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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.
7th Oct 2020 - BBC News

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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
1st Oct 2020 - Daily Mail

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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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One third of UK workers 'reluctant to return' to offices post-lockdown

Employee research from e-days, the absence management company used by companies like ASOS and Monster Energy, has revealed that one third of employees are ‘reluctant to return’ to offices as lockdown eases in the UK. A survey of UK workers showed that 60% were reluctant or unsure about returning to the office on grounds of safety. Just over a third felt they were ready to go back to their offices.
23rd Jul 2020 - RealWire

Remote university teaching during COVID-19 can work — I can prove it

In the autumn, students across the world will be learning remotely as Coronavirus forces universities to close campuses. Journalist Chris Stokel-Walker has been teaching 80 students, holed up from Beijing to Illinois, since June. Working under pressure, he and his colleagues had to work out how they could deliver their informal, interactive teaching to people on opposite sides of the planet. Here's how they made it work.
23rd Jul 2020 - Business Insider

The Economics of Remote Work

As the pandemic leads more companies to embrace remote workers, new jobs data explores how a farther-flung workforce expands opportunity.
23rd Jul 2020 - Bloomberg

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Coronavirus Scotland: Sturgeon urges Scots to continue to work from home despite UK advice to return to

Nicola Sturgeon has urged Scots to continue to work from home where possible despite the UK government allowing workers back into offices. Westminster has told employees who have been working remotely they CAN start to return to their workplaces. She told today's coronavirus briefing: "I want to underline that we are making changes at a pace and a level that we think is right and safe for our current circumstances here in Scotland. "Announcements made for other parts of the UK do not automatically apply here.
22nd Jul 2020 - The Scottish Sun

Should remote workers' salaries differ based on their location?

Earlier this year, Facebook (FB) made two major announcements. The first was that the social media giant would permanently embrace remote hiring, with around half of its workforce expected to work remotely over the next five to 10 years. Secondly, how much it will pay its remote workers depends on where they are located. “Our policy here has been for years — is already — that [compensation] varies by location,” Mark Zuckerberg said. “We pay a market rate, and that varies by location. We're going to continue that principle here.” Senior employees or those with strong performance reviews will be able to request remote work and relocate away from Facebook’s Silicon Valley base. In other words, they will be able to move from the hyper-expensive Bay Area to the Midwest — but it will come with a pay cut.
22nd Jul 2020 - Yahoo Finance UK

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Taking positive steps towards a remote working future - a third sector exemplar

Remote working may have been forced on companies by the pandemic, but for many may now become a permanent part of their work environment. One third sector organization was beginning to make the shift when COVID-19 struck and accelerated its thinking. Positive Steps is a charity operating in both Rochdale and Oldham in the North of England. It specialises in delivering targeted advice, support and services to young people, adults and families on a wide range of issues they face, from help making the transition from school to further education through careers guidance and on.to giving support to individuals and families with drugs, parenting or housing problems.
21st Jul 2020 - Diginomica

'Zoom-mania' is here to stay as staff embrace remote work

According to the report, seven in ten UK employees believe that, with the right tech, they can be more productive at home. Further, the Covid-19 experience has made the workforce a lot more comfortable with video calls, suggesting the popularity of Zoom and similar platforms will endure.
21st Jul 2020 - IT Pro Portal

Work from home: More companies are letting new hires work anywhere permanently amid COVID-19 pandemic

Rasha Uthman was hunting for a public relations job that let her work from her parents’ South Miami home as they struggled with family health issues, but few, if any, local companies in her field were open to telecommuting. Insivia, a Cleveland-based consulting and marketing firm for the technology industry, was willing to hire a PR and marketing specialist anywhere in the country after shifting to a remote work set-up during the coronavirus pandemic. Since June, Uthman has been working for Insivia full-time from her childhood bedroom, about 1,240 miles from the company’s headquarters. “Insivia has been so understanding of my situation,” says Uthman, 36. “I love the flexibility.”
21st Jul 2020 - USA TODAY

Covid-19: RBS asks majority of workers to work remotely until 2021

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has told its staff that majority of workers can continue to work remotely until 2021. The move comes despite the government withdrawing an official guidance that encouraged people to work from home. RBS has decided to extend the option to work from home for around 50,000 employees to 2021, Reuters reported citing an internal memo.
21st Jul 2020 - Verdict

Georgia is welcoming long-term visitors who are interested in working remotely from the country - Insider

The country of Georgia recently announced a new visa program targeted at self-employed, remote workers. The program is designed for visitors who are interested in staying in Georgia for longer than six months. Those interested will need to fill out an online application and obtain confirmation documents beforehand. Georgia's Ministry of Economy has yet to launch the online application.
21st Jul 2020 - INSIDER

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Work-From-Home Culture Will Cut Billions of Miles of Driving

Working from home and online shopping have become the new normal and that will reduce driving in the U.S. by up to 270 billion miles a year, according to new study. The research conducted by consultant KPMG International finds the cocoon culture Covid-19 has created is not going away -- even if a vaccine is made widely available -- and that will have potentially dire consequences for the auto industry. For starters, the decline in commuting will remove 14 million cars from U.S. roads, the KPMG study forecasts.
15th Jul 2020 - Bloomberg

One in three office workers want to continue working from home after coronavirus threat is over

The study showed a demand for more flexible working, up from a tenth in 2019 The survey found 32% of people expecting to at least partially work from home It comes as Boris Johnson on Friday urged Brits back to deserted High Streets
20th Jul 2020 - Daily Mail

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95% Saudi, UAE business leaders comfortable — but not fully prepared — for shift to remote work: Study

As organizations address the pressing need to adapt workforce models for the ‘new normal’, almost all (95%) business leaders in Saudi Arabia and the UAE state that they are comfortable with the broad scale shift toward remote work. Whilst there’s been digital investment in the region during the last few years, according to the Riverbed Future of Work Global Survey 2020, over two-thirds (68%) of Saudi and UAE organizations were not completely prepared to support remote working when the COVID-19 pandemic began. “Businesses had already been accommodating more remote workers the past several years, but COVID-19 is accelerating this, and the office of the future will clearly look very different with a more flexible and hybrid workplace,” said Rich McBee, president and CEO of Riverbed. “This new study shows that business leaders are now much more comfortable with their teams working remote, however organizations must have the right technology in place to ensure greater productivity and a better remote experience as employees increasingly work from anywhere.”
20th Jul 2020 - AlKhaleej Today

How the COVID-19 crisis is reshaping remote working | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal

The COVID-19 crisis has necessitated a rise in remote working, but many challenges to its broader adoption remain. This column uses survey data from thousands of small businesses representing a wide set of industries, firm sizes, and regions across the US to understand how businesses are adjusting to the crisis. It finds that transition to remote working is uneven, with businesses in industries with higher income and better educated employees more likely to transition to remote working. Productivity effects are also uneven, with many firms becoming less productive as a result of the transition.
19th Jul 2020 - voxeu.org

COVID-19 and the city: How pandemics could break up our metropolises

From the temporary breakdown of global supply chains to the emptying of once-bustling city streets, COVID-19 hugely changed the way we navigate our urban environments – and not just in the short term. With the coronavirus set to reshape the urban landscape for decades to come, CGTN Europe takes a deep dive into the powerful potential of disease to mold our metropolises – past, present, and future – in a four-part series about the impact of COVID-19 on cities.
19th Jul 2020 - CGTN

Coronavirus means council staff told they will be working from home into 2021

The bulk of staff at Norfolk County Council have been told that they will not be returning to their offices for work this year, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Council bosses said the 7,000-plus non-school staff employed by the authority, the majority of whom have been working from home since lockdown at the end of March, will continue to do so. In the past week, only about 900 staff have worked from a council building, such as the authority’s County Hall headquarters in Norwich, at some point in those seven days.
17th Jul 2020 - EDP 24

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Steve Jobs predicted the power of a remote workforce 30 years before COVID-19

Twenty years before he succumbed to pancreatic cancer, and 30 years before the coronavirus pandemic, the Apple magnate predicted the value of telework. In a recently uncovered sit down with journalist Jon Erlichman that took place in 1990, Jobs championed the potential of a digital labor market. In his estimation, an organization that can function in a virtual setting is more flexible in the face of black swan hiccups.
16th Jul 2020 - Ladders

For Wealthy West Coasters, Working Remotely Means Home Can Be Anywhere

No longer tethered to the office, luxury homebuyers from big cities are seeking out roomier, more remote locales
16th Jul 2020 - The Wall Street Journal

Thousands of city employees will work remotely through end of the year — at least

Thousands of municipal employees will continue to work from home at least through Dec. 31 due to the surge in Covid-19 cases in Bexar County, city of San Antonio officials said. The decision effects more than 2,100 positions — nearly 20% of the city’s workforce. The city developed a four-phase return-to-work plan that’s guiding its decisions. City Manager Erik Walsh shared that plan with the mayor and City Council members in late May, and most of the indicators affecting a return to work are trending in the wrong direction.
16th Jul 2020 - San Antonio Business Journal

37% of employees will work from home regularly

The number of employees working from home on a regular basis will increase to 37%, compared to 18% before the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, according to research by Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Its survey of 1,046 employers also found that respondents expect almost a quarter (22%) of employees to work from home permanently, compared to 9% before the pandemic. More than one-quarter (28%) of respondents believe that working remotely increases their productivity, compared to the same percentage who believe this decreases productivity. Just over one-third (37%) believe that working remotely has not had any effect on productivity levels whatsoever.
16th Jul 2020 - Employee Benefits

The Economic Effects of Working From Home

Buyers are looking for second homes where they can comfortably camp out for months, and in some cases, forever. They are not just driven by fear of an extended pandemic. As many firms—especially tech companies—embrace remote working, people are taking the opportunity to untether from astronomically priced cities and get more space, scenery, and quiet. “I think what you’re seeing in the Bay Area is a lot of people are tied to it because of work,” said Mr. Cooley, 40, who works in software. “You can work from anywhere right now, and I don’t think that’s going to change.”
16th Jul 2020 - Council on Foreign Relations

Why WFH Isn't Necessarily Good for Women

It’s tempting to think that such flexible work options will be a big equalizer for women. Many are daring to hope that by removing the stigma attached to WFH, and by cutting commuting time and the insidious “face time” norms that can add hours to the workday, women can maintain full-time jobs and avoid losing traction in their careers during their caregiving years. There is some evidence on which to base this dream of a better future — studies have shown that flexibility allows mothers to maintain their working hours after childbirth and to stay in relatively stressful yet well-paying occupations through times of high family demand. But before we declare victory, we need to consider three potential trip wires.
16th Jul 2020 - Harvard Business Review

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Four Tips for Call Centers to Embrace Long-Term Remote Work Productively

After months of wide-spread lockdowns in response to the novel Coronavirus, many countries and companies are beginning to lift restrictions. As this process begins, it’s clear that many things will look different than before the pandemic. This is especially true for the workplace, where many people are expected to work from home indefinitely. In a call center environment where employees work in tight spaces using shared equipment, the need to facilitate a new normal will be especially noteworthy. Research into the implications for call center employees produced grim results, prompting Paul Stockford, research director for the National Association of Call Centers, to implore call centers to “get your agents home immediately.”
15th Jul 2020 - CustomerThink

COVID-19: How long will working from home last?

COVID-19 has triggered a new age of remote working. A survey by UK startup network Founders Forum looks at the trend and shows what employers and employees think about working from home. A realistic post-pandemic work scenario could involve 3 to 5 days of remote work a week, with a couple dedicated in-office days for the entire team. The majority of respondents had seen their working hours increase during this time, with opinion split on whether it's more or less productive.
15th Jul 2020 - World Economic Forum

82 per cent of Companies to let Employees Work Remotely for the time being: Gartner

The figures are contained in a Gartner survey from early June of 127 company leaders, representing HR, Legal and Compliance, Finance and Real Estate. For many organisations with employees working both onsite and remotely, adapting to a new, more complex hybrid workforce is the challenge to how people work together to get their job done evolves. According to Gartner VP research and advisory for Asia Pacific, Aaron McEwan, “The question now facing Australian organisations is not how to manage a remote workforce, but how to manage a more complex, hybrid workforce.” “Australia led the way with flexible working. More than five years on, Telstra’s All Roles Flex approach still stands as a best practice example that others have followed,” he said.
15th Jul 2020 - Which-50

Barbados wants you to work from its beaches during the pandemic

But even as the pandemic continues to rage, the government of Barbados, a country in the eastern Caribbean, is sending a very different message: Come here, not just for a holiday, but for up to a year. Bring your laptop. Soak up the sun, the sea, the sand — and forget about the coronavirus.
15th Jul 2020 - The Washington Post

IMF: 100 million people unable to do their jobs remotely

COVID-19 has forced tens of millions of workers to lose their jobs and millions more out of the labor force altogether. The IMF has investigated the feasibility of working from home in a large sample of advanced and emerging market economies. It estimates that nearly 100 million workers in 35 advanced and emerging countries could be at high risk because they are unable to do their jobs remotely. Workers in food and accommodation, and wholesale and retail trade, are the hardest hit for having the least “teleworkable” jobs.
15th Jul 2020 - World Economic Forum

Will the remote work craze sparked by COVID-19 sound a death knell for office buildings?

