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Working Remotely - Connecting Communities for COVID19 News - 15th Jan 2021

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Countries Experiment With Special Remote-Work Visas for ‘Digital Nomads’

Attaining the expat lifestyle once meant finding a job in a distant land or bouncing around on short-term tourist visas. Now, a growing number of countries are allowing you to take your current job to a distant land, with a little bit of paperwork. A decade from now, the immigration barriers and tax deterrents to globe-trotting could be looser. In the past year, countries hungry for more tourists and talent—from Estonia to Bermuda to Georgia—have rolled out special temporary visas (some valid for a year or more) to lure well-heeled, mobile professionals looking for an exotic escape from the routine. Consultants who work with companies and expats say these so-called digital-nomad visa programs are an experiment in propping up commerce and tourism by tapping into the economic power of wanderlust. The pandemic’s toll on economies and international travel has spurred more nations such as Costa Rica and Croatia to consider the visas for economic growth.
14th Jan 2021 - The Wall Street Journal

Does working from home actually make us feel happier?

The reintroduction of national lockdown in England brought with it tighter restrictions on travel, with the government stating that "You may only leave your home for work if you cannot reasonably work from home". It prompted workers across the country to either change their daily routine – or continue their enforced WFH status, with an end seemingly further, not nearer, in sight. Either way, the mental toll of the situation is significant. Where for some, working from home in the pandemic has been a blessing, saving money and time, for others it’s created feelings of isolation, from seeing nobody for days on end, and stress, perhaps from being crowded by young children. As part of our Mental Health Emergency campaign, we’ve asked workers how the changes in work rules have impacted their well-being – and found out what you can do to protect yourself.
14th Jan 2021 - The Telegraph

9 Trends That Will Shape Work in 2021 and Beyond

It’s fair to say that 2020 rocked many organizations and business models, upending priorities and plans as business leaders scrambled to navigate a rapidly changing environment. For many organizations this included responding to the social justice movements, shifting to a full-time remote staff, determining how best to support employees’ wellbeing, managing a hybrid workforce, and now addressing legal concerns around the Covid-19 vaccine. It would be nice to believe that 2021 will be about stability and getting back to normal; however, this year is likely to be another full of major transitions. While there has been a lot of focus on the increase in the number of employees working remotely at least part of the time going forward, there are nine additional forces that I think will shape business in 2021
14th Jan 2021 - Harvard Business Review

Why remote working could actually help fix some diversity problems

In England, since 2014, all employees have had the legal right to request flexible working, but few of these requests were actually honoured. Just 30 per cent were accepted in 2019, while flexi-time was still made unavailable to 58 per cent of UK employees, according to the TUC. For disabled and neurodivergent employees, the need for flexible working is especially pressing. Office cultures designed for more neurotypical employees can throw up a number of obstacles. Sensory overload caused by lighting and sound, communication issues in team meetings and long commutes are all significant, but solvable, issues. But disability charities such as Leonard Cheshire have shown that there is a risk of neurodiverse individuals being frozen out of work altogether. However, Covid-19 has seen many companies implement remote working on a mass scale, and employers are realising just how easy adapting to different ways of operating can be.
14th Jan 2021 - Wired.co.uk

Is Remote Work Making Us Paranoid?

The number of people working remotely has skyrocketed since January 2020, with approximately half the U.S. labor force working from home in the early days of the pandemic, according to a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. But millions more Americans communicating completely virtually with their co-workers does not mean our emotional office dynamics have caught up yet to our new videoconference world. Many are feeling a spectrum of new anxieties about their interactions with colleagues. Past research on the topic of organizational and social paranoia shows that working from home may exacerbate uncertainty about status, which can lead to over-processing information and rumination, said Roderick M. Kramer, a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business
14th Jan 2021 - The New York Times


Working Remotely - Connecting Communities for COVID19 News - 14th Jan 2021

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Most Want to Continue Working Remotely after Pandemic, but Companies Not So Sure

The U.S. has gone through three basic shifts—settlement of the West, migration of large numbers of people from farm to factory, and as the post-industrial economy developed, from factory to office or service industries. Now, with an unanticipated jolt from the COVID-19 pandemic, some believe the nation is embarking on a fourth major shift—office to working at home. Polls conducted as the pandemic peaked last spring, found that 40% to 60% of those who remained employed reported working remotely. Global Workplace Analytics estimates that 25% to 30% of the labor force will work from home multiple days a week by the end of 2021.
13th Jan 2021 - Newsweek

The pandemic upended work. Now your remote workspace is about to get an upgrade

The coronavirus pandemic brought the economy to a halt in March — and sent millions of workers home, where they scrambled to set up remote offices in their kitchens and living rooms and hopped on Zoom calls with co-workers. Now, a raft of new technology and devices, introduced this week at America's largest consumer-technology event, CES (Consumer Electronics Show), seek to help workers manage their new work-life balances. Here are some of the new workplace trends emerging from CES that might work their way into your remote office.
13th Jan 2021 - CBS News

How to find 'flow' while working from home, according to a peak performance expert

“Flow,” a term first coined in the ’70s and often associated with athletes, is “an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best,” according to peak performance expert Steven Kotler. When top athletes experience flow, for instance, many say they feel a sense of oneness with whatever task they are doing and are not worried about failure or other distractions, according to research on the topic.But the truth is, anyone can achieve flow, according to Kotler, author of “The Art of Impossible,” a how-to manual for peak performance, and founder and executive director of the Flow Research Collective. It just takes some planning and structure — especially when working from home, he says.
13th Jan 2021 - CNBC

How to deal with working from home burnout

It’s coming up to a year since we swapped office life for our working from home setups. When will we be able to resume office life like normal? When can we finally stop working at our dining room tables? And when will Zoom meetings stop being a thing? If you’re feeling stressed about your current routine, you might be suffering from working from home burnout. In case it’s all getting too much for you at the moment, we’ve asked experts to share their advice on how to cope if working from home has left you frazzled.
13th Jan 2021 - Metro


Working Remotely - Connecting Communities for COVID19 News - 13th Jan 2021

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Don't Make These 6 Biggest Mistakes If You're Working From Home, Says Guy Who's Done It for 10 Years

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a period of working from home is becoming increasingly inevitable for many companies. For a number of employees, the experience is not only new, but it's also dreaded. The pros, of course, are very clear: Supreme flexibility, undeniable autonomy and a commute that consists of walking down the hallway or a flight of stairs. The cons? It takes practice and requires a significant amount of self-awareness, discipline and laser-like focus. My journey in remote work started in 2010, when I was building my first startup. Fast forward 10 years later, and I've amassed a decade's worth of remote working secrets.
13th Jan 2021 - NBC Bay Area

Can you spot 13 items that have caused injuries to those working from home?

A tricky brainteaser which raises awareness of the risk of injury while working from home has left avid puzzlers stumped. With Brits working from kitchens, bedrooms, and any other space they can find, National Accident Helpline decided to survey 1,000 people who have been working from home to find out more about the issues that they have been facing during this time. To highlight the areas of risk to those working remotely, they have hidden 13 household items that have caused injuries to those working from home. So, can you beat the average time of 45 seconds to spot all of the dangerous items?
13th Jan 2021 - Daily Mail


Working Remotely - Connecting Communities for COVID19 News - 12th Jan 2021

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Remote Work Eases Coming Out for Transgender Employees

For those who decide to come out as transgender, the workplace can be a big hurdle—using the bathrooms, keeping up a new appearance and dealing with reactions from co-workers. But with many offices going remote, more transgender employees are concluding they can come out while letting their work—not their gender identity—speak for them. River Bailey, 41-year-old software developer, says she doesn’t know if she would have come out as trans at work if not for her ability to work from her home in central Texas. “It gave me the freedom to just be able to exist,” she says
12th Jan 2021 - The Wall Street Journal

Healthcare workers with childcare issues permitted to work from home in certain cases

Healthcare workers will be permitted to work from home in certain circumstances if they have no childcare support available under new arrangements introduced by the HSE. In a circular issued to senior health service and hospital management, the HSE said there was no special paid leave available for those with care problems related to coronavirus restrictions but it set out a number of options open for staff facing difficulties, including flexible working arrangements.
12th Jan 2021 - The Irish Times

These are the top 20 companies hiring for work-from-home jobs right now

The rise of flexible work has long been a trend workplace experts believed would take hold in the years to come, but few could have predicted just how much it would become a mainstay of the work experience in 2020. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, just 3.6% of the U.S. workforce worked primarily remotely. By April 2020, roughly half of office workers were working completely from home, according to Gallup, and the share of full-time teleworkers remained elevated at 33% as of September. Here are the top 20 companies hiring for remote jobs in 2021, according to FlexJobs, along with the full list of the top 100 companies
12th Jan 2021 - CNBC


Working Remotely - Connecting Communities for COVID19 News - 11th Jan 2021

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Working from home: The smarter, healthier way to do it

Vaccine or not, once we are out of lockdown most people who can work from home want to continue doing so – just not all the time, according to a recent Central Statistics Office survey. More than six in 10 would like a mix of home and office. But the real challenge in 2021 is to move past the basics and figure out how to make your professional interactions productive, respectful and yes, sometimes even meaningful.
10th Jan 2021 - The Irish Times

Study reveals working from home negatively impacts mental health as more than 50 percent feel isolated

Health professionals are urging people across Lancashire to look after their mental health as the country enters the latest national lockdown. The past nine months have been difficult and there are many who have struggled with poor mental health due to the changes we've had to face. The advice comes at the same time as a study conducted by remote building company Wildgoose, found the mental health of workers across the country was being negatively impacted due to working from home. To help with maintaining good mental health during the latest national lockdown therefore, Dr Andy Knox has provided seven basic tips that if followed each day, could be used to improve your mental health
10th Jan 2021 - Lancashire Telegraph

How to claim £125 tax back if you've had to work from home during Covid pandemic

Millions of people who have had to work from home in England due to the coronavirus pandemic could be entitled to £125 back from the tax man. A little known 'working from home' tax rule means anyone who has been told to work from home during the pandemic can claim financial relief, up to the value of £125, to spend on bills and other home working essentials. And you only need to have worked from home for one day to be able to claim the rebate from HMRC, reports The Mirror.
10th Jan 2021 - Lancs Live

Are you ready for another year of working from home? How to avoid 2020 mistakes, ensure better balance – and avoid burnout

Flexible working, which combines remote working with office life, is predicted to become the new normal in the future. This means that many homeworkers might need to rethink their current set-ups and consider whether working from home is as rewarding and productive as it could be for them. What’s clear is that not everybody feels the same way and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach for homeworkers. The CSO’s Social Impact of Covid-19 November survey reflects this disparity of experiences, where 27.3pc of respondents said they were finding working from home more difficult; 37pc said it was getting easier and 35.6pc said there was no difference as time went on. In its favour, working remotely has many well-known benefits and is associated with higher job satisfaction as well as offering greater flexibility.
10th Jan 2021 - Independent.ie

‘Vulnerable and violated’: Remote working sexual harassment exacerbated since spring lockdown, poll finds

In the UK, a quarter of women suffering sexual harassment while working from home say the misconduct was exacerbated after the government announced a lockdown in March and more time was spent online working remotely, new data shows. Online sexual harassment has surged as the pandemic forced people to work from home – with perpetrators finding new ways to abuse their victims via technology. Exclusive polling carried out for The Independent by Rights of Women, the leading sexual harassment advice line, found almost half of women being subjected to workplace sexual harassment now say it is taking place remotely, while more than four in ten victims say they experienced either some or all of the misconduct online.
10th Jan 2021 - The Independent

How To Land A Promotion While Working Remotely

Vaccines are being distributed as you read this sentence, but the pandemic is far from over. We can expect at least several more months of “business as unusual” before things go back to nearly normal, but that doesn’t mean putting your ambitions on hold. To prevent the pandemic from sabotaging your career goals, focus on these four steps: Build relationships with clients; Look out for your co-workers; Talk with your manager about growth opportunities; Focus on professional development outside of work
10th Jan 2021 - Forbes


Working Remotely - Connecting Communities for COVID19 News - 8th Jan 2021

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Wellington named among world's best cities for remote working in 2021

Wellington has been recognised as one of the world’s top destinations for remote workers and digital nomads, ranked alongside the likes of Bali and Bermuda. Travel website Big 7 Travel put the capital at 50 on its list of the 50 best places for remote working in 2021, based on criteria such as affordability, internet access, and whether visas for remote workers are available.
8th Jan 2021 - Stuff.co.nz

The impact working from home has on your body - and how to reverse it

Since the start of the pandemic, the percentage of people working from home has risen from 5% to 71% in the UK and with many making do with makeshift work areas, so it is unsurprising that one in five home workers are reporting musculoskeletal disorders as a result. OneWelbeck consultant orthopaedic surgeon Simon Owen-Johnstone, highlights the strain put on our bodies thanks to the reduced movement and poor posture involved with working from home. Together with occupational therapist David Baker, they are offering their solutions to help you avoid long-term musculoskeletal damage, including reincorporating a morning commute.
8th Jan 2021 - Metro.co.uk

Three ways to move more while working from home

Though people with office jobs often sit for up to 80% of the working day, many still manage to get an average of 3,616 steps daily, largely thanks to many small opportunities for activity throughout the day. But with many of us now working from home during the pandemic, this means that any exercise we might have had during our day – whether cycling to work, or walking to get lunch – may no longer exist. While the way we work has changed, that doesn’t mean we can’t easily find ways to be more active during our work day if we look at how we managed to get active while working in an office. Here are a few things you can try to get you to move more while working from home
8th Jan 2021 - The Conversation UK

We’ve been working from home for nearly a year. Here’s how to keep doing it without losing your mind

A year into the coronavirus pandemic and several national lockdowns later – while working from home gave many of us the privileged opportunity to stay employed and/or maintain some form of an income when others were out on the frontline – it’s also left many of us feeling exhausted, demotivated, and generally pretty awful. Despite the challenges, there are things that we can do, such as boundary-setting and being mindful of motivation levels, to give us a bit of peace, and help us look after ourselves as we WFH through the rest of this crisis. Here are a few things you can try.
8th Jan 2021 - The Independent

The top ten best countries in the world to work from home in 2021 revealed

Canada has been named the best country in the world to ‘work from home’ in 2021, thanks to its combination of fast broadband speeds, relatively affordable rents and migrant-friendly visa policies. The Great White North comes top of the world league of destinations for so-called digital nomads, who have been able to embrace the trend towards full-time remote working accelerated by the pandemic.
8th Jan 2021 - Evening Standard

Télétravail: France revises its guidelines on remote-working

In a nod to the fact that the health crisis is far from over, France has revised its guidelines on télétravail, or remote working. Before the pandemic, people working remotely from home or another space outside the office was relatively rare in France and all télétravail (remote working) was subject to a strict protocol and agreements in advance between employer and employee. During the months of lockdown and 'stay home' orders that followed, working from home became the norm for many people, and emergency protocols came into force to increase flexibility on this topic. The government has revised its home-working protocol to suggest that people go into the workplace for one day per week - if they want to and if their employer agrees.
8th Jan 2021 - The Local France


Working Remotely - Connecting Communities for COVID19 News - 7th Jan 2021

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Remote workers face long waits for garden offices or log cabins

Remote workers in Ireland face waits of up to 10 months if they want to have a garden office or log cabin on their properties. It comes following a massive rise in the number of people working from home during the pandemic. According to the latest CSO labour force survey, the numbers reporting their home as the primary place of work had risen from less than 5% before the pandemic to almost 28% by November. Tanaiste and Enterprise Minister Leo Varadkar has said up to 10,000 co-working and incubation spaces are planned for regional locations around the country over the next three years in a move to help start-ups and employees engage in smart work measures.
7th Jan 2021 - Belfast Telegraph


Working Remotely - Connecting Communities for COVID19 News - 6th Jan 2021

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New York office vacancies rise to their highest point since 1999

Manhattan office vacancies hit 15.1% at the end of 2020, the highest since 1999 Many companies declined to renew leases amid uncertainty over pandemic Some have pivoted to smaller offices and expect to continue partial remote work However Goldman Sachs expects all of its workers to return by the end of 2021 Goldman CEO says the rollout of vaccines will allow office life to resume Nearly a third of office workers say they would quit if required to return
6th Jan 2021 - Daily Mail

Covid-19 remote work trend may boost women's careers in Japan and South Korea

Covid-19 could be a tipping point in the push to retain more women in the workforce in Japan and South Korea and for them to have families with new flexible work arrangements expected to stay, according to researchers and recruiters. The pandemic has disproportionately hit women's careers across the globe, with studies finding they are more likely to work in sectors badly impacted by COVID-19 and are picking up a heavier load of unpaid childcare and chores than men. But in Japan and South Korea, where employees are often under pressure to work long hours in the office with reports of death by overwork, more flexible working could make women rethink leaving jobs to start a family.
6th Jan 2021 - IOL News

Is 2021 the year we finally say goodbye to the office?

By mid 2020, Ireland had one of the highest rates of WFH in Europe, with over 40% by comparison with an EU average of 33.7%. The National Remote Working Survey confirmed that workplace productivity can be maintained in home working. Over 5,600 workers were surveyed and 62% of respondents agreed that working remotely increases their productivity. Workers now want more flexibility in choosing where they work. 94% of respondents to the National Remote Working Survey were in favour of working remotely on an on-going basis, for some or all of the time
6th Jan 2021 - RTE.ie

Nearly 30% of working professionals would quit if they had to return to office after pandemic

Many companies plan to ask their employees to return to the office once a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available later this year. Good luck with that. Twenty-nine percent of working professionals say they would quit their jobs if they couldn't continue working remotely, according to an online survey of 1,022 professionals by LiveCareer, an online resume and job search consulting service.
6th Jan 2021 - USA Today


Working Remotely - Connecting Communities for COVID19 News - 5th Jan 2021

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Who has to work from home now and how strictly will it be enforced? Office workers are only allowed to go in if it is 'essential'

Boris Johnson has plunged England into a third national lockdown. However, the criteria on who can stay out of the office has caused some confusion with the exception applying only to people who 'absolutely cannot work from home'. The Government's official website states this category includes - but is not limited to - 'people who work within critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing that require in-person attendance'.
5th Jan 2021 - Daily Mail


Working Remotely - Connecting Communities for COVID19 News - 4th Jan 2021

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A third of Irish staff will still work remotely in 2023, survey finds

A third of full-time employees will still be working remotely by 2023, compared to just 2pc three years ago, according to a new survey. But only one in 10 organisations surveyed in Ireland today have structures that can support the development of a flexible and agile workforce, according to the latest Flexible Work and Rewards Survey. The Covid pandemic pushed the number of remote workers to 49pc in 2020 and this would remain high, at 33pc, in two years time, the survey found.
3rd Jan 2021 - MSN.com

The working world is still getting used to Zoom life

Remote working in New Zealand really kicked off in March, with the nationwide lockdown in response to rapidly growing coronavirus case numbers, but most of the rest of the world had been logging into Zoom months earlier. Analysis from economics consultancy, Infometrics found close to a third of the country’s workforce was able to operate from home during lockdown. (Many businesses reported employees were just as – if not more – productive while working remotely.) Even after restrictions were eased in May and businesses were able to reopen, many people continued working from home.
3rd Jan 2021 - Stuff.co.nz

Is your employer spying on you as you work from home?

Covid-19 has shifted the ground beneath us and things that were once de rigueur will not remain so — among them office work as we knew it. Companies keeping tabs on their workers is not new. Call-centre operators have long used software to track employees’ calls. Those tools, however, are now being applied across a swathe of industries. And they are far more powerful than they used to be, because these days we are all tethered in one way or another to the mothership: the internet. The dangers here are many. For one, these tools often reduce one’s entire day — eight or ten hours of work sprinkled with visits to Twitter and Spotify and chats around the (digital) watercooler — into a score, a single number that sums up one’s value to an enterprise.
3rd Jan 2021 - The Times

Is a Home Office Actually More Productive? Some Workers Think So.

Some Americans have a new outlook on remote working: They prefer it. In June and July, a group of 1,388 people working from home were asked for their impressions of the experience by workplace consulting firm Global Workplace Analytics and video technology company Owl Labs. The new arrangement, it turns out, suited many of them. While roughly 27% said they would have considered such a setup to be ideal before the coronavirus pandemic started, 80% said they would like to continue working remotely for three days of the week or more once the pandemic is over. Many of these people said they would prefer remote work all five days of the workweek.
3rd Jan 2021 - The Wall Street Journal

Widespread working from home set to continue in 2021

Widespread working from home has been one of the biggest behavioural changes of 2020 in the UK, with scores of offices still empty and employees facing months more away from their desks. In efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus back in March 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised the public to work from home where possible. Nearly half (46.6%) of all those in employment did at least some work at home the following month, according to the Office for National Statistics. Dr Alan Redman, an organisational psychologist, said policy makers and employers need to ensure staff are fully equipped to work from home in the long-term.
3rd Jan 2021 - ITV News


Working Remotely - Connecting Communities for COVID19 News - 30th Dec 2020

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WFH works, but offices will reopen cautiously

The concept of work-from-home (WFH), which served India Inc meaningfully during the lockdown, is expected to morph into a more robust hybrid model in the new year. This would particularly be the case as the availability of Covid-19 vaccines becomes prevalent and a credible shield starts building up against the dreaded virus. Most organisations believe that a hybrid work model, which is a mix of physical and remote working, will be the flavour of 2021.
30th Dec 2020 - Times of India

Broadband usage more than doubled in 2020 as people worked and socialised from home

Broadband usage has more than doubled in the UK this year as 2020 became the year of home working, Zoom calls and live streaming. Figures from broadband network Openreach revealed data consumption rose from 22,000 Petabytes (PB) last year to 50,000 PB in 2020. On 15 occasions during the year, the daily record for broadband use was broken as people worked from home, socialised online, attended video conferences, streamed videos and live sport and downloaded video games for consoles.
30th Dec 2020 - iNews

Post-Pandemic, Office Life May Never Be the Same, CIOs Say

After working remotely for the better part of a year, employees have proven they can do it, and do it despite the difficulties being at home may have presented. Going forward, that means that where people work may have changed permanently, according to chief information officers. “We do not see a return to the traditional five-day-a-week in the office likely happening again,” said Brad Peterson, chief technology and information officer at Nasdaq Inc. Like many CIOs, Mr. Peterson says a hybrid of home and office work will likely become the preferred option for most employees. Mr. Peterson was one of 45 IT executives who responded to CIO Journal’s annual end-of-year questionnaire on the future of the office and other topics.
30th Dec 2020 - The Wall Street Journal

Companies Are Starting To Pay People The Same If They Live In New York City, San Francisco Or Buford, Wyoming

Mostly everything during the pandemic was pretty awful. On the bright side, there’s been some positive, progressive trends which could greatly benefit workers. Location-based salaries and compensation are now being questioned and re-evaluated in light of the success of the massive work-from-home or anywhere-remotely trend. There is a potential downside to the good news of no salary adjustments when workers relocate or work in cities outside the radius of the home office. Job seekers may be forced to contend with more competition, especially with unemployment at all-time high levels.
30th Dec 2020 - Forbes

Making Cents: How to save money while working from home

If you are one of the tens of thousands who made the move to working from home this year, now is the time to figure out if you can make a claim with Revenue for tax relief on the cost of utilities during the period you were at home rather than in the office. There are two ways workers can be financially supported while working remotely. An employer can make a voluntary payment to an employee of €3.20 per workday without deducting any PAYE, PRSI or USC. This payment is intended to cover expenses such as heating and electricity costs. But there is no obligation on the employer to make this payment and, according to a recent survey from Taxback.com, just 5% of employers of Ireland’s remote workforce are paying it.
30th Dec 2020 - Irish Examiner


Working Remotely - Connecting Communities for COVID19 News - 29th Dec 2020

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Dreading or dreaming of a return to the office in 2021

The US is deep in the bleakest period of the pandemic, with thousands of Americans dying each day. That reality is not lost on affluent remote workers, who are quick to express gratitude for their own good fortune. They feel guilty complaining about Zoom fatigue and social isolation when they are working in relative safety and comfort. Yet with the approval of two coronavirus vaccines, many of these remote employees find themselves imagining the new shape of their work lives in a post-pandemic America. Some glimpse a proverbial light at the end of the tunnel; others see an oncoming train. In June, PwC surveyed 120 U.S. company executives and 1,200 office workers to see how they felt about that future. About a third said they hoped to work from home full time. About 9 percent wanted to work from home hardly at all. The majority preferred a hybrid workplace
28th Dec 2020 - The Washington Post

Remote working app to be launched by Government

In Ireland, a new remote working app is to be launched by the Government, to allow people to see what spaces are available near them. Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys says this is down to a major change in how people are operating. She said her department is currently mapping out all the co-working spaces, digital hubs and others which will then be integrated into an app. "People will be able to see where I can go and work from a local centre".
28th Dec 2020 - Newstalk

88% of civil servants as 'effective' working remotely

In Ireland, a new report reveals that 88% of civil servants feel as effective working remotely as they are during normal working arrangements. A total of 26,822 civil servants took part in the Civil Service Employee Engagement Survey 2020 Covid-19 Remote Working Report. The survey also shows that three-quarters of civil servants indicated they would like to continue to access remote working in the future if given the choice.
28th Dec 2020 - RTE.ie

In 2021 We Need To Focus On Remote Work Creativity

Work From Home—and remote or hybrid work more generally—is here to stay, and we are just beginning to feel its implications. One of those implications that we need to consider in 2021 is how knowledge workers can be more creative when working remotely. More specifically, we need to change the conversation around remote work to be less about productivity and more about how remote work can boost creativity. Mindsets need to shift. The convergence of two massive trends impacting the workplace—remote work and the increasing use of AI—means that creativity should be where we focus our efforts
28th Dec 2020 - Forbes

This Is the Future Of Remote Work In 2021

The world witnessed a historic shift in the 2020 job market due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While some companies used to offer remote work as a perk, it has now become the norm for most businesses. By 2025, an estimated 70% of the workforce will be working remotely at least five days a month. While 2020 may be considered the year of remote work, it is just the beginning as we see the trend continuing in 2021. The percentage of workers permanently working from home is expected to double in 2021, according to a survey from Enterprise Technology Research
28th Dec 2020 - Forbes


Working Remotely - Connecting Communities for COVID19 News - 22nd Dec 2020

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How to Manage Performance Evaluations in the Work-From-Home Era

A performance review, done well, applauds excellent work, delivers beneficial feedback and inspires a feeling of forward momentum. It’s not easy to pull off in the best of times, and as work-from-home drags on, the task can feel even more challenging. Inspiring employees to remain engaged and productive is a growing issue. The number of chief executives who cited employee performance as a top concern shot up to 56 percent in 2020, from 36 percent in 2019, according to research by the Predictive Index, a firm that uses data analytics to help companies with hiring and management decisions.
21st Dec 2020 - The New York Times

Why I want to be a digital nomad after working remotely in Barbados

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of digital nomads in the world is on the rise. Before the pandemic, an estimated 3.4% of US employees worked remotely. That figure has now risen to 42%, according to Stanford University. And some remote workers are taking advantage of their new lack of physical office ties to travel the world with their laptops. Countries from Barbados to Georgia are capitalizing on this new trend by launching special visas designed for digital nomads, while also ensuring they manage the spread of the coronavirus.
22nd Dec 2020 - Insider

Why middle managers are feeling the most stressed out during COVID

Plenty of teams have switched to working remotely since March. Now enough time has passed that many are starting to ask: What's actually working? That was the topic of a recent virtual panel presented by Fortune and Slack's Future Forum called "Reimagine Work: New Ways to Lead." Brian Elliott, who leads the Future Forum, said that his company's research showed a stark divide in terms of how different groups of employees are experiencing—and adapting to—remote work. When it came to having stress at work and wrestling with social isolation, "middle managers stood out," he said. According to his company's survey of 9,000 knowledge workers around the globe, middle managers were 91% more likely to say they were having trouble working remotely when compared to individuals and senior executives
22nd Dec 2020 - Fortune


Working Remotely - Connecting Communities for COVID19 News - 21st Dec 2020

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Chief remote working officers are now navigating organizations into a post-pandemic world

The pandemic has shuttered offices and transformed companies into virtual workplaces overnight. Now it’s giving rise to a new corporate job title: head of remote work. The role may seem like a pandemic-era fad, especially with vaccines beginning to roll out. But experts contend that even after offices can safely reopen, many companies will allow employees more flexibility in terms of where they work. Managing both a remote and an office-bound workforce creates a host of challenges for organizations, with implications for real estate, technology, human resources, finance and corporate culture.
21st Dec 2020 - The Globe and Mail

Flexible working: lessons from the great work-from-home mass experiment

For years, politicians and employers alike have talked up the promise of flexible working. And it looked like change was happening. Last year, the UK government announced a consultation around whether flexible work should not just be available, but become employees’ default option in its annual Queen’s Speech. But 2020 rapidly became a hugely different year in Westminster and flexible working rights seemingly ground to a halt at the political level. In the end it took the COVID-19 pandemic, with its attendant government-enforced lockdowns, for working from home to sit at the centre of an unanticipated global experiment and to become the catalyst for a real discussion about flexible work
21st Dec 2020 - The Conversation UK

COVID-19 gives single Millennials the chance to see the world while working remotely

Remote work has grown 44 percent since 2010, according to Built In, a tech website for job recruiters. But “geographic flexibility” — the ability to work from any location — has skyrocketed in 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. While not every job can be accomplished in a Wi-Fi-enabled van, there is increasing acceptance from many companies that it doesn’t matter where a worker logs on. And that might just be here to stay: A new survey out of Harvard found that 16 percent of American workers will pivot to working at home at least two days per week after the virus subsides.
21st Dec 2020 - Houston Chronicle


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Digital nomads told us what it's like to work remotely from around the world - and how you can do it yourself after the pandemic

With many people working remotely, digital nomads — people who earn a living online while they travel — are on the rise. Insider spoke to digital nomads Andrea Valeria, Wanda Duncan, and Kim Leary about the perks and challenges that come with working remotely from around the world. According to them, the digital nomad experience can be rewarding, but it can also be difficult and lonely so it's important to meet others and form a community.
17th Dec 2020 - MSN.com

Clocking in from beach: NZ companies urge employees to work even more remotely

In New Zealand,Tourism Holdings and Vodafone have jumped on board with the four-week 'work from anywhere' initiative which allows their staff to work from the beach, bach or even a tent following the festive season. Its chief financial officer Nick Judd said because people had got used to working from home over the pandemic, there was now the ability to work from anywhere in Aotearoa. "We've got so used to virtual working due to Covid this year we're saying get out and about, explore the country, help some of the regional economies and take your work with you," Judd told Nine to Noon. He said the campaign was also about improving worker welfare after a particularly stressful year.
17th Dec 2020 - 1News

Employee Monitoring Vs. Workplace Trust In An Age Of Remote Working

This year, as communities came together to fight Covid-19, millions of employees packed up their desks and headed for their study, kitchen, or shed. Technology responded, supporting teams to find new ways to collaborate through digital channels. But this connected virtual workplace brought friction too. As the months rolled on, leaders started to worry that they didn’t know if staff were productive at home, and more organizations began to look at technology to monitor their employees. Are organizations now in danger of inadvertently taking technology too far and engendering a culture of conflict and mistrust? Leaders need to carefully weigh up the impact of employee monitoring software and take a collaborative approach to implementation with their staff.
17th Dec 2020 - Forbes

Before Transitioning To A Permanent Work-From-Home Culture, Leaders Should Look Before They Leap

The pandemic has forced organizations to embrace remote work for an extended period of time, certainly well into 2021. Some organizations, such as Facebook, recently announced the creation of a new role called Director of Remote Work, along with a pledge to transition half of its nearly 50,000-person global workforce to work from home within the next five to 10 years. Other organizations, such as Twitter, Square and VMware have taken steps to allow employees to work from home indefinitely. While examples like these have ignited a new work-from-home movement, some leaders haven’t been so quick to permanently lock their office doors. Instead, they’re taking time to consider important big-picture questions
17th Dec 2020 - Forbes

The New Battles to Come Over Working From Home

A lot of things can be expected to go back to normal once the Covid-19 pandemic is truly over. Restaurants, cruise ships and resort towns will be packed again. Spending on home improvements will subside. Since early last spring, though, many thoughtful people have been speculating that the workplace will never be the same. The success of the great experiment in working from home during the pandemic has made it much clearer than it was before that many of the things we do in offices can be done just as well or better while working remotely and communicating electronically. And because a lot of the best jobs in recent decades have been concentrated in crowded, expensive cities, this could also provide an opportunity for workers to relocate to places where life is simpler and real estate cheaper.
17th Dec 2020 - Bloomberg

State needs to be ‘much more ambitious’ with remote working, Humphreys says

In Ireland, the Government needs to be much more ambitious than its programme for government commitment to have 20 per cent of public sector employees working remotely, Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys has said. In the wake of the shift to remote working from 200,000 before the Covid-19 pandemic to more than 700,000 currently Ms Humphreys told the Dáil that this had “given us all an opportunity to reimagine the possibility for a greater regional distribution of jobs”.
17th Dec 2020 - The Irish Times


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Will COVID-19 push more employees to work remotely after the pandemic? This economist says yes

Millions of Americans have spent this year working from home, and employers have realized just how smoothly things can get done when they trust their staff to work remotely. But for those fortunate enough to work from home, will COVID-19 have a lasting effect on how we do our jobs? Or will millions of commuters return to cities if and/or when vaccines are made available? A new study by Vanguard has shed some light on the future of work. “Work-from-home arrangements represent a sharp acceleration of a trend that was already under way before COVID-19,” said Joseph Davis, Vanguard global chief economist. “But the big question for the U.S. economy is how many jobs, and what types, could permanently become remote?”
17th Dec 2020 - Journal.ie on MSN.com

The 9-to-5 workweek may become the '3-2-2' after the pandemic

The traditional 9-to-5 will transform into the '3-2-2' as more employees begin to enjoy and expect work flexibility, predicts Harvard Business School professor Ashley Whillans. The 3-2-2 schedule balance traditional and remote work, where employees work for three days in office, two days remote, and two days off. This structure allows employees to create schedules that work around their everyday lives, which has shown to improve job satisfaction, productivity, and attendance.
17th Dec 2020 - Business Insider

Working remotely, state workers drive 1 million fewer miles each week

Maine state employees drove 1.1 million fewer miles and took 17,877 fewer trips every week between April and November by working remotely during the pandemic, recent state surveys have found. Working from home kept 233,103 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air every week, according to preliminary estimates, reducing total greenhouse gas emissions by 7 million pounds over the 30-week period. The calculations are preliminary, but they are thought to be the first specific metrics in Maine that capture the impact of telework on climate change.
17th Dec 2020 - Press Herald


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3 Ways to Set Boundaries When You Work from Home

When your house is your office and vice versa it becomes increasingly difficult to separate work and home. Instead of concentrating solely on the task at hand, you’re distracted by the pile of laundry waiting to be done or the TV that’s just itching to be turned on. At an office, neither of these things are a possibility, so while offices have their own distractions, working solo at home arguably comes with more. Not to mention, some semblance of a work-life balance is already a challenge to maintain, but doing so when you’re working and living in the same space takes effort and one (or more!) of these strategies.
16th Dec 2020 - BioSpace

'We'd just begun our careers - and then the pandemic hit'

The sudden lockdown in March this year turned the world of work upside down. Millions were sent home to refashion their living rooms into a place to do business. For many that was a challenge, but imagine what it was like for those of us only just beginning our working lives.
16th Dec 2020 - BBC News

Howard Levitt: Remote working arrangements need to be codified with clear guidelines to boost productivity

As this year comes to a close, some working Canadians will still be phoning it in — literally — and doing so for the foreseeable future. But even at this late hour, the long-term consequences of remote working are just being discerned. Amid the chaos of the early lockdowns, businesses had no choice but to frantically, sometimes frenetically, adapt. As large portions of the workforce were ordered to work from home, employees too had to quickly acclimate to an unfamiliar environment. Often, it was the blind leading the blind. Almost a year later, most remote workers have become quite comfortable with their circumstances. For employers, not so much. As a considerable portion of the workforce continues to work unseen, many businesses have struggled for quality and consistency
16th Dec 2020 - Financial Post


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Work-From-Home Scores Big Praise, But Proactive Firms Can Make It Better

Work-from-home is a crowd pleaser. That may sound like an obvious finding, but – given the dire circumstances under which the world entered the virtual workforce this year – it’s a significant one. This past fall, researchers at Thomson Reuters polled 1,000 corporate professionals (500 in the United States, 250 in the United Kingdom, and 250 in Canada), and found that only one-in-10 respondents said they preferred their previous working practices. What’s more, 69 percent of respondents said they want to maintain at least some aspects of their changed working practices once “stay-at-home” orders expire. Still, even as the honeymoon period stretches on, the feedback from professionals raises some clear pain points that need to be addressed before the ideal of work-from-anywhere freedom can truly be realized.
15th Dec 2020 - Forbes

Some Say Working From Home Is Grinding Them Down

As the pandemic has forced many to work from home, some are starting to feel as if they are living at work, putting in more hours and being stressed more than they want to be.
15th Dec 2020 - NPR

Rather work from home? A lot of employers want you to

COVID-19 forced millions of employees to do their jobs from home instead of the office. For those who want to continue working remotely — or those who’d like to give it a shot — there’s never been a better time to try. Working remotely, or telework, grew by 73% in the six years preceding the pandemic, and 25% of U.S. workers work from home either full time or part time, said Anne Nowak, program director for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Career Center. Pandemics don’t last forever, she said, but this trend looks like it will.
15th Dec 2020 - The Advocate

The shift to working from home can outlast COVID-19

For the past eight months, office life has been transformed as – in the interest of social distancing – millions were told to work from home. The shift to remote working is surprisingly widespread. The percentage of people who work from home has of course climbed in tech-savvy sectors such as IT and finance. But it has risen significantly in some old economy sectors too. In construction, for instance, the share of work-from-home workers jumped from 15 per cent pre-COVID to 34 per cent in September, according to Fair Work Australia. Yet from Monday, the NSW Public Health Order requiring employers to allow all workers to work remotely lapsed. Bosses will now have the option of ordering staff back to the office. Yet the return to the pre-COVID status quo also poses problems because some Australian employers are more enthusiastic about returning to the old work arrangements than their workers, who have enjoyed the flexibility and the time saved from the daily commute.
14th Dec 2020 - Sydney Morning Herald


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Covid-19: 'Third wave' warning and how work from home couples are coping

Easing England's Covid restrictions could lead to a third wave of the virus at the busiest time of the year for hospitals, according to NHS bosses. In a letter to the prime minister, NHS Providers, which represents hospital trusts in England, has urged "extreme caution" in moving any area to a lower tier. A review of the tiers is due to take place on Wednesday. The letter highlighted some parts of the country where there was a "worrying increase in infection rates across a wide range of areas", including Essex, Kent, London and parts of Lincolnshire. It comes ahead of the festive season when people will be allowed to form a "bubble" between 23 and 27 December, with the letter urging Boris Johnson to lead a "better public debate about the risks inherent in the guidance".
14th Dec 2020 - BBC News

Holyrood out to clear the air with remote working push to tackle pollution

Scottish ministers want people to continue to work from home after the Covid pandemic in order to cut the country’s carbon footprint.With road traffic contributing to poor air quality, the government
13th Dec 2020 - The Times

Future of the City: Where did all the jobs go?

