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Dr. Zachary White to Present at 2013 Work Life Forum

Dr. Zachary White, Assistant Professor in the online Master of Arts in Communication and Director of Graduate Programs at Queens University of Charlotte’s Knight School of Communication, will present original academic research on the important topic of workplace disclosure of caregiving responsibilities in the session “Employees’ Self-Disclosure of Caregiving Responsibilities: A Work-Life Challenge for the 21st Century” at the 2013 Work Life Forum on Sep. 12, 2013 at Queens.

With as many as 22% of employees working while also caregiving for a loved one (Gallup, 2012), Dr. White’s presentation will address essential factors of workplace disclosure that impact all organizations, including the latest research on the relationship between employee disclosure and workplace satisfaction, employee identification, and employee recruitment. At the end of the presentation, participants will better understand the communication variables that influence employee disclosure of caregiving responsibilities. With 70% of working caregivers experiencing work-related challenges because of their dual roles (AARP, 2009), organizations cannot afford to neglect this inevitable work-life challenge of the 21st century.

Dr. White has served as a communication consultant for organizations and practitioners in the health care field. His teaching emphasizes the way we manage meaning and communicate everyday experiences. His research examines end-of-life communication and the challenges encountered by professional caregivers, volunteers, family members, and employees. He is the founder of The Unprepared Caregiver, a popular blog and resource for caregivers. White teaches Queens’ online Communication course COM 655, “The Mediated Self and Changing Relationships.”

White’s presentation is one of five sessions addressing work-life challenges of the 21st century at the upcoming Work Life Forum. Hosted by the Work Life Council, a group founded by The Keenan Convergence and Queens University of Charlotte, the 2013 Work Life Forum will bring national and local experts to the stage to provide best practices and actionable solutions to drive organizational change needed to remain competitive in the ever changing, 24/7 workforce.

The mission of the WLC is to foster collaboration within the business community to help build resilient and productive workplaces that benefit employers, employees, families, and the community. For more information or to register for the forum, visit www.queens.edu/work-life.

To learn more about Dr. White, visit the Communication graduate program faculty page.