Work Pressures 2012, chaired by esteemed associate professors in the Department of Communication Studies Dawna Ballard and Matthew McGlone, is an installment of the New Agendas in Communication conferences, hosted by the College of Communication. Scholars from around the world will convene at The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication to discuss work pressures stemming from social, economic, environmental and technological changes. Topics will include work pressures and communication issues associated with information overload, multitasking, around-the-clock availability via communication technology, burnout and stress, work-life conflicts, organizational crises, virtual teams, and intergenerational differences. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. We know that scheduling conflicts will make it difficult for some people to attend the entire event--registering simply allows us to estimate attendance.
Because information overload — reflected in our 24/7, multitasking, email-filled working lives — has become emblematic of contemporary work pressures, we kick off the event with a reception on Information Overload Day. The event continues Friday morning with a keynote address by University of California Irvine’s Gloria Mark, expert on information overload and work fragmentation. Christina Randle, president and CEO of The Effective Edge: Productivity Specialists, will share key research findings to further facilitate group discussion about the varied sources and potential solutions associated with contemporary work pressures. Ballard and McGlone will compile the research into a book to be published by Routledge in 2013.
College of Communication Dean Roderick P. Hart and Associate Dean Stephen D. Reese created the New Agendas Conference series in 2006. Since then, the College has hosted more than 10 conferences on a variety of communication studies topics.