Four ways to make video calls a little less tiring

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Millions of knowledge workers have spent the last year working from bedrooms and kitchen tables, all facilitated by video-conferencing technology.

Video conferencing has become the de-facto mode of communication. We use it to talk to colleagues, talk to loved ones, and teach our children. Suddenly hundreds of millions of people are spending ten to twelve hours sitting in front of a screen, with an array of faces staring back at them.

Despite spending entire days in the comfort of our own homes, with no rush-hour commute required, people are increasingly reporting feeling exhausted, so much so that a new phrase…


A study of 54,000 firms supports shorter work weeks

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What if the economy moved to a four-day workweek tomorrow, with no preparation, no guiding policies, and no government subsidies? Would businesses remain profitable, or would whole industries collapse?

That is what researchers at Autonomy, a UK-based think tank campaigning for a shorter work week and better work-life balance sought to find out.

The findings

By analyzing profitability statistics from 54,000 companies, Autonomy found that under a best-case scenario, a reduction in hours would be completely offset by increases in productivity.

However, their findings also concluded that companies whose labor costs are highly correlated to their revenue would struggle to adapt if…


Here are eight steps to help you finally achieve your goals.

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80% of people who make New Year’s resolutions will have failed them by the second week of February. Research conducted by Strava using 800 million user activities in 2019, found most people had given up on their New Year’s resolutions by January 19. They call this Quitter’s day.

You’re probably all too familiar with the failure statistics of New Year’s resolutions — most likely you are one of them.

The problem with New Year’s resolutions…

Don’t get me wrong, I love setting out my goals for the year. A new year feels like a wide-open space, free of the obligations and obstacles of day-to-day life. …


The neglected benefits of the office commute.

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I hate my morning commute. Door-to-door it takes me an hour and thirty minutes. After a brisk walk to my nearest station, I cram myself into the London underground system for over an hour. If I’m lucky enough to get on the first tube (that’s London speak for the subway train) it’s so tightly packed, I’m often pressed up against someone else. It’s like being in a nightclub, except people are mostly sober, it’s 07:00 am, well lit, and everyone feels extremely awkward (actually this last point holds true in both scenarios for me, but I digress).

By the time…


Advice from a clinical psychologist.

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Since the start of the pandemic, video calls have been helping us stay employed and connected. But many of us leave them feeling exhausted, so much so that a new phrase has entered our vocabulary — Zoom fatigue.

I recently finished another day of back-to-back video calls, and immediately fell asleep in our spare bedroom, which now doubles as my home office. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve felt tired from work before, but never passed out from exhaustion.

Wanting to understand what was going on I spoke to Dr. Colin Hicks, a friend of mine who works as a clinical…


Profits doubled, revenue grew by 46%, and staff retention went from 77% to 88%

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Since 2018, digital marketing agency Versa has locked its doors every Wednesday.

The initiative was the idea of Versa’s chief executive and founder, Kath Blackham, who was looking for a way to give people greater flexibility in an industry notorious for a long-hours culture.

When Kath first heard of the four-day work week, she pitched the idea to the rest of her leadership team. She was met with a resounding no, as her partners were scared it would negatively affect revenues.

Even though the pitch was unsuccessful, she still believed in the idea enough to trial it with a handpicked…


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What if? What if I lose my job? What if I’m unsuccessful? What if my marriage fails? Do any of these debilitating questions sound familiar to you? As someone who suffers from anxiety, I can tell you that you’re not alone.

Worry is part of human nature. But excessive worrying is not preparation. Worrying about things that are too far in the future to predict with any accuracy, doesn’t have any real cognitive benefits.

I recently stumbled across a fascinating study by Penn State researchers Lucas LaFreniere and Michelle Newman, who ran an experiment with 29 people diagnosed with generalized…


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A group of business figures, trade union leaders, and left-wing politicians from across the world are calling for shorter workers' hours to be introduced in response to the covid pandemic while maintaining full-time pay.

The group detailed its arguments in a letter sent to leaders of the UK, US, Germany, Spain, New Zealand, and the Republic of Ireland, stating

“Throughout history, shorter working hours have been used during times of crisis and economic recession as a way of sharing work more equally across the economy between the unemployed and the overemployed. …


And best practices for implementing them.

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I recently finished another day of back-to-back video conferences, and immediately fell asleep in our spare bedroom, which now doubles as my home office. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve felt tired from work before, but never passed out from exhaustion.

In addition to working remotely, I attend a Friday night ‘beer and banter’ session with my colleagues, have a weekly video chat with my parents, and attend a weekly family quiz — all over video. Increasingly I’m finding logging onto a video call tiring.

Many people are reporting similar experiences, so much so that a new phrase has entered our…


Five lessons that can help you make a successful career change

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I believed I had done everything right.

I paved my way through business school, getting an MBA, and landing a job at a major corporation. But a few years later, things started to change. The department I was in went through redundancy rounds — my team went from 250 people to 12. I began to explore new roles within the company but found that what I’d been doing in my career was so specialized that it wasn’t transferable to other, more conventional roles.

At that moment, I realized my career was going nowhere. …

Jack Turner, MBA

Career management writer; exploring how people develop satisfying and meaningful careers, and how the future of work will impact our lives.

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