Everyone is focused on how we will make work "work" after the pandemic.

"But the ultimate answer won’t be found in hybrid remote and in-person offices," writes @brycecovert. "The way to make work work is to cut it back." nyti.ms/3BkHxoK
"Prepandemic, nearly a third of Americans clocked 45 hours or more every week, with around 8 million putting in 60 or more." nyti.ms/3BkHxoK
Americans "have long needed better work-life balance, but despite constantly trying to hack our lives by waking up before dawn or exercising during lunch, that can be achieved only by actually working less." nyti.ms/3BkHxoK
"A study that looked at long work hours across 194 countries found a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, leading to about 745,000 attributable deaths." nyti.ms/3BkHxoK
If everyone worked less, it would be easier to spread the work out evenly to more people. If white-collar workers were no longer expected or required to log 60 hours a week but 30 instead, that would be a whole extra job for someone else, notes Covert. nyti.ms/3BkHxoK

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