Nov 18, 2020
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang studies people, technologies, and the worlds they make. His latest book SHORTER explains how companies all over the world, in a variety of industries, are shortening their working hours while improving productivity and profitability.
SHORTER is the third in a series of books that makes the case for recognizing the value of rest in creative and prolific lives, and blends science and history to better understand how we can live and work better in the digital age. HIs previous books, REST: WHY YOU GET MORE DONE WHEN YOU WORK LESS, and THE DISTRACTION ADDICTION, have been translated in 14 languages.
Through his company Strategy + Rest, Alex speaks and works around the world with companies who want to apply these insights in their organizations.
Alex received a Ph.D. in history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania, and has been a lecturer or visiting scholar at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Oxford University and Microsoft Research Cambridge.
How to contact Alex:
Strategy + Rest: www.strategy.rest
Twitter and Instagram: @askpang
What we talked about:
4:32 Story of Rest and Shorter books
10:11 Examples of companies with shortened hours from the book
15:15 Set up of the book - Design thinking
21:42 Care work - critical for the economy
24:54 New hiring patterns - helpful for parents
30:47 Job sharing
34:25 Male company leaders & flexible work
37:06 How did companies become more efficient?
43:20 Non-knowledge worker companies
46:50 Jinya Inn - Japan
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