Tuesday Dispatch: Issue #92
The Owl and The Beetle
This week we learn about the state of the global workplace in 2023, remote work and productivity, and how to break commitments. As well as tracking our dreams with AI and yet another list of sound advice.
Let's get going!
3 Droplets of Leadership
State of the Global Workplace: 2023 Report
This annual report reflects the collective sentiment of the worldwide workforce. It analyzes the global increase in employees flourishing in their work, despite worker stress remaining at an all-time high.
Here is my essay about the building blocks of highly engaged teams:
The Bigger Picture of Remote Work and Decreased Productivity
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics released new May data indicating decreased labor productivity. Specifically, output per hour in the nonfarm business sector decreased by 2.7% in the first quarter of 2023, representing the sharpest decline in 75 years.
The decrease in employee productivity is a significant issue for businesses and policymakers alike. Should this decline persist, it could result in a slower rate of economic growth and increased inflation.
How is that related to remote work? Find out in this article on Forbes.
Speaking of productivity, here my take on the Eisenhower Matrix:
When You Can No Longer Commit to That Commitment You Made
Our inclination to be accommodating and our unwillingness to disappoint can be beneficial and detrimental. Our eagerness to assist, inquisitiveness, and driven nature can bring significant value to the tasks we undertake, yet they can also detrimentally affect our mental health and the excellence of our work.
Sometimes, we are unable to fulfill our commitments to a project, board term, volunteer role, or relational agreement (e.g., mentorship of someone) to completion.
After informing everyone, it is essential to consider how you communicate these changes and your actions.
Read more on how to break a commitment in this article.
I recently wrote an essay on Loaded Relationships
2 Grains of Technology
What can go weird? Just sayin'.
40 Lessons from 30 Years
When they turn a round number of years, some people produce yet another list of sound pieces of advice for a happy life.
1 Atom of Reflection
I spent the weekend in Taormina, Italy, attending a sort of retreat called Cosmico Club.
I met people I admire very much.
I had the chance to give a speech about leadership, which was great.
I smiled a lot.
Way more than usual.
Here is proof: