Dec 10, 2023Liked by Bruce Daisley

It's also pretty exhausting being the only woman in the room.

Working in IT for decades, it still happens; it leaves me constantly on guard that I don't react to 'inadvertent' inappropriate jokes because they 'didn't notice I was in the room', or saying, doing or wearing anything that could remotely be interpreted as sexual or a double entendre.

I'm fed up policing my appearance and behaviour, when they can do whatever they like with impunity.

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Whether it is 4 days or 3 days per week is not necessarily relevant in the conversation of quality of work, productivity, or wellbeing. It is not even a question (at least in the realm of mental work) of individual or business outputs.

To impact these factors we need to think about actual work place wellbeing methods like deep work, defractionalisation of responsibilities, circadian rythm optimised scheduling, or work-rest bout designs. For example, heaps of data around on how anything past 90 minutes at a time is very much useless - as much as "breaks" that are actually not breaks at all.

All of this (and so much more) can be designed, implemented and executed technically every single day, and we would be fine as humans. Yet, "work wellbeing" is still mainly considered to be about flexible schedules or yoga classes :(.

Our dear business leaders simply do not want to trust the science/experts. They have been indoctrinated with MORE = MORE.

As you pointed out, whether we do all of this in 2, 3 or 4 days per week, is mainly a front-facing issue of "you don't show up, you must be working worse".

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