Life with purpose
The Edit: Shifting workflow
The Edit

The Edit: Shifting workflow

Why being inundated with emails is hindering us, how business can fight climate change and more in this week’s edit.
6th Aug 2021

As some companies trial four-day work weeks and others realise that longer hours don’t necessarily pay off, is the way we do business changing? 

Office working, company-wide set hours, the daily grind of the commute – all of these once unquestioned norms now seem to hang precariously on the edge of a cultural shift in the way that we do business. 

Global business has the tools and resources to change the world for the better. How can we shift the way that we work in order to authentically pursue purpose, and in doing so, positively impact our planet?

This is our edit of the global conversation on purpose.

  • The average office worker checks their emails 80 times per day, and a third of workers check their emails every three minutes. Cal Newport thinks it’s time to change how we work (80,000 Hours Podcast).
  • Is it time to redefine corporate resilience? (McKinsey). 
  • When does a climate campaign become a branding exercise rather than concrete action? Does Amazon’s new ad for their Climate Pledge exemplify climate action, or just a slick exercise in marketing? (Fast Company)
  • John Browne, former Chief Executive of BP, discusses how businesses have the power to deliver climate solutions (Financial Times). 
  • Reflections on returning to an abandoned office: what has changed in the 14 months that employees were away? (The Atlantic)
  • Why the four day work week is still too rigid, and what businesses can do about it (Raconteur).
  • Can location tracking apps offer a tax solution for people who want to relocate amidst the working-from-home revolution? (The New York Times)
  • How will HR deal with the complications of long covid? (Fortune)

“If you don’t think about and plan for the future of work, then your organisation has no future.”

Jacob Morgan, author of The Future Leader

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