This company started giving Mondays off and saw productivity and profits improve

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Forget Summer Fridays. Mike Melillo, CEO of the Wanderlust Group, decided to try giving employees Mondays off. Summer Fridays and four-day workweeks aren’t a new idea. Plenty of companies offer these time-off perks, especially as employees shifted to remote work during the pandemic. But one New England-based outdoor tech company found that a better plan is giving employees Mondays off. Read Full Story

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Spain wants to make it easy for any company to shift to a four-day workweek

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A new proposal would offer government grants to companies that give employees an extra day off a week, which could help give the revolutionary idea more global momentum. The four-day week is starting to move from fantasy to the mainstream: Unilever, the massive corporation that owns brands such as Dove and Ben and Jerry’s, is now testing a shorter workweek with employees in New Zealand, who will be paid for five days while working four. Microsoft ran a similar pilot in Japan in 2019, giving employees Fridays off, and saw productivity grow by 40% despite the fact that workers spent less time in the office. Now, the Spanish government is considering a proposal that would incentivize companies across the country to shorten working hours without a cut in pay. Read Full Story

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Summer happy hours are canceled this year. Here are 7 remote bonding activities to try instead

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Welcome to the summer of 2020, where team outings and casual cocktail hours are things of the past. To help you keep your team connected, here are a handful of new, socially distant ways to bond with your work colleagues. Before COVID-19, “Summer Fridays” equated to team lunches sharing weekend plans to hit the beach, barbeque outdoors, or venture out of the city for some fresh air and nature. With the warmer weather also came more team outings from mini-golfing to picnics, pool days, or impromptu drinks with coworkers to cap off a Friday before going off to everyone’s respective weekends. Read Full Story

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Shop Wayfair’s Black Friday sale a week early for discounts on office chairs, desks, and more

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Wayfair is discounting gorgeous office chairs, standing desks, couches, and rugs a week before Black Friday Wayfair’s Early Access Black Friday sale is online now with up to 80% off home goods, furniture, and decor. The discounts and deals will continue through Black Friday (and Cyber Monday), but if you’re in-it-to-win-it on that standing desk/ergonomic chair combo, now is the time to pounce. Read Full Story

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Cyber Week benchmarks show revenue from partnerships grew despite COVID-19

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30-second summary: With COVID-19 potentially discouraging shoppers from flooding into stores before sunrise on Black Friday, retailers had to adjust their 2020 game plan in advance. Most released their Black Friday deals weeks in advance, hoping to get as much wallet share as possible. Consumers bought earlier, taking advantage of the early promotions from retailers in the weeks leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020, in addition to focusing on those two shopping days as they have in the past. A decrease in purchases on Cyber Monday could mean that shoppers had already found deals they wanted and were finished with their holiday shopping before Cyber Monday rolled around. With more days to shop the same deals, shoppers may have been spreading out their orders and browsing between sites, given that they had more time to find the products they want. While average order value was down over …

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Massive, cheap testing is still a key part in ending the pandemic: Businesses could help

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At Citi’s branches in Chicago, a Harvard University study is looking at how rapid tests in the workplace could help us reopen safely. Before going to work on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, employees at Citi’s bank branches in the Chicago area swab their noses and drop the sample in a cassette. Then they wait 20 minutes to see if they’re positive for COVID-19, with the results entered in an app, designed by the AI chatbot company LivePerson, that guides them through the process. Read Full Story

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How we pulled off an all-virtual intern program this summer

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MondoDB wrote a new playbook when COVID-19 forced the NYC-based tech company’s 85 interns to work remotely. For a decade, my company’s summer interns flew in from around the world to MongoDB’s New York City headquarters for an immersive mentoring program that serves as an important talent pipeline for our engineering team. But as the city became the epicenter of the pandemic earlier this year, we, like many companies , had to make a difficult decision. Read Full Story

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‘We’re the ones making Google the money’: 2 Alphabet union workers on why they organized

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The new union at Google aims to strengthen the growing labor movement at the company and serve as a vehicle for workers to voice their concerns. On Monday, more than 400 Google employees and contractors announced that they had formed the Alphabet Workers Union , a significant milestone in the tech worker movement at the company and in Silicon Valley. Read Full Story

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