Shorter: Work Better, Smarter, and Less—Here's How

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PublicAffairs, Mar 10, 2020 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
You and your company can work less, be more productive, and make time for what's really important.
The idea of success embraced by the global economy means being always-on, never missing an opportunity, and outworking your peers. But working ever-longer hours is't sustainable for companies or individuals. Fatigue-induced mistakes, whether in the operating room or factory line, cost companies billions, and overwork alienates and burns out valuable employees.
But what if there is another way? Shorter tells the story of entrepreneurs and leaders all over the world who have discovered how to shrink the workweek without cutting salaries or sacrificing productivity or revenues. They show that by reducing distractions, eliminating inefficiencies, and creating time for high-quality focus and collaboration, 4-day workweeks can boost recruitment and retention, make leaders more thoughtful and companies more sustainable, and improve work-life balance. Using design thinking, a business and product development process pioneered in Silicon Valley, futurist and consultant Alex Pang creates a step-by-step guide for readers to redesign their workdays.
 

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Introduction
Frame
Ideate
Prototype
Test
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Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D. has spent two decades studying people, technology, and the worlds they make. A Silicon Valley-based futurist and consultant, he has worked with governments and Fortune 500 companies; given talks on five continents, at venues ranging from CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, to Disney World; and held academic positions at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Oxford universities. Pang's last book, Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less is available in a dozen languages.

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