NoDesk: Issue #172

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By Daniel (@nodeskco).


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Hand-picked articles, stories and ideas from the remote work community and beyond.

How to Achieve Sustainable Remote Work

Cal Newport | The New Yorker

Companies must move away from surveillance and visible busyness, and toward defined outcomes and trust.

Invasion of the remote workers! How 'digital nomads' are ruining tropical paradises

David Kushner | Business Insider

Millions of millennials, freed from their desk jobs, are working remotely in places like Mexico — and leaving a path of destruction in their wake.

The Problem We're Now Facing With WFH

Henry Grabar | Slate Magazine

“This really is a critical moment. What comes next in the next three to six months could be the start of defining what happens in the next 10 to 20 years, or the next generation. And I have to say we’re all over the place.”

Who’s Afraid of the Four Day Work Week?

Anne Helen Petersen | Culture Study

This is the principle at the heart of the four day week: working less can actually mean working better. That idea is particularly difficult for Americans, who fetishize long hours for many ideologically tangled reasons, to understand. It’s true in knowledge work, it’s true in medical fields, it’s true in construction. You’re just a better worker — a safer worker, a more creative worker, a more astute and alert worker — when you’re not exhausted.

Why Remote Work Might Not Revolutionize Where We Work

Greg Rosalsky | NPR

With so many Silicon Valley companies saying employees no longer have to work in Silicon Valley offices, are we witnessing the remaking of America’s economic map? A leading expert on economic geography doesn’t think so.

Younger employees fear being left behind by remote work

Erica Pandey | Axios

A whopping 40% of college students and recent graduates prefer fully in-person work, according to a new poll by Generation Lab, a polling and research firm that tracks trends affecting youth.

Another 39% want a hybrid workplace, 19% want to work remotely and 3% say they have no preference.

Air passengers have become much more confrontational during the pandemic

The Economist

According to the latest figures from the FAA, in the year to July 6th it has launched 540 investigations into unruly behaviour by passengers, more than three times the number for the whole of 2019. That is despite there being only around 40% the number of travellers aboard America’s planes.

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