Elliott Holt was always firmly opposed to letting employees work from home. “There’s no control over it,” says the CEO of a Nashville-based medical records company. “We like to be in control.” With MediCopy growing at breakneck speed, its work-in-the office ethos spelled a feverish expansion of its physical presence in Nashville. After adding a second office two years ago, the firm was poised to lease a third last month. But since the coronavirus pandemic has forced nearly all of MediCopy's 200 employees to work from home, Holt has had an abrupt change of heart. He says he’ll let staffers continue to telecommute for the long term, prompting him to relinquish both of the additional offices, convert his headquarters into a training center, and save $350,000 a year in leasing costs.
14th Jul 2020 - The Oklahoman

Banks back to work-from-home as Hong Kong sees third wave of coronavirus

After serving as a test run globally for how to return to the office safely, banks in Hong Kong reinstated work-from-home arrangements for many of their staff this week as a “third wave” of coronavirus cases hit the city. HSBC, the biggest of three banks authorised to issue currency in the city, “strongly encouraged” its staff to work remotely beginning on Wednesday until further notice, particularly those with pre-existing medical conditions. “To support flexible working, employees who must work from HSBC premises should discuss working arrangements, including staggered arrival and lunch times, with their line manager,” HSBC said in a memo late on Tuesday.
15th Jul 2020 - South China Morning Post

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Have work, will travel: Why Estonia wants digital nomads

Tiny Estonia is wielding an unlikely weapon in the fight against the economic damage caused by coronavirus: immigration law. On Wednesday, the Baltic state will launch a “Digital Nomad Visa,” which it hopes will help it recover from an expected recession and boost its growing credentials as a bureaucratic innovator.
15th Jul 2020 - POLITICO

Employers to allow staff to continue working remotely - Gartner

The majority of employers plan to allow their staff to continue working remotely some of the time, according to new research from Gartner. A survey from the analyst firm found 82% of respondents intend to permit remote working some of the time as employees return to the workplace. For many organisations with employees working both onsite and remotely, adapting to a new, more complex hybrid workforce is the challenge as how people work together to get their job done evolves, Gartner says. Nearly half (47%) said they intend to allow employees to work remotely full time going forward. For some organisations, flex time will be the new norm as 43% of survey respondents reported they will grant employees flex days, while 42% will provide flex hours, “The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a huge experiment in widespread remote working,” says Elisabeth Joyce, vice president of advisory in the Gartner HR practice.
15th Jul 2020 - IT Brief Australia

Working from home can soon mean working in Barbados for up to a year

Those working remotely in the Covid-19 pandemic may soon be able to move the home office to Barbados, according to the Barbados Government Information Service. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced at the reopening of a bar that the government will soon introduce a 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp for visitors working remotely, the government information service said earlier this month. Rapid testing is not readily available for the country in the coronavirus pandemic, which has made short-term travel to Barbados more difficult, Mottley said. The year-long invitation is Barbados' answer to the economic difficulties travel companies and tourist destinations are facing as people all over the world are encouraged to stay home and mitigate the virus' spread.
15th Jul 2020 - CNN

Potential for remote working across different places | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal

While working from home represents an opportunity to reduce the economic costs of lockdowns and social distancing measures, not all occupations are suitable for remote working. Even more importantly, the possibility for remote working is not the same across locations within countries. As shown by Dingel and Neiman (2020), the first authors to study how remote working can differ across locations in the US, a much larger share of employment is able to shift to remote mode in some places than in others, reducing the economic costs of lockdown more significantly in those regions. Our study (OECD 2020) assesses the potential of remote working within 27 EU countries, Switzerland, Turkey and the US. Overall, cities – especially capitals – have a higher share of employment that can potentially be done via teleworking than other places within the same countries. This share is, on average, 15 percentage points higher in the region with the highest potential for remote working than in the region with the lowest potential, reaching more than 20 percentage points in certain countries. The concentration of occupations that have a high remote working potential in some regions drives these large within-country differences.
14th Jul 2020 - voxeu.org

What It's Like To Start A New Job Remotely During A Pandemic

James is among a number of Washingtonians who are navigating starting a job remotely, as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has kept many companies from returning to the office. These new employees are struggling to adapt to virtual work environments—making their first impressions via Zoom, trying to establish working relationships remotely, and dealing with video conferencing fatigue and tech glitches in workplaces they’re unaccustomed to.
14th Jul 2020 - DCist.com

More Canadians will be working from home post-pandemic, StatCan data suggests

New data from Statistics Canada suggests that more Canadians will be working from home once the COVID-19 pandemic is over as more employers report that their staff can effectively do their jobs remotely. The survey results released Tuesday found that nearly one-quarter of Canadian businesses expect that 10 per cent or more of their workforce will continue to telework or work remotely post-pandemic. According to Statistics Canada, businesses that expect their employees to continue working from home include the information and cultural industries sector (47 per cent) and the professional, scientific and technical services sector (44.5 per cent).
14th Jul 2020 - CTV News

Apple asks retail staff to work remotely as it shuts stores down again

Apple also shipping COVID-19 test kits to employees' homes, and told staff a full return to U.S. offices won't occur before the end of the year
14th Jul 2020 - Canada.com

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Barbados Wants You to Work Remotely from the Beach—for a Year

The island announced potential plans earlier this month to introduce a 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp to reignite its economy dependent on tourism. Though travel to the island did not previously require visas for U.S. citizens, travelers were able to stay in Barbados for up to six months without a tourist or work visa. This stamp would grant access to remain on the island for up to a year and give anyone with the stamp the ability to work remotely for their employer, regardless of where that company is based.
13th Jul 2020 - HarpersBAZAAR.com

Will the remote work craze sparked by COVID-19 sound a death knell for office buildings?

Elliott Holt was always firmly opposed to letting employees work from home. “There’s no control over it,” says the CEO of a Nashville-based medical records company. “We like to be in control.” With MediCopy growing at breakneck speed, its work-in-the office ethos spelled a feverish expansion of its physical presence in Nashville. After adding a second office two years ago, the firm was poised to lease a third last month. But since the coronavirus pandemic has forced nearly all of MediCopy's 200 employees to work from home, Holt has had an abrupt change of heart. He says he’ll let staffers continue to telecommute for the long term, prompting him to relinquish both of the additional offices, convert his headquarters into a training center, and save $350,000 a year in leasing costs. “Things are working the way they are,” he says.
13th Jul 2020 - USA TODAY

This works best: Bengalureans are moving out of the city to work remotely in the lap of nature

The coronavirus pandemic has completely changed office culture. Now, with a surge in Covid-19 cases in Bengalaru, many youngsters ar eheading back to their hometowns to work from villages and in the lap of nature.
13th Jul 2020 - Bangalore Mirror

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Corporations begin cautious return to UK offices after lockdown

After months of Zoom video calls, a number of major businesses are getting ready for a return to (relative) normality. Last week accountancy firm PwC reopened all of its UK offices, while its competitor Deloitte began to allow staff back to some sites in the capital and other regional cities, and employees of law firm Slaughter and May were once again able to opt to work from its London headquarters.
12th Jul 2020 - The Guardian

University professors fear returning to campus as coronavirus cases surge nationwide

As coronavirus cases start to surge in more than 30 states across the U.S., some professors are pushing back when it comes to returning to campus for in-person teaching. More than 50% of colleges and universities have announced they will be hosting professors or students back on campus in the next few months, per data tracked by the Chronicle of Higher Education. NBC News’ Social Newsgathering team spoke to professors at various colleges who expressed fears of physically returning back to work. “There’s a tremendous amount of insecurity and a tremendous amount of anxiety,” Crary said.
12th Jul 2020 - NBC News

Covid impact: Professionals who can work from home are ditching the uncongenial cities

When the novel coronavirus pandemic began making its presence felt in India and the first lockdown was announced in March, Vinitha (surname withheld on request) thought she and her husband could comfortably ride out the crisis in their Bengaluru apartment. After all, work from home was an option for her, a researcher in a private firm, and her husband, a software engineer. Besides, unlike in other big metros, the situation seemed to be under control in Bengaluru —even at the end of May, there were less than 400 cases in the city of over 1.2 crore.
12th Jul 2020 - Economic Times

With remote working on the rise, people are moving to the coast as sales surge by the seaside

Estate agents are reporting a surge in demand for seaside properties from workers eager to escape city life, with many believing the coronavirus pandemic will lead to a more permanent shift to home working. Britain has more than 11,000 miles of coastline and is home to a wide array of beaches and outstanding beauty spots. As someone who moved from London to the coast last year, I can vouch for the benefits. Daily walks are taken parallel to the sea and on a hot day I can pop out for an ice cream in minutes. The chatter of seagulls is a constant refrain as I work from my desk at home. I have been even more grateful for the space and picturesque views during lockdown, which has meant I haven’t felt claustrophobic
10th Jul 2020 - iNews

Nearly half of employed in UK worked remotely in April 2020

In more evidence of how the coronavirus outbreak has changed the working habits of the nation, with millions adapting to doing their job from home over the past few months, a study for the UK’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) found that in April 2020, 46.6% of people in employment did some work at home, 86% of whom did so as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
10th Jul 2020 - ComputerWeekly.com

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The psychology of remote working

On September 13 2001, Penny Pullan was booked on a flight into New York City. A member of the new change team at Mars-Inc-owned ISI, she was supposed to be launching a global programme of business change. Of course, her plane never took off. Two days before, four hijacked commercial airliners crashed into the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon building in Washington DC and a strip of Pennsylvania farmland. With the 9/11 terror attacks, the world changed in an instant, flights were grounded and Pullan found herself needing to adapt rapidly to an entirely new way of working in order to see her project through.
9th Jul 2020 - Management Today

Coronavirus in Ireland – Leo Varadkar shares snap of home office and says remote working has huge benefits if

Leo Varadkar has called on businesses to make remote working the "new normal" after sharing a snap of his home office. The Fine Gael boss said if working from home was rolled out properly it would have huge benefits and would allow parents to manage their personal and professional lives better.
9th Jul 2020 - The Irish Sun

The office isn’t dead yet, even if remote work keeps rising, says Moody’s

Building owners often also have 10-year fixed-rate mortgages, which over the past decade have been set at historically low rates, giving property owners more wiggle room to sort through the shocks of COVID-19. Those are key takeaways of a new report from credit-rating firm Moody’s Investors Service on the future of U.S. office space as a result of the pandemic, which sparked an abrupt need by many companies to set up their employees for remote work. In short: The modern office isn’t “dead” yet. But Moody’s does see “heightened risks more in major urban markets,” and in the unlikely event of “sea changes” in behavior by companies looking to eventually shed office space, “a meaningful credit impact” could occur, wrote a team led by senior credit officer Kevin Fagan, in a report released late Thursday.
9th Jul 2020 - MarketWatch

Nearly half of German firms to allow working from home after coronavirus crisis

Spurred by the coronavirus crisis, an increasingly large number of German companies are open to - and allowing - working from home, according to a new study. A total of 42 percent of German companies said they will allow employees to work from home following the coronavirus crisis, with an equally large percentage still undecided. Researchers from the Stuttgart-based Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) and the German Association for Personnel Management surveyed around 500 German companies from May 5th to 22nd to obtain an overview of the situation, which they published on Thursday.
9th Jul 2020 - The Local Germany

As the weather gets hotter, Spain’s remote workers move to the beach

The coronavirus crisis has normalized teleworking in Spain. Now, as the temperature begins to rise, many workers have begun looking for a place to take refuge from the July heat, where they can continue to work remotely. Almost all, regardless of the sector, have become used to virtual meetings, to organizing their work and personal life in the same space, and to reporting over the telephone. When bosses and employees were sent home due to the coronavirus pandemic, many began to look for a new home office with views of the beach or the mountain. “We are seeing a huge demand in portable Wi-Fi devices these last few weeks, coinciding with trips to holiday homes,” says Miguel Moral, the managing director and co-founder of WifiAway, a company that has been providing portable internet services since 2016.
9th Jul 2020 - EL PAÍS in English

Public consultation on guidelines for remote working

The Government will today launch a public consultation process on guidelines for remote working, which has increased significantly due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The guidelines are intended to address issues arising from remote working, including health and safety, employment rights and data protection. Since the pandemic struck earlier this year, the world of work has changed dramatically, with thousands of workers now operating from home.
9th Jul 2020 - RTE.ie

Coronavirus: One in five Brits would take a 7% pay cut to keep working from home

One in five Brits are now willing to take a pay cut to continue working from home as COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are eased, research shows. In a survey of 6,961 UK workers by Totaljobs, 20% said they would agree to take a 7% pay deduction to avoid returning to the workplace — about £2,031 less, based on UK national average salary. Men are more likely to consider this proposal than women, at 27%, compared with 13%. The offer also appeals more to the younger working population, with 28% of 18- to 34-year-olds wanting to continue remote working, compared with 19% of 35 to 54-year-old workers. This drops to just 10% of people over 55.
9th Jul 2020 - YAHOO!

