By removing the need to travel and enabling flexible participation, virtual networking events contribute to a healthier work-life balance. Attendees can engage in professional development while managing personal time more effectively.

By removing the need to travel and enabling flexible participation, virtual networking events contribute to a healthier work-life balance. Attendees can engage in professional development while managing personal time more effectively.

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Thu, 04/11/2024 - 12:13

It’s hard to think of many positive aspects for a global pandemic, but if I had to find any, the renewed importance of the “life” part of work/life balance would be one. Work is important - a source of fulfillment and independence - but it’s something we should do to live, and not what we live to do. After the Covid-era boom, remote work and events are not going anywhere!
That’s an important part of achieving work/life balance. If you work 9 to 5, but spend two hours on your way to work and back every day, that balance is already gone. Remote events for networking and professional advancement are another critical tool in allowing people, and women in particular, to better manage their time.

However, there are pitfalls to avoid at all costs. As things stand, women still shoulder most of the responsibilities when it comes to housekeeping and childcare. We’re moving towards more equal footing, but progress is slow; there is a very real risk that remote work and events may become an excuse to expect women to keep shouldering the lion’s share of household duties. If we’re to achieve true equality both at work and at home, male partners need to step up and do their share.

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