For Engineers dealing with traditional models of work and rigid work schedules, the issue may be especially difficult to manage, and yet work–life balance is now recognized as an issue of strategic importance to the industry. It is critical for the continued ability to attract and retain a talented workforce, and it is also inextricably linked to organizational effectiveness and employees’ well-being.
Intra personal and work conflicts happen. How you respond to and resolve work-life conflict will limit or enable your success. Our goal is to give you the tools to understand conflicts, learn your own conflict management patterns, and empower you to make more effective choices when you are finding or facing conflicts.
We start out by learning about the 5 conflict management styles. By embracing conflict as a part of life, you can make the most of each situation and use it as a learning opportunity or a leadership opportunity. You can also use it as a chance to transform the situation into something better.
Make Balance Happen:
Why more professionals experience functional anxiety and role overload
Men and Women are affected equally by Work/Life Conflicts
All generations experience Work/Life Conflicts
Not all conflict is negative – 75% will have a positive outcome
Managing Work/Life Conflict:
Learn how Canadians are experiencing 5 main areas of conflict
Discuss where you are on the work-life conflict timeline
Use the MEND Strategy to “Make Balance Happen”
Discover the importance of balancing hard & soft skills in the workplace
Understand that everyone will find a unique solution
You will get through this – things can get better…
Whether you are approaching this at a management or employee point of view, know that small changes can make a big difference. You are responsible for resolving your own conflict. In a fast-paced and time-pressured work world, you must seize the opportunity to find clarity, and overcome the stressful challenges that are ever-present and growing.
Laurie graduated from University of Alberta in 1989 with a major in Economics and Political Science. That year she joined the staff of Health and Welfare Canada as a Pension Advisor.
This role was a catalyst for dealing with difficult situations, as Laurie's main responsibility soon became giving public presentations on Death, Retirement and Long Term Disability. From group to group, she sharpened her focus and skills for talking about tough issues.
Laurie ultimately found her path as a ‘Communications and Community Consultation Coordinator’ with Human Resources Development Canada. Life and work became serious over the next few years - with presentations, focus groups and advocating for worker benefits. Once again, it was time for a change.
In 1994 Laurie formed the company 'Stop the Presses' and consults with businesses and organizations to improve internal/external communications and work-life facilitation efforts.
Laurie has a special interest in consensus decision-making and professional development. She is the current Executive Coordinator for the Fraser Valley Chartered Professional Accountants Association, the Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley Estate Planning Councils, and the Fraser Valley Tax Technical Group.