This week’s issue alights on the topics of culture and location and how they affect our world of work.
But first, how are you doing? Are you keeping your focus forward?
I was away last week, enjoying time with my family in Emerald Isle, NC. Lots of thinking time between the family fun. Rented a gorgeous house right on the beach. As one of my shares this week touches on, that wasn’t always an option. I’m what they used to call self-made, with lots of coaching and support along the way. Grateful to be able to rent that house and spend time with the family for a week.
While I was away, I finished the novel I started back in March (!). It’s called Song of Achilles and it’s written by Madeline Miller. It’s a different narrative of the half-god, Achilles who fought for the Greeks in the Trojan War. I appreciate stories that are familiar and retold in a new voice (think Wicked) so this was enjoyable for me.
I also found myself making note of superb business content, and here are a few items I’m sharing with you today:
- This POV piece from The Atlantic by Lora Kelley talks about new research around the home/hybrid/in-office debate. From this, I had the new perspective that we are not in a revolution, we’re in an evolution. It all—including where to work—seems so volatile because we’re in the midst of it, but it’s becoming clear to me having flexibility about where to work is the inevitable end game. The questions remaining are around who, when, and how much of our time we spend “in office” vs. working remotely.
- On a related WFH note, this from The Wall Street Journal talks about the 4:00-6:00 p.m. dead zone where remote workers become less visible because they are reclaiming that time for themselves and their families. And after 10:00 p.m. is when they tend to pop back into the work world to make up for the time they reclaimed earlier.