Thousands of employees are testing a 4-day workweek starting today: ‘It’s inevitable we’ll see bigger companies doing this’

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Thousands of workers across the U.S. are enjoying their first Friday off for the next six months in an experiment to test a four-day workweek.

 

It’s part of a worldwide effort launched by 4 Day Week Global, a nonprofit associated with the University of Oxford that helps companies execute and measure the impact of a four-day workweek.

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‘The Office As We Know It Is Over,’ Says Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky

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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky recently announced that the company’s employees will be able to work from anywhere, including (for up to three months) overseas. He also abolished location -based pay, at least within the U.S. In the days following the announcement, Airbnb’s recruiting page received a million visitors. The company, which laid off a quarter of its staff during the pandemic, also released first quarter earnings that closely matched pre-pandemic levels.

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Report: How Gen Z Thinks About Careers

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Over the past century, the global education system has helped generations prepare for what lies ahead. But what about this has changed drastically over time?

 

For one, education. From culture to technology, education today looks much different than it did when Baby Boomers attended school a half-century ago.

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5 Amenities Every Coworking Space Will Need Once the Metaverse Comes of Age

5 Amenities Every Coworking Space Will Need Once the Metaverse Comes of Age

 

The metaverse is one of those topics that people in all industries are talking about. It is a fusion of technologies that spawn an enduring virtual reality (VR) infrastructure that anyone will be able to access from anywhere on earth to interact, play, work, and shop. Even though it is only in its infancy, the metaverse is already impacting the coworking space industry by creating new hybrid physiverse/metaverse business models that allow coworking space providers to take advantage of this emerging trend. As it becomes what it is meant to be, the metaverse will offer even more opportunities for those businesses that are ready and that invested in the proper technology early on.

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2022 workplace trends: What HR needs to know – and do – now

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Another weird year of work almost in the books. What kind of workplace trends can we anticipate in 2022?

 

Things will be different, that’s for sure. Many trends will be carved out of the changes the pandemic forced us all to make.

 

Others will reflect both employers’ and employees’ desire to get back to normal – even if it’s a new normal.

 

Here are the top six workplace trends HR pros will want to prepare for as we turn the calendar year.

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The Working Future: More Human, Not Less

 

In 1964, the RAND Corporation predicted that we would be breeding intelligent apes to perform manual labor by 2020. In 1959, the US postmaster general predicted that today’s mail would be sent by rockets (email turned out to be a more cost-effective option). In 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that continued economic growth over the course of the coming century would reduce the workweek to 15 hours. Nikola Tesla echoed this sentiment in 1935, when he predicted that robots would replace most human labor in the next hundred years.

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The future of work: Not the office or home

 

The now-common term “work from home” belies an important phenomenon in today’s economy: many people, when given the option to work remotely, are actually working from somewhere else. Before the pandemic, most people did not get to choose where to work. Now, the popular narrative is that many people are dividing their working hours between exactly two locations: an employer-provided workplace or the home office, whether that is a refined salon with specific thousand-page books or the humble living room couch.

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The Worst Part of Working From Home Is Now Haunting Reopened Offices

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More than two years into our national experiment in working from home, one of the most popular arguments for returning to the office is about collaboration: Employees need to be on site, we’re told, because collaborating with one another has been harder to do when everyone is working from separate locations.

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