How will our experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic shape the future of remote learning?

Over the next few months, universities and business schools will be consulting with staff about what comes next as individual safely is of paramount concern. However, many have already recognised that the challenges presented during lockdown are similar to those facing educational bodies in the near future: a need for more remote interaction to accommodate both the impact of Covid-19 and the rising number of international students and mid-career professionals pursuing distance learning courses. Teaching organisations are also acknowledging that quickly advancing technologies, with the power to create compelling virtual teaching environments, now have the ability to deliver targeted learning opportunities to far wider audiences around the world where specialist tutors may have ordinarily been inaccessible or in short supply, creating valuable new revenue streams.
9th Jul 2020 - FE News

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Should Leaders Allow Their Teams To Work From Home Post Coronavirus Crisis?

Not so fast, according to Mike Goleman, author of ‘Breakthrough Leadership Team’. With over thirty years of experience consulting, he has helped brands like Verizon, Disney, Polo Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Dillard’s, Liz Claiborne, and Levi Strauss. Although views on how productive we can be working from home have dramatically changed for the positive over the last few months, he worries many companies may overreact. While some companies can make it work, many companies are not ready for this shift, so let’s look at both sides of the argument.
8th Jul 2020 - Forbes

Op-ed: Why companies need to stay in 'emergency mode' during Phase two of remote work

Due to COVID-19, many organizations, both large and small, have now had their entire workforce working remotely for months. Now equipped with business continuity plans companies need to maintain this new ‘emergency mode’ for weeks and months to come, says Wendy M. Pfeiffer, CIO, Nutanix. Technologies such as Zoom, Slack, AI and machine learning have helped employees collaborate and remain productive.
8th Jul 2020 - CNBC

‘It’s been quite easy’: Insights from the heart of the remote working revolution

“We have 150,000 employees globally. So when [the lockdown] happened, we effectively switched on 95 per cent of our team members to virtual work from home environments. We had the technology enablers to help us to do that. Our employees have worked from time to time from home and have the technology to do it, so we rapidly switched to it.”
8th Jul 2020 - The Irish Times

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A new wave of remote workers could bring lasting change to pricey rental markets

When the coronavirus spread around the world this spring, government-issued stay-at-home orders essentially forced a global social experiment on remote work. Perhaps not surprisingly, people who are able to work from home generally like doing so. A recent survey from iOmetrics and Global Workplace Analytics on the work-from-home experience found that 68% of the 2,865 responses said they were “very successful working from home”, 76% want to continue working from home at least one day a week, and 16% don’t want to return to the office at all.
8th Jul 2020 - CityMetric

COVID-19 pivot: Lessons learned at Bloomberg

Six questions with Stig Sorensen, Head of Telemetry at Bloomberg - Q: Which pre-existing processes were in place to ensure that Bloomberg was prepared for near 100 percent work-from-home requirements?
7th Jul 2020 - The Enterprisers Project

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Two Thirds of UK Firms to Retain Remote Working Models Post Covid-19

A survey of 280 CHROs reveals more than two thirds (67%) of organisations plan to encourage employees to work remotely more often after lockdown, with 26% planning to significantly increase remote working. For most, the long-term plan is to introduce some form of dual working, where time is split between working from the office and an alternative location such as home, with 42% envisioning employees spending a minimum of two days per week out of the office. Just 7% of organisations expressed that remote working was not a feasible option.
7th Jul 2020 - Business News Wales

Spain – One in four feel they are unable to work remotely, Randstad finds

A quarter, or 23%, of professionals in Spain say they are unable to work remotely due to not having the technology or the knowledge to do so, according to research from Randstad Spain. Randstad’s data found this number was higher for women (26%) than for men (20%). Working remotely has become essential amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Among sectors, workers in the healthcare sector ranked the highest among those who said they are unable to do teleworking (34.3%), this was followed by the distribution sector (29.6%), food and chemical industries (28.6%), education (27.7%), administration (24.5%) and construction (23.1%). Four out of ten workers in Spain said their company is not providing them with the necessary technological equipment to carry out their work remotely.
6th Jul 2020 - Staffing Industry Analysts

Ferry port implements terminal operation system remotely

The new Tilbury2 freight terminal on the Thames has implemented an operating system from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), with the supplier carrying out all of its work remotely.
6th Jul 2020 - ComputerWeekly.com

The return of housecalls: How Covid-19 will change healthcare forever

Housecalls may not arrive in the form of a horse and buggy, but after experiencing the convenience and value of receiving care on the channel that they prefer and exactly when they need it, consumers will expect this level of care from here on out.
6th Jul 2020 - MedCity News

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Coronavirus: Fujitsu announces permanent work-from-home plan

Technology firm Fujitsu has said it will halve its office space in Japan as it adapts to the "new normal" of the coronavirus pandemic. It says the "Work Life Shift" programme will offer unprecedented flexibility to its 80,000 workers in the country. Staff will be able to work flexible hours, and working from home will be standard wherever possible. The announcement follows a similar move in May by social media platform Twitter. In a statement sent to the BBC, Fujitsu said it "will introduce a new way of working that promises a more empowering, productive, and creative experience for employees that will boost innovation and deliver new value to its customers and society".
6th Jul 2020 - BBC

Remote working is not going away: who wins and loses when workers stay home?

Australians have embraced remote working, and so have big businesses, but work-life balance for some is ‘a prison’ for others
5th Jul 2020 - The Guardian

The case for going all-in on remote work

I want to highlight a different option, one that’s received far less attention: going all-in on remote. InVision, where I’m the chief marketing officer, has been a fully remote company since its founding in 2011. (We call it “fully distributed.”) Our 700 employees are scattered from Seattle to Singapore with no offices anywhere, save for a smattering of coworking spaces, dinghies in a sea of home offices. The lack of a central office and the fact that the entire staff works from anywhere are defining traits of InVision, a digital product design and development software company.
5th Jul 2020 - Fortune

Get ready to say goodbye to 5-day work week; post-Covid future will be split between office and home

Most American office workers are in no hurry to return to the office full time, even after the coronavirus is under control. But that does not mean they want to work from home forever. The future for them, a variety of new data shows, is likely to be workweeks split between office and home. Recent surveys show that both employees and employers support this arrangement. And research suggests that a couple of days a week at each location is the magic number to cancel out the negatives of of each arrangement while reaping the benefits of both. “You should never be thinking about full time or zero time,” said Nicholas Bloom, an economics professor at Stanford University whose research has identified causal links between remote work and employee performance. “I’m a firm believer in post-COVID half time in the office.”
5th Jul 2020 - Economic Times

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New normal of remote working sees more than half of innovation budgets cut

Nearly one-fifth of tech executives have seen significant reductions in their innovation budgets because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the working remotely factor says report
2nd Jul 2020 - Computer Weekly

5 Amazing remote work practices during COVID-19

COVID-19 has pushed every professional into WFH. Try these 5 amazing remote work practices to elevate your work experience and be successful working remotely.
2nd Jul 2020 - Thrive Global

Is the Five-Day Office Week Over?

Most American office workers are in no hurry to return to the office full time, even after the coronavirus is under control. But that doesn’t mean they want to work from home forever. The future for them, a variety of new data shows, is likely to be workweeks split between office and home. Recent surveys show that both employees and employers support this arrangement. And research suggests that a couple of days a week at each location is the magic number to cancel out the negatives of each arrangement while reaping the benefits of both.
2nd Jul 2020 - The New York Times

Remote working gets a big boost, but... - News

It might be a startling figure but the fact that 80 per cent of the respondents in a survey conducted by global staffing firm Robert Half vote for working from home brings that option back to life. Their grounds for such a support is that they save time and money and are more productive. As salaries are pared and liquidity low the saving of money in commuting is a strong driver for not venturing out. It is also arguable that as many as two hours plus are lost waiting for, and in, transportation. That is almost 30 per cent of a work day. Also up for grabs is the productivity angle. The concentration in an office under supervision and with peers, subordinates and bosses should logically be higher. That such a vast majority feels otherwise needs more exploration to ensure it is not the sloth of dressing up, shaving, dong early morning 'before we go' chores so that we eliminate the possibility that this keenness to stay home is not motivated by laziness.
2nd Jul 2020 - Khaleej Times

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Hollywood must adapt to remote work or suffer the consequences

It’s challenging enough to film with traditional methods while social distancing. But for many studios, the virus has also made it difficult to make creative decisions before the shoot, such as casting, set, and costume design. The same goes for postproduction tasks. These are all highly collaborative processes involving hundreds of professionals—from editors to sound engineers, Foley artists, colorists, and more during the marketing and promotion stage right up to distribution. Last-minute editing or approval change in one small scene could impact every version of the trailer and movie poster that follows.
1st Jul 2020 - Fortune

How remote work risks a new digital jobs divide for minorities

Black and Hispanic students entering the workforce feel significantly less comfortable with remote jobs than White students, according to a recent survey. Lack of space and limited access to technology are among the career challenges underrepresented minorities face. Young workers of color may permanently be left behind if digital inequality in the labor market is not addressed by employers.
1st Jul 2020 - CNBC

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Teleworking tips for coping during COVID-19

If your office is closed due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, you might be working from home for the first time. While teleworking can offer many benefits, teleworking during the pandemic poses unique challenges. Consider these tips for maintaining work-life balance and avoiding professional isolation while social distancing.
30th Jun 2020 - Tech Xplore

‘Death of the office’ exaggerated despite homeworking boom

The Covid-19 lockdown has forced millions of employees to adapt to working remotely, with the trend expected to continue well after the pandemic subsidies. More than half of US adults want to work from home permanently, according to an IBM survey, while three-quarters would like to at least occasionally swap the office chair for the kitchen stool. Companies such as Facebook and Twitter are moving towards making working from home the norm — a shift enabled by artificial intelligence-driven telecommuting. “The web has given us unprecedented access to information and knowledge that we struggle to process,” says Carl Benedikt Frey of Oxford university’s Future of Work programme. “When we perform a Google search, for example, AI is getting increasingly good at filtering down the best ideas, which was previously a key function of in-person interactions. In the future, it might also serve to match innovators and potential collaborators at distance.”
30th Jun 2020 - Financial Times

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A snapshot of a new working-from-home economy | Stanford News

Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom discusses the societal impacts of a new “working-from-home economy” and the challenges posed by the massive transition to widespread remote work.
29th Jun 2020 - Stanford University News

COVID-19 Presents An Opportunity To Redesign Your Job For Good

In May of this year Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced that up to half of the company’s employees could be working remotely in five to 10 years, while Jack Dorsey went a step farther, giving Twitter and Square employees the option to work from home indefinitely. While physical workplaces are unlikely to disappear from Silicon Valley all together, these announcements represent a major move to creating a permanent remote workforce.
29th Jun 2020 - Forbes

