexibility
    Blanchard Great Room with Chris Abbuhl (Light refreshments will be provided.)
    1.) Show of hands – do you a) think you need more flexibility, b) wish you had more flexibility, c) wish others had less flexibility?
    2.) How do you define flexibility?
    3.) What kind of flexibility is important to you?  What about your co-workers?
    4.) What barriers have you faced to having the flexibility you need?  What barriers have you faced to having the flexibility you would like?

  • 12-1 pm: Caregiving Responsibilities
    Cassani Lounge (Shattuck Hall) with Krista Denno and Matt McKeever (Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.)
    1.) Have you encountered a flexible/supportive management style in your department?
    2.) Have you encountered flexible/supportive coworkers in your department?
    3.) Have you found the quality of your work impacted by the tone of your department/coworkers around flexibility?

  • 1-2 pm: Balance, Boundaries, and Burnout: Creating an Ideal Career
    Cassani Lounge (Shattuck Hall) with Liz Markovits and Linda Samano
    1.) What would your ideal balance be? Think through your day or week; what does it look like?
    2.) What are the anxieties or barriers that keep you from living more like that? What are the institutional structures and policies that could alleviate those barriers? What are we modeling for others? What norms are we reinforcing at the College?
    3.) What boundaries should you set? What keeps you from setting them? Others’ sense of success? Your own? Institutional impediments?
    4.) How can we support one another in those efforts? How can we develop a sense of being allies?

 Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • 12-1 pm: Class and Rank Issues in the Workplace
    Cassani Lounge (Shattuck Hall) with Lauren Cook and Amy Martin (Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.)
    1.) Do issues of class or rank come up in your department/office? How do these issues express themselves?
    2.) Does your class of origin come up for you in your work at Mount Holyoke? How?
    3.) Are there things we can do to change the culture of our departments/offices around issues of class and rank?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • 1-2 pm: A Positive Path to Re-Work It: Recalibrating with Appreciative Inquiry
    Stimson Room (Library) with Jennifer Sanborn
    Appreciative inquiry is a philosophy and practice of positive change wherein questions about the best in ourselves, our organization, and our past experiences are used to propel us to our preferred future. Together we'll explore:
    1.) What is it about working at Mount Holyoke that you value?
    2.) What do you value most about yourself?
    3.) Describe a time when you were able to successfully balance your work responsibilities and your priorities outside of work.
    4.) What wishes do you have for Mount Holyoke that would ensure it is the kind of work place that creates continued success for employees integrating work and a life beyond work?

  • 4-5 pm: Working Ourselves to Death (Taboo Dialogue)
    Blanchard Lounge 227 with Rene Davis and Karen Remmler (co-sponsored by Student Programs)
    1.) Do women’s colleges have a mission-driven justification for doing better on workload management, and work-life integration than other institutions?
    2.) How do the work/life patterns we set in place at Mount Holyoke ripple out around the world?
    3.) What role does class privilege play in the conversation?
    4.) What cultural differences come into play with regard to attitudes towards work life balance in our community?

Friday, March 1, 2013

  • 10-11 am: Diff'rent Strokes for Diff'rent Folks: Appreciating Multiple Work-Life Balance Models Based on Work Styles, Life Styles, and Generation
    Cassani Lounge (Shattuck Hall) with Lori Hendricks
    1.) Describe a time when you were operating at your personal best at work.  What was working? What brought you joy/reward?
    2.) What causes you stress?  How do you respond to stress?
    3.) How might differences in work styles require different approaches to the concept of work-life balance?
    4.) What differences might exist across generations with regard to the idea of work-life balance?
    5.) How can we acknowledge the ‘Platinum Rule’ (e.g., do to others as they would have done to them) with our colleagues when it comes to work-life balance?

  • 12-1 pm: The Work-Life Balance Across The Lifespan: Aging and Retirement
    Cassani Lounge (Shattuck Hall) with Laurie Priest (Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.)
    1.) Has your work-life balance challenges changed across your lifespan?  If so, how?
    2.) What challenges do those in the “sandwich” generation face in regards to work-life balance?  Are there ways to plan ahead for these challenges?
    3.) Is retirement all if it is kicked up to be?  What life balance issues will you face in retirement?  How can you “rehearse" before you retire?