What is our community reading this month? Here's a digest of articles posted in #brainfood, our channel capturing interesting content related to modern work, freelancing, wellbeing and more
Financial literacy among Gen Z worryingly low
Comics, badges and TikTok become the latest weapons in battle against financial illiteracy
Advertisers are now trying to hijack our dreams to sell us things
After Coors attempted to trigger ‘refreshing dreams’ of beer, scientists are calling for a ban on ‘weaponising sleep’
Here's How Much Free Work You're Doing By Not Taking Your Lunch Break
If you "work through" your lunch break on a regular basis, you're essentially working for free.
10 Years Later: A Decade Of Smithery
Helen and I were standing in the kitchen this morning, talking about how today marked the official tenth birthday of Smithery...
‘If you talk, you live well’: the remote Sardinian village with eight centenarians
Books, clean air and socialising thought to have helped the latest five mark their 100th birthdays in Perdasdefogu this year
‘Be interested, be curious, hear what’s not said’: how I learned to really listen to people | Annalisa Barbieri
Being a good listener isn’t just about shutting up and not interrupting – it’s about really taking in what someone is telling you
Levels of responsibility
This section describes the generic attributes that characterise SFIA’s seven levels of responsibility and accountability. The underlying structure of the framework ensures that the definitions of professional skills are defined in a way that makes their different levels recognisably distinct and aligned to the levels of responsibility.
Think BIG | Grace Lordan
What are you doing today to make your dream future come true?
We all have big ambitions for the future but those dreams only become reality if we do something towards them regularly. To achieve audacious goals, we need to take action and make small changes every day. We need to think big and act small.
“They only show part of the story”: how designers really feel about portfolios | Design Week
Following an article earlier this month that saw design leaders from Deliveroo and Ikea call out “old-fashioned” portfolios, we asked designers what they think is the best way to showcase experience.
Ocado staff told they can work remotely anywhere in world for a month each year
The online supermarket's chief executive showed how it's done by working in the Bahamas during the pandemic.
The Put it Away Box | Leapers - supporting the mental health of freelancers and the self-employed. from Leapers
A tangible technique for closing down your working day, and giving yourself permission to step away from things.
Ready to quit your job? Here are the 17 questions to ask yourself first
In the UK and globally, surveys suggest huge numbers of people are thinking about packing in their jobs, while in the US it’s been dubbed ‘the Great Resignation’. But is this a real desire for change or just a pandemic fug?
The biggest productivity hack is being rich - and it's the one we don't speak about
"I can evangelize about the Pomodoro technique, but my biggest time-saver is the bookkeeper I pay to keep me organized," Anna Codrea-Rado writes.
The scripts you need to professionally fire a freelance client who's just not working out
Whether because they aren't paying on time, insult you, or just don't match your new goals, firing clients is part of the deal. Here's what to say.
Why you should put salaries on your job ads
If you don’t include at least a salary range, you risk putting off women and people of colour from even applying.
Three Burnouts Later, I Finally Figured it Out
Three burnouts in five years forced me to look deep within myself and face some uncomfortable truths.
The School of Life - Leaning how to be angry
Learning How to Be Angry
Stop Asking for Feedback
Start asking for advice instead.
BITE Voices | Fear of Returning to the Office | Creativebrief
How can you effectively address the anxiety surrounding the return to the office
UK workers need right to disconnect amid ‘overtime epidemic’, says report
Research by thinktank finds women’s mental health particularly affected as home working increases
You Should Be Using an Email Signature That Protects Your Time
And inspires others to do the same
These Are the 3 Types of Mental Downtime Your Brain Needs
Targeting different sources of mental fatigue can help make your time away from work be more restorative
Andy Barnes 🌱 on LinkedIn: #business #work #thepowerofattraction | 33 comments
Hello, I'm writing an article for 6prog [ethical consultancy] on how businesses can attract the best talent from independent consultants/ freelancers on... 33 comments on LinkedIn
People are secretly doing multiple salaried jobs while working from home
‘Working multiple jobs takes the power away from your employer, you can have the freedom to quit one job if you are being treated awfully without hesitation,’ learns Jade Bremner
The Problem with Saying “Don’t Bring Me Problems, Bring Me Solutions”
Three ways to encourage a culture of communication.
3 Ways To Turn Anxiety Into A Formula for Success
Suffering from general anxiety disorder as an entrepreneur has had its challenges. I have learned to turn my anxiety into a positive that has helped contribute to my success.
The HUSTLE Report - The Mix
THE RISE OF SIDE HUSTLE CULTURE IN THE UK - Side Hustlers make up a gigantic portion of the country, so we’ve embarked on a journey to understand what side hustles are, how they affect the people that do them, and why big brands need to sit up and listen.
Why having a ‘work family’ is actually hustle culture at its worst
Continuing to push the idea everyone is one big happy family hurts all your employees.
How's Work by Esther Perel
In the new podcast How’s Work?, iconic couples therapist Esther Perel brings new perspective to the invisible forces that shape workplace connections, conflict and dynamics through one-time therapy sessions with coworkers, cofounders and colleagues — touching every work environment from start-ups and family businesses to corporations and service industries.
Essential - This American Life
The pandemic forced jobs to change, but then the workers changed, too.
A stunning second act! Meet the people who changed course in midlife – and loved it
It can feel as if our options narrow with every passing year. But taking a big risk could mean the second half of your life is much more exciting and fulfilling than the first
How coworking spaces put their community first, after one year in a pandemic
It has been one hell of a year. The coworking industry has changed, and is still changing.
How To Wind Down Before You Burnout | Startups Magazine
As a business owner, burnout can seem a distant reality or something out of a fairy tale. I have once thought: "How can my life, which I have chosen and is filled with me living and breathing my passion, ever cause me anything but harm?"
‘Sleep is venture capital’: employers wake up to benefits of a nap
After lockdown some businesses understand better how flexible working hours enhance productivity
The 10 questions you never thought you’d hear a founder ask
From misbehaving CTOs, bust-ups with co-founders, and entrepreneurs at the end of their tether, no one founder's situation is completely unique.