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50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets
Someone with a one-hour commute in a car needs to earn 40% more to be as happy as someone with a short walk to work. On the other hand, researchers found that if someone shifts from a long commute to a walk, their happiness increases as much as if they’d fallen in love.
work  work-life-balance  commuting  remote-work  health 
yesterday by pjohnkeane
Why do we work so hard?
A thought-provoking dissection of why many knowledge workers work so hard. It’s not because we don’t enjoy it, but because we do. It’s less a job as it is an identity and a community that many don’t want to give up.
8 weeks ago by irace
The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies
While managers did penalize employees who were transparent about working less, Reid was not able to find any evidence that those employees actually accomplished less, or any sign that the overworking employees accomplished more.
work  work-life-balance  productivity  sarah-green-carmichael 
9 weeks ago by JorgeAranda
Wer weniger arbeitet, leistet mehr – TagesWoche
> Dabei gibt es auch aus wirtschaftlicher Sicht gute Gründe für kürzere Arbeitstage.
11 weeks ago by arnalyse
Watch out for this disturbing new trend in job interviews | Ladders
"It’s the hot new thing in job interviews: Testing whether candidates are willing to sacrifice everything — their home lives, their families, their health — for the good of their company.

"The Muse recently wrote that we should be aware of “work-life balance ‘tests'” during interviews, highlighting the chief executive of Barstool Sports, Erika Nardini, who reportedly texts job applicants interviewing with the company on weekends. Nardini said she does this 'just to see how fast you’ll respond,' in an interview with The New York Times. She expects to be contacted back 'within three hours,' she elaborated.
interviews  work-life-balance  jobsearch 
august 2017 by katherinestevens
The company isn’t a family – Signal v. Noise
Whenever executives talk about how their company is really like a big ol’ family, beware. They’re usually not referring to how the company is going to protect you no matter what or love you unconditionally. You know, like healthy families would. The motive is rather more likely to be a unidirectional form of sacrifice: Yours.

The best companies aren’t families. They’re supporters of families. Allies of families. There to provide healthy, fulfilling work environments so when workers shut their laptops at a reasonable hour, they’re the best husbands, wives, parents, siblings, and children they can be.
signal-vs-noise  david-heinemeier-hansson  work-life-balance  workplace-culture 
july 2017 by yolandaenoch
How to Manage: Let Employees Put Family First. It's Good for Business. | Alex Salkever | Pulse | LinkedIn
"Caring for family is the one non-negotiable in all of our lives. ... Showing empathy for this reality is a key way to show that you care about your employees as people and don’t view them as units of production. By allowing them the flexibility to care for their family, you are telling them that you value their entire person.

"In most cases, in my experience, those employees will reward you by producing top quality work. A growing body of research supports my experience. Research by Penn State University economist Lonnie Golden '...suggests flexibility to balance work with personal needs makes employees happier, ultimately boosting productivity and retention.' And research on BestBuy employees by University of Minnesota sociology professor Phyllis Moen (published in the Atlantic) suggested that emphasizing outcomes and not attendance created a healthier work environment. Said Moen, 'Emphasizing actual results can create a work environment that fosters healthy behavior and well-being.' ...

"There are situations, of course, where the care requirements are so great that it becomes impossible to continue with a standard work schedule. Those situations are tough. The good news is, if you have already established a baseline of honesty, trust and compassion with those employees they tend to come to you first to ask about family leave or other alternatives. In return, you can put in place a glide path for them to return easily, once their situation changes for the better.

"The basic upshot is simple. Let your employees put their families first, their work second, and to control their schedules. In doing so, you will encourage them to do their best work and to build a commitment to you and to the organization with a solid basis of trust, compassion, caring and honesty. Take care of them and they will take care of your company - and then some."
Author: Alex Salkever, LinkedIn, July 4, 2014
work-life-balance  family  business 
july 2017 by katherinestevens
The ‘Busy’ Trap -
Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.
july 2017 by JorgeAranda

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