Strategy + Rest is bringing the power of rest to business.
Overwork seems inevitable and inescapable in today’s world. Tech CEOs and business legends boast about how little they sleep. Long hours are a rite of passage, exhaustion a badge of honor. Success is an all-or-nothing race against time: If you don’t make it big before you burn out or your skills become obsolete, you risk falling into ranks of gig economy drones or “consultants.“
We all know this is unsustainable. We’ve all dealt with challenges around burnout, struggled with work-life balance, or made difficult tradeoffs between our personal and working lives.
Overwork is bad for companies, too: burned-out employees are less productive than well-rested workers, less engaged at work, more likely to leave, and even more likely to cut ethical corners.
Indeed, Stanford business professor Jeffrey Pfeffer argued recently that the health costs of badly designed or toxic workplaces make work as significant a health hazard as smoking. And employee burnout costs the global economy an estimated $300 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity.
The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way.
It’s possible for companies to be more productive, more sustainable, and happier places; to attract and retain great workers; to encourage better collaboration and creativity between workers; and to remove the structural obstacles that make it harder for women to rise in their workplaces and professions.
How can you do all this? By shortening the workweek.
All over the world, companies in a variety of industries have redesigned their workdays, allowing them to work less while doing more, and giving back time to workers.
This emerging global movement is described in the new book by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, SHORTER: WORK BETTER, SMARTER, AND LESS— HERE’S HOW. Through Strategy + Rest, Alex is bringing the knowledge and insights presented in that book to companies that want to trial their own shorter workweeks.
You can also read more about SHORTER; catch up on our ongoing research on shorter working hours; learn about founder Alex Soojung-Kim Pang and his trilogy of books on time, technology and work, SHORTER, REST: WHY YOU GET MORE DONE WHEN YOU WORK LESS and THE DISTRACTION ADDICTION; or contact us.