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Work from home troubles many companies. Here's how to show the boss that you're on the job from anywhere
“Back to the office” may well be the most explosive executive decision a CEO can make right now. More employees are being asked — or forced — to return to their desks after months of working from home. But the surging delta variant of COVID-19 is giving employers second thoughts about how much time workers should spend in the office — or whether they should be there at all. Big technology companies, for example, are taking no chances. Recently Twitter shuttered its newly reopened San Francisco and New York offices while Alphabet’s Google and Facebook have made coronavirus vaccinations mandatory for their office workers, whenever they return.
Such corporate soul-searching is just fine for many employees, vaccinated or not, who aren’t eager to be confined to their cubicles even when some pre-COVID normalcy returns.
3rd Aug 2021 - MarketWatch
Americans Are Willing to Take Pay Cuts to Never Go Into the Office Again
What would you sacrifice to be able to work from home forever? A new survey shows that many Americans say they’d be willing to take reduced salaries, give up days off or put in more hours for a job that offers a fully remote option. Most people said they wouldn’t give up more than 5%, but 15% of respondents said they’d be willing to shave off 25% of their salary to be remote. Nearly half — 46% — said they would give up a quarter of their days off, and 15% said they would give up all paid time off to be able to work from home.
3rd Aug 2021 - Bloomberg
How to deal with screen time overload while working from home
Working remotely is here to stay, meaning much of our contact with co-workers will remain split over different digital platforms. This can make it difficult to maintain focus. Here are some tips to help to cope if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Linda Stone, consultant and former vice president at Microsoft, said one of the most important things people can do to combat a feeling of digital information overload is to focus on breathing. She pointed out that people tend to hold their breath when opening and reading an email, for example.
3rd Aug 2021 - CNBC
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As Delta Variant Rages, More Workers Are on Edge About Return to the Office
With scores of U.S. companies planning to return to offices in full force in a few weeks, workers are trying to make sense of changing face-mask guidelines and rising virus cases, along with new research about how easily the virus strain can be transmitted. The calculations and recalculations of risk are leaving many stressed, upset or simply in limbo. New and at times confusing guidance from health officials and employers on wearing masks indoors, and questions about whether vaccines will be required or not, have workers grappling with what to expect at work, or even whether to come in.
2nd Aug 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
Why remote work is a big problem for the economy
Americans are trickling back to their pre-pandemic workplaces, but most offices are still largely empty. And that's affecting local economies in a major way. Love it or hate it, commuting is good for the economy. You pay train conductors' salaries with your subway fare. The dry cleaner by the office and the coffee shop around the corner all count on workers who have been largely absent for nearly a year and a half. In 2020, the number of people working from home nearly doubled, to 42% of America's workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And although many workers may prefer that setup, staying home is likely to delay the recovery of the vital office-adjacent economy.
2nd Aug 2021 - CNN
Succeeding In The New Work-From-Anywhere World
Studies from around the world consistently show that companies see productivity gains after allowing employees to choose their work locations. Remote work offers many other benefits, too: “Commute times disappear, operational costs get slashed, you can tap talent in other cities and other countries,” Tsedal Neeley, the Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, points out. Despite these upsides, however, shifting to working remotely is not without its challenges, especially when it comes to communication and coordination among managers and employees. “People can easily get into an out-of-sight, out-of-mind, out-of-sync, and out-of-touch mode,” Neeley says. Another challenge, especially during the pandemic: The lines between work and non-work times can get blurred, so managers should be concerned less about productivity dropping and more about employees working too hard.
2nd Aug 2021 - Forbes
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From John Lewis to NatWest, employers bank on remote working
Millions of workers are expected to spend more days at home than they do in the office as the pandemic leads to a “revolution” in working patterns. The so-called “3:2” model, three days in the office and two at home during the working week, is expected to become the norm for many workers, while others adopt the “2:3”. The shake-up to the long-established five days a week in the office could not have been imagined 18 months ago but businesses said the pandemic, which forced millions to try home-working for the first time, had caused a permanent change in workers’ expectations.
1st Aug 2021 - The Times
LinkedIn allows employees to work fully remote, removes in-office expectation
LinkedIn will allow employees to opt for full-time remote work or a hybrid option as offices gradually reopen, Chief People Officer Teuila Hanson told Reuters. This new policy is a shift from the initial indication last October that Microsoft's professional social networking site would expect employees to work from an office 50% of the time when COVID-19 pandemic restrictions lift. The updated policy, offering the flexibility to work remotely full-time or work at an office part-time, will apply to LinkedIn's global workforce of more than 16,000 employees.
1st Aug 2021 - Reuters
How to Make Friends While Working from Home? Ask These Office Newbies.
Starting a remote job can be hard, but many people have found new ways to forge work friendships during the pandemic. There’s no longer a proverbial water cooler to generate casual encounters, and some younger workers have never had a physical office at all. But they’ve overcome the awkwardness of the digital chat box to initiate meaningful, if often distanced, friendships. Some online work friends have even found success taking their hangouts offline once the vaccine rollout made socializing and travel easier.
1st Aug 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
Big tech companies are at war with employees over remote work
All across the United States, the leaders at large tech companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook are engaged in a delicate dance with thousands of employees who have recently become convinced that physically commuting to an office every day is an empty and unacceptable demand from their employers. The COVID-19 pandemic forced these companies to operate with mostly remote workforces for months straight. And since many of them are based in areas with relatively high vaccination rates, the calls to return to the physical office began to sound over the summer. But thousands of high-paid workers at these companies aren't having it. Many of them don't want to go back to the office full-time, even if they're willing to do so a few days a week
1st Aug 2021 - Ars Technica
Flex Work Leaves San Francisco Trailing NYC in Office Comeback
A fifth of all office space vacant. Tech companies looking to offload millions of square feet they’d previously leased. Rents down 14%. The San Francisco office market, once among the most expensive and sought-after in the U.S., fell harder than just about anywhere in the country during the pandemic. Now, it’s getting left behind as other major cities see faster recoveries. With a high proportion of employers allowing workers to do their jobs remotely, available office space in San Francisco keeps piling up -- with potentially huge ramifications for downtown small businesses, apartments and the local tax base. And, as the delta variant spreads, what momentum companies had in returning to the office is slowing.
30th Jul 2021 - Bloomberg
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Call for financial support to help employers encourage remote working
In Ireland, financial assistance and training supports should be provided to help public and private sector employers encourage staff to work from home or from remote working hubs, a report from an Oireachtas committee recommends. Each Government department and agency should include a metric on remote working in its annual report, actions to achieve the 20 per cent target and further actions to increase it thereafter, it says.
29th Jul 2021 - The Irish Times
Return to Office: Companies Test Remote, Hybrid, and In-Office Work
Sixteen months after the novel coronavirus upended white-collar work, corporate America is moving toward a shift that’s shaping up to be uncertain at best, or chaotic at worst. Vaccination campaigns are approaching their limits, and it appears Covid‑19 will become endemic. That’s led major U.S. companies to coalesce around September to put their new in‑office, hybrid, or remote working plans in action, even as the fast-spreading delta variant adds to the complexities. Beyond deciding where employees should be located, there are the thorny issues of maintaining culture, allowing flexibility, and updating policies so those already hit hardest by the pandemic—women and minorities—aren’t left behind. “Policies have absolutely not caught up with reality, and we don’t yet know what the reality is going to be,” says Laurie Bienstock, a director at consultant Willis Towers Watson.
29th Jul 2021 - Bloomberg
Google, Facebook And Twitter Are Delaying Their Return-To-Work Plans And Requiring Vaccinations Due To The Surge Of The Delta Variant
Apple was one of the few tech companies reluctant to fully embrace remote work. Given its preference for in-office work, it was disconcerting that the iPhone giant announced it would delay its strict plans for workers to return to the office because of the sudden surge of the Delta variant. The tech giant wanted its staff back to the office at least three days a week by early September. The deadline, because of a growing wave of cases, was pushed back to October, at the earliest. At the time, I wrote, “Depending upon how the new wave plays out, Apple’s decision could cause other companies to reconsider their return-to-work programs as well. Corporate executives won’t want to be the lone holdouts and expose their staff to the virus. If a bellwether, such as Apple, says that they are concerned, by virtue of their decision, it's likely that others will follow suit.”
29th Jul 2021 - Forbes
Work-life balance: Will the future of work be remote?
The barriers to remote work seem to be falling. An Ipsos survey in 29 countries for the World Economic Forum found 66% of workers think that employers should allow more flexible working in the future. Those in favour aim at an average of 2.5 days of work from home. In Europe, the more reductants workers are in Belgium and in France. They are asking for an average of 1.9 days of home office. Experts say, from a European policy perspective, these trends show it's time to create conditions for hybrid work models within the single market, to avoid chaos.
29th Jul 2021 - Euronews
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How to Negotiate a Remote Work Arrangement
According to a survey conducted by Morning Consult, 87% of respondents want the flexibility to continue some form of remote work, 33% of workers don’t want to work for an employer that requires them to be onsite full-time, and almost 50% will consider leaving a role without access to partial virtual work. The new work-life integration is having a significant impact on the future of the workplace. Not only do many employees prefer a hybrid schedule, but a recent survey from Harvard Business School Online showed that 27% hope to work remotely full time. How exactly should you ask for a work-from-anywhere arrangement when negotiating a job offer, or when you’ve been working virtually and don’t want to return in-person to the office?
28th Jul 2021 - Harvard Business Review
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COVID-19 reality shows it works to work from home. Make it last beyond the pandemic.
As a deadly virus swept across the nation last year, a vast and unanticipated social experiment was launched. Well more than half of American workers tried to see whether they could work just as effectively from home. Early indications show that it was not only a success, but there's even evidence productivity was actually boosted. It was nothing short of transformative for the American workplace, shattering timeworn notions that a business is a business only if people travel from miles in every direction to gather in one physical location because, well, that's the way it has always been done.
27th Jul 2021 - USA Today
This Irish start-up is helping firms avoid the pitfalls of work-from-anywhere policies
As more employees settle into remote work for the longer term, companies are faced with a great deal of complexity around tax and compliance with employment laws. The option for remote work is evolving from being a perk to a must-have option in recruiting talent. A recent report found an increasing number of professionals leaving their jobs if they haven’t been offered the option to work remotely. It means more possibilities for professionals, especially in the tech industry, to choose where they work and in turn, more pressure on companies to be nimble and responsive to workers’ demands and the responsibilities that brings.
27th Jul 2021 - CNBC
Work-From-Anywhere Perks Give Silicon Valley a New Edge in Talent War
Since the pandemic spurred leading tech companies to embrace “work from anywhere” policies, that advantage is fading fast. Now that a software engineer or marketing guru can work from a creekside cabin while still pulling down big bucks from Facebook or Salesforce, smaller firms far from the coasts are feeling the pinch. For online interior-design startup Havenly, landing new hires now means competing with companies all over the country, and hanging onto talent has been harder than ever. At one point, even members of Havenly’s executive team were a flight risk.
27th Jul 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
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One in three companies report an increase in productivity due to remote working
A new survey of Irish businesses has found that just over a quarter reported a decline in productivity due to widespread working from home arrangements over the past year. Following 16 months of remote working, 38% of businesses reported seeing no change in productivity, 36% seeing an increase and 26% seeing a decrease. In light of the continuing demand for flexible working arrangements post-Covid, almost three-quarters of respondents agreed that accelerating the move to a smarter office, which enables employees to work from home or in-person, will be crucial to their organisation’s future success
26th Jul 2021 - Irish Examiner
Hybrid Return-to-Office Plans: Infinite Possibilities—and Problems—for Employers
There are an infinite number of approaches employers can take to hybrid work arrangements, says Mintz employment law attorney David Barmak. But they also give rise to an innumerable set of legal and HR issues, many that lack clear answers, he says, including taxes, performance management, and workplace safety
26th Jul 2021 - Bloomberg Law
Covid remote work relaxed fashion and grooming, but not bias based on looks
It was reasonable to hope that focus on, and consideration of, physical appearances might have waned over the long course of the Covid crisis and its work-from-home side effect. Despite many months of remote office interactions, a widespread loosening of fashion conventions and virtual meetings distorted by electronic screens, lookism — discrimination based on a lack of perceived attractiveness — seems to be a hardy animal. Based on a sample of 2,000 office-based staff working remotely, U.K. law firm Slater and Gordon found last summer that, contrary to expectations, bias based on physical appearance seems to have weathered the pandemic unscathed. In fact, it may have even mutated. A third of both men and women respondents said that, because of the pandemic’s depressive effect on the job market, they had “put up with” comments about the way they look during video calls that they would not have tolerated in person. More than a quarter of women reported being asked to dress more provocatively for online meetings, while a third said they were told to use more makeup or fix up their hair.
26th Jul 2021 - NBC News
Managers view remote workers as 'more easily replaceable' than in-person employees
The ability to work from home may be the mother of all perks for some workers, but others worry it could stand in the way of advancing their careers — and managers seem to share their doubts. Nearly six in 10 workers said that permanently working from home would diminish networking opportunities, according to a report published by the Society for Human Resource Management. Some 55% said that working from home also causes work relationships to suffer. Among supervisors of remote employees, more than two-thirds agree — 67% admitted that they view remote workers as “more easily replaceable” than employees who work in person. Similarly, some 42% of supervisors said they “sometimes forget about remote workers when assigning tasks,” according to the SHRM report
26th Jul 2021 - MarketWatch
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Bank of Canada to Bring Back Employees, Allow 50% Remote Work
The Bank of Canada will allow most of its employees to work remotely as much as 50% of the time once public health guidelines allow it to fully reopen its offices. A limited number of staff are currently working in the central bank’s offices in Ottawa. The coronavirus pandemic has eased in Canada, with vaccinations rising and cases dropping, so the bank expects to bring back many employees after the summer. But it doesn’t see a return to normal conditions until 2022, an official said. “More employees will be allowed access over the fall, in line with federal and provincial public health guidelines. Based on current conditions, we are not anticipating full on-site staffing levels until the new year,” Chief Human Resources Officer Alexis Corbett said
25th Jul 2021 - Bloomberg
I struggled with office life. Now others are alive to benefits of remote working
People with invisible disabilities have long asked for flexible options such as working from home. Then came the pandemic. "For years, people with invisible disabilities – including neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – have campaigned for accommodations that would allow us to do our jobs well. Chief among these is the flexibility to work from home. For many of us, the remote work era facilitated by Covid-19 has changed our lives for the better, despite the grief and anxiety of the pandemic. Now, as the world begins to reopen and offices throw open their doors, many are afraid the era of working from home – where they feel more comfortable, productive and safe – is coming to an end."
25th Jul 2021 - The Guardian
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More than 100 digital hubs nationwide benefit from €8.8m fund for remote working
More than 117 digital hubs across Ireland have benefitted from an €8.8m fund to encourage remote working. People hoping to work from home in Kerry got the lions share of the funding with almost €750,000 going to hubs in the county. More than half a million went to projects in Donegal while digital hubs in Cork, Limerick and Tipperary received more than €400,000 from the Connected Hubs Fund.
22nd Jul 2021 - Independent.ie
Remote working: Do we need a legal right to disconnect?
The past 18 months have shown us that when it comes to disaster planning for business the biggest risk for many isn’t, surprisingly, something like a global pandemic, but the strength and integrity of their IT systems. The majority of businesses could not have survived the pandemic without remote working – and we have seen a rapid increase in the digitalisation of office working as a consequence. Studies show home-working increased by 30 per cent throughout lockdown. But while remote working and the use of more technology to support it has brought obvious benefits, it has also exacerbated a long-recognised problem: the so-called ‘always on’ culture. We are now starting to see demands for a legal framework.
22nd Jul 2021 - iNews.co.uk
How to keep working remotely when the boss orders everyone back in the office
For months, employers with remote workforces and their teleworking employees have been preparing their arguments for what the post-pandemic workplace should look like. Employers who want everyone back at the workplace argue that employees are more engaged, more efficient and more collaborative in the office. But teleworking employees who have adapted to online collaboration, and who find they have more mental energy without office distractions and draining commutes, aren’t necessarily buying those reasons. And with coronavirus variants threatening another surge in infection rates, safety is still a major concern.
22nd Jul 2021 - The Washington Post
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Working From Home Is a Risk for U.K. Public Finances, Watchdog Group Says
Britain’s public finances could take a hit from the a permanent shift toward working from home, the government’s independent budget watchdog said. “Our feeling is that it will be somewhat less government-revenue rich than office working,” said Andy King, a member of the Office for Budget Responsibility, said at a Parliament hearing in London on Wednesday. “If you think about spending less on commuting, cafes and restaurants and spending more on heating homes or buying fans during the summer, or spending more on your supermarket shop -- all of those things reduce the amount of government revenue per pound of activity.” The remarks are among the first to give an official assessment of how a shift in working culture will affect the economy.
21st Jul 2021 - Bloomberg
Remote work could save businesses millions of dollars a year
Workers are craving more work-from-home flexibility. A new study shows businesses that embrace the trend could see a significant impact on their bottom line. And they aren't the only ones that would benefit.
21st Jul 2021 - The Business Journals
Companies that make people return to the office will lose employees
After a year-and-a-half hiatus, many offices will open back up in September. Most companies are asking that employees return on a hybrid basis, meaning they come into the office at least some of the time. But what exactly that will look like is uncertain. What is certain is that more people will work from home than ever before, and this shift has the potential to disrupt everything from physical office space to the way people feel about work. And as US companies face a hiring crisis, companies that don’t offer remote work could find themselves at a significant disadvantage when it comes to recruiting new talent
21st Jul 2021 - Vox.com
What's the purpose of the office – and do we still need it?
Now that we’ve seen how we can do our jobs efficiently from home, and found methods that keep us connected to colleagues, what is the office really for – and is it possible to make employees want to be there? It’s a looming question companies are trying to answer. In terms of performance, says Ethan Bernstein, an associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, an office isn’t necessary for productivity. But just because we don’t need to be in the office to effectively perform work tasks doesn’t mean it’s useless. There are several functions a physical office space can serve, he says, even if people are still getting a lot of their work done from home.
21st Jul 2021 - BBC News
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Too Many Zoom Meetings? ‘Core Hours’ Keep Some Remote Workers Productive and Sane
As a new era of remote and in-office work begins, some companies are trying to bring definition to daily schedules—by making some hours off-limits for meetings. The tactic, called “core hours,” sets times—say, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.—when bosses require employees to be online and available for Zoom meetings, project collaboration and other exchanges. Any other time is a meeting-free zone. By having certain hours, or days, when everyone is “on,” the idea goes, employees have more freedom and flexibility to do solo work the rest of the time. The approach was adopted by some bosses during the pandemic as a way to keep remote collaboration from bleeding into all hours of the day. Now, as businesses reopen offices or implement longer-term work-from-home strategies, some companies say they are making core hours standard practice.
20th Jul 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
The unspoken reasons employees don't want remote work to end
It’s no secret that employee-employer tensions about heading back to the workplace are growing. As more employers push to get employees back in-house, the workers themselves are taking a harder stand. An April 2021 survey by FlexJobs found that 60% of women and 52% of men would quit if they weren’t allowed to continue working remotely at least part of the time. Sixty-nine percent of men and 80% of women said that remote work options are among their top considerations when looking for a new job. The “official” reasons that they don’t want to head back to the workplace are well-documented. They’re more productive. It’s easier to blend work and life when your commute is a walk down the hallway. But, for some, the reasons are more personal and difficult to share. Who will walk the dog they adopted during the pandemic? They gained weight and need to buy new work clothes. The thought of being trapped in a cubicle all day makes them want to cry.
20th Jul 2021 - Fast Company
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Why returning to office will be 10 times harder than the transition to working from home
When the pandemic hit last year and companies and schools of all types scrambled to get people set up to work and learn from home, almost nobody thought about moving everyone back to the office. After all, the initial presumption was that this would be a short-term situation, and there was so much effort expended in making the transition outwards, that nobody gave a second thought to the process of coming back in. Nearly a year and a half later, the reality of returning to workplaces and schools is staring millions of people and hundreds of thousands of organizations straight in the face – and it’s looking to be a significantly harder problem than anyone originally thought.
19th Jul 2021 - USA Today
Back to the office: UK staff divided, from resisting ever going back, to hybrid setups and remote work burnout
Being told to work from home seemed like a dream for many office workers last year. No commute! Longer in bed! No need to dress up! And if you listen to some, it might seem like nobody ever wants to return, at least not full time. But are those loud voices drowning out people who are looking forward to being back in the office more often, now restrictions are easing? From concerns about isolation burnout to cravings for hanging out with colleagues again, there are many reasons why some employees are simply ‘over’ the WFH thing – or at least want to see if “hybrid working” can work for them. i has spoken with five office workers about their differing hopes and expectations.
19th Jul 2021 - iNews
Siemens embraces remote working in search for tech talent
Siemens, Europe’s largest industrial group, is turning to Asia and the US for top tech employees, underlining how remote working schemes pioneered during the pandemic are reshaping recruitment. “We have to go and find talent where they are,” newly installed chief executive Roland Busch told the Financial Times, adding that the €110bn company was now able to develop software for physical products from anywhere. “I know that for Asia, many, many of these guys don’t want to come to Europe,” he added. “They say: ‘I’m sitting in a huge growth market, why would I go to Europe’.”
