Released on Tuesday, February 15, 2022.
We’ve been talking about work-life balance for decades. It is a perennial challenge. What has changed in these last two years is, of course, COVID. For the first time in the history of America’s court system, large numbers of employees are teleworking, many are frightened of catching the Coronavirus in the office, others are concerned over losing their personal freedom, and we all seem to be working and living with incomplete and often rapidly changing information.
Anecdotal comments are both positive and negative. Office productivity has improved; but the lines between work-life and homelife have blurred, particularly for caregivers; management has adapted to the new flexible office; but burnout and mental health concerns have skyrocketed, and this is a contributing factor to what has come to be known as “the great resignation.”
This month we are going to explore work-life balance and how COVID has affected courts and court employees. Some of the questions we will explore include:
- What has been folk’s experience with work-life balance over the years?
- Has the advent of COVID changed that experience? Is that change for the better or worse?
- Is there anything NACM can do to address this issue?
- What advice do these court professionals have for the rest of us?
Alyce Roberts, Semi-Retired Special Projects Manager for the Alaska State Court System
- Angie VanSchoick, Court Clerk and Town Clerk for the Town of Silverthorne, Colorado
- Kelly Hutton, Assistant Court Administrator for the North Dakota Court System and
- Alexis Allen, Court Administrator for the Municipal Court in Tempe, Arizona.
Click here listen to the podcast. The audio runs 27 minutes 24 seconds. The video runs 25 minutes 18 seconds.