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The Case for an Automation-Powered 4-Day Work Week

If the robots are indeed taking our jobs, shouldn’t we all probably be working less? A movement is picking up momentum in the UK based on that very reasonable logic. On Thursday, a proposal backed by eminent British progressives like Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is making the call to transition to a four-day workweek by 2025. As the proposal’s title makes clear, it’s both “a radical and pragmatic proposal.” Read More >>

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Unions Say We Could Manage on a Four-Day Week

It's a fairly well established fact of working life that a job expands to fit the time you have to do it in, so perhaps we, as a nation, ought to admit this and switch to a four-day working week, thanks to all the incoming help from robots and AIs. Imagine the UK appearing all forward-thinking for once and getting everything done by Thursday. Read More >>

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Researchers Reckon Your Commute Should Be Classed As Working Hours

It seems a lot of us who use public transport to travel to and from work are using our time sat on the train/bus to deal with work emails and other work-related tasks. As a result, some researchers reckon that the working day structure needs to be looked at, with the commute time included as part of our standard working hours. Read More >>

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Crappy Buses Stop People Holding Down Jobs

Researchers tasked with doing a bit of Orwellian investigation into the lives of your everyday folk in the north of England have come to the conclusion that the buses need to be better, finding that people are missing job interviews and losing work opportunities simply because the public transport system is so unreliable. Read More >>

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Slack Is Down and I’ve Never Felt Less Alive

On Wednesday, Slack confirmed that users worldwide were experiencing difficulty connecting to the workplace messaging service, pledging to investigate the problem and provide updates soon. Read More >>

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We’re Becoming a Nation of Brave Little Soldiers

People tracking the sickness habits of the workers of the country think we've been toughening up for some reason, as the number of staff who go in to work even though they're feeling a bit unwell is rocketing. We are no longer the sickie leaders of Europe. Read More >>

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A Japanese Company is Giving Non-Smokers Six Days Extra Holiday

It's one of those things that most people seem to have accepted about the working world. Everyone gets breaks at work, but smokers seem to get more because they're always off to light up every couple of hours. Well no more, says one Japanese company, and is offering extra holiday to make up for it. Read More >>

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One London Company is Giving its Staff ‘Hangover Days’

Most people will get time off for sickness, and some of them might not lose wages because of it, but generally being hungover doesn't count as being sick. That's changed for staff working for Dice, a ticketing app based in Shoreditch, because they can use a hangover as a legitimate excuse for not coming in. Read More >>

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Company Offers Free, Totally Not Creepy Microchip Implants to Employees

Is that an especially sickly hue in the smog clouds? A faint smell of ammonia in the air? Maybe this morning feels particularly dystopian because Wisconsin-based Three Two Market plans to become the first US company—and one of the first companies period—to offer microchip implants to its employees. Read More >>

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12 Tools and Apps That Make Working From Home Easier

More and more of us are ditching the traditional office environment for anywhere we can get wi-fi. Working away from an office presents its own unique set of challenges. If you haven’t yet made the switch to an online office suite (like the ones made by Google, Apple, or Microsoft), then we’d recommend that as a first move. Not only does it mean you can log in and work from any computer, it makes sharing your work and collaborating with others much more straightforward. Read More >>

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It’ll Probably Always be a Man Delivering Your Stuff

A survey of people who work in the vague world of the "gig economy" has found the work is massively tilted toward being a MAN JOB in some areas, with delivery drivers and cyclists most likely to be men -- and women sticking to selling services and products from home. Read More >>

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Reminder: Amazon Treats Its Employees Like Shit

Amazon is getting a lot of good press lately for a smart marketing move it pulled: offering a “thank you” discount code to its customers based on some stupid corporate reputation poll. But, here’s something to consider: Amazon treats its massive army of labourers like crap. Read More >>

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Lloyd’s of London Bans the Boozy Pub Lunch

Insurance giant Lloyd's of London has gone a bit nanny state on its workers, demanding that the age-old hobby of having a pint or two at lunch time in the name of team bonding and making the afternoon whizz past quicker comes to an end. Read More >>

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Ban Unpaid Internships to Help the Non-Posh Get Jobs, Say MPs

Getting a teenager in to do loads of rubbish jobs for free under the pretence of "gaining experience" should be banned to aid social mobility, says a group of MPs having a big old think about ways the UK's workplace might be made a little fairer. Read More >>

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Trident Managers Set for Two 48-Hour Strikes

Workers at the UK's Atomic Weapons Establishment have voted to take two 48-hour strikes, as disagreements about the usual stuff like boring old pension provisions rumble on. It's only mildly worrying that these are the people who polish and check the fuses on the UK's Trident nuclear defence system. Read More >>