19th Jul 2021 - Financial Times
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Here's what to do if you want to continue remote work (and not sabotage your career)
Even after the country emerges from the pandemic, many companies say they’ll continue to allow employees to work remotely. And that’s an attractive option — a downright necessity for some people. But it also comes with a catch. While no one should face pushback for choosing to work from home, “should” doesn’t always go hand-in-hand with reality. That’s something women trying to climb the corporate ladder know well. The fact is, many bosses still prefer to have their employees around them every day. Does this mean you should absolutely rush back to the office? No. But if you choose to work from home, I recommend being intentional and careful about it.
18th Jul 2021 - NBC News
Employers advised of benefits from hybrid working
Hybrid working can help businesses attract and retain staff as well as increase productivity, according to new advice for employers. The conciliation service Acas suggested training line managers to help them prepare for new ways of working and to consider a trial period to see if it works. It issued a new study showing that half of employers expect an increase in demand for flexible forms of working after the country comes out of the pandemic. Half of 2,000 employers surveyed predicted an increase in staff working from home or remotely all week.
18th Jul 2021 - The Independent
New Ways to Work Anywhere in the World
The world’s sudden embrace of all kinds of remote work has meant that a wider range of people, including salaried employees (not just freelancers or startup founders) and older workers (not just footloose young adults), can become digital nomads more easily. Plus, several countries introduced new longer-term visas and residence permits specifically for remote workers during the pandemic. Those trends suggest that there will not only be a greater number of digital nomads after the pandemic, but more ways to be one, says Steve King, a partner at Emergent Research
18th Jul 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
Mediocre workers have nowhere to hide
Do mediocre workers thrive more when they work from home or when they are in the office? This is not a question I ever thought about much before the pandemic, though if I had, I might have guessed the second-rate preferred to clock on at home. That is certainly what some top executives have suggested, as the effort to refill Covid-emptied offices has gathered pace this year. But what if the reverse is true? Max Thowless-Reeves is a former UBS private banker who runs his own wealth management firm. Not long ago, he wrote a letter to the FT that made an arresting claim. “Mediocrity hides in offices,” he said, adding it was easier to identify which staff added the most value when all were working remotely.
18th Jul 2021 - Financial Times
Virtual internships: 'I never met my mentor in person'
With many offices still shut due to the pandemic, virtual internships are becoming the new norm for college students. But is it possible to get that first experience of corporate life over Zoom? We've been speaking to some students about their experiences of pandemic internships.
18th Jul 2021 - RTE.ie
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Brex CEO on taking his company virtual-first and the right ways to think about remote work
While some employees are eager to return to the office, and many others simply want a choice between in-person and remote work, companies continue to grapple over which return-to-work strategy works best for them. Some companies are moving to permanent virtual models, and enjoying lowered office costs and increased access to talented employees, but most are planning some form of hybrid work, according to a recent CNBC survey. Brex, a financial services platform, recently announced its switch to a virtual-first model while getting rid of its physical headquarters.
15th Jul 2021 - CNBC
In Tech's Talent Wars, Remote Work Is the Hottest Office Perk
The next tech talent wars may be less about the free stuff, and more about the freedom to work from anywhere in the world. Those famously expensive Silicon Valley campuses that double as adult playgrounds, with their nap pods and herb gardens and bike-shares, are competing with a newfound love for the home office. Just ask the Google employees irked when a senior engineer was granted the privilege of setting up shop in New Zealand. His lower-level colleagues are waiting anxiously to hear whether their pandemic living situations are approved, or whether they have to race back to Mountain View, California. Why don’t the tech elite want to go back to their sprawling, full-service campuses? The answer isn’t just about Covid-19-era habits—it’s about a workforce that is aging, and that is now very rich.
15th Jul 2021 - Bloomberg
Workers worried about return to office next week, study suggests
Employers are being urged to remain open to more flexible working arrangements after a study suggested many are worried about returning to offices. More than half of the 1,100 people surveyed by jobs site CV-Library said they felt anxious about returning to work when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted in England on Monday. Three out of four said they preferred the flexibility of working from home, while around two in five said they were more productive or did not want to deal with office politics.
15th Jul 2021 - Evening Standard
Microaggressions, work stress more manageable for women of color working remotely
Count many women of color among the workers not eager to return to the office post-pandemic. From microaggressions to pressure to adjust their style of speech or appearance, a negative workplace experience is more common among women of color than white women, Laura Morgan Roberts, professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, told The New York Times. Women of color are often subject to comments on their hair, or mistaken for a colleague of the same race. Over the past 16 months, remote work has eliminated many of those office interactions. And while working in a comfortable setting with a support network nearby, women of color have been better able to cope with work stressors, experts said.
15th Jul 2021 - The Business Journals
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Capitalizing on remote work, U.S. cities draw in tech workers
About 30% of remote workers plan on moving, according to two recent surveys: an April poll of 1,000 tech workers by nonprofit One America Works and a June survey of 1,006 national remote workers for MakeMyMove, focused on intentions for the next 18 months. Facebook and Twitter are among the major tech companies allowing employees to work from home if their jobs can be done remotely. According to a Twitter spokesperson, embracing remote work is in part an effort to attract more diverse talent. Smaller cities typically aim to support dozens or hundreds of remote-worker moves annually. That does not threaten Silicon Valley's dominance of tech, but it could allow California companies to become more diverse, and it might make them try harder to keep workers.
14th Jul 2021 - Reuters
Remote work is expanding rapidly beyond typical white-collar worker industries
The number of remote job roles being advertised has risen, making remote work a possibility for more workers. But not all of these are in industries traditionally associated with remote work, with workers in transportation, retail and construction increasingly being offered a remote option. LinkedIn's UK Workforce report analyzed job postings on the site between June 2020 and June 2021. A job was classed as remote if it was explicitly labelled as such, or contained key phrases like "work from home." It generally found that the number of remote roles has risen across the board.
14th Jul 2021 - Business Insider
Londoners planning ‘nomadic working’ summer from UK holiday destinations, new report finds
Nearly half of the London white-collar workforce could be planning a so-called "nomadic working" trip this summer, a new survey has found. Of more than 2,000 city-based British workers polled by YouGov, 19% said they are considering making the most of their employer having a remote working policy in place this summer by toiling from rural or coastal holiday accommodation instead of at their home desk. Some of these respondents also said they are thinking about working remotely from family members' homes in more idyllic settings.
14th Jul 2021 - Evening Standard
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One in five Scottish financial services firms favours fully remote working amid Covid future
A survey of nearly 200 Scotland-based financial services employees across banking, capital markets and insurance found that 21 per cent of workers would prefer to work entirely from home once a full return to office is possible amid the relaxing of coronavirus restrictions. The vast majority (70 per cent) said that they would prefer to work just two days a week or less in the office. Just 5 per cent would favour a return to five days a week in the office, according to the study by Accenture.
13th Jul 2021 - The Scotsman
Why Some People Should Stop Working Remotely And Start Returning To The Office
For some workers, it makes sense to go back to the office. It seems that a majority of people want to remain working remotely. If that works best for them, that’s great—and they should continue to do it. Returning to a headquarters is not for everyone, but there are solid career-enhancing reasons to go back to an office setting. For young adults, going to the office has positive social benefits. You will meet new people. Make friends and build a network of alliances that could help you throughout your career.
13th Jul 2021 - Forbes
Work from home fuelling cyber attacks, says global financial watchdog
Financial firms may need to bolster their defences in the face of rocketing cyber attacks after employees began working from home, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) said on Tuesday. The FSB, which coordinates financial rules for the G20 group of nations, said remote working since economies went into lockdown to fight COVID-19 opened up new possibilities for cyber attacks. Working from home is expected to stay in some form across the financial services industry and beyond. "Most cyber frameworks did not envisage a scenario of near-universal remote working and the exploitation of such a situation by cyber threat actors," the FSB said in a report to G20 ministers and central banks.
13th Jul 2021 - Reuters
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Germany’s Banks Start Ditching Office Space as Remote Work Soars
Banks in Germany are rapidly cutting back on office space as a rising number of staff work from home, putting them at the vanguard of a global shift that could permanently change the way bankers work. Deutsche Bank AG is vacating several floors in a building housing about 1,000 employees, HSBC Germany is ditching six separate offices in Dusseldorf for one new one with less than half the space, and BNP Paribas’s unit in Frankfurt is cutting the amount of desk space to cover just 60% of staff. Regional lenders DZ Bank AG and BayernLB say they’re assessing similar plans. The pace with which the banks in Germany are transforming their real estate footprints is setting them apart even from European peers which have issued generous work-from-home policies for the post-pandemic world.
12th Jul 2021 - Bloomberg
‘Dystopian nightmare’: The unlikely opponents of working from home
The flexible work revolution triggered by COVID-19 is set to endure in Australia long after the danger of the pandemic has passed. A survey of 50 of the nation’s biggest companies conducted by The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald this week found that major employers are overwhelmingly planning to adopt hybrid work models permanently, and only seven respondents will require workers to be in the office a set number of days each week. But while the head of the Productivity Commission and other experts say increased levels of working from home are unlikely to hurt the overall economy, not everyone is enthusiastic about the phenomenon. Younger workers beginning their careers fear they are missing out on valuable lessons.
12th Jul 2021 - Sydney Morning Herald
The Uneven Odds for Promotions With Hybrid Work
For more than a year, remote employees at many firms were in good company: Everyone was at home. Now, some colleagues are returning to the office five days a week. Others are testing out a hybrid schedule, or opting not to go back at all. If you’re the one leaning into flexibility, how do you make sure you’re not unintentionally leaning out of your career? And what happens if certain subsets of the workforce, like mothers, are less likely to return to the office? “During the pandemic it was, ‘You’re forced to work from home,’ ” says Brian Kropp, who leads human-resources research at Gartner. “Now you’re choosing to work from home. You’re choosing not to be here.” Many of us have been dutifully plugging away from home, trading time in transit for longer work hours, office coffee breaks for boosted productivity. But the boss might not see it that way. Managers consistently label in-office workers higher performers and give them bigger raises and promotions, Mr. Kropp says, even though data shows there’s really no difference between the two groups.
12th Jul 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
At-risk prof sues school over return-to-work edict
A program director and associate professor at South University in Virginia has filed a complaint alleging the school unlawfully refused to allow her to continue working from home despite serious heart and lung conditions that place her at a high risk of death from COVID-19. Elizabeth Kostal, represented by Wigdor, told the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a complaint filed over the weekend that beginning in April she was forced to report to campus despite classes and meetings still being held remotely, and was surrounded by nursing faculty and students who were in daily contact with COVID-19 patients.
12th Jul 2021 - Reuters
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Remote work may be leading to an uptick in harassment based on gender, race and age
Though the technology sector is by no means representative of all jobs, data coming out of the space can be helpful in predicting trends that may eventually spread to all industries. A recent report from Project Include, a U.S.-based non-profit committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the tech industry, found that 25 per cent of tech workers surveyed globally experienced an increase in gender-based harassment during the pandemic, while 10 per cent experienced race-based hostility and 23 per cent over the age of 50 experienced increased age-based harassment. Remote work has been a breeding ground for new, different types of virtual harassment, according to Valerie Cade, a Canadian workplace harassment expert
11th Jul 2021 - The Globe and Mail
News organizations are taking different approaches to how often employees will come back to the office
Since the pandemic shutdowns in early 2020, reporters have adjusted techniques to break stories, shifting from in-person lunches and coffees to phone calls and zoom meetings. Editors and team leaders have managed remotely, relying on Slack, Microsoft Teams and content management systems for workflow and communication. Unlike many industries that have been crippled by the pandemic, newsrooms have adjusted and pumped out stories without much of a hitch. That’s led to a quandary among newsroom executives and human resource leaders in charge of getting employees back to the office. How much flexibility should be given to employees who have demonstrated they can produce stories while not in the office? Do newsrooms want everyone back in the office? Is a hybrid approach more appropriate? Or should employees be given total flexibility to work from home whenever they want?
11th Jul 2021 - CNBC
How to Achieve Sustainable Remote Work
Though many executives were relieved to discover that their companies could operate with shuttered office buildings, the shift to remote work was not always smooth. A longitudinal study of remote workers around the world, conducted last year during the pandemic, found that many managers expressed concern that the performance of telecommuters would be “lower” than those who work in an office setting. Meanwhile, more than forty per cent of these managers also expressed skepticism that remote workers can “stay motivated in the long term,” while a similar percentage had low confidence that they “can manage a team of remote workers.” America’s corporate workers could still get things done from home, but, at least from the managerial perspective, they weren’t necessarily doing so in a sustainable manner. The problem with these beliefs is that many employees working for these skeptical managers have come to value a professional life that doesn’t involve long commutes synchronized to rigid hours.
11th Jul 2021 - The New Yorker
Companies Cutting Office Space Predict Long-Term Savings
Companies expect to reap millions of dollars in savings in the years ahead as they scale back on office space after the coronavirus pandemic emptied workplaces around the country. However, some are paying in the short term for their decision to downsize. Online listings company Yelp Inc., consumer loan provider Affirm Holdings Inc. and drug distributor McKesson Corp. in recent weeks have disclosed one-time charges related to plans to shrink their real-estate footprint. They are among many businesses that are subletting office space, choosing not to renew leases or taking other steps to slim down after giving employees more flexibility to work from home.
5th Jul 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
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Japan Tobacco to Allow Remote Work Part-Time in Post-Covid Revamp
Japan Tobacco International is offering its worldwide staff the option to spend more time away from the workplace, the latest multinational to adopt a more flexible approach in the wake of the pandemic. The Geneva-based company’s employees will be able to work as much as half of their time remotely each month, the maker of Camel and Winston cigarettes said. Other measures include being able to work as many as 10 days from abroad.
8th Jul 2021 - Bloomberg
Forcing employees to return to the office? Prepare to face the consequences
Employees do not have to be together in an office five days a week to do their jobs well. In fact, given the global nature of many businesses today, it was already common before the coronavirus pandemic for employees to work a day or two outside the office. The pandemic has only strengthened the urgency for companies to adapt: We should not be forcing people back into the office. And with cases of the Delta variant rapidly multiplying, futuring-proofing your hybrid workforce is the prudent thing to do.
8th Jul 2021 - Fortune
Google exec will reportedly keep working remote, opposes it for staff
A senior Google executive has caused uproar at the company after reportedly moving to New Zealand to work remotely despite opposing remote work for the company's lower-ranking employees. Urs Hölzle, Google's senior vice president for technical infrastructure, told staff on June 29 that he's headed to New Zealand for a year to work remotely, according to reporting published Thursday in CNET. His move has fed claims of special treatment and a double standard in the company's stance towards remote work. He strongly opposed remote work for Google employees who didn't have a certain seniority level or wouldn't be assigned to an office, a resigning employee told CNET.
8th Jul 2021 - Business Insider
Companies Cutting Office Space Predict Long-Term Savings
Companies expect to reap millions of dollars in savings in the years ahead as they scale back on office space after the coronavirus pandemic emptied workplaces around the country. However, some are paying in the short term for their decision to downsize. Finance chiefs have spent months weighing the costs and benefits associated with getting rid of unused office space as businesses consider whether to return to the office. While companies such as Facebook are allowing some employees to work from home permanently, others are asking most of them to spend a few days a week in the office. A third group of businesses—among them Goldman Sachs —is asking employees to come back to the office full time.
5th Jul 2021 - Wall Street Journal
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Remote workers drive up UK productivity
Workers in industries that were able to rapidly pivot to remote working after the onset of the pandemic have driven up productivity levels in the UK, according to new figures released today. Estimates from the ONS show output per job, excluding furloughed workers, was 9.2 per cent higher on average in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year, before Covid struck. “This indicates that furloughed workers were more likely to work in lower productivity industries, with higher productivity individuals and industries still working to a greater degree, pushing up aggregate productivity” the ONS said.
7th Jul 2021 - City A.M.
Exclusive: Workplace guru Ken Corish on how to create a positive work environment remotely
City A.M. reported last week that around two out of five people living and working in inner London could continue their roles remotely after the pandemic, despite the UK heading for Freedom Day on 19 July. London risks losing more than 835,000 jobs as the pandemic sparks a permanent shift to more flexible working patterns, and city dwellers are able to move out of the capital to other locations across the UK or even abroad. But are CEOs and business leaders prepared to let their staff work from home? And how do you maintain a positive and productive work culture remotely?
7th Jul 2021 - City A.M.
Is your boss ending remote work? As a CEO, let me tell you why they are wrong
Dan Price is CEO of Gravity Payments. In 2015, he cut his salary by $1m to enact a $70,000 minimum wage at the company. He writes about the shift to remote work: "Instead of making a top-down decision as a CEO, I asked our staff how they want to work. Just 7% wanted to go back to the office full time, while 31% wanted an office-remote hybrid and the remaining 62% wanted to work from home all the time. So I told them: sounds great. Do whatever you want. This stuff isn’t hard. Employees know how to do their jobs better than any CEO ever could. The shift to remote work can be life-changing for employees."
7th Jul 2021 - The Guardian
Companies navigate tensions over office reopening plans
Last year, companies around the U.S. scrambled to figure out how to shut down their offices and set up their employees for remote work as the COVID-19 virus suddenly bore down on the world. Now, in a mirror image, they are scrambling to figure out how to bring many of those employees back. Most companies are proceeding cautiously, trying to navigate declining COVID-19 infections against a potential backlash by workers who are not ready to return. Tensions have spilled into the public at a few companies where some staff have organized petitions or even walkouts to protest being recalled to the office.
7th Jul 2021 - Associated Press
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As office life beckons again, the pandemic's digital nomads weigh benefits of a return
Before the pandemic, the term "virtual nomad" applied to a privileged few who had found a way to finance perpetual travel — and seemed to do so effortlessly. But when Covid-19 forced employers to go remote, it opened up the possibility of a nomadic lifestyle to entirely new groups of people. Now, despite employers setting dates for full, in-person returns, many who took advantage don't want to go back. "People have experienced the power of work-life flexibility, enhancing the quality of their lives, their satisfaction," said Tsedal Neeley, a professor at Harvard Business School and author of the book "Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding From Anywhere."
6th Jul 2021 - NBC News
We Need Remote Work for Everyone
One promise of technology is that it is a great equalizer. But the reality hasn’t been quite that simple. The infusion of technology into more industries is one factor that has led to a division of the American work force between promising jobs with good salaries and low-wage work with less possibility of advancement. Ben Casselman recently wrote about the pandemic causing more companies to use automation, which could eliminate jobs and erode bargaining power, particularly for lower-paid service workers. Remote work could further widen the divide if it sticks around as another legacy of the pandemic. Professionals with desk jobs might have the option to untether themselves, at least part time, from a physical work location. But you can’t butcher cattle, take care of children or repave a highway by Zoom.
6th Jul 2021 - The New York Times
If working from home becomes the norm, housing inequality will deepen
It is easy to see why working remotely is viewed as an attractive prospect. Most of us like being in our own place, surrounded by our own things. By contrast, work is widely associated with stress and difficulty, at least some of the time. For some groups the gains are plain to see. The rise in online activity has meant the past year has offered opportunities to disabled people that were previously off limits. For those struggling with housing costs, including younger adults in the south-east where rents are highest, the switch to remote working offers the possibility of living somewhere cheaper while keeping the same job. It will take time to assess how such changes stack up against the downsides of shrinking workplaces.
6th Jul 2021 - The Guardian
Londoners Will Travel to Shop But Not to Work
London’s West End shopping area is almost as busy as it was before the pandemic, while the city’s financial districts remain only half full. That suggests more and more residents are comfortable traveling into crowded centers, but are in no rush to return to the office. Last week’s transaction volume at Pret A Manger Ltd. sandwich stores in the West End was 78% of what it was before the pandemic, the highest level since lockdown measures began easing in March, according to Bloomberg’s Pret Index. By contrast, in the cluster that includes the City and Canary Wharf, which employs thousands of bankers and fund managers, sales have been stagnating for the past four weeks at just over half of what they were in January of last year. The data suggest workers in London’s financial districts are slowing their return to the office as Covid-19 cases rise.
6th Jul 2021 - Bloomberg
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Remote workers suffered most mental distress during pandemic, report claims
Working from home during the pandemic has led to increased levels of mental distress and isolation, according to new research. The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) found that those who lived alone and worked from home suffered the most, but also suggested that people that lived with others experienced similar feelings of loneliness. A lack of interaction between colleagues and a blurring of the lines of work and life were cited as the main reasons in the study, with a lack of new experiences and face-to-face interactions thought to be contributing to increased mental distress for home workers.
5th Jul 2021 - IT PRO
Credit Suisse Plans 'Maximum Flexibility' Remote Work Model
Credit Suisse said it’s planning to introduce a work model that gives the bank employees in Switzerland “maximum flexibility,” joining global peers in making remote working arrangements more permanent. The approximately 13,000 employees of the universal bank in Switzerland will, depending on their role, be able to decide with their teams and line managers how much of their time they want to spend outside the office and which days to be in, according to a statement from the bank
5th Jul 2021 - Bloomberg
These are the best cities globally for remote working
The Australian city of Melbourne has been found to be the best city globally for remote working, according to a ranking by on-demand housing platform Nestpick. Melbourne scored highly on livability factors such as safety, health care, culture and leisure activities, as well as its remote working infrastructure. It was also just one of 10 cities in Nestpick’s rankings to offer a “digital nomad” visa — a specific visa or equivalent document allowing self-employed and foreign-employed remote workers to enter and work in the country.
