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Brave conversations – how technology can help prevent burnout from working the triple shift

Written by Staff Writer

November 2, 2020

At this year’s Standard Bank Top Women Conference,  Vaxowave hosted a crucially important breakaway session on  “The changing faces of technology” which was facilitated by Kume Luvhani,  Executive Director and Co-Founder of  Vaxowave  with speakers: Nomonde White-Ndlovu, a seasoned technology executive and current head of Governance & Reporting for Absa’s, Engineering Services; Peter Rix, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Vaxowave; Hlamalani Huhlwane, technology thought leader and Natalie Jollivet, Independent Project Manager, Vaxowave.

Many women are working the “triple shift”, and these expert panellists explored how technology, and more especially cloud technology, has empowered us to manage the ever changing world we live in. Some of the highlights of this important conversation include:

  1. Women have a triple burden – reproductive work (child care and rearing) productive work (paid work) and community work (caring for the community) and carrying these loads simultaneously can lead to burnout.
  2. How has technology been an enabling factor helping women navigate through the triple shift?
  3. What have been some of the major challenges we have experienced in the virtual world of work?
  4. Self care is vitally important – you can’t pour from an empty cup.
  5. Bridging the digital divide will be instrumental in mainstreaming the informal economy.
  6. Time management is crucial when working the shifts.
  7. How do we channel an increasing number of girl children into the tech world?
  8. Opening the doors for more young people to fall in “love at first code”.
  9. The importance of doing something that makes your eyes shine.
  10. The game changer – accessing rural areas to technology.

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