For months after the Brexit referendum, Japanese bankers were invited on tours of Frankfurt. Some took in a football match and met one of the local club’s star players: Makoto Hasebe, former captain of Japan’s national team. Impressed by the German city’s clean air, green spaces and family-friendly atmosphere, most of the Japanese bankers switched their plans for establishing a post-Brexit EU base in Amsterdam, opting for Frankfurt instead. “One of the biggest issues we have with people is to get them here to see it and then they are pleasantly surprised by what they find,” said Hubertus Väth, head of the Frankfurt Main Finance lobby group.
13th Dec 2020 - Financial Times

Poll: 54% Of Remote Workers Hope To Continue After Pandemic

More than half of Americans who are working from home because of the pandemic want to work from home all or most of the time after the outbreak, according to a Pew Research Center survey published Wednesday, signaling the increase in remote work is likely to continue.
13th Dec 2020 - Forbes

Employees under 50 working remotely during coronavirus pandemic struggle to stay motivated: study

Money isn’t enough of a motive to keep young adults engaged at work during a global pandemic, a new report claims. Forty-two percent of adults aged between 18 and 49 working from home say it’s been somewhat or very difficult to find motivation since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to a survey published recently by the Pew Research Center. That’s significantly more than the 20% of adults 50 and older who said their motivation was lacking during the new normal. The survey found there were myriad factors for why young people felt less on track at work while remote including distractions from lack of childcare and working in a more confined space.
13th Dec 2020 - Fox News

Bosses and employees divided over working from home rules

An expectations gap is opening between bosses and staff over the future of remote work as major companies say only 40 per cent of employees will be able to operate from home in future. The NSW public health order requiring employers to allow people to work from home will be repealed on Monday but bosses are grappling with the post-pandemic balance between home and office-based work. The order coincides with a report of some of Australia's largest organisations that found while almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of employees want a hybrid model that involves some working from home and some days in the office, employers say it will only be available to about 40 per cent of staff.
13th Dec 2020 - Sydney Morning Herald

Coronavirus and return to work: five ways to support bereaved employees

During lockdown Bupa saw a 40% increase in enquiries to its EAPs from companies seeking advice on how to support bereavement and loss. Alaana Woods and Erika Gati-Howe outline some approaches that may help, and which OH can communicate to managers. Covid-19 is the biggest global crisis we’re likely to see in our lifetime – affecting people personally, collectively and professionally. Sadly, as the pandemic has progressed, more people will be dealing with grief. Losing a loved one is always hard. However, due to social isolation measures, people are experiencing bereavement differently. Many will be unable to attend funerals or be physically comforted by their friends and family outside their household, something which can be pivotal to the grieving process.
12th Dec 2020 - Personnel Today

Indian travellers now keen to book places from where they can work remotely, survey reveals

Ever since the pandemic started, most working professional in India turned to work-from-home to meet their deadlines. While initially it required some effort to acclimatize to the situation, now many people have grown so accustomed, they are reluctant to get back to offices, especially since the risk of infection is still there. A new survey by Booking.com — a digital travel company — has now revealed that 63 per cent of Indian travellers are willing to quarantine in destinations, as long as they can work remotely.
12th Dec 2020 - The Indian Express

Will Coronavirus Be the Death of Cities? Not So Fast

The Covid-19 crisis is bringing a Great Reset to our cities, suburbs and communities. Not just the health crisis—the economic and fiscal crises emerging in its wake, and the wave of protests for racial and economic justice that has swept up alongside it, are altering the way we live and work in powerful ways. This Great Urban Reset gives us a once-in-a-century opportunity to create more equitable and inclusive communities of all sizes and shapes. In the wake of the 2008 economic crash, I identified the Great Resets that remake and recharge economic systems in the wake of crises. They do so by giving rise to new ways of living and working that enable the economy to expand and grow.
10th Dec 2020 - The Wall Street Journal


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Dubai remote-working protocols for govt employees

Government employees in Dubai will now be allowed to work outside their offices - either fully or partially - as new Remote Working Protocols have been approved. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, on Thursday announced the roll-out of the new protocols, which seek to enhance corporate agility, efficiency and talent retention and promote work-life balance. It was part of the overall vision to harness technologies and create a flexible environment for the next generation of jobs.
10th Dec 2020 - MSN.com

Working from home: Not all that glitters is gold

According to a recent survey by the digital association Bitkom, more than 10 million employees — or about a quarter of Germany's working population — have been working from home. Many have gotten used to this new situation and come to appreciate the upsides. But the drawbacks have also become clearer. Klaus Dörre is an economic sociologist at the University of Jena. He's convinced working from home will have negative consequences in the long run, for three main reasons. Not all is bad, of course. Both Dörre and Gerlmaier agree there is a lot to be learned from the current situation, as we certainly won't go back to square one once the pandemic is over. Gerlmaier believes there is a lot of potential in working from home that currently remains untapped. Businesses and policymakers need to think outside of the box, she says.
10th Dec 2020 - DW (English)

Cabo Verde: Country wants to attract foreigners to stay, work remotely from archipelago

Cabo Verde intends to seduce European, American and Portuguese speaking citizens to work remotely from the archipelago through a programme that allows six-month stays with a temporary work visa. The “Remote Working Cabo Verde” programme emerged when the archipelago, currently with a low incidence of Covid-19, but virtually no tourism since March, tried to revive international interest as a sun and beach destination, reinforced by the safe environment in the face of the pandemic, after strengthening laboratory capacity to detect the disease and already with internationally certified health units.
10th Dec 2020 - Macau Business

Technicity GTA 2020: Stop worrying if workers are working remotely and focus on creating a healthier experience, says Microsoft

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is foremost in the minds of CIOs and other business leaders as they consider what comes next. Jason Brommet, head of modern workplace and security for Microsoft Canada, says that heading into 2021, the mental well-being of employees, most of whom are working extended hours from home, is a critical issue that must be addressed. “We know now that even when we aren’t watching closely, people can do their best work and we can trust them. That being said … it’s not this notion of whether or not they can be productive, but whether or not they’re working in sustainable ways,” Brommet told virtual attendees of Technicity GTA 2020.
10th Dec 2020 - IT World Canada

Now that virtual court hearings have been conducted successfully, they should become the norm

in India, when the lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus was announced in March, it came as a huge disruptive shock. Most offices and activities were brought to a sudden halt. But enterprises soon began to use internet and e-platforms to allow employees to work from home. The Supreme Court also started hearings using the internet and e-platforms. Considerable work on this had been done by an e-committee headed by Justice DY Chandrachud. However, virtual proceedings were mostly restricted to urgent hearings in High Courts and Supreme Court. There was also a very selective, arbitrary method for deciding what constituted an urgent matter. In addition, most subordinate courts did not adopt this practice. As a consequence, the backlog of cases has been mounting.
10th Dec 2020 - Scroll.in


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Brits hoping to work from home for ever are buying properties miles away from office

Brits are prepared to buy a new property miles away from their place of employment - because many plan to continue working from home permanently, a study has revealed. A fifth of workers hope they never have to set foot in the office again, even after lockdown restrictions are lifted, and the world returns to normal. As a result, a poll of 2,000 UK homeowners found that two-thirds would now look to move to a house that was better designed for home working.
10th Dec 2020 - Mirror Online

10 gift ideas for the person who's getting sick of working from home, from a remote work expert

If ever there was a year to celebrate your work-from-home survival skills, 2020 is it. You deserve a reward for juggling personal responsibilities along with your role as a home-based business owner or remote employee, all during a pandemic. So pat yourself on the back, then share this gift guide with your family, friends and colleagues — especially the ones who dread working from home.
10th Dec 2020 - CNBC

This Hawaii program will pay your airfare to live and work remotely from the islands

Hawaii will welcome 50 newcomers from out of state in the coming months thanks to a new temporary residency program called Movers & Shakas. Formed by a group of local nonprofits, alumni associations and business leaders in partnership with the state government, the initiative aims to attract working professionals from around the U.S. to move to and work remotely from Hawaii, contribute to the local economy and get involved in community-building efforts severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
10th Dec 2020 - CNBC

COVID-19: Here's what Canada’s top CEOs think about remote work

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, millions of Canadians switched from working in a central office location to working from home. Days turned into weeks, and weeks have turned into months. Now it’s almost 2021, and millions of employees in Canada still work from home full time with no end in sight. Many Canadians wish to continue working remotely once the pandemic ends, which raises the question: Is remote work here to stay? For millions of employees, the answer will depend on what their senior management decides.
10th Dec 2020 - KitchenerToday.com

Challenges and risks for employees working remotely in operating tax compliance

Due to the effect of COVID-19, businesses and their employees are struggling to manage their work operations and taxes. The need to adopt new-age digital technologies is a major learning from lockdown for businesses. And the need to boost technology investment has become a dire need particularly in various areas of businesses, including the supply chain and finance. Employees are now expected to work without coming to the workplace from their homes and can operate operations from home efficiently and efficiently. The very principle on which corporations were managed, employee salaries and benefits were organized and tax laws were written over the years, are therefore questioned.
10th Dec 2020 - CNBCTV18

Staff fear working remotely will damage career prospects

The Covid-19 pandemic has created workplace imbalances for many people, according to a survey by Matrix Recruitment. The study found that more than a quarter (27 per cent) of those surveyed report inequality arising from the pandemic, while one in three say they are concerned that working from home long term will affect their career opportunities. Of those concerned about their careers, 61 per cent say they are worried their employer will not be aware of all the work they do while 38 per cent say they are anxious that they will not have the right supports to progress their career
10th Dec 2020 - The Irish Times


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Op-ed: 6 productivity apps to help you survive working from home

While some American workers have gone back to the office, Gallup’s recent annual Work and Education poll shows that 33% are still working remotely full-time due to the coronavirus pandemic, with an additional 25% working from home part-time. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers who have been working remotely during the pandemic would like to continue to do so. And many will be able to with companies increasingly extending working from home through next summer. While most workers might not have planned to go fully remote, the good news is the average company sees a 10% to 43% increase in productivity after making the switch, according to a report from the UNC Kenan–Flagler Business School.
9th Dec 2020 - CNBC

SMEs need to acknowledge remote working lessons to prosper post-Covid

Just as the world’s first Covid-19 vaccination takes place, and companies, in particular small businesses, envisage that they may be finally at the beginning of the end of the business turbulence and see growth in a post-pandemic future, research is warning small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to heed the lessons of the pandemic and ensure there’s no return to bad habits. Attitudes have changed since the beginning of the pandemic, as 8x8 said its research had shown customers were forgiving at the beginning of lockdown earlier this year but now expect companies of all sizes to have adjusted to the “new normal”. Communication now need to be “seamless”, both with customers and between colleagues, as remote working continues.
9th Dec 2020 - ComputerWeekly.com


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More provincial staff to work from home during 2-week circuit breaker

The P.E.I. government has asked all provincial employees who can to work from home the next two weeks during a "circuit-breaker" phase of the Island's COVID-19 pandemic response. The circuit breaker, introduced Sunday, is a short, sharp response to an increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases on P.E.I. in the last few days. The hope is that keeping more people at home will stop the spread of coronavirus, just as a circuit breaker is designed to stop the flow of electricity. "As a result of the new public health measures announced, the Public Service Commission, in partnership with the government operations committee, asked all employees who can and are approved to work from home to begin to do so immediately," a provincial government spokesperson said Monday in an email to CBC News.
7th Dec 2020 - CBC.ca

Nine Expert Predictions On Remote Work’s Impact On Businesses’ Bottom Lines

With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing guidelines and lockdowns forced many businesses to quickly adapt to at least partial remote work arrangements. Once the initial obstacles were overcome, many workers embraced the flexibility of remote work, and leaders discovered bottom-line benefits such as reduced overhead costs, broader applicant pools and higher employee satisfaction. Now, many businesses have expressed the intention to continue offering their staff members the option to work from home at least some of the time even once the pandemic has passed.
7th Dec 2020 - Forbes

Hawaii offers free round-trip tickets to out-of-state remote workers who want to move there for at least a month

The 'Movers and Shakas' program is looking for 50 people to move to Hawaii for at least a month in the next few weeks. These people will be remote workers who can stimulate the economy and provide their knowledge and expertise to local non-profits. Discounted hotel stays and co-working spaces are also being offered The Hawaiian economy has suffered due to the lack of tourism caused by the coronavirus pandemic, once reaching over 20 percent unemployment
7th Dec 2020 - Daily Mail


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5 Time Management Tips When Working From Home

Time management was a challenge during normal times. Now the pandemic has introduced a whole new set of issues, including sharing workspace with our significant other and managing our children's educational needs from home. In May alone, 42% of Americans aged 20-64 earning more than $20,000 per year were working from home full-time, according to a Stanford University survey, compared to just 2% before the pandemic. And there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. While offices worldwide have started to reopen, employees will likely be working from home in some capacity until at least 2022.
6th Dec 2020 - Forbes

You may be working from home — but the boss is still looking over your shoulder

It’s a moment that anyone who has ever had a job knows well: that feeling that you have to be just a little more careful when your supervisor or manager is nearby. As familiar as it is, though, it was also just a temporary little blip, or a reminder — once the boss moved on from your cubicle or your spot in the warehouse, it was back to normal. But as digital technology has become ubiquitous in the workplace, the space for that kind of reprieve is shrinking — while the control possible for employers seems to only be growing. Recently, an Australian researcher brought to light that Microsoft’s ubiquitous Office software, used by more than a million companies worldwide, lets companies track employee behaviour, and even provide them a “productivity score” by monitoring their actions. It’s the sort of thing that conjures images of a dark dystopia in which one’s every move is tracked — and in which the boss is forever virtually looking over your shoulder.
6th Dec 2020 - Toronto Star

Why France is struggling to embrace the work-from-home revolution

The French were not accustomed to working from home, or WFH, but when the Covid epidemic forced people into lockdown this spring, they had to get used to it. It’s now become part of the landscape, but has yet to enter the country’s DNA. Before lockdown in March this year, only around eight percent of French companies had some form of remote working in place. But numbers rocketed during those two spring months as everyone who could work from home was encouraged to do so. Some five million employees found themselves in zoom meetings from the comfort, or not, of their living rooms, bedrooms or hallways.
6th Dec 2020 - RFI English

Survey finds most Canadians enjoy working from home, but what are the pros and cons?

When a new survey asked Canadians how they are enjoying working from home only 27 per cent said they would prefer being back at the office. The survey by ClickMeeting, which organizes online meetings and webinars, found that 56 per cent said they enjoy remote work and would prefer a hybrid model of home and office employment. “We do think that down the line that the hybrid model is going to take off," Patrick Quinn, marketing manger with ClickMeeting, said. While many Canadians may enjoy the benefits of working from home, there are challenges to working remotely and some employees may embrace it more than others
6th Dec 2020 - CTV Toronto


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Professionals working remotely during the pandemic are watching two hours more of TV: study

Americans working from home during the coronavirus pandemic are spending more time in front of the TV, new data suggests. Professionals who have the luxury to work remotely during COVID-19 are consuming around two hours and 10 minutes more each week of TV – that’s 26 more minutes per day than they did pre-pandemic, according to a survey released Tuesday from market research firm Nielsen. And more tube time seems to be cutting into the workday. More than half of respondents, 65%, said they watched TV or streamed video content during work breaks while 50% said they watched TV while they were working, the data shows.
3rd Dec 2020 - FOX 2 Detroit

What Does Working From Home Mean for the Post-Pandemic Reality?

Lockdown meant increased family time, and it put a pause on commuting, which is both pricey and stressful. There was more downtime at home and far less money spent on work attire, working in my dressing gown on the sofa I’m not proud to say was a regular occurrence.
3rd Dec 2020 - Euro Weekly News


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Robotic arm does Glasgow students’ lab work remotely

University students are carrying out lab work using pioneering remote robotics enabled by 5G as part of a new connectivity push. The Scottish Government-funded Scotland 5G Centre said the country is making substantial progress in developing much-needed applications using the technology. One project that has been tested and is ready to go to market is led by the University of Glasgow. Funding from the Scotland 5G Centre has enabled the university to build its own leading 5G network ecosystem, that will enable test and development of multiple use cases.
2nd Dec 2020 - heraldscotland.com

Optimising collaboration in the post-pandemic workplace

A recent research study of IT and business professionals revealed that, as the pandemic hit, they achieved the implementation of a 4.7x increase in the level of home working, sometimes in a matter of days. 35% of those surveyed said “90-99%” of employees are now working from home, compared to a response of 0% for this band pre-pandemic! Without technology there is no virtual collaboration, so having the right infrastructure in place is a key challenge. Remote support, business-grade devices and cloud-based software are essential, enabling everyone to work efficiently and securely away from the workplace.
2nd Dec 2020 - The HR Director Magazine

Do Your Remote Employees Feel Included in Meetings?

I’ll never forget a 30-minute pre-pandemic conference call I once had with some colleagues. Three of the participants, including the host, called from the office; two of us called in from home. The host waited until the 26th minute to ask the virtual team if we had any questions. Up until that point, he seemed to have forgotten that we were on the other end of the line, waiting to give our input about the project at hand. Not only did he come across as self-centered, but by not allowing his virtual team to contribute to the conversation until the very last minute, he short-changed himself. It was innocuous, but it perfectly epitomized a classic problem that remote workers often run into: being an afterthought to the “core” office team.
2nd Dec 2020 - Harvard Business Review

How to Create a Productive Working from Home Space

The ‘soft office’ (i.e. the bed and sofa) is often seen as the natural home of freelancers and remote workers, but many have experienced for the first time during the pandemic that in reality: it’s not quite conducive to working at your best. Living and working in the same space (perhaps with little ones trundling around too) is something millions of people have been forced to become accustomed to due to COVID-19. It’s no mean feat – but we are here to help. If you are looking for inspiration on how to create an optimal working from home setup – whether in a dedicated room or simply a spot in the corner, read our tips below to create a tranquil, productive space for working.
25th Sep 2020 - Purlfrost


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Hawaii Seeks Remote Workers To Ride Out The Pandemic In Paradise

Understandably, we tend to focus and obsess over all of the depressing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. There have been, however, many positive developments. The virus outbreak has forced us to rethink and reimagine how things can be once the crisis subsides. The work-from-home movement is one of the upside benefits. The ability to shave off a couple of hours of commuting, being able to spend more quality time with your family and not having the boss looking over your shoulder was a godsend for many people.
1st Dec 2020 - Forbes

Death of the 9-5 job? Working from home during lockdown was so successful that the tradition of an eight-hour day five days a week will come to an end, report claims

The traditional nine to five will come to an end in 2021, a new report has claimed Workers will find a pattern that combines personal and professional lifestyles Report, titled Zoomsday Predictions, written by the author Marian Salzman
1st Dec 2020 - Daily Mail


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Germany plans tax rebate up to €600 for employees working from home

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government on Monday said it was planning a tax rebate for people working from home during the pandemic, to help offset higher costs for heating, electricity and other bills. Merkel's left-right coalition said it had agreed a proposal that would allow employees working from home to reduce their annual tax bill by per €5 working day, up to a maximum amount of €600 per year. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said the proposed legislation, expected to be approved by parliament in December, is "good for workers" and "not a big fiscal challenge for the German state".
1st Dec 2020 - The Local Germany

If Covid has made working from home our new normal, your boss and Uncle Sam should chip in

Working remotely isn’t new, but the United States has never seen it at its current scale. The shift can benefit workers as well as employers and society writ large — but there can also be costs. When those costs are financial, it’s important that the employer or the government covers the bill for remote workers. Prior to the pandemic, approximately 12 percent of the U.S. workforce worked from home for at least one full day per month. Although not directly comparable, as of October, about 32 million Americans, or one-fifth, reported telework due to the pandemic, and almost three-quarters of those workers are between the ages of 25 and 54. The shift might have been inspired by the coronavirus, but it’s almost certainly something this cohort should be prepared for going forward.
1st Dec 2020 - NBC News

How To Continue Working Remotely Even If Your Company Goes Back To The Office

Many workers who've gotten the option to work from home during the pandemic have discovered something important about themselves: They like it and don’t want to go back into the office. That’s one reason many companies are finding their cubicles sparsely populated when they’ve rolled out optional return-to-work plans. It’s easier for many people to balance their family responsibilities with their careers when they work from home, especially with many schools switching to remote learning as coronavirus cases spike. Not to mention there’s less chance of exposure to the virus when employees work from home.
30th Nov 2020 - Forbes

Working from home won't create jobs for young in Herefordshire

I agree with your recent editorial welcoming an increase in working from home and the opportunities for living in Herefordshire which that allows. But it will not provide significantly more jobs for young people. The majority of people who work from home are older with higher qualifications and more experience. They are executives, specialists and communicators. Many are based in London, but are currently anxious to avoid public transport and long commutes (see the latest ONS figures.)
30th Nov 2020 - Hereford Times

Thinking Of Ditching Your Job To Work-From-Home? Here Are The 7 Things You Should Know

For all the changes stemming from the intrusion of Covid-19, the relocation of our offices to our living rooms and the normalization of non-working-norms is a big one. That's not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, for some of us, it's turning out to be just the ticket for gaining more control over when, where, and how we work—not to mention on what and for whom.
30th Nov 2020 - Forbes

This Invitation to Work Remotely in Hawaii Is Pretty Tempting

As the continental U.S. begins seeing colder temperatures and fewer opportunities to get outdoors safely, this might be the warm weather escape you've been looking for. A new program invites Americans to work remotely from Hawaii.
30th Nov 2020 - Newsweek

The Covid-19 vaccines will usher the dawn of the true hybrid office

Office workers won’t grind out a full week 9 to 5 at their strip-lit desk ever again. News of three successful vaccine trials will start to unlock re-entry to open-plan workplaces, but after Covid-19 forced white collar employees to mass work from home, employers are accepting homogeneous work habits are over, and the future of office work is hybrid. “There’s no real going back to normal, the pandemic has given us an opportunity to rethink how we work and why,” says Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech Nation, a network for entrepreneurs that has just announced a ‘work from anywhere’ (within the UK) that lasts for 12 months. Grech’s employees are being offered co-working spaces, an office-experience for people who might not be able to work from home, while assuming remote will be the new default for many.
30th Nov 2020 - Wired UK

As COVID pandemic extends many remote work options, Hawaii seeks to be seen as a remote workplace with a view

Software engineer Raymond Berger begins his work day at 5 a.m., before the sun comes up over Hawaii. Rising early is necessary because the company he works for is in New York City, five hours ahead of Maui, where he is renting a home with a backyard that’s near the beach. “It’s a little hard with the time zone difference,” he said. “But generally I have a much better quality of life.” The pandemic is giving many workers the freedom to do their jobs from anywhere. Now that Hawaii’s economy is reeling from dramatically fewer tourists, a group of state officials and community leaders wants more people like Berger to help provide an alternative to relying on short-term visitors.
30th Nov 2020 - MassLive


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Hawaii seeks to be seen as a remote workplace with a view

Software engineer Raymond Berger begins his work day at 5 a.m., before the sun comes up over Hawaii. Rising early is necessary because the company he works for is in New York City, five hours ahead of Maui where he is renting a home with a backyard that's near the beach. “It’s a little hard with the time zone difference,” he said. “But generally I have a much better quality of life.” The pandemic is giving many workers the freedom to do their jobs from anywhere.
29th Nov 2020 - The Independent

Pandemic pushes remote work into the long term

Trish Jackson is the new interim head of development for The New School in New York City. She leads a team of 21 employees and spearheads the 9,150-student university’s fundraising — from a spare bedroom at her home in Norwich and without having set foot in Manhattan. Nor is Jackson sure she ever will as part of her new job. “I hope I’ll get to the campus at some point, but I may not,” said Jackson, who previously held development positions at Brown University in Providence, R.I. — where she had to live during the week and commute home on the weekends — and at Dartmouth College. “I don’t think development officers, especially for fundraising, are going back to offices.”
29th Nov 2020 - Manchester Ink Link

Remote work: how are you feeling?

Nonetheless, almost 10 months into the pandemic, Jake, who does not want to use his real name, is “physically fatigued, stressed” and disengaged from his work. Pre-pandemic he would work long hours, but intense spurts would be followed by quieter times, allowing him to recover. Now colleagues don’t think twice about calling at 7am. Technology has ballooned communication. “When the ping of a new email arrives,” he says, “if I don't answer that email pretty much immediately then there’s a different ping of a new instant message arriving over Microsoft Teams. If I let that go unanswered, then you can bet on a phone call.”
28th Nov 2020 - Financial Times

Most people working remotely are unhappy with their home office set-up

New research from GoCompare Home Insurance has found that most people working from home are unhappy with their workspace set-up. Some 63 per cent of homeworkers have experienced issues due to their inadequate set-up, leading to embarrassing Zoom calls and even home office shaming by colleagues. As a result, 19 per cent now say they are fed-up with homeworking and 15 per cent say they are suffering from stress. To restrict the spread of the coronavirus over the winter, the Scottish Government has asked those who can, to continue working from home.
27th Nov 2020 - Daily Record

Working remotely from different states? You could face additional state taxes next year

Whether you worked from your living room or an out-of-state relative’s abode, you could be on the hook for state taxes if you didn’t update your withholding. Seven out of 10 people polled by the American Institute of CPAs were unaware that working remotely in other states could affect the amount of state taxes they owe. Be upfront with your employer about where you’re working during the pandemic. Keep track of where you worked remotely this year, and update your state tax withholding accordingly.
27th Nov 2020 - CNBC

Work from home brings new freedom, new distractions and new definition of 'the office'

The office of When I Work, a downtown Minneapolis software company, looks like many other trendy workplaces with its industrial-chic design, minimalist sofas, bright kitchen and free coffee. Its leaders have decided workers no longer have to work in it. Ever. “This is how we’ll be forever,” said Martin Hartshorne, the company’s chief executive. “We are indefinitely remote.” Hartshorne isn’t giving up on the office entirely, but it won’t be the flywheel of When I Work, which makes software that manages schedules of hourly workers.
27th Nov 2020 - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Bosses concerned about isolation among remote workers

A new survey shows that the isolation of staff and a lack of cohesion of teams who are working remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic are among the chief concerns of business leaders. The survey from the Institute of Directors in Ireland shows that only 12% of respondents expressed concern about remote working productivity rates, which has sometimes been cited in the past as a potential barrier to increased remote working practices. The IoD research also finds that 64% of business leaders believe the majority of their staff will be back in the company workplace by the end of September 2021.
27th Nov 2020 - RTE.ie


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Barbados draws hundreds of Americans with remote work program during pandemic

More Americans want to work from paradise during the pandemic. A Barbados travel program giving people the option to relocate to work from the Caribbean island and its white-sand beaches during the pandemic has garnered 675 applications from U.S. citizens, MarketWatch reported.
26th Nov 2020 - Fox Business

53% in India willing to switch jobs to avail remote work: Survey

More than half of the office-goers in India are willing to switch jobs if it meant they could work remotely, said a new survey on Thursday. There has been a heightened interest in online learning since Covid-19 with 83 per cent of survey participants from India saying they are more interested in online learning/training, according to the research by Cloud software firm Salesforce.
26th Nov 2020 - MENAFN.COM

Working from the beach, holidaying while we work: are we getting the worst of both worlds?

These are paradoxical times for digital nomads. After tripping around the world for years with laptops, carry-on luggage and memberships to co-working spaces, they’ve been grounded by the pandemic. Covid has put the “no” in nomad - closing borders, making movement harder, and grounding flights. But while this class of restless workers stays put, more and more of us have adopted a sort of digital nomad-lite model. Since Covid shutdowns, almost half of all Australians are working remotely. The results, for some, are holidays that look like work and work that looks like a holiday.
26th Nov 2020 - The Guardian

What have we learnt about mass remote working?

With this in mind, it seems like a good time to take a step back and reflect on what the last twelve months have taught us about ourselves, our working styles and our ability to adapt. Not only that, but it is also a good time to explore what learnings we can take forward and what can be improved to ensure we continue to thrive both in and out of the home office.
26th Nov 2020 - The HR Director Magazine


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Now you can work remotely from Iceland for six months

The Work in Iceland program previously allowed teleworkers to stay for 90 days, but the country believes that by making it easier for foreign nationals to work from Iceland, they add value, knowledge and connections in Iceland that support its innovative environment. The introduction of this visa means that the country has expanded its long-term visa program beyond the European Schengen area, and applies to any foreign national not required to have a visa to enter Iceland. Successful applicants must be permanently employed by foreign companies and meet supplemental health insurance requirements.
25th Nov 2020 - Lonely Planet Travel News

Remote work brings new hacking risks

The pandemic has millions of Americans working remotely from home to avoid an outbreak in the workplace — but the coronavirus isn’t the only bug that could find its way into the office. According to cybersecurity professionals, remote work has opened the door for phishing scams, ransomware and other risks and breaches that can come back to bite employees and companies alike. Brian Horton, founder and CEO of Breadcrumb Cybersecurity in Fresno, explained that working away from the office can make an employee far more vulnerable to a hack.
24th Nov 2020 - The Business Journal


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Ways to foster a company culture of respect, inclusion and trust in a remote work environment

The work environment has drastically changed over recent months. For many companies, it has been very difficult to hold onto the culture it once proudly boasted about. We all know of companies that spent a significant amount of time fostering a culture with a work hard, play hard attitude. Those that held ping pong tournaments, happy hours, pizza parties and lunch and learns, are struggling right now, too. Chance meetings at the watercooler, catching up with a colleague over lunch and even office celebrations of company wins have all but disappeared. Even if this is not how you would describe your office culture, have you taken the time to consider what is important to your employees in today’s challenging work environment?
24th Nov 2020 - Boston Business Journal

Iceland's New Remote-Work Visa Program Is Only for People Who Make More Than $88,000 a Year

A couple weeks ago, Work In Iceland — a collaborative effort between The Federation of Icelandic Industries and the Iceland Ministry of Industries and Innovation — announced some big-time visa changes for remote workers. Under a newly signed amendment, foreign nationals (people from eligible nations outside the European Schengen Area, including the United States) would be eligible for a long-term visa that allows them and their families to stay in Iceland for up to six months. All that interested individuals would need to do is demonstrate an employment relationship with a foreign company, or verify self-employment in the country where they have a permanent residence.
24th Nov 2020 - InsideHook

Remote Work: The Biggest Legacy Of Covid-19

The biggest impact of Covid-19 may be remote work. Pre-pandemic, roughly five percent of full-time employees with office jobs worked primarily from home. That figure is likely to settle at 20-30 percent in the new normal, with variation across occupations and industries. Location will become less important in hiring. More white-collar workers will live farther from city centers, in different parts of the U.S. and even outside the country, accelerating and changing geographic trends.
24th Nov 2020 - Forbes

Remote work can make you more creative

Many of the online HR conference sessions I’ve joined recently have been dominated by discussions around finding ways to make our remote workforce more productive and efficient. Yet while productivity matters, creativity often gets left out of that conversation. If creativity is discussed at all, it’s often seen as something that we’ve lost with the move to remote work because of the assumption that creativity is the output of in-person brainstorming sessions, with creativity being measured by the number of Post-its on meeting room walls.
24th Nov 2020 - Fast Company

Nearly 7 in 10 Remote Workers Work Weekends

The idea of working from home in pajamas may sound appealing, but the reality may not be so pleasant. In fact, many employees doing their jobs remotely amid the pandemic are finding themselves with a seemingly never-ending workload. Among those who have started working from home during the coronavirus outbreak, more than two-thirds (68%) say their workload has them clocking in on weekends, according to a new survey from staffing firm Robert Half. Meanwhile, nearly half of remote employees (45%) reported spending more than eight hours a day performing job duties, perhaps leaving some workers longing for the days of commuting to the office.
24th Nov 2020 - Yahoo Finance UK

The changing world of remote working – or maybe not?

You are probably fed up reading articles on home-working over the last few months. But there are a number of aspects of this topic that are going to shape the world of work going forward, long after the pandemic has disappeared. The key challenge is that organisations and their employees need to think and plan for these now. While many people assume that remote working is a relatively new phenomenon, it has been around for most of our recorded history. The industrial revolution changed that for good. As the world, and the world of work, transformed radically, most workers came to spend their days in factories or offices.
23rd Nov 2020 - The Irish News


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What Canada’s top CEOs think about remote work

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, millions of Canadians switched from working in a central office location to working from home. Days turned into weeks, and weeks have turned into months. Now it’s almost 2021, and millions of employees in Canada still work from home full time with no end in sight. Many Canadians wish to continue working remotely once the pandemic ends, which raises the question: Is remote work here to stay? For millions of employees, the answer will depend on what their senior management decides. In my recent research, I analyzed the language used by chief executive officers (CEOs) in quarterly earnings calls with investors and analysts. While the discussion of remote work was limited in the years prior to 2020, it was central in the public companies’ earnings calls this year.
23rd Nov 2020 - The Conversation CA

Taxing questions being asked about remote working

Economists at Deutsche Bank Research recently floated the idea of imposing a 5 per cent tax on those who choose to work from home after the pandemic has passed, arguing that remote workers contribute less to the infrastructure of the economy while still receiving its benefits. Bank strategist Luke Templeman summed it up thus: “For years, we have needed a tax on remote workers – Covid has just made it obvious.” He and his team argue that employees can afford to pay for working from home because they spend less on commuting, lunch on the go, and even office clothing. They calculate that such a tax would raise £7 billion a year in the UK that could be redistributed to low-income earners who are unable to work remotely, and who thus assume higher costs.
23rd Nov 2020 - HeraldScotland

Remote working could lead to jobs being pushed offshore

Remote working is damaging productivity and could even lead to jobs being moved abroad, a member of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee has claimed. In an interview with The Times newspaper this weekend, Professor Jonathan Haskel – who also works as an economics professor at Imperial College Business School – said that employees were working more hours, and that higher levels of output experienced by businesses while employees have been working remotely is unsustainable. He referred to research carried out by the Bank of England into hours worked, concluding that remote workers were devoting the average 59 minutes they saved each day on commuting to work tasks, rather than leisure. “Once many of these firms start working from home, it might expand the labour pool in some way,” he told The Times, referring to the opening up of opportunities for parents with childcare responsibilities offered by remote working.
23rd Nov 2020 - Personnel Today

The shift to remote work carries an inherent risk

This year’s mass experiment with remote working has, for some, triggered a prickling sense of unease: if I can do my job from home in London, Brooklyn or Canberra, could someone else do it more cheaply from Sofia, Mumbai or Manila? In the corporate world, we might have enjoyed skipping commutes and ditching office wear, but will we feel as smug in a few years if we have joined factory workers in the ranks of the “left behind”? It is not a new fear. In 2007, Alan Blinder, an economist at Princeton University, estimated that “stunning advances in computerised telecommunications technology” meant that between 22 and 29 per cent of US jobs were already offshorable, or would be within a decade or two.
23rd Nov 2020 - Financial Times

Equity In The Pandemic: What If Some People Can’t Work Remotely?

It’s becoming an issue in more organizations: some employees have been able to work from home during this crisis while others in the same company have jobs that require them to come into work every day. Many of these latter workers feel they should be seeing more benefits for the increased risk they’re assuming. A study from the university of Chicago has found some 37% of jobs in America can be done entirely from home, a lot higher than was represented by the 8% of Americans who telecommuted full-time before the pandemic. Of course, there are unique challenges to working remotely: from loneliness and lack of collaboration, to bosses expecting you to be available 24/7, to kids or other loved ones distracting you. But say some of those who are braving the pandemic: none of that compares to the health risk of this virus, costs of transportation going to and from their workplace (not to mention time), and increased accountability that can come with in-person work.
23rd Nov 2020 - Forbes


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Why a tax on remote workers is disconnected thinking

Surveying his new life working from home, a friend who does something I don’t understand in the City put it quite simply. “A week before the first lockdown I would have told anyone who asked that I couldn’t possibly do my job from home,” he said. “Two weeks in and I knew I was never going back to the office full time again.” He sent an email to his boss listing the pros and cons. The pros were many and detailed, reflecting on his improved mental health, the joy of not catching the 05.47, his happier marriage, his kids remembering they had a dad and his renewed enthusiasm for whatever it is that he does. The only con: the coffee wasn’t as good. I imagine
22nd Nov 2020 - The Times

Why remote work may be hardest on junior employees

We're eight months into corporate America’s great work-from-home experiment, and it hasn't gone quite the way business leaders expected. Their scattered workforces, even in the midst of a stressful pandemic while shouldering extra burdens like childcare, have been remarkably productive. Of course, that doesn't mean the period has been easy on employees, and leaders have also been surprised by what parts of their workforce remote work has been hardest on.
22nd Nov 2020 - Fortune

DEBATE: Are fears about remote working’s damage to Britain’s creative potential overblown?

Are fears about remote working’s damage to Britain’s creative potential overblown? Kristine Dahl Steidel, vice president EUC EMEA at VMware, says YES. The future of work has arrived in the form of distributed workforces, and businesses should not be using this as an excuse for stagnant growth. The facts speak for themselves: new research shows that remote working is not putting businesses at a disadvantage in cultivating creativity or productivity. In fact, three quarters of UK decision-makers surveyed believe that innovation is now coming from more places in the organisation, while 29 per cent have seen increases in employee productivity thanks to digital work solutions.
22nd Nov 2020 - City A.M.

Young people embrace remote working — from the beach

When Beth Cammack booked a fortnight in Fuerteventura, departing in early September, it was meant to be two weeks in the sunshine. “I just wanted to get away from England for a break,” she said. However, once she settled into life in the Canary Islands she decided to stay, first delaying her flight home, then cancelling it. “It’s just so much better than the UK at the moment and the sun shines every day,” she said. “I can do most of my work from here so I can split my time between that and surfing. It was a no-brainer.”
22nd Nov 2020 - The Times

Do you work remotely? This program could pay you $10,000 to do so from Tulsa

Are you working remotely but bored and ready to start a new chapter in life, or simply tired of paying a lot in rent for a small apartment? If so, Tulsa Remote will pay you $10,000 to move to Oklahoma. The program wants to attract "talented and energetic people" to Tulsa who care about making a difference in their local community, spokeswoman Katie Bullock told CNN. Funded by George Kaiser Family Foundation, the program launched in 2018 and has so far received more than 20,000 applications from people all over the world looking for a new place to call home.
22nd Nov 2020 - CNN

Home working fails to boost productivity, says Bank of England policymaker Jonathan Haskel

Remote working is leading to longer hours and could result in jobs being moved abroad, a member of Bank of England’s rate-setting committee has said. Jonathan Haskel, an external member of the Bank’s monetary policy committee, told The Times that the shift towards home working was unlikely to last as most companies had not found it to be productive. Professor Haskel, an economist at Imperial College Business School in London, said he was sceptical about claims that remote working could boost productivity, which is key to unlocking wage growth and higher living standards. Businesses may experience higher levels of output when employees work from home, but he said that the Bank had found “credible evidence that people are working longer hours”.
21st Nov 2020 - The Times


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Covid-19 shift to remote working adds to Earth’s growing e-waste problem

The uptick in remote working-related IT kit purchases caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has sparked concerns over how enterprises are planning to deal with the increase in electronic waste (e-waste) these deployments may cause.
19th Nov 2020 - Computer Weekly

Flexible vs remote working: why understanding the difference between the two is so important

Although the majority of us probably didn’t have ‘adapt to a whole new way of working’ on our to-do lists for 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has forced all of us to change our approach. Gone are the days when our 9-5 was dominated by office chat and rounds of tea – in 2020, a combination of makeshift desks, daily Zoom calls and endless emails has become our ‘new normal’.
19th Nov 2020 - Stylist

4 Powerful Ways To Improve Creative Collaboration When Working Remotely

The pandemic changed the way we work almost overnight. Offices went dark as employees switched to remote work, and teams had to find new ways to collaborate. Research shows that telecommuting can make us more productive when faced with creative tasks, but being stuck at home indefinitely can leave us feeling uninspired. Working as a team on creative projects is even more difficult. According to a recent report, collaboration is one of remote employees’ top challenges. Brainstorming via Slack and Zoom just isn’t the same as bouncing ideas around in the office. But just because you’re working remotely doesn’t mean creative collaboration has to suffer. You just need some fresh ideas for working together while apart.
19th Nov 2020 - Forbes

5 Ways To Make Remote Working Your New And Better Normal

The pandemic has changed so much about our lives, including how we work. COVID-19 forced companies to switch to remote working quickly, but as more and more people work from home for more extended periods, many believe it will become the new normal for the way work gets done. A study by global digital consultancy Publicis Sapient found that remote workers want the flexibility to work from home in some capacity even after offices reopen. Close to 40% of US respondents said they'd prefer to work remotely full-time, and only 16% said they would want to go into the office every day.
19th Nov 2020 - Forbes

Union calls for more public holidays, increased remote working and four-day week

Trade union Fórsa is calling for more public holidays, an increase in remote working and the introduction of a four-day working week. Reduced working time is better for business, workers, women and the environment, it said. Ireland’s largest public sector union is calling for pilot projects to explore the feasibility of a four-day working week without loss of pay or productivity. Speaking at the Fórsa biennial conference today, the union’s vice-president Eugene Gargan said automation and other new technologies were set to erode “vast volumes” of routine work.
19th Nov 2020 - Independent.ie

Managers are much more positive about flexible working and staff working from home since the pandemic - says new study.

Managers are much more positive about their staff working from home and working flexibly since lockdown says a new study undertaken jointly by the Equal Parenting Project at the University of Birmingham and the Work Autonomy, Flexibility and Work-Life Balance at the University of Kent.
19th Nov 2020 - University of Birmingham

What does a growing need for remote working mean for the NHS?

