Revenues increased, productivity improved, but people also left

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Stephan Aarstol founded his own business in 2010. You might remember him as the guy who froze during his 2012 pitch on ABC’s Shark Tank but still walked off with $150,000 from Mark Cuban.

Today, he runs a successful online paddle-board business, based out of San Diego, California.

Being a beach lifestyle company Aarstol was keen to find a way for his employees to spend more time enjoying the outdoor lifestyle the company promoted.

So, in June 2015, he offered his employees a deal: If they could figure out how to do the same work in less time, they could…


Lessons from the one-man fiction factory

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At 73 years old, James Patterson has sold more than 425 million copies of his 200 novels. Together with his co-authors, he has been the world’s best-selling author since 2001, ahead of J.K. Rowling, John Grisham, and Dan Brown.

His hardcover books account for one out of every 17 hardcover novels purchased in the United States. His prolific popularity has led to a sizable fortune. His annual earnings topped more than $80 million between June 2019 and June 2020, and he has an estimated net worth of $750 million.

Patterson’s writing started as a side-hustle

What many don’t realize is that Patterson’s writing started as a…


7 tips to help your team thrive when working remotely

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Before the lockdowns hit the US, in March just 2% of office workers logged on from home. By May, more than two-thirds of Americans were remote working. In July 2020, Lenovo published findings from a global study of 20,000 office workers. Despite covid-19 distractions, 63% reported they were more productive than ever.

Many employees believe that remote working is the future.

As technology continues to improve how we communicate, the need for physical offices and daily on-site attendance will continue to diminish. Some companies, Facebook, Apple & Twitter among them, are now offering employees the option of working from home…


200 companies to participate, creating one of the biggest four-day work experiments in the world

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Earlier this year, left-wing Spanish political party Más País announced that the government had accepted its proposal to trial a four-day working week. Following further talks this month, the Government has agreed to launch a pilot project for companies interested in the idea.

The current proposal is for a three-year, €50m project that would allow companies to trial reduced hours with minimal financial risk. Any initial costs occurring from reduced labor and productivity will be covered by the Government at 100% the first year, 50% the second year, and 33% the third year.

This will allow approximately 200 companies to…


Five mistakes I made when setting goals for the year

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We’re three months into the new year. How are your goals coming along? Probably not as well as you’d hoped. A couple of months ago I was happily daydreaming about all I’d achieve by the end of the year. But I failed to account for the regular demands of day-to-day life which make doing anything new extremely challenging.

Let’s be honest: change is hard. Having a goal is the easy part. Who wouldn’t want to make more money, write a best-selling book, and finally look good in a t-shirt? But achieving goals is difficult, even when we know they are…


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…

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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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