5th Jul 2021 - CNBC
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Could A Ban On Out Of Hours Emails Be More Than Just A Pipe Dream?
The rise of remote working has blurred the lines between work and personal time, with a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts finding that during the pandemic, the average workday has extended by 8.2 per cent – that’s an extra 48.5 minutes. The same study, which collected data from 3.1 million workers across Europe, USA and the Middle East, also saw an increase in the number of internal emails sent and received. The truth is, we’re working longer hours and it’s having an impact on our mental health. A poll by worker’s union Prospect found that 30 per cent of remote workers reported working more unpaid hours than before the pandemic, and 35 per cent of remote workers said their work-related mental health had got worse during the pandemic, with 42 per cent attributing it to their inability to switch off from work. Andrew Pakes, deputy general secretary and research director at Prospect, believes our new normal means legislation is more necessary than ever to make sure we don’t work ourselves to the point of burnout
4th Jul 2021 - British Vogue
Looking to work remotely from another country? 5 things you should know
For American workers transitioning to or continuing to work remotely full-time, the opportunity to do so outside of the U.S. may be appealing. And countries around the world are offering workers the option to do just that, through remote work programs. Similar requirements including proof of employment, a minimum income threshold and proof of health insurance must be met in order to qualify for all of the programs, but additional fees and documents may be required, as some programs vary by length and price. CNBC Make It spoke with remote work expert Brie Reynolds, career development manager and coach at Remote.co to get their best advice for workers interested in these programs.
4th Jul 2021 - CNBC
Wall Street Wants Bankers Back in the Office. Especially Gen Zers.
The life of a 20-something Wall Street number cruncher has always been a grind, marked by marathon workweeks and menial tasks. Working from home made it worse. Now bank leaders want the newbies back in the office. While many companies are hailing the Covid work-from-home experiment as a success, top Wall Street firms such as Goldman Sachs Group and JPMorgan Chase aren’t so sure. They hope that being back in the office will cure the malaise that many of their junior bankers are feeling. Remote work “does not work for younger people,” JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit in May. “It doesn’t work for those who want to hustle.”
3rd Jul 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
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A Single-Mother, Self-Taught Software Developer Living With Mental Illness Raises Concerns Over Apple’s Limited Remote-Work Policy
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, recently told his global workforce of 137,000 employees that they’d have to return to the office beginning early September. It's expected that employees will spend about three days a week at the office and the other two at home or remotely. In an open letter to Cook, some employees of Apple voiced their concerns about returning to an in-person office setting stating, “We feel like the current policy is not sufficient in addressing many of our needs.” The letter pointed out that workers delivered “the same quality of products and services that Apple is known for, all while working almost completely remotely.” Despite protests from workers, Apple is remaining resolute in its position. Remote-work positions will be limited and decisions made “on a case-by-case basis with any new remote positions requiring executive approval.”
1st Jul 2021 - Forbes
4 people share how being able to work remotely forever has changed their lives: 'I don't have to choose between work and family'
As remote work became widespread as a result of the pandemic, many people have found their lives changed for ever. Here, four of them explain how the new way of work has improved their life
1st Jul 2021 - CNBC
Remote working has a huge sexual harassment problem
According to the Rights of Women report there has been a surge in online sexual harassment as a result of the pandemic, with harassers taking advantage of the reliance on platforms such as Zoom to continue intimidatory behaviours they had already honed in physical workspaces. Almost half (45 per cent) of those reporting workplace harassment said it had happened remotely, with close to a quarter (23 per cent) saying it had escalated since they had started working from home. Nor does the harassment simply take the form of indecent comments and unwanted advances, a further report from London-headquartered law firm Slater and Gordon found that women are being discriminated against by employers, who think nothing of asking female staff to “look sexy” on video calls in order to lure clients.
1st Jul 2021 - Wired.co.uk
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NHS staff to carry on working at home
Tens of thousands of NHS Scotland staff will be allowed to work from home as part of the “new normal” recovery from coronavirus. Guidance published by the health service says employees can stay away from the office for all or part of the week if they can show it will not damage services or negatively affect colleagues. Remote working has been adopted by thousands of NHS backroom staff during the pandemic as part of lockdown efforts. A draft home-working policy, which is due to be introduced formally in August, has been published by NHS Scotland as part of a consultation document.
30th Jun 2021 - The Times
How to spend a month abroad without missing work
New travel companies are making it easier for remote workers to live and work abroad without the long-term commitment. So-called “workcations” are on the rise, with 74% of Americans who are working from home saying they would consider taking one, according to a report published in March by The Harris Poll. But rather than booking a hotel room at the nearest beach, travel companies are enticing workers to venture farther from home with international itineraries and accommodations that are suited to their work schedules.
30th Jun 2021 - CNBC
Pay Up to Stay Home Is One Company's Approach to Remote Work
Disco Corp., a Japanese maker of semiconductor equipment, has a novel approach to remote work -- those who choose to stay home pay the colleagues who brave the commute to show up in the office. The company is unusual in that for the past decade it has used an internal currency called “Will” to create a micro-economy where sales teams pay factory workers to produce goods, who in turn pay engineers to design products. When the pandemic hit, Disco didn’t have the option of letting all its employees log in from home. Someone had to show up to keep the factories running. So the company set up a system where those working remotely paid a certain amount of Will to be divided among the employees who came in.
30th Jun 2021 - Bloomberg
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Remote Work May Shift 835,000 Jobs Out of London, Report Says
Central London could lose as many as 835,000 jobs in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, with employees in service industries increasingly able to work remotely and flexibly, according to research by a consulting firm. The firm looked at 13 London boroughs plus the City of London, finding that many workers in the services sector are likely to be able to do their jobs outside the office. That could lead to a shift in where people choose to live.
29th Jun 2021 - Bloomberg
Uber to let office staff work up to half their time from anywhere -source
Uber Technologies will let employees work half their hours from wherever they want as part of its revamped return-to-office strategy, the transport app company plans to announce on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the matter. In one of the most flexible policies offered yet by a big U.S. tech company as the COVID-19 pandemic eases, Uber plans to say that those working in offices need to spend at least 50% of their time there. But unlike many other companies the policy does not mean at least three days per week in the office, the source said. Instead, workers can show up five days one week and zero the next.
29th Jun 2021 - Reuters
Some 52% Of Employees Prefer Hybrid Work Models: How To Overcome The Challenge
In the US, 52% of employees said they would like their organization to adopt more flexible hybrid work models and work as per McKinsey research. Are organizations ready to accept the challenge? How can leaders overcome these issues to continue driving productivity, collaboration, and innovation? Current company cultures tend to favor employees who work onsite, and the skills required to lead in a face-to-face may not be the same in a remote or hybrid work model. Now that employees have tasted the sweet remote work for a long period, it is hard to accept an entirely onsite working model, given that they have seen how much time and resources are saved by working from home.
29th Jun 2021 - Forbes
'Great Resignation' gains steam as return-to-work plans take effect
The pandemic has caused a lot of people to reevaluate, particularly when it comes to work. After spending more than a year at home, some don’t want to go back to commuting, preferring the flexibility of remote work at least a few days a week. Others are simply burned out from logging long hours while also balancing child care and remote school, sometimes all at once. And nearly all employees are ready to see what else is out there. In what’s been dubbed the “Great Resignation,” a whopping 95% of workers are now considering changing jobs, and 92% are even willing to switch industries to find the right position, according to a recent report by jobs site Monster.com.
29th Jun 2021 - CNBC
‘Companies need to keep checking in with their staff’
Keeping people safe is part and parcel of an employer’s obligations. Ensuring a sense of wellbeing is important too. More than a year into the pandemic, the challenges of remote working are starting to show.
25th Jun 2021 - Irish Times
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Varadkar urges employers to make remote working bigger part of life after Covid
In Ireland, the Tanaiste has called on employers to make remote working a much bigger part of life after Covid-19. Leo Varadkar said the Government does not want to see working “drift” back to the way it was before the pandemic, and wants future arrangements to be based on “personal choice”.He made the comments as he launched the #MakingRemoteWork campaign at Government Buildings in Dublin on Monday.
28th Jun 2021 - Belfast Telegraph
This Company Is Redefining Remote Workspaces
Sticking to remote work where one’s spare bedroom becomes the backdrop to important business meetings is becoming quite passe. So, a new company has arisen which offers a compromise between the isolation of remote safety and the indulgence of immersive luxury within the realm of remote safety. FlOasis is a booking platform that will allow workers to perform their tasks from practically anywhere by connecting consumers (in this case, workers who are tired of working out of their homes) with local, domestic and international destinations for the ultimate in bleisure (a combination of business and leisure).
28th Jun 2021 - Forbes
Factors that will help make remote and hybrid work for parents
Prior to 2020, only 4% of U.S. employers enabled 40% of their workforce to primarily work from home. That’s despite the fact that flexible work arrangements (FWA) have been studied since W.K. Kellogg Co. deviated its staffing schedules in the 1930s. Common sentiment held that remote working practices helped most parents manage work and life; however, as we’ve seen with COVID-19, this was not always the case. Sixty percent of U.S. families have at least one child under age 18 and are dual-income households. We sought to explore the personal side of the parent experience and wonder how working parents forged through the new work territory to find success? Does remote work work for most parents?
28th Jun 2021 - Fast Company
Remote working v the office: four company bosses have their say
The global pandemic and lockdown restrictions forced many UK businesses to move employees to remote working, practically overnight. Four company bosses speak about the upsides and downsides of working from home versus the traditional office-based model as they consider what the future might look like for their businesses and staff.
28th Jun 2021 - The Guardian
UBS to let two-thirds of employees combine working from home with the office
UBS is planning to let up to two-thirds of its employees permanently combine working remotely with being in the office, in stark contrast to some Wall Street banks. A spokesperson for the Swiss investment bank said it was “committed to offering our employees the flexibility for hybrid working (a mix of working from the office and from home) where role, tasks and location allow.” “Hybrid work options will be introduced on a country-by-country basis, with timing dependent on the local pandemic situation,” they said.
28th Jun 2021 - CNBC
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Covid: How do you feel about going back to the office?
Firms which have had most of their staff working from home throughout the pandemic are beginning to share their plans for when coronavirus restrictions end.
Almost all of 50 of the UK's biggest employers say they do not plan to bring staff back to the office full-time. However, Goldman Sachs has told its UK bankers they need to be ready to return to the office with boss David Solomon describing working from home as "an aberration". The UK boss of Citigroup has said "business works best from being together" but plans to have staff in offices three days a week.
27th Jun 2021 - BBC News
How Europe's biggest start-up hub shifted its support online
This new challenge pushed Varza to learn from Station F’s entrepreneurs. Crisis is often a good time to start a new business, but success means keeping operations lean and focusing on matching costs to whatever revenues you can generate.
“The message is the same for us as it is for the start-up teams, shifting from growth plans to crisis containment and remaining in operation until this passes,” Varza says. “We’re actually just doing the same thing but scaling down. We’re just really slowing down anything that’s not urgent at the moment and just trying to reorganise the team.”
26th Jun 2021 - Financial Times
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Working remotely could be lonely. What comes next may feel the same.
Working remotely has become an opportunity that many white-collar professionals don’t want to lose. Maybe we’re having a revolution. So says venture-capital bigwig and self-proclaimed technology optimist Marc Andreessen, who sees ahead of us “a permanent civilizational shift.” Or maybe this is merely a reprieve from the regular, a transition to a future with a smidgen more flexibility than what came before. The answer depends on whom you ask, because our society is cleaved between the returners and the stayers. Everyone has their reasons for wanting to return, or never to return — and much of that can be explained by our mutual, miserable experience of the past year’s pandemic.
24th Jun 2021 - The Washington Post
How PepsiCo is rethinking the office: More remote work. No assigned desks
When it comes to the future of work, PepsiCo is re-imagining the role of the office and giving employees more flexibility to choose where they work. It's all part of PepsiCo's new "Work that Works" plan. The office will no longer be the primary location for where work gets done, and corporate employees around the globe will decide with their managers which days they'll be in the office and when they'll be remote. "There are no limitations. There is no number of days you need to be in the office or a number of days you can be remote," said Sergio Ezama, PepsiCo's chief talent officer and chief human resources officer, Global Functions and Groups
24th Jun 2021 - CNN
Good things happen when governments work from home
Even before the pandemic, some governments had been extracting civil servants from overheated capitals. The UK had begun sending people out of London to a set of “regional hubs”. South Korea moved two-thirds of its government agencies out of Seoul. Norway put its peace-corps agency in Forde, a small town in the middle of nowhere, even by Norwegian standards. Portugal had set a target to foster teleworking for 25 per cent of its central-government employees by 2023; when the pandemic struck, it almost immediately hit 90 per cent. Bureaucracy is generally well suited to being administered from home. Once Portuguese civil servants entered their new digital co-working spaces, for example, organisational frontiers blurred and they began collaborating more.
24th Jun 2021 - Financial Times
Many people don't want to work unless it's from home
If you’re one of the approximately 50 percent of Americans who worked remotely during the pandemic, you’re probably wondering if remote work is in the cards after the pandemic is over. The vast majority of people say they’d like to work remotely at least part of the time, but that desire is running up against the reality of there being fewer remote jobs than there are people who say they want them. Only about 10 percent of jobs on popular hiring platforms include remote work. That’s a boon for jobs offering remote work.
24th Jun 2021 - Vox.com
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Remote work doesn’t prevent innovation, experts say
People who study the issue say there is no evidence that working in person is essential for creativity and collaboration. It may even hurt innovation, they say, because the demand for doing office work at a prescribed time and place is a big reason the American workplace has been inhospitable for many people. “That’s led to a lot of the outcomes we see in the modern office environment — long hours, burnout, the lack of representation — because that office culture is set up for the advantage of the few, not the many,” said Dan Spaulding, chief people officer at Zillow
24th Jun 2021 - Chicago Tribune
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Canadian employees want workplace flexibility to continue post-pandemic, says survey
An Ernst & Young survey has found that Canadian employees have embraced workplace flexibility and want it to continue post-pandemic. The 2021 Work Reimagined Employee Survey found that 93 per cent of respondents said they would likely remain with their organization for the next year or more if they have control over where and when they work. But 54 per cent would be willing to quit if flexibility on schedule and work location is not maintained.
22nd Jun 2021 - CTV News
City chiefs reject remote working laws | Business
Legislative changes allowing people to work from home would be “inappropriate”, City figures warned yesterday. Speaking at City & Financial’s City Week event, business leaders said that policymakers should avoid interfering and instead should allow businesses to determine working patterns. The government is consulting on plans to give workers a right to work from home as part of a drive to promote flexible working. The proposals would change the law to make it difficult for employers to insist that workers attend the office unless it is essential. “This is going to evolve, clearly, and that’s why legislation would be inappropriate,” Bruce Carnegie-Brown, chairman of the Lloyd’s of London insurance market, said.
22nd Jun 2021 - The Times
Decision time: remote, office or hybrid working?
Businesses are preparing their return-to-the-office policies in preparation for the potential lifting of Covid restrictions on July 19 in what lawyers are describing as a period of “unprecedented” challenge for employer/employee relations. Small and medium-sized companies employ 12 million people, with the majority of those office-based, and they are grappling with how to set out policies that are in the best interests of their businesses as well as their employees. “For most businesses every employee will be affected in one way or another,” said Keely Rushmore, employment law partner at Keystone Law. The government is also preparing to launch a consultation on its manifesto pledge to make remote working a right in law, with the onus on employers to make the business case for why they need to work in an office or elsewhere
22nd Jun 2021 - The Times
For some LGBTQ employees, remote work is a 'game changer' for inclusion
Ali Fazal is the vice president of marketing at Grin. Fazal says the future of remote work could be a “game changer” for workplace inclusion for LGBTQ individuals like himself, who won’t have to choose between the place where they’ve built a supportive community and an employer located in a different city. Now three months into working for Grin, Fazal is glad the company embraced remote work and can see the inclusive benefits it can offer. As experts forecast the future of remote work, many say the accommodation can be a strategy for improved diversity, inclusion and belonging. Indeed, a physical workplace that replicates the power dynamics of society in general can be harmful for marginalized individuals, including LGBTQ people
22nd Jun 2021 - CNBC
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How managers really feel about remote work
Many companies are becoming more flexible with when and where their employees can work, but it's the direct managers and supervisors who really set the tone on remote work for their teams -- and not everyone is crazy about it. While some managers are fine with their direct reports working remotely, others would prefer more on site "face time" with their workers. They already have been put through their paces after pivoting overnight in 2020 from managing an in-person team to an all-remote one. In a recent client survey by workplace consulting firm Gartner, more than 40% of managers said they'd been feeling higher levels of stress and were logging more hours than before the pandemic. So how are they really feeling about having to pivot yet again and manage a team that will only be in the office some of the time?
21st Jun 2021 - CNN
The problem isn’t remote working – it’s clinging to office-based practices
It took a pandemic to normalise remote working, and, despite the fears of many CEOs, most organisations saw no demonstrable loss of productivity. Now, the global workforce is demanding its right to retain the autonomy it gained through increased flexibility as societies open up again. Pre-pandemic, it was not uncommon for an employer to ask staff to justify their need to work from home. Post-pandemic, employees may ask employers to justify the need to come into the office. Yet many organisations are still resisting this more flexible future. They argue that employees’ wellbeing is compromised by remote working, and that unless they are brought back into the office, many more will suffer from “Zoom fatigue”.
21st Jun 2021 - The Guardian
CBI and City bosses warn against giving staff legal right to work from home
The heads of the UK’s largest business lobby group and two major City employers have warned against giving workers the legal right to demand remote working, claiming it would harm young employees and city centre economies. Lord Bilimoria, the president of the CBI, said that while employees should be able to request the option of working from home, flexible working arrangements must be allowed to evolve in their own way. “The worst thing possible would [be to] have any legislation that entitles people to the right to work from home,” he said, speaking at the City Week conference on Monday. “They should have the right to request it. But every employer should make that decision about the mix of working from home [and the office],” he said. Downing Street confirmed last week that the government was considering legislation that would make working from home the “default” option by giving employees the right to request it.
21st Jun 2021 - The Guardian
Why Remote Working Is Making You Paranoid (And What To Do About It)
Thanks to the sudden rise in work from home arrangements, imposter syndrome – the persistent belief that you’re a fraud despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary – is increasing. The good news: it’s possible to stop remote work paranoia in its tracks. By recognizing and acknowledging the increased risk of misunderstandings, missed communication, and the challenges of this new way of working, you can work towards bridging the gaps so you have exactly what you need to feel comfortable, confident, and empowered in your new working environment.
21st Jun 2021 - Forbes
Remote workers work longer, not more efficiently
The return to the office is well under way, just as summer in the northern hemisphere begins. Pretty soon, people will be able to resume the habit of staring wistfully out of the window, hoping it will still be sunny at the weekend. As many workers embrace a hybrid pattern, perhaps commuting 2-3 days a week, the experiment in full-time home-working is ending. At the same time, assessments of its effectiveness are proliferating. Early surveys of employees and employers found that remote work did not reduce productivity. But a new study of more than 10,000 employees at an Asian technology company between April 2019 and August 2020 paints a different picture. The firm uses software installed on employees’ computers that tracked which applications or websites were active, and whether the employee was using the keyboard or a mouse. (Shopping online didn’t count.)
19th Jun 2021 - The Economist
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Hawaii’s Remote Workers Discover Challenges and Rewards
For many professionals, Hawaii seems a dream spot for remote work. But pulling off remote work in the Aloha state takes more than a plane ticket and a laptop. As it is elsewhere, reliable Wi-Fi is the litmus test for many. Some areas of the Hawaiian islands, especially rural regions, lack robust broadband or cellular infrastructure. Tomasz Janczuk, a 45-year-old based in the Seattle area who owns and operates a software-development firm, chose the three Big Island hotels that he and his family lived in for a month based on Wi-Fi strength. Some workers find that Hawaii’s spectacular surroundings—which drew them in the first place—can be a distraction.
20th Jun 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
The New Trend Of Wanderlust, Work-From-Anywhere Digital Nomads
One of the most exciting things to come out of the pandemic is that companies accepted the fact that they need to listen to their employees and cater to their needs, especially as there’s a war for talent happening. The hybrid work model looks like it will be the new standard. Workers will be in the office two to three days a week and work remotely the rest of the time. There are now other new, different, fun and exciting ways to work. During the outbreak, there’s been a fast-emerging trend of workers taking residence in other countries, as a digital nomad. People have taken to doing their jobs at the beach or near ski slopes. Some decided to relocate to lower-cost locations within the United States to save money—while still receiving the same pay. Adventurous types traveled to other countries.