The coronavirus pandemic has brought in a remote working revolution in the NHS, which brings with it new challenges and opportunities. An HSJ webinar, supported by IBM, explored this key issue. When David Probert reflects on how the pandemic has changed his organisation’s approach to remote working, he doesn’t hold back. “From a clinical perspective, I would be as bold as to say we’ve probably squashed 10 years of digital transformation into about three months.”
19th Nov 2020 - Health Service Journal


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Survey: More than 11% of American households plan to relocate as remote work persists

As many as 23 million Americans plan to relocate to a new city as working from home becomes more popular, according to a recent survey from online freelance company Upwork. More than 11% of households surveyed said they plan to move, implying U.S. migration rates will be three to four times higher than normal, according to Upwork, which polled 20,000 people for their report. These Americans are likely to move within the next year, said Adam Ozimek, Upwork’s chief economist.
18th Nov 2020 - Seattle Times

Majority of German companies plan to 'focus more on remote working'

Nearly 70 percent of German companies have long-term plans for remote working, according to a new survey. Throughout the coronavirus crisis in Germany, many employees shifted to working from home. During the pandemic, 'Home Office' became not only more culturally acceptable, but encouraged when possible. But will employers will continue to embrace the trend even when the pandemic is over? According to a new survey by management consultants Deloitte, the answer is clear.
18th Nov 2020 - The Local Germany

NI: JMK Solicitors embrace remote working across Europe

Staff at Belfast and Newry firm JMK Solicitors have been working remotely from across Europe during the Covid-19 pandemic. Izabella Andrzejewska, a member of the JMK graduate programme, has availed of the opportunity to work full-time from her home in Poland, around 1,500 miles away from Belfast. Ms Andrzejewska said: “After spending months in isolation here in Northern Ireland, I asked our team in JMK if it would be possible for me to take the computer and work for a couple of weeks from Poland. After a few days my partner and I were all packed and ready to fly home.”
18th Nov 2020 - Irish Legal News

You could get paid £7,500 to move to Arkansas and work remotely

The region of Northwest Arkansas is trying to attract new residents and it is offering people $10,000 (£7,500) and a free bike to move there. The Life Works Here initiative aims to bring new talent to the area, focusing on people who can work remotely. The council explains: ‘Northwest Arkansas has more than 10,000 job openings right now and has a shortage of talent to fill available STEAM jobs. We want to attract talent who will help us build a richer long-term talent pipeline that supports our thriving local economy.
18th Nov 2020 - Metro.co.uk

Working from home has offered people a glimpse of how things could be different

I had begun to forget the sensation of hope. This is the year that I scaled hopefulness back: it became bread in the oven or bulbs in the ground – small packages of potential, just significant enough to give the soul a little lift. Then, the news of not one, but two pioneering vaccines, and hope rustled its feathers again. After months of making future promises for “when this is all over”, it seems that it could, one day, be over.
18th Nov 2020 - The Guardian

Now is the time to invest in remote working

With such a dispersed workforce likely to remain the status quo for the foreseeable future, the charity sector must look towards remote working solutions in order to build sustainable operations.
18th Nov 2020 - Charity Digital News

Strategy on remote working to be published - Tánaiste

The Government is to publish a new strategy on remote working before the end of the year, which will include proposals for a country-wide network of digital hubs, as well as new tax and expense arrangements. Speaking during a Dáil debate on a Labour Private Members' Bill aimed at enhancing protections for employees who are working remotely, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said it was essential that the costs of working from home were borne in a fair way.
18th Nov 2020 - RTE.ie


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Tech jobs spring up as companies adapt to new world of work

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the world of work as we know it. Reducing human contact has led to the mass adoption of working from home and accelerated companies’ reliance on digital technology and the telecoms networks that underpin it. Meanwhile, thousands of workers have been forced to move to new industries as the pandemic threatens the future of their chosen sector, and the trauma of a global pandemic and recession has highlighted the need for mental health support at work. So what jobs are likely to be in demand in the economy of the future? The FT asked experts and companies around the world for five real life examples:
18th Nov 2020 - Financial Times

The worst work model of the future? It's not all office, or fully remote

A Harvard Business School professor who has studied remote work for years says companies risk making big mistakes in a rushed moved to new employment models after Covid. He referenced GitLab, a 1,300-employee company that has been fully remote since it was founded and built rigorous processes from Day One to make it work. GitLab’s CEO says hybrid work models, which many companies now say they will favor in the future, can turn out to be “horrible.”
18th Nov 2020 - CNBC

Australians are doing $100 billion worth of unpaid overtime, as remote working comes at a cost

Australians are working more than five hours of unpaid overtime every week, according to new research from the Centre for Future Work. Australians are working more than five hours of unpaid work every week, according to new research that put the annual figure of unpaid work at nearly $100 billion. For many, the reality of working from home this year has actually meant living at work, with 70 per cent of those ‘working from home’ pulling more hours than they would in the office. The Centre for Future Work’s 12th annual Go Home on Time Day report shows Australians did $98.6 billion worth of unpaid overtime. In total, that’s the equivalent of seven weeks of full-time work per person.
18th Nov 2020 - SmartCompany

Proposals to boost employment rights for remote workers

The Labour Party has proposed new legislation to boost employment protection for the almost 800,000 people who are doing some or all of their work from home, including a "right to disconnect" from out-of-hours communications. Speaking ahead of the launch of the Working from Home (Covid-19) Bill 2020, which will be debated in the Dáil tomorrow, the party's employment affairs spokesperson Senator Marie Sherlock raised concerns about the impact of working from home on workers. She acknowledged that remote working had been a positive experience for many workers, but cited a Labour survey of 305 respondents, one third of whom reported negative effects on their mental health as one of the main drawbacks.
17th Nov 2020 - RTE.ie


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Cumbrian businesses urged to back virtual work experience programme

Businesses of all sizes throughout Cumbria are being invited to support an ambitious work experience programme aimed at providing 3,000 placements for young people throughout the county. Cumbria Careers Hub has teamed up with the national charity Speakers for Schools, founded in 2010 by ITV’s Political Editor Robert Peston with a mission to help level the playing field for young people of all backgrounds. The two organisations are aiming to recruit up to 50 employers within Cumbria to take part in the programme by offering virtual work placements of between one and five days to a target of 3,000 young people, aged 14-19.
16th Nov 2020 - News and Star

Half of remote workers are suffering from WFH fatigue

According to a survey carried out by Resilience First, more than half of remote workers are now suffering from working from home fatigue, a condition that can reflect many of these downsides. And this is likely to be a long term situation, with Europe entering a second lockdown and three quarters of the biggest employers now saying that remote working in some shape is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Some are beginning to question whether the traditional office is ‘obsolete’. Others have indicated that they will promote a ‘culture that values and supports remote working’ with a goal of having around a third of the workforce working from home or near home in the future. What is clear is that returning to the office is proving to be slower and more difficult than dispersal in the first instance.
16th Nov 2020 - The HR Director Magazine

Levelling up is easier in a world of remote work

Whether it is called “levelling up”, “rebalancing” or “regeneration”, politicians have been promising to fix regional inequality for as long as it’s been a problem. But they have often felt as if they were “pushing water uphill”, in the words of Clare Foges, who was a speech writer for former UK prime minister David Cameron. It’s true that powerful economic and technological forces have propelled the rise of cities and the decline of post-industrial areas. But Covid-19 has opened up a new possibility: that people could disperse from overcrowded and expensive metropolises into other areas, taking their good jobs with them. Politicians who want to reduce regional inequality have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help this trend along. They just need the imagination to seize it.
16th Nov 2020 - Financial Times

Digital nomads in Barbados share what it's like working in paradise - Insider

Earlier this year, Barbados launched a new visa for remote workers called the Welcome Stamp, which costs $2,000 and allows you to spend a year on the Caribbean island. About 2,800 people, mainly from the US, Canada, and the UK, have taken it up so far, but many more have arrived to do the same thing on tourist visas lasting up to six months. I went to Barbados to meet some of the people settling into Barbados' burgeoning community of digital nomads. They said Barbados appealed to them with its friendly atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and lower number of COVID-19 cases, though it's worth noting the coronavirus is still present in the country.
16th Nov 2020 - INSIDER

The long-term shift to working from home could result in more prejudice, UK study indicates

Survation polled 11,701 adults in England and Wales on behalf of the Woolf Institute. People who were “economically inactive” were 37% more likely than those in work to only have friends within their own ethic group. More than three quarters of people surveyed worked in places that were ethnically, nationally or religiously diverse.
16th Nov 2020 - CNBC

Small Cities Are A Big Draw For Remote Workers During The Pandemic

Rising from the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, just south of the Canadian border, this distant city looks like a quaint throwback, with Victorian-era architecture, church steeples and a main shopping street laid with brick. But over the last few years, Burlington, Vt., has become home to an invisible economy of people who work remotely for the world's most cutting-edge technology businesses — and the pandemic has only increased the number decamping to this bucolic enclave. Exactly how many Burlington residents work remotely for companies such as Apple, Google, Twitter and IBM "is hard to gauge because we all are sort of like hermit crabs in our own little shells and under our own little rocks," said Tyler Littwin, art director at the marketing software developer HubSpot. Littwin moved to Vermont from HubSpot's headquarters outside Boston and started telecommuting in 2013.
16th Nov 2020 - NPR

New Research Says Remote Workers Want More Appreciation From Their Leaders Or Else

A SWNS research study found that remote workers say they aren’t feeling the love from higher-ups as they toil from home, especially with the struggles of 2020. The study of 2,000 Americans conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Motivosity revealed over half of employed respondents working from home said they haven't felt much gratitude from their job since they stopped commuting.
16th Nov 2020 - Forbes


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Don’t Tax Working from Home

A proposal to tax working from home has gotten some attention this week. You can find a description of and case for it on pp. 32-34 of this DeutscheBank report. Here’s how it would work: [T]he tax will only apply outside the times when the government advises people to work from home (of course, the self-employed and those on low incomes can be excluded). The tax itself will be paid by the employer if it does not provide a worker with a permanent desk. If it does, and the staff member chooses to work from home, the employee will pay the tax out of their salary for each day they work from home. This can be audited by coordinating with company travel and technology systems.
13th Nov 2020 - National Review

What you should consider before working remotely from a vacation destination

Why work from home when you can do so from a resort? That’s what many managers of hotels, large and small, are hoping would-be travelers are thinking about these days as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to stall the travel industry worldwide. Over the past few months, many top hotel chains have started offering remote working packages, spurring another new pandemic trend: the “workcation.” “The hotels and destinations that are offering ‘work from hotel’ packages are trying to attract all types of travelers. But I think these opportunities will definitely appeal to people traveling on their own or to families who have children who are attending school remotely,” says Brian Kelly, founder and CEO of The Points Guy.
14th Nov 2020 - Fortune


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Work-from-home perks will outlast COVID-19. What this means

Before the pandemic, software engineer Allen Dantes commuted every day from his apartment in Mar Vista to the Playa Vista headquarters of ChowNow, about four miles away. The online food ordering platform sent employees home in March until further notice, leaving Dantes, 27, to work from the small two-bedroom apartment he shared with his girlfriend. A few weeks ago, they moved into a 1,500-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bathroom Craftsman they bought for $415,000.
13th Nov 2020 - Los Angeles Times

Would You Change Jobs To Ensure Permanent Remote Working? Over Half Say Yes.

With ever rising cases in Covid-19 and remote work seemingly the norm for the forseeable future, it’s an open question whether this trend will continue once we are all permitted to return to our workplaces. The biggest U.S. tech giants of Google, Apple, Facebook etc. have all said yes to the newer ways of working, but what say the workers? It is uncontroversial to say some have loved the potential idea of working remotely permanently, while others have shown a little more apprehension. This piqued the interest of tech company Tehama, whose core "Desktop as a Service" (DaaS) business relies on prolonged industrial remote working. Tehama commissioned a questionnaire to ascertain the future of work patterns — Is this feasible? What extra demands would remote workers want from a company?
12th Nov 2020 - Forbes

Staff Who Continue To Work Remotely Should Pay A “Privilege” Tax, Deutsche Bank Says

Employees who choose to continue working from home beyond the Covid-19 pandemic should be taxed to help support workers whose jobs are under threat, a new report from Deutsche Bank Research has suggested. The controversial “Konzept” report says that workers should be taxed 5% for each day that they choose to work remotely. Deutsche Bank argues this taxation is fair as remote workers are saving money and not paying into the system like those who have to go out to work. An average person would be no worse off if they paid this tax, the report claims, because by working remotely they save money on travel, food, and clothes. Deutsche Bank thematic strategist Luke Templeman said that a tax on remote workers had been needed for years but "Covid-19 has just made it obvious."
12th Nov 2020 - Forbes

Remote work has built – rather than broken – trust among colleagues. Here’s how

Remote work has enabled us to have a new-found appreciation for the acquisition of skills and allowed us to witness manifestations of our shared values in a more transparent way.
12th Nov 2020 - The Conversation


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Ways managers can provide feedback during remote working

The current situation has forced companies to make their employees work remotely from their homes. To maintain the essential rule of social distancing, employees from various regions and places are practising work from home. Communication has become very difficult to maintain and everyone is struggling to communicate their feelings and stance on the vast change in workplaces.
12th Nov 2020 - Times of India

Staff who work from home after pandemic 'should pay more tax'

Economists at Deutsche Bank have proposed making staff pay a 5% tax for each day they choose to work remotely. They argue it would leave the average employee no worse off because of savings made by not commuting and not buying lunch on-the-go and fewer purchases of work clothing. Alternatively, the report suggests the tax could be paid by employers who do not provide their workforce with a permanent desk.
11th Nov 2020 - The Guardian

Meet the Travelers Who Are Taking Advantage of Long-term Remote Work Visas in Paradise

If you are a globetrotter bemoaning the long pause on international travel, try setting your sights on an area of the industry that is actually growing amid the pandemic: the remote work visa. A legion of new foreign visas for full-time workers, freelancers, and digital nomads have been introduced over the last few months, offering a sundry of options for those keen on changing their lifestyles and real-life Zoom backgrounds. Many of these palm-studded countries, like Bermuda, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Mauritius, and even the United Arab of Emirates, rely on tourism to sustain their economies, and they’ve realized they can attract long-term visitors who suddenly find themselves with the freedom to work remotely. Of course, visiting for months at a time lets you contribute to the economy without taking away local jobs for the ultimate win-win.
11th Nov 2020 - Travel + Leisure

Remote work is 'here to stay' — even with a vaccine, says former IBM CEO

Former IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said she believes pandemic-driven tech trends will continue after scientists find a Covid-19 vaccine. Her comments came on the heels of Pfizer’s announcement that its coronavirus vaccine is more than 90% effective in preventing infections. Investors are trying to gauge whether trends such as working from home will continue after a vaccine arrives.
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Questions that you need to ask when applying for a remote job

When you interview for a remote job, considering the pandemic situation that we are in, your top priority should be digging into the culture of the company you're hoping to work in. Understanding the remote work culture is all the more essential. This is because remote work provides you with many things like freedom from commute and an environment of your own choice. It is also crucial to make sure that you're able to work well with your teammates, manager and flourish in your role. This is why there are a few questions that you must ask in an interview before you take a job offer
11th Nov 2020 - Times of India

Not just a tourist destination: Why Spain’s Canary Islands are hoping to attract 30,000 remote workers

Liz Clitheroe is going to be one of the few British residents who spend the rest of the year in Spain’s Canary Islands. The 35-year-old Briton arrived last Monday in Gran Canaria to escape England’s second home lockdown, which came into effect last Thursday, as well as the country’s winter season. The difference is that unlike most British visitors to the archipelago, she has not come for a vacation, but rather to work remotely. “My company gives me the freedom to work wherever I want, so a friend and I have come with our laptops instead of remaining locked up in London,” she tells EL PAÍS by phone. She does not expect to return to the UK until January.
10th Nov 2020 - El Pais

UCLan Reimagines Remote Working For Small Businesses

A new set of principles to improve the lives of employees working from home and enhance productivity has been launched by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and regional partners. Small and medium sized business across the north of England are being encouraged to embrace new remote working principles to ensure staff working remotely receive the same support and development opportunities and are not disadvantaged by working from home. Six remote working principles have been developed from research into Covid-19 on SMEs, they are designed to support SMEs, health and wellbeing and productivity. With over half of jobs in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humber region working in typically office-based environments and now being asked to work from home, there is a significant lack of good home working practices for the four million northern remote workers1.
10th Nov 2020 - Preston Hub

Work from Home: The 'New Normal'

Could we be on the cusp of a new technology driven business revolution? Working from home has become commonplace during this pandemic. But is it a temporary trend as we await a vaccine? In March of this year, we spoke with a leading remote work consultant about the future of the workplace. At the time, Firstbase HQ had nearly 600 companies on its waiting list. Now, nearly 8,000 companies are asking for those best practices.
10th Nov 2020 - ABC NEWS 4

Want to work from home forever? Here's what you need to know

Many companies are announcing plans to let employees work remotely permanently. And even if your employer hasn't made such a pledge, making the case to work remotely might be easier now that we've been forced to do it for so long. But before packing up your belongings in search of a new zip code, there are some things to take into consideration.
10th Nov 2020 - CNN


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The latest innovations in working remotely

From software to hardware to everything in-between, new innovative ideas are flooding the market to assist people with what has become a new way of operating. People are working remotely more than ever before, and these are a few things that have been making a difference in our virtual lives. HARDware: According to Wired, the perfect solution to working from home is all about the set up. These are some of their must haves to make your home office a place of work, concentration and productivity:
10th Nov 2020 - Business Matters

Remote learning adds pressure for teachers who work second shift as mothers

The transition to remote learning coupled with an unequal distribution of second-shift responsibilities has placed teachers who are also mothers under immense stress, according to new University at Buffalo research.
10th Nov 2020 - Phys.org

Deurbanization Rising: Covid-19, Remote Work, And Electric Aviation Will Reshape Living Patterns

Between 2006 and 2019, remote work expanded 170% to the point where about 8% of people with jobs worked remotely. By August 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic helped drive that figure to 20%, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Global Workforce Analytics believes percentage of telecommuters will hit 25% to 30% by the end of 2021.
10th Nov 2020 - Forbes

Workers favour remote working

Stockton-based telecommunications firm Odyssey Systems says the second lockdown adds further weight to the trend towards a permanent adoption of working from home. Mike Odysseas, founder and managing director of the firm, said many businesses and organisations want to avoid the uncertainty of future coronavirus restrictions by adopting new working arrangements. This, he said, is evidenced by a survey that reveals more than 90 percent of British employees do not want a full-time return to the office.
10th Nov 2020 - The Northern Echo

Lockdown 2: a remote work how-to guide for leaders

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the office, a second wave of coronavirus is forcing many workers to stay at home. The wobbly chairs have been fixed, the broadband upgraded, the Zoom-friendly lighting improved. Still, it is up to leaders to show they have learnt the lessons of Lockdown 1. As police chief Martin Brody says in the sequel to Jaws: “I know what a shark looks like. I’ve seen one up close. And you’d better do something about this one, because I don’t intend to go through that hell again.”
10th Nov 2020 - Financial Times

We may be working remotely even 10 years from now: Report

Going back to office may not be the same, and may not even happen at all. A study by Swedish telecom company Ericsson on the future of work suggests we could still be working from home 10 years from now, but with far more realistic immersion in the virtual workspace.
10th Nov 2020 - Times of India

UK office workers want to continue working remotely after Covid restrictions lift

UK office workers want to continue working remotely after Covid-19 restrictions lift, despite admitting their productivity is significantly reduced, according to new research released today. Research by YouGov for workspace analytics provider Locatee provides insight into UK office workers’ attitudes towards productivity, job security, and the prospect of further Covid-19 restrictions. According to Locatee’s research, if given the choice, just 7% of respondents would opt to return to the office full time.
10th Nov 2020 - Insider.co.uk

Should employers let staff work remotely from abroad during lockdown?

Home working has undoubtedly caused many employees tired of staring at the same four walls to feel a degree of cabin fever. So it’s understandable some have decided to boost their wellbeing by weathering this period of remote working abroad. But while the process of employees swapping their UK-based home office for a more exotic location may seem straightforward, there are multiple considerations for both workers and employers. A number of City banks have reportedly warned high-paid executives spending the pandemic at second homes in warmer climates that they could face large tax bills if they don’t return to working remotely in the UK.
10th Nov 2020 - People Management Magazine

Reimaging remote work for SMEs

A new set of principles to improve the lives of employees working from home and enhance productivity has been launched by the University of Central Lancashire and regional partners. Small and medium sized business across the north of England are being encouraged to embrace new remote working principles to ensure staff working remotely receive the same support and development opportunities and are not disadvantaged by working from home. Six remote working principles have been developed from research into Covid-19 on SMEs, they are designed to support SMEs, health and wellbeing and productivity. With over half of jobs in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humber region working in typically office based environments and now being asked to work from home, there is a significant lack of good home working practices for the four million northern remote workers
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How Remote Working Can Transform Small Town Life

As remote working has boomed during COVID-19, the rise in the number of people working from home has prompted many to reconsider where they wish to live. It's causing what new research from the University of Utah refers to as "Zoom Towns", which are places that have experienced a flood of remote workers fleeing cities to seek a quieter, often greener existence, and "commuting" to work electronically. "This trend was already happening, but amenity migration into these communities has been expedited and it can have destructive consequences if not planned for and managed. Many of these places are, as some people say, at risk of being loved to death," the researchers explain.
8th Nov 2020 - Forbes

University of Iowa reimagines employee experience in the wake of COVID-19 remote working

When COVID-19 crippled campus operations in March, a vast majority of University of Iowa employees made a rushed shift to remote work, and now UI administrators are asking whether a more thorough reimagination of the workplace is in order. Via a new 25-member Employee Experience Committee, the campus aims to “re-imagine the employee experience to align with emerging talent needs and trends.” The group of faculty, staff and student representatives will consider how and where employees work — and how to foster innovation. Specifically, the group will discuss flexibility for employees who are balancing children at home, along with virtual schooling; those living in different locations but bringing certain expertise to the UI workforce; and a growing need to be more open about how work can be productively performed.
8th Nov 2020 - The Gazette

Battered by COVID-19, hotels pitch themselves as remote workspaces

Rose Lounsbury, an entrepreneur in Dayton, Ohio, was supposed to go to a retreat in California this past spring, just as she does twice a year. Instead, she attended the retreat via Zoom from her house. It didn't go well. She wound up getting distracted by laundry and her 11-year-old triplets' virtual schooling. "It was just terrible," she said. "It was worse than a normal day." When it came time for the fall retreat, Lounsbury tried something different: She booked "a cute loft apartment above a store" three miles from her house through AirBnB.
8th Nov 2020 - USA TODAY

'1 in 4 private sector staff capable of remote working'

More than 1 in 4 private sector employees in this country are capable of working remotely and the development of co-working hubs with high speed broadband has the potential to open up economic and environmental opportunities and stimulate inclusive recovery in the regions, a new report has found. The regional co-working analysis, which was prepared by the three regional assemblies of Ireland, found that 387,000 private sector workers are capable of operating remotely, with just over 186,000 likely to be based in Dublin as of quarter 2, 2020.
8th Nov 2020 - Agriland

COVID-19: Remote work requires reconsidering how employees are evaluated, paid

Remote work is about more than just working from home — it means working differently. Because working from home may become much more prevalent even after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, it’s time to adapt employee evaluation and compensation schemes to address the new reality. Performance evaluation systems have a long history, dating back to the United States military’s rating system during the First World War. Since then, profit-driven employers have implemented employee assessments with the ultimate goal of aligning worker motivation with organizational objectives. Decades of research have tried to map out best practices in this area.
8th Nov 2020 - BayToday

Thompson: Creativity while working remotely

Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought.” Little did I know that an onslaught of a global pandemic would have brought Einstein’s words to life. Creativity has helped us retain access to art and culture, certainly, but it also has been crucial to business continuity as so many of us transitioned from our traditional working environments to something that looks and feels much different.
8th Nov 2020 - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

If you worked remotely due to Covid-19, a state tax surprise could be coming

More than half of adults who worked remotely during the pandemic are unaware that they could face tax consequences because they didn’t update their tax withholding to reflect their new location, a study by the American Institute of CPAs found. People working from different locations could find themselves on the hook for non-resident state taxes when filing next year. Track your locations and the length of time you’ve spent working in other states. You may need to adjust your state tax withholding.
8th Nov 2020 - CNBC

How to Keep Your Sense of Purpose While Working Remotely

How does remote work affect people’s ability to find purpose and satisfaction in their work? Remote work is both an enormous convenience and terribly disruptive, sometimes for the same people at different times. The initial giddiness that many people experienced at being able to “catch up” on work at home and not facing tiresome commutes has faded into a sense of missing those we work with and who structure our working lives. For others, this time has been an extraordinary challenge that has brought home and work spheres into direct conflict. Being productive (and professional) while managing care for dependents in real time has been the reality for many as they’ve had to work from home during the pandemic.
6th Nov 2020 - Yale Insights

Strategies for remote-work success: Set clear start and end times, check in on people, have patience

If you’re working in technology you’re likely working remotely, whether you want to or not. Working remotely is not new; for years people have embraced its many advantages. But with COVID-19 forcing entire industries to adopt remote work, many people, myself included, theorized remote-work was here to stay. Why is it then, when so many of us are working remotely, and companies such as Dropbox are transforming their office spaces into collaboration spaces, that we find people unsatisfied with what was supposed to be a utopian vision of our future? The answer is simple: remote work was never meant for everyone. Now, entire companies are forced to adopt whether they, their managers, or their organizations are ready. I wanted to share best practices I’ve learned over more than five years of working 100% remotely as a technology executive — practices that could make you a world-class remote worker.
6th Nov 2020 - GeekWire


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Brazil's public-sector employees opt for remote working: survey

A large portion of Brazil's public-sector employees want to have the option of working remotely even after the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is over, according to a survey published Thursday by local media. According to the survey carried out by the National School of Public Administration (ENAP) in association with the World Bank and the Economy Ministry, when face-to-face work resumes, 57 percent of employees would like to return to activities in shifts or on alternate days, and only 4.8 percent expect all professionals to return at the same time. Regarding the ability to continue remote working, 45 percent of federal employees said they wanted the option even after the pandemic, with only 12 percent saying they would be comfortable returning to in-person work full time. A significant number of respondents, 38 percent, were strongly against returning to face-to-face work, and 90 percent expressed concern about contracting COVID-19 at work and infecting family members.
6th Nov 2020 - Xinhua

Remote working hubs for public servants to be rolled out across rural Ireland - Minister

Remote working hubs specifically designed for public servants will be rolled out in rural towns across Ireland, Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys has told the Dáil. The Minister said the Covid-19 pandemic over the last seven months showed the significant opportunity to develop remote working faciliities that will allow people to work in their home area and provide rural towns with increased trade. She is also encouraging remote working from islands off the coast and said there is no reason why people employed by multinationals could not live on an island and work from there. Ms Humphreys was speaking as she answered a series of parliamentary questions about the development of remote working hubs where people could live near home in rural areas and work in shared facilities or hubs specifically kitted out with desks and ICT services and security, alongside employees of other companies or those running their own businesses.
6th Nov 2020 - The Irish Times

'Working from home has made childcare easier'

With a great many of us continuing to work from home, is it levelling the playing field for working mothers who previously had to put their children before their careers? Journalist Katherine Latham, herself a mum of three young kids, takes a closer look. Something you don't learn at your antenatal classes is how hard it is to hold down a paid job and be a mum at the same time. You aren't told that you will have to make a choice: to continue on your career path, earn a good living, and realise your ambitions - or prioritise caring for your children. Studies show that it is a widespread issue. A government report last year found that almost a third of women in the UK with a child aged 14 or under had needed to cut their working hours because of childcare issues. For men it was just one in 10.
6th Nov 2020 - BBC News

Is Working Remotely Bad for Your Health?

How can working from the comfort of your own bed, couch or park be bad for anyone’s health? But on the other hand, you would miss the office gossip or that funny guy in the IT department. Get remote writers’ jobs and enhance your financial position to create a relaxing and rewarding career. Whether working remotely is good or bad for your health will depend on what you do while you work remotely. A look at the pros and cons of working remotely will help you understand the good or the bad elements of this approach to work.
6th Nov 2020 - South Florida Reporter

How to keep staff motivated remotely

My staff have been working remotely for more than six months now. How can I keep them motivated and productive? A. Remote working can indeed impact the productivity of employees, but this is subjective and so calls for a subjective approach. I say this because the way one employee has adjusted to homeworking will be different from another. Employers may therefore want to consider assessing who may be struggling more at home and who is not. The assessment to determine the former may include those with children, a pre-existing mental health condition (or are predisposed to it), and those who have expressed that they are struggling with the change from working in the office to working at home.
6th Nov 2020 - FT Adviser

Working remotely from paradise? What it means for your taxes

Bermuda and Barbados are among the nations with programs to attract remote workers. Americans abroad may be eligible for tax breaks on the income they earn while away, but that depends on a range of factors, including how long the are out of the country. Consult an expert in foreign taxes before packing your bags.
6th Nov 2020 - CNBC


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Working Remotely Expected To Continue After Coronavirus Pandemic Is Over

Millions started working from home when the coronavirus forced the closure of office buildings in March of this year, and it looks like the trend will continue even after the pandemic is over. In a recent survey from Cisco, 87% of remote workers said they want the option to keep working from home. Several major corporations, including Twitter, Facebook, Slack, Microsoft, and Zillow, are offering many of their employees the ability to do their jobs at home permanently.
5th Nov 2020 - CBS Miami

COVID-19: Benefit and challenges when working remotely

It is expected that there will be greater demand for flexible working as the economy reopens post-COVID-19. A recent report commissioned by Vodafone looked at the economic impact of six regional working hubs. When the results were extrapolated for the country as a whole, it estimated the national economic impact at €312m, with 5,200 direct staff employed and 3,640 jobs indirectly supported.
4th Nov 2020 - Irish Tech News

Lockdown Scotland: All the Glasgow cafes, restaurants and bars you can work remotely from

As we are getting used to the new restrictions in Glasgow, many of us are getting a bit too used to our working-from-home set up. With some people in the city entering their 8th or 9th month of home working, joggies and juggling childcare or desk arrangements have become the norm. At the same time, many restaurants, bars and cafés are also rebranding into spaces where people can work remotely in.
4th Nov 2020 - Glasgow Live

Shift to remote working likely to become more permanent – study

Companies are facing the prospect of an increasingly flexible workforce in the future as the shift to remote working is likely to become more permanent, a study from Microsoft has found. The Future of Work report, which questioned business leaders and employees across the spectrum of Irish businesses, discovered companies believe 45 per cent of employees will continue to work remotely, while employees expect to spend up to a third of their time outside the office. “Almost every business leader cited the importance of changing their organisation’s way of working to become innovative and flexible,” said Aisling Curtis, commercial director with Microsoft Ireland. “That’s the theme that goes through the whole way. If you think about it, we are in a 200-year model of a nine-to-five, commuting either side of it, that now has been turned upside down with the onset of Covid.”
4th Nov 2020 - The Irish Times


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4 ways for employers to ethically monitor their employees in the remote-work era

Monitoring your employees while they work from home can be unethical — and even illegal — if done improperly. Unethical monitoring practices include collecting personal data without their knowledge or outside of working hours and not having a logical reason for observing their work. Employers should craft a plan, detail what, how, and when their personal data will be collected and used, and gather consent from employees.
3rd Nov 2020 - Business Insider

Major banks tell London staff to return home ahead of England lockdown

Major banks in London have started directing all but essential workers to revert to home working, following the government’s plans for a month-long lockdown in England from Thursday. The switch will be a further blow to the City of London and Canary Wharf financial districts, whose skyscrapers have sat largely empty for most of the year with footfall at local businesses a fraction of normal levels. Several investment banks had been encouraging more staff to work in their offices in recent months since the first lockdown in March, but the latest measures by the government have forced them into a reversal of policy.
3rd Nov 2020 - Reuters UK

Why management styles have to adapt for remote working

Widespread working from home is creating an imperative for teams to review and adopt different management styles. Paida Dube examines how not adapting might risk legal complaints. Effective remote working requires employers to adjust more than just working processes. How teams are led and managed when staff are working from home is highly influential in nurturing workforce performance and positive morale. Getting this wrong risks employee discord and workplace disputes. Most organisations will have in place a general flexible working policy, developed largely for piecemeal adoption. However, as the pandemic persists, and as many workers become increasingly expectant of such flexibility, working from home, especially in relation to office jobs, now demands longer term consideration from employers.
3rd Nov 2020 - Personnel Today

Working From Home: It's Not Everyone's Cup Of Tea

At the start of 2020, I couldn’t have imagined that working from home would prove to be productive, and that it would positively impact efficiencies in employees in certain industries. But here we are. Personally though, I am still sitting on the fence on this topic. Several reasons have contributed to my opinion on this matter, which I will delve into this piece. Firstly, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution here. Whether we look at it from a personal front or a professional perspective, it took some to adjust to working from home, even for those who took it as fish to water. The fact remains that working remotely is here to stay a little while longer, whether we like it or not. Back in March, there was no choice but to settle into this new routine. After all, the outside world was a strange and unsafe place. With no external stimulation available, there was no other choice but to give your best to work.
3rd Nov 2020 - Entrepreneur

Maintaining Passion: How To Inspire Teams While Remote

Depending on the part of the world you live in, you’re currently working out of an office with reduced staff, or you’re still working remotely, with no plans to return to the office on the horizon yet. Either way, your work environment is likely very different than the environment you were accustomed to in January. It’s even more likely that you haven’t been in a room with all your colleagues in a very long time. Like it or not, we’re now all part of a distributed workforce. Even looking at the post-pandemic landscape, we may never return to our normal offices. For those who go back to the office full time, some of their colleagues may not. Many workers are embracing the convenience of remote work and will opt for more flexible schedules. That means properly managing the realities of remote work will be an integral part of the future success of most businesses.
3rd Nov 2020 - Forbes


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Anguilla To Remote Workers: If You Can Work From Anywhere, Why Not Our Island?

Work from an island? Why not! That’s the pitch that Anguilla, and some other tourism-reliant tropical destinations, have for remote workers who can now qualify for extended stays to experience a work-life-vacation balance,
3rd Nov 2020 - Forbes

Is It Time For A Reset For Remote Work? Reimagining The Virtual Workplace 2.0 For Manufacturers

Many manufacturing companies are beginning to envision what the workplace will look like in the near future. While some manufacturing work cannot be done remotely because it is impossible or impractical, many companies were able to shift certain types of work to the virtual workplace in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to limit the number of employees within their manufacturing facilities.
3rd Nov 2020 - JD Supra

Just the two of us: how creative duos are surviving remote working

How have creative duos been coping, when they've been amputated from their other half by the pandemic? Can the work ever be as good when you're not in the same room? The Drum talks to creative duos from VMLY&R, TBWAChiatDay, Mischief @ No Fixed Address and Leo Burnett, to find out how they've been keeping their creative juices flowing during this time.
2nd Nov 2020 - The Drum

Five ways to create or maintain an innovative culture while working remotely

Following the release of Aalbun’s first Expert Discussion — Promoting Innovation while Working Remotely, the team has extracted five key points that can help you or your company create and maintain an innovative culture.
2nd Nov 2020 - Cambridge Network

UK: working remotely may hinder people's creativity

Chief economist of the Bank of England, Andy Haldane, has declared that working remotely could suppress creativity and lower productivity if it continues on the long run. He, himself has not been to the office within the previous six months except for two times. He expressed that the sudden change to working from home because of Covid-19 pandemic had made people happier, but is nowhere near the face-to-face interactions that stimulate creativity and productivity for most workers.
2nd Nov 2020 - MENAFN.COM

How to keep remote working employees engaged and motivated over the holiday season

The end of the year is fast approaching. And, for most businesses, it’s a time to come together as a workforce, celebrate the past year, and let your hair down as we enter the holiday season.
2nd Nov 2020 - Elite Business Magazine


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Tánaiste's department says remote working for its civil servants will be 'permanent feature' in future

The Department of Business has said that remote working for its staff will likely become a “permanent feature” of how it operates into the future. Prior to the pandemic, 70% of its staff had no previous experience in working from home and the department is now planning to spend up to €60,000 on a programme that will aim to get the most out of its staff while many of them are still working remotely.
1st Nov 2020 - TheJournal.ie

These Are The Best European Cities To Remotely Job Hunt In....

Working from home during this year's pandemic has been a game-changer. Suddenly the idea of relocating to the coast or somewhere more peaceful doesn't seem quite so out of reach for many of us. It's also opened up the possibility of working remotely from a European city and applying for jobs in Europe which you can do remotely from your home in the UK. The main benefit of applying for jobs based in Europe, of course, is the potential to unlock a better salary. In certain sectors you can also delve into a far larger pool of job opportunities. According to new research by DirectlyApply, Copenhagen is the best city for Brits to apply for remote jobs in. The Danish capital has a high percentage of English speakers, a decent number of jobs that can be done remotely, and relatively affordable return flights from the UK. Crucially, the average monthly salary in Copenhagen is around £600 higher than in the UK – much more than small change. Luxembourg places second on the list, thanks largely to its large average monthly income of £3,246, which is around £900 greater than the UK's average. Reykjavik in Iceland finishes third. Its average monthly income is around £600 higher than in the UK, but it's worth noting that return flights to the Icelandic capital are also relatively costly. The research estimates that remote British workers would have to shell out £200 every time they were required to make a trip to their Reykjavik office.
1st Nov 2020 - Refinery29

Remote Work: Liberating Or A Step Into A Bottomless Pit? - Coronavirus (COVID-19) - United States

The pandemic has forced employers and employees into work situations they never imagined with the widespread use of remote work as a means of continuing business operations in the face of Executive Orders precluding the performance of on-site work. Many employees relished the thought of escaping the ever-watchful eyes of supervisors and even co-workers and the opportunity to work from the comfort of their homes. So, how has the initial enthusiasm aged as the weeks of remote work are turning into months? The Thrill is Gone - That initial embrace of at-home work is losing its luster as the pandemic continues and employees contemplate a long-term future of working at home. Surveys show that 51% of employees report stress and burnout as a result of working at home.
1st Nov 2020 - Mondaq News Alerts

Remote working, digital services has been 'fairly seamless' for Town of Innisfil

The COVID-19 pandemic required the Town of Innisfil to quickly embrace digital customer service offerings and remote working, and depending on what the data shows, they could be here to stay. Having already invested in many digital services before the pandemic struck, the move to digital services and remote working went well for the town, said customer service supervisor Lisa Biegel. “It was actually fairly seamless, to be quite honest with you,” Biegel said. “We did not have any disruption in our service.”
30th Oct 2020 - BarrieToday

These Countries Are Offering Visas for Remote Workers

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, more people are working remotely than ever before. However, working remotely while living through various stages of stay-at-home orders has caused many to reconsider their living arrangements, sometimes leading to an exit from big-city living to a new location in search of more space, better weather or greater access to nature. Some countries have taken notice and decided to capitalize on the opportunity by offering remote work visas to help attract those who can do their job from their laptop. So, if you’ve dreamed of living on a tropical island during the winter, or amid the picturesque landscapes of Europe during the summer, you’re in luck.
30th Oct 2020 - TheStreet


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Up to 23 million people in U.S. could move thanks to remote work, survey finds

America’s biggest cities should brace for a chunk of families moving out because they prefer to work remotely from less crowded and less expensive areas, according to a survey by Upwork released Thursday. The survey showed 14 million to 23 million people plan to pack up, many of them from big U.S. cities. The trend is no surprise since the pandemic made it dangerous to commute on mass transit and work in crowded offices. Still, Upwork chief economist Adam Ozimek said the large number was a surprise.
30th Oct 2020 - Reuters

Pandemic deepens our relationship with remote working life, culture

As more of us work from home and use video conferencing to communicate with colleagues, the practice has become almost a rite of passage for 2020. In the United Kingdom, it is estimated that 86 percent of people who are working from home are doing so because of COVID-19 measures, so the remote digital culture is still a new one for many people. In China, remote working initially drew a mixed response. Many employees complained about intrusive bosses who had trust issues with employees, while some line managers were suspicious of family members distracting their employees, or them finding it difficult to focus in other ways. However, as time passes, and remote working becomes more of a fact of life in a COVID-19 world, many people are embracing the experience, reporting that it does in fact improve productivity and well-being.
30th Oct 2020 - Chinadaily USA

Countries that will give you a remote-work visa, and how to get to them

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, more people are working remotely than ever before. However, working remotely while living through various stages of stay-at-home orders has caused many to reconsider their living arrangements, sometimes leading to an exit from big-city living to a new location in search of more space, better weather or greater access to nature. Some countries have taken notice and decided to capitalize on the opportunity by offering remote work visas to help attract those who can do their job from their laptop. So, if you’ve dreamed of living on a tropical island during the winter, or amid the picturesque landscapes of Europe during the summer, you’re in luck.
29th Oct 2020 - MarketWatch

Is the hybrid remote-office model the future of work worldwide?

Which do you prefer, going into the office part-time, or working from home all week? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, many organisations have been obliged to implement a new hybrid remote-working model, which might mean working remotely on Mondays and Tuesdays, for instance, and going in to work for the rest of the week.
28th Oct 2020 - Lifestyle Asia


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What should HR do to promote wellbeing whilst employees are working remotely?