Huge rise in jobseekers wanting to work remotely following lockdown

Survey of 1,100 professional workers found that women and younger people are most likely to want to work away from an office environment
29th Jun 2020 - Nottinghamshire Live

The Long, Unhappy History of Working From Home

Three months after the coronavirus pandemic shut down offices, corporate America has concluded that working from home is working out. Many employees will be tethered to Zoom and Slack for the rest of their careers, their commute accomplished in seconds.
29th Jun 2020 - The New York Times

Coronavirus: Three surprising jobs you can do from home

Many people have had to switch suddenly to working from home during the coronavirus outbreak because of lockdown conditions. Dougal Shaw has spoken to three people with jobs where face-to-face contact is usually seen as essential, but who have found working remotely to be surprisingly successful.
29th Jun 2020 - BBC News

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Remote work forever? 40% of managers considering staff home working 'beyond pandemic'

The study, from Hoxton Mix, indicates that attitude towards permanent remote work varies between industries. For example, more than 3 in 5 (64%) of respondents who work in the Sales, Media and Marketing industries agree that this would be a positive change, but only less than 1 in 5 (16% of workers in the Arts and Culture sector agree). Hoxton Mix surveyed over 1,000 Brits who are currently working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, in order to reveal the perceptions on remote working in the future and how work-life balance has changed.
28th Jun 2020 - NetImperative

How AI can ensure your transition to remote work is equitable

We must move fast in the transition to the future of remote work. But not too fast, otherwise our journey to gender equity – and economic recovery – could take a turn for the worse. In the months leading up to COVID-19, women were driving a strong labour market. They held 50.04% of US jobs (excluding farm workers and the self-employed) and in a historic first, the number of highly-educated women in the workforce surpassed the number of highly-educated men – a milestone reflective of women’s overall rising educational attainment rates. With the onset of COVID-19, however, women’s participation in the paid labour market took a hit.
28th Jun 2020 - World Economic Forum

Coronavirus: Half of Brits say they are more productive working from home

Half of Brits have found themselves to be more productive working from home under lockdown measures. In a survey of 1,481 people by printing company Cartridge People, 50% admitted to getting more done since they made the switch to remote working to combat the spread of COVID-19. Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures released in March 2020, of the 32.6 million in employment, around 1.7 million people reported working mainly from home. As the pandemic swept through the UK, lockdown measures meant almost everyone had to do so. Once these restrictions are fully lifted, a third (32%) of workers will look to work from home on a daily basis, the survey revealed. Only 18% of Brits now prefer the traditional office environment, which could mean a significant change for employers who may become inundated with requests to carry on homeworking.
28th Jun 2020 - Yahoo Finance UK

Why the home-working boom could tumble London's skyscrapers

“We were planning to move offices. We’d given notice just before the lockdown came in,” says Mike Hampson, chief executive of Bishopsgate. “When we started working remotely, we realised we were working very effectively as we were.” So, after a discussion with his 65 staff, he decided to give up the firm’s head office in the capital’s Square Mile financial district. The move will save the company hundreds of thousands of pounds a year, slicing a quarter off its annual costs. Employees will also benefit financially – with some saving thousands of pounds each in annual commuting bills. Hampson himself has been spending more than £5,000 a year commuting from Tonbridge in Kent.
27th Jun 2020 - The Guardian

Teleworking Tips For Coping During COVID-19

If your office is closed due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, you might be working from home for the first time. While teleworking can offer many benefits, teleworking during the pandemic poses unique challenges. Consider these tips for maintaining work-life balance and avoiding professional isolation while social distancing.
26th Jun 2020 - South Florida Reporter

COVID has shown Australian broadband can handle working from home: Dept of Comms

The question waiting to be answered is how many of the habits developed in the past few months would endure. "There's no reason to believe that people will go back, will necessarily stop taking telehealth consultations and ... there will be an increase in people's ability to, and interest in being able to, work remotely." During the early days of the pandemic, departmental officials said NBN saw an increase in uptake rate in regional areas. Currently, the uptake is sitting around 50% on the fixed wireless network, and between 20% and 25% in areas served by satellite. Users in these areas are not forced onto the NBN and maintain the ability to connect via ADSL thanks to their copper lines remaining in place. Speaking on Thursday to the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19, Australian Medical Association president Tony Bartone said the spike in telehealth usage seen during the pandemic was a long time coming. "Telehealth -- it was clearly one of the great revelations of COVID-19. It did show that telehealth does have a place in Australia's modern 21st century health system," he said.
26th Jun 2020 - ZDNet

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How the coronavirus pandemic will — and won't — transform work-from-home

After the coronavirus suddenly moved millions of Americans from their commercial office to their homes for work, some major companies such as Twitter, Facebook, and Nationwide are making the arrangement permanent for some or all of their workers even after the pandemic ends. Could this be the future of work? Not necessarily, one expert said. While more people will work remotely going forward — which many employees welcome — the increase probably won’t be as significant once the world returns to normal. “Not everyone will be working from home,” Jed Kolko, chief economist at Indeed Hiring Lab said. “There are likely to be challenges that arise, some of those people have already experienced, and some of which people might not have yet realized.”
26th Jun 2020 - Yahoo Money

‘Virtual training is the way of the future’

Online classrooms will become a permanent fixture in the delivery of pub training according to the head of training at Star Pub & Bars.
25th Jun 2020 - Morning Advertiser

The future of remote working

The outbreak of COVID-19 saw governments around the world ordering employers to let their staff work from home wherever it was possible to do so, but the swiftness of the imperative caught some companies unawares
25th Jun 2020 - The New Economy

The small US manufacturer’s Covid-19 mantra: control what you can

The uncertainty makes it impossible to craft long-term plans. Still, Mr Hoskins tries for patience, even as he acknowledges the situation is unnerving. “Every day I thank God that we aren’t where a lot of other people are,” he said. “All we can do is plan for the future and try not to make any huge pitfalls that you can avoid. But if you can’t control it, you can’t control it.”
25th Jun 2020 - Financial Times

Telecommuting exposes fault lines in COVID-19 economy

The COVID-19 crisis is not hitting all workers and sectors equally, and new research points to one reason for the imbalance. Industries whose workers were likely able to telecommute have been much better able to adapt to the challenges created by the pandemic — experiencing smaller declines in employment, stock market valuation, and projected revenues, according to the study.
25th Jun 2020 - MIT Sloan News

Dystopia or utopia? The future of cities could go either way

Cities are always changing, but rarely as fast as this huge experiment changing how we all live, for better or worse
25th Jun 2020 - The Guardian

An ETF called WFH offers new way to ride remote working trend

Working from home has become part of millions of people’s daily lives. Now it is also an investment strategy. Fund provider Direxion launched an exchange traded fund on Thursday using the ticker WFH, to tap into US-listed companies positioned to benefit from the mass move to remote working. The ETF tracks the Solactive Remote Work Index, which is made up of 40 equally weighted companies across four sectors — cloud technology, cyber security, remote communications and online document management.
25th Jun 2020 - The Financial Times

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Eight in 10 UAE residents will work remotely after Covid-19, says report

Seventy-nine per cent of people in the UAE are expecting to work remotely more often even after the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, and of those 63 per cent feel this will be permanent, according to a new survey that analysed the impact of the pandemic on work culture. Meanwhile, 85 per cent of those surveyed are currently working from home, compared to just 2 per cent before movement restrictions were introduced in March, US-based telecommunications firm Ciena, which commissioned market research company Opinium to conduct the survey last month, said. “The data overwhelmingly shows that the lines between our personal and professional lives are becoming increasingly blurred as we adapt to working from home more often,” Jamie Jefferies, Ciena's general manager and vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said.
25th Jun 2020 - The National Blogs

Two-thirds of UK adults to work remotely more often after Covid-19

Research commissioned by Ciena reveals how coronavirus pandemic will likely change UK internet usage, as increased use of online home working applications is complemented by commemorate rise in online education
25th Jun 2020 - ComputerWeekly.com

80% of organizations did not have a remote work program before COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic completely altered the way of work, changing the landscape for hiring and daily business operations, Mind Edge and Skye Learning found.
24th Jun 2020 - TechRepublic

Covid-19 sparks exodus of middle-class Londoners in search of the good life

The 2-metre rule may be about to be diluted in England, but job-hunters and home buyers are seeking a more profound form of social distancing post-lockdown by restarting their lives in less densely populated areas. A surge in the number of people looking for jobs outside London in the last two weeks has been mirrored by a spike in city dwellers looking for new homes in more isolated locations. The number of jobseekers wanting to get out of the capital has more than doubled in the last fortnight compared with the same period in 2019, according to the Escape the City careers advisory service. Meanwhile, the proportion of London buyers registering with estate agencies outside of the capital almost doubled in April.
24th Jun 2020 - The Guardian

Lost in translation? Supporting emotional wellbeing while remote working

A sudden shift to remote working has seen the workforce adapt to new ways of communicating. However, human interaction is about more than just words. Some of these extra cues, like tone and non-verbal communication, are lost when we cannot speak face-to-face. For employees – especially new or junior team members – establishing meaning through in-person contact is crucial. When they rely on email alone, it can lead to crossed wires and confusion and, as a result, trigger stress and overworking. Plus, face-to-face communication has additional benefits, like allowing responsive conversations. When we’re unable to respond in real-time or ask questions, we feel anxious. Employees may worry about annoying colleagues by double-emailing or worry over unanswered questions.
24th Jun 2020 - theHRDIRECTOR

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What the Dutch can teach the world about remote work

For some, remote working is just another day at the office. Thousands of workers in the Netherlands benefit from the country’s astonishingly flexible work culture. While the percentage of employed persons usually working remotely before the coronavirus outbreak lingered at around 4.7% in the UK, and 3.6% in the US, 14.1% of the Netherland’s workforce reports usually working away from the office. The Netherlands has long led the global shift toward remote work, with only Finland catching up in recent years while other countries lag behind.
23rd Jun 2020 - BBC News

Covid-19 has accelerated tech adoption across India, says Microsoft's Maheshwari

The covid-19 pandemic has made work-from-home the new normal for India's IT and technology firms. Microsoft India has transitioned to a virtual workplace for nearly all its operations and currently, only a small number of employees who perform essential services continue to be on-site at its offices. In an interview, Anant Maheshwari, president, Microsoft India spoke about helping build digital capabilities and the role of technology amid the covid-19 crisis
23rd Jun 2020 - Livemint

New Study: Nearly one-third of workers expect to work remotely full-time after the pandemic

Americans who've been working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic expect that remote work will continue to be a big part of their "new normal" after the crisis has passed, according to a national survey from edtech firm MindEdge/Skye Learning. The online survey, The State of Remote Work 2020: The Age of the Pandemic, of 828 remote workers and managers found that almost a third (29%) expect to remain working remotely full-time even after businesses resume "normal" operations. Another 27% expect to work remotely at least part-time – and only 35% expect to return to their old workplaces on a full-time basis.
23rd Jun 2020 - Yahoo Finance UK

How Working Remotely Is Making Us More Creative

According to recent surveys, most workers and most CFOs want to make some measure of remote work a permanent reality. While business drivers like reduced overhead and digital transformation initiatives are certainly at play here, surveys like these and our recent global experiment in remote working also hint at the fact that our creativity actually increases when we work remotely.
23rd Jun 2020 - The HR Director Magazine

Paying Remote Workers to Relocate Gets a Pandemic-Era Boost

As jobs go remote due to coronavirus, several cities are doubling down on incentive programs to lure tech workers to work from home in a new location.
23rd Jun 2020 - Bloomberg

A Quarter Fewer Canadians Will Commute to Work After the COVID-19 Lockdown Lifts: New Survey

A new survey from Rates.ca found that COVID-19 is driving a lasting shift in Canadians’ commuting routines with a decline by 25 per cent of respondents (84 per cent compared to 63 per cent) stating they will travel to work post lockdown, whether in their own vehicle, taking public transit or carpooling. Representing a 13 per cent decline, slightly more than half (53 per cent) of respondents say they plan to drive to work in the future, a notable change from 61 per cent who did pre-COVID-19. When it comes to taking public transit to their jobs, the survey indicates a drop of 58 per cent (17 per cent to seven per cent) while 50 per cent fewer will carpool (six percent to three per cent).
23rd Jun 2020 - GlobeNewswire

Breakingviews - The looming war over working from home

For the hundreds of millions of office workers forced to participate in the world’s biggest telecommuting experiment, whatever enthusiasm they may have had is wearing off. Faster networks and processing speeds smoothed the experience compared to prior efforts, but there are bigger issues for companies and their staffs to consider as they start thinking about a post-pandemic era. More than 80% of employees expect to return to the office in the next 12 to 18 months, according to a Xerox survey of corporate tech decision makers released in June. Over half of the companies polled plan to move to hybrid home and office models and will boost IT spending to support the transition.
23rd Jun 2020 - Reuters

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Canada public servants will still work remotely even as offices reopen - minister

Some of Canada’s nearly 290,000 federal employees will gradually return to their offices as coronavirus restrictions ease, but many will keep working remotely, the president of the Treasury Board said on Monday. Government employees have been mostly working from home since mid-March when public health authorities shut down many businesses and offices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Now the 13 provinces and territories are slowly restarting as the contagion slows. “We can have a public service that can be working remotely while serving Canadians very efficiently,” Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos said in a news conference.
22nd Jun 2020 - Reuters UK

Has COVID-19 Opened Up A New World Of Remote Work?

