The hottest new perk in tech is freedom

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Small tech companies are way more likely to let employees work remotely than big ones. Getty Images/Westend61

It used to be that Big Tech companies like Google, Meta, and Apple led the way when it came to workplace advantages. On top of great pay, they offered freebies like gourmet meals, massages, and on-site laundry. Then, when the pandemic made the office a physical danger, those same companies were among the first to offer the ultimate perk: the ability to work where you wish.

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10 Australian companies have embraced the 4-day week. Here’s what they say about it

Three 'client-facing' companies maintained opening hours while reducing working hours.

Three ‘client-facing’ companies maintained opening hours while reducing working hours. Shutterstock


Most of us look forward to a rare long weekend. But some Australians now enjoy a four-day week every week.


They’re lucky enough to work for the small number of organisations that are trialling or have permanently adopted what is known as the 100:80:100 model, in which employees keep 100% of what they were paid for five days while working 80% of their former hours – so long as they maintain 100% productivity.

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Women @ Work 2023: A Global Outlook

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Since 2021, Women @ Work: A Global Outlook has provided insight into women’s experiences in the workplace. The picture has not been a positive one: 2021’s findings were dominated by the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women, while 2022 showed an equally concerning and stark picture of increasing exposure to non-inclusive behaviors, burnout, and challenges with hybrid working.

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Sensitivity Can Be a Superpower at Work

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Summary.   High sensitivity is a trait that’s been researched for over 30 years, and is found within 15% to 30% of the population. Managing a highly sensitive person (HSP) involves a learning curve, but is necessary if you want to take advantage of the assets they have to offer your team and company.

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State Of Remote Work 2023

A report by Buffer in partnership with Nomad List and Remote OK


The 2023 State of Remote Work report highlights the experiences of 3,000 remote workers from around the world. Our respondents include those who work remotely all the time or some of the time as well as employees, independent consultants, and business owners.

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50% of workers are burned out and ‘productivity paranoia’ could be making it worse: ‘People are just worn down’

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Burnout isn’t a new phenomenon — but hybrid work environments could be making it worse.


Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, new, catchy terms like “The Great Resignation” and “quiet quitting” have flooded public discourse to describe the overwhelm workers are feeling, and the corresponding shifts in the labor market.

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Employees Want More Friends At Work. Why Aren’t They Finding Them?

“People are our greatest asset.”


This, or some variation of this, is at the heart of many corporate recruiting messages. What many leaders may not realize, however, is the startling truth of this statement when it comes to employee loyalty. According to a new study by BetterUp Labs, people want more friends at work and more than half (53%) would even trade some compensation for more meaningful relationships with colleagues.

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