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, HR leaders are having to ask themselves questions they’ve never had to before. A key one being: “how do we address the blurred boundary between work and home life for our employees during Covid-19 restrictions?” The reality is that lockdowns and restrictions have blurred that boundary, and merging one’s private life and working day can have a negative impact on an individual’s wellbeing.
28th Oct 2020 - FE News

Cayman Islands allowing remote workers earning $100,000-plus a year

For those with a salary of at least $100,000 a year (or $150,000 for married couples and domestic partnerships) the Cayman Islands is willing to grant a certificate to work there for two years. In order to apply, workers must submit proof of health insurance, a criminal background check, a valid passport, and notarized bank letter. COVID-19 cases have been low in the country, with only 239 confirmed cases as of October 27. Barbados, Bermuda, and Anguilla have their own versions of a remote work program.
28th Oct 2020 - Business Insider

Will We See A Technology Repatriation Post-Covid?

Tech adoption rates are up dramatically in the last six months due in large part to COVID. Almost overnight, even the least tech literate companies were forced to move business to the cloud, buy collaboration platforms, and start using SaaS applications to keep their business running and their employees safe. Events and meetings moved online. Companies from Facebook to Microsoft are allowing remote work to continue likely for all of 2021. But at some point in the future, however, the world will return to some semblance of normal. Travel will be safer and easier. Deals will be made over dinner and a glass of wine again. Companies will return to their abandoned offices and employees will return to work like normal.
28th Oct 2020 - Forbes

Women say their WFH setup falls short - Bizwomen

As many workers stare down several more months of operating remotely, a new survey highlights a gender gap in satisfaction related to work-from-home setups. LendingTree discovered men are far more likely than women to have a dedicated home office space. As of early September, close to half of those polled were still working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Most likely to work remotely? Gen Xers, men, Northeasterners and those making at least $100,000 per year.
28th Oct 2020 - The Business Journals

The remote work revolution could spark essential job creation and economic empowerment for First Nations

Aside from well-documented issues such as inadequate housing, access to clean drinking water and systemic racism, most Indigenous peoples in hard-to-reach communities also face difficult life choices. Although they have the right to earn a living in their ancestral lands, reality often dictates they have to leave their communities to get a good education and access to a broader range of career opportunities. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The work-from-home movement spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, along with advances in technology, present a unique opportunity to create jobs and economic empowerment for Indigenous communities.
28th Oct 2020 - The Globe and Mail

Moscow extends remote working, online learning COVID-19 restrictions: Mayor

A remote working period for businesses in Moscow will be extended until Nov. 29, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in a post on his website on Wednesday, and online learning for secondary school students will continue until Nov. 8. “There is no need to introduce new restrictions today,” said Sobyanin. “But at the same time, it is premature to soften existing restrictions, as they could lead to detabilisation of the situation.” Russia on Wednesday said it would send army medics to a region in the Urals hit by a surge in COVID-19 cases, after doctors there made a public plea to President Vladimir Putin for help.
28th Oct 2020 - Reuters


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4 Ways Men Can Support Their Female Colleagues — Remotely

Everyday gender biases and barriers remain a persistent problem in office culture. But men with a keen awareness of how women experience the workplace and how gender inequities torpedo profitability and mission outcomes can actively deploy strategies to overcome them. In the in-person work environment, these strategies include ensuring that women have a seat (and a nameplate) at the table; confronting other men when they make biased or sexist statements, including to women in team social events; and validating and normalizing women’s experiences in the moment. Men now have to adapt these strategies for the remote workplace.
27th Oct 2020 - Harvard Business Review

Remote Working Will Transform Employer Benefit Offerings

As of June 2020, forty-two percent of the U.S. labor force was working from home full-time, and remote working has proven more successful than many employers could have ever anticipated. According to Randstad Sourceright’s COVID-19 Surveillance Report, 76 percent of employers in the U.S. and Canada reported that working from home is more effective than they thought it would be, and 50 percent believe that employees are even more productive in their homes than in a physical office. Because of this success, as well as stay-at-home restrictions still in effect in some states, North American businesses anticipate that 49 percent of their staff will continue working remotely into 2021.
27th Oct 2020 - Forbes

Moving during COVID-19? Relocating for work could come with a massive pay cut

Relocating during COVID-19? Pulling up stakes could come with a substantial pay cut. With the pandemic upending office life, some employees working remotely are contemplating moves from densely packed cities to less costly and greener destinations where they can be closer to family or fresh air. Though workers may no longer need to put up with tight spaces and high costs to land top work opportunities, moving from the nation's hottest job markets could cost them as much as 30%, according to new research Glassdoor shared exclusively with USA TODAY.
27th Oct 2020 - USA TODAY

Working from home ‘damaging Britain's creative potential and economic wellbeing’

Working from home is damaging Britain’s creative potential and could harm personal wellbeing and the economy if it is maintained long after the coronavirus pandemic has receded, the Bank of England’s chief economist has said. Andy Haldane said the mass shift to remote working during the Covid emergency had benefited many workers and their employers, helping to boost wellbeing and productivity. However, he warned that lockdown working arrangements had been far less constructive for others, and that the sharp decline of face-to-face interaction was destroying vital opportunities for creative expression and innovation. Drawing on his own personal experience of working remotely from the Bank since March, he said: “I do not miss the commute. But I feel acutely the loss of working relationships and external stimuli – the chance conversations, listening to very different people with very different lived experiences, the exposure to new ideas and experiences.
26th Oct 2020 - The Guardian

How to foster innovation in a remote-working world

Collaboration is a key ingredient of innovation in any workplace. While working remotely can cause hiccups in the normal process among teams, companies can still stay nimble and creative. At the recent Fast Company Innovation Festival, a panel discussion presented by PepsiCo featured senior executives from leading companies offering advice on building a culture of creativity when your workforce goes virtual. Here are five key takeaways from that event. (Some quotes have been edited for clarity.)
24th Oct 2020 - Fast Company


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The great rebalancing: working from home fuels rise of the 'secondary city'

Amy Kaper has never met her colleagues. Though her employer is based in Washington DC, she works from her apartment in Arizona. Kaper’s chronic health issues made an office job difficult, and working remotely – in IT in the healthcare industry – gives her more autonomy, and more time. “It was a huge adjustment – but I feel really lucky,” she says. This year, the proportion of Americans working from home like Kaper has skyrocketed – from 8% in February to 35% in May. Most countries have experienced a similar jump during the pandemic, as remote working has gone from a fringe benefit to a necessity. Analysis suggests roughly 28% of jobs in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the UK can be carried out remotely, and as many as 37% in the US.
26th Oct 2020 - The Guardian

Remote Workforce to Double in 2021 Due to Improved Productivity: CIO Survey

The CIOs also expressed increased optimism about business prospects in 2021, as they see an increase in tech budgets by 2.1%, compared with a 4.1% decline this year due to the lockdowns triggered by the pandemic. The survey said information technology decision-makers expect permanent remote work to double to 34.4% of their companies’ workforces in 2021, compared with 16.4% before the coronavirus outbreak, a result of positive productivity trends. About 72% of their companies’ total global workforce is currently working remotely, according to the CIOs. Of the more than 1,000 CIOs interviewed for the survey, 48.6% reported that productivity has improved since workers began working remotely, with only 28.7% of respondents indicating a decline in productivity.
26th Oct 2020 - Insurance Journal

Want to work remotely overseas? These countries offer 'digital nomad' visas to South Africans

If all you need to do your job is a laptop, phone and strong internet connection, you may be able to apply for a "digital nomad" visa in some countries. This will allow you to work from another country. But you will have to prove that you earn a good income.
26th Oct 2020 - Business Insider South Africa

Five Ways to Work Better From Home

For millions of Americans, November will mark the eighth month of remote work. Some have adapted: A recent survey of more than 4,000 people working full time remotely during the pandemic found that 65% would like to make the arrangement permanent, according to FlexJobs, a remote job-listings website. But a survey of more than 12,000 employees, managers, human-resources leaders and executives in 11 countries released this month by Oracle and the advisory firm Workplace Intelligence found that seven in 10 people called this the most stressful year of their working lives; 41% said there no longer was a distinction between their personal and professional lives.
25th Oct 2020 - The Wall Street Journal

Fund managers grapple with limits of remote working

Top executives at UK fund house Jupiter were brimming with enthusiasm to have returned part-time to the company’s London office last month. “Our managers are really enjoying the interaction with other colleagues,” chief executive Andrew Formica told clients in a video interview. “It’s great being back in an office environment again,” agreed veteran equity manager Richard Buxton. “[I missed] wandering around the office chatting to different people and getting their perception of markets.” But the staff reunion did not last long. Just a week later, the UK government’s retreat from its push to get workers to return to offices threw Jupiter’s plans into disarray.
25th Oct 2020 - Financial Times

Some things will never change, but remote toil could revamp the workplace landscape

While the numbers are down significantly from a peak early in the COVID-19 pandemic, some 33 million U.S. workers are still toiling from remote locations in a massive, albeit compulsory, experiment in redefining the American workplace. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, those 33 million employees represent just under a quarter of the total U.S. workforce, and the Utah Department of Workforce Services believes that ratio likely holds up amid the state’s 1.6 million wage earners. The timeline for a safe, en masse return to the in-person workplace remains hazy, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that many of those now grinding it out from home are having a fine time and are in no hurry to revert to commuter days. With the increasing possibility of a tidal wave of new, permanently out-of-office employees comes the realization the workplaces left behind last spring by the 400,000 or so current remote Utah workers may never look the same again.
25th Oct 2020 - Deseret News


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Remote work can work out for the best

The Covid-19 pandemic has crushed the economy, sent joblessness soaring and killed over a million people worldwide. But there are a few ways in which it may prompt society to improve, and one is remote work. Though it was initially necessary to keep employees from getting sick, remote work promises to make people more productive and happier while helping the environment and preserving infrastructure. When the coronavirus struck, those who could do their jobs remotely often did. The numbers have gradually declined as our understanding of safety measures increased, but they are still substantial. And while many people will go back to the office after the pandemic is over, part of the shift will probably be permanent.
25th Oct 2020 - The Straits Times

Which parts of Ireland are most prepared for remote working?

According to a new report from the Regional Assemblies of Ireland, people working in the east and midlands could be best prepared for a remote future. New research from the three Regional Assemblies of Ireland sheds light on how prepared different parts of the country may be for remote working.
25th Oct 2020 - Siliconrepublic.com

Work from the Caribbean with this digital nomad visa in the Caymans

You could work remotely from a sunny Caribbean location as the Cayman Islands introduces a new visa that allows digital nomads to live there for up to two years. The program is called the Global Citizen Concierge Program (GCCP) and allows people to keep their job in their home country while working remotely from the Cayman Islands – moving their laptops to more tropical surroundings.
25th Oct 2020 - Lonely Planet Travel News

Permanently remote workers seen doubling in 2021 due to pandemic productivity: survey

The percentage of workers around the world that is permanently working from home is expected to double in 2021 as productivity has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey from U.S.-based Enterprise Technology Research (ETR).
25th Oct 2020 - Reuters UK

How to Manage Your Employees Effectively When Working Remotely

The business trend of working remotely has been accelerated recently because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many employers are struggling to adapt to this sudden change and manage their teams effectively so that everyone is still working productively despite the disruption. Fortunately, there are plenty of solutions to this predicament. For this reason, we encourage you to keep reading if you would like to find out some different tips and tricks for managing your employees whilst working remotely.
25th Oct 2020 - Business Manchester

Lovewell's logic: Is remote working leading to employee burnout?

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, much has been written in both the industry and national press on the impact this has had on various aspects of the nation’s mental health and wellbeing. One conversation I have had several times over the past couple of weeks, however, is around the potential for remote or homeworking arrangements to lead to employee burnout. On the face of it, working remotely offers employees the opportunity to structure their working day around personal commitments such as caring responsibilities. However, some employees have reported feeling pressure to combat the perception that working from home is less productive than working in an office environment in sight of management, particularly following media reports in September that several organisations have installed monitoring and surveillance tools to keep track of what their employees are doing while working remotely.
24th Oct 2020 - Employee Benefits

COVID-19 pandemic: How long will remote working last?

The number of employees permanently working remotely globally is set to double in 2021, according to a new survey by a U.S. technology research firm. According to their results, the percentage of permanent remote workers will rise from 16.4% to 34.4%. This would have ramifications in areas from retail to real estate.
23rd Oct 2020 - World Economic Forum

Why remote workers need to have conversations instead of emailing

People connect with each other when they speak in a way they don’t with email, according to research. They also make assumptions that a conversation could be awkward, which are usually wrong. As remote work looks here to stay, speaking more rather than emailing could improve our connection with colleagues, and our well-being.
23rd Oct 2020 - World Economic Forum

Remote working? No, we prefer to keep it close to home

Everyone is on the hunt for silver linings to this pandemic trauma. Shop closures were going to end our materialism, but we’re buying more than ever now we can’t go out. Exceptional times would bring us together as a nation, then we stopped clapping and started scrapping about local lockdowns. The most persistently proclaimed silver lining is that we’ve learned that tech makes full remote working the future. Zoom, Teams and the rest are apparently going to spread out good work across the country with no need for offices or densely populated cities. Parking the fact that less dense living is a climate change disaster, what does history tell us about the impact of big improvements in communications technology? A recent study investigated the case of mobile phones, examining 15m phone calls and texts a day. The question is whether mobile communications substitute for face-to-face meetings, allowing us to build networks in places where we don’t live or work.
18th Oct 2020 - The Guardian


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Remote Work Isn’t Just for White-Collar Jobs Anymore

On the ground floor of a towering office building overlooking Tokyo Bay, in a space intended to resemble the interior of a moon base, a convenience store is tended by a humanoid robot. This robot isn’t out front, wowing customers. No, it is in the back, doing the unglamorous job of keeping shelves stocked. It has broad shoulders, wide eyes, a boomerang-shaped head and strange hands, capable of grabbing objects with both suction and a trio of opposable thumbs. But the machine isn’t acting on a set of preprogrammed instructions. Like a marionette on invisible, miles-long strings, the robot at the Lawson convenience store is controlled remotely, by a person elsewhere in the city wearing a virtual-reality headset.
22nd Oct 2020 - The Wall Street Journal

Older workers are working from home more successfully than their younger colleagues

Returning to the office isn’t going to happen anytime soon. COVID-19 cases are on the rise again. And the result is that remote working is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Only 28% of U.S. employees expect to return to their workplaces by the end of 2020, according to a recent Conference Board survey of more than 1,100 U.S. workers. Another 38% of those workers expect to return at some point in 2021 or beyond. That’s troubling because working from home has already taken a toll on the mental health of workers, according to a new global study of people between age 22 and 74 by Oracle and Workplace Intelligence, an HR research and advisory firm.
22nd Oct 2020 - MarketWatch

Work Remotely for Up to 2 Years in the Cayman Islands With Their New WFH Program

At a time when kitchen tables and coffee tables have become the new office, the Cayman Islands is proposing something a bit more exciting for deskbound employees working from home due to COVID-19. This week, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) launched a new program aimed at digital nomads looking for new options when it comes to their home office environment. Entitled the Global Citizen Concierge Program (GCCP), it allows travelers to stay in the Cayman Islands for up to two years while working remotely.
22nd Oct 2020 - Travel + Leisure

How to mentor a remote working team

Ifty Nasir, is the co-founder and CEO of Vestd, the Share Scheme platform. Vestd has been managing their team remotely for many years, having initially started out in a shared office. Here he shares his advice based on that experience. We have just witnessed a revolution in the way we work. It now appears doubtful that most people will ever return to working in an office five days a week. What does that mean for management?
22nd Oct 2020 - Bdaily

Blog: Three ways to be more efficient working remotely

Andy Fairchild, of Applied Systems, considers how to get the best out of teams who are working from home. As we think over the last few months, businesses in every industry have been facing new and unprecedented challenges. Independent brokers have had to evaluate and launch new plans to get staff working from home and continue to serve customers in their preferred method as face-to-face has been limited. The response to many of the day-to-day work challenges presented by the pandemic has been to lean heavily on technology. Previously planned digital strategies have been fast tracked to timeframes that were unimaginable before the pandemic struck, and capabilities that were under utilised are more critical than ever before.
22nd Oct 2020 - Insurance Age

Permanently remote workers seen doubling in 2021 due to pandemic productivity - survey

The percentage of workers around the world that is permanently working from home is expected to double in 2021 as productivity has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey from U.S.-based Enterprise Technology Research (ETR). ETR in September surveyed about 1,200 chief information officers from around the world across different industries. The CIOs also expressed increased optimism about business prospects in 2021, as they see an increase in tech budgets by 2.1%, compared with a 4.1% decline this year due to the lockdowns triggered by the pandemic. The survey said information technology decision-makers expect permanent remote work to double to 34.4% of their companies’ workforces in 2021, compared with 16.4% before the coronavirus outbreak, a result of positive productivity trends.
22nd Oct 2020 - Reuters UK


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Hybrid and remote work leadership tips from the experts

One of the most impactful legacies of the pandemic will be the massive shift from the traditional workplace to virtual work models. Many workers were forced, seemingly overnight, from their corporate offices to work-from-home situations. While temporary at first, for many it has become a permanent part of operations. A recent survey by research firm Gartner, Inc. revealed that 82% of company leaders intend to implement hybrid work models going forward. My company has been operating with a full-fledged work-from-home team and hybrid work employees for over six years. In that time, we have made the Inc. 5000 list two times in a row. What can we tell you about what we’ve learned? Managing work-from-home, remote work and hybrid employees requires several unique skills, techniques and tools that may be unfamiliar to the traditional workplace leader. We’ll share the top ones with you now.
21st Oct 2020 - The Business Journals

Remote working: 'If any group can deal with it, graduates can'

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the workplace as we know it. But as businesses move away from traditional office environments, those beginning their careers have have shown admirable resilience
21st Oct 2020 - The Guardian

How Remote Working Affects Your Mental Health

Seven months and seemingly a lifetime ago, as the news of the coronavirus pandemic was first spreading in the United States, so too was a wave of concern in the therapeutic world. How would clients get the care they needed if they could not access it in-person? How would providers be able to respond and offer the necessary support if offices were to close?
21st Oct 2020 - Forbes

Employees work an extra 26 hours a month when remote

Only months ago, a growing number of businesses were experimenting with or adopting a four-day workweek, but remote work policies imposed by the coronavirus pandemic have pivoted this trend in the opposite direction. Full-time employees are working an extra 26 hours a month when remote, adding nearly an extra day of work to the week, according to a new report from Owl Labs, a video conferencing technology company. The increase in work hours may be due to employees needing more time to adapt to new changes businesses have made in response to the pandemic, says Frank Weishaupt, CEO of Owl Labs. Having the workplace always available — as employees work right in their house — is also blurring the lines between work and home, possibly adding to their hours worked.
21st Oct 2020 - Employee Benefit News

Research suggests that remote working is aggravating secondary stressors which are causing people to feel burned out more than ever before

When the coronavirus pandemic hit the world earlier this year, everything had to be shut down for security measures. Work and study from home became the new norm, especially the work-from-home trend received a lot of appreciation from many people because it alleviated some major stress-causing issues. Commuting, conveyance problems, going to the office daily at a fixed time, dress code, and all such issues that used to be quite tedious for many people around the globe were suddenly gone because of the new set-up and routine. Some tech giants like Twitter, Spotify, Shopify, etc. had even announced that if their employees are more comfortable with this new routine, they can continue working remotely even after the pandemic.
21st Oct 2020 - Digital Information World

How much does remote working impact on productivity?

Employers expect to move about 44% of workers to work from home during the pandemic, according to the World Economic Forum Future of Jobs Report 2020. But 78% of business leaders think hybrid and home-working will have a negative impact on productivity. Those working from home face mental health and well-being challenges, including childcare pressures and digital connectivity.
21st Oct 2020 - World Economic Forum

How to get along with your boss while working remotely

There's one person at work you need to have a good relationship with for the sake of your career: your boss. But not all of us do. And working remotely could cause additional strain to an already-tense relationship. "If the conflict is around work, then working remotely may actually make things worse or at best, create a certain amount of confusion," said Marie McIntyre, a career coach in Atlanta and author of "Secrets to Winning at Office Politics." If you found your boss to be annoying, working separately might actually improve the relationship. A change in work settings could also be a good opportunity to redefine your relationship with your boss. Here's how to get started:
21st Oct 2020 - CNN


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The Accessibility of Remote Work Alone Doesn’t Make a Company Inclusive. You Must Be Intentional About Diversity.

Some companies feel they’ve checked the inclusivity box by merely offering remote work. But remote work is the beginning, not the end, of the quest for inclusion. Haley Shoaf, the VP of impact at LaunchCode, outlines three actionable steps company leaders can take to practice intentional inclusivity. Before COVID-19, remote work was something of a luxury reserved for particular kinds of workplaces. Now, more of us are working remotely than ever, and companies that had never imagined a flexible workforce are waking up to the idea.
20th Oct 2020 - CEOWORLD magazine

Is remote working sexist?

The pandemic-induced shift to remote working is something of a double-edged sword for equality. On the one hand, according to research by Gartner, it seems to be normalising a more flexible approach to work that would tend to benefit working women who have been disproportionately held back by parental and other caring responsibilities. This is backed up by Management Today’s own research, which found that 86.4 per cent of business leaders surveyed believe offering remote working improves talent attraction and/or retention. But at the same time, the rise in remote working could also stump female career progression. Speaking at the Gartner ReimagineHR conference, Gartner HR chief Brian Kropp warned that despite in-office and remote workers performing at the same level, managers are biased against remote workers.
20th Oct 2020 - Management Today

Why Aren’t More Companies Making Remote Work Permanent? Hint—It’s Not Just About Productivity

Most of the corporate world is entering the eighth month of pandemic-driven remote work and by this point, a long list of companies have taken the plunge and announced that employees can work from home permanently. Companies embracing this shift include tech giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Slack, along with a host of non-tech enterprises like Nationwide. Most companies however are taking a shorter-term approach to remote work, notifying employees to standby; they should expect to return to offices at some point in time with target dates for reopening ranging from next spring to summer.
20th Oct 2020 - Forbes

Employers must invest in remote working conditions

Indeed, a 2019 study revealed flexible working (which includes remote working) to be one of the top three most sought after employee benefits. And it seemed that businesses across the UK were willing to accommodate their workforces’ demands, with many offering the option to work from home once or twice a week. That said, the onset of the coronavirus has, of course, accelerated this trend at an unprecedented pace. When the UK went into lockdown in March, employers were forced to overhaul their remote working policy overnight, with millions of employees swapping their office desks for their kitchen tables. At the beginning of lockdown, some organisations optimistically believed that the virus would be short-lived, assuming normality would resume within a few months. Consequently, they failed to invest to support long-term home working; they did not purchase IT hardware and software, or long-term strategies to protect employees’ mental and physical health, for example.
20th Oct 2020 - HR News

GP training: Working remotely as a GP trainee during the pandemic

Dr Zoe Brown was in her first year of GP training and pregnant as lockdown began. She describes how working remotely during the first peak of the pandemic affected her and the impact it has had on her training.
20th Oct 2020 - GP online

UK staff working remotely abroad could raise 'fundamental' tax problems

A shift towards more employees working remotely overseas for UK-based organisations could become a “fundamental issue” for the tax system in future, a leading business group has warned. The pandemic has seen millions more staff working from home, and some of the rise in remote working is widely expected to outlive the coronavirus pandemic. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has received “anecdotal” evidence from member firms that some of their employees had taken the opportunity to work remotely from overseas.
20th Oct 2020 - Yahoo Finance UK


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Work From Home Fallout: Productivity Up, Innovation Down

The now seven-month-long grand work-from-home experiment among knowledge and office workers has shattered many of the pre-conceived notions of managers that it can’t be done in a productive way. However, the ability to foster innovation across solely electronic interactions is still a challenge. That’s the finding of a recent survey of 9,000 managers and employees across Europe, conducted by Boston Consulting Group and KRC Research, commissioned by Microsoft. Executives say their remote teams have been highly productive, with 82% saying they saw productivity levels either hold steady or increase as people shifted to remote work. More than half also see it as a powerful way to retain top talent.
18th Oct 2020 - Forbes

Remote working is emptying Ottawa's downtown, but is it a permanent shift?

For the legions of employees across Ottawa who have been working remotely since March, the home office is beginning to feel like the new normal. While the federal government's official plan anticipates the tens of thousands of public servants currently working from home will eventually return to the office, other major employers in the city, like Shopify, have already announced remote working is a permanent arrangement. Walk through Ottawa's downtown core these days, and the effects of the pandemic are plain to see: a few workers trickle out of LRT stations, but parking garages have plenty of space, sidewalks are uncrowded and "for lease" signs are a street-level reminder of the hit to downtown business.
18th Oct 2020 - CBC.ca

Increased support for remote working after Covid crisis

The latest National Remote Working Employee Survey has found 94% of workers would like to work remotely some or all of the time when the Covid-19 crisis ends. The survey carried out by NUI Galway and the Western Development Commission shows that 23% of respondents would even consider relocating because of the possibility of remote working, while 7% have already moved. The first phase of the research published last April found that 83% of respondents favoured working from home.
18th Oct 2020 - RTE.ie

Working Remotely: Don’t Forget Boundaries

“Mary Ann” is one of those quintessential island songs that you may remember from a past Caribbean holiday. Even if you don’t recognize the title, you’re probably familiar with some variation of the chorus: “All day, all night … Mary Ann; Down by the seaside … sifting sand.” According to my research the song was composed by Rafael de Leon, a World War II-era calypso singer from Trinidad, who performed professionally using the stage name Roaring Lion. The song has been recorded by a slew of performers including, in 1957, “The Hilltoppers” and “Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders.” Both of the 1957 recordings were Billboard Top 10 hits, with the Gilkyson-Easy Riders record climbing to #1 in my native Australia.
18th Oct 2020 - Forbes


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UK Lockdown has forced people to reconsider their careers, especially for those enjoying remote working, claims business psychologist

One of the UK’s top business psychologists believes the impact of remote working and furlough over the past six months has forced many people to seriously consider their future career direction. Jivan Dempsey, a business psychologist from specialist HR consultancy, FiveRivers Consulting, says that many people have enjoyed the flexibility of working from home and are reluctant to return to offices five days a week. According to Jivan, lots of these workers – as well as the 9.4 million people that have been on furlough – will be thinking about the best next step for their careers, with starting their own business or becoming a freelancer or contractor among the possibilities.
18th Oct 2020 - Bdaily

What People Really Love (and Hate) About Remote Work

For the millions of Americans working remotely since March, it has been a year of challenges, opportunities, and getting really, really comfortable with Zoom. Some have found unprecedented flexibility, fitting in workouts and lunch breaks where they couldn’t before, or moving to new places. Others have struggled to balance the demands of virtual school with back-to-back video conferences. Even those eager to keep working remotely in a post-pandemic future miss catching up with co-workers in the elevator and chatting in person with clients.
18th Oct 2020 - The Wall Street Journal

As new wave of COVID-19 cases hits, remote work becomes the norm

Months into the global coronavirus pandemic, the remote working arrangements that felt temporary in the spring are beginning to feel much more permanent. Earlier this month, three major tech companies – Dropbox, Twitter and Square – all announced they would be letting employees work remotely forever. And even companies that want to bring people back to the office – like media giant The New York Times – say workers won’t be returning until the summer of 2021. Remote work is, in many ways, a privilege. Thirty-three percent of the American labour force is currently working from home full-time, according to Gallup data, and an additional 25 percent of those surveyed say they work remotely sometimes. But young people and workers of colour are less likely to be employed at jobs that offer remote work arrangements.
18th Oct 2020 - Al Jazeera English

9 Ways To Make Working Remotely A Game Changer For Work Life Balance

Thanks to remote working, according to the Harvard Business Review, workers are focusing on work that really matters - 12% fewer large meetings and 9% more interactions with customers and external partners. The research also states that workers "rate the things they do as valuable to their employer as well as themselves." With a quiet space to work and fewer distractions, one can get more important work done. The extra time is a game changer for work/life balance. Some people may use that extra hour or two to be ultra productive, exercise more or finally write that book — a great use of added time.
18th Oct 2020 - Forbes

Can I work from home abroad? The Britons working remotely overseas — and how you can do it too

The Covid pandemic has accelerated the decline of the office, as lockdown forced thousands of UK employees to work from home. In fact, a survey by Redfield and Wilton Strategies found that 44 per cent of people who would normally work in the office were still working remotely in September – and nearly six in 10 of those currently working at home believe they will be doing so at least until 2021. But while some of us reconfigured our living rooms to allow for makeshift home offices and scoured stores for desks, a growing number of nomadic workers chose to pack their bags and set work from abroad.
18th Oct 2020 - iNews

As new wave of COVID-19 cases hits, remote work becomes the norm

Gina DeRosa was thrilled when her year-long internship at the Department of Education in Pennsylvania in the United States turned into her first full-time job out of college. But two months into her role, DeRosa has never met her colleagues in person. Trained entirely online by her supervisor, who she had met prior to Philadelphia’s COVID-19 lockdown, DeRosa interacts with her coworkers exclusively over Zoom.
18th Oct 2020 - Al Jazeera English


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Taoiseach: 'It is time to go back to remote working. We know it works'

Taoiseach Micheal Martin has said if more people work from home it will have an impact on the virus transmission rate. “It is time to go back to remote working. We know it works. It is possible, and it would have a very significant impact in reducing transmission rates in our view,” he said. The Cabinet this evening agreed that Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan will be put under Level 4 Covid-19 restrictions.
15th Oct 2020 - TheJournal.ie

How Much Will Remote Work Continue After The Pandemic?

A new study of pandemic-induced remote workers and their employers suggests that at least 16 percent will remain at-home workers long after the COVID-19 crisis has receded. The survey of 1,800 people in both small and larger businesses also found: While overall levels of remote work are high, there is considerable variation across industries. Remote work is much more common in industries with better educated and better paid workers.
15th Oct 2020 - Forbes

Dubai offers tourists one-year remote working visa

Overseas professionals can now apply for a one-year remote working visa to live in Dubai while remaining employed abroad. Dubai Tourism announced the new visa, which appeals to people who are due to be working virtually from home for the foreseeable future. The new programme promises that visa holders will have access to all required services, including telecoms, utilities, and schooling options. The initiative encourages applicants to bring their families, and enjoy everything that Dubai has to offer.
15th Oct 2020 - What's On

Remote working hubs to be funded by Government as part of State strategy

The Government plans to fund remote hubs in rural towns and villages over the next two years as part of the development of a State strategy on remote working. Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the strategy would be published by the end of the year and 522 submissions had been received in a public consultation process. But he also warned that “we have to look at the risks to the country as well of people who currently live in Ireland perhaps remote working from the Canaries, or Ibiza or Poland or India. That’s a real risk to us in terms of losing jobs”.
15th Oct 2020 - The Irish Times

How to foster innovation in a remote working world

One of the core tenets of consumer-centric thinking is to dismantle silos—that game-changing innovation occurs when disparate members on the company org chart join forces to solve problems. But what happens when teams—and the individuals within them—can no longer brainstorm in the same room when we’re working remotely? And how do blue chip companies that have doubled down on their commitment to diversity put it into practice in such an environment? In this timely panel from the 2020 Fast Company Innovation Festival, senior executives from PepsiCo and other leading companies examined how to build a culture of experimentation with cross-functional teams during this unique, challenging time.
15th Oct 2020 - Fast Company

FT editor Roula Khalaf warns against long-term switch to remote working for journalists

Financial Times editor Roula Khalaf has warned that long-term remote working could be “problematic” for news companies as they “have to be able to share ideas”. Speaking at the FT’s Future of News event on Wednesday, Khalaf said she disliked working from home and wanted to see a return to the office – and that many “underestimate what we lose” from not being there. Almost all FT staff began working from home ten days before the UK went into full lockdown, similarly to many companies, which Khalaf said was initially tough before she realised the full potential of what could still be produced.
15th Oct 2020 - Press Gazette

Coronavirus: Rise in office workers leaving city to ‘work from home’ abroad or by the coast

Office workers are adopting a “work from anywhere” approach by looking for temporary home offices on the coast or away from the cities, a study found. A survey of 2,000 “WFH” adults found six in 10 would consider working remotely from somewhere other than their primary residence. And the average office worker would like to pack up their PC and spend two-and-a-half weeks doing their job from a more exciting or exotic location.
15th Oct 2020 - The Independent

How to Connect With Co-Workers When Working Remotely

According to a recent survey by the Morning Consult, 58 percent of remote workers feel like they are disconnected from their co-workers.
15th Oct 2020 - Yahoo News UK

55% of staff willing to take pay cut to work remotely

Just under half (45%) of employees would be interested in taking a pay cut to continue working remotely long-term, according to research by Owl Labs. Its study of 2,000 UK employees found that 15% of staff would take a pay cut of 5% to continue working remotely, however, just under half of respondents (46%) would leave if their organisation chose to reduce their pay as a cost-cutting measure. A further 41% of staff would consider resigning if they were forced to return to the office. More than three-quarters (84%) of respondents will continue to work remotely for the rest of 2020, with 44% of employees planning to work from home five days a week and 55% planning to work a hybrid of home and office working with up to four days being office-based.
15th Oct 2020 - Employee Benefits


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A psychiatrist explains how to handle difficult colleagues while working from home | 5 Questions

Every office has at least one, it seems. And with the pandemic, the pest factor has only increased, researchers have learned. Here to explain difficult colleagues — what to do about them and how to avoid becoming one yourself — is Jody Foster, chair of the department of psychiatry at Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Medicine’s first assistant dean for professionalism at the Perelman School of Medicine. In that position, she is responsible for shepherding initiatives to foster professionalism in the workplace and in schools.
14th Oct 2020 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Top workplaces 2020: Work-life balance while working from home

At work while at home: The new paradigm - A look at changes in the effort to bring harmony to the work-life balance
14th Oct 2020 - The Washington Post

Coronavirus Silver Lining: A Better Work-Life Balance?

Many people want to both have and raise children. And just as many also understand that a job is necessary to help support this family. The problem is that family and professional obligations often pull workers in opposite directions. One way to help alleviate this struggle for a work-life balance is with remote work. Once the Internet and technology reached a certain level of ubiquity and affordability, telecommuting became far more common and accepted. But for whatever reason, working from home didn’t quite reach its potential prior to 2020. However, the coronavirus pandemic might be changing that.
14th Oct 2020 - Forbes

Atlassian study reveals the impact of working remotely

The results of an Atlassian study examining how working remotely has impacted knowledge workers during the COVID-19 pandemic provides valuable insights into how to lead a fragmented workforce. The three-monthly long global study, which surveyed over 5,0000 employees, found an employee’s readiness for remote work was based on three key factors: Household Complexity – the level of care duties a person has responsibility for and the density of the household both impact a person’s remote working experience. Role Complexity – the complexity of an employee’s workflow and the level of social interaction required to perform the role successfully influences his or her performance and satisfaction. Network Quality – access to personal and workplace networks contributes to a person’s sense of belonging and support.
14th Oct 2020 - DynamicBusiness

Working Remotely Has Become A Norm In A Lot Of Countries

A total of 24 days – that’s the minimum amount of time that a German employee could soon be entitled to work remotely each year. In Germany, a bill is currently being prepared that may well introduce a new labour standard. While the country may be among the first to legislate telework, other countries have not waited for the global health crisis to entrench the rights of teleworkers. The European Union has already encouraged its member states to increasingly secure the status of employees working from home or remotely. A historic agreement was in fact reached in 2002, signed by European social partners so that each country could have its own legislation on telework. Rather than a uniform text establishing the same teleworking conditions for a Dutch, Polish or Greek employee, it is a European legal framework that aims to ensure, for the citizens concerned, the same rights for employees working from home as those working in the office.
14th Oct 2020 - AUGUSTMAN


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Did someone say free food? Companies are getting creative with WFH perks

Free food at the office used to make a stressful day better. But with so many employees still working remotely, how can bosses show their appreciation? I asked companies what they are doing to keep the office culture alive in a virtual world. E-commerce checkout company Fast said it's sending gift cards to employees for a weekly team meal, along with a weekly snack box. Another company, UKG, which offered its working parents a virtual summer camp for their kids, is now offering after-school help this fall. It's a win-win situation: kids are entertained, while parents get a break so they can be more productive at work.
13th Oct 2020 - CNN

Remote Work in Spain: Another Turning Point of the Pandemic?

