Marcela Sapone, Taking a break is part of your job, Quartzy, May 16, 2018
Downtime is Worktime
I believe so strongly in the power and effectiveness of rest, that as CEO of a tech startup, I’ve encouraged my employees to go as far as scheduling a weekly break. I want to pay them to not work, because I know that even when they step away from their work stations, they will still be thinking, and it’s in these periods of less focused thought that the best ideas often emerge. It’s like high-intensity interval training for the workplace—periods of intense work followed by rest are more efficient and ultimately more productive.
Through the WI Lens
Maybe the wellness industry could set an example by walking the talk? We are always shocked, but not that surprised, to see wellness executives, even in the hospitality and wellbeing industry, suffering from burnout. Although we only rely on anecdotal evidence, we believe it is more widespread than most people think.
Common sense dictates that social norms regarding the amount of hours we work (“the more the better”) should change. As this article explains, there is ample academic research to support the notion that recovery time is critically important. Yet, corporate work cultures around the world (including the wellness industry) continue to celebrate unrelenting effort with diminishing returns. Instead, as suggested in the article, we should think of non-work time as not only something that makes us better at our jobs—but as part of our jobs.
Could Therapy Be Key To Treating Your IBS? – Huffington Post, 11 April 2019, Natasha Hinde
Sitting down for too long may be causing 70,000 UK deaths a year – The Guardian, 26 March 2019, Nicola Davis
Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good – New York Times, 23 March 2019, Nellie Bowles
Americans Are Going Bankrupt From Getting Sick, The Atlantic, 15 March 2019, Olga Khazan
Why the future of well-being isn’t about money www.weforum.org, 26 Feb 2019, Justin Dupuis
With bread’s return to favor in the wellness world, consumers are ritualizing the baking process as an opportunity to slow down. JWT Intelligence, 28 February 2019, Emily Safian-Demers
Ikea’s new curtains purify the air inside your house – Fast Company, 20 Feb 2019, Jesus Diaz
Insectageddon – Politicians are complicit in the killing of our insects – we will be next – Guardian 12 February 2019 – Molly Scott Cato
Goop Enters Netflix Deal: Has Pseudoscience Found A New Platform? Forbes, 9 Feb 2019, Bruce Y. Lee
5 ways work culture will change by 2030, Fast Company, February 4th 2019 Gwen Moran