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift to remote work as the digital world is finally at a stage where it can support technology like virtual meetings. The digital revolution that enabled telework and the upcoming roll out of 5G will also enable telerobotics and augmented/virtual reality which will increase the amount of automation globally. The increase in virtual and telepresence also has the potential to provide alternative development paths for emerging markets, away from a manufacturing-led growth model (like China) more to a service-led growth model (like India). These are just some of the findings of a new report published by Citi, A New World of Remote Work. The report, the fifth edition in the Citi GPS Technology at Work series, looks at how COVID 19 fast-forwarded existing trends and quantifies the possible impact of these trends on the future of work.
22nd Jun 2020 - Facility Executive Magazine

Permanent Work From Home Is Coming. Businesses, Workers See Benefits

Indefinite. Or even permanent. These are words companies are using about their employees working from home. It's three months into a huge, unplanned social experiment that suddenly transported the white-collar workplace from cubicles and offices to kitchens and spare bedrooms. And many employers now say the benefits of remote work outweigh the drawbacks. Nationwide CEO Kirt Walker says it's been a popular decision at the company. "Overwhelming. Hundreds of emails and cards and letters and phone calls. 'Thank you for doing this.' So I think we got it right," he says.
22nd Jun 2020 - NPR

Coronavirus: Most UK workers don't want to go back to offices

Most UK office workers do not want to return to normal workplaces and hours as the reopening of the economy gathers pace, according to a survey. A poll shared exclusively by Yahoo Finance UK suggests many staff who can work remotely are comfortable doing so, and are worried about virus risks on public transport. The survey of 2,000 staff by Theta Financial Reporting, a chartered accountancy and consultancy firm, explored how the pandemic has hit employers hard and overhauled working practices. Almost two-thirds of UK workers in the nationally representative poll agreed with the statement: “I do not feel comfortable commuting to work via public transport anymore, and think it will be one of the most stressful parts of my day.”
22nd Jun 2020 - Yahoo Finance UK

Most workers want 'hybrid' jobs at the office and at home after coronavirus, study finds

Instead of commuting every day, they would be happier to be in the office for only two or three days of a five-day working week. "I think what we're seeing is that people are going to be more thoughtful with when, where and how they choose to spend their time — with good reason: to be most effective in their role," said Chris Mattey, a partner at Boston Consulting Group. For those who can work from home, between 41 and 60 per cent surveyed revealed a preference that sees them doing two or three days a week from home. Respondents aged over 60 most favoured working remotely, pegging their preference at between 81 to 100 per cent of the time.
22nd Jun 2020 - ABC News

New Yorkers Can Now Go Back to Offices, but Many Won’t

Even as offices across New York City were allowed to welcome back employees on Monday for the first time in months, the number of those returning to work was far lower than the swarms that once jostled elbows on public transit and packed into high-rise elevators. With the coronavirus still a threat and businesses required to limit their capacity and ensure distance between workers, sidewalks that would typically be crammed were fairly empty. Subway cars also had relatively few riders for the start of the workweek, and parks in business districts were sparsely populated during the usual lunch rush. “I’m really surprised this is still this empty,” Jason Blankenship, an optometrist, said as he looked around a quiet Bryant Park. “I thought it would be more people than this for sure. I wonder if all these people from these offices will ever come back.”
22nd Jun 2020 - The New York Times

4-day work week with fewer hours, same pay could become a reality in some workplaces post-COVID-19

It's only been days since a small Nova Scotia municipality launched a four-day condensed work week pilot project, but according to the chief administrative officer, so far, so good. The nine-month project, developed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, allows the municipality's core employees to work the same number of hours over a period of four days, known to many as a compressed work week. "Our staff seem to be extra excited about the new work system," said Barry Carroll, Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. "We had some minor adjustments to make, obviously, but otherwise it's been pretty seamless."
22nd Jun 2020 - CBC.ca

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How to request to continue working remotely after COVID-19

Our recent work-from-home report showed that two-thirds of folks who were forced to work remotely would prefer to be in the office. But that leaves the remaining one-third, who aren’t looking forward to coworkers who chew loudly and don’t understand the concept of inside voices. If you fall into that group, you might be considering asking your manager if you can continue to work remotely even once everyone else goes back to the office. Some companies, including tech giants such as Twitter, are adjusting their work-from-home policies. But others just won’t. If your company doesn’t plan on letting people continue to work remotely, you’ll have to ask.
21st Jun 2020 - Fast Company

More than one-third in Japan have worked remotely amid coronavirus pandemic: survey

A Japanese government survey has found 34.6 percent of respondents experienced teleworking due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Cabinet Office said Sunday. The survey also showed that many young residents in the Tokyo metropolitan area are interested in moving to other regions. In the Tokyo area, 55.5 percent of the respondents regularly or sporadically worked remotely. Regarding what should be done to further the spread of teleworking, many mentioned changes to staff meetings and decision making, digitization of documents and accelerated moves to paperless offices, as well as improvements in access to internal systems at companies.
21st Jun 2020 - The Japan Times

Older Americans face another pandemic risk: Most can't work remotely despite COVID-19

Mari Madlem says she has plenty of worries about going back to work during the coronavirus pandemic. But the 69-year-old from Portland, Oregon, doesn’t have the option of telecommuting since she works as a cosmetics saleswoman at an upscale department store. “I really have a lot of contact with people,” she says, adding that she’s anxious about whether co-workers and customers will take precautions like wearing masks. “If I don't go back, I'm out of work.” Despite her fears, Madlem is planning on returning because her monthly Social Security benefit of $1,240 isn’t enough to live on. Although her employer hasn’t given her a return date, she expects to be back at the store this summer.
21st Jun 2020 - USA TODAY

Working from home: The pros, cons and potential pitfalls of it becoming permanent

Employers had to scramble when the pandemic took hold in mid-March, emptying out workplaces and sending workers home to do their jobs for what was expected to be at most two or three months. But the coronavirus outbreak has persisted, productivity hasn’t taken a big hit, and a large percentage of workers actually prefer skipping the commute. More employers are extending remote work assignments, and in some cases, planning to make them permanent. “Some of my clients are thinking about more permanent remote work situations. I have one client who is giving up all leases and letting everyone work remotely,” said Elizabeth Wylie, a partner at Snell & Wilmer in Denver specializing in employment law.
21st Jun 2020 - The Denver Post

Experts say Canadians permanently working from home should expect salary changes

When Mark Zuckerberg hosted a townhall in late May with Facebook‘s 48,000 employees, some were tuning in from new cities they had scrambled to move to as the pandemic hit. Zuckerberg had a clear message for them: if you plan to stay, expect a change to your pay. “That means if you live in a location where the cost of living is dramatically lower, or the cost of labour is lower, then salaries do tend to be somewhat lower in those places,” he said on the video conference, where he announced more employees would be allowed to work remotely permanently. Zuckerberg gave Canadian and American workers until Jan. 1, 2021 to inform the company about their location, so it can properly complete taxes and accounting and use virtual private network checks to confirm staff are where they claim.
21st Jun 2020 - Global News

Zoom sees 900% user growth in UAE as remote working picks up amid Covid-19

“At Zoom, we continue to have conversations with the region’s governments about how [it] is a valuable tool that helps increase productivity and growth, meets the highest standards of security for its users, and can support the development of a digitally-based global economy,” Sam Tayan, managing director for the Middle East and Africa at Zoom, said. The company is “leaning into the Gulf and is very optimistic about the growth potential in the Middle East", he added. In March, UAE authorities eased restrictions on the usage of Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) platforms including Microsoft’s Skype, Google Hangouts and Zoom to facilitate remote work and distance learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.
21st Jun 2020 - The National Blogs

The internet is so bad in this community some people drive to Zoom meetings

Working from home during COVID-19 has highlighted the internet woes in the Musquodoboit Valley
21st Jun 2020 - CBC.ca

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Employees working from home during lockdown 'want to continue when crisis ends'

Greater flexibility with working hours, no commuting and being around family are given as some of the most popular advantages
19th Jun 2020 - Wales Online

Sharp learning curve for bosses as WFH goes global

Two weeks into the coronavirus lockdown and Sergei Holmeckis, a boss at Deutsche Telekom’s Czech operations in the city of Brno, was frustrated with staff video calls. His team didn’t like turning on their cameras and the discussion was stilted. “I started to show them my cat,” Holmeckis said. “It showed the human side of me more and really changed the perception. It got people to switch on their cameras and be more engaged.” Such tactics obviously won’t appeal to everyone. But they do show how the world’s biggest experiment in working from home is forcing managers to reassess their methods - especially as surveys predict higher levels of remote working post-pandemic.
18th Jun 2020 - Reuters UK

Younger employees find remote working more difficult

It is highly unlikely that there will ever be a return to work as we knew it following the Covid-19 outbreak, but more research from London-based tech developer Studio Graphene has emerged suggesting that it is younger workers who have struggled most to adopt to the new normal of remote working.
18th Jun 2020 - ComputerWeekly.com

People new to home working want to continue in the future, survey suggests

The majority of employees working from home for the first time due to coronavirus hope to continue doing so in the future despite having concerns about motivation, a survey suggests. According to a study of 4,002 adults, half of people are currently working remotely (49%) all or most of the time during lockdown, with 39% among them who did not tend to work from home prior to the pandemic. Among home working newcomers, seven in 10 (68%) said they would like to carry on working this way when the crisis is over.
18th Jun 2020 - ITV News

More power to remote working ways | Analysis – Gulf News

Tech giants have given their go-ahead to staff, and only time before more follow
18th Jun 2020 - Gulf News

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Managing employees’ feelings of loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, individuals may have been experiencing their own feelings of loneliness, whether from shielding on their own, being alone in the house whilst others continue to work, or sadly they may have been separated with loved ones through illness and the requirement of medical attention. Similarly, employees may be struggling with the lack of contact with colleagues whilst working remotely or on furlough. When we think about loneliness, we often think about isolation from family and loved ones, but employees often spend more time with their colleagues than anyone else and as such, changes to the working environment can have a significant impact on the wellbeing of individuals.
17th Jun 2020 - theHRDIRECTOR

End of the office: reinventing the workplace for a remote working

The sudden boom in remote working has raised a flurry of questions surrounding a return to “normal” working life and the purpose of the workplace as we know it
18th Jun 2020 - Raconteur

Ford offers 30,000 U.S. employees option to work from home until New Year's

An estimated 30,000 salaried employees at Ford Motor Co. learned at a virtual staff meeting early Wednesday that they may choose whether to work from home full-time, return to the office full-time or create a blended schedule that allows for both. The option to work from home will last until New Year's Eve, at least. Meanwhile, Ford is evaluating whether it needs so much building space in the future.
17th Jun 2020 - Detroit Free Press

Working from Home While Black

Working from home poses unique authenticity challenges for the relatively small segment of Black people in the U.S. in this new work arrangement. Black employees, who are often numerically underrepresented in professional occupations, regularly grapple with how to counteract negative racial stereotypes that undermine their professional images in the office. In response, Black workers often strategically engage in code-switching — adjusting their speech, appearance, and behaviors to optimize the comfort of others with the hopes of receiving fair treatment, quality service, and opportunities. Studies show that Black employees who downplay their racial identities are perceived as more professional and are more likely to be hired than those who do not modify their self-presentation, for example
17th Jun 2020 - Harvard Business Review

In International Physics Collaborations, Working Remotely Is Nothing New

Fabio Cerutti, a Berkeley Lab staff scientist and ATLAS group member, quickly transitioned to working from home after the COVID-19 pandemic led to a stoppage in most activities at the CERN site. Cerutti talks about his continuing work in this video
17th Jun 2020 - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Many workers will never go back to the office post-coronavirus

Like just about every other office employer in Greater Boston, Lola switched into work-from-home mode in March as the COVID-19 pandemic struck......
17th Jun 2020 - The Boston Globe

Remote working: Are you ready for the new normal?

