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Is this the end of work as we know it?

In the first of a two-part series on the end of work as we know it, Isabel talks to two of the FT’s experts on employment and work trends – Sarah O’Connor in London and Taylor Nicole Rogers in New York. As record numbers of people quit their jobs, refuse to return to offices, or simply put a brake on their time-sucking ‘greedy jobs’ like corporate law and investment banking, this post-pandemic moment marks a profound shift in our relationship with work. 

Have we really left the 9-5 behind to renegotiate how we feel about work and our employers? Taylor talks about the stunning success of the Reddit antiwork forums, and other ways in which workers are reclaiming their time and identities, while Sarah points out that there really are millions of people who have left our workforces. This is a topic FT readers can’t get enough of – and Isabel will be chewing over some of their spiciest comments. 

Listen out for the next episode in the series focusing specifically on The Great Resignation

Want to read more? 

Taylor Nicole Rogers on the anti-work movement https://www.ft.com/content/1270ee18-3ee0-4939-98a8-c4f40940e644

Sarah O’Connor interviews economist Claudia Goldin about the ‘greedy jobs’ phenomenon https://www.ft.com/content/92be2a2d-aee3-48c5-922b-84eea37072f8

Pilita Clark talks to the man who coined the phrase ‘The Great Resignation’ https://www.ft.com/content/3e561d41-0267-4d40-9c30-01e62fa9c10f

Sarah O’Connor on quitting your job https://www.ft.com/content/ad9f2346-19ef-4695-b6c9-c0983176eb23

More background on China’s ‘lying flat’ movement https://www.brookings.edu/techstream/the-lying-flat-movement-standing-in-the-way-of-chinas-innovation-drive/

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