Why napping at work is (yes!) a really good thing?

How can we do more with less?

That’s the quintessential question that’s at the heart of workforce productivity and economic efficiency.

Turns out there’s a simple and scalable solution.

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Harvard and MIT economists recently ran an experiment where they looked at the returns of getting some extra sleep.

Turns out that adults in Chennai, India (formerly known as Madras, home of Chicken Madras Curry!) have strikingly low quantity and quality of sleep relative to standard guidelines.

Despite spending 8 hours in bed, they achieve only 5.6 hours per night of sleep, with upwards of 32 awakenings per night!

In the experiment, one group of adults received nearly half an hour of extra sleep each night.

Surprisingly, however, that extra sleep didn’t translate into measurable effects on cognition, productivity, decision-making or well-being.

The other group was able to take high-quality naps during work.

The research shows these naps produced higher levels of productivity, cognition, psychological well-being and patience.

While these are preliminary findings, they show extra time of good quality sleep has important benefits and invaluable economic returns for people and employers alike.

What’s next?

Get some sleep, then think about it.

🔮ps - read more about sleep in Bill Gates’ blog.


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Skill Wallet, an upcoming product from KnackApp

Money makes the world go round, but skills make the economy work.

Skills are the currency that enables business to create new products, deliver services, product business value — and grow.

And, yet, while people from all economic backgrounds have valuable skills that employers need, they hit a wall when trying to signal their skills.

The tools of the past can’t provide the solutions we need to make the skills economy work.

These tools don’t scale. They’re too expensive. They’re fraught with friction. They create barriers. And they exclude massive segments of the global talent pool.

The new skills-as-a-service economy requires powerful solutions that enable people and businesses to interact, connect and transact skills like never before.

We need innovative digital infrastructure that supports the future of work, future of learning, and future of families.

That’s why we’ve built our new product.

We’re introducing our Skill Wallet —

The Skill Wallet is a universal system for identifying, acquiring, strengthening, storing, broadcasting, and transacting your skills and talent with the market.

The Wallet showcases AI-computed, scientifically-certified skills (and much more).

The Wallet enables frictionless talent transactions: from discovering skills anywhere, to identifying future innovators, recruiting and hiring, learning and skilling, collaboration and leadership, and more.

But there’s way more in store.

The Wallet enables service providers, schools, colleges and employers to personalize and match people with learning, skilling, re-skilling, development, career planning, gigs, jobs, work projects, and other key experiences that make up the future of work.

We’ve designed the Wallet to serve families, youth, students, workers, freelancers, managers and leaders, anywhere.

We’ll be sharing more details in the next couple of weeks.

Stay tuned.


🚀Want to be in the initial rollout? Email us at wallet@knackapp.com


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What's in Your Wallet?

Money makes the world go round.

gold-colored Bitcoin

But skills make the economy work.

Skills are the units that make up talent.

Skills are the currency that enables business to make things, create value and grow.

And, yet, while people everywhere from all economic backgrounds have valuable skills employers need, they can’t signal their skills.

The tools of the past can’t provide the solutions we need to make the skills economy work at the right scale and speed.

Those tools don’t ‘translate.’ They don’t scale. They’re too expensive. They’re fraught with friction. They create barriers. And they exclude massive segments of the global talent pool.

The new skills-as-a-service economy requires novel solutions that enable people and businesses to interact and transact like never before.

We need innovative infrastructure that supports the future of families, the future of work, and the future of learning.

That’s why we’ve built our new product.

The Skill Wallet.

The Skill Wallet is a universal system for storing, accumulating, broadcasting and transacting your talent.

The Wallet includes your certified, data-computed skills (and much more).

The Wallet enables frictionless talent transactions: from discovery, recruiting and hiring to learning, leadership and development.

But there’s way more.

Our Wallet also allows service providers, schools, colleges, and employers to recommend and personalize learning, skilling, re-skilling, gigs, work and other experiences.

We’ve designed the Wallet to serve families and kids, youth, students, adult workers, freelancers, managers and leaders in the market as well as inside organizations.

We’ll be sharing more product details in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned.


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Families

What do families actually want?

Families everywhere — in Sao Paulo, Santiago and San Francisco, in London, Lagos and Lahore, and in Munich, Mumbai and Manila — are united by the single aspiration of helping their children build their best possible economic future.

This universal aspiration is deeply rooted in the human psyche, and in our evolutionary biology. We’re wired this way.

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But the advent of the digital revolution has seriously shaken many parents and families worldwide as they come to witness their workskills become wholly inadequate — or utterly useless.

The threat of unemployment and economic insecurity affects millions of working adults worldwide, making their future prospects a constant, visceral and existential worry.

Moreover, with massive upheaval everywhere, parents fret their children might never be able to build and own their own future.

The economic implications for people and society can’t be greater, as the expected impact on poverty rates, social polarization, rising anger levels, and global economic slowdown is truly profound.

The tools of the past won’t do; we can’t use them to solve these new problems at the scale and speed we need to.

We need a new paradigm and a new set of scalable solutions.

We must, therefore, harness the power of digital technology and leverage its massive mobile reach to enable and empower families, parents and their children to build and own their future — on their own terms.

Stay tuned for details in our upcoming announcements.

Women

The Financial Times had a recent piece on women and careers.

Here’s a small bit.

In the 1970s when social historian Jane Robinson was at school, British girls were offered just four paths to fill up the time between leaving education and getting married: “secretary, nurse, teacher — and hairdresser”.

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Robinson wanted to go to university, despite a discouraging careers adviser who advised her:

“A degree was no guarantee of job satisfaction, or even a job. Why bother?”

Women from all sorts of economic backgrounds fought for personal fulfilment and professional achievement.

Indeed, Robinson went on to study at Oxford and has published more than ten books, including one (not surprisingly, perhaps) on the adventures of the first professional women.

While Robinson was quite fortunate to have had the opportunity to unleash her potential, millions of girls and young women worldwide are still left behind.

Imagine what would happen if, say, 1M young African girls are given a chance to fulfill their inherent potential!

As we build our innovative mobile technology, we seek to democratize the future for all — and that also means giving young girls worldwide the opportunity to own their own future.

Stay tuned for our upcoming launch announcement.


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