Ep. 54: Brigid Schulte, Director of the Better Life Lab, Works To Make Us Less Overwhelmed
"We've gotten to the point where now we are being so identified by work and that's how we define who we are. So there's all this work spillover into home but because we haven't valued the home and care and caregiving as much, we don't have that same spillover effect from home to work. I think that's something we really need to start watching, how do we create those stronger boundaries?"
Brigid Schulte is the Director of the Better Life Lab and The Good Life Initiative at New America Foundation. She is the bestselling author of Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time. She co-authored the recently released Better Work Toolkit, a science-based approach to designing work-life solutions that work. She talks about creating better systems to combat overwork, how overwork is a public health crisis, and how basing value at work on hours contributes to the gender pay gap. Listen for wisdom on how to feel less overwhelmed and live a better life!
"Our brains are wired to make very snap judgements, and right now because of millennia of conditioning, we automatically associate men with career and women with family. Everybody does that. We are all biased. We have to recognize that, stop stigmatizing that, embrace it, and recognize that we all need better systems to help us make the best decisions without bias getting in the way."
We discuss redesigning work to support diverse 21st-century families, gender equality, the future of work, using psychology to design different environments, work-life balance, how to open opportunities for both men and women to show that they can do good work, unconscious bias in the workplace, reforming the workplace by reforming the home, using flexibility artfully and effectively, how finding your joy improves your career and personal life, developing systems to making things work better at life and at home, giving ourselves permission to think differently, and the damaging stereotype of the bustling woman.
"How do you create the opportunity for living your best life for all people?"
What you'll learn:
"There are studies that show that working mothers are actually among the most productive workers out there, just because they have to be! But people don't seem to notice that. Because of unconscious bias, you're not seen as committed."
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