I’m the boss and I say we should work less

Poor performance has caused millions of people to leave the workforce altogether, creating a seemingly permanent workforce shortage that has become the bane of hiring managers’ existence. During the Great Retirement, a record number of Americans retired from work burnout, low pay, child care, elderly… whatever.

To bring people back into the labor market, employers have raised wages. But inflation erased that, and then something else, so it didn’t work. Bosses have allowed some of us to work from home, but this is a perk that many offices have started to take advantage of as people are less afraid of Covid.

So here’s a crazy solution: let people work less. I know it sounds radical. But it turns out that the workers are really passionate about this idea, and they are more productive.

Over the past eight weeks, thousands of people in the United Kingdom have tried out the four-day schedule – without a pay cut. informs colleague Anna Kuban. it the world’s largest lawsuit or as long as the four-day work week. No wonder some workers say they feel happier, healthier and better at their jobs.
During similar tests in the period from 2015 to 2019. Iceland, there was no drop in productivity among four-day workers — and a dramatic increase in employee welfare. When Microsoft tried to shorten the workweek in Japan in 2019, it found that productivity increased by almost 40%.

So who do we need to fight to get a three-day weekend here? It turns out that inertia may be the answer.

In 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted by 2030, we will be working 15 hours a week, with hours in the office shrinking over time. But unions across America fought hard for the 40-hour workweek, and it just… stuck. 9 to 5 shifts Monday to Friday became the norm, and over time it has become difficult for businesses and workers to think otherwise.

You can present your boss with all the data you want, but it’s unlikely you’ll be able to convince management that the way to increase productivity and solve the labor shortage is to give everyone a day off on Friday forever.

MY TASKS: As a fairly humble HR manager, I understand both sides.

Allison is (if you know) a vehement supporter of the four-day work week, and if I had the power, I would arrange it for her. And with endless, constant meetings that could be emails, combined with a 3:00 p.m. weekend off and watching The Bachelor with work buddies, I’m sure it adds up to an entire day during my week when my performance is effectively zero. I would love to cut it out to spend more time with my family or anyone else.

But – and hear me out on this – what if we just start by improving performance? I’m not only saying this because my bosses are reading this (hello bosses!), but work should be fulfilling when we feel like we’re doing something important and meaningful in our lives. Whether it’s saving the planet or cleaning toilets, work is needed. And good companies need to provide a supportive environment for employees to grow and feel like they’re doing something worthwhile.

Instead, all too often companies are put in charge by idiots like me because they don’t know what else to do with people, so they make them managers. It was fun anyway, but let’s get back to work, Allison! These stories will not write themselves.

NUMBER OF THE DAY: 53.6 million

That’s how many metric tons of e-waste the world threw away in 2019, according to the latest figures from the United Nations. Only 17.4% of them were recycled, my colleague. Katherine Thorbecke reports.

SOME MEOW IS CONFUSED

Cat food is disgusting. It smells weird, too greasy, and to be honest, it looks like it should go out instead of in.

However, for some ungodly reason, Purina is opening a cat-food-inspired restaurant this month for people in New York City.

Dishes at Gatto Bianco, Purina’s pop-up Italian-style trattoria, were supposedly inspired by the new Fancy Feast.potpourri” line of cat food. Medleys includes options such as ” beef stew with tomatoes and pasta in a savory sauce”, which, according to my colleague Zoe Sottile notedDesigned for cats with refined taste.
Cat lovers can try cat food-inspired dishes at Italian pop-up Fancy Feast.

Just a note about fancy cat food for a minute: my cats usually drink from the toilet, lick their anuses in public, and leave dead rodents on the bed, so they’re not exactly high school graduates. I’m all for keeping your cat healthy, but “Beef and Pork Milanese with Potatoes and Carrots in Savory Juices” doesn’t seem to be noticed by the audience.

I understand what Purina is trying to do here: it’s so tasty that even you would eat it! But there’s a reason I feed my pets (relatively) inexpensive canned food: because they’re animals, and I’ve seen them literally eat the corpse of a dead squirrel and act happier than anything I’ve ever seen them. or fed.

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