The Anti-Productivity Manifesto: The key insight worth internalizing is that the amount of work offered by the world is effectively infinite.
The Right To Be Free From Automation: Highlighting the consequences of an automatic society running amok, the late philosopher of technology Bernard Stiegler suggested that successive ages of technological proletarianization since the 19th century have resulted in human losses first in the knowledge of how to make and do (savoir-faire), followed by the knowledge of how to live (savoir-vivre), and now theoretical knowledge (savoirs théoriques). Perhaps that’s overstated, but a comprehensive right to freedom from automation implies that we take seriously the idea that we be presented with alternative options or leverage to protect us from losing the abilities to work, to know and understand how the things we consume were produced, and to decide things for ourselves.
How Americans View Their Jobs: On many measures of workplace satisfaction, views differ widely by income. Workers with higher incomes are more likely than those with lower and middle incomes to say they are extremely or very satisfied with their job overall and to say the same about the benefits their employer provides, their opportunities for training and to develop new skills, how much they are paid, and their opportunities for promotion.
How Far-Reaching Could the Four-Day Workweek Become? Instead of reducing their employees’ hours, some companies may soon shift to more creative means of promoting work-life balance, like no-meeting days. I anticipate that changes will occur gradually as more large and small companies begin experimenting with the four-day workweek. While there may be a few bumps in the road, I firmly believe we’re on the brink of a significant shift.
4-day work week trials have been labelled a ‘resounding success’. But 4 big questions need answers
First, are the research results reliable?
Second, did the participating firms demonstrate the key productivity proposition: an increase of almost 20% in output per employee per hour worked?
Third, for those firms that achieved the claimed productivity increase, how did it come about? And is it sustainable?
Fourth, is the four-day model likely to be applicable across the whole economy?
Is mass unemployment coming to an end? The unemployment rate is low in many European countries, thanks, however, to a decrease in productivity that could become a problem in the near future.
Does work still have meaning? The climate and Covid crises have led more and more workers – especially younger ones – to question the meaning of their work, resulting in “quiet quitting” and loss of motivation.
Work-from-home is the new normal in Canada. Just accept it
Americans are returning to cities after remote-work exodus, data shows
At Work: the 2023 workplace trends report: employers that take the bold step to bring employees back to the workplace on a regular basis will see big wins for their businesses and their people. The data in this report suggests that others agree: it shows tremendous growth in employee attendance and collaboration in the workplace. After all, Zoom calls and productivity apps are great, but nothing can consistently replace in-person togetherness.
The great disappearance of job applicants: Employers are desperate to hire. All over Europe, the small ads that flourish in restaurant windows are turning yellow for lack of interested candidates – to the great annoyance of bosses. But the complaints go far beyond the hotel and restaurant sector.
Platform workers are becoming more and more commonplace: Delivery, transport, but also business services: more and more workers are opting for self-employed status by using online platforms to obtain assignments. This is a common phenomenon throughout the European Union.
Telework, a new privilege? The Covid crisis has accelerated the rise of telework in all European countries, in all sectors of activity and all company sizes. This has benefited employees and companies, whose satisfaction and productivity levels have increased. But it also risks creating a digital divide between “teleworkable” jobs and those that are not.
Less Than Half of US Workers Use All Their Vacation Days: Fear of falling behind and the availability of remote work are leading many Americans to skip out on paid time off.
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