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Summer is here, and with summer comes summer Fridays, the practice of letting employees leave work early on the last day of the workweek.  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
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Summer is here, and with summer comes summer Fridays, the practice of letting employees leave work early on the last day of the workweek. (We’re big believers at Fast Company.) A new survey over 1,000 Americans between the ages of 18-42 has unveiled a number of interesting details about how employees view summer Fridays. It found that employees overwhelmingly love this workplace perk: 86% who have summer Fridays say they want to take advantage of them, even if they have a lot of work to do. However, when it gets right down to it, 53% of employees report being exhausted on Friday, and 62% of employees report canceling plans on Friday because they’re exhausted. In other words, while employees may love leaving early for summer Fridays, they may be too burned out to enjoy the extra time. Read my story with the details here.
—Shalene Gupta
 
summer fridays
Your employees love summer Fridays, but they might be too exhausted to enjoy them

The vast majority of employees want to take advantage of this popular workplace perk, but 62% end up canceling plans.

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Everything you need to become happier, according to science

Happiness is truly in the journey and with this guide in your toolbox, happiness, both in work and life, will no longer feel out of reach. 

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how to be a success
This step-by-step guide will help you make better decisions faster

Not only does overthinking waste precious time and keep you from moving forward but it can also lead to worse decisions and hurt your health.

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Runway shows: Paris, Milan, and the New York Stock Exchange?
The NYSE welcomed fashion elite onto their trading floor to see Balenciaga’s first-ever U.S. fashion show. Unprecedented? Yes. Unexpected? Perhaps not. See what else happens at 11 Wall Street. 
 
 
This stunning garden uses playground equipment and copper tubes to water itself

Milan’s botanical garden is self-powered—thanks partly to the energy created by its human visitors.

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financing the future
Study: LGBTQ Gen Zers are ditching the ‘boomer approach’ to money and finance

A new survey from digital finance company Daylight found that younger members of the LGBTQ+ community tend to be more careful with how and where they spend.

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CO.DESIGN
Marc Newson designed his Knoll task chair to last ‘forever’

The industrial designer shares the design process behind his first task chair, and why he aims to build icons rather than circular designs.

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creative control
This creative exercise turns disorganized thoughts into gold

This method can help you untangle your to-do list from your big, passionate ideas.

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impact
Tree planting programs can actually do more harm than good

Companies and organizations often introduce new tree plantations to incompatible biomes, where they don’t thrive and can destroy existing ecosystems.

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career survey
Where does Gen Z want to work? Spotify, it turns out

A new career interest survey finds that more young people want to work for the music streaming platform, while BuzzFeed fell significantly in the rankings.

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the future of work
Why your boss might fire people rather than allow remote work

 

Leaders are weighing the benefits of some forms of remote schedules against company-wide efficiency.

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NEWS
The bad-news bears are back: What you need to know
Investors faced steep losses for a second day in a row on Monday as markets continued to react to last week’s somber inflationary data.
The S&P 500 closed down almost 4%, putting it firmly in bear-market territory. A bear market is when an index or security falls below 20% from a recent high.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq, meanwhile, was down almost 5%, with tech stocks falling further and further from their high-flying days of the early pandemic—when lockdowns and shifting social habits fueled a boom in online activities.
The sell-off comes in the wake of news that consumer prices rose 8.6% in May, the highest since 1981 and higher than experts had expected. Many economists now expect the United States will dip into a recession next year.
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