Conference Themes and Keynotes

The conference focuses on three main themes that are widely recognised as being affected by the pandemic and we are delighted to have three leading scholars to provide the keynotes for each theme:

Theme 1: The Organisation of Work

Our first theme focuses on the potential for the viral pandemic to impact on the way that work is organised, whether this be employees shifting to virtual working, home working, or from making adaptations to work tasks to make them safe. One might expect many employees may have experienced profound changes to the nature and characteristics of their work.

 

Keynote: Professor Sharon Parker (Curtin University, Australia)

 

Work Design and Individual Influences on Employee Experiences During The Pandemic

 

Abstract: In this presentation, I will discuss how work design has typically been considered in the literature on flexible working, and how this approach needs to be modified when people are mostly working from home. Drawing from several projects conducted during COVID-19, I will then summarise key work design challenges and benefits using the SMART model of work design, and show how these factors, as well as individual factors, influence employee mental health, well-being, and performance. I will present a future research agenda given the likely growth in hybrid models of working post-pandemic, and also discuss the sorts of practical support that applied psychologists can offer organizations during this time.

 

The keynote will be followed by presentations from researchers and practitioners including:

  • Professor Gudela Grote (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) and colleagues on “Virtual collaboration and work organisation”
  • Professor Jari Hakanen (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health) and colleagues on “Work before and after COVID”
  • Dr Lizette Engelen (Practitioner & Consultant) on “How are organisations adapting work organisation in response to the pandemic?”

 

Interact with speakers
All presentations will be recordings to ensure that connectivity issues do not affect the talks. However, all speakers will be ‘present’ during their talks to add comments and to answer questions live.

 

All speakers will be present at a ‘Meet the Speakers’ session at the end of every theme to answer questions.

Theme 2: Mental Health

Our second theme examines the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of employees and the mechanisms through which the pandemic may lead to both positive and negative outcomes for employee well-being.

 

Keynote: Professor Hannes Zacher (Leipzig University, Germany)

 

Occupational Health and Well-Being in the Time of COVID-19

 

Abstract: My talk will focus on the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated work-related changes for individuals’ occupational health and well-being. First, I address how and through which person-related and contextual mechanisms the pandemic may influence occupational health and well-being outcomes. Second, I outline a number of person-related and contextual boundary conditions that may mitigate potential negative consequences (e.g., reduced mental health, professional isolation) and strengthen potential positive effects (e.g., work-family balance, posttraumatic growth). Third, I present results of an ongoing longitudinal study on COVID-19 and work, which began in December 2019 and for which employees in Germany are surveyed every month, among other topics, on their occupational health and well-being. I conclude the talk by discussing practical implications for individuals, organizations, and policy makers.

 

Followed by presentations from researchers and practitioners including: 

  • Professor Cort Rudolph (Saint Louis University, US) and colleagues “Leadership and mental health”
  • Dr Caroline Knight (Curtin University, Australia) and colleagues “Home working and well-being”

 

Interact with speakers
All presentations will be recordings to ensure that connectivity issues do not affect the talks. However, all speakers will be ‘present’ during their talks to add comments and to answer questions live.

 

All speakers will be present at a ‘Meet the Speakers’ session at the end of every theme to answer questions.

Theme 3: Work-life Balance

How the pandemic has affected the balance of our working lives is the third theme of the conference. Indeed, the shift to home working has led to a blurring of the boundaries of work and home.

 

Keynote: Professor Tammy Allen (University of Florida, USA)

 

Work-life Balance in the Midst of a Pandemic

 

Abstract: The pandemic has put work and family roles on a collision course, creating novel and often increased work (e.g., new health and safety protocols) and family demands (lack of dependent care). Moreover, millions of workers have shifted to remote work, transforming the home into office, resulting in blurred work and nonwork boundaries and the need to adapt to new virtual work tools. In this talk, I will highlight recent research examining work-life balance in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, provide practical suggestions for organizations, and suggest several areas in need of future research.

 

Followed by presentations from researchers and practitioners including:

  • Dr Malissa Clark & Dr Kirsten Shockley (University of Georgia, USA) on “Dual Earner Couples”
  • Dr Monica Molino (University of Turin) and colleagues on “Abusive Leadership and Work-family Conflict”
  • Hannah Azizollah (Practitioner & Occupational Psychologist)

 

Interact with speakers
All presentations will be recordings to ensure that connectivity issues do not affect the talks. However, all speakers will be ‘present’ during their talks to add comments and to answer questions live.

 

All speakers will be present at a ‘Meet the Speakers’ session at the end of every theme to answer questions. 

Panel Discussion: Going Viral: What can we learn going forward?

Concluding the conference is a panel discussion on what we can learn from the pandemic, the prospects for positive changes arising from the pandemic embedding in policy and practice across Europe, and the role trade unions, governments and organisational psychologists can play in this.

 

We are delighted to have three discussants with key expertise in these areas:

Schedule & Timings

BST (UK) Time Zone

Introduction and welcome from EAWOP President Frederik Anseel

10:15 – 10:35 : Keynote: Professor Sharon Parker. “Work Design and Individual Influences on Employee Experiences During The Pandemic”

 

10:40 – 11:10 : Presentations:

  • Professor Gudela Grote (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) and colleagues on “Virtual collaboration and work organisation”
  • Professor Jari Hakanen (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health) and colleagues on “Work before and after COVID”
  • Dr Lizette Engelen (Practitioner & Consultant) on “How are organisations adapting work organisation in response to the pandemic?”

 

11:10 – 11:30 : Meet the Speakers/Q&A session

We will have a short break, so you can refresh for the next session. There is no need to log-off.

