Work/Life

  • 2018 Aug 07

    Eldercare Webinar: Caught in the Middle -- How to Cope as a Sandwich Generation Caregiver

    1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Are you juggling the care of your parents and kids while trying to focus on your job too? If so, you are probably in the caregiving sandwich and you’re not alone. Nearly half of adults ages 40-59 are caring for both an aging parent and child and most are also in the workforce. Is there a way for sandwich generation caregivers, whether you are a daughter, son, spouse or partner, to manage it all without feeling guilty and depleted? The answer is yes, but you’ll need some support, both at home and at work. If you are caught in the middle, don’t miss this lively and dynamic webinar in...

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  • 2018 Aug 21

    Introduction to Mindfulness: How the Science and Practice of Awareness Supports Well-Being and Performance

    10:00am to 11:00am

    Location: 

    114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

    This program introduces the basic principles and practices of mindfulness, a concentrated state of awareness that helps people see and respond to situations with clarity. Individuals who employ the techniques of mindfulness in their work are able to monitor moment-to-moment effectiveness, respond promptly and appropriately to difficulties as they arise, and remain open to new ideas and perspectives. Participants will be introduced to meditation practices that will teach them how to be more focused, creative and resilient in all aspects of their lives.

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  • 2018 Aug 22

    Flexwork Overview for All

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

    Bring your lunch to this one-hour overview of Harvard's updated, University-wide flexible work guidelines. Nancy Costikyan, the director of Harvard’s Office of Work/Life, will give a quick tour through the guidelines that were rolled out in the spring of 2017. You will learn about how to develop a well-thought out flexwork proposal and discuss it with your boss; why you don't need to state your reason for submitting a proposal, potential business advantages of flexwork; the criteria managers will use to decide to approve or deny your proposal, and what is meant by an "equitable process...

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  • 2018 Aug 23

    Flexwork Overview for Managers

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

    Bring your lunch to this one-hour overview for managers of Harvard's updated, University-wide flexible work guidelines. Nancy Costikyan, the director of Harvard’s Office of Work/Life, will give managers a quick tour through the guidelines that were rolled out in the spring of 2017. Managers will learn about proposing, discussing, evaluating and managing flexwork; the business advantages of flexwork; the wisdom of trial periods; how to renew, tweak and end existing arrangements; how to ensure an "equitable process of fair consideration for all proposals"; flex and the HUCTW agreement;...

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  • 2018 Sep 18

    Mindful Communication: Speaking and Listening with Awareness

    10:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

    The conversations we engage in daily can become automatic, pressured, and careless. With the right mindset, however, even ordinary interactions can become rich territory for effectively expressing our deepest values. This program demonstrates how conversation provides an opportunity to practice a special kind of attentiveness, transforming our encounters with colleagues into meaningful moments of genuine exchange.

    Audience: All, Pre-Requisite: None, Length: 90 minutes. To register, go ...

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  • 2018 Sep 19

    WorkingMind (Eight Week Course)

    9:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

    This is a unique training opportunity designed to teach techniques of mindfulness to managers (grade 56 and above) for use in their daily work. This eight-week, classroom-based program provides mobile tools, guided meditations, small group support and weekly reminders to participants as they learn to practice meditation and other techniques to enhance focus, collaboration, and effectiveness. Pre- and post- attentional assessments, app-generated metrics and personalized reports will demonstrate participants’ progress and the impact of the program as a whole...

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  • 2018 Sep 26

    Developing a Flex Proposal (University-Wide)

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA
    Bring your lunch to this in-depth look at how to develop a flexible work arrangement proposal based on Harvard's University-wide flexible work guidelines. Nancy Costikyan, the director of Harvard’s Office of Work/Life, will review the essential ingredients of a flex proposal; how to assess your manager’s attitude about workplace flexibility; the timing of conversations with your manager; when and how to avoid getting into the personal considerations behind the proposal; and how to identify ways to evaluate the success of an arrangement after a trial period. Issues of trust, brave... Read more about Developing a Flex Proposal (University-Wide)
  • 2018 Sep 27

    Mindfulness and Anxiety

    10:00am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

    To feel occasional anxiety is a natural human experience, but for many anxiety can become a source of ongoing distress, capable of interfering with everyday life. Many of our efforts to avoid anxiety may involve distracting ourselves from it, or pushing it away, but this provides only temporary relief. Mindfulness, on the other hand, offers a pathway to meet the experience of anxiety, and in doing so, restore valued activity, rather than allowing ourselves to be dominated by fear and avoidance. This workshop will introduce the use of mindfulness as a way to understand and respond to the...

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  • 2018 Sep 27

    Evaluating a Flexwork Proposal (University-Wide, Managers Only)

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA
    Bring your lunch to this in-depth look at how to evaluate a flexible work arrangement proposal based on Harvard's University-wide flexible work guidelines. Nancy Costikyan, the director of Harvard’s Office of Work/Life, will review the essential ingredients of a flex proposal; how to assess your own attitude about workplace flexibility in general and flex for individual employees specifically; how to identify ways to evaluate the success of an arrangement after a trial period; and what to do when employees disclose personal reasons behind the proposal that trigger your emotions or certain... Read more about Evaluating a Flexwork Proposal (University-Wide, Managers Only)
  • 2018 Sep 29

    Harvard Symposium on Technology-Assisted Meditation

    8:30am to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard University Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

    Are you curious about the intersection of technology and meditation? Join us for an experiential and collaborative day that embodies connection, discovery, and awareness. This symposium will include panel and group discussions, movement, reflection and interactive experiences.

    Our intention is to showcase innovation and research in the fast-growing field of technology-assisted meditation, foster multidisciplinary discussion and together consider the ethical and safety implications of technology and meditation.

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