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The 4-day week in a pandemic world: resilience, work-life balance, and the future of work

The pandemic and lockdown have challenged organisations to quickly adapt to a new economy and world of work. All this has happened at a moment when growing income inequality, rising job insecurity, epidemic levels of overwork and burnout, and enduring problems with gender inequality and work-life balance were already forcing us to rethink how people and companies work.

In this talk, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Author and Founder of Strategy + Rest, will explain how the 4-day week, which had been adopted at farsighted design firms, can help us deal with all of these challenges, while also making companies more resilient and safer places. Alex will detail how companies have shortened working hours without sacrificing productivity or profitability, and present the science that explains why well-designed time off makes people and firms more creative and productive.

Join us live from 15.00-16.00 this Friday 24 July. Register today.

About Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

pang3-credit-leila-sultanzadehAlex Soojung-Kim Pang studies people, technologies, and the worlds they make. His latest book Shorter explains how companies all over the world, in a variety of industries, are shortening their working hours while improving productivity and profitability.

Shorter is the third in a series of books that makes the case for recognising the value of rest in creative and prolific lives, and blends science and history to better understand how we can live and work better in the digital age. His previous books, Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, and The Distraction Addiction, have been translated into 14 languages. 

Through his company Strategy + Rest, Alex speaks and works around the world with companies who want to apply these insights in their organisations.

Alex received a Ph.D. in history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania, and has been a lecturer or visiting scholar at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Oxford University, and Microsoft Research Cambridge. 


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