The new regulation for teleworking in Spain, approved on September 22nd and agreed with employers and unions, comes into force on Tuesday. The Royal Decree Law includes the rules that will govern teleworking in Spain. The implementation has been accelerated by the covid-19 pandemic, since up until now there was no specific regulation. “Fundamental rights are preserved,” Minister of Labour, Yolanda Díaz flagged. She considers the approval of this regulation as the starting point for “a wave of reforms” for a 21st century labour market. The text of the regulation, which is the result of extensive negotiations, will not apply to remote work deployed due to COVID-19, apart from the issue of necessary measures.
13th Oct 2020 - The Corner

Government intends to develop remote working strategy

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said working from home or remote working had been “an essential part” of the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Donohoe said an inter-departmental group had been set up to work on the Government’s commitment to develop a strategy for remote working and remote service delivery. The Minister outlined the supports that were in place for remote working. These include employees not facing a benefit-in-kind tax charge on up to €3.20 paid a day by employers towards the expenses of working from home. A worker may claim a tax deduction for utility expenses such as gas or electricity for heating and electricity bills where an employer does not make a contribution.
13th Oct 2020 - The Irish Times

How To Support Parents Juggling Kids And Working Remotely

Fall has brought a new productivity challenge for working parents and the leaders who manage them—how to get work done from home, while also trying to supervise online schooling for one or more children. Here’s the truth that no one wants to address: It’s almost impossible to consistently do both in a reasonable work day.
13th Oct 2020 - Forbes

Two in five Indian professionals stressed due to remote work

Two in five professionals in India are experiencing increased stress or anxiety due to the pandemic while one in three professionals believe remote working is slowing career progression, making them feel more lonely and harming work-life balance, revealed a new LinkedIn survey. The findings showed that only one in four (23 per cent) professionals in the country were being offered emotional well-being initiatives and flexible work hours by their employers in the early months of the lockdown. “The ongoing stress around the 3 Rs — remote work, return to work, and risk of exposure — are adversely impacting the mental health of Indian professionals. Companies in India are beginning to bolster their mental health programmes to support their employees in such times, ” said Ashutosh Gupta, India Country Manager, Linkedin.
12th Oct 2020 - SME Futures


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Tracksuits and laundry service: Companies are getting creative with remote employee perks

Keeping employees engaged and happy while they are working remotely has become a challenge for companies. "There is remote work, and then there is pandemic work," said Doug Merritt, president and CEO of San Francisco-based Splunk, a data platform company. "I am so much more tired at the end of the day, even though my hours are relativity consistent. The end of an office day is so different then the end of a Zoom day." Corporate leaders realize that a big part of the company's culture is tied to the experience of being in the office: the amenities, the food, the social gatherings. And replicating these things is hard when employees are working from home.
12th Oct 2020 - CNN

Working From Home Is Here to Stay, So Let’s Get It Right

The Covid-19 pandemic has crushed the economy, sent joblessness soaring, and killed over a million people worldwide. But there are a few ways in which the pandemic may prompt society to improve, and one is remote work. Though it was initially necessary to keep employees from getting sick, remote work promises to make people more productive and happier while helping the environment and preserving infrastructure. When the coronavirus struck, those who could do their jobs remotely often did. The number has gradually declined as our understanding of safety measures increased, but it's still substantial:
12th Oct 2020 - Bloomberg

80% of companies anticipate remote work as the new norm on the labour market

Most companies (80%) respondents to PwC’s global survey ”The future of remote work” shows that adopting remote work is the new norm on the labour market, and over 53% currently have created and implemented arrangement policies in this respect. Of the remainder (47%), more than 50% of companies anticipate that they will refine or implement a remote work arrangement policy by the end of 2020. The top three priorities for enabling remote work arrangements are health and safety of employees (70%), enhancing the employee experience (65%) and attracting and retaining key talent (60%).
12th Oct 2020 - Business Review

Remote work requires us to reconsider how to evaluate and pay employees

Remote work is about more than just working from home — it means working differently. Because working from home may become much more prevalent even after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, it’s time to adapt employee evaluation and compensation schemes to address the new reality. Performance evaluation systems have a long history, dating back to the United States military’s rating system during the First World War. Since then, profit-driven employers have implemented employee assessments with the ultimate goal of aligning worker motivation with organizational objectives. Decades of research have tried to map out best practices in this area.
12th Oct 2020 - The Conversation CA

How Covid-19 is changing the European workplace

Nearly 70% of European employers responding to the survey plan to continue remote work for employees unless their jobs really require them to be in the workplace. Additionally, 80% of respondents are – either somewhat or to a great extent – requiring or considering requiring more employees to work remotely. Those employers say they are considering this shift to achieve greater productivity (41%), address the difficulty and cost of implementing new safety measures (38%) and allow for the closure of offices (25%). The function of offices may change from working spot to meeting place. This shift is remarkable on its own and will likely become more pervasive as reluctant employers follow suit to compete for talent in a post-pandemic environment. These changes will obviously also have legal consequences for employers.
12th Oct 2020 - The Global Legal Post


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Women bear brunt of Covid-related work stress, UK study finds

Women are being disproportionately affected by a rise in mental health problems caused by increasing workloads as people do their jobs from home amid the pandemic. The length of the working day has increased steadily, resulting in a 49% rise in mental distress reported by employees when compared with 2017-19. Women are bearing the brunt of problems as they juggle work and childcare, according to a report by the 4 Day Week campaign and thinktanks Compass and Autonomy.
9th Oct 2020 - The Guardian

Microsoft is letting more employees work from home permanently

Microsoft is allowing more of its employees to work from home permanently, the company announced Friday. While the vast majority of Microsoft employees are still working from home during the ongoing pandemic, the software maker has unveiled “hybrid workplace” guidance internally to allow for far greater flexibility once US offices eventually reopen. The Verge has received Microsoft’s internal guidance, and it outlines the company’s flexible working plans for the future. Microsoft will now allow employees to work from home freely for less than 50 percent of their working week, or for managers to approve permanent remote work. Employees who opt for the permanent remote work option will give up their assigned office space, but still have options to use touchdown space available at Microsoft’s offices.
11th Oct 2020 - The Verge

Barbados hopes a new visa will attract remote workers : The Indicator from Planet Money

The next stage of working remotely — very remotely — starts with a Caribbean island with a problem, and an opportunity. The problem: The coronavirus pandemic has hurt countries like Barbados that rely on tourism for their economy. International tourists globally were down 65% in the first half of the year. The opportunity: With so many people discovering they could work remotely, Barbados announced the Welcome Stamp, a visa that allows people to work for their employer back home while living — and spending — in Barbados for a year.
11th Oct 2020 - NPR


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What employees really think about working from home

The shift to the home office may have led to longer workdays and more work, but workers are much happier and three in four are annoyed it took a pandemic for bosses to finally embrace remote work. A global study from Atlassian reveals that nearly seven in 10 Australian workers say their job satisfaction and work-life balance has improved since the shift to remote work. The study looked at the work-from-home experiences of more than 5000 workers in Australia, France, Germany...
8th Oct 2020 - The Australian Financial Review

Handling Mental Health While Working Remotely

After months of millions of people working from home for the first time, it has become clear that there are both pros and cons to this work arrangement. The benefits have always been highlighted, such as no commutes, dressing casually and being able to complete home-related tasks in between meetings. However, a new study of 12,000 people across 11 countries conducted by Oracle and Workplace Intelligence revealed the downsides of remote working. The research found that 78% of respondents saw a negative impact to their mental health this year. Additionally, 41% said they are feeling challenged due to blurred lines between home and work lives. Even more staggering, 85% said mental health issues are impacting their home life due to sleep deprivation, poor physical health, decreased happiness, problems with family relationships and being isolated from friends.
8th Oct 2020 - Allwork.Space

3 in 5 Indian professionals have felt lonely while working remotely

Around 3 in 5 (60%) Indian professionals have felt lonely at at some point while working remotely in the last few months, while 37% still feel lonely now. These are the findings of the LinkedIn Workforce Confidence Index, an online survey of 16,199 Indian professionals conducted between April and September to understand the impact of the pandemic and remote work on their mental health
8th Oct 2020 - Times of India

Most Target HQ Employees To Work Remotely Until June 2021

Target has informed its corporate employees that all who are currently working remotely will now continue to do so until June 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement came in an email sent to employees Thursday morning. “It’s hard to believe we’ve been living with the pandemic for more than a half a year already. I never imagined that we’d transition to remote work in the spring and that I’d be writing this message to you, still from home, in the fall,” chief human resources officer Melissa Kremer wrote. The company has taken a gradual approach to returning workers to headquarters, with what the company termed as a “very small portion” of them working on the premises. Kremer said that many workers have clearly adapted to working virtually
8th Oct 2020 - CBS Minnesota

These 6 countries are accepting American travelers for remote-work trips

The pandemic has proved challenging for digital nomads, people who travel the world working remotely. With countries closing their borders and air travel heavily restricted, working abroad has become extremely difficult if not totally impossible for Americans. And as some destinations begin to allow foreign visitors, travelers from the United States may still be banned because of the America’s escalating number of coronavirus cases. But there are exceptions. Some countries are welcoming working travelers, including Americans, back again despite the pandemic.
8th Oct 2020 - Washington Post

The Secret's Out: Remote Work Just Works

As we look to 2021, most companies are debating how they’re going to work in the future. They’re asking themselves: Are we a remote team now? Should we go back to the office? What many are starting to realize is that the cat is very much out of the bag — remote work is possible and even effective. And it means companies aren’t just going remote, they’re also starting to wonder how they can combine the benefits of working from home with the best parts of working from an office.
8th Oct 2020 - CMSWire

How We're Turning Remote Work Into Better Management

This year has seen one of the fastest and most dramatic changes in how we work, ever. At the end of the first quarter, millions of people shifted to working from home, aided by digital advances in communications and collaboration. Soon after that, retail delivery, distributed teams, logistics, and planning went through their own accelerations. Many more aspects of work are likely to change as well, in ways that will endure long after the COVID-19 pandemic is over. As a technologist, there's never been a stronger proof point that advanced digital technologies are ready for prime time. On a personal level, I feel lucky: There is a long history of pandemics, but this is the first time we've had the technology to connect with loved ones and co-workers, work remotely, and entertain ourselves while at home.
8th Oct 2020 - CIO

Microsoft CEO says remote work can feel like 'sleeping at work'

Microsoft has been a major beneficiary of the work-from-home boom spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. But chief executive officer Satya Nadella is realizing the pitfalls of being away from the office for so long. Online meetings can make employees tired and make it difficult to transition from a work mindset to private life, the executive said at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council on Tuesday. "When you are working from home, it sometimes feels like you are sleeping at work,” he added.
8th Oct 2020 - Employee Benefit News

Mental Health And Remote Work: Survey Reveals 80% Of Workers Would Quit Their Jobs For This

Mental health matters, for today’s remote workforce: a vast majority of workers (80%) would consider quitting their current position for a job that focused more on employees’ mental health. That’s according to a recent survey of 1,000 Americans, published by TELUS International. Research indicates that 75% of U.S. workers have struggled at work due to anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and other recent world events. On the eve of World Mental Health Day, it seems that the coronavirus has created massive amounts of stress, anxiety and uncertainty for remote workers and leaders alike. Below you will find three things that companies can do, today, to help employees during this difficult time.
8th Oct 2020 - Forbes

10 essential soft skills for the remote work era

How can you best support your colleagues and teams during this ongoing period of remote work? Prioritize and cultivate these soft skills, leaders. Fostering connections during this initially unexpected (and now ongoing) period of remote work may be one of the bigger unforeseen management challenges of our times. It’s also an area where most IT leaders don’t have extensive experience. Interpersonal skills – particularly those that foster a culture of open and honest communication ­– are key to the success of remote IT organizations in this time of extreme change.
8th Oct 2020 - The Enterprisers Project

City firms consider axing office space as remote working continues

Demand for remote working is forcing City firms to review how much office space they really need, according to new research. A financial services survey from the CBI and PwC has found that 74% of London-based banks and insurance firms have been assessing their office needs, according to The Guardian. The companies are thought to be looking at how they can either use office space differently or reduce it. Of the 133 financial firms that took part in the survey, 88% said that COVID-19 had resulted in a greater shift towards working from home with more than 90% of their workers able to do their jobs without being tied to a physical office.
8th Oct 2020 - IT Pro


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More than half of Brazilians would change jobs if they could work remotely

Brazilians see remote working as a desirable feature of employment, but the ability to work from is not translating into greater access to job opportunities, according to research. A study carried out with over 20,000 participants globally by software firm Salesforce has found that 53% of Brazilian workers would change jobs if it means they could work from home. However, 87% are not seeing any change regarding job opportunities despite the increased uptake of remote working: the majority of respondents (71%) have said they see that format of work as restricted to only a parcel of the population. Unemployment in Brazil is currently affecting over 13 million people, according to data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics.
8th Oct 2020 - ZDNet

Working remotely can feel remote

Working remotely during the pandemic has led many large employers to embrace this mode of employment with enthusiasm. It turns out that productivity has improved, for the most part, rather than diminished. Most young, well-educated folks with a modicum of self-discipline, have what it takes to successfully work remotely. But one needs to have a space that is dedicated to nothing but work. The couch in front of the TV would be a bad choice. And it is also best if you have a set time to start working. Get your coffee, and take that short commute into your home office. I’ve also been told that it is important to first get dressed. There’s something that just doesn’t feel right about working in your jammies or underwear. We’ve all seen those commercials where the guy in the shirt and tie drops his laptop and everyone sees that he’s in his boxers.
7th Oct 2020 - Red Bluff Daily News

Burnt out parent working remotely? Elaine Varelas offers her advice

While many people are adapting to remote life during the pandemic, for some, the load only seems to be heavier. Working parents with children staying home are facing a greater workload now than ever. Elaine Varelas encourages balancing time and workload in order to prevent burning out.
7th Oct 2020 - Boston.com

How do workers really feel about remote working? This survey had some surprising results

Managers believe they’re doing well at supporting staff through changes to work wrought by the pandemic - new global survey. But employees disagree, telling researchers they are tired and overworked. Workers say they lack the training and support needed. More than a fifth of global workers have either been furloughed or lost their jobs.
7th Oct 2020 - World Economic Forum

Developer says remote working is slowing planning deals

For Urban & Civic, this is particularly acute at Catesby Estates, the strategic land promotion business that it acquired in 2015. “Land sales in Catesby have been delayed, not through a lack of house-builder demand but on account of slowed Section 106 agreements resulting from the additional complexities of planning and legal officers working remotely,” Urban & Civic said. However, it added that there were encouraging signs. “The first post lockdown sale was completed last week, with a second conditional contract outstanding. Catesby currently has a further four consented sites awaiting local authority finalisations.”
7th Oct 2020 - Construction Index News

Remote work is here to stay. Tech workers are starting to worry about their careers

Working from home has been so effective at keeping businesses operational during the coronavirus crisis that many firms are planning to stick with it even after the pandemic has passed. And while some tech workers will welcome the flexibility and lack of commute, others are starting to worry about how to develop their careers if they are always working from home. COVID-19 has had a greater impact on flexible working in tech than it has in almost any other sector, according to a study by the recruitment company Hays.
7th Oct 2020 - ZDNet

The Pitfalls Of Work-From-Home, According To Satya Nadella

Microsoft Corp. has been a major beneficiary of the work-from-home boom spurred by the Covid-19 pandemic. But Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is realizing the pitfalls of being away from the office for so long. Online meetings can make employees tired and make it difficult to transition from a work mindset to private life, the executive said at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council on Tuesday. "When you are working from home, it sometimes feels like you are sleeping at work," he added. Video meetings can be particularly enervating, the CEO noted, citing brain studies on the subject. "Thirty minutes into your first video meeting in the morning, because of the concentration one needs to have in video, you are fatigued."
7th Oct 2020 - NDTV

Germany drafts law to protect work-life balance for remote staff

As the pandemic stretches on unevenly around the globe, the German government wants to codify labor conditions for remote employees. It’s moving forward with a set of laws that would protect a person’s ability to work from home when possible, turning what was once a fringe benefit into a personal right. The legislation would also limit the number of hours that people are expected to toil from their kitchen tables, home studies, and bedrooms, long after quitting time, the Financial Times reports.
7th Oct 2020 - Quartz

Half of firms would consider hiring someone who worked fully remotely, poll finds

More than half of businesses that experienced remote working during lockdown would consider hiring an employee who worked fully or mostly from home, a survey has found. The poll of 280 business leaders, conducted by Management Today (MT) and Hays, found 55 per cent would now be more likely to consider hiring an employee who was not within commuting distance to the office and so would work completely or predominantly remotely. This compared to the 45 per cent who said they would not now be more likely to make such a hire. The poll – conducted as part of the report Will hybrid working ever work? – found most employers were not currently advertising jobs as predominantly remote roles, however. Just a third (33 per cent) of respondents said they were advertising jobs as either partly or fully based at home, compared to 67 per cent who were not.
7th Oct 2020 - People Management Magazine

NI people invited to swap Belfast for Barbados to work remotely from the Caribbean island

How would you fancy working remotely, but not from your spare room in Draperstown or Maghera, but - Barbados? The Caribbean island, where the temperature is usually around 30oC, is hoping to attract people with a year-long working visa. Ads on instagram boast the island's “tropical landscape and work-life balance". Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley says “our new visa allows you to relocate and work from one of the world’s most beloved tourism destinations.” What do you reckon? Vinny spoke to Minister for Tourism in Barbados, Senator Lisa Cummins.
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Remote work erodes workers' sense of belonging

Most Americans want the telework trend to continue after the pandemic, but there's a lingering problem that companies haven't been able to solve: working at home is isolating. Why it matters: A sense of belonging at work is becoming increasingly important to workers — and employers who figure out how to build that into the hybrid work culture of the future will have a critical advantage when recruiting and retaining talent. That's a key takeaway from Slack's inaugural index of remote work as part of the company's new Future Forum, which will be released Wednesday. Slack surveyed 4,700 teleworkers across the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Japan and Australia. The consensus was that working remotely has greatly improved work-life balance but increased isolation.
7th Oct 2020 - Axios

Is Remote Working Ethical?

Remote working is the greatest benefactor of this pandemic worldwide. According to different news outlets, at least 30% of jobs have disappeared. Most of these have been replaced by working from home. The Internet has made this possible, which was inconceivable a few years back.
6th Oct 2020 - Havana Times.org

You could work remotely in the Caribbean with a new 2 year visa - here’s how to get one

Homeworking is now the norm for many due to the coronavirus pandemic, but for those dreaming of the beach, there may be a way you can do both at once. The Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda has launched a new visa, which is specifically for remote workers. The Nomad Digital Residence Programme allows remote workers to go and live on the island for up to two years. You can still work for a company back home, but also enjoy the same benefits as residents in the Caribbean country.
5th Oct 2020 - Northumberland Gazette

The Truth About Working Remotely on a Tropical Island

In early July, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced a new economic initiative called the Barbados Welcome Stamp. The program allows remote workers to move to the island nation for up to a year and not pay income tax, with the hopes that these new residents would help stimulate a local economy that thrives on tourism, an industry hurting badly due to the pandemic. Just last month, another Caribbean nation followed suit: Antigua and Barbuda recently announced a comparable remote worker program, permitting foreign workers to live and work in Antigua on a visa for up to two years. From cities like Detroit and Tulsa (which offer financial incentives like fellowships and discounted — and in some cases free — homes) to states like Vermont and Maine that want to attract a younger generation to mitigate their aging workforce, why do places offer this kind of economic incentive? And is it really worth it?
6th Oct 2020 - InsideHook

Microsoft CEO Says Remote Work Can Feel Like ‘Sleeping at Work’

Microsoft Corp. has been a major beneficiary of the work-from-home boom spurred by the Covid-19 pandemic. But Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is realizing the pitfalls of being away from the office for so long. Online meetings can make employees tired and make it difficult to transition from a work mindset to private life, the executive said at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council on Tuesday. "When you are working from home, it sometimes feels like you are sleeping at work,” he added.
6th Oct 2020 - Bloomberg

Companies to Shrink Offices as Remote Work Becomes ‘New Normal’

More than half of companies plan to shrink their offices as working from home becomes a regular fixture after the Covid-19 pandemic ends, according to a survey by Cisco Systems Inc. Some 53% of larger organizations plan to reduce the size of their office space and more than three quarters will increase work flexibility. Almost all of the respondents were uncomfortable returning to work because they fear contracting the virus, the poll found. Cisco, the largest maker of networking equipment, recently surveyed 1,569 executives, knowledge workers and others who are responsible for employee environments in the post-Covid era. The findings suggest many of this year’s radical changes to work life will remain long after the pandemic subsides
6th Oct 2020 - Bloomberg


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Covid-19 has changed working patterns for good, UK survey finds

Most office workers do not intend to spend five days a week in the workplace once the Covid-19 crisis is over, with both bosses and employees seeing home working as a long-term trend. The pandemic has changed working patterns for good, a survey from the British Council for Offices (BCO) has found. In future white-collar workers will adopt a mixed approach, combining remote working with several days a week in the office. The Institute of Directors agrees that more firms are taking a mixed approach to where their employees work.
5th Oct 2020 - The Guardian

Second phase of remote working survey to be carried out

The experience of remote working is to be the subject of a second national survey carried out by NUI Galway and the Western Development Commission. The first phase of the survey was carried out in April, in the immediate aftermath of the national lockdown. It revealed that 83% of the 7,200 employees who responded wanted to continue working from home either fully or part of the time. Professor Alma McCarthy of NUIG's JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics noted that when the first research was carried out in April, it was an "emergency" situation where many employees still did not have fully equipped work stations at home.
5th Oct 2020 - RTE.ie

Zoom with a view: The number of Scots heading overseas is expected to rocket as pandemic changes the way we work

The CIPD survey of more than 1,000 employers shows they believe 37% of staff will be working from home once the coronavirus crisis is over compared to just 16% who did so before lockdown, with 30% of employers stating increased homeworking has boosted productivity or efficiency. The organisation’s head in Scotland, Lee Ann Panglea, believes this greater commitment to flexible working could pave the way for more workations overseas. She said: “The pandemic is going to have a long-lasting effect on how we work, with a step change in the proportion of people who work from home on a much more regular basis. “While our research did not cover remote working outside the UK, we can see anecdotally that this more flexible approach could open doors to more people working overseas. As an organisation we have colleagues working all over the world. It is very much something that we support.”
5th Oct 2020 - The Sunday Post

Remote working brings rich opportunities for Russia’s recruiters

Until last month, the chief executive of Russia’s Alfa-Bank had always assumed he was the only person employed at the lender who hailed from Tarusa, a small town of just 9,000 people. Now he knows of three others; all hired in the bank’s IT development department over the summer as part of a major pan-national recruitment spree that, as a result of Covid-19, no longer relies on the talent pool in Moscow and a handful of other big cities. The pandemic’s enforced shift to remote working has unlocked the opportunity for many Russian recruiters to tap far more of the country’s 145m strong population, the majority of whom are based thousands of miles from businesses in Moscow or St Petersburg, across a vast country spanning 11 time zones.
5th Oct 2020 - Financial Times

Working from home? Slow broadband, remote security remain top issues

Unreliable home broadband connectivity is the primary technical challenge businesses are having to deal with as remote working continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. That's one takeaway from a survey of 100 C-level executives and IT professionals in the US by Navisite designed to highlight the biggest headaches for organizations providing IT services to workers since offices began to close in March.
5th Oct 2020 - Computerworld

You could work remotely in the Caribbean with a new 2 year visa - here’s how to get one

Homeworking is now the norm for many due to the coronavirus pandemic, but for those dreaming of the beach, there may be a way you can do both at once. The Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda has launched a new visa, which is specifically for remote workers.
5th Oct 2020 - Boston Standard


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Indeed introduces new remote-working policy

Recruitment search engine Indeed is offering its 10,000 employees a new flexible working policy, following on from the change in working patterns that were put in place due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Dependent on their role within the organisation, employees will have the option to either work full-time in the office or at home, or split their time flexibly between both. The vast majority of employees at Indeed are currently working remotely until July 2021 but the organisation outlined the new policy and confirmed it has no plans to move to a permanent remote working solution once all of its offices are safe to be reopened.
4th Oct 2020 - Employee Benefits

Working from home in UK over winter ‘will add £100 to fuel bills’

Millions of employees preparing to work from home this winter will face a collective hike of almost £2bn on their energy bills, and tougher working conditions, with only a “pittance” in compensation from their employers. Half the UK’s workforce is likely to work primarily from home over the coming months as they help to contain the spread of the coronavirus, and may see their winter energy bills rise by a fifth as radiators and boilers are kept running through the day. The average household energy bill could climb by £107 this winter for those working from home five days a week, according to a study by Energy Helpline, which would mean a £1.9bn hike for the energy bills of working households between October and March.
4th Oct 2020 - The Guardian

Employees at the Starbucks Headquarters in Seattle Can Work from Home Until October 2021

On September 30, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson wrote a letter addressed to the company’s 4,000 corporate employees in Seattle detailing adjustments the coffee giant is making during the pandemic. Employees at the headquarters in SoDo can now work remotely until October 2021 (the remote working policy was originally set to expire in January). Starbucks HQ, known as the Seattle Support Center (SSC), will be restructured to allow for more work flexibility, which could include using virtual whiteboards, more online conferences, and less floor space. Johnson also mentioned possibly using mobile devices to order lunch from food trucks in the neighborhood. The time between now and when employees plan to return to the headquarters next fall will be taken to revamp the layout and other aspects of the building.
4th Oct 2020 - Eater Seattle

This Caribbean country is offering remote work visa to digital nomads; find out

In keeping with the current trend of providing people remote-work visas, Caribbean country Antigua and Barbuda has become the latest nation to open its doors for people looking for a change of scene. According to The Independent, the country is willing to welcome digital nomads amid the pandemic — which has made it clear that for many jobs, one does not need a designated office space, but instead they can work remotely from any part of the world and still get the work done.
4th Oct 2020 - The Indian Express

Don’t let remote-working people on your team drift out of touch

As a leader, when did you last walk the floor, talk to a member of your team and ask them how they are, how their family are getting on, and how they are coping with today’s challenges? Has it been days, weeks or months? We’re human beings, and those connections are important. A simple “how are you?” from a senior manager can brighten someone’s day. But for many, remote working has taken that opportunity away.
4th Oct 2020 - The Times

Jennifer O’Connell: The dark side of the remote working revolution

There is a woman living in my part of the country who gets up early every day, puts on her work clothes, and leaves the house to commute to the office. This “commute” involves walking around the housing estate, looping back to her own front door, going inside and sitting at her desk until 6pm, when she repeats the whole process in reverse. Her neighbours might think she’s mad, but she swears her daily commute is the only thing keeping her sane. Not everyone is missing the office as much as her. About 42 per cent of full-time workers are now doing their jobs from home, according to a survey by Behaviours and Attitudes for RTÉ’s Prime Time. In 2018, just one in 20 Europeans worked from home regularly.
3rd Oct 2020 - The Irish Times

White House Faces Remote-Work, Security Challenges as Trump Treated for Covid-19

President Trump’s positive Covid-19 test has created perhaps the ultimate remote-work challenge. With Mr. Trump moved to the hospital Friday, and many White House aides sent home, the administration will rely more on the type of virtual teamwork that many companies have adopted during the coronavirus pandemic. The White House has beefed up its digital contingency plans in recent years to prepare for events that could disrupt normal work routines, former officials say. But the new reliance on remote-work tools comes as law-enforcement officials and cybersecurity experts warn of an uptick in hacking threats to government computer systems.
2nd Oct 2020 - The Wall Street Journal


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Samsung Launches Annual $2 Million Solve for Tomorrow Contest Engaging Virtual and In-Person Classrooms in STEM Education

Samsung today announced the launch of the 11 th annual $2 million* Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, which challenges students in grades 6–12 and their teachers to use STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to tackle local issues of national importance. Now through December 13, 2020, public school teachers across the U.S. can apply** for this year’s program and submit their activity plans that enable students to create real-world change in their communities using problem-based learning.
1st Oct 2020 - Associated Press

Moscow mayor orders firms to send 30% of staff to remote-work as COVID-19 cases surge

Moscow may reinstate tough measures if its 13 million population ignores COVID-19 protection rules, its mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Thursday after the Russian capital started to record increases in daily cases of infection. Moscow, the epicentre of Russia’s coronavirus outbreak earlier this year, registered 2,424 new cases overnight, up from below 700 in new daily cases in early September. In an attempt to curb the recent spike in infections, Sobyanin has earlier ordered to extend an upcoming school holiday by a week and advised anyone with chronic health problems or those older than 65 to stay home.
1st Oct 2020 - Reuters

New normal: Rise of remote work reshaping future of organisations

Working from home is an ideology that was not embraced so much before coronavirus but became more rampant after Covid. - All signs indicate that while working from home may be a temporary move for some organisations, many hope to make it a permanent part of their work life.
1st Oct 2020 - The Star, Kenya

Is remote working here to stay?

Will working from home become the new normal? Yes, according to The Case for Remote Work, a new report from think tank The Entrepreneurs Network by innovation economist Dr Matt Clancy. Reviewing a wide range of research from across economics and social science, it argues that the business case for remote work has improved significantly over the past decade.
1st Oct 2020 - Business Leader

Remote work could bring about the next wave of globalization

COVID-19 has changed the way we work forever. In response to lockdowns, many companies moved their operations online, effectively allowing employees to work from anywhere in the world. The effect that this will have on the world remains unknown, but many predict it could bring about a new wave of globalization.
1st Oct 2020 - World Economic Forum

Free to Work Remotely, Young Americans Are Covid Road Tripping

You might think that a global pandemic isn’t a great time for a road trip. For some young Americans, it’s the perfect time. Over the summer, Bret Collazzi and his fiancee Di Gao decided to give up the lease on their New York apartment, buy a car and spend the foreseeable future traveling throughout the country while working remotely. They first spent a few weeks in the Catskills, and the plan for the fall is to drive from New York to Seattle, then head to cities in California, Texas and back through Louisiana.
1st Oct 2020 - Bloomberg

Twitter employees can now work from home forever

From his home base on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Anton Andryeyev is running Twitter’s efforts to chase Russian bots and other rogue actors off the platform. A year ago, he traded his office in the company’s San Francisco headquarters for this tropical home office two thousand miles away, surrounded by standup paddle boards and a monitor large enough to see his entire 25-person engineering team all at once. Andryeyev’s remote office represents a sweeping experiment in the future of work: allowing white-collar workers to work from anywhere, forever.
1st Oct 2020 - The Washington Post

ACT public servants to stay working remotely

ACT public servants will stay working remotely, despite federal bureaucrats being told to return to the office. Tens of thousands of Australian public servants were told to return to the office if safe to do so in a circular from the Australian Public Service Commission on Tuesday. It came six months after departments began working remotely due to COVID-19. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he would ask state and territory leaders to encourage their public servants to do the same. "It's time to get our CBDs humming again and I think the Commonwealth public service taking the lead in that regard is a good thing," Mr Morrison said.
1st Oct 2020 - The Canberra Times

Facebook's Workplace partners Deloitte to help companies work remotely

Facebook on Thursday announced a global alliance with Deloitte to help companies to use the social media group’s Workplace tool to meet the challenges of remote working. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed work for millions around the world who have switched from being in the office to working from home, fuelling demand for enterprise connectivity platforms, such as Workplace, Slack and Microsoft Teams. The proportion of staff travelling to work in Britain was only 59% in the last week, the Office for National Statistics said on Thursday, with the numbers in London and other major cities lower still.
1st Oct 2020 - Reuters UK

Half of organizations experienced security incidents while working remotely

A new report from email security company Tessian reveals that 75% of IT decision makers believe the future of work will be remote or “hybrid” - where employees choose to split their time between working in the office and anywhere else they’d like. As businesses try to deliver a seamless hybrid experience, Tessian’s Securing the Future of Hybrid Working report reveals the security risks they must overcome and the pressures on IT teams.
1st Oct 2020 - Security Magazine

Companies are now hiring 'directors of remote working' to manage staff who never see the office

Employers are hiring 'heads of remote' to manage staff working from home - Data shows that vacancies for remote-working roles have risen by 147 per cent - Remote working is 'here to stay', according to the co-founder of jobs site Adzuna
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Nurturing Community When Working Remotely

After nearly seven months into an unprecedented pandemic, the excitement of transitioning to remote working has settled and the hours spent on Zoom may be causing the cabin fever to settle in. Now, business leaders are planning their next move in terms of the workplace and what the best method of conducting operations will be in the future. While there have been criticisms of working from home over the last several months, it is important to note that being forced to work remotely offers a different experience than having the choice to do so. Of course, workers are enjoying the lack of commute, but the freedom to actually choose where you work and create your own schedule without considering childcare and home-related responsibilities is lost.
30th Sep 2020 - AllWork.Space

Remote work could reshape company sustainability goals

In September 2019, e-commerce giant Shopify launched a Sustainability Fund, committing to invest at least $5 million every year into technology and projects to fight climate change. At the time of the announcement, the company couldn’t have anticipated that less than a year later, in May 2020, they would decide that their workforce would be digital-by-default, a move spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Working remotely would now be the norm for its employees, and it would change the way Shopify looked at its own sustainability efforts.
30th Sep 2020 - Fast Company

Google asks staff remote working from abroad to return

During the height of the pandemic, the firm allowed some of its staff to move abroad for personal reasons, such as returning to their home country, and continue working remotely
30th Sep 2020 - Irish Examiner

Does your profession suit remote working?

In the work-from-home revolution, no two styles of working are the same: flexibility in work hours and location gives employees some degree of freedom and autonomy that in-office work might not. Behind this facet of telecommuting, however, not all workers are able to enjoy the same privilege. In the US alone, more than 100 million people hold jobs that cannot be performed at home. The era of social distancing is thus creating a new kind of digital divide: between those who have the option to work from home and those who don’t.
30th Sep 2020 - Human Resources Director

90% of employers have addressed staff mental health

Nine in 10 (90%) of employers in Europe have taken positive steps to look after the mental health and wellbeing of their employees during the pandemic, according to research by Littler. Its European Employer Covid-19 2020 research published in September 2020, which surveyed 750 European employers, also found that almost three in five (57%) of respondents were offering flexible working schedules so employees can look after children or sick family members during the pandemic. Furthermore, over half (51%) of employees say they were communicating with their employees on a regular basis to update them on how their organisation is dealing with the pandemic, and answering any questions or concerns they might have.
30th Sep 2020 - Employee Benefits

IT Chiefs Address Growing Set of Collaboration Problems Tied to Remote Work

Half a year into the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, information-technology leaders are tackling a new set of communication problems, as companies extend their remote-work infrastructure beyond business continuity and into employee well-being. Most of their efforts are aimed at bridging a sprawling communications gap between corporate managers and their workers, who are no longer under the same roof. “Covid-19 has accelerated all our projects, especially those related to technology and how it could help us bring people together during this moment,” said Iuri Miranda, chief executive officer of Burger King Brazil.
30th Sep 2020 - The Wall Street Journal

UCLA Allowing Faculty And Staff Successfully Working Remotely to Stay Home Through March

UCLA announced Tuesday it will allow some faculty and staff to work remotely through the end of its winter quarter, March 19, in an effort to limit the number of people on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension applies to "faculty and staff at UCLA who have successfully been able to work remotely,'' the university said. It does not apply to those who have been working on campus, are "associated with the ramp-up of UCLA research'' or instructors and support staff who have been approved to conduct winter courses with an on-campus component.
29th Sep 2020 - NBC Southern California


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Frances Benge: Remote working during lockdown might prompt more permanent change

Inspiration Point director Jocelyn Bray spoke to a series of New Zealand non-profit leaders about their experience of lockdown. This week, it is Frances Benge, chief executive Cure Kids. 1. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given recently? Working remotely ensures we focus on the skill sets of colleagues and not their personalties. Personalities can be a distraction to productivity and remote working has provided greater collegiality and collaboration and respect for each other.
30th Sep 2020 - Stuff.co.nz

Stay Secure and Productive While Working Remotely

The COVID-19 outbreak has forced organisations to re-think their approach towards mobile and remote working overnight. In the past, organisations have used remote working as a perk to attract and retain talent. However, the pandemic’s onset changed remote working from optional to essential, creating new habits amongst teams and individuals. With lock-down lifting in most countries, we are now at a crossroads and CIOs must decide whether the five-month remote-working experiment is worth incorporating into the company’s long-term strategy. In this article, I’ll take a fresh new look into the two most significant remote working elements, namely people and technology, and discuss how enterprises can ensure their employees are safe and productive while working remotely.
29th Sep 2020 - UC Today

Working Remotely From Now On

For some, working from home during the pandemic has been - and still expected to be - temporary. But for others, the move to remote work has become permanent, because employers - and employees - have decided it’s better that way.
29th Sep 2020 - WUTC

Teambuilding Ideas For Newly Remote Workers

Before 2020, less than 4% of companies had remote workers. Now, one in three companies is offering remote work, and many are looking to make the shift permanent. This is a drastic change in a short period. Working remotely provides benefits that are uncommon in a traditional office, but it can also lead to a shift in team dynamics. How can you increase collaboration and build team spirit remotely, and why is connection important to productivity and success?
29th Sep 2020 - AllWork.Space

How Companies Are Supporting Employees in The Times of Remote Working

Before the Covid-19 pandemic isolated everyone into their homes, physical office spaces offered immense opportunities for team building. Earlier companies were able to focus on the personal as well as professional development of their employees by organising activities such as office parties, lunches, bonding exercises and office breaks. These activities play a key role in making employees feel they are contributing to something larger and increase the overall team spirit. In particular, office parties, activities and bonding sessions help employees to trust each other and increase their motivation to work as a team.
29th Sep 2020 - Entrepreneur

BusinessWise: Kids at home while you work? Some ways to cope

Question: I am working remotely, and my children are doing school online from home. Do you have any tips for staying productive while adjusting to working from home with my kids? A: The coronavirus pandemic is changing the way people across the country work. Many people moved to remote work early in the pandemic, and for those with children, working from home became a lot more challenging. With some child care facilities indefinitely shut down and many school districts transitioning to online learning this semester, remote workers have struggled to simultaneously work productively and actively parent. Some tips for working remotely with school-age children:
29th Sep 2020 - The Cincinnati Enquirer

Utah wants to incentivize companies to work remotely

Remote work has been on UCAIR’s drawing board of potential clean air policies for some years. They just couldn’t figure out how to get the state’s politicians and businesses on board. “All our data before [the stay home directive] showed three major stumbling blocks. One was attitudes—executives, in particular, like to be around people,” Thom Carter, executive director of UCAIR says. Other concerns included a perception that productivity declines when workers work remotely and a belief that doing so would cost businesses more money by forcing them to provide laptops and other equipment for their employees. UCAIR tried convincing local businesses that remote work was good for the environment and for the local economy, but it was a hard sell. Then came the pandemic and the stay-home orders, and something remarkable happened—global concentrations of air pollution fell by as much as 60 percent, proving the potential environmental benefits were even greater than previously imagined. “Necessity is often the mother of invention, and people went home,” Carter says. As they did, local attitudes toward remote work began to rapidly shift.
29th Sep 2020 - Utah Business

Is Remote Working Here to Stay?