For those yet to jump on board with remote working, the pandemic will have prompted a quick acceleration in digital transformation plans. The crisis has even rewritten the job description for many IT leaders, who may not have been so prominent and visible in their respective businesses before. Now they are becoming integral to their company’s management of the crisis. One thing seems clear: the businesses that fully embrace remote working now will be the ones that benefit as we emerge into a new way of working.
17th Jun 2020 - IT Pro

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Homeworking likely to last long after coronavirus lockdown and could keep air pollution down

Working from home is the way ­forward, according to 87 per cent of ­people who want it to continue after the lockdown ends. A survey by the Business Clean Air Taskforce found that remote working was a popular option and could have enormous environmental benefits.
17th Jun 2020 - iNews

Working From Home Indefinitely? Here's How To Keep Some Work-Life Balance

You’re reading Working It Out, our series exploring the future of work and wellbeing after coronavirus – from office life to working from home. The coronavirus pandemic has flipped everyone’s world upside down, forcing us to adjust to new ways of living and working. For those fortunate enough to be working remotely during this crisis, three months of work, life, pyjamas and Zoom calls have whizzed by.
17th Jun 2020 - Huffington Post UK

How to empower a remote workforce in the long-term

When describing the realities of the ‘new normal‘, remote working has a significant role to play, and how to empower a remote workforce in the long term, will become one of the great challenges for business leaders. In the short term, when coronavirus hit and the resulting lockdown ensued, businesses reacted quickly and put together an amalgamation of different solutions — some that were enterprise ready and some that were not
17th Jun 2020 - Information Age

Almost a third of Australians want to work from home forever after coronavirus

Survey finds less than half who worked from home want to come back full time. Only 14 per cent want to be back every day and 28 want to stay home forever. Three quarters think their boss will be OK with it after the pandemic ends. Coronavirus forced many firms to empty their offices and try to work remotely
17th Jun 2020 - Daily Mail

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Slack introduces permanent remote working policy

Business communications platform Slack will introduce a permanent flexible working policy for the majority of its 1,664 employees, following on from the changes made during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The organisation has made the decision to not reopen its offices until at least 1 September 2020, and when the offices do open, it their roles permits, employees will have the option to work flexibly, permanently. Additionally, Slack are also looking at recruiting employees who solely work remotely.
15th Jun 2020 - Employee Benefits

Nine in 10 Mena professionals see work-from-home trend growing after Covid-19

Nine in 10 professionals in the Mena region expect remote working to increase over the next few years, according to a new survey that analysed the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on work culture. About three quarters of respondents in Bayt.com’s Remote Work in Mena survey said they would prefer a job that allows them to work from home while 87 per cent said they have all the resources required to carry out their job remotely. Only 5 per cent said they do not believe the trend will not gain further traction. “The recent shift towards remote work has radically changed the way most Mena businesses operate,” Ola Haddad, director of human resources at Bayt.com, said.
15th Jun 2020 - The National

Australia's regional workers likely winners from remote working arrangements

The nature of work will never be the same after coronavirus. The pandemic has shown remote working not only widely possible, but often beneficial for both employers and employees. No longer does a job have to mean sacrificing lifestyle for location - and regional Australia is likely to reap the rewards of the shift in working habits.
15th Jun 2020 - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Coronavirus: Asia not yet ready to work from home

Many companies in Asia are slowly sending their employees back to the office as the world reopens. But with the coronavirus infections soaring past seven million and growing, working remotely will continue to be a facet in the region. Most firms are resorting to flexible work schedules so that at least half the staff can continue working from home, while the rest can return to the office. The goal is to avoid densely packed work spaces that facilitate viral spread. Staff will certainly return to the office once the pandemic eases.
15th Jun 2020 - INQUIRER.net

It’s time to reopen – but your employees are scared to return. What should you do?

There’s still a very real and deadly virus going around. You’re complying with all the necessary guidelines. You’ve got masks, sanitizer. It’s not ideal, but it’s what it is. So you tell your employees your company is open for business and you look forward to seeing them at work. And most of them come to work. Unfortunately, a few don’t. Despite all that you’re doing, they still don’t feel safe. They’re afraid of getting sick. They’re afraid of getting their families sick. So what do you do? This is a growing dilemma among many of my clients. Unfortunately, there’s no clear answer.
14th Jun 2020 - The Guardian

6 Reasons Most Want To Work From Home Even After Coronavirus

59% of us who are currently working at home due to COVID-19 are just fine with the arrangement, thank you very much, and plan to continue it as long as possible. Interestingly, at 62%, men are slightly more likely to want to stay working from home, while 57% of women say the same. A bigger problem?
13th Jun 2020 - Forbes

Is the office age over? How work could change after coronavirus

Businesses share their back to work tips to reduce spreading Covid-19. Expert warns resuming work too quickly could create a toxic environment. Navitas shares advice on making the work space Covid compliant. Study shows 82% of businesses are now considering permanent remote working
12th Jun 2020 - This is Money

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Coronavirus: Half of Brits are happy to work from home for as long as necessary

Over half of Brits are happy to continue working from home for as long as necessary, according to research. In a survey of 2,000 people who are currently working from home, conducted by communications provider Moneypenny, 52% said they are content to work remotely for as long as the coronavirus pandemic requires. However, some 37% admit that they are starting to feel the pressure and 6% said they are already finding this new way of life a struggle. With the government urging all non-key workers to work from home where possible, the study shows that while many have become accustomed to this new way of working, some employees have had to implement new changes in order to cope with the transition.
11th Jun 2020 - Yahoo Finance UK

AI and Digital Workspaces to Empower Remote Workers in a Post-Covid Era

There’s enough evidence out there to suggest that work from home is here to stay. Collaboration tools like Zoom and Microsoft Teams witnessed an explosion of downloads and several people are likely to remain hooked. A Gartner survey revealed that 74% of CFOs intend to shift at least 5% of their employees permanently to remote work. Even worker preferences appear to be changing. In a Gallup poll, 59% of US workers who moved to remote work on account of the pandemic indicated they would like to continue working from home even after the Covid-19 crisis ends. In an increasingly no-touch world, it is very likely that this ‘genie’ is not going back into its bottle any time soon. Yet home workspaces also come with their own set of challenges.
11th Jun 2020 - Data Economy

Here to stay: Remote work, virtual events and online training are likely to be the norm in the post-COVID world

Workplaces will likely never be the same after the COVID-19 crisis ends. While some people have thrived with the independence and flexibility of commute-free remote work, others have struggled to cope — with the impact on mental health being felt by many who are concerned for their wellbeing, families and communites. As we move beyond the pandemic, it’s likely that many organisations will need to continue some level of remote work and collaboration, which will provide them with savings on office space and business travel expenses. In this new world, four key elements will define the workplaces of tomorrow.
11th Jun 2020 - SmartCompany.com.au

How to manage employee loneliness | HRD America

We’re halfway through 2020 and some countries are coming out of lockdowns and cautiously returning to the office. But companies may choose the safer option of extended remote working arrangements. How can you support employees who are struggling while in isolation?
11th Jun 2020 - Human Resources Director

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London SMEs could save £75,000 in rent by embracing more remote working after Coronavirus

Small and medium-sized enterprises renting from serviced office providers in London could save a staggering £6,276 per month in rent if half of their staff worked from home – or £75,312 annually.
10th Jun 2020 - HR News

How to negotiate a permanent work-from-home arrangement

Long considered a perk reserved for company all-stars and senior leaders, the ability to work from home has been introduced to millions of office workers, across all levels, in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Now, as professionals across the U.S. have adjusted to a new way of working, major companies including Twitter and Facebook announced plans to allow employees to continue working from home forever, if they so choose. That’s welcome news for the majority of office workers who report they’d like the option to extend their remote-work arrangement beyond the pandemic. A recent Prudential survey of 2,050 U.S. workers finds 68% of those currently working from home would like to continue doing so to some extent in the future.
10th Jun 2020 - CNBC

At end first quarter, 11 pct of Poles worked remotely - stats office

At the end of the first quarter of 2020, 11 percent of Polish workers were working remotely due to the coronavirus epidemic, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Wednesday. GUS reported that more people in the public sector worked remotely than in the private sector. The statistical office also said the number of remote workers was higher in the Warsaw region than the Polish average, with almost one in six workers there working remotely. In the remaining regions of the country, the figure was every eighth to 14th worker. At the end of March, the number working remotely was the lowest in the northeastern Warmińsko-Mazurskie, central Świętokrzyskie and eastern Podlaskie provinces, where one in 14 people worked at distance.
10th Jun 2020 - The First News

Data Reveals 60% Of People Want to Stay At Home After COVID-19

COVID-19 has forced businesses across the globe to work remotely and new data found by Adzooma, suggests that this could be the new normal, killing the traditional office as we know it. In the UK, more than 60% of the adult population is working from home during the Coronavirus lockdown. But now everyone has had a taste of working from home, the future workplace is likely to never look the same again. Adzooma surveyed 447 workers* and interviewed dozens of businesses about their current plans and opinions. The data identified that 93.3% of people can perform their job as normal, from the comfort of their own home. Over half (60%) of people surveyed said they would like to work from home if they had the choice. What’s more, 52.6% said they don’t want to return to a normal office after COVID-19. For the majority of people, working at home is an enjoyable experience, with 83.5% of respondents admitting that they enjoy working at home, even during a global pandemic.
10th Jun 2020 - HR News

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Working from home has lifted productivity and work-life balance

Of all the things UK residents are looking forward to post-Covid-19, heading back to the office does not seem to be high on the list. A recent survey by CIL Management Consultants also found that their attitudes to work and leisure may be permanently changed, meanwhile, as 33% said they expect to work remotely more often than before the coronavirus pandemic, while almost a third expect to save rather than spend wages in preparation for similar situations. One of the persisting worries among many bosses is that working from home means staff become less productive – as it becomes harder to subject their activities to the panopticon of surveillance that is common-place in office life. However, those worried they cannot trust their employees to fulfill their responsibilities from beyond the confines of the company compound might want to reconsider their position in light of new evidence from Eden McCallum.
10th Jun 2020 - Consultancy

What If Working From Home Goes on … Forever?

“But it was win-win,” Bloom says. As far as could be determined, the boost in productivity derived from employees’ being able to work more efficiently, without interruptions from their colleagues. (One employee reported that working from home was a welcome respite from her former cubicle-mate, who had a habit of loudly clipping her toenails.) People also worked more hours: There was no commute to make them late for their shifts, and even their tea breaks were briefer. Working at home can also improve how employees feel about their jobs. Historically, “research has shown a powerful correlation between telecommuting and job satisfaction,” says Timothy Golden, a professor of management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who has studied telework for two decades. People tend to prize the greater flexibility in setting their work hours, the additional time with family members, the reduced distractions. Even with the onslaught of online messages confronting teleworkers, “no one’s stopping by your cubicle standing over you saying, ‘Hey, I need this,’ or ‘I need your help right now,’” Golden told me recently.
9th Jun 2020 - The New York Times

Coronavirus: Is home office becoming a new normal in Japan?

