Another Future is Possible

Overwork feels inevitable and inescapable in today’s world. Tech CEOs boast about how little they sleep. Long hours are a rite of passage, exhaustion a badge of honor.

But we all know it’s unsustainable: it’s bad for people, bad for companies, and ultimately counterproductive.

The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Companies can be more productive, more sustainable, and happier places; attract and retain great workers; encourage better collaboration and creativity between workers; and remove the structural obstacles that make it harder for women to rise in their workplaces and professions.

How? By shortening the workweek.

Companies around the world, in a variety of industries, have redesigned their workdays, allowing them to work less while doing more, and giving back time to workers. Maybe it’s time for you to join that movement, too.

We Can Help You Get There

Through keynotes, in-person workshops and virtual events, and our soon-to-be-launched course on designing the 4-day week, Strategy and Rest helps people discover the power of rest, and helps companies redesign their time.

Our work draws on the research of founder Alex Soojung-Kim Pang and his trilogy of books on time, technology and work: THE DISTRACTION ADDICTION, on the neuroscience of attention, technology, and work; REST: WHY YOU GET MORE DONE WHEN YOU WORK LESS, on the secret role of rest in the lives of history’s most creative people; and SHORTER: WORK BETTER, SMARTER AND LESS– HERE’S HOW, on how companies can put the lessons REST into practice.

After two decades working with global corporations and governments we’ve developed tools that make these insights actionable and available to everyone.

Want to learn more, and find out how you can redesign your workdays to be more productive, balanced, and sustainable? Contact us.

Books

Strategy and Rest’s unique perspective and offerings are built on founder Alex Soojung-Kim Pang’s books. Click on a book below to learn more about each one.

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Companies

Read about the companies shortening working hours and changing the future of work. See all posts.

3-day workweek at KKI Plast

The coronavirus has created lots of challenges for companies that want to remain open but operate safely. Anyone who’s been to a store or office in recent months has seen the plexiglas dividers, hand sanitizing

Temporary 4-day weeks: Shopify and the NBA

There are a number of companies that have discovered during the pandemic that they could permanently shift to a 4-day week (I wrote about some of them for Fast Company), but I'm also seeing a

Femma’s report on its 30-hour week

The Belgian research and advocacy group Femma spent 2019 working a 30-hour week, and has just released a report in English [pdf] talking about their experience. One of the most interesting things is the way

News

Recent developments in the world of 4-day weeks, the science of rest, and the future of business. See all top posts.

Media Appearances

Recent podcast, radio and TV appearances. See all media.

KCRA and the future of the office

I was on KCRA’s “Press Play” yesterday, talking with Madeleine Brand about the 40-hour week, remote work during COVID, and the future of work. This write-up by Amy Ta is pretty comprehensive. There was one

Job Sharing and Beyond podcast

I’m on the latest episode of the podcast Job Sharing and Beyond, talking with Karin Tischler, the founder of Emily’s Path Consulting, about Shorter, flexible work, COVID-19, and the future of work. You can listen

Interview on Calvin Ayre

When you think “rest,” the next word that pops into your head is probably “gambling.” Okay, so maybe not. That didn’t stop CalvinAyre.com’s Becky Liggero Fontana from interviewing me for the Long Con podcast.

Recent Writing

Latest articles and op-eds. See all writing.

Talking about routines in the Financial Times

The Financial Times recently launched a new series on "Rebooting the Workplace," which consists of essays by various invited experts on different aspects of the future of work in a post-COVID (or still-ongoing-COVID) era. As