SXSW Panel: MAXED OUT! A Creative Director's Memoir

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Published on March 8, 2014

Author: kalcorn

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"MAXED OUT: American Moms on the Brink," (Seal Press, Sept. 2013) tells a deeply personal story about “having it all,” failing miserably, and what comes after. The author, a former user experience principal for an award-winning interaction design agency, will share her experience with burning out, and explore why the American workplace is so profoundly out of sync with our lives. While writing "Maxed Out," Alcorn heard from hundreds of women and men around the world with similar stories—many of them creative professionals. Ultimately, she offers readers a vision for a healthier, happier, and more productive way to work and live.

"…the book is a brave admission that we are not all successfully managing our overbooked lives, and should not feel alone." —Publishers Weekly

Maxed Out! A Creative Director’s Memoir Katrina Alcorn | SXSW 2014

1/3 of American adults will have an anxiety problem in their lifetime

Hi, I’m Katrina. Former journalist/filmmaker UX Designer People Manager Mom/Stepmom Blogger Author

workingmomsbreak.com

From a mom who worked in communications: ...I am a mom of two daughters, 6 and 7 years old, and I tried to be the superwoman too. People admired me for it and often encouraged me. I ended up in a really bad place, broke down and had to take a 6 months leave from work, big burn out...

How much of our stress comes from our jobs?

40% of workers report their job is “very or extremely stressful.” All workers Very stressed Source: Northwestern National Life Survey

$450-550 billion the cost of our unhappiness to U.S. businesses Source: Gallup Report: “The 2013 State of the American Workplace”

Photo: National Media Museum, Flickr Commons

We’re living in a half-changed world, where we’re expected to do our jobs as if we don’t have families, and raise our families as if we don’t have jobs. Photo: National Media Museum, Flickr Commons

Even when both parents work, mothers... do more housework & childcare (+14 hrs/week) [1] do more multitasking (9 hrs./week) [2] have less leisure time (-3 hrs/week) [1] experience more guilt [3] feel more exhausted [1] [1] “Parents Time with Kids More Rewarding Than Paid Work—& More Exhausting,” Pew Research Center, 2013 [2] American Sociological Review, December 2011 [3] “The Harried Life of the Working Mother,” Pew Research Center, Oct. 2009

Photo credit: StudioTempura, Flickr Commons

68% of 319 people who took the poll said they have a “hospital fantasy” Photo credit: StudioTempura, Flickr Commons

maxedoutbook.com

It doesn’t have to be this way!

1. Work from home.

45% of jobs are compatible with working from home at least 1 day/week Source: Telework Research Network white paper “The State of Telework in the U.S.” June 2011

27% increase in productivity on days employees telecommute Source: Telework Research Network white paper “Telecommuting Benefits: The Bottom Line” May 2010

90% of employees who telecommute say they’re happier Source: Telework Research Network white paper “Telecommuting Benefits: The Bottom Line” May 2010

Everyone wins EMPLOYERS—Lower employee turnover (25%) | Reduced absenteeism (-3.7 days/yr.) | Lower real estate costs (18%) | Electricity savings (4,400 kWh per person/yr.) | Productivity increase ($32,000 per “man” year) | Healthier workforce (priceless) EMPLOYEES—Fewer sicknesses | Fewer distractions | Less stress | More flexibility | Savings in gas, parking, & work-related expenses ($2,000-$6,800) | Less commute time (+2 weeks/yr.!) ENVIRONMENT—Less imported oil ($23 billion/yr.) | Cut Persian Gulf imports (37%) | Reduced greenhouse gases | Fewer traffic injuries and deaths (90,000) | Lower accident costs ($11 billion) | Lower highway maintenance costs ($2 billion/yr.) Source: Telework Research Network white paper “Telecommuting Benefits: The Bottom Line” May 2010 Assumptions: Half-time commuting

2. Work out.

3. Work less.

4-6 hrs/day the number of peak productivity hours for knowledge workers Source: White Paper: “Why Crunch Modes Doesn’t Work: Six Lessons,” International Game Developer Association

5-day weeks of 8-hour days maximize long-term output in every industry that has been studied over the past century. Source: White Paper: “Why Crunch Modes Doesn’t Work: Six Lessons,” International Game Developer Association

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Katrina Alcorn Twitter: @kalcorn Work: kalcorn.com Blog: workingmomsbreak.com maxedoutbook.com

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