Final month we completed a large collaboration throughout our podcasts that examined a subject that so many listeners informed us was vital to them: the dramatic, pandemic-induced shifts within the American office and whether or not these modifications are everlasting.

It’s not a stretch to say that the sequence exists due to our listeners. Again in early September, our every day information podcast, At present, Defined, launched only one episode asking a easy query: Ought to all of us be working a four-day workweek?

The response was overwhelming. We obtained voicemails, tweets, and many suggestions. The episode rapidly grew to become our most listened to to date this 12 months.

Which obtained us pondering: What different questions do you may have about the way forward for work? So we requested.

By early October, listeners had despatched us sufficient good inquiries to probe for a whole sequence. We heard from listeners who give up their jobs and began utterly new careers. Folks have been going again to high school, beginning new companies, and shifting as a result of flexibility distant work supplied. One other listener informed us he thought Covid gave employees the higher hand. At his job working at a sports activities stadium, employees have been capable of elevate their hourly wage from $16.69 to $24.30.

To whittle down concepts for every episode, we checked out tales on our web site and in our movies for inspiration and to see the place audio might improve a narrative. This type of collaboration between textual content and audio groups is fairly uncommon in newsrooms however one thing we commonly do at Vox. We additionally requested producers to submit concepts and cross-referenced these with those we obtained from our viewers. We narrowed every part all the way down to 4 themes that got here up repeatedly and that we felt mirrored the range of the subject throughout demographics, geography, and industries.

The sequence launched in late October, with the primary of 4 new At present, Defined episodes exploring every part from who holds the facility within the gig financial system to the Nice Resignation. Recode Day by day took on the uncomfortable query of how a lot our bosses are watching us digitally and whether or not they have the precise to watch our on-line actions. The Weeds, our longest-running present centered on coverage, explored how the altering labor market is reshaping our cities. And, in Vox Conversations, host Sean Illing talked to Anne Helen Petersen and Charlie Warzel about their upcoming ebook Out of Workplace: The Large Drawback and Greater Promise of Working From House.

Our engineer, Efim Shapiro, additionally made a very authentic introduction to start out every episode with a enjoyable scan of labor songs. It’s one more nice instance of how our crew’s creativity actually comes from sturdy collaboration.

Final however positively not least, we collaborated with our readers. Among the testimonials heard within the episodes are from our listeners, who known as and wrote in to share their experiences on this courageous new work world.

In 2022, we’ll be persevering with to trace the shift in work tradition and we nonetheless need to hear what our viewers is experiencing or has questions on. Don’t hesitate to ship your ideas to todayexplained@vox.com.

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