Quartzy - 2 Aug 2018
In just a few years, wellness has grown from a fringe interest for a mostly female audience to a multi-trillion-dollar industry, ranging from nutritional supplements to on-demand massage. How did that happen? This article tells us how the shift towards “anything that makes us feel good about ourselves” created the perfect conditions for the “wellness industrial complex” to flourish (reads in 6-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 4 August 2018
The New York Times Magazine - metered paywall - 25 Jul 2018
This is the incredible story of GOOP – a company worth USD250m that sells dubious wellness products and services. The article is long (more than 10 min) but worth reading because it reveals the extent to which the celebrity-effect can deliver value out of thin air. Gwyneth Paltrow, the movie star, has become a major player in an industry that is big business on the strength of unusual formula: the more criticized and derided she is, the more successful the business becomes…
Published in Weekly selection 28 July 2018
The New York Times - metered paywall - 19 Jul 2018
This is an interesting example of how working less may lead to higher productivity. A New Zealand financial firm that let its employees work four days a week while being paid for five says the experiment was so successful that it hoped to make the change permanent. The conclusion: “Supervisors said staff were more creative, their attendance was better, they were on time, and they didn’t leave early or take long breaks.” Not rocket science, but it works! (reads in 6-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 20 July 2018