Work-from-home (WFH) has become a very controversial employment scheme. Although the benefits have been discussed, governments and companies were resistant to making it the norm. But the case against remote working was more about prejudices. Employers typically thought that a lack of direct contact would permit employees to shirk their duties, among other reservations. In recent years, we have seen a surge in remote working, with more companies adopting this type of work as a benefit included in their compensation packages. Remote working for one or two days per week became a common fixture in many sectors. But it was not until Covid-19 that we saw an exponential increase in WFH arrangements
29th Sep 2020 - Nearshore Americas

State of Our Schools: Moms worried about balancing work, remote learning

Back to school has come with headaches for many parents who are struggling to balance work and remote learning, especially those whose kids require special-education services.
29th Sep 2020 - News 12 New Jersey

JPMorgan Says Most Consumer Staff to Work From Home Until 2021

JPMorgan Chase & Co. told thousands of office workers across its consumer unit they can plan to continue working remotely until next year, breaking with the firm’s Wall Street operations, which mandated that senior traders return to work. The directive, which was communicated to staff in several memos Monday, applies to most U.S.-based employees in the consumer unit who have been working remotely to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. It excludes branch workers and some in operations, according to a person briefed on the staffing plans. The consumer and community banking unit, which operates primarily in the U.S., has 122,089 employees, the most of any of the firm’s divisions.
29th Sep 2020 - Bloomberg


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27% of staff working remotely considering their career

Over a quarter (27%) of employees who are working from home during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) are reconsidering their career options due how their organisation has dealt with the pandemic, according to research by Canada Life. The survey of 624 working adults in the UK, published 28 September 2020, also found that over a quarter (26%) of respondents would prefer to work flexible working hours, while 15% would prefer their organisation to provide better mental health support. Furthermore, just under two in five (17%) would want better home office setups when working remotely, with 13% of respondents wanting their employee to upgrade their WiFi connection so they can work from home more efficiently.
28th Sep 2020 - Employee Benefits

Managerial Support Needed For Remote Working To Endure

The coronavirus pandemic has meant huge swathes of the population have been working from home for the last few months. As workplaces begin to re-open, the question turns to whether this shift is temporary, or whether those of us who have been advocating remote working for many years might finally see a more permanent change. New research from Harvard Business School suggests that after Covid-19, the majority of us will trudge back into the office again. After a survey of around 1,800 from a range of small and large businesses, the researchers found that just 16% of those currently working from home will continue to do so.
28th Sep 2020 - Forbes

JPMorgan Chase tells thousands of workers across U.S. to work remotely into 2021

JPMorgan Chase & Co. told thousands of office workers across its consumer unit they can plan to continue working remotely until next year, breaking with the firm’s Wall Street operations, which mandated that senior traders return to work. The directive, which was communicated to staff in several memos Monday, applies to most U.S.-based employees in the consumer unit who have been working remotely to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. It excludes branch workers and some in operations, according to a person briefed on the staffing plans.
28th Sep 2020 - The Dallas Morning News

Brazilian government achieves multimillion-dollar savings with remote working

The Brazilian government estimates it has achieved savings of more than 1 billion reais (US$ 180 million) with remote working since the start of the pandemic, and a new framework has been introduced this month with rules that include employee responsibility for expenses such as electricity. According to the report released on Friday (25) by the Ministry of Economy, the figure considers 859 million (US$ 154 million) in fixed expenses relating to the maintenance of physical offices. The savings reported also take into account a reduction of 161 million reais (US$ 29 million) in benefits to workers between April and August 2020.
28th Sep 2020 - ZDNet

House buyers look outside the cities as remote working grows

The price of a three-bedroom semi-detached house across the country rose by 0.6 per cent over the past three months to €236,046, an annual increase of 0.4 per cent. Reflecting the beginnings of a flight to rural locations, prices in the rest of the country’s towns rose by almost 1 per cent in 12 weeks to €163,345. It comes amid reports of house buyers queueing overnight to purchase homes in Carlow over the weekend. The Irish Times reports that more than 30 people queued in bitter weather to better their chances of getting a home among the 18 new properties in Castle Oaks estate in Carlow town, with the houses coming on to the market on Saturday morning. Auctioneer June Doran maintains that the “unprecedented” interest comes from how work has been affected by the coronavirus; working from home has “freed up” people to consider moving beyond Dublin, she says.
28th Sep 2020 - BreakingNews.ie

Remote working opening doors to jobs on the road

Millions of Americans are now working at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while some are working far away from home. Travel blogger Lindsey Myers and her husband like to rent out their home in Charleston while they travel the world. Most recently they spent a two-month stint in Tulum, Mexico. "We did it in Bali for a couple months, we've done Scotland and Ireland we did Belgium," Myers says.
28th Sep 2020 - WNYT

Tim Cook's Optimism On Remote Working

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc., has expressed his confidence about employees’ ability to work remotely and expects that this new way of working will stick around for years to come. In an interview at The Atlantic Festival, Cook added he does not foresee the workforce returning to normal operations in the future as “we’ve found that there are some things that actually work really well virtually.” He added that 10% to 15% of Apple workers have returned to the office and still hopes that employees can come back to the company’s new Silicon Valley campus next year. While Cook has been primarily optimistic about remote working, he admits that there is no replication of working in person with colleagues, which can help spark creativity.
28th Sep 2020 - AllWork.Space

The rise of remote work can be unexpectedly liberating

In the initial months of the pandemic, remote work seemed full of upsides: more flexibility for employees and an expectation of greater profits, productivity and retention for their employers. But what if the long-studied benefits of remote work look different in a post-pandemic world? In particular, what if employee loyalty and engagement decrease once remote work is no longer an exception but rather the norm? And what if that’s not a bad thing? What if a more disconnected work force leads to changes that could make employees happier and companies more compassionate? I’m a fan of remote work, but it presents unique challenges in helping staffs feel connected to their teammates and the company.
28th Sep 2020 - Economic Times

Japan wants people to work remotely from beautiful national parks - Insider

Japan is hoping to attract people to work remotely from its national parks. Several parks have added wifi access points, built rentable workstations, and even have staff who will bring workers food. "We want people to engage in remote work while relaxing in an environment away from their usual daily life," an official at the Kyukamura Kishu Kada resort hotel at Setonaikai National Park told Japan Times.
28th Sep 2020 - INSIDER

Long commutes may be behind shift to remote working as London workers shun the office

Commute times and long work days and weeks could be contributing to a longer-term shift to remote working for UK workers, according to big data platform Stratigens. UK workers, especially in London, have been slower to return to traditional office workspaces compared to workers in major European cities and countries, Stratigens said. Data from Stratigens, synthesised from 1,500 big data sources, finds that: London’s broadband speed is slower than that in other major capitals such as Madrid, Paris, Brussels and Berlin London has a higher percentage of the population commuting than any of the other cities analysed – Paris, Milan, Brussels, Berlin Commute time for London is longer than other major European cities. London’s average commute time is 45 minutes compared to 35 minutes in Madrid and 24 minutes in Berlin - London has the longest working day and working week but productivity is lower. London employees work an average of eight hours per day and a 36-hour week – higher than Berlin, Brussels, Milan or Paris.
28th Sep 2020 - Recruiter

It’s time to commit to remote working

It’s been six months since many of us have been to the office. What started as a crisis response to a pandemic has segued into A New Normal – and we don’t know when things are likely to change. A recent survey on LinkedIn from Digivizer CEO Emma Lo Russo found that 63% of respondents were still working from home. Facebook, Uber and Google aren’t planning on sending staff back to the office until mid-2021. Most organisations have pivoted remarkably well to remote working. Productivity is up, interest in exercise has increased and fathers are reportedly spending more time caring for their children.
28th Sep 2020 - Mumbrella


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Australians want to work from home more post-COVID

75% of workers think employers will support future work from home plans - More Australians want to work from home an average of two days per week after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey by the University of Sydney Business School. The Transport Opinion Survey, conducted by the University of Sydney Business School’s internationally respected Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS), found that across all industries, one in five employees worked from home regularly before the pandemic. Three in four workers believe that post-COVID-19, their employers are more likely to support work from home than they did before the pandemic. During the pandemic, the number of work from home days doubled for managers and almost tripled for employees in sales and clerical/administration work.
28th Sep 2020 - News - The University of Sydney

The looming legal minefield of working from home

A poll of more than 750 European employers published last week showed 41 per cent have plans to make it easier for staff to keep working remotely once offices reopen. They may not give a fig if their staff are lighting up at home, but they do care about much else, such as how much work is being done. That is already raising potential legal headaches, as I discovered after calling UK employment lawyers last week.
27th Sep 2020 - Financial Times

Working remotely

One of the consequences of the coronavirus on employers has been an increase in the number of persons working remotely, very often working from home. This did not happen just in Malta but also in other countries. Although specific numbers are not fully known, indications are that as many as a third of employees have worked from home during this period. Business meetings were also held online. We got to realise how much time we wasted by being stuck in traffic going to work or driving back home or going to meetings. When I broached the subject of remote working with both employers and employees, I was told that they expect that remote working will remain as staff have got accustomed to it. There is general agreement that it will not be remote working for five days a week but more like one or two days working from home and three days working at the workplace
27th Sep 2020 - Times of Malta

‘Working remotely requires more individual contact, not less’

“The last six months have been like playing a game of chess where all the pieces can move in any direction, even the pawns,” says one middle manager in financial services. “My team has changed twice and I’ve had little or no say in the selection process. I’ve ended up with a very mixed group who don’t know each other and have different expectations and levels of experience. None of us has worked from home before and I’m supposed make it all work seamlessly on Zoom while not dropping the ball on productivity.” This is not untypical of the situation many of those now running distributed teams find themselves in. Working from home sounded great in theory and initially everyone was upbeat about being able to work from the sofa in their PJs if they felt like it. But it hasn’t taken long for the realities of remote working to kick in and for people to realise how much we rely on formal and informal interactions to provide stability and structure during the working day.
27th Sep 2020 - The Irish Times

How global teams working remotely build trust

You were hoping to take advantage of the eight-hour time difference to get answers while you were sleeping, and now you’re annoyed. Do you hold onto that feeling, growing increasingly resentful during the day, and drafting passive-aggressive emails to your Japanese co-worker? Or do you let it go, knowing there was likely a reason they didn’t reply, and that you should be patient? The difference between those two responses is trust. Organizational psychologists and good managers know that a lack of trust between co-workers can quickly lead to a breakdown in teams, particularly those that work across geographies and cultures. Research has shown that the quicker you can establish trust, the more efficiently a team can work on a task, and the more resilient it is to the inevitable stresses caused by time zones, cultural differences, pressures, miscommunications, and conflict. Academics call a global team’s ability to do this at the beginning stage of a project “swift trust formation.”
27th Sep 2020 - Quartz

Five exotic destinations inviting remote workers, including Barbados and Bermuda

Working from home has become the new normal for many of us due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While some have struggled to adapt to this new working mode, others have come to the welcome realisation that their job requirements can be completed from anywhere and are beginning to explore their options. As a result, a number of exotic destinations which have seen their tourism revenue pretty much vanish over the past few months are using the situation to their advantage by offering extended visas to remote workers in a bid to inject money into their economies.
27th Sep 2020 - 7NEWS.com.au

Unhappy With Your Old Life? Pandemic Frees Formerly Office-Bound Workers to Experiment With New Ones

Back in July, Chelsea Alexander Paul and her husband, Evan, sat down in their San Francisco apartment and made a spreadsheet of places where they could live and work for the same amount of money or less. The Pauls had lived in the city for four years and once lockdowns began, they spent months working from their one-bedroom home in the Mission District. As of now, their offices won’t reopen until August 2021, freeing them up to focus on a place with better work space and more outdoor activities. “It felt like what we had in the city wasn’t really there anymore and isn’t going to be there for a little while,” said Ms. Paul, who is 32 and senior marketing lead at the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation.
26th Sep 2020 - The Wall Street Journal

Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top remote work concerns | TheHill

Six months after states began issuing stay-at-home orders, many employees have settled into working-from-home routines that are likely to persist in some form beyond the pandemic. But with that seismic shift comes concerns about productivity, fatigue and cybersecurity. Those issues are likely to become more prominent as a greater share of the labor force make remote work a long-term practice. A record 49 percent of Americans reported having telecommuted in a Gallup poll released last month, and the average telecommuter spent nearly 12 out of 20 days working at home, up from just below six days the year prior. Among college graduates, 76 percent reported having telecommuted.
25th Sep 2020 - The Hill

The rise of the 'half-tourist' who combines work with a change of scene

Covid-19 has accelerated the decline of the office, but not everyone wants to work from home. We look at travel firms catering to the growing number of nomadic workers
25th Sep 2020 - The Guardian

The Rise of Remote Work Can Be Unexpectedly Liberating

In the initial months of the pandemic, remote work seemed full of upsides: more flexibility for employees and an expectation of greater profits, productivity and retention for their employers. But what if the long-studied benefits of remote work look different in a post-pandemic world? In particular, what if employee loyalty and engagement decrease once remote work is no longer an exception but rather the norm? And what if that’s not a bad thing? What if a more disconnected work force leads to changes that could make employees happier and companies more compassionate?
25th Sep 2020 - The New York Times


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Serbia to grant residence, work permits to foreigners working remotely for employers based abroad

Serbia plans to provide foreign citizens working remotely for companies based abroad with an opportunity to receive a one-year residence and work permit as of January 1, labour minister Zoran Djordjevic said. "Our idea is to be the first country in Europe that will introduce the possibility for those working for foreign companies who are not our citizens, to continue doing their job, living in Serbia," Djordjevic said in a press release on Wednesday. Foreign citizens who can prove that they receive a gross monthly salary of more than 3,500 euro ($4,100) from an employer based abroad and want to live in Serbia will be able to obtain a one-year residence and work permit, Djordjevic said. In this way, Serbia will be able to increase its value-added tax (VAT) revenue, Djordjevic added.
25th Sep 2020 - SeeNews

3 Ways To Embed Continuous Learning When Working Remotely

Opportunities to learn and develop are hallmarks of a great place to work, tightly linked to the attraction and retention of top talent. 94% of employees say they would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career development and the opportunity to learn is one of the top reasons why people accept a job offer. 42% of millennial employees say they are likely to leave if they are not learning fast enough. Learning is a mix of formal training, learning from others and on-the-job learning. Usually, we pick up knowledge, skills and advice from watching coworkers solve problems and through interacting in an office environment. So how do we ensure continuous learning when the communal office spaces and water cooler chats have been taken away?
24th Sep 2020 - Forbes

Spain – Government to regulate remote work

The Council defines remote working as work that is done in a three-month reference period, during a minimum 30% of the working day and the equivalent proportional percentage according to the duration of the employment contract. Minister for Work and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz said more than 3 million workers in Spain have been working remotely during the pandemic, showing that this form of employment increases productivity "and will also undoubtedly increase the competitiveness of the Spanish economy".
24th Sep 2020 - Staffing Industry Analysts

Many Google staff may never return to office full-time post-Covid

Google is planning for a world in which many of its employees never return to the office full-time, its chief executive has revealed. Sundar Pichai said 62% of Google employees had expressed an interest in returning to the officepart-time, and that the company would try to accommodate that desire even after the Covid pandemic subsides. In an interview with Time magazine, which named Pichai as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, he said: “I see the future as being more flexible. We firmly believe that being in-person, being together, having a sense of community is super important when you have to solve hard problems and create something new, so we don’t see that changing. But we do think we need to create more flexibility and more hybrid models.”
24th Sep 2020 - The Guardian

Remote Ready: How To Stay Productive When Working Remotely - ZOBUZ

Are you trying to figure out how to stay productive when working remotely? Read this article to learn the best tips for remote workers. Working remotely is a dream for many people. The ability to create your hours and work from the comfort of your home can seem irresistible when you are sitting in a cubicle at your 9-5. However, while working remotely offers many benefits, there are a few challenges as well. Whether you own your own business or just don’t have to work in the office, you are suddenly taking on the role of boss and employee and it can be tempting to figure out how to stay productive.
24th Sep 2020 - Zobuz

Working across time zones can mean being up at 3 a.m. It’s worth it for some travelers.

Tiffany Shan works as a production assistant for a filmmaker who is based in her home state of California. But she wakes up in Sydney around 4 a.m. most Saturdays, when it’s 11 a.m. and still Friday in Pacific time, to do her job. In Belgrade, Serbia, travel blogger Philip Weiss logs on to his laptop in the late afternoon to check in with his team members as they’re waking up in Oregon.
24th Sep 2020 - Washington Post

Log on in paradise: The exotic destinations inviting remote workers

Working from home has become the new normal for many of us due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While some have struggled to adapt to this new working mode, others have come to the welcome realization that their job requirements can be completed from anywhere and are beginning to explore their options. As a result, a number of exotic destinations which have seen their tourism revenue pretty much vanish over the past few months are using the situation to their advantage by offering extended visas to remote workers in a bid to inject money into their economies. From Anguilla to Barbados, here are five of the most alluring destinations currently vying for remote workers.
24th Sep 2020 - CNN

Why Those Working Remotely Have Been Showering And Shaving Less!

Lockdown office workers have been avoiding the shower and shaving while working from home, according to Jonathan Myers ,the chief executive of one of the world’s biggest soap makers. For more we were joined by Dr Orla Cahill - Microbiologist in Technological University Dublin.
24th Sep 2020 - Newstalk


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Covid-19 accelerated BBC News’ remote working

If there’s one thing the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us in broadcasting, it’s the need to work more flexibly, enabling staff with the right tools to be able to work from wherever they need to: on location, in the office or at home. Furthermore, Covid-19 has made us more reliant on automated vision mixing and delivery in our TV studios, to allow social distancing for our teams. In BBC News, we already had plans and ambitions to create a more remote-capable, connected newsroom. Prior to the pandemic, we’d launched our online planning and deployment tool, Wolftech, and this helped as our teams went into lockdown, quickly having to transition to working from home.
24th Sep 2020 - Broadcast

So you're working remotely and want to move? Read this first

If you've been working from home for the past six months, you may be ready for a change of scenery and may be entertaining the idea of moving. After all, if you don't have to be tethered to your office, maybe you prefer to be closer to family (more babysitting!). Or you'd like to relocate someplace where you can hike or surf. Or you might just want to move someplace cheaper or less crowded. But if you're eyeing a move to another state or region, factor in how that may affect your job, your pay, your benefits and your taxes. Before calling the movers, here are four questions you'll want answers to from your HR and benefits department as well as from a professional tax adviser.
24th Sep 2020 - CNN

UK gov makes U-turn on remote working guidance

Businesses in London have once again reverted to remote working following the latest advice from the UK government, which has seen it once again urge employees to work from home. Some 1,000 members of staff at Barclays have been told to go back to home offices following the government's U-turn, the bank has said.
23rd Sep 2020 - IT PRO

Will remote working lead to longterm travel opportunities

Four months of working from his apartment in Washington, D.C., had him going stir crazy and needing to get out. After researching places where Americans were allowed to travel and reasonable safety precautions seemed to be in place, he jetted to Aruba for a week in July. “I wanted to dip my toes into the water, literally and figuratively,” he says. Now, he’s looking at returning to Aruba or one of the other destinations open to Americans for a longer trip. There are still details to sort out, but he has time: Google’s U.S. offices aren’t reopening until July 2021—at the earliest.
23rd Sep 2020 - National Geographic

What CEOs Really Think About Remote Work

CEOs and other executives say they’ve seen enough to judge whether remote work is working. But the verdict depends on whom you ask. Here’s what some leaders are saying about working from home and the value of an office:
23rd Sep 2020 - The Wall Street Journal

Nearly 40% of bosses say staff will be working remotely by end of 2020

Almost 90 per cent of business leaders in Ireland think Covid-19 has accelerated the digital transformation of their organisation, while nearly 40 per cent say the majority of their staff will be working remotely by the end of 2020. That’s according to a poll by the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Ireland. Experts believe the pandemic has triggered a permanent shift in working patterns as more companies and employees embrace the concept of remote working.
23rd Sep 2020 - The Irish Times

Bloomberg - Genpact CEO Tiger Tyagarajan discusses what working remotely has meant for the global company.

Genpact CEO Tiger Tyagarajan discusses what working remotely has meant for the global company. He talks about ways the pandemic has made workers realize the effectiveness of using technology to communicate. Tyagarajan also points out how virtual meetings have provided more seats at tables for diverse individuals. Hosts: Carol Massar and Jason Kelly. Producer: Doni Holloway.
23rd Sep 2020 - Bloomberg

How to Get a Good Night's Sleep While Working Remotely

As we navigate our new normal, studies are showing that working while sitting in bed, can contribute to sleep disorders or "coronasomnia." With school starting for New York City public school students this week and next week, NY1's Kristen Shaughnessy spoke with psychologist Dr. Dana Galler-Hodkin of NYU Langone Child Study Center—Long Island who teaches us the importance of how kids can learn remotely and get a good night’s sleep. "When it comes to teenagers and sleep, we really want to limit screen time on TV's and smartphones one hour before bed," Galler-Hodkin said. "The blue light suppressess melatonin production in the brain, making it harder to fall asleep." She says social media before bed can affect a teenager's sleep habits and create anxiety making it harder to sleep.
23rd Sep 2020 - Spectrum News NY1

Lets look at how the remote work law will affect you.

The Council of Ministers will today approve a remote work law, a regulation that has been under negotiations for the last few months. The necessity for the new regulations comes due to the Covid-19 state of alarm, which forced millions of employees to carry out their professional work from home since mid March
23rd Sep 2020 - Euro Weekly News

Google will try 'hybrid' work-from-home models, as most employees don't want to come in every day

Most Google employees want to return to the office at some point, but not every day, according to a recent Google survey of its employees’ desires for post-pandemic work. The company said it is planning “hybrid” models for future work, including rearranging its offices, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said in an interview with Time magazine on Wednesday. Silicon Valley companies are competing on flexible work options for existing and prospective talent.
23rd Sep 2020 - CNBC


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Almost 50 per cent of the UK workforce are now remote working

The Office for National Statistics found that around 47 per cent of people in employment did some work at home in April 2020. Around 86 per cent of these were due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More people are working from home than ever before, and for most a full move back to the office is looking unlikely. According to Alphawise, the research unit for Morgan Stanley, the vast majority (over 82 per cent) who worked from home during the pandemic would like to continue remote working.
24th Sep 2020 - Salisbury Journal

'We won't return to how things were' - Apple CEO on where remote working has worked and where it hasn't

Apple employees will likely not return to a complete office-based working environment after the pandemic, according to CEO Tim Cook. In an interview with The Atlantic, Cook said that between 10 and 15 per cent of Apple employees are working in offices at the moment, with the rest working remotely.
23rd Sep 2020 - CRN

'Work from home': Johnson starts shutting down Britain again as COVID-19 spreads

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell people on Tuesday to work from home and will impose new curbs on pubs, bars and restaurants in a bid to tackle the swiftly accelerating second wave of the coronavirus outbreak.
22nd Sep 2020 - Reuters

Spain's home working draft bill to make employers pay for expenses

The Spanish government has agreed with unions and business leaders that employers must cover home working expenses after the coronavirus pandemic caused millions to work from their living rooms. “It was fundamental to regulate remote working to protect the rights of workers,” Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias told state-owned TV channel TVE on Tuesday. “This new rule will boost productivity and the competitiveness of the Spanish economy”, as well as the working conditions of the Spaniards who partly worked from home in 2020, Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz told a news conference later.
22nd Sep 2020 - Reuters UK

What remote jobs tell us about inequality

Not every worker in every job can hit the ground running in a home-work set-up. That could be a problem for certain individuals – and even entire economies.
22nd Sep 2020 - BBC News

Making friends with coworkers when you're working remotely

Love them or hate them, your coworkers have a big influence over how much you like your job. While they may have less impact when you’re working at home, since you’re not necessarily affected by somebody fun or annoying sitting next to you, work relationships still matter, says Shasta Nelson, author of The Business of Friendship: Making the Most of Our Relationships Where We Spend Most of Our Time.
22nd Sep 2020 - Fast Company

Cisco: Ensure Collaboration to Better Survive Remote Working

Speaking on a Cisco webinar, Wendy Nather, head of advisory CISOs, said there is need for collaboration over control, as “control presents greater cost for the enterprise.” Asking what you can ask users to take care of on the security side, and what can you no longer enforce, Richard Archdeacon, advisory CISO for Cisco EMEA said there is a chance CISOs are “losing control anyway and will need to become collaborative in order to secure their organizations.” Fellow advisory CISO J. Wolfgang Goerlich said we have seen the workforce has become more savvy, and this has led to “creative things” in terms of the way the business works with the employees. Goerlich said the idea of collaboration is sound, and asked how can we introduce constraints, yet still have good relations with the workforce? “Also, how can we leverage this savviness of the workforce that it is developing, and how can we embrace our shadow so to speak?”
22nd Sep 2020 - Infosecurity Magazine

Companies scramble to reverse UK back-to-office plans

Companies across England were left scrambling to reverse plans to return thousands of staff to their offices on Tuesday after the government abandoned its push to get more people working in towns and city centres. The government has encouraged workers to return to offices since August, ramping up the pressure on businesses to bring back employees after schools returned at the start of September. But just three weeks later, the prime minister announced an abrupt U-turn following a surge in Covid-19 infections, leaving companies frantically rethinking plans for office staff.
22nd Sep 2020 - Financial Times

Apple CEO Tim Cook Exemplifies The Current Trend Of Cautiously Balancing Working Remotely Versus Returning To The Office

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, was one of the few remaining holdouts against the work-from-home movement. Cook is similar to his fellow tech-titan CEOs of Amazon, Google and Facebook that have either leased, purchased or are in the process of building corporate space, while simultaneously telling employees that they could work from home. You can’t blame him for wanting staff to come into the office, as Apple has some magnificent and costly corporate accommodations.
22nd Sep 2020 - Forbes

The contagious risks and rewards of remote working

Netflix’s solution was to hire and keep the most talented team members, which encouraged laggards to raise their game. On to this “talent density”, the group layered radical candour — “only say about someone what you will say to their face” — and transparency, sharing even sensitive financial information with all staff. The Netflix approach fits the growing consensus that transparency is bracingly positive. It helps discourage bad behaviour (“Sunlight is the best disinfectant”, in US Supreme Court judge Louis Brandeis’s famous dictum). It aligns people with the corporate culture. It encourages trust and responsibility.
22nd Sep 2020 - Financial Times


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Belfast named best UK city to work from home

Remote working has become the new normal in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and it has been proven to be a largely successful experiment in many cases, with perks for both employees and employers. There are some areas of the UK that it works particularly well, including Belfast, Birmingham and Nottingham. A survey carried out by specialist banner printing company instantprint revealed the best and worst cities for working remotely based on a number of key factors, including internet speed, property size and price, rent costs and the cost of living, with Belfast, Birmingham and Nottingham coming out on top.
21st Sep 2020 - Descrier

With remote work flexibility, some people opt to relocate ahead of their retirement

If you are thinking of relocating when you retire, there are several things to consider before you make the move. One of them may now be whether you should do it before you leave the workforce. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, many Americans are working remotely — and may be for some time to come. Several companies have added the option for employees to work from home for the rest of their career, including Twitter, which has said its employees can keep working from home “forever.”
21st Sep 2020 - CNBC

Business Travel’s Fresh Start in the New World of Remote Working

As well as giving employees more flexibility and freedom, business travel also gets a makeover in the next phase of remote working. But that nirvana is still a way off because even after coronavirus, companies will be need to be clinical in their transition to remote working. That’s according to Darren Murph, head of remote at GitLab. Speaking at the Skift Global Forum opening event on Monday, he said the software services company wrote the “playbook” on distributed workforces, several months before the pandemic began.
21st Sep 2020 - Skift

Flexible working set to take hold like never before

There have been plenty of weighty predictions about the lasting transformations taking place because of the Covid-19 pandemic, with much speculation about the future balance between office and home-based working. A study by the Financial Times found that many employers are planning to keep the majority of their staff working remotely until at least early next year. In a similar exercise, the BBC recently questioned 50 of the UK’s largest employers about their intentions for staff
21st Sep 2020 - HeraldScotland

Apple CEO Impressed by Remote Work, Sees Permanent Changes

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said he’s been impressed by employees’ ability to operate remotely and predicted that some new work habits will remain after the pandemic. During an interview at The Atlantic Festival on Monday, Cook said Apple created products including new Apple Watches and iPads that are launching on time this year, despite the need for most employees to work away from the office due to Covid-19.
21st Sep 2020 - Bloomberg on MSN.com

Office working was already on the way out, Covid-19 has just hastened its end

When future social historians look back at the second half of the 20th century, they might well conceptualise it as the era of the office, immortalised in the lounge-suit and long-lunch lifestyles of Mad Men. They will also note that even if the pandemic and great lockdown of 2020 accelerated its final demise, that the office ecosystem had been on life-support for more than a decade already; sustained in part by nostalgia and in part by those who remain heavily invested in it. That includes the human resources managers who peddle the myth of open-plan productivity; the restaurants, laundrettes and other services which rely on office traffic, and those whose pension and assets are locked into what they assumed was always going to be a safe bet—real estate and services in the wealthiest parts of town.
21st Sep 2020 - iNews


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Amid coronavirus, Aruba invites Americans to relocate visa-free for 3 months

Officials in Aruba are inviting weary Americans to relocate visa-free for three months and work remotely (or not) amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Aruba Tourism Authority launched the “One Happy Workation” program this week, inviting anyone with a valid U.S. passport to relocate to the Caribbean isle for 90 days.
21st Sep 2020 - Fox Business

The coronavirus chronicles: What kind of remote worker are you? | Millie F. Dizon

‘You actually go to your office to work?” Many of my colleagues in public relations and marketing express surprise—and disbelief—when they learn that yes, I have been going to office regularly since May. On the other hand, I continue to be amazed on how many continue to work from home, and seem to have settled quite comfortably into it.
21st Sep 2020 - Business Mirror

Agencies explore idea of Finland as 'remote working paradise'

California is seeing a pandemic-induced exodus, Stefan Lindström, Finland's consul general in Los Angeles, told Yle. "One of my friends, an Indian-American, is moving to Estonia next week," he said, adding that countries are now competing for nomadic top talent. In addition to Estonia, which recently launched its Digital Nomad Visa programme, the Netherlands is also fast-tracking visas for start-up entrepreneurs, IT professionals and investors. Canada meanwhile offers two-week processing times for certain work permits. Finland has a lot to offer in this space, according to Lindström.
20th Sep 2020 - YLE News

Here’s the growing list of schools going remote because of COVID-19 (Sept. 19, 2020)

In most cases, the switch to all-remote learning is temporary -- typically for a few to as many as 14 days. And many districts have only had to send home students from one school, where the cases of COVID-19 were found, but students at other schools in that district continue in-person learning. The state Department of Health issued guidelines for schools on how to handle positive cases, when to ask students to quarantine and when schools need to switch to remote learning.
19th Sep 2020 - NJ.com on MSN.com

Average worker gets 'career burnout' at age 32 - and 59% now say that they do MORE hours working from home amid coronavirus lockdowns, survey finds

A study asked 2,000 people if they feel burnout with work and why. More than half reported working more hours because their office is in their home. This is due to the coronavirus pandemic forcing many to leave the office. Other responses included taking on more work and having to always be on
19th Sep 2020 - Daily Mail


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Love working from home? Here are 20 of the best jobs and careers for being remote

To help guide those who are job searching amid a pandemic, and particularly looking for jobs they can do from home, our friends at FlexJobs have pinpointed 20 of the most common remote job titles, along with their average pay. We also reached out to those in co-working spaces to take a pulse on remote work and learn, from an on-the-ground level, what fields tend to excel in remote work environments.
18th Sep 2020 - MarketWatch

What is the future of remote working for charities?

We examine how the last few months of remote working have brought charity service delivery in line with people’s wider experience of digital services - and how the pandemic will shape the future of charity service delivery
17th Sep 2020 - Charity Digital News

Aruba Is Inviting Professionals Working From Home to Work From Paradise Instead — What to Know

Aruba Tourism Authority’s new “One Happy Workation” program welcomes professionals working from home to work from the island instead for up to three months
17th Sep 2020 - PEOPLE.com

Parents struggle with remote learning while working from home: 'I'm constantly failing'

In the early days of the pandemic, when schools suddenly shut down and millions of employees were sent to work from home, many parents looked forward to fall as the point when they believed life would return to normal. But back-to-school this fall is anything but routine, with schools across the country either going partially or fully remote. What many thought was going to be a short-term problem could drag into 2021 and beyond. As a result, working parents are panicking as they struggle to figure out how to juggle remote learning and full-time jobs.
17th Sep 2020 - CNBC

Working from home: four in five develop musculoskeletal pain

Poor home working set-ups could be causing thousands of workers discomfort, with four in five who began working remotely in lockdown developing some form of musculoskeletal pain. Charity Versus Arthritis called on firms to encourage their staff to be more open about their home working needs, after it found 89% of those suffering with back, shoulder or neck pain as a result of their new workspace had not told their employer about it.
17th Sep 2020 - Personnel Today

Over 60% of Canadians say they would rather continue to work remotely

Are you dreading heading back to the office? Or, have you gone a little stir-crazy at home and are itching to go back? While the majority of Canadians worked from an external workplace prior to the pandemic, many of them have been working from home during these unprecedented times.
17th Sep 2020 - The Tri-City News

Remote workers completing a week's worth of work in four days

It has long been suggested that remote working boosts employee productivity, but a new report from TalkTalk has shed light on the extent of the improvement. According to the firm, UK workers are in overdrive at home, completing a week's worth of work in four days. “Lockdown Britain has seen a boost in skills and productivity for home workers, with unexpected lessons for how we emerge from the pandemic,” said Tristia Harrison, TalkTalk CEO.
17th Sep 2020 - ITProPortal

Bring some fun into remote work

As a manager of people there seems to be many more things to take into consideration. Work is far more than endless video calls, work is also about building connection and creating shared experiences for all team members. This edition we look at the research and talk to some customers about shared experiences. We’ve looked at best practice and have a number of ways to recognise people (even if working remotely) - a simple ‘thank you’ goes a long way. We've even got ideas on keeping the kids entertained and having fun this school holidays too.
17th Sep 2020 - LinkedIn Pulse

Will Ireland's next remote working guidelines include a right to disconnect?

William Fry associate Darran Brennan outlines what he expects to see in the Government’s reviewed guidelines for remote work. In July, the Irish Government launched a public consultation on remote working guidelines. Submissions were open up to 7 August, with the responses collected set to help shape public policy on remote working. Darran Brennan, an associate in William Fry’s employment and benefits team, would like to see that any updated guidelines reflect the lessons learned from the nation’s recent dramatic shift to remote working.
16th Sep 2020 - Siliconrepublic.com


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Employers in D.C. Region Expect Some Remote Work Into Mid-2021, Survey Finds

About 60% of respondents anticipated less than a third of workers would return to the office by early September because of coronavirus risks. Some are planning for a portion of staff to still be working remotely even next summer.
16th Sep 2020 - Nextgov

The flexible working genie is out of the bottle – let's embrace it

The coronavirus pandemic has in many ways been a catastrophe for disability equality, but one of the silver linings is that it has forced us to think differently about the workplace. The past six months have brought many employers to embrace, out of necessity, the flexible working measures disabled employees have been requesting for years. And studies suggest that it’s not only disabled people benefiting from this shift — 90 per cent of workers want to continue working from home in some form.
16th Sep 2020 - The Times

North Attleboro allowing high-risk teachers to work remotely

Instead, a projected livestream will broadcast Thornton on a large screen at the front of the classroom. A paraprofessional or substitute teacher will supervise students while Thornton teaches them remotely from his home. He is one of several North Attleboro teachers granted special permission to do so after negotiations with union officials, Superintendent Scott Holcomb said. Accommodations have been made for teachers who are at high-risk of severe complications or even death if they catch COVID-19 or if they live with someone who is high risk. “We are tailoring each situation around people in a high-risk category to maximize their ability to educate, and maximize the ability of our students to learn,” Holcomb said.
16th Sep 2020 - The Sun Chronicle

Facebook hiring remote work director to help with work-from-home shift

Facebook is looking for a director of remote work as it plans for a more permanent shift to working from home. The company is looking for someone to help it develop a long-term remote work plan and to lead Facebook's push "toward remote-first ways of working," according to a job posting for the role. Facebook employees will continue working from home until July 2021, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he expects half of the company's workforce to work remotely within the next 10 years.
16th Sep 2020 - Business Insider

Productivity Drops as Work From Home Fatigue Sets In, Survey of Employers Finds

Nearly six months into the forced large-scale work-from-home experiment that the coronavirus pandemic caused, companies have started to report a drop in productivity as remote work fatigue starts to set in, a survey by architect and design firm Vocon found. Vocon surveyed the heads of nearly 50 businesses around the country and found that 40 percent of them have started to see decreases in productivity as staff work remotely. Meanwhile, a quarter of them added their employees were feeling exhausted working from home every day. That runs counter to what the leaders told Vocon early on in the pandemic, when 56 percent of them in April rated productivity as “excellent.”
16th Sep 2020 - Commercial Observer

Are More People Working Freelance During The Coronavirus Pandemic? A Look At The Numbers

The share of U.S. workers freelancing has risen to one in three, with the pandemic accelerating the trend. Even as the larger economy has slowly recovered, the shift has not reversed. Many freelancers report higher earnings and satisfaction with work flexibility. Other sources, however, say that freelancers have weaker relations with their bosses and coworkers, and that the vast majority of workers want full-time positions with benefits
16th Sep 2020 - International Business Times

Bosses predict permanent shift in working and an evolution for cities

Bosses in the City of London predict there will be a fundamental shift in how their companies will use offices in the future, with greater flexibility set to stay after the pandemic ends. As white collar staff slowly trickle back to their workplaces, members of the FT’s City Network, a forum of more than 50 senior executives, argue that Covid-19 will have a long-term impact on office life — but believe that city centres will adapt and thrive to the new ways of working.
16th Sep 2020 - The Financial Times


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A guide to engaging service users while working remotely

According to the findings of Twilio’s “Covid-19 engagement report”, long-term digital transformation roadmaps got compressed into days and weeks in order to respond to remote working. A staggering 97% of decision-makers across organisations surveyed believe COVID-19 accelerated their company’s digital transformation efforts.
15th Sep 2020 - Charity Digital News

Remote-working revolution has begun - and business leaders should get on board

Remote working (where we work), flexible working (when we work) and smart working (how we work) - these are all themes currently being analysed and discussed. These approaches to work are interwoven, at times indistinguishable and can be confusing. Covid-19 has fast-tracked the debate and made some discussion irrelevant as changes have already occurred. This is not evolution, this is revolution. In 34 years in HR, I have never seen such a radical transformation at such speed.
15th Sep 2020 - Independent.ie


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Companies are turning to restaurants, cafes and even algorithms to help staff work from anywhere

As some offices remain closed, corporations are looking at co-working spaces and even cafes and restaurants for employees. Staff working remotely are now used to saving time on their commutes and are unlikely to want to return to offices permanently, with a hybrid model likely for some businesses. One New York real estate firm has turn to an algorithm to calculate who gets to go back to the office and for how much time.
14th Sep 2020 - CNBC

30% of workers in Wales could might never return to the office

Around 30% of workers in Wales could regularly work from home even after the coronavirus pandemic, the Welsh government has said. During the worst of the crisis, people from across the UK were told to work at home if possible, a move that resulted in less road congestion and pollution as well as limiting the spread of the coronavirus. Ministers in Wales have said working remotely can also improve the work-life balance and potentially drive regeneration and economic activity in communities. The plan is for staff to work in the office, at home, or in remote working hubs within easy distance of their homes. It comes after the UK government instructed workers to return to the office last month, concerned about the economic effect of commuters being absent from city centre
14th Sep 2020 - Business Matters

Working from home could be keeping Covid-19 at bay – for proof, look at London

With the number of Covid-19 cases increasing across the country, regional inequalities in lab-confirmed cases have remained stark. Currently, the rate is highest in the north-west (at 824.7 per 100,000 population), Yorkshire and the Humber (726.9), the north-east (689) and West Midlands (576.5). For London, the rate is lower, at 481.9. This is curious because the population density of the capital is more than 10 times greater than other regions – ideal for a virus that spreads fastest between people who are close together. It is also a reversal of an earlier trend – up until mid-April, London had the highest fatality rate of any region. Why is the capital now doing better at containing the disease while places including Blackburn, Bolton, Bradford, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Preston and Rochdale have faced greater restrictions and local lockdowns?
14th Sep 2020 - The Guardian

Covid-19 has shown how easy it is to automate white-collar work

This could be said of the impact of digital technology on white-collar work in the age of Covid-19. In this crisis, white-collar workers have been using technology in ways and to an extent that would have seemed barely imaginable until recently.
14th Sep 2020 - Wired UK


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After Covid: Working from home is long-term ambition

Ministers said its ambition is to see about 30% of the workforce in Wales staying at or near home in the long term. They said it was a chance to adopt culture that "supports remote working". The move could reduce congestion and pollution, and improve work-life balance, they argue. "The UK government instruction for everyone to go back to the office is not one we are repeating in Wales," said Deputy Minister for Transport and Economy, Lee Waters. "We believe many people will want to continue to work remotely in the longer term and this could be a step-change in the way we work in Wales."
13th Sep 2020 - BBC News

Employers were coming around to staff working from home before Covid

Figures mined from the Central Statistics Office labour force survey by Ibec chief economic Gerard Brady show that more than 700,000 people were working from home at the end of March this year. High as that may seem it only represents about a 187,000-person increase from the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of this year. Since 2017, the trend toward remote working has been growing at a remarkable pace, with more than 500,000 workers at the start of this year saying they worked “usually” or “sometimes” at home. The fact that most of us were forced to work remotely earlier this year has led many to suggest that the day of the office is over.
13th Sep 2020 - The Irish Times

San Francisco exodus as tech giants lean in to remote work in Covid-19 era

A work-from-home trend kicked into overdrive by the pandemic is disrupting a city long a mecca for tech talent. “People are leaving San Francisco, and they're taking their jobs with them," Stenkamp said. "There used to be cranes in the landscape, now it's U-Haul trucks." Tech workers who flocked to San Francisco to be near Google, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and other internet firms are moving to parts of the US where life is slower and the cost of living cheaper.
13th Sep 2020 - YAHOO!

'My company has gone fully remote and I'm despairing': who wins in the new world of working from home?

As we move away from the traditional 9 to 5, the boundaries between office and home are increasingly blurred. Meet the bosses trying to get it right
12th Sep 2020 - The Guardian


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Covid and the remote working revolution: the end of the office?

A report by academics at Cardiff and Southampton universities backs this up, finding that nine in ten of those who worked from home during lockdown want to carry on doing so in some form. “These figures deliver a conclusive verdict,” says founder of the HomeWorkingClub Ben Taylor. “People want to continue working from home. Governments can fret about the economy all day long, but people will put self-preservation first.”
10th Sep 2020 - Belfast Newsletter

Working virtually? Swap skyrises for ocean views, says Bermuda

When the coronavirus pandemic hit and office workers were asked to work remotely, Abbit Shepherd saw it as an opportunity to swap London's skyrises for something more exotic.
10th Sep 2020 - Reuters UK

Zurich UK introduces flexible working policy for 4500 employees

Insurance organisation Zurich UK has introduced a permanent flexible-working policy for its 4,500 employees due to the high demand for remote working since the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. This new policy is an extension of the original flexible working policy the organisation had in place prior to the pandemic. Employees now have the flexibility to work from home on a full or part-time basis, if they can fulfil their role remotely. Zurich UK introduced the changes after an internal survey found that 59% of employees would like to work from home for more than half of the week when the offices reopen, with a third of these employees only wanting to come into the office once a week.
10th Sep 2020 - Employee Benefits

The pandemic is giving people what they want: flexible working

“All signs indicate that this crisis is going to reshape the experience of work,” says Brigid Schulte, director of the Better Life Lab, a US-based think tank focused on work culture. Attending a virtual meeting inside a colleague's home, or seeing their child toddle past in the background of a Zoom call, breaks the fourth wall of the workplace. “Now that we've seen each other's full lives, the case for flexible work is going to be a lot easier to make,” Schulte says.
10th Sep 2020 - Wired.co.uk

The do's and don'ts of working from home during COVID-19

As many employees continue to work from home during COVID-19, the boundaries between work and home have become increasingly blurred, and the link between technology and mental health becomes harder to ignore. When technology is thoughtfully designed and used to consider the impact on how people do their work, then it can help alleviate some of the pressures of work. However, the constant use of technology can also lead to increased employee overload, exhaustion, stress and burnout. As such, technological advances in the workplace can sometimes be a double-edged sword, says Leona Tan, Research Officer in the Workplace Mental Health Research Program at the Black Dog Institute.
10th Sep 2020 - UNSW Newsroom

Should NZ move to remote working for good?

Two in five workers in New Zealand performed at least a portion of their work remotely at the height of the COVID-19 crisis, data from Statistics New Zealand revealed. When the country was on Alert Levels 4 and 3, 42% of the working population continued their tasks from home. Meanwhile, less than a third worked in the office or other premises. Employees who had the opportunity to work remotely on some days (and work on-site on other days) were included in both categories.
10th Sep 2020 - Human Resources Director


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Lawyers consider 'virtual' firms in response to coronavirus

A growing number of lawyers are pivoting to “virtual” firms as they consider life outside of the traditional office environment due to the pandemic. There has been a seven per cent rise in the number of lawyers at virtual firms in the UK since the outbreak of coronavirus according to business advisory firm Hazlewoods.
10th Sep 2020 - City A.M.