20th Jun 2021 - Forbes
Renault agrees deal with unions on remote working
Carmaker Renault has signed an agreement with French trades unions that will allow thousands of its staff to work from home for up to three days a week, the company said on Friday. The new workplace arrangements will be rolled out in several stages, starting in September 2021, Renault said, adding it would offer support and training on how best to work remotely. The hybrid system will be voluntary and based on two days of working from home per week, with an additional day at the manager's discretion, Renault added.
20th Jun 2021 - Reuters
As offices shut down for Covid, workers bought vans and hit the road -- and some don't want to return
Many workers with jobs that let them work remotely during the pandemic left behind their sedentary housing situations and moved full-time into vans. These remote workers drive from location to location in their homes, working from internet hotspots in their vans and spending their free time in nature and exploring new places. As vaccines roll out and states start to open up, some workers are returning to their offices. But many workers who’ve adopted the van life don’t want to give it up. “It’s become a lifestyle,” said Smriti Bhadauria, who lives in her van with her husband Kartik Vasan and their dog Everest. Bhadauria and Vasan have been traveling in their 1977 Dodge B200 Tradesman since leaving Toronto in August 2020.
20th Jun 2021 - CNBC
Office, hybrid or home? Businesses ponder future of work
The government could announce an end to its work from home guidance in England next month, leaving companies with three broad choices: bring everyone back to the office; introduce a flexible working regime; or allow people to work from their home office, kitchen table or garden shed permanently. Here we look at the pros and cons of each option.
19th Jun 2021 - The Guardian
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Office Culture Is So Unwelcoming To Black Employees, They Don't Want To Go Back
A report released Tuesday suggests Black employees value remote work the most, and it may be because they face so many draining microaggressions in their office environments. The Future Forum, a research consortium surveyed 5,085 U.S. office workers and professionals who “work with data, analyze information or think creatively” from April to May, asking about their work lives during this stage of the pandemic. Although a majority of people surveyed said that they want to work at least part of the time away from the office, Black employees were the group most likely to want a flexible working experience, either through a remote-only or hybrid model that would have them in-office only part of the time. In the survey, 68% of Black workers wanted flexible work policies, compared to 56% of white workers.
17th Jun 2021 - HuffPost
Working From Home Two-Days A Week Should Be Made A Legal Right In The Post Pandemic World
Slowly, societies are reopening. Many employers are now calling back their workers to return to work from the office. Employers are concerned that organizational culture is eroding, workers are losing social connections, and the ability to think creatively as parts of teams. Already, governments are asking themselves how to approach this question. In the UK case, the government is thinking about making working from home a “default” right – a politically debated idea that could take many forms and shapes. Regulators and politicians are between a rock and a hard place. Governments want city centers and business districts to come back to life, for both the economy of those areas (usually full of coffee places and restaurants where salaries are being spent!), and support transport companies that take commuters from home to their work. They also want to lend a sympathetic ear to those businesses insisting on having their workers back in the office.
17th Jun 2021 - Forbes
Women with child-care needs are 32% less likely to leave their job if they can work remotely, according to new report
Over the past year, millions of women globally have left the workplace due to job loss or child-care demands, resulting in at least $800 billion in lost income in 2020, according to Oxfam International. As business leaders start to map out their plans for bringing employees back to the office, new data from Catalyst, a global nonprofit that focuses on building workplaces that are equitable for women, finds that long-term remote work options could be the key to retaining more women in the workplace. Moving forward, company leaders need to create an environment where “people don’t feel like they have to choose between remote or the office and that they don’t fear perhaps negative career consequences because of their choice.”
17th Jun 2021 - CNBC
Bank of America Says All Vaccinated Staff to Return to Office in September
Bank of America Corp. expects all of its vaccinated employees to return to the office after Labor Day in early September, and will then focus on developing plans for returning unvaccinated workers to its sites. More than 70,000 of the firm’s employees have voluntarily disclosed their vaccine status to the bank, Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan said in a Bloomberg Television interview Thursday. The firm, which has more than 210,000 employees globally, has already invited those who have received their shots to begin returning.
17th Jun 2021 - Bloomberg
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Finland embraced remote working before COVID. Now it's designed the ultimate home office
Finland has long been an advocate for flexible working, even before the COVID-19 pandemic forced companies around the world to adapt their work cultures. Perhaps this explains why Finland has become such fertile ground for experimenting with remote working and home office design. From the earliest days of the pandemic, workers have had to adapt to living and working in the same space. For those without a dedicated office space in their home, kitchen tables and even ironing boards - in the first days at least - were pressed into service as office desks. In Finland, however, the transition to remote working has been eased with the help of ingenious interior design.
15th Jun 2021 - Euronews
Emerging Data Suggests Remote Employees Are Less Engaged
It was approximately a month ago that WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani sparked a backlash by stating confidently, “only the least engaged employees want to continue working from home.” The news cycle was relentless in pointing out that Mathrani’s comments were insensitive or inaccurate. I even pointed out in my recent column, that Mathrani had no data to back up his claim. However, a new, yet to be published study contains a surprising data point that backs up (at least partially) Mathrani's claim. According to the study, remote employees do in fact feel less engaged.
15th Jun 2021 - Forbes
Remote working hubs in small towns will help 30% of employees stay out of the office under Welsh plans
The Welsh Government is to set up “remote working hubs” to allow former commuters to work part-time in the office and part-time in their home towns even after the pandemic has passed. First Minister Mark Drakeford has set a target for 30 per cent of all work to take place outside the office, either in a hybrid setting or at home. But he said many workers would want to divide their time between different workplaces. After announcing the target in the Welsh Government’s “programme for Government”, to be implemented over the next five years, Mr Drakeford told i: “We are going with the grain of what businesses themselves are concluding. The future will be a much more hybrid, mixed model.”
15th Jun 2021 - iNews
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Fed-up young workers fear they need offices to save their careers
Managers hoping to lure employees into offices may find their youngest and newest staff are their strongest allies. Young white-collar staff feel caught between a rock and a hard place - they value quality of life over old-fashioned 9-5 commuting, but are even more worried about seeing their careers stall unless they head back into an office. That's encouraging many to be among the first to return to their desks. While experienced employees often have established professional networks and dedicated home offices, younger staff say the pandemic has left them under-informed and cut off from their teams. There are now growing concerns that they are missing out on career opportunities older colleagues took for granted.
14th Jun 2021 - The Straits Times
Winners and Losers of the Work-From-Home Revolution
This year, two international teams of economists published papers that offer very different impressions of the future of remote work. The first team looked at an unnamed Asian tech company that went remote during the pandemic. Just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Working hours went up while productivity plummeted. Uninterrupted work time cratered and mentorship evaporated. Naturally, workers with children at home were the worst off. The second team surveyed more than 30,000 Americans over the past few months and found that workers were overwhelmingly satisfied with their work-from-home experience. Most people said it exceeded their expectations. This complexity makes more sense if we think of WFH as an invention that helps some people more than others. The remote-work revolution might be a good thing overall. But it will produce winners and losers.
14th Jun 2021 - The Atlantic
The Big Question: As pandemic subsides, is remote work here to stay?
With the pandemic subsiding in the U.S., the great workplace transition has begun. Many companies, particularly on Wall Street, are throwing open their doors and calling employees back to their desks. Other companies are embracing remote work or hybrid arrangements and cutting the size of their office footprints. You’re the former chief talent officer at Netflix and now a human-resources consultant and author of an influential book on workplace culture, “Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility.” A lot of employees who’ve been working remotely this year are now wondering, “Wait, what's the point of the office?” How do you answer that question?
14th Jun 2021 - Bloomberg
How To Negotiate Permanent Work From Home Arrangements
Despite Zoom fatigue, employees want to continue working from home. They value the flexibility and have concerns over going back to the office before everyone is fully vaccinated. According to a new Harvard Business School Online survey, most Americans enjoy working remotely and want the option to continue doing so after the pandemic. In fact, 81% either don't want to go back to the office or prefer a hybrid schedule going forward. Another survey from Hibob shows that only 13% of employees said they wanted to go back to working in the office five days a week. Yet many managers worry about employee productivity when working remotely—mainly because they feel a loss of control. So, how do you approach your boss to negotiate permanent work-from-home arrangements?
14th Jun 2021 - Forbes
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Why Japan refuses to work from home—even in a deadly pandemic
In Japan, as a virus mitigation effort, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is urging people to work from home. His government’s goal is to cut the number of people heading to offices and job sites by 70% amid a fourth wave of COVID and less than two months before the Tokyo Olympics. But even with the government’s urging, a growing COVID outbreak, and a slow vaccination campaign, Japan’s workers continue to trudge into the office. The latest figures from Tokyo-based non-profit Japan Productivity Center (JPC) show that remote work has ticked up to 20% across Japan since the start of the pandemic, just ten percentage points higher than "normal." By comparison, 44% of Americans worked from home during the pandemic, up from 17%.
13th Jun 2021 - Fortune
Facebook’s remote work move means ‘floodgates have opened’
Facebook’s decision to allow employees at its Irish office to work from abroad will have major repercussions for Ireland Inc as many other companies follow suit, a leading employment law solicitor has warned. The move comes as the tech giant clarified that the remote working option will not be available to all staff at Facebook Ireland, and that plans for its Ballsbridge campus in Dublin had not changed. Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan told The Irish Times the “floodgates have opened” as a result of Facebook’s announcement. Other multinationals are likely to facilitate employees working remotely from other jurisdictions, he said, even though doing so is a “nightmare” from an employment law point of view.
13th Jun 2021 - The Irish Times
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Making Remote Working More Environmentally Friendly
Could remote working become the norm for current and future employees? It's clear that the pandemic has forced a shift in the way many of us experience work with more people than ever working from home. But with a greater awareness of 'the environment' and our individual impact on it, are there ways for remote employees to tailor their work life to improve their own carbon footprint
10th Jun 2021 - fenews.co.uk
Amazon relaxes return-to-work plans, will let employees work remotely two days a week
Amazon is giving its corporate employees greater flexibility to work remotely, the company said Thursday, in a significant U-turn from its earlier return-to-work guidance. In an internal memo sent to employees, Amazon said it expects employees to work in the office three days a week, leaving them the option to work remotely up to two days a week. Leadership teams will determine what days employees will be required to work from the office, the company said.
10th Jun 2021 - CNBC
Facebook remote working plan extended to all staff for long term
Facebook will let all employees who can work away from the office do so after the Covid pandemic is over. The company has told employees "anyone whose role can be done remotely can request remote work". Rival big tech firms Apple and Google have recently reversed pandemic working conditions, telling staff to return to the office in the coming months. Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg told staff he plans to spend up to half of 2022 working remotely. He had previously said that half of the company's 60,000 employees could be working from home within a decade.
10th Jun 2021 - BBC News
Remote workers work longer, not more efficiently
The return to the office is well under way, just as summer in the northern hemisphere begins. Pretty soon, people will be able to resume the habit of staring wistfully out of the window, hoping it will still be sunny at the weekend. As many workers embrace a hybrid pattern, perhaps commuting 2-3 days a week, the experiment in full-time home-working is ending. At the same time, assessments of its effectiveness are proliferating. Early surveys of employees and employers found that remote work did not reduce productivity. But a new study* of more than 10,000 employees at an Asian technology company between April 2019 and August 2020 paints a different picture. The firm uses software installed on employees’ computers that tracked which applications or websites were active, and whether the employee was using the keyboard or a mouse. (Shopping online didn’t count.)
10th Jun 2021 - The Economist
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Facebook Lets More Employees Choose Full-Time Remote Work or Return to the Office
Facebook is giving most of its employees a choice: Seek permission to keep working at home or go to the office at least half the time. The social-media giant told its roughly 60,000 employees Wednesday that it will expand remote-work eligibility to all levels of the company, including early-career employees and entry-level engineers. The company said it would likely open most of its U.S. offices at half capacity in September, and then fully in October. Once that occurs, employees who haven’t received approval to stay remote will be expected to come into the office, at minimum, 50% of the time, according to an internal announcement. In a separate memo to employees, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said he personally planned to spend as much as half of the next year working remotely.
9th Jun 2021 - Wall Street Journal
Covid: Managers need to adapt for home working, boss says
Managers need to adapt if staff continue to work from home, a Welsh businesswoman says. Joanna Swash said the days were gone when workers had to leave their private lives at the office door, and employers had to admit they had bad days too. Office of National Statistics figures show a third of staff worked from home in 2020, up by four times compared with before the pandemic. But an academic warned it can leave some "stuck in a toxic environment". The Centre for Cities think tank does not think the changes will become permanent and it has argued that within two years it will become normal again to work five days in the office. However, the Welsh government has said working from home is a long-term ambition.
9th Jun 2021 - BBC News
Have you gone hybrid yet? It’s the new 9-5...
For everyone who has enjoyed the flexibility that working from home brings, there are those who have missed the office. At first it seemed that most people were itching to get back to their desk — at the end of April, nearly 66 per cent of respondents to a poll said they wanted to return to the office as soon as possible. And yet in the same poll, 84 per cent said they enjoyed remote work and found it more productive. Into these contradictions steps hybrid working. Whether we’re a home-worker at heart or a die-hard desk jockey, one thing we all want is the power to choose. A recent study from Microsoft found that 70 per cent of people want a more flexible way of working in the future and that 88 per cent of leaders are convinced that hybrid working is here to stay.
9th Jun 2021 - Evening Standard
Help! How Do I Make Friends When My Coworkers Are Behind a Screen?
You might think that the hardest part of starting a job—or even holding on to a job—while working remotely during a global pandemic is figuring out how to collaborate productively with your colleagues away from meeting rooms and drive-by brainstorming sessions that, let’s admit, no one really really likes. But what I miss the most is the unofficial communication: the smiles and gripes of my officemates; the people who pass by my desk to say "hi"; and that sense of camaraderie that makes the commute at least partially worthwhile. As long as we're working remotely behind screens, it will be tough for any of us to feel truly connected to each other. That’s true whether you started a job while everyone’s remote and haven’t had a chance to meet anyone in person, or you’ve been there for ages and your current work friends have left for new gigs. The only real solution is to do the thing everyone hates: put yourself out there and talk to people.
9th Jun 2021 - WIRED
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Workplace Harassment in the Age of Remote Work
Last spring, as offices closed across the country and kitchen tables became desks, contemplating the possible upsides of the new professional conundrum felt like a means of survival. There was much tumult, and there were many questions. Among them: Once we all became boxes on Zoom or text bubbles in a chat, and once we were physically separated from colleagues and clients, would incidents of workplace harassment drop? That flame quickly went dark.
8th Jun 2021 - The New York Times
Why you should work outdoors to liven up your remote workday
Approximately 5 million American workers worked remotely before COVID-19. These numbers quickly rose during the pandemic, and they haven’t slowed down. Global Workplace Analytics forecasts that 25% to 30% of the workforce will work remotely multiple days per week by the end of 2021. This means about one in four Americans would be able to enjoy the benefits of working from home. Up until now, I’ve been working remotely as a freelance writer for seven years. As someone who’s not new to working from home, I’ve come to realize that while this arrangement can be highly productive, it isn’t without its downsides. Sometimes remote working can be highly monotonous, which leads to a drop-off in efficiency, inspiration, and creative energy. However, I’ve learned that taking work outside can be the simple shift in scenery that reboots one’s productivity.
8th Jun 2021 - Fast Company
8 Travelers on What to Know About Working Remotely Abroad
The pandemic gave millions of people who had never worked outside of an office building a taste of the digital nomad lifestyle. But what’s it like working remotely, by choice? We put the call out through social media, and heard back from hundreds of remote workers. Freedom, flexibility, and autonomy were their top lures; others were just happy to kill their commute. Many remote workers noted that they’re more productive now than they ever were in a traditional office setting; others missed QT with their cubemates. As we sifted through everyone’s experiences, it quickly became evident that remote work is not without obstacles: Digital nomads bemoaned the lack of consistent Wi-Fi, juggling of time zones, anxieties about work performance, and myriad headaches of visas and taxes. But by and large, most were stoked to be working remotely, and hopeful for a future where jobs go to the best candidate—not just the best candidate in a particular place.
8th Jun 2021 - Condé Nast Traveler
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The 'Zoom towns' luring remote workers to rural enclaves
Although some urban centres across the world have also established programmes to entice workers to relocate, a taste for a slower, more outdoorsy option has recently emerged, especially in the US. A new study from the Pew Research Center found that one in 20 US adults have moved in response to Covid-19, with those younger than 30 most likely to have made the change. Many are urbanites from major coastal cities, like New York and San Francisco, who were spurred by the growing disconnect between stagnant wages and rising living costs as well as the prospect of bigger spaces and access to nature in the American interior. Now that influential companies like Facebook and Twitter have set the tone for long-term remote work even after the pandemic ends, this young talent has been emboldened to seek out new horizons.
7th Jun 2021 - BBC
Working from home post-pandemic could offer mixed results for women, researchers say
According to Statistics Canada, nearly a third of Canadians worked from home at the beginning of 2021, compared with just four per cent in 1996. An Angus Reid survey conducted in 2020 suggests that two-thirds of Canadians who work from home expect that to continue post-pandemic. Both surveys suggest most employees would prefer a hybrid model that would allow them to work remotely but occasionally pop into the office. As the number of daily COVID-19 cases declines across Canada and a return to more normal work life looms, some wonder what impact a hybrid workplace could have on employees — especially for women, who have traditionally sought out more flexible options to help them juggle work with family responsibilities.
7th Jun 2021 - CBC.ca
Working In Sweatpants May Be Over As Companies Contemplate The Great Office Return
Fifteen months into the pandemic, Brookfield's office buildings in Washington are only at about 14% occupancy, down from 80% in normal times. Companies that ordered their employees to work from home in March 2020 are only now starting to bring them back into the office. Some are waiting until fall to bring back workers in significant numbers, while others have no plans to return to pre-pandemic work arrangements at all. Navigating the return to the office is a delicate operation that has the potential to define a company's culture for years. What happens over the coming months could also have a profound effect on cities such as Washington. In survey after survey, an overwhelming majority of workers say they want flexible work options to continue.
7th Jun 2021 - NPR
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Back-to-office blues: Is Wall Street tone-deaf on remote work?
Mark, a vice president at a global bank, has a sweeping view of his bucolic backyard from his home office in suburban New Jersey in the United States. In between virtual meetings, he takes quick breaks to connect with his two elementary school-aged children and talk dinner logistics with his wife. “Overall, working from home has been amazing for our family,” Mark, who asked not to use his last name due to job concerns, told Al Jazeera. “I feel like I’m even more productive because I don’t commute, and can step up in meaningful ways at home.” That newly achieved work-life balance will all end this summer, however, when Mark expects to be summoned back to the office like many in the US financial industry. The heads of big Wall Street firms have made it clear that remote work isn’t working for them, and employees are being forced to follow suit.
6th Jun 2021 - Al Jazeera
Apple Employees Wrote A Letter To CEO Tim Cook Saying Why They Don’t Want To Return To The Office
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, told his global workforce of 137,000 employees that they’d have to return to the office beginning early September. It's expected that employees will spend about three days a week at the office and the other two at home or remotely. Not everyone was happy with this decision. In an open letter to Cook, about 80 employees of Apple, according to the Verge, voiced their displeasure in being told to return to work, stating, “We feel like the current policy is not sufficient in addressing many of our needs.” The letter pointed out that workers delivered “the same quality of products and services that Apple is known for, all while working almost completely remotely.” The future of work will see battles between companies and their employees.
6th Jun 2021 - Forbes
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Calls for policy to help remote workers strike a balance between home and work life
The government has been urged to introduce a policy to help remote workers strike a better balance between work and home commitments. The British Chambers of Commerce, the Mental Health Foundation and trade union Prospect have all joined the conversation, with the latter calling for a ban on out-of-hours emails. Jane Gratton, head of people policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, believes a more sensible, agile working model would provide welcome flexibility for businesses and individuals alike.
3rd Jun 2021 - City A.M.
The empty office: what we lose when we work from home
In the summer of 2020, Daniel Beunza, a Spanish social scientist, organised a stream of video calls with a dozen senior bankers in the US and Europe. Beunza wanted to know how they had run a trading desk while working from home. Did finance require flesh-and-blood humans? Beunza had studied bank trading floors for two decades, and had noticed a paradox. Digital technologies had entered finance in the late 20th century, pushing markets into cyberspace and enabling most financial work to be done outside the office – in theory. But the digital revolution had not caused banks’ offices and trading rooms to disappear. “The tendency is the reverse,” Bob said. “Banks are building bigger and bigger trading rooms.” Why? Beunza had spent years watching financiers like Bob to find the answer. Now, during lockdown, many executives and HR departments found themselves dealing with the same issue: what is gained and what is lost when everyone is working from home?
3rd Jun 2021 - The Guardian
Employees looking to quit post-pandemic? Here's how to keep them.
Just as the country is opening back up, and companies are figuring out plans to return workers to the office, at least some of the time, they have a new worry on the horizon: a talent drain. A recent survey done by Morning Consult on behalf of Prudential polled 2,000 adults working full-time. It found that 87% of American workers who have been working remotely during the pandemic would prefer to continue working remotely at least one day a week, post-pandemic. Among all workers, 68% say a hybrid workplace model is best. But here’s the kicker: 42% of current remote workers say if their employer doesn’t continue to offer remote work options long-term, they’ll look for a job at a company that does. To avoid this wave of departures, companies need to rethink not only how they operate in a post-pandemic world, but what it’s going to take to attract and retain the best talent.
