NoDesk: Issue #185

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Is Going to the Office a Broken Way of Working?

Cal Newport | The New Yorker

A conversation with Chris Herd, who foresees a future in which most companies are remote-first.

Remote work is causing anxiety levels to spike: Here’s what creative bosses are doing about it

Tony Case | Digiday

Just as offices begin to reopen or at least contemplate doing so, a new study suggests that remote work is taking its toll on our collective nerves. Nearly half (47%) of workers say they are experiencing anxiety because of remote working — and among those, two-thirds (66%) say it has crushed their productivity.

What Will It Take to Create a Global Digital Nomad Passport?

Matthew Parsons | Skift

It will soon reach a point where it won’t be efficient for so many countries to have their own passes, so a universal one makes sense. But governments and tourism boards won’t find it easy to hand over the reins to a third party.

‘The great reimagination of work’: Why 50% of workers want to make a career change

Abigail Johnson Hess | CNBC

“Over half of the employees want to leave [their jobs], and there’s really two reasons that came out of the survey,” Catalyst President and CEO Lorraine Hariton tells CNBC’s Julia Boorstin.

“One is if they felt that their employers did not understand them, that they weren’t providing empathy. This is especially true for working parents, male or female. They didn’t feel good about the experience, and they’re looking to leave. The second thing is that people are really leaning into flexibility, whether that’s flexibility by location, by when they work, or how they work. They want to leave if the employer is not providing that.”

Here’s what happens when men in tech share their salaries

Michelle Ma | Protocol

The gender pay gap in tech is well documented, with men in tech receiving offers 3% higher on average than women, and the disparity is even greater for Black and Latinx people. In recent years, there’s been a greater push for salary transparency, with more people across the corporate world sharing their compensation in crowdsourced spreadsheets and disseminating self-reported data on platforms like

Making a Living: The history of what we call work.

Aaron Benanav | The Nation

Instead of trying to recover a long-lost past or aligning ourselves with the latest views on human nature, we will have to create novel institutions to facilitate our journey to new, 21st-century destinations. We should set the course not to Mars, for vacationing with Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, but rather to a post-scarcity planet Earth on which their wealth has been confiscated and put to better ends. Getting there will require that we overcome the endemic insecurity that continues to plague nine-tenths of humanity, while also reducing and transforming the work we do.

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