The future of work is already here and it is seriously hot

North America’s deadly heatwave last week a wake-up call for workers and bosses alike

A woman writes on a notebook as people rest at the Oregon Convention Centre cooling station in Portland, after a heatwave moved through the region. Photograph: Kathryn Elsesser/AFP/Getty

A woman writes on a notebook as people rest at the Oregon Convention Centre cooling station in Portland, after a heatwave moved through the region. Photograph: Kathryn Elsesser/AFP/Getty

Late on Monday afternoon last week, Amazon put out some news on Twitter that you do not always hear from a global retail colossus.

Part of its downtown Seattle headquarters, it said, was operating as an official city “cooling site” for “residents in need of a place to stay safe from the excessive heat”.

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