3rd Jun 2021 - CNBC
Apple Employees Will Return To The Office Three Days A Week Starting In September
Apple employees will be asked to return to the office from early-September for a minimum of three days a week, according to an internal memo seen by The Verge. While Apple was quick to embrace full-time remote working as a result of the pandemic, it looks like this flexibility will soon be coming to an end. Tim Cook has told staff that, starting September, most employees will be asked to come in to the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, with the option of working remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays. Teams that need to work in-person will return four to five days a week, according to the email. “For all that we’ve been able to achieve while many of us have been separated, the truth is that there has been something essential missing from this past year: each other,” Cook said. “Video conference calling has narrowed the distance between us, to be sure, but there are things it simply cannot replicate.”
3rd Jun 2021 - Forbes
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Employees Are Quitting Instead of Giving Up Working From Home
With the coronavirus pandemic receding for every vaccine that reaches an arm, the push by some employers to get people back into offices is clashing with workers who’ve embraced remote work as the new normal. While companies from Google to Ford Motor Co. and Citigroup Inc. have promised greater flexibility, many chief executives have publicly extolled the importance of being in offices. Some have lamented the perils of remote work, saying it diminishes collaboration and company culture. JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Jamie Dimon said at a recent conference that it doesn’t work “for those who want to hustle.” But legions of employees aren’t so sure. If anything, the past year has proved that lots of work can be done from anywhere, sans lengthy commutes on crowded trains or highways. Some people have moved. Others have lingering worries about the virus and vaccine-hesitant colleagues.
2nd Jun 2021 - Bloomberg
Half of UK firms set to move office as shift to flexible working outlasts pandemic
Almost half of mid-to-large size UK companies plan to move offices within the next three years as the shift to flexible working outlasts the pandemic, a new survey suggests. The findings were described as a “watershed” moment for the future of office working and come as London’s army of property agents predict a busier than usual summer hunting new HQs for hundreds of businesses. Of nearly 500 senior executives at firms with at least 20,000 sq ft of leased space, 89% said they will be in a position to move out in the next 36 months due to lease expiries or break clauses.
2nd Jun 2021 - Evening Standard
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Remote work unlocks new talent markets for Ottawa employers
By now it’s clear remote work isn’t going away, even once the global pandemic is over and it’s safe for everyone to return to the office. While this shift opens a raft of questions for employers and their current staff, it also opens new opportunities for companies grappling with the city’s long-felt tight talent market. Ottawa companies are hiring employees who live outside the National Capital Region to work remotely as a way of addressing a skills shortage in the city. But abandoning a long-held mindset that an employee must live in the same region as their employer is raising new questions for companies.
1st Jun 2021 - Ottawa Business Journal
Remote working laws should include the ‘right to disconnect’, say experts
Plans by the Government to draft new laws giving employees the right to ask to work remotely should also include the ‘right to disconnect’, legal experts from Trinity College Dublin have said. In a new report, experts from TCD’s Covid-19 Law and Human Rights Observatory, said a new statutory code of practice on the ‘right to disconnect’ introduced earlier this year does not protect employees against the working culture of “constant availability”. The report, ‘A Right to Disconnect: Irish and European Legal Perspectives’, found that existing laws are “insufficient” to protect employees and recommends that the ‘right to disconnect’ is enshrined in binding legislation that includes a definition of ‘working’ and ‘leisure’ time.
1st Jun 2021 - Irish Examiner
Four Ways to Keep Working From Home When the Boss Wants You Back
As offices reopen, some companies are letting workers decide when—or whether—to return. A recent CBS News poll showed that 60% of employees want to keep working remotely, at least part time. But doing so can lead to anxiety: If you’re not in the office every day, will it start to become an issue? We asked experts for advice on how to ensure that a hybrid arrangement can continue to benefit you—and be valuable to bosses. Manage perceptions. “As a prospective member of the hybrid workplace, you want to distinguish between actual hours in the office and perception of presence and engagement,” says Alexandra Samuel, co-author of Remote, Inc.: How to Thrive at Work … Wherever You Are. “They’re different things.” Samuel suggests spending 10 or 15 minutes answering important messages first thing in the morning, while your colleagues are starting their commute. “That extends the workday and can shorten feedback cycles and make people value you as somebody who’s out of the office,” she says. “It also creates the perception that you’re always working, always responsive.”
1st Jun 2021 - Bloomberg
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Work is where your laptop is: meet the globetrotting digital nomads
The global shift to flexible working triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic means more people are considering ditching their long-term homes to flit around the world, working from their laptops, tablets or smartphones. Last week, a report from Airbnb entitled Travel & Living showed that 11% of the company’s long-term stay bookers in 2021 have reported living a nomadic lifestyle, and 5% plan to give up their main homes. Delia Colantuono, a 31-year-old freelance translator from Rome, became a digital nomad five years ago when it was not a “big thing”. She has now lived on all five continents and says the nomadic lifestyle is “not just for rich people – it’s for anyone who can work remotely and wants to do it”.
31st May 2021 - The Guardian
Working remotely helped FDA's CDER shape a new and improved workforce, director says. What now?
One surprising consequence of the coronavirus pandemic and its work-from-home zeitgeist? Biopharma companies have been compelled to rethink and perhaps even improve how they operate their businesses. And the same appears to be true at the FDA. The FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research had a net gain of more than 100 employees in 2020 and is tracking to reach that number again this year. The two banner years of recruiting and retention follow a 2019 when CDER had a net gain of just 20 employees. The difference, according to CDER director Patrizia Cavazzoni? The pandemic. “We think that the greater flexibility with working remotely, not having people all have to move to Silver Spring [Maryland], has made a difference not only in our ability to hire talent, but also to retain talent,” Cavazzoni said
31st May 2021 - FiercePharma
Remote Work Evolves Into Hybrid Work And Productivity Rises, The Data Shows
The data now confirms it: the work-from-anywhere/work-from-home model works, and has passed its most crucial test ever, bringing organizations through the Covid crisis and now a key productivity strategy for the workplace of the 2020s. In a recent report out of Accenture, 83% of 9,326 workers surveyed say they prefer a hybrid model — in which they can work remotely at least 25% of the time. Tellingly, organizations that enable a resilient workforce to be more productive and healthier anywhere are also reaping financial benefits, the study shows. A majority of high-revenue-growth companies, 63%, have already enabled productivity anywhere workforce models, where employees have the option of working remotely or on-site. While the vast majority (69%) of negative or no-growth companies are still focused on where people are going to physically work, favoring all on-site or remote rather than enabling hybrid.
31st May 2021 - Forbes
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Bosses putting a 'digital leash' on remote workers could be crossing a privacy line
With many companies working from home during the pandemic, managers and employers have found themselves in a difficult position with running scattered teams away from the office. Some have turned to technology to help, but they may be walking a dangerous path using tools like artificial intelligence and algorithms to track employees and their work throughout the day, or even facial recognition that can ensure that someone is at their desk. A recent report by the Institute for the Future of Work, a British research and development group, said that algorithmic systems typically used in monitoring the performance of warehouse workers or delivery riders have pervaded more and more industries.
27th May 2021 - CNBC
63% of high-growth companies have hybrid work models
A Fortune and NewtonX’s new CFO poll found many financial leaders prefer working remotely with flexible onsite workdays post-COVID. That echoes what Accenture finds in a new research report based on a global survey of more than 9,000 workers across industries. About 83% of respondents said a hybrid model—sometimes remote, sometimes onsite—would be optimal. A quarter of respondents, in fields such as healthcare and retail, worked fully onsite throughout the coronavirus pandemic and are likely to remain onsite, despite their personal preferences, the report found.
27th May 2021 - Fortune
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If You Thought Working From Home Was Messy, Here Comes Hybrid Work
It took months for bosses and employees to adjust to working remotely in the pandemic. The next era of work might be even more messy. Companies are laying down new rules and setting expectations for hybrid work as some workers come back in and others remain out of office. At JPMorgan Chase JPM -0.01% & Co., employees on some teams can schedule work-from-home days, but not on Mondays or Fridays. At Salesforce.com Inc. offices that have reopened, Thursdays are proving to be the most popular in-office day, creating high demand for meeting rooms and collaboration spaces, and prompting the company to rethink its office design.
26th May 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
The Unintended Consequences Of The Hybrid-Work Model
The prevailing return-to-work hybrid model could turn to unintended disastrous consequences. Google, Microsoft, Citigroup and Ford Motors represent the gamut of companies that are offering employees the opportunity to work two or three days a week in the office, but also provide for a substantial amount of people solely working remotely. This balance, after over a year of working at home, seems reasonable. It's a comfortable segue back into the new normal. There’s a strong chance that serious problems will quickly emerge. Here are just some of the time bombs both management and staff need to navigate when returning to work at an office setting or continuing at home.
26th May 2021 - Forbes
New network of remote working hubs a ‘game-changer for rural Ireland’
In Ireland, plans to establish a national network of more than 400 remote working hubs are well advanced, with the State-backed initiative expected to launch next week. Responding to questions in the Dáil earlier this week, Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys said over 300 hubs have been surveyed for possible inclusion in the network, with at least 40 expected to be included at the time of the launch on Monday next. More than 100 hubs are expected to be on board by the end of 2021.
26th May 2021 - Irish Times
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Five Keys For Building Company Culture In A World Of Remote Work
Remote work isn’t going away. In fact, I’d say that this past year has proven that the traditional model of everyone coming into the physical office isn’t really necessary. We haven’t found it necessary for productivity, and it certainly isn’t necessary for culture. You can build an excellent culture with nothing but Slack and Zoom and the occasional email. I know because we’ve done it, and our team is scattered across five time zones, three departments and 20-plus employees managing 30 accounts. In the process, we’ve developed a number of keys for maintaining company culture in a world of remote work.
25th May 2021 - Forbes
How more than a year working remotely has changed our bodies
It’s been a little over a year since many of us made the switch to working from home. In that time, it’s likely that your daily routine has changed significantly compared to when you would make the trip into the office every day. For starters, you’re probably not getting anywhere near as much physical activity as you used to. Even if you make a point of exercising a few times per week, you’ve likely still seen a significant dip in your non-exercise physical activity, what we call “NEPA” in the health and fitness industry. NEPA is the physical activity that happens as a natural part of going about your daily routine. It just means that we need to be a little more deliberate about our daily physical activity, both of the exercise and non-exercise varieties.
25th May 2021 - Fast Company
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Biden to offer flexible working long-term to more federal employees: WaPo
The White House is considering making flexible working the norm for more federal employees after the pandemic, according to a report by The Washington Post. The Biden administration is likely to change flexible working rules permanently so that more people can mix working from home with some time in the office, per the report. President Donald Trump rolled back some remote-working policies introduced by Barack Obama.
25th May 2021 - Business Insider
How remote work brought my creative spark back
You might have heard the buzzwords remote-first, hybrid-only, and digital by design. These terms were borne out of the fact that the open-office experiment—with all its distractions—has failed. And companies are rushing for the exit as fast as they can. But it turns out that this began to unfold pre-pandemic; COVID-19 just accelerated the trend. Remote work is now here, broadly accessible, and will be a part of most office workers’ lives for the foreseeable future. Deciding just how remote, however, is already causing some controversy. This last year was a gift to creatives. We finally got a taste of quiet, solitary, disciplined work. And we’re not giving it back.
25th May 2021 - Fast Company
Finding right balance with remote work can reduce burnout, experts say
Recruitment agencies and workers say remote-working norms in a pandemic age were created pretty much overnight, and employers need to ensure they stamp out any unhealthy work practices as the pandemic drags on. Experts say it’s especially critical for retention: promoting a healthy work environment means fewer workers leave for another company or change careers altogether. A survey by Robert Half, another large recruitment agency in Canada, found that feelings of burnout were coupled with feelings of career stagnation, with 62 per cent of respondents saying the pandemic had made them feel stuck on career advancement and salary growth.
25th May 2021 - Toronto Star
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Bosses Still Aren’t Sure Remote Workers Have ‘Hustle’
More than a year into America’s great work-from-home experiment, many companies have hailed it largely as a success. So why do some bosses think remote workers aren’t as committed as office dwellers? Recent remarks of numerous chief executives suggest the culture of workplace face time remains alive and well. At The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit this month, JP Morgan Chase & Co.’s Jamie Dimon said remote work doesn’t work well “for those who want to hustle.” Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon has called it “an aberration that we are going to correct as soon as possible.” Companies with largely remote workforces aren’t the norm. Research suggests remote workers lag behind office-dwellers in some kinds of career advancement Many bosses said they want people in the office—and thus prize workers who feel the same—because they worry about losing the creativity and spontaneous collaboration that comes with physical proximity.
23rd May 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
What will be the result of the remote work experiment?
Working from home seemed like a fanciful notion in 2018, but little did we know that many of us would take part in the ultimate remote working experiment in 2020 because of a global pandemic. The question now is, what will be the results of that experiment? We can gain some insights from a home working experiment carried out at the largest online travel agency in China, formerly called Ctrip, in 2013.
23rd May 2021 - RTE.ie
What if Remote Work Didn’t Mean Working from Home?
Professional authors are, in some sense, the original work-from-home knowledge workers. As we approach a post-pandemic world in which telecommuting will be more common, we might observe with concern how far these writers are willing to go to escape having to work in their actual homes. The retreat to eccentric near-home workplaces has been a common experience during the pandemic, and we’ve learned that performing useful cognitive work is a fragile endeavor, one in which environment matters. Here’s my proposal: organizations that allow remote work should not only encourage these employees to find professional spaces near (but distinct from) their homes—they should also directly subsidize these cognitive escapes.
23rd May 2021 - The New Yorker
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Can the 'right to disconnect' exist in a remote-work world?
Although several countries, primarily in Europe, have enacted varying levels of past legislation on the right to disconnect, Ireland is among the first countries to try and introduce a code specifically centring the new, work-from-home era. Ireland’s post-Covid-19 rules are meant to preserve work-life balance and protect all workers, including those who work remotely and flexibly – something that past laws have not considered. However, the solution may not be as straightforward as it seems. In practice, it may actually be near impossible to combine the ability to log off with the freedom to work remotely, especially if that means creating timetables different to other colleagues. And, in a worse case scenario, some experts are also warning that mismanagement of these initiatives could compromise some of the flexibility workers have only recently been able to negotiate.
20th May 2021 - BBC News
How to find the perfect place in your home for a remote workspace
While home offices have been growing in popularity in recent years, they’re no longer just a trend, but the new normal. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced more individuals to work and study remotely. While working from home has its perks, it’s not always a glamorous option, namely because most homes aren’t designed to function as an office, too. The good news? You don’t have to ditch your current residence and relocate to create a functional home work area. Whether big or small, turning that room, nook or corner into a home office has never been easier when you have expert designers on your side.
20th May 2021 - USA Today
During remote work, men find communicating, collaborating harder than women
After a year-plus of remote work, women and men have varying takes on the experience. One of those? Men have found communicating and collaborating more challenging while working remotely than women have. FlexJobs polled more than 2,100 people this spring who’ve worked or continue to work remotely due to Covid-19. Nearly 7 in 10 women and men said they believe more remote work policies will benefit gender equality in the workplace. However, more than one-quarter of men believe their professional skills suffered during the pandemic, and 20% said remote work has hurt their chances of promotion or career advancement. By comparison, only 17% of women feel their professional skills have suffered, and 13% feel their chances of promotion have been affected.
20th May 2021 - The Business Journals
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'The DNA of work has changed': Many Americans want to keep working from home after the COVID-19 crisis passes
With the COVID-19 pandemic waning, a hybrid model that allows employees to work from home part-time seemed to be gaining favor among companies and workers. But a plurality of employees recently surveyed are effectively saying that if they want a change of scenery, they’ll pick up their laptops and amble from the living room to the den. Forty percent of Americans prefer to work from home full-time, compared with 35% who seek a home-office hybrid and 25% who want to go back to the office full-time, according to a Harris Poll survey. Workers cite a variety of concerns about going back to the office, including losing the flexibility they’ve enjoyed while teleworking, getting back to their pre-pandemic routines, health worries and having to make small talk again with co-workers.
19th May 2021 - USA Today
Can Working Remotely Hurt Your Career?
America’s CEOs have a message for people who love working from home: Your happy days are numbered. Remote work is “suboptimal,” Jonathan Wasserstrum, the CEO of the New York commercial-real-estate company SquareFoot, told me. “I believe that work is better when most of the people are in the office most of the time together,” he said. As if to prove his point, at that moment our phone connection grew fuzzy, prompting him to sarcastically add, “Oh, because remote is so great, right?” What really gets Wasserstrum’s goat is when people say no one should come into the office, because that would be more fair to the people who don’t want to come into the office. He said that although he wouldn’t fire someone for asking to work remotely full-time, SquareFoot is a real-estate company. “If somebody didn’t believe in the value of an office at least one day a week, they probably shouldn’t be at the company anyway,” he said.
19th May 2021 - The Atlantic
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Younger workers might benefit from social perks of being in an office
As businesses decide what the future of the workplace will look like, including whether employees will need to return to the office, two prominent CEOs have voiced concerns. During The Wall Street Journal's CEO Council Summit on May 4, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said that working remotely "does not work" for young people or "those who want to hustle." And during The Journal's Future of Everything Festival last week, WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani said it was "pretty obvious that those who are overly engaged with the company want to go to the office two-thirds of the time at least." Dimon and Mathrani ruffled some feathers, but research suggests they might have a point. Three recent surveys found younger or early-career workers are feeling less productive at home
18th May 2021 - Business Insider
5 ways to bond with your boss when you're both remote
With so much remote onboarding happening, it can be hard to forge a solid relationship with a new boss. A recent PwC study found that roughly a third of employees say that onboarding and coaching new employees are worse than before the pandemic. It’s also a challenge for employees who want to build strong bonds, especially with the bosses who can be such important forces in their careers. After all, how can this person see your strengths and potential—not to mention advocate for you—if they don’t really know who you are or how you work?
18th May 2021 - Fast Company
Is remote working really here to stay?
Lockdown restrictions have proved to multiple industries that workers don’t have to be confined within the walls of their organisation to produce their best work. They can be trusted to deliver from afar. Some universities, for instance, have found sharing resources through online platforms has encouraged engagement, while students unable to attend lectures have been able to catch up on demand. I expect remote working and learning like this will continue to be a norm for many of us, even when the world begins to recover from the pandemic, mainly due to the benefits it has introduced. Many organisations have gained additional flexibility from introducing more tech-enabled processes. In turn, a better work-life balance and improved efficiency has been achieved
18th May 2021 - FE News
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More Than 70% Of White-Collar Workers In U.S. Still Working Remotely, Poll Finds
More than half of the all adults employed in the United States were still working from home at least part-time as of last month, including 72% of white-collar workers, according to a new poll released by Gallup on Monday, but that number may start to drop following the CDC’s latest guidance. When employees working remotely were asked for their preference moving forward, assuming their employer leaves the decision up to them, 35% say that they would continue working from home as much as possible. In contrast, 17% said they would prefer to cease working remotely, including 32% of workers in the education field looking to return to classrooms for in-person education.
17th May 2021 - Forbes
COVID-19: People working from home in UK more than doubled as pandemic struck - but at what cost?
The proportion of people working from home (WFH) more than doubled last year as coronavirus crisis rules tore through UK workplaces, according to official figures. The data, compiled from a survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), showed 25.9% - or 8.4 million people - were completing duties from their place of residence at some point in the week they were spoken to. The figure compares with 12.4% in 2019. That was a time when COVID-19 was yet to emerge in Europe though the ramifications of the public health emergency have since sparked fierce debate over the future of the workplace.
17th May 2021 - Sky News
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The Post-Covid Office Needs a Makeover to Get Its Workers Back
A quiet revolution has permeated global health circles. Authorities have come to accept what many researchers have argued for over a year: The coronavirus can spread through the air. That new acceptance, by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, comes with concrete implications: Scientists are calling for ventilation systems to be overhauled like public water supplies were in the 1800s after fetid pipes were found to harbor cholera. Cleaner indoor air won’t just fight the pandemic, it will minimize the risk of catching flu and other respiratory infections that cost the U.S. more than $50 billion a year, researchers said in a study in the journal Science on Friday. Avoiding these germs and their associated sickness and productivity losses would, therefore, offset the cost of upgrading ventilation and filtration in buildings.
17th May 2021 - Bloomberg
Ireland's remote workers find sanctuary in the sticks
As a child, award-winning artisan baker Patrick Ryan remembers visiting his grandparents in Wicklow town. Before Christmas he opened a second store there. Though Covid restrictions have posed social distancing challenges to Ryan’s new venture, they have also helped. While previously the town’s large commuter contingent were in Dublin all day, now they are working from home — and hungry for fresh bread and pastries. “The buying culture has changed, too. I think people now have more appreciation of the independent businesses on their doorstep,” Ryan says. He is not the only one to think so. A number of new businesses have opened in the town, including a café and a patisserie, changing a pattern of shop closures that stretched back to the recession
16th May 2021 - The Times
Here's the tech you should bring along if you plan to work from your vacation spot
Only 10% of employees want to return to the office post-pandemic, according to a Hibob survey, a people management platform. Employers seem to like this flexible work environment, too. A recent PwC report found 83% of companies said the shift to remote work has been positive. Naturally, there are exceptions on both sides – not to mention several jobs cannot be performed from home – but those who can (and enjoy it) can rely on technology to remain productive while away from a conventional office.
