Welcome to Strategy + Rest

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.

Overwork isn’t our destiny. Through keynotes, workshops, and 90-day trials, Strategy + Rest can show you another way of working, and helps you get there. Let us explain how.

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.

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Upcoming readings, talks, and workshops

I’ll be speaking and signing copies of SHORTER (US|UK) at the Ferry Building in San Francisco on the evening of March 18, 6:30-8:30.

The talk is sponsored by Book Passage, and will actually take place in the fabulous SHACK15, a new space on the second floor of the Ferry Building. I’ve never been, but it looks very cool. (There’s also a SHACK15 in London. Don’t go to that one! It looks like a nice place, but that’s the wrong one.)

The event is free, but you should register beforehand at the Book Passage event page .

SHORTER in the news

Financial Times: Tories painted the “four-day week as this crazy socialist Venezuelan money tree hatched in some Soviet institute for economic disinformation”

Emma Jacobs in the Financial Times writes about SHORTER and the 4-day week. (It’s the latest of a run of articles about SHORTER and REST in the Financial Times.) Inevitably,

My piece in the Wall Street Journal: “employees benefit when companies shorten working hours. But it turns out that companies can benefit, too”

My piece explaining why “Shorter Hours Make Stronger Businesses” is out in the Wall Street Journal. In the past year, a few companies have received attention for reducing working hours,

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