The New Bazaar


A hopeful vision of work

Season 1, Ep. 18

The labor market is in a weird place -- millions of fewer workers are employed than before the pandemic, yet millions of more jobs are available and wages are climbing fast.

But there has been a lot of experimentation. Workers are quitting in near-record numbers. Working from home is an obvious example of an idea that many more companies are testing. New kinds of automation are taking the place of some jobs. More people are starting their own small businesses. Some companies are trying out a four-day work week. In a tightening labor market, employers have also started trying new ways of recruiting workers. 

But will this experimentation last? And if it does, how will that fundamentally change the labor market -- and how we think about the nature of work itself? 

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