16th May 2021 - USA Today
Ireland wants pandemic-era remote working to revive its rural towns
In March, the Irish government unveiled a plan to revive the country’s rural economy by enticing more people to work remotely. A long-standing challenge for rural Ireland has been the migration to urban areas. With the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic and what can be achieved through remote working, the Our Rural Future plan aims to incentivize more people to stay in or move to non-urban areas. The plan commits to providing financial support for local authorities to turn vacant properties in towns into remote working hubs. This includes a plan for “over 400 remote working facilities” across the country.
16th May 2021 - CNBC
Death of the call centre? Workers ring in the changes during WFH era
A new message frequently punctuates the muzak as customers wait to speak to a call centre worker nowadays: a recording warning them to expect “home life noises in the background” once someone answers. “A friend of mine heard splashing water when she called her bank,” said consultant Ursula Huws, a long-term advocate for staff to be allowed to do their jobs from home and who coined the term teleworking in the early 1980s. “The agent revealed she was in the bath. For an industry historically so resistant to remote working, that speaks volumes about how far things have come in the past 12 months.” Before coronavirus arrived in the UK, only 3.8 per cent of the country’s 812,000 call centre workers were based at home, according to research group ContactBabel — below the 5.1 per cent average for the working population.
16th May 2021 - Financial Times
'Burning out': Remote workers report paying a price for increased productivity
Remote workers in Canada are logging more hours, experiencing more stress, and feeling less engaged with their work, according to a new survey. The online survey, conducted by ADP Canada and Angus Reid, asked 1,501 Canadians working remotely and in person to evaluate their experience working during the pandemic, including their work hours, productivity, engagement, stress levels, and quality of their work. The survey found that 44 per cent of remote workers reported they were logging more hours of work than they were in pre-pandemic times. Of those, one in ten reported working an additional day, or more than eight extra hours per week.
16th May 2021 - CTV News
Costa del Covid: Millennials swap UK drizzle to work remotely in Spain and gain post-Brexit rights
The Covid-19 pandemic has led to thousands of home working millennials to move out of small flats in the UK’s major cities and into large villas in Spain. According to research from European homes portal Kyero there has been a 446 per cent leap in younger British people looking for a life by warm Spanish seas in the past year, with the “corona nomads” revelling in the benefit of a UK income and the lower cost of living. Martin Dell, co-founder of Kyero, says: “Widespread remote working over recent months has had a significant impact on the types of people looking to buy property in Spain and the rest of Europe. Greater numbers of younger people, and those now working remotely full time – ‘Corona nomads’ – are considering a move abroad as we all become less tied to the office and are able to live, work and play where we really want to.”
16th May 2021 - iNews.co.uk
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A return to normal? Young people heading back to the office want anything but
Many of us have been working from home for over a year now. What was meant to be a temporary solution to what was at the time an unpredictable threat has turned into a way of life that looks set to continue way beyond Covid’s lifespan. But what this pandemic left behind is scarcely populated buildings with hefty rents and empty desks that some companies will inevitably want filling — and fast. Bosses and business experts have claimed that young people are the group that not only wants, but needs to be in the office. Goldman Sachs executive David Solomon said earlier this year that he doesn’t want “another class of young people arriving [remotely] that aren’t getting more direct contact, direct apprenticeship, direct mentorship.”
13th May 2021 - iNews.co.uk
Microaggressions at the office can make remote work even more appealing
For those of us lucky enough to have had a job that can be done from home throughout the pandemic, remote work offers certain freedoms that many of us are loath to give up after a year: freedom from the time, expense and effort of commuting and traveling; freedom from in-person interruptions and distractions (aside from cohabitants and dependents in our homes); and, in some cases, freedom from rigid business hours within which all tasks must be completed and all hands, busy or not, must be on deck. There’s another freedom that particular subsets of remote workers are experiencing: freedom from dealing with subtle, often unintended expressions of bias known as microaggressions. Individually, these incidents are seldom serious enough to merit HR confrontations. But experiencing them daily is like death by a thousand paper cuts, and processing internal reactions to them drains mental energy and satisfaction.
13th May 2021 - The Washington Post
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COVID-19: Boris Johnson aims to end work from home guidance from 21 June
People in England should no longer be advised to work from home after 21 June provided the country remains "on track" in the fight against coronavirus, Boris Johnson has told MPs. The prime minister told the House of Commons on Wednesday it was his "intention" to end the work from home guidance in less than six weeks' time. And Mr Johnson predicted the "dynamism" of England's cities could return "remarkably quickly" once workers return to offices
12th May 2021 - Sky News
How Hybrid Remote Work Improves Diversity And Inclusion
Fewer than 20% of employees who currently work remotely want to return to the pre-pandemic model of commuting to work every day. Employees want flexibility to decide when it makes sense to go to the office. Research also shows employees are more productive when they have to option to work remotely. But for some employees, remote work is about much more than flexibility and productivity. It is about the ability to work at all. Requiring employees to physically commute to an office excludes many people from jobs they are capable and willing to perform. The option to work remotely is not just good for employees. It is a major step toward creating more inclusive organizations.
12th May 2021 - Forbes
How to lead a team you've never actually met
Remote working comes with many benefits, but starting a new managerial position entirely online can be tricky. With most interactions carried out over Zoom, Teams or on Slack, there are no face-to-face meetings, no coffee runs to get to know people better, and no opportunities to ask quick questions in person. “The challenges in leading a team who are managed remotely can be achieving rapport, getting a true understanding of their working styles and transparency of issues, as well as managing time zones, deadlines and complexity,” says careers, business and HR expert Laura Trendall Morrison
12th May 2021 - Yahoo News UK
Concern employers could monitor remote workers' mouse clicks per minute
Concern has been raised that remote workers could be forced to accept technology that monitors the number of mouse clicks they make in a minute. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has warned artificial intelligence tools could also be used to track the amount of time spent on social media. In a submission to the Department of Employment on the introduction of the right to request remote working, the ICTU urged the Government to develop clear guidance on how employers can monitor employees working remotely.
12th May 2021 - BreakingNews.ie
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We've reached a pivotal point for mental health at work – let's not turn back
During the pandemic, about four in 10 adults in the US reported symptoms of anxiety of depressive disorder, up from one in 10 who reported these symptoms from January to June 2019. Now, more than ever, it is critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles, not only because of Covid, but because the stigma often prevents individuals from seeking help. It is up to us as company leaders to take charge, to lead by example and provide tools to support our employees. So how can employers help? Every employee’s journey will be different.
11th May 2021 - People Management Magazine
JPMorgan to bring all staff back to office in England -memo
JPMorgan will step up the return of all of its employees in England to working at least part of their week in its offices from June 21st, according to a memo seen by Reuters on Tuesday. The U.S. lender will still cap occupancy at 50% in its main London and Bournemouth hubs, it said, and the plans are dependent on there being no changes to government plans to ease remaining COVID-19 related restrictions.
11th May 2021 - Reuters
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Trouble on the home front: remote working puts a strain on graduate recruiters
Increasingly, international companies are telling employees that they want them to return to the office. Last week Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JP Morgan, an American investment bank, predicted that its offices would “look just like” they did before the pandemic. Google, which had originally embraced remote working, has told staff to prepare to return to the office, or at least live within commuting distance of it. A recent survey by Sigmar Recruitment found that 52 per cent of employers expect either an office-based or hybrid model — where staff are given a choice about whether they work in the office or at home, or a mixture of both.
10th May 2021 - The Times
The time to negotiate an annual month of remote work may be now
In addition to on-site yoga classes and ergonomic desks, companies may have a new wellness initiative up their sleeves — granting workers an annual period of remote work. Remote work has proved popular with many workers, with 54% of employees saying they want to keep working from home after the pandemic ends, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. But that’s not likely to happen. Many more companies are expected to transition to hybrid work arrangements this year for the best of both working worlds — flexibility with the focus of an office environment, less loneliness yet less of a commute.
10th May 2021 - CNBC
Should You Go Back to the Office?
After months of experimenting with remote work, your company is calling you back to the office. Should you go? The calculus is complicated, even if you’re comfortable with your employer’s plans for Covid safety. Some companies will, at least ostensibly, give workers a choice; others will ratchet up the pressure or dole out ultimatums. How much do you push back? How do you decode corporate statements to tell you what you really want to know: Will it kill my career if I stay home? The other variables to analyze feel infinite, the stuff of life
10th May 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
Remote working: Why some people are less productive at home than others
Has working at home during lockdown made people more productive or not? This has been the subject of some lively debate recently. Many companies do not routinely measure productivity. A large number will have traditionally assumed that they get the highest output when staff work longer hours or under close supervision, but remote working is clearly causing some to re-evaluate this.Major firms, for instance professional services group PwC, have been sufficiently impressed to make remote working a permanent option for their staff. On the other hand, some business leaders insist that remote working is compromising productivity and is therefore not workable in the long term. Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, for example, has dismissed it as an “aberration that we’re going to correct as soon as possible”. So who is right?
10th May 2021 - Wales Online
These beautiful Italian towns will pay you to work remotely
Remote working has become a possibility for many during the pandemic, meaning the office can now be anywhere from a kitchen table to a sandy beach on the other side of the world. And while relocating to a picturesque Italian town might also factor on many people's lists, that prospect just got even better with two destinations offering to pay workers who make the move. In an attempt to lure newcomers, Santa Fiora in Tuscany and Rieti in Lazio will pay up to 50% of the rent of anyone who decides to move and telecommute on a long-term basis. Rents are already relatively low, so the deal is potentially very attractive, but make no mistake, this is no paid vacation. Applicants must have an "active" job, even if they can do it in front of a laptop on a panoramic terrace overlooking olive groves while sipping a glass of red wine.
10th May 2021 - CNN
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Washingtonian staff goes on publishing strike after CEO’s op-ed about remote work
Washingtonian magazine staffers launched a day-long protest on Friday in response to an op-ed written by their boss, who warned that continuing to work from home as the pandemic subsides could make employees less valuable and easier to “let go.” Cathy Merrill, chief executive of the D.C.-centered magazine, shared her concerns about the popularity of remote work in a Washington Post op-ed published Thursday, originally titled: “As a CEO, I want my employees to understand the risks of not returning to work in the office.” While some employees may want to “work from home and pop in only when necessary” after the pandemic, Merrill argued, the dynamic may create a “strong incentive” for bosses to convert full-time workers into contractors, who get paid by the hour or output and lack benefits such as health-care coverage and retirement accounts. Washingtonian staffers were shocked. Many perceived the op-ed to be directed in part to them — a veiled threat to their jobs.
8th May 2021 - The Washington Post
Pandemic proves employees can work from home, but will it last?
Within 10 days of the start of the global pandemic, 4.7 million Canadians made the shift to working from home — bringing the total number of Canadians working from home to 40 per cent. There was talk at the time of how the pandemic may force employers to revolutionize the workplace. A year ago, even Premier Blaine Higgs said government would look at what they learned in the early days of the pandemic to see how they could do things differently. That openness to change seems to have been short-lived. Only about seven per cent of provincial government employees are currently working from home, according to figures provided by the province. Compare that to the height of the pandemic when nearly all government employees were sent home.
8th May 2021 - CBC.ca
"Hybrid" return-to-office models could create subcaste of workers
More than a year after companies across the globe sent workers scurrying home amid the spread of COVID-19, some employers are encouraging — and even ordering — people back to the office. An estimated 80,0000 municipal workers in New York City went back on the job on Monday, while JPMorgan Chase, the country's largest bank, said it expects most of its U.S.-based employees to return to their offices come July. Goldman Sachs wants its U.S. and UK employees back at their desks by June. Despite the clarion call from employers, many people are reluctant to return to the office, saying they are more productive working from home and not eager to resume their daily commutes. And with COVID-19 still affecting schools, numerous parents with children in remote classes are still juggling their childcare duties with work.
8th May 2021 - CBS News
Remote working 'must not be enforced', experts warn, as large employers plan hybrid future
Employees must not be forced to work from home if they don’t want to, experts have warned, as research has shown almost all of the UK’s top employers have said they do not plan to bring their staff back to the office full time. A BBC poll of 50 of the UK’s largest employers, collectively employing 1.1 million people, found that 43 firms said they planned to use a mixture of home and remote working going forward, with employees encouraged to work from home two to three days a week. A further four companies said they were keeping this so-called hybrid approach under review.
8th May 2021 - People Management
Automaker Stellantis expects employees to work remotely most of the time under new plan
When employees of Fiat Chrysler, now Stellantis, make their expected returns later this year to offices, they will do so with a new company and a more flexible work schedule. The automaker is launching a hybrid work initiative called the “New Era of Agility.” The goal is to have a majority of the company’s salaried employees work remotely most of the time. The decision to create such a program comes after the company received feedback from employees, many of whom have been working remotely for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic
8th May 2021 - CNBC
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SocGen to Let French Staff Work Remotely Up to Three Days a Week
Societe Generale SA plans to allow its French staff to work from home for up to three days a week, joining peers including Deutsche Bank AG in providing one of the most flexible return-to-office policies among large international banks. The Paris-based lender has signed an agreement with its domestic union representatives on the remote work plans, Chief Executive Officer Frederic Oudea said. Banks around the world are adopting differing approaches to remote work as staff seek greater flexibility and a better balance between their work and personal lives after spending more than a year working from home. In the U.S., several lenders including JPMorgan Chase & Co and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are pushing for a more systematic return to the office in coming weeks.
6th May 2021 - Bloomberg
Remote working has led to managers spying more on staff – here are three ways to curb it
With so many more people working from home during the pandemic, employers have stepped up the extent to which they are monitoring them online. Not so many years ago, employees were having to adjust to having their work emails monitored; but that seems almost quaint compared to the digital surveillance we are seeing today. Employers can use specialist software to track workers’ keystrokes, mouse movements and the websites they visit. They can take screenshots of employees to check whether they are at their screens and looking attentive, or even use webcam monitoring software that measures things like eye movements, facial expressions and body language. All this can be checked against a worker’s output to draw conclusions about their productivity.
6th May 2021 - Yahoo News UK
How will the new world of work actually work for you?
The way we work may have changed forever. Almost 50 of the UK’s biggest employers are planning a hybrid model of working, with staff spending only part of their week in the office – and working from home for the rest. Most of them say staff would be encouraged to work from home two to three days a week once all the lockdown restrictions are lifted
6th May 2021 - The Telegraph
The remote work revolution isn't coming to the factory floor.
Last month, Ford announced it would allow staff who have been working remotely to remain remote — at least some of the time — long after the pandemic is over. "Must be nice for them," thought Marcie Pedraza, an electrician at a Ford plant in Chicago. Like many workers across the U.S., from factories to grocery stores, working from home has never been an option for her. And that presents a challenge for companies frantically rewriting their remote work policies: How do you make the change feel fair, when not all employees can benefit? This divide — between those who have to show up to work, and those who can log in to Zoom — didn't used to be so stark. Before the pandemic only 3% of workers logged in from home full-time.
6th May 2021 - NPR
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Boston Prepares for a Glimpse of Remote Work as the New Normal
Boston companies won’t go “back to normal” after the lifting of pandemic lock-downs, the city’s acting mayor said. The comments come on the eve of a report, due this week, about the lasting effects of the shift to remote work in Boston. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has also been seeking a sense of how the rapid rise of remote work will affect local life, calling for study of potential effects on everything from transportation to taxes. Janey said some remote work will be permanent, challenging the city to attract people for other reasons.
5th May 2021 - Bloomberg
How To Get Noticed Working Remotely When Almost Everyone Returned To The Office
A recent study showing the results of working from home during the time period between 2011 and 2020 offers some insights, including the unpleasant fact that remote workers faced a number of challenges that their in-office co-workers didn’t have to contend with. People who mainly worked from home were less than half as likely to be promoted. Around 38% remote workers didn’t receive a bonus. Telecommuters put in six hours of unpaid overtime on average per week in 2020 and homeworkers worked well into the evening. With these statistics in mind, you need to be thoughtful and strategic with your approach to working.
5th May 2021 - Forbes
'I'm putting my entire life on hold': How workers are grappling with Covid burnout
Burnout has officially been defined as a workplace hazard for several years now, and the pandemic has only made it worse. People are more stressed out about their job security, taking on more responsibilities, working longer hours and having trouble finding meaning in anything in the 14th month of the pandemic. Somewhat ironically, Kristin Moss thinks more shared screen time with her colleagues would stave off her own burnout. The 29-year-old has been working her PR job from home in Toronto for over a year. She feels disconnected from her colleagues due to endless email threads and would like to have more face-to-face interaction.
5th May 2021 - CNBC
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Zoom CEO: My advice for remote workers who are on video meetings all day
Eric S. Yuan is the founder and CEO of Zoom. He writes: "As with everything in life, moderation is critical, and when Zoom was founded 10 years ago, the intent was never to replace in-person interactions altogether. After all, the pandemic has shown how fatigue, especially video meeting fatigue, can impact productivity, job satisfaction and work-life balance. That's why leaders must find ways to make meetings more manageable as employees continue to work remotely. Here are some of my own practices to limit strain from a high volume of video conference meetings"
4th May 2021 - CNN
Sticking with remote work? Businesses are betting on it
U.S. businesses have been spending more on technology than on bricks and mortar for more than a decade now, but the trend has accelerated during the pandemic, one more sign that working from home is here to stay. Accelerated by the pandemic, the divergence between the two types of business spending is here to stay, says Stanford economics professor Nicholas Bloom. "This is the surge in (work-from-home) which is leading firms to spend heavily on connectivity," Bloom said. He and colleagues have been surveying 5,000 U.S. residents monthly, and found that from May to December about half of paid work hours were done from home.
4th May 2021 - Reuters
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Return-to-office fears: Remote workers worry about falling behind in careers
The latest CNBC|SurveyMonkey Workforce Survey reveals one key factor pulling workers back to the office even if they might otherwise be more comfortable at home: career advancement. More than half of workers (52%) expect those at their company who work in-person to have better career opportunities in the future than those who work remotely. New collaboration tools like Zoom, Slack, and Microsoft Teams have made it possible for a dispersed workforce to collaborate on projects and attend meetings in much the same way that they would if they were all in the same building. Yet, there are some aspects of work that aren’t easily scaled digitally. Despite all the advances in technology, working remotely is clearly perceived to be a drag on career growth: just 15% of workers say they think remote employees at their company will have better career opportunities than those who work in-person.
2nd May 2021 - CNBC
Remote working: why some people are less productive at home than others – new research
Has working at home during lockdown made people more productive or not? This has been the subject of some lively debate recently. Many companies do not routinely measure productivity. A large number will have traditionally assumed that they get the highest output when staff work longer hours or under close supervision, but remote working is clearly causing some to re-evaluate this. Major firms, for instance professional services group PwC, have been sufficiently impressed to make remote working a permanent option for their staff. On the other hand, some business leaders insist that remote working is compromising productivity and is therefore not workable in the long term.
2nd May 2021 - The Conversation UK
Why It's The Right Time To Tell Your Boss You Want To Continue Working Remotely, Get A Raise, Promotion Or Search For A New Job
It feels like almost overnight the job market started heating up. Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, the U.S. Department of Labor and Federal Reserve Bank chair Jay Powell all have pointed toward a strong “Goldilocks economy” and “jobs boom.” It now looks like workers will be in the driver's seat. The current corporate trend is for a flexible hybrid work arrangement. This would include people coming into the office two or three days a week. There will be a group who will only want to exclusively work remotely and some just desire to get out of their homes and go to the office everyday. This is a perfect time for workers to start asserting themselves. If you want to stay working remotely, you now have some leverage.
2nd May 2021 - Forbes
Future Of Work: What The Post-Pandemic Workplace Holds For Remote Workers’ Careers
What does the future hold for remote workers? And what will post-pandemic workdays look like—back to the office, working from home or a hybrid? While the light at the end of the tunnel seems within reach, companies across the globe are scrambling to create the future workplace. One way to predict the future of work is to understand people’s remote work experiences over the last year. And based on recent reports, one thing is clear: remote work has left an impression. The Limeade Institute’s Employee Care Report 3.0 found that 100% of formerly onsite workers said they’re anxious about returning to the office, 71% said they were concerned about less flexibility and 77% said they’re worried about exposure to Covid-19.
2nd May 2021 - Forbes
The loneliness of the modern office team member
Every other week or so, a number emerges somewhere in the world that I find both understandable and troubling. It is the percentage of people who consistently say they don’t want to go back to working full-time in the office. Nearly 60 per cent of British workers said this was how they felt back in September last year and also in March this year, even though more than a third of the UK population had had at least one Covid jab by then. In the US, the share of workers who would prefer to keep working remotely as much as possible went from 35 per cent in September to 44 per cent in January. More recent European research found 97 per cent of people who have been at home would prefer to stay there for at least part of the week once their offices reopen.
