Sunday, July 31, 2022 – The Minute of the Monocle

The fastest lane / Tyler Brule

summer in numbers

Are you familiar with the “5-2-5-3-5-3-3-2” summer job concept? If you’re not already hanging around in your “talent and culture” department, then you might want to advise your “head of people” that it’s hot and they should start selling it as a show to be adopted far and wide. as fast as possible. Is that how it works. Instead of blocking off two or three full weeks to be stationed in one or two places, he spends two full weeks at the office and then combines the rest of the summer with long weekends away or even midweek trips that allow him to be up and down. . the week staying on the other side of things in the office.

I am in the middle of trying this program and so far so good. It offers plenty of windows to meet clients and colleagues, attend presentations, and stay flexible with Europe’s diverse summer work traditions: the Danes, Finns, and Swedes left in July, and the rest of Europe left in late July or early July. August. Not only does it allow for agility, this kind of open schedule also catches diary keepers (and the lazy ones) off guard by leaving them with little room to get out of meetings or procrastinate until the end of September. There is nothing more off-putting for a personal assistant looking for an easy summer than facing another personal assistant armed with the phrase, “We’re flexible. We can work around you and do any week during July or August. What is the best for you?

If you are of the opinion that this type of approach is not in line with 21st century work-life balance thinking, you may be right, but you are probably not running your own small business in multiple markets. . If you only work within the borders of, say, Sweden or Italy, then it’s very easy to retire for a few weeks and pick up where you left off. If you’re a little more globalized and your workforce follows a variety of holiday schedules across multiple markets, it all becomes a puzzle that needs a more agile solution. If you also feel that this doesn’t feel considerate of those who might want an extended break, it’s important for you to know that Monocle is an employer that also gives an extra two weeks over Christmas, where most operations (retail and radio to a side) get adequate rest. Still not convinced that “5-2-5-3-5-3-3-2” could be a solution for your business operations come summer? This was my week:

Monday. A full day of meetings in Munich, including the most dazzling geopolitical briefing with one of Europe’s sharpest business minds, then a flight to Mykonos and a late dinner at the Belvedere.

Tuesday. A boat to Paros, a late lunch, a swim, then cocktails and a long dinner under a perfect Aegean sky.

Wednesday. A day on a boat with friends and dinner at the very tasty Thalassamou.

Thursday. A full day in Antiparos, lunch and dips at the Beach House, some good shopping at Leto, and dinner at the house.

Friday. An early flight to Thessaloniki on Olympic; a quick connection through Aegean’s elegantly organized and catered lounge; and then Swiss back to Zürich. Upon landing, I did a quick inspection of our new popup near the A doors (see below) and was back at the office in time for lunch.

Saturday. A large contingent from a Japanese retailer will come to dine at our restaurant in Zürich.

Sunday. I am hosting monocle on sunday and then it’s a photo shoot for a big Japanese retailer with the Swiss tennis star they work with. If you are in or around Zurich, you may see us. If not, wait for him in the men’s special of our next October edition.

Let me know how you get on with the implementation of “5-2-5-3-5-3-3-2”. Cheers to a productive August!

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