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The TV show ‘Severance’ has employees separate their work self from their home self completely. (Apple TV+)

The folly of the work-life balance

The work-life balance is about more than shutting off devices or abstaining from emails and meetings after 6 p.m.
Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leave a media scrum before the release of the federal budget on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on April 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

New budget offers Canada a chance to get employee ownership right

For Canadians hoping to emerge from the pandemic with better jobs, a stronger economy and reduced inequality, employee ownership combined with employee participation is a promising way to get there.
An Instacart worker loads groceries into her car for home delivery. There is a strong argument to be made that gig work is false self-employment, meaning that workers are not actually freelance. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Gig workers aren’t self-employed – they’re modern-day feudal serfs

Feudalism has been replaced by capitalism, and the new villeiny — or neo-villeiny — has emerged to reflect a relationship between a worker and an organization.
Over 50 per cent of working Americans continue to be dissatisfied with their ‘unjust’ incomes. They say it isn’t sufficient to meet their family expenses. (Shutterstock)

Show me the money: Employees not only want better pay, they want status

Many Americans regularly report that they don’t make enough to support their families. Status plays a role — while money can’t buy happiness, it can bring status, which can lead to happiness.
Legislation on the right to disconnect sounds promising. But does it really address why workers are putting in so many hours long after their work day should be done? (Victoria Heath/Unsplash)

The right to disconnect: Why legislation doesn’t address the real problems with work

The right to disconnect can be the catalyst an organization needs to review its workplace policies. But what’s really needed is a cultural shift that gives workers more control over how they work.
Environmental, social and governance problems in a company’s supply chain can be hard for investors to track. KDP via Getty Images

ESG investing has a blind spot that puts the $35 trillion industry’s sustainability promises in doubt: Supply chains

Two supply chain experts see a major flaw in how ratings agencies measure companies’ environmental, social and governance performance.

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