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A Case for Ditching the Career to Embrace 'Lying Flat'

Cassady Rosenblum writes about the movement in essay for 'NYT'

(Newser) - "Work has become intolerable. Rest is resistance." That's the message of the "lying flat" movement that kicked off in China in April and is now starting to take hold globally as a pushback against the 24/7 hamster wheel of capitalism, detailed in Cassady Rosenblum's op-ed...

A 25-Hour Week? Work Life May Be Changing

More flexible schedules might be the norm in post-pandemic world

(Newser) - The pandemic has forced a reassessment of the work-life balance for many, and a story in Wired chimes in by making the case for a five-hour workday. The idea is that the traditional eight-hour day at the office is filled with wasted time and that a more concentrated stretch—with,...

Here Are the Hardest-Working US Cities

Alaska's Anchorage comes out on top, Detroit dead last

(Newser) - Work has been hard to come by during the pandemic, but Americans' work ethic in general remains strong. WalletHub wanted to find out which US cities have the hardest workers, and so the site looked at 116 of the country's biggest cities across nearly a dozen metrics in two...

These Are the Biggest Slacking US States

North Dakota isn't one of them

(Newser) - Despite massive unemployment right now across the nation, WalletHub finds that Americans work pretty darn hard—whether it's because they want to, have to, or have the perception they have to. To find out which states really roll up their sleeves, the site looked at all 50 states across...

Ardern Thinks 4-Day Workweek Could Be the Answer

Says policy could boost productivity, tourism in New Zealand

(Newser) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is backing a four-day workweek as a way to help the country adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern said Monday that more flexible work options could boost productivity and domestic tourism, especially with foreign tourists currently prohibited from entering the country. "I hear...

For Only 2nd Time, Women Have Done This in the Workforce

Not since 2010 have women held more jobs than the guys

(Newser) - In what the Wall Street Journal says could be a sign of the "future of the American workforce," Labor Department data released Friday revealed who's taken hold of the most jobs in the US—and it's the ladies. Not counting the self-employed and farmworkers, women held...

This Firm Cut Its Workweek to 4 Days, With Surprising Results

Microsoft Japan's monthlong experiment saw a nearly 40% boost in productivity

(Newser) - Japanese employees are known for their work ethic, to the point where it can often be excessive: As CNBC notes, there's even a term there—"karoshi," or "death by overwork"—that has cropped up due to workers dying on the job . Yet Fox News reports...

Here Are the US Cities With the Best Work Ethic

The Lone Star state has some hardworking folks

(Newser) - Do you work to live or live to work? It might depend on where you live. WalletHub decided to take a look at nearly 120 of America's biggest cities to see how their work ethic holds up, looking at both "direct" work factors—including the employment rate, average...

People Over 35 Are Less Happy at Work
Work-Life Balance
Gets Trickier
After 35
study says

Work-Life Balance Gets Trickier After 35

More people feel stressed and underappreciated

(Newser) - The older we get, the more of us there are who don't like our jobs—at least according to a recent survey of more than 2,000 employees in the UK. Age 35 seems to be a tipping point: The number of those who are unhappy at work more...

Town May Pay Workers to Take a Sex Break

Swedish councilman floats the proposal

(Newser) - Spending too much time at work and not enough time with your partner? A Swedish politician has a solution: Employees should be paid to go home and have sex. Per-Erik Muskos, a council member in the small town of Övertorneå, argues that couples aren't spending enough time together...

Japanese CEO Quits After Overworked Employee's Suicide

Matsuri Takahashi isn't only victim of 'karoshi,' or 'death from overwork'

(Newser) - "It's 4am. My body's trembling. I'm going to die." That was reportedly one of Matsuri Takahashi's tweets not long before she killed herself last year by leaping from a dorm at Dentsu, the ad company where the 24-year-old worked, per the New York Times ...

We Work an Hour Longer Each Day Than Europeans

New study finds quite a disparity

(Newser) - Feel like you're working too much? Consider moving to Europe: Europeans work 19% fewer hours than US workers, or about one hour less per weekday, a new paper finds. Researchers looked at three labor-force surveys from the US and Europe to find out how many hours a person works,...

Couple Leaves Waitress 'Tip'— That Her Place Is in the Home

Woman in SC is single and 'humiliated'

(Newser) - A waitress in Greenville, SC, says she is "humiliated" and "heartbroken" by a handwritten "tip" she received, in lieu of a monetary tip, from a couple last week who scolded her for working outside the home, WIS-TV reports. After noting that she is a "good waitress"...

Genius Bar Didn't Leap to Hire 'Legendary' Apple Engineer

After 21 years with Apple, JK Scheinberg retired, then got a little bored

(Newser) - Are all those young people staffed by Apple to help out customers at Genius Bars the most qualified for the job, or is there something more pernicious, like actual age discrimination, at play? As the New York Times reports in a story on ageism in the workplace, JK Scheinberg, the...

Japanese Literally Work Themselves to Death

'Karoshi' demises are often from suicide, heart attack, or stroke

(Newser) - Work-life balance is the American worker's goal, but for Japanese employees, work and life may be one and the same. The Washington Post takes a look at Japan's toil-til-you-drop culture, where 12-hour days are typical and there's even a word ("karoshi") that means "death...

City Fires Men Who Didn't Go to Work for Up to 15 Years

They were still collecting their paychecks

(Newser) - Two government workers in Spain were fired this week when it was discovered they may not have done any actual work in 15 years despite continuing to collect their paychecks, the Independent reports. The town of Jerez de la Frontera's HR department discovered the men hadn't been to...

Study: Workaholics More Likely to Have ADHD, Anxiety

Not to mention OCD and depression

(Newser) - Spending late nights at the office and missing a kid's piano recital or three might be a sign of a deeper psychiatric problem, according to a study published last week in PLOS One. Researches found workaholism was statistically linked with anxiety, depression, OCD, and ADHD. “Workaholics scored higher...

Company to Female Workers: Take Time Off for Your Period

UK firm hopes its menstrual policy erases stigma about women's natural cycles

(Newser) - When Bex Baxter started seeing women in her office "bent over double" with pain—not from indigestion or appendicitis, but from their monthly menstrual cycles—she knew she had to act, per the Guardian . So the director of Coexist, based in Bristol, England, has decided to implement a "...

SCOTUS: We'll Review Key Obama Immigration Case

Critical issue during an election year

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has agreed to an election-year review of President Barack Obama's executive orders to allow up to 5 million immigrants to "come out of the shadows" and work legally in the United States. Justices said Tuesday they will consider undoing lower court rulings that blocked the...

New Office ID Badges Can Track, Record Workers

Gizmos that monitor employees' movements, stress, and more are spreading

(Newser) - How would you feel about wearing an employee ID badge that tracks when you move away from your desk, how often you speak up at meetings, and how stressed you are? Such smart badges are already a reality, and they're spreading around the corporate world, the CBC reports. Boston-based...

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