Lieke ten Brummelhuis
Work Hard, Play Hard: The Role of Recovery After Work

Work stress is not a novelty; in the past decade, research has shown that about half of Canadians experience stress on a daily basis. On top of the usual stressors, the pandemic brought stress to new levels for many.

In this lecture, I explain how stress develops on a regular work day, and how stress levels can be brought back to their baseline to prevent health and productivity issues. I then discuss what happens if stress becomes ongoing, either due to pressures from work, or due to an inner drive to work hard (workaholism). I unveil the key role of recovery after work to stay happy and productive at work, and wrap up with practical tips for employers and employees.

— Lieke ten Brummelhuis

Lieke ten Brummelhuis

Lieke ten Brummelhuis is an Associate Professor of Management and Organization Studies at SFU’s Beedie School of Business. She received her PhD in organizational sociology from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Lieke’s research interests are related to employee well-being, including employee recovery, workaholism, work-life balance and flexible work designs. She is motivated to find an answer to the question of why people work in the way they do, and what work styles improve work outcomes, work-life balance and well-being. Her work has been published in academic journals such as American Psychologist, Journal of Applied Psychology and Harvard Business Review.

Accessibility, Technology & Privacy


Closed captioning will be available at this event.

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Registration and password

A password to access this event will be sent to all registrants via email in the days and hours preceeding the event.

Technology requirements

This workshop will be presented in a participatory webinar format. To engage fully you will need:

  • A laptop, computer, or smartphone
  • A webcam
  • A microphone
  • Speakers or headphones

Protecting your privacy

To ensure that we are using online meeting technology in a privacy-conscious way, we are following best practices for this online event series:

  • We will only circulate the meeting link to those who are registered for the event
  • We will password protect the meeting
  • We will enable end-to-end encryption
  • We will not use attention tracking

To protect your own privacy we suggest that:

  • You use a unique email address to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference your profile with the rest of your digital profiles under your email address.
  • We suggest you do not use your Facebook profile to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference you with your Facebook account.
  • We remind you that whatever you say in the webinar is public and recorded, so please do not share sensitive information about yourself or others, and do not say anything you do not wish to enter the public domain.

To protect the privacy of others we ask that:

  • You do not record or photograph yourself, other participants, or the hosts during the webinar, unless permission is requested and given.


Tuesday, March 09, 2021

6:00 PM


Online event

A link and password to join the event will be sent to registrants via Eventbrite.