11:50 – 12:10 : Keynote: Professor Hannes Zacher. “Occupational Health and Well-Being in the Time of COVID-19” 

 

12:10 – 12:40 : Presentations:

  • Professor Cort Rudolph (Saint Louis University, US) and colleagues “Leadership and mental health”
  • Dr Caroline Knight (Curtin University, Australia) and colleagues “Home working and well-being”

 

12:40 – 13:00: Meet the Speakers/Q&A Session

We will have a short break for lunch, so you can refresh for the next session. There is no need to log-off.

14:05 – 14:25 : Keynote: Professor Tammy Allen. “Work-life Balance in the Midst of a Pandemic” 

 

14:25 – 14:55 : Presentations:

  • Dr Malissa Clark & Dr Kirsten Shockley (University of Georgia, USA) on “Dual Earner Couples”
  • Dr Monica Molino (University of Turin) and colleagues on “Abusive Leadership and Work-family Conflict”
  • Hannah Azizollah (Practitioner & Occupational Psychologist)

 

14:55 – 15:15: Meet the Speakers/Q&A Session

We will have a short break, so you can refresh for the next session. There is no need to log-off.

Concluding the conference is a panel discussion on what we can learn from the pandemic, the prospects for positive changes arising from the pandemic embedding in policy and practice across Europe, and the role trade unions, governments and organisational psychologists can play in this. We are delighted to have three discussants with key expertise in these areas:

Keynote Speaker Bios

More information about our speaker line up

Sharon K. Parker is an ARC Laureate Fellow, and John Curtin Distinguished Professor, and the Director of the Centre for Transformative Work Design within the Future of Work Institute at Curtin University.

Sharon’s research focuses particularly on job and work design, and she is also interested in employee performance and development, mature workers, mental health and well-being, and related topics. She has attracted competitive research funding worth over $40,000,000, has published over 150 academic articles, and is the author of a SAGE book on work design and a Routledge book on proactive behaviour. Sharon is a recipient of the ARC’s Kathleen Fitzpatrick Award and the Academy of Management OB Division Mentoring Award and is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology.

In 2019, she was identified as a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher in the field of Business and Economics. She helped to develop the Good Work Design principles being used by Safe Work Australia and Comcare to foster the improved quality of work within Australian organisations, and is a co-founder of the Thrive at Work Initiative. Sharon is a past Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Annals and the Journal of Applied Psychology, and has served on numerous editorial boards.

Tammy D. Allen, Ph.D., is Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida. Tammy’s research focuses on work-family issues, careers, flexible work, and worker wellbeing. She is the author of over 135 peer-reviewed articles that have been published in a variety of journals and that have won multiple awards. 

She served as President of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2013-2014) and as President of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology (2018-2019). She is an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, American Psychological Association, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Hannes Zacher is a Full Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at the Institute of Psychology – Wilhelm Wundt, Leipzig University, Germany. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Giessen in 2009 and subsequently worked in academic positions in Australia and the Netherlands. In his research program, he investigates aging at work and career development, occupational health and well-being, as well as proactive and adaptive employee behavior. 

Across these research agendas, he employs multiple methodologies, including longitudinal surveys, experience sampling studies, and experiments. His research is well supported through competitive grants and industry funding, including current projects on the role of work for the development of civilization diseases (Volkswagen Foundation) and on idle time at work (German Research Foundation). He has published over 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Organizational Behavior, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, and American Psychologist. He also serves on a number of national and international journal editorial boards.

Panel Speaker Bios

Janine Berg is Senior Economist with the International Labour Office in Geneva, Switzerland. Since joining the ILO in 2002, she has conducted research on the economic effects of labour laws as well as provided technical assistance to ILO constituents on policies for generating jobs and improving working conditions. Janine is the author several books and numerous articles on employment, labour market institutions and the digital transformation of work and was the lead author of the ILO report, Non-standard employment around the world: Understanding challenges, shaping prospects.

Judith Kirton-Darling is Deputy General Secretary of industriAll Europe, representing manufacturing, mining and energy workers from 38 European countries. She was formerly a Labour Member of the European Parliament for the North East of England (2014-20). Before entering parliament, she was active for 15 years within the Labour and trade union movement, notably she was elected Confederal Secretary at the European Trade Union Confederation in 2011.

IndustriAll European Trade Union is a federation of independent and democratic trade unions representing manual and non-manual workers in the metal, chemical, energy, mining, textile, clothing and footwear sectors and related industries and activities. We speak for 7 million working men and women united within 180 national trade union affiliates in 38 European countries. Furthermore, we are a member of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and partner of IndustriALL Global Union.

Frederik Anseel is Associate Dean (Research) and Professor of Management at UNSW Sydney Business School. Frederik’s research examines the psychological underpinnings of organizational learning, innovation, and entrepreneurship and the role of leadership in these processes. He has conducted research projects in partnership with organizations in a range of industries including government, health, education, energy, consulting, banking and finance. He has provided advice and helped leadership development in these industries across Australia, Europe, UK, and US. Frederik currently serves as the President of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology.

 

FAQ

How do I register?

To register for the conference, please click on the ‘register now’ button. We look forward to your participation at the Virtual Conference.

Does this conference replace the main EAWOP Congress that was scheduled for May 2021?
No. We are still holding our face to face Congress. Due to the pandemic it has been postponed to 11-14th January 2022. We are looking forward to seeing you in Glasgow!

How do I claim my free registration as a member of EAWOP?
We have written to EAWOP members with details of how to claim your free registration. Details are also available in the members’ area of the EAWOP website.

Can I submit a paper to the conference?
This event is invited speakers only, however submissions are welcome for EAWOP 2022 in Glasgow. Visit the EAWOP 2022 website for details.

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