2nd May 2021 - Financial Times
Government taskforce urges permanent job flexibility for all workers
In the UK, millions of employees could be given the chance to switch permanently to more flexible working arrangements under forthcoming guidance designed to encourage firms to make long-term some of the emergency changes ushered in by the pandemic. The government’s flexible working taskforce is drawing up guidance – before the expected lifting of the remaining lockdown restrictions, including the requirement to work from home, on 21 June – to support the emergence of new, hybrid ways of working. For example, staff might come into offices only occasionally and work at home or at a neighbourhood cafe for the rest of the week. Peter Cheese, the co-chair of the taskforce, said the pandemic had demonstrated that people could work productively away from traditional workplaces, with 71% of firms reporting that home working had either boosted or made no difference to productivity.
2nd May 2021 - The Guardian
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Next Big Disruption in US Society Is Hybrid Work
Hybrid schedules could be the next monumental shift in the American workplace after last year's sudden move to remote work. More than 70% of workers want to hold onto flexible remote work options, according to a Microsoft study, but almost as many — about 65% — still want more in-person time with their coworkers. A hybrid schedule — where people are in the office some of the time while working at home for the rest — could meet both of those needs. Companies increasingly seem to be getting onboard with hybrid scheduling now that the pandemic has demonstrated that working from home can be productive. The study found that remote job postings on the professional networking site LinkedIn increased drastically — more than five times — during the pandemic.
29th Apr 2021 - Voice of America
Work From Home Is The New Normal For Workers Around The World
In recent talks with some C-level execs, most seem to see some form of a hybrid approach becoming the norm. To keep workers they are willing to develop more flexible work schedules where employees can work at home some of the time and come to the office on an as-needed basis. That as-need basis seems to focus on times when collaborating with co-workers is best done in person than over a Zoom call. Apple CEO Tim Cook stated in Apple's earnings call this week, "the hybrid approach to work that likely will exist when the pandemic is over will include working from home and will remain very critical." One flipside of people working from home has been the savings to companies on promotion, travel, entertainment. In a Bloomberg post, after digesting Alphabet's earnings this week, they found that the company has saved over $1 billion in 2020 from promotional, travel and entertainment expenses alone.
29th Apr 2021 - Forbes
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Novartis CEO Says Remote Work Hybrid Should Mean Access to New Talent Pools
Novartis AG Chief Executive Officer Vas Narasimhan believes that the hybrid of remote and on-site office work is the future. The Swiss pharma giant’s CEO said this will open up the possibility of working with new pools of talent that were inaccessible pre-COVID pandemic. If the Novartis boss is right, parents and women could particularly form a significant part of this pool. As it stands, the pandemic has led Novartis to expend considerably on the work-from-home set-up of employees, whose nature of work allows remote working. “We’ll be looking I think to adjust our overall footprint and then invest where appropriate,” Narasimhan said.
28th Apr 2021 - BioSpace
These digital nomads have worked remotely since way before the pandemic—these are their 7 best tips
Even as many offices start to reopen, remote work isn’t going anywhere as companies like Spotify, Twitter and Salesforce have told employees they can work remotely forever, if they choose. 54% of people said they want to work from home after the pandemic ends, according to a Pew Research survey conducted at the end of 2020 , while over half of employees surveyed by PwC at the start of this year, said they want to be remote at least three times a week once Covid-19 concerns ease. These long-term trends seem likely to inspire a surge of so-called digital nomads, or those who travel while working remotely. For some millennials, this lifestyle has been their routine for years before the pandemic upended many of our work routines.
28th Apr 2021 - CNBC
What Will the World of Work Look Like After Covid-19?
Hybrid working. Robot colleagues. Four-day weeks. Covid-19 hasn’t just changed the way we perform our jobs today — it’s also kickstarted a broader push to rethink the world of work. Lockdowns over the past 14 months have forced many employees into a giant work-from-home experiment, bringing in-person meetings and business travel more or less to a standstill. Now, as workplaces re-open around the world, businesses and their employees are asking to what degree they want to return to their pre-pandemic ways. Some firms are embracing — or at least accepting — a hybrid home-office configuration, allowing workers greater flexibility and reduced commuting time. Others have adopted a four-day working week, often successfully it would appear, with two-thirds of employers doing so reporting increased productivity.
27th Apr 2021 - Bloomberg
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How To Be(come) And Stay Visible In A Remote Work Environment
Now with more people working from home, there is one concern I hear more often, and that is: How do I get noticed by my manager? When you don't see each other every day, you have to put more effort into connecting and sharing your wins. For some, this comes naturally, but there's also a fear that you might come across as bragging. I get it, but since a lack of self-promotion has bitten me in my backside before, I cannot help but stress the importance of this: If you’re not your biggest cheerleader, no one else will be either. Still, there is a right and wrong way to do it. The following strategies will help you in your quest to become more visible and stay top of mind
27th Apr 2021 - Forbes
The Evening Read: Working from home just as effective, but it may hurt pay and promotion, HR execs warn
As the City is gradually coming out of lockdown, a range of large companies and financial institutions announced in recent weeks that hybrid working is here to stay. HSBC became the latest big financial services firm to confirm it is making some sweeping structural changes to its working pattern as it adjusts to the post-pandemic reality. The financial giant announced plans last week to scale its office space back by nearly 40 per cent as part of cost-cutting measures. CEO Noel Quinn said it is “not necessary” for staff to be in the office five days a week.
27th Apr 2021 - City A.M.
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Feeling invisible? 4 ways you can be seen as a remote worker
Women have been hit especially hard by layoffs and job losses throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. On top of that, many moms have quit their jobs to keep up with the demands of taking care of their homes and their kids, creating economic insecurity for themselves and their families. It’s easy to see why women who remain in the workforce might feel tempted to keep a low profile until Covid-19 is under control … or the kids are back in school full-time … or they’re back at the office after a long stint of working from home. It all feels so tenuous, so why rock the boat? However, this may be the ideal time to tout your contributions to your workplace—and make yourself more visible and valuable. With tight budgets and streamlined staffs, employers need every worker they have left and are ready to listen to new ideas for boosting their bottom-line results. They’re also finally realizing that the flexible schedules and remote work options women have advocated for years actually benefit both employer and employee alike.
26th Apr 2021 - NBC News
Remote Work Study Shows The Possibility Of A New Corporate Two-Class System
As workers are allowed back in the office, management may feel that the people who choose to go back to the headquarters are more dedicated to their jobs. The flip side of the coin is that some managers may feel remote workers don’t possess the same passion as in-office staff. You can imagine how easy it will be for leadership to focus on employees who are physically around, and for the others, it's out of sight, out of mind. Bosses may even start feeling that it's a big inconvenience for them to have to manage a large group of people who are out of the office, live in different time zones or have hybrid schedules. You can easily envision a dual-class system arising amongst workers. There will be those in the room being first-class and those at home being second-class corporate citizens.
26th Apr 2021 - Forbes
How To Ask Your Boss To Work From Home Permanently
If you want to continue working remotely but aren't sure how to approach the conversation with your boss, implement the below suggestions. The goal is to engage in a productive dialogue with your boss that supports your goal of a more permanent work-from-home arrangement while also expressing its immense benefits to your employer.
26th Apr 2021 - Forbes
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How to gain visibility when you're working from home
Being in the right place at the right time can lead to some unexpected career advancing moments. You might be making a coffee at the same time as your boss in the office kitchen, which leads to being asked to take on a new project. Or, if you work alongside your manager and they take note of your hard work, it can really help when it comes to promotions and pay rises. When you’re working from home, however, it can be easy to miss out on these opportunities. Although remote working can come with a huge number of benefits, working from home can feel like working in a void. So how can you get yourself noticed, without being physically in the office? Being proactive can help increase your chances of gaining recognition – leading to more opportunities for professional development.
25th Apr 2021 - Yahoo News Australia
Remote living has eroded our empathy and executives must find a way to understand their staff - CityAM : CityAM
It is difficult to count what we have lost during the pandemic. We’ve lost jobs, loved ones, incomes and our social lives. Living and working remotely has also meant we are losing our empathy for colleagues. This is especially true of business leaders and executives who need to be able to understand the problems their employees are grappling with as we leave lockdown. In order to understand the customers and people they are serving, business leaders need to be able to understand their staff. There is a huge array of experience just waiting to be tapped into to create a more empathetic work environment. Some communities are more tight-knit than others and have had better support systems throughout lockdown. Younger workers may have been more isolated and need more help and encouragement returning to the office.
25th Apr 2021 - City A.M.
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Remote work really does make us more productive
The great work-from-home experiment occasioned by the pandemic has divided opinion in the corporate suite and sparked endless debates about whether employees work as effectively from the kitchen table as they do from the office. A new study finds that, in fact, remote work does indeed make us more productive. The work-from-home boom will lift productivity in the U.S. economy by 5%, mostly because of savings in commuting time, the study says. The findings suggest the rapid adoption of new technology amid the pandemic will offer lasting economic gains, helping to boost sluggish productivity that has long weighed on global growth.
22nd Apr 2021 - Al Jazeera
How to Boost Team Spirit When Working Remotely During Covid
Now that working from home is becoming a formality, it can be difficult for employers to build a team spirit and recreate the once strong social bonds colleagues enjoyed before lockdown. From an employers' perspective, fostering positive social interaction between colleagues can vastly improve the atmosphere of office space. Employee productivity and satisfaction are closely linked to how much they enjoy coming into work. Companies that have measured highly in employee satisfaction in this area have less staff turnover over time. A key way for employers to make staff feel appreciated is to hold regular social and team bonding events.
22nd Apr 2021 - The Jerusalem Post
Working remotely or not remotely working? Australia officials seek to ban casual wear — even on video calls
In a nation where top officials can be seen pounding through the surf in skimpy Speedo swimwear, a plan to force a strict dress code on Australian civil servants has the workers fighting for the right to bare arms. An 11-page “dress and appearance” code mailed to employees of one of the country’s largest government departments in February lists Ugg boots, flip-flops and sportswear such as football jerseys among the items deemed too casual even for Casual Friday. But for people working in hotter parts of the country, a directive banning sleeveless clothing — including dresses and women’s blouses — was the one that really worked people up into a sweat. The rules at the Department of Home Affairs apply even to those working from home and taking video calls, a move labor unions say is a blow to workers who have stuck it out through the coronavirus pandemic without air conditioning in their homes.
22nd Apr 2021 - The Washington Post
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Maintaining team productivity when remote working is no longer a novelty
Workplaces across New Zealand and around the globe are continuing to embrace the changes that were initially influenced by local lockdown scenarios – with flexible and remote work practices being the clear winner. A new McKinsey Institute report highlights that up to a quarter of workers may now permanently work from home at least three days a week, however, when the novelty of working from home has worn off, and it becomes a part of everyday working life, maintaining productivity in this setting for the long haul can have its own challenges. Here’s a few tips that might help boost both performance and morale amongst remote workforces.
21st Apr 2021 - Stuff.co.nz
Midsize US cities need to learn to woo remote workers post-pandemic
In less than a few weeks, the US will begin a post-pandemic era as vaccinations begin to confer a high degree of immunity to a majority of Americans. One of the lasting effects will be a result of the involuntary experiment of working remotely. The pandemic was a technological accelerant that forced the workforce and companies to adapt to work outside the office and in many cases far away. More than 33% of the US workforce continues to log onto VPNs and video calls from home. After the pandemic Upwork predicts tens of millions of workers will continue to work remotely, and Americans will continue to relocate to small and midsize US cities, reshaping these regions. For many of these urban and rural areas, welcoming this new type of resident is an opportunity for economic development and population regrowth.
21st Apr 2021 - Business Insider
Will working from home last forever? Not for law, finance, and other industries.
As the return to the office picks up, the extent to which American office workers are allowed to continue working from home — which the vast majority of them have done during the pandemic — stands to affect everything from their satisfaction at work to where they are able to live. This summer, offices are generally opening on an optional basis and will open with more expectations for workers to be present this fall. The most flexibility will go to knowledge workers. These high-skilled workers, whose jobs are mediated by computers, will be much more likely than before the pandemic to be allowed to work from home at least some of the time in what’s called the hybrid work model. But everything from which employees can work from home to the number of days they can do so will depend on a number of factors, including their job, company, and industry.
21st Apr 2021 - Vox.com
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Remote Work Creating Barriers to Inclusion and Belonging as Pandemic Continues
Feelings of isolation and alienation are plaguing workforces across the world as remote work spurred by the global pandemic continues. Results of a recent research study revealed a multitude of employee concerns in regards to working from home. The research was led and released by Canadian-based partners, inclusive workplace learning company Dialectic and intranet software platform Jostle. Overarching results from the study, which sought to understand how remote work affects employee inclusion and connection, reveal social isolation, communication obstacles, technological challenges and work/life balance implications. These new barriers intersect with and may further compound existing barriers to inclusion, such as discrimination, underrepresentation and stereotypes.
20th Apr 2021 - Yahoo Canada Finance
Generation Z Law Students Want Remote Work Option, Survey Says
Sixty percent of the students born between 1995 and 2000 want total say over whether they work in or out of the office, according to a survey released Tuesday by legal recruiter Major, Lindsey & Africa. Fifty-two percent of the 240 students surveyed would take a pay cut if it meant that their employer would be flexible about their geographic work location. “Whether remote work is here to stay is kind of still unanswered,” said Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre, managing director at Major, Lindsey. “What the data clearly shows us is that this is something that this generation wants.” The survey, called “Post Covid Attitudes of Gen-Z,” aims to give Big Law firms clues as to what they need to do attract the generation as it begins to enter the workforce
20th Apr 2021 - Bloomberg Law
When workers want to stay remote, companies will have to rethink culture
Prudential Financial vice chair Rob Falzon cautions against companies bringing everyone back to the office full-time. Instead, he tells CNBC Make It that leaders should be thinking about how to reimagine company culture and connection for remote workers. For example, workers could spend half of their time working on individual tasks remotely, and gather in an office for collaboration and meeting times. Simply put, “if you’re an employer and you’re not being accommodating, you’ll lose talent,” Falzon says. Managers and senior leaders, whom employees say are responsible for connecting individuals to the company culture, should take a worker-centered approach to charting their path forward, says Derek Avery, a researcher and University of Houston professor in industrial/organizational psychology
20th Apr 2021 - CNBC
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Britons working at home spend more time on job in Covid crisis, ONS finds
People working from home during lockdown spend more time at their jobs and are less likely to be promoted or take time off sick, but are paid above average wages, according to an official study. Documenting the shift to remote work during the pandemic, the Office for National Statistics said the number of people who did some work at home in 2020 rose by 9.4 percentage points from a year earlier to 35.9% of the workforce – representing more than 11 million employees. However, there were substantial variations between occupations and parts of the country, reflecting the differing experiences of the pandemic for workers as some were hit harder by the crisis than others.
19th Apr 2021 - The Guardian
I Asked 2,000 People About Their Remote Work Experience. Here’s What They Shared
We’re now a year into massive remote work experiment driven by necessity and marked with trial and error. Now, as companies weigh their future with remote work, leaders must shift from helping their company survive virtual work, to helping their employees thrive while working from home. To take a pulse of the present state of remote work, and help predict the future of the model, I surveyed 2,000 professionals—including CEOs, department heads, managers and individual contributors—to learn about their remote-work experiences. Here are some of the key findings
19th Apr 2021 - Forbes
Remote Working has caused a surge in mental health problems with 828,000 workers in the UK currently struggling
As April is Stress Awareness Month, Instant Offices researched how the last year has affected employees mental health but also what business and individual employees can do to improve and support mental health. As remote working has been the new normal for the last year, self-isolation and health-related anxiety have created a general sense of unease for many people. A YouGov survey showed that Covid had impacted the UK's overall mood, with 41% of Brits feeling stressed and 38% feeling frustrated.
19th Apr 2021 - FE News
Remote workers flock to Spain’s Canary Islands: ‘It’s a dream come true’
The tourism industry in Spain’s Canary Islands has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. The streets of the main tourist destinations remain empty, with less than 40% of accommodation (around 17,000 beds) open for business. The Canary Islands is now the Spanish region with the highest level of unemployment and experts warn that this could spark a deep social crisis. But many businesses have been saved by the bid to attract remote workers. The professionals who arrive in the Canary Islands to work remotely have greater purchasing power and spend more. What’s more, they do not bring with them the negative impact of mass tourism.
19th Apr 2021 - El País
The Key To Being A Great Virtual Leader Is Empathy
While both organizations and individuals are unsure of what life will look like post-Covid-19, one thing is for sure: remote work is here to stay. A 2020 Gallup poll found at least 72% of office workers would like to work remotely at least two days a week, while one-third said they would prefer to never go to an office again. This means leaders will have to learn how to effectively manage their teams virtually. Leaders will be leading individuals in different time zones in various environments with little or no information about what’s really going on for their employees. As strange as this sounds, now that we’re all in different places, organizations need leaders who know how to create and drive connection and the best way to drive connection is by practicing empathy.
19th Apr 2021 - Forbes
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Remote work policies are here to stay, shaping the future of office space
The pandemic has ushered in a new normal for many American workers: working from home. While many jobs cannot be performed from home — including jobs in manufacturing, health care and hospitality — more than 70 percent of American workers were working from home last December, according to a Pew Research study. And 54 percent of American workers would like to continue to work from home after the coronavirus pandemic ends, the study said. The result is what may be a permanent shift to more remote work for a variety of companies.
18th Apr 2021 - Yahoo
How remote work sentiment differs across generations
New data finds there is a generational divide when it comes to feelings toward remote work. Further subdivisions related to a person’s position within the work hierarchy, with the lower paid struggling more. The study surveyed 1,000 U.S.-based full-time enterprise employees working remotely and found that many (4 in 5) senior employees feel they are more productive and enjoy the remote work environment, compared to only half of junior employees. As businesses settle into a more permanent remote work set up (and the social and cultural changes that come with this), they need to ensure all employees of all circumstances have what they need to get their work done. While working remotely has benefitted the top, workers struggle at home too.
18th Apr 2021 - Digital Journal
The pros and cons of working remotely
A great debate is raging in organizations over whether employees will return to their offices or continue to work remotely once COVID-19 is under control and most people are vaccinated. Gartner’s recent survey finds that about 70% of employees wish to continue some form of remote work. Twitter and Facebook have already given their employees permission to work remotely on a permanent basis. On the other hand, Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon calls remote work an “aberration,” urging employees to return to the office to collaborate on ideas. Harvard Business School's Tsedal Neeley has written a timely, well-researched book called Remote Work Revolution that demonstrates how to make remote work most effective, taking on issues like building trust, productivity, working in agile teams, and leading virtually.
18th Apr 2021 - Fortune
Regulators keep watchful eye on remote workers
For financial services workers, lockdowns have brought freedom from commuting and office dress codes. But the basic protocols of finance work have remained unchanged. So, in March 2020, when employees began to handle sensitive transactions, client data and communications outside company premises, financial institutions suddenly had to adapt their oversight systems. They had to ensure that market abuse, anti-fraud, data privacy and conduct regulations were all adhered to, under remote working.
15th Apr 2021 - Financial Times
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Long-term remote work is sending many of us from the home office to the physical therapy clinic
Physical therapists in Massachusetts and Rhode Island told me that although business plunged during the lockdown in the first half of 2020, they soon saw a surge of patients complaining about head, neck, shoulder, and back pain linked to ergonomically unsound home office setups. “Beds and couches have become workstations,” said Don Levine, cofounder of Pappas OPT Physical, Sports and Hand Therapy in Middletown, R.I. “They put a lot of stress on the low back and neck. Even working at the dining room table can cause issues, as hard surfaces and poor posture will increase the pressure on structures in the back.”
15th Apr 2021 - MSN.com
“I Do Not Trust People in the Same Way and I Don’t Think I Ever Will Again”
The real problem, I suspect, is that in the past year, we’ve experienced a massive loss of trust in our institutions and in one another. After watching the government mislead and fail us on such a massive scale, with hundreds of thousands of people dying as a result of those failures, of course people are skeptical now. We’ve spent the past year not being protected by the institutions that were supposed to protect us and learning that we’d have to protect ourselves. So even at companies that have acted responsibly throughout the pandemic, employees are naturally anxious. When you’ve spent months watching businesses reopen while case numbers rose and governors giving that their blessing, as unsurprising new waves of infections followed, it’s pretty understandable to feel apprehensive of any new timelines for a return to “normalcy.”
15th Apr 2021 - Slate
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How remote working post pandemic could benefit disabled employees
When the coronavirus pandemic first hit the UK, figures showed that disabled people had been hit particularly hard. A survey by UK disability charity Leonard Cheshire Trust painted a grim picture in September 2020, revealing that 71 per cent of disabled employees had been adversely affected by the pandemic. And one in five employers said they would be less likely to hire someone with a disability.
14th Apr 2021 - People Management
What inspired digital nomads to flee America’s big cities may spur legions of remote workers to do the same
As remote workers of all ages contemplate their futures – and as some offices and schools start to reopen – many Americans are asking hard questions about whether they wish to return to their old lives, and what they’re willing to sacrifice or endure in the years to come. Even before the pandemic, there were people asking whether office life jibed with their aspirations. We spent years studying “digital nomads” – workers who had left behind their homes, cities and most of their possessions to embark on what they call “location independent” lives. Our research taught us several important lessons about the conditions that push workers away from offices and major metropolitan areas, pulling them toward new lifestyles.