New study shows that remote work could be good for mental health

A survey by job search engine FlexJobs found that nearly half of Americans working remotely are happy with their current work-life balance — and they want to continue working from home following the coronavirus pandemic. Studies from IBM and Owl Labs also show that American workers like working from home, which could be a driving force behind so many companies pledging to work from home indefinitely. Other studies, however, including one from Microsoft, found that remote work leads to longer hours and a blurrier line between work and life, showing there are still trade-offs with the mass shift to remote working.
10th Sep 2020 - Business Insider

Irish people invited to work remotely from Barbados

Irish people are asked to come and work remotely from the Caribbean island of Barbados. The new scheme from the government there would allow tourists to work from Barbados remotely for 12 months. The Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, said the initiative is being offered to people who would like to work from warmer climes rather than facing a winter of contending with COVID-19 at home. Barbados has reported seven deaths and 178 cases since the beginning of the outbreak of COVID-19. Speaking to The Pat Kenny Show, President Mottley said that the global pandemic has made short-term tourism unattractive to travellers, so she is inviting people to stay and work from the island.
10th Sep 2020 - Newstalk

Rich Americans flee to Caribbean as they swap COVID, election and US citizenship for remote working

Business has been booming in recent months for citizenship advisers, government agencies and real estate developers in several Caribbean islands. COVID-19, remote working and election fears are causing a US exodus. Applications for citizenship on Caribbean islands such as St Kitts and Nevis are surging as the rich invest in second and third homes. Others are taking advantage of the 12-month 'Welcome Stamp' initiative launched by Barbados in July, where remote workers can enjoy a long-term stay. More than 1,100 have so far applied for the scheme. Meanwhile people with dual nationality are ditching their US citizenship. A total of 5,816 Americans gave up citizenship in the first half of 2020 - double the number of people in the whole of 2019
9th Sep 2020 - Daily Mail

New Study: Work From Home Forever? COVID-19 Challenges the Traditional Office and Hints at a Future of Remote Work

Stay-at-home mandates closed offices and stopped commutes for many, but new data from Clutch, the leading B2B ratings and reviews firm, reveals that 55% of employees would feel safe returning to their office. In contrast, only 32% of workers would feel unsafe going back to work. While this data suggests that employees are ready to return to business as usual, they are still split on their preferred timeline for returning to the office. The pandemic highlighted benefits of remote work that aren't accessible in traditional office roles, pushing some to prefer working from home.
9th Sep 2020 - Yahoo Finance UK


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Two-thirds of employers plan on offering flexible working post-COVID-19

Nearly two-thirds (61%) of employers plan on offering flexible working to their employees following the coronavirus pandemic, a new study from job board, CV-Library found. The rise in home working due to the pandemic has created a shift in workers’ expectations with people looking to flexible working to create more balance between their personal and professional lives, according to CV-Library. Some 93% of employers said they understand that more professionals will want to work flexibly or remotely going forward. The coronavirus pandemic has “forced many companies to shake up their traditional working practises and move away from the traditional 9-5, office-based operation,” said Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library.
8th Sep 2020 - Yahoo Finance UK

Women Leading Work From Home Innovations Post-COVID-19

COVID-19 forced about two thirds of Americans to hastily pack up their offices and head to homemade workstations. Many will never go back. These six women are making WFH the new reality.
8th Sep 2020 - MarieClaire.com

COVID-19: Many Working Remotely In NYC Looking For 'Winter Homes' In Suburbs

The race is on for New Yorkers who have become accustomed to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic and are already looking to lock down a “winter home” away from the city months before snow is even a threat to start falling.
9th Sep 2020 - The Daily Voice

3 Ways AI Will Continue To Accelerate The Transition To Remote Work

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses of all shapes and sizes have had to quickly adapt to remote work. Many experts predict that this year’s rapid transition to remote work constitutes a point of no return. In many ways, the growth of remote work parallels the growth of artificial intelligence (AI). It wasn't so long ago that AI was confined to the realm of science fiction. Now, like remote work, AI promises to transform nearly every industry and every company. As we look to the future, AI will almost inevitably accelerate our transition to remote work after Covid-19.
8th Sep 2020 - Forbes


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Remote workers swap commute for productivity

More than half (60%) of small business employees who are working from home due to the pandemic are using the time they would be spending on their commute as work time, a new study by Vodafone has found. According to the research, which was conducted by Atomik Research and surveyed 1,003 UK adults from SME companies, 40% of employees who are working from home have put in an average of 642 additional hours, equal to 26 extra days, since lockdown began back in March. A quarter (25%) of the surveyed homeworkers are also contributing to their local economy on a daily basis by swapping major coffee retailers such as Starbucks or Pret a Manger for smaller cafes and coffee shops.
8th Sep 2020 - IT PRO

Will the future of work be remote or in the office?

Before the coronavirus pandemic, working from home was a luxury afforded to only 30% of white-collar workers, according to the Office for National Statistics. By mid-lockdown in April, it was estimated that nearly half of people in employment were working from home in some way. Offices could be a space for convening and group thinking, while homes become the site of undisturbed, productive work.
7th Sep 2020 - World Economic Forum

Netflix boss: Remote working has negative effects

Netflix's chairman has said working from home has no positive effects and makes debating ideas harder. But Reed Hastings, who founded the platform, also said its 8,600 employees would not have to return to the office until most of them had received an approved coronavirus vaccine. And he predicted most people would continue to work from home on one day a week even after the pandemic was over. A new UK government ad campaign is now asking workers to return to workplaces.
7th Sep 2020 - BBC News

Summer's not over yet: Remote workers extend their vacations — to the delight of resort owners

Dana Bates and her husband, both biotech workers, and their 7-year-old daughter were already working and learning remotely from their home in Cloverdale, California. Then, smoke conditions from the California wildfires sent them in search of another venue. They landed in a two-bedroom cabin at the Brasada Ranch resort near Bend, Oregon, where the self-contained units and attention to health and safety were reassuring during an especially stressful time. "It was one level, with rooms on separate sides of the cabin and a desk in each room. Cleaning staff did not come every day, but you could leave bedding and towels out for pick-up and request fresh linens," Bates said. "It was comfortable. We made friends. And I felt very safe from COVID-19."
7th Sep 2020 - NBC News

How far would you go for a more socially distanced life?

Social distancing has become a big part of all our lives, but whether it’s with Covid-19 in mind or just escaping the “rat race” for a better work-life balance, how does life on an isolated island sound? While restrictions imposed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have been tough for some people, especially those unused to relative solitude, others have embraced it. Working from home has allowed some people to recalibrate their outlook on life, escape the commute, and spend more time with loved ones. But one family has taken an even bigger step, uprooting themselves from Cambridge in England and moving to one of Northern Ireland’s most isolated locations – Rathlin Island, off the North Coast
7th Sep 2020 - ITV News

43% of remote workers anxious about returning to work due to Covid-19

43% of remote workers say they are anxious about the risk of exposure to Covid-19 upon returning to the workplace, with two-thirds concerned about the lack of additional mental health supports being offered by their employers. The Return To Work survey, undertaken by Matrix Recruitment, tracked the views of almost 900 adults in Ireland and found that 65% of those in employment have returned to the workplace, while 35% are still working from home. Only a third of those still working from home believe they will be back in the workplace before Christmas. Six per cent have been told that they will continue to work from home on a permanent basis.
7th Sep 2020 - Irish Examiner


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As COVID-19 drives a remote work boom, how are Aussies upskilling?

As COVID-19 has shaken up the Australian workforce, more professionals are upskilling online, with healthy work-from-home habits and personal branding, digital and pitching skills proving to be in high demand. That’s according to LinkedIn’s Most Popular Courses list, based on the numbers of virtual attendees to the platform’s LinkedIn Learning courses between July 2019 and July 2020. Many of the courses on the list reflected the new COVID-19 work environment, which has seen thousands of people move into home offices. A course on the foundations of remote work is up there, for example, as is one sharing lessons in time management. And it’s not surprising people are learning the skills they need to work more effectively from home. The move to remote work may well be something that outlasts the pandemic crisis.
7th Sep 2020 - SmartCompany.com.au

While covid-19 continues to force remote work, Europe looks to enforce a right to disconnect

“I’m trying to have a similar rhythm to what I have in the office,” said Ochoa, 39, an administrator at an art business in Madrid. The “right to disconnect” predated the pandemic in much of Europe. The concept, first legislated in France in 2017, limits how much employees can be made to answer phone calls and emails outside working hours. But the massive shift to remote work this year — and the recognition that office life may never resume as it was — has Spain, Greece, Ireland and other European countries discussing how they can preserve worker protections when people are working from home.
7th Sep 2020 - The Washington Post

Beyond work from home: Why 'digital nomads' think they're the future of remote life

With more companies telling employees that work-from-home policies will extend through the end of 2020, and in some cases, until summer 2021, or even forever, the digital nomad lifestyle is appealing. Many younger workers at more progressive employers were already working remote from locations across the world before Covid-19, using Airbnbs as well as more specialized work-life lodging options, such as Outsite. Some think the telecommuting work-tourism model of life is poised for broader adoption.
6th Sep 2020 - CNBC

Three-quarters of Britain's workforce say remote working is a positive

The events of recent months have positively impacted workplace culture across Britain with 73% describing it as positive in the current climate and 38% saying it has actively improved since they transitioned to remote working.
6th Sep 2020 - The HR Director Magazine


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Why telling people to 'go back to work' is a step backwards

For months, many of us have been working from home in less than ideal conditions. We’ve been balancing our laptops on our knees on the sofa, working shoulder-to-shoulder with housemates and partners, and juggling the impossible task of looking after children too. Despite the odds, we’ve made it work. And now 53.6% of people do not want to return to the office, according to a global survey by Workvivo, a US software company that helps firms engage with their staff.
4th Sep 2020 - Yahoo Finance UK

'Now is not the time for unnecessary trips to the office'

Home working is still a popular choice. Between 27 July and 9 August, 39% of the workforce of businesses still trading was working remotely, according to the Office for National Statistics. As well as reduced contact at work, home working reduces potential exposure to the virus while travelling to and from work. Last month Sir Patrick Vallance, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, made the case that given the spread of the virus is dependent on contact, working from home remains an important option and there was no need to change the advice.
4th Sep 2020 - SHPonline

Britons slowly returning to workplaces, statistics office says

People in Britain continued to gradually return to their workplaces in late August, something Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to speed up in September to help the economy recover from its historic coronavirus slump. Fifty-seven percent of working adults traveled to work between Aug. 26 and Aug. 30, up from 55% two weeks earlier and 33% in May, the country’s statistics office said on Thursday. Those working exclusively from home slipped to 20% from 22%, the Office for National Statistics said. That figure stood at nearly 40% in June.
3rd Sep 2020 - Reuters UK

Remote working is here to stay – but that doesn't mean the end of offices or city centres

When coronavirus lockdowns were introduced, the shift to remote working was sudden and sweeping. Now the British government is hoping the return to the office will be just as swift– to help the economy “get back to normal”. But pushing everyone back to the office full time fails to recognise the many benefits that working from home has brought. It also fails to capitalise on this moment of change. The mass homeworking experiment in the middle of a pandemic presented some of the most challenging circumstances possible. Yet, coming out the other side of it, there’s likely to be considerable resistance to simply readopting old ways of working. This is already evident at the start of a new research project I’m leading at Southampton Business School into the effects of COVID-19 on the workplace, called Work After Lockdown, with partners the Institute for Employment Studies and work consultancy Half the Sky.
3rd Sep 2020 - Reaction

Remote-work visas will shape the future of work, travel and citizenship

During lockdown, travel was not only a distant dream, it was unlawful. Some even predicted that how we travel would change forever. Those in power that broke travel bans caused scandals. The empty skies and hopes that climate change could be tackled were a silver lining, of sorts. COVID-19 has certainly made travel morally divisive. Amid these anxieties, many countries eased lockdown restrictions at the exact time the summer holiday season traditionally began. Many avoided flying, opting for staycations, and in mid-August 2020, global flights were down 47% on the previous year. Even so, hundreds of thousands still holidayed abroad, only then to be caught out by sudden quarantine measures.
3rd Sep 2020 - The Conversation UK

Nine in ten people want to keep working remotely

9 in 10 people in the UK who worked remotely during the Covid-19 outbreak want to continue to stay away from the office, according to research conducted by two UK universities. Working from home grew from a tiny 6% of people at the start of the pandemic to 43% in April says the report by Darja Reuschke (University of Southampton) and Alan Felstead (Cardiff University) called Homeworking in the UK: before and during the 2020 lockdown. The survey spoke to more than 6,000 UK residents. 88% said they would like to continue working remotely, with 46% expressing a desire to do it 'often' or 'all of the time'.
3rd Sep 2020 - InAVate

Avoiding burnout in the new normal

During a recent SocialChorus webinar Lucas Millar and Owain Service, experts in neuroscience and behavioural science respectively, discussed that it’s no good holding out for a return to normal because it simply won’t be happening any time soon, if ever. Lucas implored people to rethink and challenge everything we used to do, and by doing so we can start to create new routines and habits that will help us as businesses and individuals to evolve into this new hybrid way of life. Instead of thinking negatively about what has come to pass, we need to hit refresh and introduce new, positive practices for the wellbeing of all. What do those positive practices look like? One of the key things mentioned was a calendar cleanse where teams work together to reduce the number of meetings, which have notably increased since the start of coronavirus as people compensate for not being in the office by being on more calls.
3rd Sep 2020 - Financial Director

Coronavirus and remote working: 40% of UK employees still shunning the office to work from home, poll shows

Majority of office workers believe they will still be working from home until at least 2021 in blow to Government efforts to get people back into the workplace
3rd Sep 2020 - iNews


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Now is not the time for unnecessary trips to the office

British Safety Council calls on Government not to pressurise employers to get workers back into the office. If people can work from home, they should have the choice to work from home: for the sake of people’s health, wellbeing and the economy. The Government has launched a campaign to encourage people to go back to their workplaces. Its message will be that workplaces are safe and that employers should reassure staff it is safe to return by highlighting measures taken to reduce the spread of Covid-19. This new initiative comes as most schools in England and Wales reopen, relieving thousands of workers from childcare duties and in the face of the damage being done to city centres as people work from home.
2nd Sep 2020 - PoliticsHome.com

Half of British workers will never go back to their pre-lockdown commute, poll finds

More than half of British workers said they will never go back to their pre-lockdown commutes, a poll has found. The survey suggested the coronavirus pandemic has permanently changed working and travelling habits for many workers in the UK. With many Brits either working from home or being furloughed, 73 per cent of 1,000 motorists polled by WeBuyAnyCar.com said they do not miss their commute, while 27 per cent said they miss nothing about the office.
2nd Sep 2020 - Evening Standard


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Remote Work For Employees Extended In Poland - Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Poland

Employers in Poland are now able to require employees to work remotely until three months after the state of 'epidemiological threat' relating to coronavirus, or the epidemic itself, is declared over. Employers will be able to require employees to work remotely for the duration of the Covid-19 epidemiological threat or the epidemic, and also for three months after they are declared over. Up to now, instructing employees to work remotely was only allowed until 4 September 2020. The Journal of Laws, introducing this change was published on 20 August 2020. The possibility of this extended period of remote work was provided for in the act of 24 July 2020 on amending the act on posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services and certain other acts (Journal of Laws of 2002, item 1423). The provisions extending the term of validity of remote work will enter into force on 5 September. Other provisions on remote work have not been changed.
1st Sep 2020 - Mondaq News Alerts

How people who can’t work from home face a ‘double burden’ from COVID-19

Americans who lacked the ability to work from home during the first four months of the pandemic both sustained steeper job losses and showed more symptoms of respiratory illness than their remote-working counterparts, according to a new working paper — with some of the worst effects falling on non-remote workers from the poorest families. As COVID-19’s spread across the U.S. prompted stay-at-home orders and business closures, the share of non-remote workers who lost their employment by early April was three times higher (24%) than the share of remote workers who lost their jobs (8%), estimated the study, conducted by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Southern California and distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
1st Sep 2020 - MarketWatch

COVID-10 pandemic: Survey of remote workers shows opinions on returning to the office vary

Workers’ opinions about returning to the office amid the COVID-19 pandemic vary greatly based on each individual’s situation, but most want their employer to take certain actions to ensure their safety when they do, results of a recent survey show. Clutch, a business-to-business ratings and review company, surveyed 400 U.S workers to learn about their experiences working remotely and their thoughts on returning to the office. More than 3 out of 5 respondents (61%) said they haven’t returned to the office or a “shared co-working space.” Other findings: 19% of the respondents want to return to the office as soon as possible. 15% want to return in October or later. 13% would like to wait until next year. 15% don’t want to go back to the office at all.
1st Sep 2020 - Safety+Health magazine

A number of start-ups plan mix of home and office working in September, Seedrs poll finds

A number of start-ups in the capital continue to work remotely, but from this month more will embrace alternating between the office and home desks, according to a new poll. Equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs queried London businesses currently raising with it, or that have, about back to the office plans. Many companies across Britain have had employees doing their jobs from home since the Covid-19 lockdown started in March.
1st Sep 2020 - Evening Standard

Capita expected to shut a third of its offices as remote working proves a success

Capita is expected to shut more than one in three of its UK offices as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic accelerates its plans to cut costs and have more staff working from home. The FTSE 250-listed group will close almost 100 of its 250 office leases, according to reports at the weekend. The group, a major government contractor, is making the move just as Downing Street launches a media campaign to get more people to return to their workplaces, supporting city centre businesses. But Capita, which is working on 100 government pandemic response projects, as well as long-term contracts such as managing London’s congestion charge and electronic tagging for prisoners, swung to a loss in the first half of the year and warned of a slow return to growth.
1st Sep 2020 - Proactive Investors


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Get back to work: UK government to tell millions of Brits to return to offices

The UK government is preparing to launch a campaign to coax workers back to offices as businesses in deserted City centres struggle to remain afloat during the Covid-19 crisis. The strategy, dubbed “All in, all together”, will inform the public of how to return safely to work with the right health and safety measures in place. It will be launched next week. It will highlight the social and productive benefits of working in an office environment and the benefits of travelling via alternative means, such as walking and cycling, according to a person familiar with the matter. According to July 2015 government census statistics, 18% of people who work in London commute from outside the capital and the average commute is 9.1 miles.
31st Aug 2020 - Financial News

Capita plans to shut offices as staff work from home

One of Britain’s leading government contractors is planning to close more than a third of its 250 offices after concluding that staff are working just as effectively from home. Almost 100 sites are set to be closed as Capita, which has 45,000 staff in the UK, prepares to transform its operations permanently.
31st Aug 2020 - The Times

Kiss the office goodbye: Remote work is winning the hearts of employees

While tens of millions of U.S. workers have been forced to figure out how to navigate their jobs from home thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, this grand experiment instigated by a relentless virus may be leading to a profoundly altered business reality. What if they never return to the office? That’s a question now on the minds of many employees who have found that the hassle of getting ready for, and commuting to, their collective office hustles may be a burden best left in the pre-pandemic world. For those lucky enough to have jobs that can translate to remote locations, crowded trains and freeway congestion have been replaced with workdays that start instead with logging in to a Zoom meeting and, perhaps, an outfit that translates a “business casual” vibe only from the waist up.
31st Aug 2020 - Deseret News

Poll: COVID-19 has Americans working many more days from home

Americans are now working many more days remotely than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived months ago, Gallup said in a new survey Monday. The poll showed that there's been a slight increase of the number of U.S. workers who say they have worked remotely before, but a substantial increase in the number of days they're working away from the office.
31st Aug 2020 - UPI News

Warnings of 'ghost towns' if staff do not return to the office

City centres could become "ghost towns" if the prime minister does not do more to encourage workers to go back to the office, the head of the CBI says. Dame Carolyn Fairbairn said allowing staff to work from home had helped keep firms afloat during the pandemic. But as offices stood empty, thousands of local businesses that relied on the passing trade were suffering, she said. It comes as a BBC study found 50 major UK employers had no plans to return all staff to the office full time.
27th Aug 2020 - BBC News

'My shop is dead': The city centre newsagents fighting to survive as office staff work from home

"My shop is dead. I'm doing a quarter of my usual taking". This is the bleak situation newsagents owner Yasin Matadar faces. His shop, Matadar News and Souvenirs, sits in what could be thought of as the perfect location in Manchester city centre. It's on Mount Street, just metres away from St Peter's Square, and would usually be bursting with customers. But Yasin, 42, is starved of his most valued and regular customers - Manchester's army of office staff.
31st Aug 2020 - Manchester Evening News

Capita to close over a third of offices permanently

The firm, which is a major government contractor, is to end its leases on almost 100 workplaces. Business lobby group CBI has warned that the fall in office working is damaging city centre economies. It comes as the government prepares to launch an advertising campaign encouraging more people to return to workplaces. The BBC understands that Capita, which manages London's congestion charge, has been looking at various measures to help it simplify its business for some time, such as embracing more flexible working, which is supported by its employees.
30th Aug 2020 - BBC News


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90% Of Employers Say Working Remotely Hasn’t Hurt Productivity

The pandemic has taught employers a lot about the value of having flexible work arrangements for employees. So much so that 83% now say that, even after today’s crisis has passed, they plan to put more flexible work policies in place, such as allowing more people to work from home or letting them adjust their schedules. That’s according to a recent survey of nearly 800 employers by Mercer, an HR and workplace benefits consulting firm. Working from home has often been viewed skeptically by managers and executives, who assumed it would result in less work getting done if they weren’t there to oversee it. But a full 94% of employers surveyed said their company productivity was actually the same (67%) or higher (27%) than it was before the pandemic, even though so many of their employees have been working remotely this year.
27th Aug 2020 - CBS Boston

Survey: Nearly Half of Workers Expect to Work Remotely Post-COVID

Nearly 80 percent of employees are expected to still be working from home come Labor Day, according to newly released survey results involving 106 companies in Massachusetts and conducted over 11 days this month. The survey, which was released by the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, also found that the number of employees working remotely increased from 18 percent pre-COVID to 82 percent currently. The survey covered businesses representing more than 127,000 employees and found 40 percent of companies are operating 100 percent remotely, and 66 percent of the companies surveyed, representing over 75,000 employees, report that 90 percent or more of all their employees are currently working remotely. Also, employers estimated that 47 percent of their workforce will continue to work remotely after a treatment for COVID-19 has been developed, over twice the number of employees than before the pandemic.
27th Aug 2020 - Banker & Tradesman

Software company Okta will let most of its 2,600 employees work remotely permanently

Workplace software company Okta said Thursday it plans to let most of its employees work remotely on a permanent basis, becoming the latest Silicon Valley company to adopt sweeping office policy changes amid the pandemic — and in the face of shifting US immigration policy. Okta, which provides worker-login software to nearly 9,000 organizations including JetBlue, Nordstrom and Slack, said as much as 85% of its workforce is expected to work remotely under the new policy, up from 30% before the coronavirus crisis. The company has roughly 2,600 employees. The decision highlights how US businesses are increasingly bracing for a long pandemic. Google has extended its remote work policies until at least July 2021. Earlier this week, Airbnb said it will allow its employees to work remotely through next August, even if their local offices have reopened.
27th Aug 2020 - CNN

Ford Rethinks the Office, Betting That Work Will Be Partly Remote Longer-Term

Thousands of office employees at Ford Motor Co. have come back to work in recent weeks to retrieve their things. All of their things. With its white-collar employees working remotely at least until January because of the coronavirus pandemic, Ford is taking advantage of its empty buildings to reconfigure the workplace for a new era in which employees will have more options to do their jobs remotely, a company real-estate director said in an interview this week. Most of the roughly 30,000 employees who work at or near Ford's Dearborn, Mich., headquarters have returned to the office this summer to clean out their desks and workspaces, all while donning face masks.
27th Aug 2020 - Bangkok Post

Matt Hancock says how well civil servants do their jobs is more important than whether they're back in the office

Matt Hancock has said he cares more about how well his civil servants “perform” in their jobs than whether or not they return to the office, amid pressure on Whitehall to set an example after months of lockdown. The Health Secretary said he had “absolutely no idea” what percentage of staff in his department had returned to the office amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And he heaped praise on officials for “delivering at an unbelievable rate“ during the crisis. Ministers have been under pressure to encourage civil servants to go back to their offices rather than working remotely amid warnings that city centres are suffering from a lack of footfall.
27th Aug 2020 - PoliticsHome.com

How Tech Leaders Can Attain Remote Working Flexibility

The evolution of the remote working model in four waves: the first wave to address cost pressure; the second wave to attract and retain talent; the third wave for COVID-19 business continuity; the fourth wave to establish remote working as a new normal. In this article, I will introduce what challenges top management, especially CIOs, should address if they are to fully realize the potential benefits of remote working for their staff, operations, and the growth of their business.
27th Aug 2020 - CDOTrends

WPP reveals only 3% of UK staff regularly work from office

WPP has highlighted the glacial pace at which staff are returning to work as the coronavirus lockdown eases, with just 3% of UK employees regularly heading in to its offices. The world’s biggest employer in the marketing and advertising sector, which has clients spanning Ford to Facebook, has a workforce of about 10,000 in the UK. WPP revealed on Wednesday that just 300 staff are working in its British offices, as the company takes a cautious approach to health and safety and embraces the homeworking revolution.
27th Aug 2020 - The Guardian

Back to the office? Not even by January for many Mass. companies, survey finds.

If you’re not planning to head back to the office anytime soon, you’re not the only one. Many of Massachusetts’s white-collar employees expect to be conducting business remotely into 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, a new survey found.
27th Aug 2020 - Boston.com

Why Tourist Spots Like Bermuda Are Offering Remote-Work Visas

With offices still shut and schools in limbo, a handful of countries and resorts are inviting WFH warriors to park their laptops in more scenic surroundings
27th Aug 2020 - The Wall Street Journal


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Coronavirus: Can I work from home overseas?

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, more of us have been getting used to working from home. With social distancing measures still in force, some companies have suggested workers may not be back in the office until 2021. So if you're getting bored of the same four walls, are you allowed to pack up your home office and work remotely from another country?
25th Aug 2020 - BBC News

Most US federal staff don't feel safe from COVID at work, survey finds – Government & civil service news

More than 70% of US federal employees working on-site say their agencies are not doing enough to keep them safe from COVID-19, a survey conducted by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has found. The results also show that nearly 80% of federal employees who have been working remotely during the pandemic say they would feel unsafe if asked to return to the workplace. AFGE surveyed nearly 2,200 union members between 5-12 August, of whom 56% reported that they are currently working remotely due to the pandemic, with the rest attending their workplaces
25th Aug 2020 - Global Government Forum

The office, as you know it, is dead

Bustling skyscrapers and office parks packed with workers could be a relic of the pre-pandemic world. The health crisis has forced millions of Americans to abandon their offices in favor of working from home, for better or worse. Now there are signs this may not be a short-term phenomenon, but more of a permanent shift in favor of remote work even after a Covid-19 vaccine is in place. More than two-thirds (68%) of large company CEOs plan to downsize their office space, according to a survey released Tuesday by KPMG.
25th Aug 2020 - CNN

The new residency schemes inviting workers abroad

Amid Covid-19, new programmes are popping up that invite workers to settle abroad and work remotely. Could we all soon become ‘digital nomads’?
24th Aug 2020 - BBC News

UK chief executives think shift towards remote working will endure

Over three quarter of UK chief executives believe the shift towards remote working will endure, the results of a survey show as companies continue to look at when to bring staff back to offices. PwC surveyed 699 bosses online in 67 countries/regions (including 96 bosses in the UK) in June and July. The company was looking at how business leaders have responded to the pandemic. The results showed 86% of UK bosses see a long term shift towards remote working enduring, and 68% believe the shift towards lower-density workplaces, with fewer people working together in person, will endure.
23rd Aug 2020 - Evening Standard


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Why workers in some countries are more comfortable about returning to the office

The pandemic brought a huge shift to remote working and attitudes are diverging about what happens next...
24th Aug 2020 - Financial Times

CEOs speed up digital push and downsize offices, KPMG survey shows

Companies around the world have moved more of their operations online, plan to reduce office space and have made recruiting and retaining staff their top priority since the coronavirus pandemic struck, a survey showed on Tuesday. A survey from accounting firm KPMG showed 80% of business leaders had accelerated their digital expansion plans during the lockdown as they adjusted to staff working remotely and dealing with customers online. There was uncertainty about the eventual scale of the shift away from shared workspaces in favour of working from home but 69% were planning to cut their office space in the short term. “Maybe some kind of hybrid finds its way into the new everyday reality,” Bill Thomas, KPMG International’s global chairman and chief executive said.
24th Aug 2020 - Reuters UK

Silent streets and residents in exile - inside New York's Covid state of mind

Across the former shopping mecca of Manhattan the outlook is bleak. The ordinarily bustling pavements of Fifth Avenue are deserted, the lights off in many of the biggest stores, including the Victoria’s Secret flagship, shut since March, which has not been paying its $937,000 monthly rent. Downtown, high-end SoHo department store Barneys has closed for good. Retailers are abandoning Manhattan in droves, deeming it unsustainable; rents remain colossal, while the city is a ghost town, empty of office workers and tourists.
24th Aug 2020 - Evening Standard

One-Third of Companies Will Have Half of Workforce Remote Post-Pandemic, Study Finds

One third of companies anticipate having half or more of their employees work remotely after the coronavirus pandemic. A study published by human resources consulting firm Mercer found that the number of companies expecting to have half or more of their employees working remotely post the COVID-19 pandemic increased to 1 in 3, compared with 1 in 30 companies that had that many employees working remotely pre-pandemic.
24th Aug 2020 - U.S. News & World Report

You can apply to live and work in Anguilla for up to a year

If working from home for the past six months has made you desperate for a change of scenery, how do powdery white beaches and pristine blue waters sound? The Caribbean island of Anguilla is now accepting online applications for visitors to live and work there, as part of its plans to welcome back tourists following the coronavirus pandemic. The whole idea is to encourage people to come and stay on the island for a long period of time. This means that applicants who plan to stay on the island for up to a year will be prioritised over short-term travellers. According to the island’s application system, visitors can stay and work remotely on the island for up to 12 months. Anguilla’s tourist board is currently looking for people to come to stay before 31 October, those planning to arrive after 1 November can apply at the end of September.
24th Aug 2020 - Metro.co.uk

How to Build an Emotionally Resilient and Productive Remote Workforce

The COVID-19 crisis accelerated many workplace trends, chief among them remote and distributed work. It was a necessary choice in the short term but it looks to be shaping into a long term trend. According to a report from the Society for Human Resource Management and Oxford Economics, 64% of salaried and 49% of hourly employees are now working remotely most of the time, compared to 3% and 2% in January 2020. A March 2020 Gallup survey revealed that 74% of CFOs plan to move more onsite employees to remote workspaces permanently once the COVID-19 crisis is over.
24th Aug 2020 - CMSWire

How Much Will Remote Work Continue After the Pandemic?

A new study of pandemic-induced remote workers and their employers suggests that at least 16 percent will remain at-home workers long after the COVID-19 crisis has receded. The survey of 1,800 people in both small and larger businesses also found: While overall levels of remote work are high, there is considerable variation across industries. Remote work is much more common in industries with better educated and better paid workers. Respondents in better educated and higher paid industries have also observed less productivity loss from the transition to remote work. More than one-third of firms that had employees switch to remote work believe that it will remain more common at their company even after the COVID-19 crisis ends.
24th Aug 2020 - Harvard Business School

No10 urges workers to tell bosses if they want to come back to the office amid home working surge

No10 said businesses had a obligation to offer staff 'Covid-secure workplaces' NatWest is among banks telling staff they will not return to offices this year The rise in home working sparked fears for ancillary service industries
24th Aug 2020 - Daily Mail


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Aviva trialling part-time home working for staff in latest sign that workers may never return to office full-time following coronavirus lockdown

Aviva is trialling part-time home working for staff in the latest sign that workers may never return to the office full-time following the Covid-19 lockdown. The insurance giant has said it will start testing out how to combine home and office working when some of its staff begin returning to its offices in September. Its pilot will take place over the next few months.
23rd Aug 2020 - This is Money

Three-quarters of Britain’s workforce say remote working has positively impacted culture

The events of recent months have positively impacted workplace culture across Britain with 73% describing it as positive in the current climate and 38% saying it has actively improved since they transitioned to remote working, according to a report from UK-based tech-for-good developer, Culture Shift. As half of the UK’s workforce transitioned to remote working earlier this year,[i] organisations were thrust into the spotlight with many standing by to see if they were able to make the transition seamlessly without detrimental impact on their culture. The same report also uncovered that more than one-third (36%) said working from home has boosted their productivity, while more than 28% said working from home has had a positive impact on their mental health and 45% are dreading going back to the workplace.
23rd Aug 2020 - HR News

You can apply to live and work on the Caribbean island of Anguilla for up to a year - Insider

The Caribbean island of Anguilla is now accepting online applications for visitors. Travelers whose applications are accepted could stay on Anguilla for up to a year and work remotely from the warm-weather destination. The 35-square-mile island was named Travel + Leisure's best island for 2020 across the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Bermuda, four years in a row. Since March, Anguilla has reported three positive coronavirus cases and zero deaths, and the CDC has listed it as having a "very low" COVID-19 risk.
23rd Aug 2020 - INSIDER

Many Companies Planned to Reopen Offices After Labor Day. With Coronavirus Still Around, They’re Rethinking That.

This summer, executives at health-care-technology firm Epic Systems announced a plan: Most of the 9,500 employees at its 1,000-acre campus in Wisconsin would be expected back in the office in September. The company, like many others, says its employees do their best work when they can collaborate in the same space. But blowback to the mandate was swift. Employees expressed fears about safety and spreading the new coronavirus. Local health officials questioned the move. So Epic joined legions of other companies making late-in-the-game changes to office-reopening plans, saying this month that staffers could work from home at least through the new year.
23rd Aug 2020 - The Wall Street Journal

Remote working leaves office landlords facing worst crunch since 2008

London office vacancy rates are forecast to hit their highest level since the financial crisis next year as companies shrink their headquarters in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In the City, vacancies are forecast to rise from 6.5% this year to 7.2% next year, before peaking at 8% in 2022, according to the estate agency Savills. That compares with a peak of 10.4% during the financial crisis.
23rd Aug 2020 - The Times


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Selina capitalizing on its early focus on live-work accommodations

"If I'm in New York and I work remotely for some financial institution right now, and I now have the ability to work and live in Costa Rica for the next six months with access to internet, great food, a beach, sun, surfing and yoga, why not do that?" asked Museri. Selina's new subscription-based products, designed to tap into anticipated demand for live-work accommodations, roll out this month. They include the Selina Nomad Passport, which enables members to purchase 30-, 60- or 90-night credits at discounted rates and use the credits whenever they want at the Selina location of their choice. Also on offer is the Selina CoLive plan, which enables remote workers to stay at any Selina property for a one-, three- or six-month stay. Lastly, the B2B Remote Work Pass allows companies to purchase one- to 12-month stays for their remote-working employees.
21st Aug 2020 - Travel Weekly

The Awkwardness of Starting a New Job Remotely During Coronavirus

José Goicoechea had just left his apartment for a quick trip to the grocery store in April when he got a calendar invitation. “I think I walked out at 11:55 and the meeting was at 12:00,” Mr. Goicoechea, 29, said. The other invitees on the Google Hangout included an H.R. person and Mr. Goicoechea’s manager, “so I was like, ‘Uh oh, this is not good,’” he said. It wasn’t good. Mr. Goicoechea, who had been working from his apartment in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn apartment for a little over a month, was being furloughed from his job as a product designer at a luggage company. The pandemic hit and people weren’t traveling as much. Sales had dropped more than 90 percent, he later learned. “I think I was furloughed on a Tuesday, and my last day of work was on a Friday,” he said. “So I had three days to wrap up and leave.”
20th Aug 2020 - The New York Times

UK tech sector balances the pros and cons of remote working

According to a report from UK-based tech-for-good developer, Culture Shift, the events of recent months have positively impacted the culture of the UK’s industry — more than one-third (39%) of respondents said it has actively improved since they transitioned to remote working. However, while many have welcomed the remote setup, half (50%) of employees in tech have been feeling isolated while working from home.
20th Aug 2020 - Information Age


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Nearly 8 in 10 Employees Say Their Work Has Improved Amid Coronavirus

While the coronavirus pandemic is likely to impact our lives for the foreseeable future, workers appear to be getting used to the new normal. Almost 8 in 10 workers — (79%) — from companies with more than 1,000 employees say the quality of their work improved from April to July as employers have increased support amid the pandemic, according to a new survey by global accounting firm KPMG. Employees are also becoming more comfortable with working remotely and other procedures their employers are putting in place, but there are areas where they can use more support.
19th Aug 2020 - Yahoo Finance UK

Hugo Boss will only ask staff to work in the office three days a week even after Covid-19

Hugo Boss will allow staff the option of remote working every Monday and Friday, even after the coronavirus pandemic has abated. The German fashion house announced today that it will only require the majority of its staff to come into the office from Tuesday to Thursday, with the option of working from home on Monday and Friday. The company said it had made the decision after an internal survey revealed people were less stressed while working from home. It added that managers had been very happy with the work done remotely. “The future belongs to tailored combinations of office-based and off-site work,” said Jochen Eckhold, human resources director. “Our hybrid working model caters to employees’ growing desire for alternative scheduling and location options.”
19th Aug 2020 - City A.M.

Will you keep the office after COVID-19?

Boris Johnson has just made the announcement that all non-essential businesses must close. Cue employees gathering any possession they can from their workspace - including wheeling ergonomic chairs and heavy desktops across the London underground - and rushing to work from home, completely unaware of how long it would be until they return to the office. While businesses had been talking ad nauseam around how important embracing technology is, nothing could have prepared them for the lockdown which forced them to embrace organisation-wide virtual working.
19th Aug 2020 - Management Today

Why Work From Home When You Can Work From Barbados, Bermuda or … Estonia?

When Lamin Ngobeh, a high-school teacher at the Freire Charter School in Wilmington, Del., saw a social media post last month about working remotely in Barbados for 12 months, his interest was piqued. “My school probably won’t open for in-person classes at least until February 2021, and I want to be in a country that’s safer — health wise — and also enjoy the quality of life,” he said of the reasons for considering a temporary relocation. “I reached out to my school leaders and they were very supportive of my decision.” When it announced its 12-month Welcome Stamp program in mid-July, Barbados became one of the first of several countries, in regions from the Caribbean to Eastern Europe, to create programs for remote workers. The programs employ either special visas or expand existing ones to entice workers to temporarily relocate. Other countries offering similar visas currently include Estonia, Georgia and Bermuda.
19th Aug 2020 - The New York Times

More evidence of permanent switch to working from home

Most office-based staff want to continue working from home at least part of the week, according to a new study, providing fresh evidence of how the world of work is going to change as a result of the coronavirus crisis. A survey of 2,000 office workers by technology giant Huawei found that almost nine out of 10 want to continue working from home at least part of the week. Three out of five respondents said they would prefer to work remotely for at least three days a week. Many of those working from home said they were setting up their workstation in different rooms, or in the garden or local park.
19th Aug 2020 - expressandstar.com

Londoners want to partially work from home

A significant proportion (43%) of London employees want to work locally for all or some of the time going forwards, a survey commissioned by flexible workspace operator Spacemad found. The most popular option was found to be 2-3 days a week working from a local workspace (61%) and 2-3 from company headquarters.
19th Aug 2020 - Property Wire

Webinar: What does a growing need for remote working mean for the NHS?

The covid-19 pandemic has presented a situation in which most people who do not need to work on a specific site have been asked to work from home – and that includes those employed by NHS organisations. With the virus likely to be around for some time, an increased need to support remote and new ways of working is likely to continue. It has often been suggested that in specialties such as radiology and pathology, greater ability for flexible and remote working could help spread workload more effectively and help address staff shortages. So what would a continuing need for remote and flexible working mean for NHS organisations? How can remote workers work together more efficiently and collaboratively? How can trusts ensure the IT infrastructure and related support is in place for this way of working, and to have a positive impact on patient care? Can healthcare look to other industries and how they are utilising technologies, such as cloud, to support these new, secure ways of working? Might there be lessons to learn from the private healthcare sector? This free HSJ webinar, run in association with IBM, will bring together a small panel to discuss these important issues and offer practical advice on building such considerations into your digital strategy
19th Aug 2020 - Health Service Journal

The strategic vision for long-term remote work at 12 health systems

One of the CIO's major responsibilities when the pandemic hit was to safely transition thousands of individuals to remote work. Now health systems and organizations are grappling with whether to keep their teams remote and what their plan will be for returning to the office. Here, 12 CIOs and healthcare executives outline their organizational philosophies on remote work and what they're plans are for the future.
19th Aug 2020 - Becker's Hospital Review

Remote work can continue forever, consulting firm Sikich tells employees as it shifts to micro offices

Professional services firm Sikich will allow employees to work from home permanently and plans to shrink the size of its offices in one of the most dramatic responses to the coronavirus pandemic in Chicago. CEO Chris Geier recently told the Chicago-based company’s more than 1,000 employees that remote work can continue “indefinitely,” as part of a reduction in real estate already envisioned before offices all but shut down in March because of COVID-19. Sikich has 307 Chicago-area employees. In the near term, employees have been told to stay away from the office unless absolutely necessary, Geier said. Over the next few years, Sikich plans to replace its current 14 offices throughout the country with about 30 “micro offices” that the firm’s consultants and other employees can use when they’re not working at client offices or from home, Geier said.
19th Aug 2020 - Chicago Tribune


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Zoopla names Birmingham as the best UK location for remote working

Zoopla, the UK’s most comprehensive property destination, reveals the best locations for remote working by analysing the average internet speed, number of people working from home, number of cafés, and average property price across the UK. The different towns and cities were each given a total score out of 100 based on these metrics to reveal the best locations.
19th Aug 2020 - HR News

How much of Europe's work can be done from home?

