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.

Unilever NZ’s 1-year trial of a 4-day week

Unilever is one of the world’s biggest consumer package goods companies, with brands like Lipton’s Tea and Dove soap and revenues in the tens of billions of dollars. Today news dropped that their (relatively small)

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

News

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

Talking about the 4-day week on KQED Forum

I was on KQED's Forum today, talking about the 4-day week. There was quite the all-star lineup: Charlotte Lockhart, Leena Yousefi (whose law firm YLaw is trialing a 4-day week right now), and Wharton professor

Media Appearances

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Talking about the 4-day week on KQED Forum

I was on KQED's Forum today, talking about the 4-day week. There was quite the all-star lineup: Charlotte Lockhart, Leena Yousefi (whose law firm YLaw is trialing a 4-day week right now), and Wharton professor

Talking to Harvard Business Review Korea

For some reason I never posted this when the video first appeared, but a few weeks ago I gave a talk (remote, alas) sponsored by the Korean edition of the Harvard Business Review. Perhaps in

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

Recent Writing

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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