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The Great Resignation and Anti-work | Wisdom Letter #142
Antinwork and the great resignation
You know there’s a whole subreddit of people looking to work less called “r/antiwork”.
So tell me, are you working to live or are you living to work?
Do you see your work as an end in itself, or is it something that funds the life you want to live?
During the pandemic, most people realized that there is life beyond their 50-hour week jobs. And that in some cases, the work that they do doesn’t hold the kind of meaning that they thought it did.
This feeling was also a contributing factor to the great resignation and the antiwork movement.
This is a good video on the topic:
The 4 Day work week
Retaining talent has become so hard that companies turning to 4-day work weeks. Reducing the load on workers, offering them benefits to stay in employment and also live a balanced life.
After all, it’s not a hard and fast rule that you must work 40+ hours every week.
At least not for knowledge work.
If you think about it, we can make our own rules and systems around work.
What if we could rethink work from 1st principles?
Well, a company called Treehouse has had a 32-hour workweek since 2006.
This video from 2015 is still relevant today:
Ultimately it’s not about counting hours at work, but it’s about having a more balanced total life. Where there’s time to do good work, and there’s time to spend with one’s family.
And then there’s time to spend with oneself as well.
The top post on the r/antiwork subreddit has 291K upvotes and 12.4K comments.
And it’s about how someone quit their job to spend time with family, but also how their workplace didn’t have a culture of appreciating good work.
Check the post here.
In December last year, I was interviewed by the good folks at Choose To Thinq about the great resignation.
And what managers at corporates can do to retain top talent.
It was an interesting conversation:
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If you work in an office, and you’re a senior manager, just don’t make your workplace like this. Don’t torture your employees 🤣
Also, don’t be like this boss:
📖 Sunday Long Reads
The Reasons We Work | Farnam Street
How People Think | Morgan Housel | Collaborative Fund
The Riddle of the Well-Paying, Pointless Job | Lawrence Yeo | More To That
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