It’s Time For A Summer Slowdown

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Summer slowdowns — the phenomenon of a surge of employees taking time off during the summer months — are the bane of executives, but they may be necessary for better productivity. Charlie Warzel argues that a culture that encourages employee breaks benefits both workers and companies in the long run, and that embracing summer slowdown policies such as company-wide breaks can help invigorate workers. He cites Microsoft Japan’s successful four-day work week trial as evidence that productivity grows when workers aren’t exhausted. Read full article here

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