3 good things: four-day weeks, Lizzo the model and the friendliness of the support service

Work smarter, not longer

Employees at 70 companies in the UK are pioneering an enviable experiment: if wages stay the same, can employees maintain the same productivity in a four-day week they used to achieve in five? The 3,300 participating workers will be surveyed about their work-life balance, health, travel and more, while employers provide data to researchers on production. “We believe that by providing our staff with a better work-life balance, they can work more efficiently and effectively,” said a spokesperson for a participating restaurant. If his theory turns out to be correct, maybe the idea will catch on with an employer near you.

number two

Redemption

Everybody makes mistakes. Even Lizzo. The pop goddess recently released a song featuring a word that was casually thrown around in late 1990s colleges, a slang term for “spastic.” Not good. One Twitter activist summed up the reaction to this ableist slur: “It’s 2022. Do better.

And you know what? She did it. Lizzo not only apologized, but also recorded a new version of the song, rewriting this line. “Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language. As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had a lot of hurtful words used against me,” she said. determined to be part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world.” Yes. Thank you Lizzo. Humanity doesn’t deserve you.

number three

Five stars, I recommend

There’s “good customer service”, and then there’s this:

This is next level compassion and kindness. Of course, that publicity is probably already paying off for Chewy, but that’s more than okay. I hope more companies will succeed by being good.

And one more…

Look up at night a little before Monday, and you might get a rare sight: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn appear in a row, which won’t happen again until 2040. No field trips or telescopes required. These celestial bodies are so bright that they should be visible even from cities.

Rebecca R. Santistevan