Book Bits: Climate Change, Pandemics, WFH And Their Effect On Economy

● Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere
Tsedal Neeley
Q&A with author via Harvard Business School
When the pandemic forced employees to flee offices and work from home in droves last year, many business leaders worried that productivity might take a dive. Would remote workers be too tempted by the lures of Netflix or too distracted by laundry to get much work done? As it turns out, the opposite occurred.
“As the decades of research on virtual work would have predicted, productivity has gone up for many organizations,” says Tsedal Neeley, the Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, who has researched and advised companies on virtual and global work for nearly two decades.

● Be Data Literate: The Data Literacy Skills Everyone Needs To Succeed
Jordan Morrow
Summary via publisher (Kogan Page)
It is not enough for a business to have the best data if those using it don’t understand the right questions to ask or how to use the information generated to make decisions. Be Data Literate is the essential guide to developing the curiosity, creativity and critical thinking necessary to make anyone data literate, without retraining as a data scientist or statistician.

● What Really Counts: The Case for a Sustainable and Equitable Economy
Ronald Colman
Summary via publisher (Columbia U. Press)
Politicians and economists fixate on “growing the economy”—measured by a country’s gross domestic product. But this yardstick counts harmful activities such as greenhouse gas emissions, plastic waste, and cigarette sales as gains, and it ignores environmental protection, voluntary community work, and other benefits. What we measure is a choice, and what is and isn’t counted determines what sorts of policies are enacted. How can we shift the focus to well-being and quality of life?

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