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How slowing down corporate culture can help the planet

Meditating companies may be called out for "McMindfulness" but balanced workplaces can help people, planet and profits

When I started working in the corporate world in Paris, France I was keen to work in a country known for its short work weeks and long holidays. To my surprise, one of the major differences between North America and France’s corporate cultures was not the number of hours worked in a day (they worked well beyond 5 p.m. despite a 2000 law that set the average work week at 35 hours), but the pace of work and the length of the breaks. Each lunch hour my colleagues would happily leave the office, stroll into one of their favourite restaurants and actually sit down for at least an hour, without the excuse of having to entertain a client.

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