Employees have adapted to working at home and companies appear to be happy with the financial benefits, but there are concerns that the shift away from the salaryman model will experience problems. Julian Ryall reports.
9th Jun 2020 - DW (English)

The Tribune is moving out of its office and working remotely through the end of the year

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to reshape how companies do business, The Tribune has made the difficult decision to move out of our office on Tank Farm Road in July. COVID-19 has accelerated our organization’s ability to work remotely. Since mid-March, many of us have been working from home. From pandemic to protests, we haven’t skipped a beat thanks to technology, communication tools that connect us instantaneously and the hard work of our dedicated staff.
9th Jun 2020 - San Luis Obispo Tribune

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Working from home: Boundaries, productivity and the future of cities

Over the past 12 weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of employees in America to begin working from home. Before the pandemic, 2.5% of U.S. employees teleworked full-time, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Now, almost everyone who can telework is doing so. Some economists expect the share of people teleworking full-time to remain high even after the pandemic ends. We collected a variety of research to address big questions employers, employees and cities face as America’s office workers consider the future of working from home. Research indicates there is no one-size-fits all approach when it comes to telework arrangements. Everyone now teleworking faces challenges, from caring for children to adjusting to virtual collaboration with coworkers. Some people will be more productive working from home, some people less so.
8th Jun 2020 - Journalist's Resource

No turning back from telework's rise

More federal employees are working from home during the coronavirus crisis than ever before. But will individual telework only be seen as a workaround until everyone returns to the office, or will agencies consciously decide to change how work will be done from now on, as distributed teams working from anywhere? A recent Washington Post article cautions that even with a vaccine, the coronavirus likely will remain with us for the long haul and that coping with it will require long-term thinking. It quotes University of Chicago epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Cobey, saying: “The question is, how do we live with it safely?”
8th Jun 2020 - Washington Technology

As offices evolve, will remote work become the new ‘normal’ after COVID-19?

In times of the coronavirus pandemic, a certain desk or corner of the house has turned into our office, catching up with colleagues and official meetings have moved to virtual platforms. Work from home has been a new experience that many of us are gradually adapting ourselves to. Like everything else, the pandemic has left its imprint on work culture, making professionals re-evaluate their functions and working processes. Now, with the recently announced relaxations, some have started heading back to their offices but with a certain awareness about the evolved circumstances, which are most likely here to stay.
8th Jun 2020 - The Indian Express

Zoom is Killing It Financially, Thanks to Remote Work

Arguably no company better exemplifies the change to work life in the ongoing pandemic than Zoom Video Communications, which saw its revenue skyrocket.
8th Jun 2020 - PC Magazine

Developers plan for 'very different' post-Covid workplace as more staff work from home

Office block developers, architects, engineers and builders are all preparing to redesign projects for what could be a ‘very different’ post-crisis workplace in which much higher numbers of staff could work from home.
8th Jun 2020 - Jersey Evening Post

HR pros think remote work will keep growing post-Covid - Bizwomen

It might be time to invest in a better webcam and a more comfortable home office chair. More than three-fourths of human resource professionals believe that the shift to teleworking will continue even a year after the Covid-19 pandemic subsides, and that the trend will shift the way HR departments approach recruiting and hiring, according to a new survey by The Conference Board. The ability to work anywhere will have “major implications” for hiring, enabling HR departments to draw talent from a broader geographic area, said Robin Erickson, a co-author of the report and principal researcher at The Conference Board.
8th Jun 2020 - The Business Journals

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The Shift to Remote Work Could Be a Big Swing and a Miss

A permanent shift isn’t appealing to all companies—even to Facebook’s social-media peers. Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel says he is “avoiding making sweeping statements that project far into the future in such a rapidly evolving situation.” Major corporations rushing to turn lockdown lemons into lemonade could get hit with a sour aftertaste.
6th Jun 2020 - The Wall Street Journal

Who Needs Cities When We All Work From Home?

Urban areas will survive a surge in working from home but may have to reinvent themselves
6th Jun 2020 - The Wall Street Journal

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Over 20 pct of Latvians work from home amid COVID-19 pandemic | English.news.cn

Like in many other countries across the world, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has led an increasing number of employees in Latvia to work from home, showed a survey released on Thursday by the national statistics office. In April, more than one in five employees in Latvia, or 22 percent, switched to work from home, according to the statistics office's survey. While an estimated 19,000 people had been working from home already before Latvia was hit by the COVID-19 crisis, the number of employees doing their job remotely has increased to 148,400 now. More than one in four employees, or 27.4 percent, had the remote work option in April, while 72.6 percent of the working population had to go to work during the virus emergency. Meanwhile, 5.4 percent of the people who had the option to work from home preferred not to use it.
5th Jun 2020 - Xinhua

GP practices should enable all staff to work remotely 'where possible'

All staff working in GP practices should be enabled to work remotely ‘where possible’, NHS England has said.
4th Jun 2020 - Pulse

Remote work will be a legacy of pandemic; job losses may not be over, survey finds

Companies expect an increased portion of their workforce to remain working remotely even after the pandemic passes, according to a Conference Board survey released Wednesday of 152 human capital executives. The survey revealed that most employers have implemented some form of workforce cost reductions, and many plan to continue to do so this summer. Additional workforce cost reductions are more likely in organizations that employ mostly industry and manual services workers. A majority of companies surveyed expect to return to pre-pandemic revenue levels within the next 12 months.
4th Jun 2020 - CNBC

HR leaders: Expect teleworking to remain long after coronavirus is gone

Widespread teleworking is likely to well outlast the Covid-19 pandemic. At least, that’s the opinion of 77% of human resources leaders from major American companies surveyed by the Conference Board, a member-driven think tank aimed at looking ahead on business issues. The survey gathered responses from 152 HR leaders in late April in the thick of coronavirus business closures and stay-at-home orders.
4th Jun 2020 - Phoenix Business Journal

The office is here to stay - but it's going to evolve, too

The huge shift to home-working caused by COVID-19 has led many to wonder whether offices have a future. But the shift has not been welcomed by - nor is it easy for - many employees. Flexibility and choice will be key as we move forward into the next normal.
4th Jun 2020 - World Economic Forum

Poll: More voters want to keep remote working once coronavirus restrictions lifted

More Americans would prefer to keep working from home full time over going back to the office full time once social distancing restrictions are lifted, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds. Twenty-eight percent of registered voters said once their area has reopened, including schools and childcare options, they would prefer to remain working from home full time. By contrast, 18 percent said they'd prefer to go back to working in an office full time. Another 18 percent of voters said they would prefer to work from home some days of the week but would still like to go into the office part of the time. Thirty-six percent of voters in the May 27-28 survey said working from home is not an option for them.
4th Jun 2020 - The Hill

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3 Ways Covid-19 Will Permanently Change The Future Of Work

Covid-19 has changed the future of work—permanently. In early May, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reflected, “We have seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months.” Without a doubt, the post-Covid-19 workplace will operate differently than the pre-pandemic workplace. Here are three aspects of the “workplace” that are slated to change.
3rd Jun 2020 - Forbes

Even After COVID-19, Execs Expect Remote Work Trend To Continue

A new survey from The Conference Board reveals that 77% of human resources executives expect the trend toward remote work to continue, even one year after COVID-19 substantially subsides. The survey assessed more than 150 executives primarily at large U.S. companies who weighed in on the various actions they are taking and plan on taking in light of the current pandemic.
3rd Jun 2020 - Business Facilities

Most Educators Want Schools to Stay Closed to Slow Spread of COVID-19

As school district leaders struggle to solve the complex equation of reopening buildings in the fall or maintaining virtual learning, several factors are weighing heavily on their minds. How do you make educators feel comfortable in their work environments when more than half of them prefer school buildings stay shut to slow the spread of COVID-19? What about educators and students with underlying health conditions? And what if remote learning must continue in the fall even though the approach led to declining student engagement this spring?
3rd Jun 2020 - Education Week

Coronavirus: Is working from home working?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly one-third of the U.S. workforce, and half of all “information workers”, are able to work from home. Though the number of people working partially or fully remote has been on the rise for years now, the COVID-19 pandemic may have pressed the fast-forward button on this trend. With millions of people taking part in this work-from-home experiment, it’s worth asking the question – how do people and companies actually feel about working from home?
3rd Jun 2020 - World Economic Forum

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As coronavirus shakes up the future of work, how much is it fast-tracking what was already in motion?

Financial and social considerations deemed impossible by companies are suddenly unquestionable needs. As employees, we are also finally being seen as human beings too, and as a result employers are taking our mental health seriously. With the blurring of our home and work spaces, we too feel a greater need to preserve our health.
3rd Jun 2020 - World Economic Forum

Office culture is fading due to remote work during the coronavirus lockdown

Online events are not enough to keep people connected to their colleagues at work, according to a new small survey. Sixty-three percent of people who took the Clutch survey said they spend less time socializing with colleagues since the COVID-19 shutdown started. On a positive note, 52% of workers said managers are just as available now as they were during regular office operations.
3rd Jun 2020 - TechRepublic

In isolation, coronavirus positive doctor in Aligarh continues to treat patients and train staff virtually

A doctor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College who has been quarantined after he tested positive for coronavirus, is using his telemedicine to offer medical advice to his patients who are under his treatment.
2nd Jun 2020 - Business Insider India

Remote Work's Time Has Come

Technological change means that working from home won’t disappear when the virus does.
2nd Jun 2020 - City Journal

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Coping with COVID: Pointers for working remotely

In this trying time, it may be difficult to adjust to the sudden changes in the world. Now abruptly, many people have been directed to gather their essential work resources and set up an office at home. Though many may have thought working remotely would be ideal, it still requires an adjustment to manage being productive and maintaining a positive mental outlook. Though there can be many benefits to working from home, isolation, additional stress about how to accomplish requirements and striking the right balance can cause some anxiety and/or depression. Some key and easy additions to your daily schedule might just make all the difference!
2nd Jun 2020 - WKRC TV Cincinnati

Business Leaders Weigh In On How The Workplace Will Change Post-Covid-19

While Chamberlain suggests that working from home won’t last, Kiran Prasad, vice president of product for the consumer experience on LinkedIn, believes that more people are now looking for remote work. Prasad explains that for some companies who have navigated the Covid-19 situation well and trust their employees, the idea of working remotely might just stay, particularly as for a number of job seekers, it is actually going very well.
2nd Jun 2020 - GQ Australia

81% Of SMEs In Business Service Sector Plan Remote Working Post Covid-19

Just over a third (34%) of SME companies in business services already had a remote working policy in place and nearly half (48%) had to create one to react to the pandemic. On average 74 per cent of staff working in this industry are operating from home. Over recent years, remote working has become increasingly popular, as technology has reduced the need for a physical office space for some industries. Many employers and HR professionals also advocate this way of working as an approach to enhance the work-life balance of employees.
1st Jun 2020 - TechRound

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Work of the future is all about collaboration

Commissioned by leading Australian architecture and interiors firm Bates Smart to understand the impact of the disruption of COVID-19 on workplace, work life and work operations, the survey indicates that the sudden transition to remote working has not affected productivity with 74% of respondents feeling as productive working remotely as they did in the office.
1st Jun 2020 - theHRDIRECTOR

'Shark Tank' investor Kevin O'Leary says companies will 'save a ton of money' from remote working

Kevin O’Leary told CNBC that the coronavirus crisis has shown that remote working is good for employees and a business’s bottom line. “Productivity is significantly higher when you give people what they want,” the “Shark Tank” investor said. “We’re going to save a ton of money,” he added. “I’m really excited about the new America we’re going to have.”
1st Jun 2020 - CNBC

'I feel so much better': Employees ready to work from home more often

A survey by Swinburne University researchers John Hopkins and Anne Bardoel found nearly four in 10 respondents had never worked from home before the crisis. But only 10 per cent said they will not do any work from home in future. Housing manager Lola Treadwell’s work routine was radically altered by the pandemic.
1st Jun 2020 - Sydney Morning Herald

Remote working: How cities might change if we worked from home more

Major tech companies say they are open to their staff working from home permanently. Employees are coming to realise remote working is not only possible but, in some cases, preferable. A shift to a new way of working might already be under way. Such a shift could have profound implications on our home life, and by extension on the life of our towns and cities: almost a quarter of all office space in England and Wales is in central London alone. To understand those implications, we brought together four experts on city life, all of whom were working from home.
1st Jun 2020 - BBC News

Home work: Coronavirus propels telework trend

"Our distributed workforce has proven to make us more resilient, and we do expect to have a larger number of telecommuters going forward," BlueCross spokesman John Hawbaker says. The teleworking shift, or at least parts of it, seem likely to outlast the COVID-19 crisis. "Remote work has gone from an HR-level discussion to a C-suite-level discussion," says Prithwiraj Choudhury, a professor at Harvard Business School. Before the pandemic, less than 4% of American employees worked from home full time. A study by the Brookings Institution estimates that share jumped to more than half of all workers soon after governments adopted stay-at-home orders. Among the top 20% of earners — who are more likely to have desk jobs that can be done from anywhere — that share rose to an estimated 70% of workers.
1st Jun 2020 - Chattanooga Times Free Press

Coronavirus pandemic exposes risks and rewards of working from home

A number of the world’s biggest companies have begun canvassing their staff about how they would like their working day to look once employees are able to start returning safely to the office in large numbers, with some firms already announcing that they do not expect workers to return this year.
1st Jun 2020 - iNews

Will working from home become permanent?