COVID-19 has seen a dramatic increase in teleworking across the world. A new report has found that higher-paid occupations are more suited to remote working. This is causing a new divide between those who can work from home and those who can't.
18th Aug 2020 - World Economic Forum

Why video conferencing solutions are here to stay

During the ten years from 2008 to 2018, the number of people working from home for their main job increased by a staggering 74%1. Despite this, in a pre-Covid-19 world (which seems a distant memory) it was reported that only around 30%2 had ever worked from home. Since the recent pandemic, the accelerated change in working patterns within the last four months has been unprecedented.
18th Aug 2020 - Cambridge Network

Teachers With COVID-19 Health Risks: Who Gets to Stay Home?

As school buildings in some states begin to reopen in various capacities, many teachers who are at higher risk for severe complications from COVID-19 are hoping they won’t have to go back. But there are big questions around who qualifies for a medical exemption from returning to the physical classroom. People who are older than 65 are at higher risk for serious illness due to COVID-19, as are those who are obese, have serious heart conditions, or have Type II diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that people who have immune deficiencies, have asthma, have Type I diabetes, are smokers, or are pregnant might also be at increased risk for serious illness, although the evidence is more limited.
18th Aug 2020 - Education Week

Office rents tumble as leading firms back homeworking

London office rents are projected to fall by 40% before hitting their bottom level, as rental values slide because of stalled deals, increasing vacancy and lease breaks. According to global membership body the Society of Industrial & Office Realtors (SIOR), leasing activity in the capital has fallen by 57 percentage points compared with the previous quarter. The largest declines in rents have occurred in some of London’s most well-to-do areas, such as Mayfair (-8%) and Soho (-8%). Industry experts said the trends were producing a shift in power in commercial property world. “This sudden increase in availability is already prompting a swing in the balance of power back towards the tenant,” SIOR Europe president-elect Paul Danks said.
18th Aug 2020 - Personnel Today

FEATURE: Digital nomads riding out coronavirus pandemic in a van in Japan

A free-spirited American couple with the guts to pack up and go on a moment's notice is discovering how crucial skills like agility, flexibility and resilience are in extraordinary times like these. Liezl Van Riper, 44, and her husband Viet Nguyen, 49, took their kids out of school last fall to let them learn some life lessons on the road, their motivating mantra that spontaneous travel is the most valuable type of travel.
18th Aug 2020 - Kyodo News Plus


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PwC expects majority of U.K. staff to work remotely after coronavirus

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP expects the majority of its 22,000 U.K. staff to spend some of their time working remotely, even after the coronavirus crisis passes. PwC, one of the so-called Big Four accounting firms, is predicting a more even split between office and home working in the medium-to-long term, spokesperson Richard Pain said. Usage of its offices has plunged during the crisis, with a little more than a quarter of its U.K. employees spending time in one of its 20 offices in the country last week, he added.
17th Aug 2020 - Accounting Today

Why NYC WON'T survive coronavirus: Entrepreneur outlines why the city is forever changed

They were wiped out by COVID-19, then a week of riots and looting sent other residents running for other cities. Now, crime and homelessness is on the rise which is stopping people from coming back. It means that the city is not likely to recover as it has from every other crisis. After 9/11, people were forced back to their office jobs because internet speed was too slow for people to work from home, he said Now, businesses can function entirely through Zoom. Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, said recently there was still a need to bring people back into offices Facebook is also investing in New York City to try to ensure it will remain a global business center
17th Aug 2020 - Daily Mail


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Staying at home can be the new normal: Investment firm tells staff they can work remotely for EVER

Investment firm Schroders has told staff they can work from home for ever if they choose to – so long as they work the hours set out in their contracts. The 216-year-old company has unveiled ‘a new approach to flexible working’ that will scrap the previous requirement for employees to come into the office for at least four days a week. The move will affect 2,500 British workers.
17th Aug 2020 - Daily Mail

India's invisible catastrophe: fears over spread of Covid-19 into poor rural areas

Where better to seek sanctuary from a virus roaring through a crowded metropolis than a remote mountainside with views of the Himalayas? This was the reasoning that prompted Lalit Upreti, 34, to leave the Indian capital, Delhi, where he works as a cook, two months ago to return to his hamlet Khankari in Uttarakhand, near the country’s border with Nepal. Here, he thought, his family would be safe. On 7 August, he attended a health camp organised by the village council. “I went for the heck of it, I had no symptoms but thought why not?,” said Upreti. Apart from checking for monsoon-related ailments, local health officials took swabs for Covid-19.
17th Aug 2020 - The Guardian

PwC Expects Majority of U.K. Staff to Work Remotely After Virus

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP expects the majority of its 22,000 U.K. staff to spend some of their time working remotely, even after the coronavirus crisis passes. PwC, one of the so-called Big Four accounting firms, is predicting a more even split between office and home working in the medium-to-long term, spokesperson Richard Pain said. Usage of its offices has plunged during the crisis, with a little more than a quarter of its U.K. employees spending time in one of its 20 offices in the country last week, he added.
16th Aug 2020 - Bloomberg

'New York City Lite': after coronavirus, will business flock to the suburbs?

Coronavirus has, almost overnight, thrown this dynamic into question by rendering some of these cities’ great attributes — their density and rich cultural offerings — unappealing or off-limits. That is precipitating an exodus to suburbs that had wilted in their shadows. “It’s unlike anything I’ve seen and I’ve been doing this for 20 years,” says Carolyn Fugere, a Sotheby’s broker in Stamford. In July, the number of single-family homes under contract in the wider Fairfield County rose 63 per cent compared to the previous year. The value of those contracts was up 104 per cent. Reports of rising crime in a fraying New York City, Ms Fugere adds, are prompting young families to “accelerate life decisions”.
16th Aug 2020 - Financial Times


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Real-life learning, remotely: adapting internships during Covid-19

A 2018 Institute of Student Employers survey in the UK found that 94% of employers encourage interns to return as employees. The reason for this is simple, ISE chief executive Stephen Isherwood indicates. “Interns make better hires. Former interns are more likely to accept job offers, stay longer and often outperform their peers,” he says. Around 70% of students leaving the US in 2016/17 engaged in learning overseas without their programs requiring them to do so, statistics from IIE reveal.
13th Aug 2020 - The PIE News

Working at home has led to longer hours

‘Enforced’ working at home has allowed those working remotely on a permanent basis to better connect with their colleagues, but those who normally work in the office report a loss of creative and problem-solving discussions, and many are working for longer than usual. Several studies published over the past few days have highlighted how widespread home working during the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way office workers interact with each other and schedule their day. According to one study by academic institutions in the UK and New Zealand including the University of East Anglia and Auckland University of Technology, the “unequal social distributions” that previously existed between office and home workers were removed during the lockdown, as an increase in discussions and social activities being held over Zoom or Microsoft Teams enabled previously “marginalised” home workers to feel closer to their colleagues.
13th Aug 2020 - Personnel Today

Council staff to be given contracts to work from home

Herefordshire Council workers will be given the opportunity to work from home until December 2021. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March this year, most council staff have been working remotely. Speaking at the employment panel meeting on August 12, assistant director for people Tracey Sampson said it has worked very well for the council and they have been able to deliver services effectively and efficiently. “We’ve saved on travel costs and travel time and some of our data shows we can perform as well or better in some cases when working from home than being based in the office,” she said.
13th Aug 2020 - Ledbury Reporter

Walmart corporate employees will continue working remote until January 2021

Walmart will continue having corporate office employees working remotely through Jan. 31, 2021. The retail giant just marked 20 weeks of remote working amid the COVID-19 pandemic and said it has accomplished much during the unprecedented time. “Teams across the business are working with increased speed, productivity and a focus on innovation,” Donna Morris, chief people officer at Walmart, noted in an internal email to employees on Wednesday (Aug. 12). “For those of you with children at home, you are in the process of adapting to your kids returning to school. The status of the pandemic across the country remains dynamic, and we are continuing to actively monitor developments to slow the spread of the virus.”
13th Aug 2020 - talkbusiness.net


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You could move to Estonia and work there remotely for a year thanks to a new incentive - Insider

Estonia has officially launched its new Digital Nomad Visa. The visa would allow remote workers to live and work in the European country for up to a year. The application costs between $94 and $117 (or €80 and €100) depending on how long you plan on staying. It's important to note that, according to the CDC, "travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19." Estonia, as part of the European Union, is also closed to Americans for the time being.
13th Aug 2020 - INSIDER

Auckland researchers find mixed feelings toward working from home

Researchers interviewed 29 knowledge workers from New Zealand, Australia, UK, US, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Denmark, and Switzerland, and uncovered what they saw as a near-balance view about the positive and negative impact technology has had on teamwork, particularly around knowledge-sharing, virtual meetings, and networking. Lead author Lena Waizenegger said the study revealed how employees and organisations adapted quickly to remote working. "We were amazed by the innovation capabilities and creativity of teams and businesses," she said. "EWFH showed that remote or flexible working is not only feasible, it also has various positive effects that should be maintained even after the pandemic."
12th Aug 2020 - ZDNet

Rise of remote work and digital nomads in age of Covid-19

Malaysian Pashmina Binwani has honed as a travel writer and public relations consultant. She runs a popular travel and adventure blog called The Gone Goat where she takes us on vicarious journeys to far-off lands which she has traversed both on foot and on her trusty bicycle. Having spent the earlier part of her career at conventional nine-to-five jobs, Pashmina savours the fact that she gets to travel the world while being able to provide value to her readers and clients no matter where she is. Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns might have brought her international travels to a screeching halt but that has barely dampened the Kuala Lumpur-native’s spirits as she’s using this opportunity in disguise to explore her own backyard and regale her readers about it. She also does freelance public relations consultancy for SMEs and NGOs so there’s plenty of work to keep her busy.
12th Aug 2020 - Free Malaysia Today

Comment | Enhanced connectivity is key to Britain's economic recovery

Paul Coffey, CEO of The Scotland 5G Centre explores how connectivity can play a crucial role in Britain’s economic recovery and adjusting to the ‘new normal’ post-Covid. Connectivity has played a crucial role during the Covid-19 pandemic, whether you have been working remotely or staying in touch with family and friends over Zoom. While the country was in lockdown, technology allowed us to retain some social connections, provided entertainment and has so far helped us to manage the spread of the virus, while also enabling businesses to remain operational. Our experiences over the last few months have accelerated some technology trends and, perhaps most importantly, there are likely to be more to come. Faster, more reliable, wireless 5G networks are already being deployed and they could significantly shape how the economy recovers from the effects of Covid-19.
11th Aug 2020 - DIGIT.FYI


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How COVID-19 is redefining “working remotely” for Canada's high-skilled foreign workers

For those who had a job offer and seemingly a bright future in Canada, travel has been halted until further notice. What can they do now?
11th Aug 2020 - Open Democracy

Remote working in a post-Covid-19 climate

Led by the necessity to ensure business continuity during the pandemic, many organisations have had to make quick, tactical decisions to enable over 90% of their workforce to work remotely at the same time. Remote working is not a new concept, what is new is that through the unprecedented times we’ve all been navigating, even the biggest skeptics of the agile working culture have had to adopt and trust in this practice. While solutions that enable an entire firm to work remotely, and have existed for some time now, the pace at which organisations had to adopt these over the past few months has brought a new set of challenges for all.
12th Aug 2020 - TechRadar Singapore


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Four-fifths of CEOs expect COVID-19 to entrench remote working: PwC

Almost four out of five chief executives expect remote working to become more widespread in their businesses as a result of COVID-19, a global survey from accountancy firm PwC showed on Tuesday. New York, London and some other major cities currently have only a fraction of their normal workforce in offices as employers and governments have told staff to work from home where possible. While some authorities are now encouraging a return to work, PwC said 78% of the chief executives it surveyed expected that at least some of the shift towards remote collaboration would prove enduring. “A blend of office and home working is most likely to be the future norm,” PwC UK’s chairman Kevin Ellis said.
10th Aug 2020 - Reuters

COVID-19 could have a lasting, positive impact on workplace culture

The COVID-19 lockdown has become synonymous with working from home for many people. While some research has suggested that remote work can be isolating, it also makes the competing priorities that workers are juggling very visible — even sometimes literally so due to the popularity of video calls. This has the potential to unite workers with the feeling that they are in this struggle of balancing work and personal responsibilities together. Whether it’s kids or pets that are popping up onscreen during Zoom calls, remote work has caused a relaxation in the traditional rules of professional presentation and resulted in a virtual workplace that is not only more flexible, but also more humane.
10th Aug 2020 - The Conversation CA

Working Remotely From The Pyrenees Peaks Of France

An increasing number of companies are announcing that employees can work from home—at least until the year 2021 (as a result of coronavirus pandemic concerns). Such companies include Sony Music, Amazon corporate, Viacom and Google. For others, such as Twitter, Facebook and Zillow, the switch can be permanent. Working remotely provides obvious advantages such as—potentially—increased flexibility with work hours and less commuting. It can also include disadvantages, such as less personal interaction with co-workers or clients, and lapses in clear communications.
10th Aug 2020 - Forbes

Coronavirus work from home might become work done overseas

Forced away from city centres to slow the spread of coronavirus, the work-from-home revolution has shown many jobs can be done from the suburbs as easily as they were in humming office buildings housing thousands of workers. Could the shift be the change that regional Australia has long waited for? Or does it mark the moment Australians have to compete in the global market for jobs, with equally qualified but much cheaper workers?
10th Aug 2020 - ABC News

Survey finds ‘huge appetite’ for remote working

The majority of Irish workers would like a mix of working from home and being in the office or workplace, a new survey has indicated. The study by Amarách Research for the trade union, Fórsa, found that 86 per cent of respondents were interested in working remotely. Over 80 per cent of those who favour home working expressed a preference for a hybrid arrangement where they blend time worked remotely and in the workplace. The coronavirus has dramatically changed the way employees live and work with thousands now working from home for the first time. As a result, many companies are actively exploring the possibility of moving forward with a reduced office space.
10th Aug 2020 - The Irish Times

Coronavirus: UK CEOs lead the pack on employee mental wellbeing during pandemic

Business leaders around the world have been making moves to protect their employees with their COVID-19 response, with UK CEOs leading the pack on mental wellbeing support. Almost a quarter (24%) of UK CEOs provided additional financial support to employees, according to a new survey of business leaders by accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Alongside this, 15% of UK CEOs have sourced and/or manufactured medical supplies for their businesses (compared with 13% of CEOs globally), while nearly half (49%) contributed resources such as volunteers or essential goods to helping during the pandemic. This was compared with 42% of CEOs globally.
10th Aug 2020 - YAHOO!


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How to make an impression and get noticed while working remotely

The novelty of working from home, with 8:53 a.m. alarm calls and midday MasterClass breaks, has long worn off. Now you miss the sub-zero temps of your cubicle and the days of not having to supervise your kid’s virtual theater class. Plus, “the anonymity of working from home is really taking a toll on people and many are feeling a bit forgotten,” said Dr. Marianna Strongin, a psychologist in a private practice on the Upper East Side. It can feel difficult to get the attention you deserve, with employees finding it increasingly hard to get their work noticed.
10th Aug 2020 - New York Post

Remote working and online shopping could drive 14 million cars off US roads – permanently

As many as 14 million cars could disappear from American roads in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s one of the findings of a KPMG report that estimates almost 40% of all jobs in the United States could be done from home, drastically reducing reliance on the private motor vehicle.
10th Aug 2020 - World Economic Forum

Coronavirus: Dubai government's flexible working hours expected to cut traffic congestion

A decision to give Dubai government employees flexible working hours could consign morning traffic gridlock to the past, transport experts said. Public sector workers will have the option to begin work at any time between 6.30am and 8.30am from Sunday, August 16. The decision could reduce accidents on the city's roads, caused by frustrated drivers rushing to make it to offices on time, said Thomas Edelmann, founder of campaign group Road Safety UAE. “It is an important step in reducing the morning gridlocks as much as possible,” he said. “There are a number of benefits to this including the reduction of dangerous behaviour from motorists.
9th Aug 2020 - The National

3D virtual reality building inspections developed to aid remote working during the pandemic

A new online platform using 3D and virtual reality technology has been developed to allow remote building inspections to take place. The six-month project at the University of Strathclyde uses state-of-the-art algorithms, virtual reality and image processing techniques to monitor the construction phase of buildings. The platform will create a 3D environment of a building and reduce the number of physical inspections from quantity surveyors and health and safety inspectors required.
9th Aug 2020 - Herald Scotland

Facebook employees to be given £750 for home offices as remote working continues till July 2021

Facebook has announced that it will be giving its employees £750 towards home office needs as it extends remote working to next summer at the earliest. Since March, almost all of the tech giant’s 48,000 members of staff, which are typically based in 70 offices around the world, have been working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg stated that the company would allow workers to remain at home until the end of 2020.
8th Aug 2020 - The Independent

‘Zoom is fine, but it can’t match being back in the office’

Temperature checks at reception, spaced-out desks, contactless coffee dispensers and plastic lift-button prodders. Welcome back to work – in an anti-Covid-19 office. These features, which would have been deemed eccentric and invasive in January, are some of the measures being deployed for returning employees by one of the UK’s biggest companies, property firm British Land. And many more businesses will have to take heed if the UK is to reverse its position as one of the slowest European countries to get its feet back under the desk. Only a third (34%) of UK white-collar employees have gone back to work, while in continental Europe almost three-quarters of staff (68%) have done so, according to analysis from US bank Morgan Stanley.
8th Aug 2020 - The Guardian

How safe is it to go back to the office?

It is “impossible” to make the office 100 per cent safe, says Paul Hunter, professor of Medicine at the University of East Anglia. “You could spend millions on preparations and then someone gets the infection from the journey in. You can’t legislate for all these transmissions.” Experts and officials remain divided over the most basic aspects of the virus that causes Covid-19, from the way it spreads to the length of time it lasts on a desk. But all agree there is no single miracle measure that protects the workforce. Instead, there are many that add up to reducing the risk. As companies gingerly prepare to reopen their offices, here is a taste of the uncertainties they face.
3rd Aug 2020 - Financial Times


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This is what coronavirus will do to our offices and homes

One day, the virus will subside. It could be eradicated. But even then, life will not simply return to the way it was before Covid-19. Spurred on by the coronavirus crisis, architects have been rethinking the buildings we inhabit. Scroll down to find out how the future might look.
6th Aug 2020 - BBC News

Widespread Whitehall homeworking to continue | PublicTechnology.net

The number of civil servants returning to government premises in the coming weeks will be “low”, the Cabinet Office has said, as it unveils some of the measures departments are taking to protect staff returning to work. The vast majority of civil servants have been working from home since coronavirus lockdown measures were introduced in March. As of 1 August – from which date the prime minister has said employers will have "more discretion" to ask staff to return – civil servants will begin a phased return to the office, with some continuing to work from home for several months. “There will be some staff who will need to return to the workplace, but the number of people in the workplace will initially remain low compared to our normal capacity numbers,” Cabinet Office guidance published this week stated. “The civil service supports the ability of all our staff to work as safely as possible, whether remotely or in the workplace,” the document, which summarises the government’s Covid-19 workplace risk assessment for departments, said.
6th Aug 2020 - PublicTechnology

Report: American workers don't expect things to return to normal, even if a COVID-19 vaccine is produced

As the coronavirus continues to spread across the US, workers are not confident that a return to work is safe or possible, and 81% expect disruptions, even after a vaccine might be available, according to a new survey.
6th Aug 2020 - TechRepublic

Report: Working remotely during the pandemic means longer days, more meetings

"Is it working from home or living at work, or both?" Working from home during the COVID-19 epidemic results in more meetings and longer working hours, according to a new study. According to a Bloomberg report on August 4, the study, conducted by researchers from Harvard Business School and New York University, covered more than 21,000 companies in 16 cities in North America, Europe and the Middle East. The researchers compared the behavior of employees who worked at home for more than eight weeks before and after the COVID-19 outbreak. They found that the workday lasted 48.5 minutes longer, the number of meetings increased by about 13 percent, and people sent an average of 1.4 more emails per day to their colleagues.
6th Aug 2020 - CGTN

Covid-19 forces rethink on partnerships, office life and digitalisation

The pandemic has exposed persistent inefficiencies in law firms’ traditional ways of working, which look increasingly out of place as digitalisation takes hold, and triggered a rethink on expensive overheads, such as offices, now weighing on cash-strapped firms. In some cases, the most important innovations for law firms involve a reworking of available technology. Rajah & Tann launched automated digital invoices within weeks of the onset of the pandemic and established a new platform where clients can confidently sign contracts electronically for the first time.
6th Aug 2020 - Financial Times

More Than Half of Canada’s Workers Fear Returning to the Office

More than half of Canadians are afraid to go back to their workplaces and 77% are worried their colleagues might show up infected with the coronavirus, according to research from consulting firm KPMG. About six in 10 say they’ll will refuse to go back if they believe their place of work is not safe enough and 57% are concerned about sharing meeting rooms and other common areas. The survey polled more than 1,000 Canadians online and was conducted July 22 to 24. Major Canadian employers including Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Nova Scotia and Telus Corp. have told many employees to continue working from home for the rest of the year. One potential issue for workers in Toronto’s financial district is its often-crowded subway system. The city has one of the busiest transit networks in North America, trailing only New York City and Mexico City. In the KPMG survey, 71% said they were worried about using public transportation for their commute. In Ontario, the figure was was 78%.
6th Aug 2020 - Bloomberg

British workers more reluctant to return to office than Europeans, new research reveals

British office workers have returned to their desks at a far slower rate than their European counterparts, new research has revealed. A study, conducted by research unit AlphaWise at US bank Morgan Stanley, found around 34 per cent of British white-collar workers are back in the office, compared to 83 per cent of French office staff. Britain also lagged behind the other major European economies on office returns, with around three-quarters of German, Italian and Spanish workers having returned to the pre-pandemic commuting routine, according to the study.
6th Aug 2020 - Evening Standard

The working from home experiment has been too successful

Boris Johnson wants Britons to get back to the office this week but companies and employees are proving reluctant to turn their backs on the remote working revolution. The Government needs cities to get back up and running to save cafés, pubs and restaurants that rely on office workers to sustain them. The home working experiment has been so successful that the Prime Minister's call for commuters to get back on buses and trains is being ignored. “In the words of The Specials, I’m sitting in a ghost town,” says Nigel Wilson, boss of Legal & General, from the investment firm’s Moorgate headquarters in the City of London.
6th Aug 2020 - Telegraph.co.uk

Digital capabilities offer a lifeline to small businesses during pandemic

Salesforce​ surveyed over 3,600 consumers worldwide to gain a pulse check on how small businesses are navigating during the COVID-19 pandemic and what steps they can take to bring customers back.
6th Aug 2020 - ZDNet

City Colleges faculty and staff threaten to strike if everyone isn’t allowed to work remotely this fall: ‘I ca

Faculty and staff at City Colleges of Chicago are threatening to hold their first strike in more than a decade if administrators don’t allow all employees to work from home when fall classes begin in late August. While most instructors have been approved to teach remotely next semester, about 450 employees, including academic advisers and technological support and clerical staff, were required to return to campuses on Monday, according to unions representing those workers. Employees deemed essential by the community college network have been working in person since May despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Tony Johnston, president of the Cook County College Teachers Union, said his members plan to hold an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss taking a vote of no confidence in the administration, a move that could potentially escalate into a safety-related strike.
6th Aug 2020 - Chicago Tribune


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Coronavirus: Finland reintroduces remote working as cases rise

Cases of coronavirus in Finland totalled 7,512, with 331 deaths, as of today The Scandinavian country plans to reinstate working from home as cases rise The recommendation in favour of remote working had ended at the end of July
6th Aug 2020 - Daily Mail

UK office workers slower to return to their desk after Covid

British office workers have returned to their desks at a much slower pace than staff in France, Germany, Italy or Spain, as they continue to work from home following the lockdown. Only one-third (34%) of UK white-collar employees have gone back to work, lagging far behind their European counterparts, where almost three-quarters of staff (68%) have done so, according to analysis from US bank Morgan Stanley’s research unit AlphaWise.
6th Aug 2020 - The Guardian

Global Workforce Revolution - Brand new study reveals the impact of Covid-19 on the future of work, employee pay and benefits

The majority of tech employees (79%) said they would move, either to a different country (71%) or a different region of the UK (8%) if they were able to work remotely and retain the same job and remuneration, with 67% believing people should be entitled to a great career regardless of where they grow up and live. 63% of tech employees believe entrepreneurs need to look beyond London if they want to find the best talent in the world and on average employees expect 33% of tech roles to be remotely located outside of the UK in five years’ time.
5th Aug 2020 - FE News

Keep your COVID schedule: How to work from home indefinitely

The global coronavirus pandemic has made working at home the new normal for millions of Americans. Before the pandemic, only 14% of U.S. employees worked from home full-time. Now, that number has jumped to 60%. And many now working remotely are finding out they like it. A new Gallup poll shows three out of five remote employees said they didn’t want to return to the office. If you enjoy the flexibility, how can you convince your boss to let you work from home indefinitely? Tell your manager why the setup is better for the company and for you. For one, you’ll save time commuting. The average American who drives to work spends 54 hours per year stuck in traffic.
5th Aug 2020 - WJXT News4JAX

As remote learning looms, employers throw working parents a lifeline

For working parents like LaMonica, the pending start of the school year, which brings the anxiety of new teachers, schedules and courses under even the best of circumstances, is looming as a major source of stress. A growing list of companies are pushing office reopenings to 2021 and many school districts, including Chicago Public Schools, are nixing even a part-time return to the classroom, portending an ongoing work-life family mashup that threatens to derail both career and childhood development.
5th Aug 2020 - Chicago Tribune


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The most useful tips for working from home during COVID-19

As the remote work experiment drags on, here are five critical things you should be doing every day to maximize productivity.
4th Aug 2020 - Fast Company

Uber employees can work remotely through June 2021

Uber is extending its work-from-home order through June 2021, CNBC confirmed Tuesday. The ride-sharing company now joins Google in extending its remote-work timeline through June.
4th Aug 2020 - CNBC

Nial Borthistle: Employers will have to offer staff better options in their workplace

Remote working works, but companies also need to be able to create a culture for employees to buy in to and the importance of the office environment in that process cannot be overlooked
5th Aug 2020 - Belfast Telegraph


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Lloyds Considers Long-Term Remote Working

Lloyds Banking Group has become the latest large employer in the UK to review its use of office space as a result of the move towards homeworking due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Chief executive, António Horta-Osório, said: “We are indeed reviewing our property strategy”. The bank currently has over 75% of its staff working from home. A poll of its staff found that almost 90% felt that they were handling the change well, with a further two-thirds saying they wanted to continue to work from home in the future.
3rd Aug 2020 - Money Expert

Covid-19 Hastens the Work-at-Home Revolution

Because of Covid-19, my patient now happily works from home. Her company may get rid of its expensive Manhattan office and allow all employees to work remotely. She says the cost savings have been immense—and she’s scratching her head about why her bosses couldn’t have had this epiphany sooner, when she and her children might have benefited.
3rd Aug 2020 - The Wall Street Journal

Riverbed study finds 95% UAE and KSA business leaders are comfortable to shift to remote work

Nearly all (97%) of the business leaders surveyed in the UAE and Saudi Arabia reported that technology performance issues impact the experience of their remote workers. The most common issues – all resolvable – include: frequent disconnects from corporate networks (43%), slow file downloads (41%), apps not working properly (40%) and long response times when loading apps (39%). When asked about the impact these issues have on the remote work experience of employees, business leaders report: increased technical disruptions or difficulties (44%), weaker employee performance and lack of productivity (41%), lack of clarity on strategic priorities (37%) and reduced direct services to customers or clients (37%).
4th Aug 2020 - Intelligent CIO ME

Coronavirus US: 260 staff 'excluded' from work in school district

Georgia's largest school district Gwinnett County Schools have reported 260 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 or were exposed to a case These employees have been 'excluded' from work as a result, days before the school year start on August 12. The district, which employs more than 24,900 people, decided to open schools with remote learning but teachers must still report to their schools to teach However, teachers have reported that in-person trainings have taken place in rooms that aren't properly disinfected and people don't wear masks Gwinnett County has the second highest rate of COIVD-19 cases in the state with 17,781 confirmed infections
3rd Aug 2020 - Daily Mail


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'We don't feel pressure to go back': England's firms in no hurry to resume office life

From this week, companies in England can decide whether it is safe for employees to go back to the office after the coronavirus lockdown prompted more people to work from home. However, few businesses appear to be preparing for a mass return to desks, meeting rooms and cafeterias on Monday. Here are the views of some firms on the notion of resuming office life.
3rd Aug 2020 - The Guardian

Remote Work Isn’t Going Away. So Let’s Deal With the Obstacles.

Six months into the Covid crisis, remote work is no longer looking like a blip in the lives of millions of people, but rather a long-term realignment of how those workers and their organizations operate. It’s time for people working from home to assert more control over how that transformation is reshaping their lives and careers.
2nd Aug 2020 - The Wall Street Journal

Millions won't return to offices as Boris Johnson's 'back to work' plea snubbed

Millions of employees won’t be returning to the office anytime soon after bosses snubbed Boris Johnson’s “back to work” plea. Firms can now ask workers to come into the office, even if it is not absolutely necessary for them to be there. Announcing the change earlier this month, the Prime Minister said: “It’s very important that people should be going back to work if they can now.” The move, from Saturday, comes amid fears for cafes and shops in city centres deserted since the start of the coronavirus lockdown.
2nd Aug 2020 - Mirror Online

Remote Work Is Here to Stay. Bosses Better Adjust.

It was mid-June, three months after the Covid-19 crisis had forced the top executives in a fast-growing tech startup to leave their offices and work from home. Executives had believed this “work from home thing” would last a few weeks, one of the company’s vice presidents told me, so they treated it like a brief emergency that required all hands on deck, all the time. It was only when the vice president sent an email at midnight and got detailed comments from two colleagues within 15 minutes that he realized: This work from home thing wasn’t going away anytime soon, and things needed to change.
2nd Aug 2020 - The Wall Street Journal

Culture is the key to remote working success

How can companies reduce the conduct risks around remote working? While the technological revolution in the workplace has made the idea of remote working a reality for many, the complex governance and control requirements for businesses regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority have meant financial services has traditionally been slow to adopt this growing trend. But cue the Covid-19 crisis and, all of a sudden, this new way of working has been imposed on us all. And with some companies already eyeing up the potential cost savings of a permanent shift from their plush headquarters to smaller satellite bases, this could signal the end of office life as we know it.
31st Jul 2020 - FT Adviser


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Want To Live And Work In Paradise? 7 Countries Inviting Americans To Move Abroad

Back in the good-old pre-pandemic days, many people fantasized about becoming a digital nomad and quitting their 9-to-5 office job in order to live and work remotely in a dreamy international destination. Now, for most workers, being a digital nomad is no longer a luxury, but rather, a requirement of the job. Before the coronavirus took hold, only around 7% of US employees regularly worked remotely. These days, at least two-thirds of Americans are working from home, according to Gallup research—and many don’t ever want to go back to the old ways of doing business.
31st Jul 2020 - Forbes

300 council staff still working from home

Just over 300 Fermanagh and Omagh District Council staff are continuing to work remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Figures released by the council show that while 308 people are working from home, there are 304 staff members continuing their employment as usual on site. Significantly, the number of staff who have been furloughed has decreased. In May the council announced that 200 staff had been placed under the British Government’s Job Retention Scheme. But that figure has since been reduced and currently stands at around 169. Director of corporate services and governance, Celine McCartan, told a meeting of the council’s policy and resources committee that the numbers had marginally changed.
30th Jul 2020 - The Ulster Herald

Puget Sound government employees to work remotely until 2021 due to virus

Officials say many local government employees around the Puget Sound area will work from home until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Seattle Times reports leaders of several local cities, counties and ports “are taking a united approach to slow the spread of COVID-19 and maximize physical distancing by extending teleworking for eligible employees until 2021.” Among the jurisdictions allowing employees to work from home are King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, the cities of Everett, Kenmore, Redmond, Seattle, Shoreline and Tacoma, and the ports of Seattle and Everett
30th Jul 2020 - KOMO News

Coronavirus: Why some people want to keep working from home

Bedrooms, kitchen counter-tops and dining tables became the new way of working for millions of people. According to the ONS, 30% of adults in the UK were exclusively working from home at the start of July. From 1 August, employers in England can allow staff back into offices at their own discretion when they feel it's safe to do so. But now it's time to return to those communal workplaces, research from Eskenzi suggests that 91% of the UK's office workers would like to work from home at least part of the time. So why are so many office staff keen to keep working from home?
30th Jul 2020 - BBC News


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How to keep remote workers engaged and happy

With lockdown restrictions easing in the UK, many workers will finally be returning to the workplace after months of working from home. For some, working remotely has been a challenge. Few people have a home office and have had to make do with working on the sofa or hunched over the kitchen table. Parents have had to juggle homeschooling with Zoom meetings, and lots of us have had to get used to spending all our time with partners and housemates. For others, though, home-working has been a welcome change from the stress of commuting to the office. And while some people can’t wait to return, many people hope that they will be offered the option of flexible working post-COVID-19. According to research by CIPD, employers expect the proportion of people working from home on a regular basis to increase to 37% after the pandemic, compared to 18% before.
30th Jul 2020 - Yahoo Finance UK

Coronavirus: Office workers in no hurry to get feet under desks

More than half of office workers will continue to work from home for the rest of the summer despite the government’s efforts to get them to return. A survey of 94 of Britain’s biggest employers found half planned to keep all staff working remotely for the next few months, while a fifth planned to bring staff back to the office only on a part-time basis. About a fifth planned to bring staff back full time.
30th Jul 2020 - The Times

Remote working – the new ‘norm’?

Covid-19 imposed remote working on employers and employees with little time to prepare. However, a number of organisations are now actively embracing remote working and the benefits it can bring – with large companies such as Fujitsu, Twitter, Google and Facebook all extending their work from home options. Siemens, is the latest company to announce that employees may work from wherever they want for two or three days a week, stating that ‘COVID-19 gives us a chance to reshape our world and reimagine work’.
29th Jul 2020 - HR News

Government employees to work remotely until 2021 due to virus

Officials say many local government employees around the Puget Sound area will work from home until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Seattle Times reports leaders of several local cities, counties and ports “are taking a united approach to slow the spread of COVID-19 and maximize physical distancing by extending teleworking for eligible employees until 2021.”
29th Jul 2020 - KOMO News

Study: How Americans Feel About Returning To Work During Covid-19

JDP recently surveyed 2,000 Americans about their feelings on returning to work during the Covid-19 pandemic. Between June 12 – June 16, 2020, JDP polled 2,038 Americans who typically work in an office of some sort, but have been working remote because of the pandemic. Respondents were 49% female, 51% male and ranged in age from 22 to 66 years old. Here's what the JDP 2020 Back to Work Survey found:
29th Jul 2020 - Forbes


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Remote work and office life go hand in hand in a flexible future

The experience of remote work during the lockdown has focussed attention on the new role of the office, a new report claims
29th Jul 2020 - Workplace Insight

Siemens is allowing employees to work more from home

Siemens have given their employees the opportunity to work remotely for two or three days a week. The decision was made after the company was forced to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.The changes have been associated with a different leadership style that focuses on outcomes oppose to time spent at the office.
28th Jul 2020 - World Economic Forum

Scotiabank to allow most head office employees to work remotely until 2021

Bank of Nova Scotia said on Tuesday that it has asked most of its employees in its head office to continue to work remotely until 2021 with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing companies to adopt work from home globally. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has also said that while it is likely it will have a small number of people returning to office, most of its employees will continue to work remotely for an “extended period of time”. The pandemic has led to strict lockdowns in most countries and changed the way businesses function, with work-from-home emerging as the new norm.
28th Jul 2020 - Reuters UK


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Google will keep employees working remotely until July 2021

Google plans to keep 200,000 full-time and contract employees working remotely until at least July 2021, The Wall Street Journal reported. Other tech firms have announced long-term plans to keep employees working from home due to restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic, but Google would be the first to extend remote working into the middle of next year. According to the WSJ, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google parent company Alphabet, made the call last week following a meeting with top company executives. A Google spokesperson told The Verge that Pichai sent an email to employees this morning announcing the plan: “To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we are extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021 for roles that don’t need to be in the office.”
27th Jul 2020 - The Verge

Siemens Says That 140,000 Of Its Employees Can Work From Anywhere

German-based Siemens, the largest industrial manufacturing company in Europe, announced that its employees may work from wherever they want for two or three days a week. The company’s decision is yet another strong endorsement of the work-from-home and work-remotely-anywhere movement. Siemens has around 385,000 employees in more than 200 countries. The work-anywhere— several days a week—decision was due to a global staff survey, in which employees desired greater flexibility in their approach to work.
27th Jul 2020 - Forbes

Upsides for Some Remote Workers; Lost Pay and Security for Others

Working from home creates economic winners and losers. It can benefit highly skilled employees but depress others’ wages and make it hard to organize.
27th Jul 2020 - The New York Times

Remote work travel: These 4 countries accept Americans for remote-work trips

The pandemic has proved challenging for digital nomads, people who travel the world working remotely. With countries closing their borders and air travel heavily restricted, working abroad has become extremely difficult if not totally impossible for Americans. And as some destinations begin to allow foreign visitors, travelers from the United States may still be banned because of the America’s escalating number of coronavirus cases. But there are exceptions. While the State Department and health officials still recommend Americans avoid all international travel, some countries are welcoming working travelers, including Americans, back again despite the pandemic’s continuing spread.
27th Jul 2020 - Washington Post


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Coronavirus turns the City into a ghost town

While the government guidance comes into effect this week, most executives are sticking to their policies of gradually restoring office numbers. Many companies will start bringing back a skeleton-staff in September or October, but others do not plan to return until 2021 at the earliest. Coronavirus is threatening to permanently transform the traditional workplace and with it London’s semi-autonomous financial centre, which traces its roots back to 1376. Many of the executives who spoke to the Financial Times said some staff would not return at all given the success of homeworking during the lockdown.
27th Jul 2020 - Financial Times

The Coronavirus Turns Midtown Into a Ghost Town, Causing an Economic Crisis

Editors and account managers at the Time & Life Building in Midtown Manhattan could once walk out through the modernist lobby and into a thriving ecosystem that existed in support of the offices above. They could shop for designer shirts or shoes, slide into a steakhouse corner booth for lunch and then return to their desks without ever crossing the street. To approach this block today is like visiting a relative in the hospital. The building, rebranded a few years ago and renovated to fit 8,000 workers, now has just 500 a day showing up. The steakhouse dining rooms are dark.
26th Jul 2020 - The New York Times

Risk of ‘unrest’ if civil servants are forced into hasty return to office

Boris Johnson’s hopes of getting people to return to work from 1 August are in serious doubt as the UK’s biggest civil service union warns of “serious industrial unrest” if public servants across the country are pushed to return to their offices too early. The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which has 200,000 members, has reacted furiously after being told at a private meeting in Downing Street on Thursday that the Cabinet Office’s permanent secretary, Alex Chisholm, has written to all Whitehall departments, asking them to report back on how they could get more people to return as early as next month.
26th Jul 2020 - The Guardian

Coronavirus: What would working from home in Barbados really be like?

That could be a real prospect under a new scheme launched by the government of Barbados. The Barbados Welcome Stamp, which has just started taking applications, gives international visitors the opportunity to work remotely on the island for up to a year. Palm trees, sun, and blue skies sound like a dream to many, but even stunning locations have their pros and cons, especially during a pandemic. So what can remote workers expect if they take up the tempting offer?
26th Jul 2020 - BBC News

With Coronavirus Still Prevalent, How Will People Return To The Office?

The prominent consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) published the results of a recent survey of more than 1000 American workers. According to the results, “Fewer than half (47%) of employees who were forced to stop working or work remotely say safety measures like wearing masks or reconfiguring layouts to promote physical distancing will make them more comfortable returning to the office. Only 45% say requiring customers to follow safety and hygiene practices will make them more comfortable. Even mandatory testing, like temperature checks before allowing people on-site, doesn’t inspire confidence.” These results indicate an already prevalent sentiment across the country (and likely across the world): workers are significantly worried about their safety, especially when exploring the idea of venturing back into the office.
26th Jul 2020 - Forbes

Op-ed: More companies will offer remote work at price of staff position. Take the deal

With the sudden, massive shift to remote work to stop the spread of the pandemic over the past few months, companies have found that working from home actually works: A recent study concluded that up to 40% of all jobs can be performed at home, while before the pandemic, it’s estimated that only 3% actually could be done remotely.
25th Jul 2020 - CNBC


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