Welcome to the final Global Economy & Business newsletter of 2023. Next week, Tracy and I will both be putting our feet up, hopefully with our respective holiday treats of choice (large slice of yule log for me and a candy-cane cocktail for Tracy, thanks for asking).

For others relaxing over the festive period, you might want to revisit this story offering evidence (as if we needed it!) that three-day weekends are great for well-being. But although recent trials of the four-day work week have been recording excellent results around the world, it’s worth asking some questions about these findings.

If you do have to go into work, you may encounter some pretty stinky attitudes this time of year. Your co-workers might not be literal psychopaths, but if you want to keep your distance from people with “dark personality traits” on the job, here’s what to look out for. Or you could try befriending them, of course − depending on their personality, you might be hitching your wagon to a future startup star.

Alternatively, you might spend your time off (or at work − no judgment here!) burying your head in all the economy and business news you missed during the year. If so, you can find The Conversation’s research-based takes on everything from the expected effects of extreme weather on your investments to how to avoid scams to what’s going on with artificial intelligence. And if you think Taylor Swift was 2023’s biggest economics story, learn why her concert tickets were so hard to get this year.

It feels very festive to be able to “gift” you such a long and varied selection of articles to enjoy or revisit. If you have a bit more time to spare, you can repay the favor by filling out our subscriber survey. It will help us to make 2024 an even better year for global business and economy analysis from The Conversation’s expert academic authors.

Happy holidays and all the best for the New Year. See you in 2024!

Pauline McCallion

Senior Business Editor, The Conversation U.K.

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