Mark Zuckerberg is moving Facebook toward a substantially remote workforce over the next decade, making changes permanent that began in the past few months. Within 10 years, Zuckerberg told The Wall Street Journal he expects as much as half of Facebook’s employees — who currently number more than 45,000 — to work from home. There are also many other examples of working from home becoming the norm: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently told employees they could work from home permanently. Other smaller tech companies have announced similar proposals.
29th May 2020 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Forty per cent of PR chiefs to continue remote working as coronavirus caution grips industry

Two-fifths of agency leaders plan to maintain remote working policies for the foreseeable future as concerns about the coronavirus pandemic linger, a new survey of PR chiefs has found.
28th May 2020 - PRWeek

Walmart says its thousands of tech employees will continue remote work — even when pandemic subsides

Walmart is the latest company to announce that tech workers, who have been working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic, don’t have to return to the office anytime soon — or potentially, ever. In an internal memo sent Thursday, Walmart’s global chief technology officer, Suresh Kumar, told the tech team that office space “will be used primarily for collaboration, to sync up and strengthen camaraderie.” The big-box retailer has about 10,000 tech employees, including many who are based in the Silicon Valley.
28th May 2020 - CNBC

NHS seeking to 'lock in' better use of tech necessitated by coronavirus

Minister says health service is seeking to ensure it continues to benefit from initiatives such as remote working. The NHS will look at how best it can “lock in” some of the “beneficial changes” occasioned by the coronavirus crisis, including increased use of remote working and the ability to rapidly roll out new technology in patient care. The coronavirus crisis “has affected every part of local health and care systems”, said Lord Bethell, a minister at the Department of Health and Social Care responsible for innovation. He added that, in responding to the challenges presented by the pandemic, “NHS organisations, local councils and others are working across traditional organisational and team boundaries”. The health service will seek to ensure that some of the new ways of working – including increased use of technology to deliver care remotely – will persist beyond the current crisis, Lord Bethell said.
28th May 2020 - PublicTechnology

Vast majority of New Zealanders don't want to return to office after Covid-19

A study of New Zealanders working from home during coronavirus lockdown has found many were just as productive as when they were in the office, and a majority were reluctant to return to traditional workplaces. New Zealand went into lockdown for seven weeks from 25 March, and has become a global success story in containing the coronavirus, with fewer than 1,500 people infected and 21 deaths. During lockdown, many workers experimented with working from home for the first time, and a University of Otago study of more than 2,500 people found the arrangement suited many.
28th May 2020 - The Guardian

Employees are working remotely in their pyjamas

A quarter of home-workers — more than four million employees — are doing their job from bed or in their nightwear, and 40 per cent have toiled from the sofa, a report has found.
28th May 2020 - The Scotsman

Lockdown Fuels Interest in Learning Among Remote Workers

Employers should reignite learning and development programs for home workers Questionmark, the online assessment provider, is encouraging employers to reignite investment in learning and development programs. The call comes as research reveals a wave of enthusiasm among remote workers for online learning to improve their professional and personal skills.
28th May 2020 - Yahoo!

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Facebook is promoting remote working - here's what it means

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has offered his staff the opportunity to work from home on a permanent basis. The move gives employees the chance to relocate, but their salaries would be adjusted according to living costs. Zuckerberg expects half of Facebook’s workforce to take up the offer of working from home permanently over the next 5-10 years.
27th May 2020 - World Economic Forum

As Coronavirus Lockdown Rules Ease, Some Want to Keep Working From Home

As states begin to lift the stay-at-home restrictions put in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic, some workers now say they are just fine working from home and would like to do so permanently.
27th May 2020 - The Wall Street Journal

Coronavirus has shown us the future of work and it could mean more Australians living in regional areas

More Australians working from home during the coronavirus pandemic could pave the way for people to move out of the cities and take their jobs with them.
27th May 2020 - ABC News

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'Business unusual:' How COVID-19 could change the future of work

What are the longer-term effects of the pandemic on the workplace in developed countries, once the immediate crisis is over? Before the pandemic, there was already a lot of discussion on the implications of technology for the future of work. The message was clear: the future of work is not pre-determined, it is up to us to shape it.
26th May 2020 - UN News

Best Practices for Supporting Successful Remote Collaboration

How can teams doing generative collaboration stay on the same page when they’re working remotely? According to Kammer, the first thing they should do is find digital ways to replicate the analog processes (such as whiteboards and sticky notes) they use when they’re working side-by-side. “When it comes to generative work, teams need a digital platform where they can co-create content,” explains Kammer. “By leveraging tools like Mural, Google Drive and Microsoft Teams, teams are able to orchestrate their work across the platform and develop a shared mind, a shared historical reference of where they are and where they’re going.”
26th May 2020 - Channel Futures

Making Remote Work Work

Dery urges us to take a fresh look at remote work and how it can become not just something we suffer through, but something that actually helps us excel. This means working with your employees to iterate designs for physical spaces and operational processes that work; it means adopting new management techniques; and it may mean being willing to revisit how you communicate and how you lead. Listen to the full episode to learn more.
26th May 2020 - MIT Sloan

How social distancing and remote working will impact Irish life

We have released a new paper - Covid-19, Occupational Social Distancing and Remote Working Potential in Ireland - that examines these questions. We generate two indices which capture the potential impact of Covid-19 through identifying firstly, the occupations which may be most able to implement social distancing procedures and secondly the occupations which have the greatest potential scope for remote working. This is accomplished using occupational level data from O*NET which provides very detailed information of the tasks performed by individuals within their occupations.
25th May 2020 - RTE.ie

Remote working doesn’t need to affect innovation, new research reveals

EMPLOYEES THAT work from home are unlikely to be less innovative, according to new research by the University of Cologne and the Leibniz University Hannover. The study, conducted by professors Marina Schröder and Bernd Irlenbusch, found that video conferencing among team members can compensate possibly negative effects on innovation when employees work remote from each other
25th May 2020 - Voice Newspaper

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Productive remote workers do these 5 simple things every day

As certain workers are beginning to return to the office, some are thrilled to have regained an environment more conducive to their personal productivity. For some, the office has fewer distractions and just makes it easier to get work done, particularly if their projects are highly collaborative. But for others, working from home has actually provided a large productivity boost. And working remotely could potentially provide even more effectiveness as they continue to work from home but have fewer restrictions and less uncertainty in their overall lives in coming months.
26th May 2020 - Fast Company

Remote working realisations: Strengthening teams and bringing people together during a global pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is changing every aspect of our lives. We are having to adapt to the new norms of self-isolation, remote working, and staying as productive as we were before the pandemic began. However, it is important to understand that the situation we’re all in is far from normal – it is a crisis situation and we have to adapt quickly and make decisions that will significantly influence our lives and businesses.
25th May 2020 - Human Resources Online

Remote working can result in higher cost savings and productivity for businesses - experts

Remote working is a growing trend and can result in significant cost savings for businesses, experts say. Thanks to COVID-19, remote working arrangements have become the norm, as social distancing measures required people to stay at home. Allowing staff to work remotely can reduce business overheads and perhaps also increase productivity. Newshub asked experts at HR Toolkit, Turner Hopkins and 4-day week to share their top tips for working from home.
25th May 2020 - Newshub

More people working remotely, seeking escape from the city

Whenever the economy undergoes a shock like we’re seeing now from the coronavirus pandemic, new trends often appear in the real estate market. It appears we may be in the middle of one of those unexpected paradigm shifts, when our world jumps from one track going in a predictable direction to another track heading in an unexpected direction.
25th May 2020 - Aspen Daily News

Coronavirus: What's the future for the office?

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the office was where millions of us spent about a third of our time. However, since the lockdown, almost half the UK's workforce say they have been working from home - and some companies have hinted it could become the future. "The notion of putting 7,000 people in a building may be a thing of the past," said the boss of Barclays, while Morgan Stanley's chief said the bank will have "much less real estate". Businessman Sir Martin Sorrell said he'd rather invest the £35m he spends on expensive offices in people instead.
25th May 2020 - BBC News

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The coronavirus remote working boom has made many modern offices obsolete and the impact on the economy will be profound

The coronavirus outbreak has seen a massive increase in the number of people working from home. In 2019, only 5% of the UK workforce worked exclusively from home. In April 2020, 39% of workers worked only at home, and whilst this has fallen to 33% over the last couple of weeks the high rate of home working can be expected to remain high for some time. The pivot to remote working amongst technology companies is likely to have a significant impact on Ireland, and Dublin in particular. Dublin has approximately 3.7 million m2 of office space, up from around 1 million m2 in 1990.
23rd May 2020 - Slugger O'Toole

The future of work will be more remote, digital, healthier and safer: Dan Schawbel, Workplace Intelligence

Dan Schawbel is an expert on the future of work and virtual workplaces and author of Back to Human. As the managing partner at Workplace Intelligence, an HR research and consulting firm, he has done research studies with MNCs like Oracle, American Express and Randstad. At a time when work from home is the new norm, what are the best practices to lead and manage virtual teams? He discusses the new workplace in an email interview with Malini Goyal.
23rd May 2020 - Economic Times

Remote possibilities: Can every home in Japan become an office?

Tokyo-based Overflow Inc.’s commercial lease was set to expire in July and founder Yuto Suzuki had made plans to move to a larger property. But as cases of the new coronavirus began to rise in March, the 34-year-old made a drastic decision: He took the startup and its 270 workers completely — and permanently — remote.
23rd May 2020 - The Japan Times

Covid-19 will change business forever, says Deloitte chief

The economic and cultural impact of the coronavirus crisis is so severe that it will change business forever, a top Deloitte executive has said. David Sproul, Deloitte’s global deputy chief executive, told City A.M. that rapid changes in working habits and use of technology since the pandemic outbreak would likely never be reversed.
22nd May 2020 - City A.M.

Young people are joining the rich in leaving NYC for cheaper, less dense cities after coronavirus

The coronavirus lockdown has left young New Yorkers reconsidering the city's high cost of living. People who can work remotely are eyeing the suburbs or contemplating moving back home with their parents. A recent survey found 69% of people in tech and finance said they would leave New York if they were given the option to work from home permanently. Twitter, Facebook and Spotify recently announced they will allow employees to work from home long-term. Pat Stedman, 31, a dating and relationship coach, said the pandemic has only sped up his and his wife's exodus from the city and now plans to work remotely from overseas
24th May 2020 - Daily Mail

Coronavirus: Why more people could abandon city lifestyle for remote working after lockdown

My prediction? More people are going to abandon cities if they have the means to do so. This is of course a privilege of those who can either shift their job elsewhere or take it with them on their laptop, but it could fundamentally shift the property market. Estate agents are already predicting a drop in London sales and rental prices as well as the crumbling of the traditional commuter belt.
22nd May 2020 - iNews

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Facebook embraces remote working beyond COVID-19, but may cut pay

Facebook plans to hire more remote workers in areas where the company doesn't have an office, and let some current employees work from home permanently if they'd like to. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company plans to "aggressively open up remote hiring" starting immediately with the US, particularly for engineering talent. Based on internal employee surveys, he believes remote workers could make up as much as 50 per cent of Facebook's workforce in the next five to 10 years.
22nd May 2020 - Sydney Morning Herald

For Many, Remote Work Is Becoming Permanent in Wake of Coronavirus

Before the coronavirus hit, marketing and advertising mogul Martin Sorrell thought that the leased office spaces and WeWork footprint at his London-based media company S4 Capital PLC were necessary. But he reassessed that about a month into the wide-ranging lockdowns that have thrust everyday business online.