14th Apr 2021 - Australian Times
We need to stop confusing home-working with days off
For home-workers, last year has been a blur of Zoom calls, late night emails and backache from being hunched over kitchen table laptops. Yet despite this, the prevailing view of remote working as an excuse to kick back and get stuck into daytime TV. Recently, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced criticism for suggesting people "have had quite a few days off" during the pandemic, as the government pushed for workers to prepare to get back to their workplaces. Tactlessness aside, the problem is that this simply isn’t true. Multiple studies have found that during the pandemic, remote workers are spending longer at their desks than before the COVID-19 crisis. In fact, the average length of time an employee spends working from home in the UK has increased by more than two hours a day since the coronavirus crisis, according to data from the business support company NordVPN Teams
14th Apr 2021 - Yahoo Finance UK
4 things you need to know about the future of hybrid and remote work
The post-pandemic workplace is going to look a lot different. Mostly, there will be fewer people in the office. As more Americans get vaccinated, companies are starting to think about what their reopening plans might look like. Some employers, like Spotify and TIAA have decided to invest in hybrid work models, giving employees the flexibility to work from the office, their homes, or another location. Insider compiled a guide with the four most important things to know about the future of hybrid work.
14th Apr 2021 - Business Insider
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Employees Balk at End to Remote Work: 'Going Back to the Office Is Stupid"
As the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations accelerates and states loosen restrictions, employers have slowly begun calling their employees back to the workplace, with the pace expected to pick up sharply over the next few months. But what might have been a hopeful sign that life is returning to normalcy has instead become a source of friction as some workers push back. They are fearful of getting infected, worried about how to care for kids still learning remotely and resisting going back to the 9-to-5 in-office grind after tasting the flexibility of working from home.
13th Apr 2021 - Newsweek
On the home front: Remote work may widen inequality in Canada
As millions of Canadians embark on a second year of working from home in the pandemic, a new survey reveals that the advantages it offers are spread unevenly throughout the workforce. A majority report a mostly positive view of remote work but many grapple with the stress of juggling work and family life or worry that working from home will negatively affect their careers. More than three out of five people say working from home is easier than they expected, with the same number liking it better and find it less stressful than doing so at their usual workplace.
13th Apr 2021 - Yahoo Finance UK
Office manager denied remote working because boss 'knew what was best for her' wins £60k at tribunal
An office manager was discriminated against after she was told she was not allowed to work remotely from her son’s hospital bedside as he underwent treatment for cancer, a tribunal has ruled. The Leeds employment tribunal found that Lorraine Hodgson, who worked for Martin Design Associates until her resignation in July 2019, was directly discriminated against on the grounds of sex and was constructively unfairly dismissed after her boss denied her remote working request in part because of “his belief that he knew best for the claimant”.
13th Apr 2021 - People Management Magazine
Give remote workers right to disconnect, urges union
In the UK, employees who work from home should have the ‘right to disconnect’, a union has told the government as a survey reveals a third find it difficult to fully switch off from work. According to Prospect, two-thirds of remote workers want to see a new “right to disconnect” enshrined in law. It has written to business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, urging him to launch a consultation on such a right in advance of the Employment Bill, which is expected to be covered in May’s Queen’s Speech.
13th Apr 2021 - Personnel Today
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Is Remote Work Getting Stale? Here's How to Freshen It Up
For many years, remote work was an amenity. It was something startups and young companies offered as a way to attract top-flight talent and stand out in a crowded job market. Now? Remote work is an expectation that is transcending the traditional at-home setup. Just look at Hyatt’s “Office for the Day” package as evidence of this shift. The hotel chain offers workers a refreshing opportunity to change their scenery and work in a way that benefits their well-being. But better remote working isn’t just about being able to afford a private beach — it’s about subtly shifting your environment to boost your mood and creativity.
12th Apr 2021 - Houston Chronicle
Why Too Much Work From Home Could Be Bad For Your Career
There is a darker side to working from home and there’s a lot you’ll miss—and you may limit or damage your career growth. For one thing, you may be struggling with social isolation. A global study by Columbia University looked at the experiences of 226,638 people across North America, Europe and Asia. It found incidences of depression and anxiety across all regions. These are linked to the deterioration of relationships and the distancing we’ve had to endure. Work is a place where we can connect and enjoy relationships with colleagues, so it’s been tough to be away. And there are plenty of other reasons working from home may not be your best bet for your career or your happiness or fulfillment.
12th Apr 2021 - Forbes
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I'm a CEO who allowed my remote employees to set their own working hours. We're way more productive and much happier as a result.
Jesper Schultz is the CEO and cofounder of BasicOps, a San Francisco-based task and project management system. During the pandemic, he allowed his small team to adjust their preferred working hours. Schultz says the flexibility encourages workers to prioritize their own wellness and be more motivated and productive while working.
11th Apr 2021 - Yahoo
10 Solutions For Remote Workers To Maintain Balance And Mitigate Work/Home Clashes
After more than a year into the pandemic, the remote workforce still struggles to find a healthy work/life balance. After all, when you work in your personal space, instead of your usual professional environment, it’s only natural that the two clash. Unless you have water tight boundaries, distractions can easily disrupt your productivity. Here are 10 ways to hold the line between work and home responsibilities so conflict doesn’t crumble your balance and impede your productivity
11th Apr 2021 - Forbes
Is Remote Work Here to Stay?
Prior to the pandemic, about 5 million Americans worked remotely. But COVID-19 forced U.S. employers to allow telework on a massive scale, resulting in an estimated 75 million people working from home over the past year. Some experts say there’s no going back now that both employers and workers have learned that telework can be effective. Companies are now trying to figure out how a post-pandemic workforce will operate. That could entail a hybrid model where some people are in the office most of the time, some primarily telework and others do a mix of the two.
11th Apr 2021 - Voice of America
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Can the self-employed teach us lessons about organising remote work?
As employers begin to prepare for staff to return to offices, what lessons should they and we as workers take from the past year? Stephen Carroll speaks to labour economist Milena Nikolova, an associate professor at the University of Groningen. She tells us that self-employed people could provide some useful ideas about how to organise remote work after the Covid-19 pandemic.
8th Apr 2021 - FRANCE 24
How can remote workers best manage work-home conflict? Remote work expert offers best practices based on more than 20 years of research
What are the secrets to maintaining a productive home office? Run a white-noise machine to mask household clatter, make sure your noisy neighbors know your work schedule, and resist the temptation to check work-related technology after logging off at the end of the workday. These are some of the tips that Timothy D. Golden, a professor in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has gleaned through more than two decades of research.
8th Apr 2021 - Science Daily
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Half of UK workers feel they have grown closer to their colleagues during the pandemic – despite being forced to work separately from their homes.
Research of 2,000 adults currently working remotely revealed 53 per cent believe they now have a better understanding of their colleagues as human beings.And 43 per cent think it’s easier now to actually connect with their colleagues than it was when they were in the same office.Over the past year, workers have bonded by virtually meeting their colleagues’ pets (44 per cent), and by learning about their interests through their backgrounds on video calls (40 per cent).Almost four in 10 (38 per cent) even feel they have become closer to those they work with after meeting their family over video calls, while 37 per cent have had more opportunities to message about personal interests.More than a third (36 per cent) also said informal communication has allowed them to see more of their colleague’s personalities, which has also helped them to get to know each other.
7th Apr 2021 - The Scotsman
Remote working: Where to set up desk space overseas
For more than a year now, many of us have been working from home, and even though many offices are set to reopen this summer, it looks like remote working – in some form or another – is here to stay. But why stick to loading up a laptop at home? In our increasingly connected digital world, it’s easy to stay in touch, opening up options to perform tasks from almost anywhere. Responding to an increasing demand for ‘workations’, hotels are offering longer stay packages and governments are even tempting tourists with extended visas.
7th Apr 2021 - The Independent
Remote working during Covid makes it harder to close deals, entrepreneurs say
Salespeople are struggling to close deals during the coronavirus pandemic because remote working has hindered their ability to build trust, research suggests. The problem is most acute for companies that sell to other businesses and where negotiations are complex, the study from the University of Edinburgh Business School and the Economic and Social Research Council found. It has become more difficult to build “mutual understanding” and trust, the research found, which is crucial to striking deals. With salespeople failing to convert leads, companies could see their cost of acquiring new customers increase, putting further strains on cash flow.
7th Apr 2021 - The Times
5 Ways To Improve Your Home Office For Productivity And Happiness
For many, a “hybrid model,” with some time spent working remotely and some time in the office, might be the best of both worlds. As study from last May found that 55% of workers would prefer a hybrid model. Company leaders also expect it to become the norm, with 80% believing that many workers will stay remote at least one day a week, even after the end of the pandemic. Whether you expect you’ll stay fully remote, or you will transition to a hybrid model, one thing is for sure, you’re probably going to get some more use out of that home office. So whether you’re hoping to boost your productivity, or just make your day at the “office” a little more pleasant, here are five ways to improve your home office experience.
7th Apr 2021 - Forbes
The hybrid office is here to stay. The shift could be more disruptive than the move to all-remote work
The post-vaccine workplace is taking shape, and for many it’s going to be a hybrid model, allowing more remote work but with clear expectations that some days a week will be in the office. Workforce experts are bracing for a whole new set of post-pandemic upheavals, in some instances more transformative than the unplanned move to working from home last March, with some making efforts to avoid pre-pandemic remote-work mistakes. “In a lot of ways it’s going to be more disruptive than when we went all remote,” said Brian Kropp, vice president of research at Gartner.
7th Apr 2021 - Seattle Times
A flexible-work expert's No. 1 tip for managers leading remotely
More than a year into working from home, many office professionals are eager to continue their flexible arrangements after the coronavirus pandemic. According to surveys from Gallup, Pew, PwC and more, workers and employers alike expect that the future of work will revolve around a hybrid schedule, where people are in the office some days and can work from anywhere on others. The flexibility opens up a lot of potential for workers, but it can also pose a new set of challenges for leaders and managers.
7th Apr 2021 - CNBC
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Jump in remote working job adverts
The proportion of UK jobs advertised as “remote working” roles has more than quadrupled in the past year as the pandemic pushes employers to embrace working from home. As of February, 3.6 per cent of roles were advertised as being remote, up from 0.8 per cent a year earlier — before the government told Britons to work from home where possible. The number of remote working roles advertised more than trebled to 78,000, according to analysis by the New Street Consulting Group. It said that the roles generally involved remote working on a permanent basis and did not just reflect temporary arrangements while employers complied with government guidance for social distancing.
6th Apr 2021 - The Times
Remote working: Is Big Tech going off work from home?
On Wednesday last week, Google's Fiona Cicconi wrote to company employees. She announced that Google was bringing forward its timetable of moving people back into the office. As of 1 September, she said, employees wishing to work from home for more than 14 days would have to apply to do so. Employees were also expected to "live within commuting distance" of offices. The intention was very clear. Sure, you can do more flexible working than you did before - but most people will still have to come into the office. That thinking seemed to fly in the face of much of what we heard from Silicon Valley executives last year, when they championed the virtues of remote working.
6th Apr 2021 - BBC News
Rise & grind: Employers splurge on keeping teams caffeinated while working remotely
Employers kept staff fed and caffeinated while working from home during the pandemic, making up for the loss of coffee and sweets available at the office by expensing Starbucks and Deliveroo orders. Keeping teams fed and caffeinated while working remotely made up nearly 36 per cent of all expenses claimed during January to November 2020, new research found. The research, which looked at sectors in the UK and the Europe, found the healthcare industry claimed the most expenses, taking up 13 per cent of all claims made via the platform.
6th Apr 2021 - City A.M.
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‘Our Rural Future’ includes firm commitments on remote work which could transform countryside
In Ireland, the Government has committed to introduce legislation this year to provide employees with the right to request remote work, and to mandate public sector employers, colleges, and other public bodies to move to 20% home and remote working this year, as part of the new Our Rural Future plan. Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys said: “The move to remote working, underpinned by the rollout of the National Broadband Plan has the potential to transform rural Ireland like never before. “It will allow people to work from their own local communities, revitalise our town centres, reduce commuting times, lower transport emissions and most importantly, improve the quality of life of our people.”
3rd Apr 2021 - Irish Examiner
Hostility and harassment against women and minorities increased with remote work during the pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic caused a major shift in workplaces with many working from home, but that caused another shift: an increase in harassment and hostility toward women and minorities. Project Include, a nonprofit that analyzes the tech industry, surveyed 3,000 people on how workplaces have changed, and found an increase in harassment and hostility, harmful work expectations, and anxiety. "These harms draw from systemic issues of injustice and inequity, but also from specific outcomes of COVID-19, and they affect all workplaces, large and small, in all sectors, around the world," the report said. Remote work has created its own set of problems and amplified long-standing ones in the workplace, the report said, adding that "harassment and hostility are taking new forms since the pandemic."
3rd Apr 2021 - Yahoo News UK
Six in 10 Gen Z workers struggling in remote environment
While the pandemic’s work-from-home experience has gone smoothly for some workers, Gen Z employees are at risk and need re-energizing, a new report cautions. The past year has been uniquely disruptive for Gen Z workers, some of whom kicked off their career amid the pandemic and are struggling more than workers of other age groups, according to Microsoft’s recently released Work Trend Index, which included thoughts from 30,000 global workers. About 60% of Gen Z workers said they’re surviving or struggling, as opposed to thriving. Among new employees at a company for less than a year, 64% are surviving or struggling. The share of Gen Z workers who love remote work and have no issues with it is less than 15%, another recent survey found.
3rd Apr 2021 - The Business Journals
Returning to the Office Sparks Anxiety and Dread for Some
A year after the pandemic abruptly forced tens of millions of people to start working from home, disrupting family lives and derailing careers, employers are now getting ready to bring workers back to offices. But for some people the prospect of returning to their desks is provoking anxiety, dread and even panic, rather than relief. Amy C. Edmondson, a Harvard Business School professor who studies human interaction, has been advising financial firms, consumer products businesses and universities. She said many executives were spooked that they’ll lose their best people if they are not flexible. But she said some managers might now be going too far. Teams need to get together to get stuff done.
3rd Apr 2021 - The New York Times
Year-round sunshine, pool days and zero taxes: How to move to Dubai and work remotely for a year
As global business and travel hubs remain largely closed off to the masses, Dubai is making entry easier than ever for international visitors. The glitzy city, as well as the United Arab Emirates as a whole, has for years been opening up its once-strict residency and tourist visa rules, but has accelerated its changes in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, the country announced a UAE-wide remote working visa program (similar to one announced in Dubai in October), in a bid to attract a growing global pool of digital nomads as temporary working-from-home situations become more permanent.
3rd Apr 2021 - CNN
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Mothers bear the cost of the pandemic shift to remote work
For many parents, the COVID-19 pandemic has made life's everyday juggling act--managing work, school, extracurricular, and household responsibilities--much, much harder. And according to a new study led by Penn sociologists, those extra burdens have fallen disproportionately on mothers. The research, shared in the April issue of the journal Gender and Society, investigated how shifts in work and school that arose due to the pandemic triggered changes in the division of labor in families. Using data on two-parent households from a nationwide survey conducted in April 2020, the researchers found that gender disparities in unpaid labor were most apparent when a mother was the only parent working from home, or when neither parent was able to work remotely.
31st Mar 2021 - EurekAlert
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Northern Ireland Civil Service in union talks about remote working for 23,000-strong workforce
The Northern Ireland Civil Service is in talks with trade unions about future remote working for up to 23,000 workers, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal. The Department of Finance, responsible for personnel matters in the NI Civil Service (NICS), said the remote working habit established in the pandemic was here to stay. Regional hubs are being prepared for workers in locations outside Belfast, such as Downpatrick, Craigavon and Ballykelly.
30th Mar 2021 - Belfast Telegraph
5 Ways Leaders Can Remotely Help Teams Adjust To The Future Of Work
While many organizations are preparing to return to the office this fall, if there’s anything this last year has taught us, it’s that the future is unknown. Whether you’re a remote worker, virtual learner, or a stay-at-home parent, you’re likely experiencing pandemic fatigue right now. The reality is there may be months of remote work ahead as we adjust to the future of work. Here are some ways you can beat the fatigue and ensure that you and your team are not only surviving but thriving remotely as you strategically prepare for what the new normal will be in the upcoming months for your organization and team
30th Mar 2021 - Forbes
The hybrid office is here to stay. The shift could be more disruptive than the move to all-remote work.
The post-vaccine workplace is taking shape, and for many it’s going to be a hybrid model, allowing more remote work but with clear expectations that some days a week will be in the office. Workforce experts are bracing for a whole new set of post-pandemic upheavals, in some instances more transformative than the unplanned move to working from home last March, with some making efforts to avoid pre-pandemic remote-work mistakes. “In a lot of ways it’s going to be more disruptive than when we went all remote,” said Brian Kropp, vice president of research at Gartner. New videoconferencing technology will be added to help in-person and remote workers feel as if they’re on a level playing field. Managers will undergo extensive training to fight against the instinct to give workers in the office preferential treatment. Logistics will be coordinated to ensure those who go into the office don’t get there and find the building empty, perhaps by setting core hours or days for on-site work.
30th Mar 2021 - The Washington Post
Remote Work Is Leading To More Gender And Racial Harassment, Say Tech Workers
Tech workers say they have experienced more harassment based on gender, age and race or ethnicity while working remotely during the pandemic, according to a survey from a nonprofit group that advocates for diversity in Silicon Valley. The increases were highest among women, transgender and nonbinary people, and Asian, Black, Latinx and Indigenous people. For example, more than 1 in 4 respondents said they experienced more gender-based harassment. That figure increased, when race and gender identity were accounted for, to 39% of Asian woman and nonbinary people; 38% of Latinx woman and nonbinary people; and 42% of transgender people.
30th Mar 2021 - NPR
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Ireland looks to pubs, derelict buildings to boost remote working outside cities
Ireland will turn vacant buildings in rural towns into remote working hubs and examine whether pubs could be used as workspaces during quiet afternoons in a bid to encourage more people to live outside big cities. Describing the pandemic-driven move towards remote working as a potential “game-changer” for struggling towns and villages, the government plans to establish a network of 400 remote working hubs as part of a five-year rural development policy. Local authorities will be given funding to add vacant properties to the network and ministers committed to exploring whether tax incentives and grants could be offered to employers and employees to encourage more rural remote working.
29th Mar 2021 - Reuters
87% domestic businesses considering flexible remote working models: Report
As countries around the world grappled with lockdowns, people rapidly adopted remote work and video conferencing solutions. Through the swift and effective implementation of remote work, businesses were able to save both money and jobs that may have been lost as a result of the pandemic. According to a BCG-Zoom report, while 47 per cent of businesses surveyed in India expect a third of their employees to work remotely after the pandemic, a whopping 93 per cent agreed that video conferencing tools will continue to be essential beyond the pandemic.
29th Mar 2021 - Business Standard
Most remote workers reject monitoring software, study finds
A majority of remote workers have said they would not choose a job where their employer used software to track their work, a new survey has found. About six in ten (59%) of those asked did not want to work for any company trying to use software that could spy on them, with only just over a third saying it was acceptable if used to comply with regulations. “Our study sends a clear message – employees in all sectors strongly oppose the use of monitoring software in their homes, even if employers claim that it is required for regulatory compliance,” said Vivek Dodd, founder of training provider Skillcast, which commissioned the research.
29th Mar 2021 - Evening Standard
FTSE 100 firms share latest London office plans following WFH year, with many set to embrace flexible working
The Evening Standard last summer contacted FTSE 100 firms to get an insight into how many UK-based office workers they have, how many were still working from home or were back in the office, and what plans there were for having most people back in. Since then many people have continued to do their jobs outside of HQs, and companies are looking at what office space they may or may not want when lockdown rules ease. This month this paper did another survey, asking firms on London’s blue-chip index about the size of their offices in the capital and how important or less important offices in the capital will be post-pandemic.
29th Mar 2021 - Evening Standard
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What the great work from home experiment has taught us about the way we work
This is a transcript of episode 8 of The Conversation Weekly podcast, The great remote work experiment – what happens next? In this episode, four experts dissect the impact a year of working from home has had on employees and the companies they work for – and what a more hybrid future might look like.
28th Mar 2021 - The Conversation US
Government unveils plans to develop new rural remote working hubs around Ireland
In Ireland, the government will unveil plans to convert closing Bank of Ireland branches and other vacant buildings in town centres into new rural remote working hubs. This will be one of the features of the Our Rural Future action plan set to be unveiled by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, in Croke Park today. It will also include the pledge to introduce what a source called “sweeteners” in this year’s Budget to drive relocation to rural areas and enhanced home-working.
28th Mar 2021 - Irish Mirror
A Year Into Remote Work, No One Knows When to Stop Working Anymore
A year into the Covid-19 era, employees say work-life boundaries blurred, then vanished, as waking life came to mean “always on” at work. Experts warn that working around the clock—while slipping in meals, helping with homework and grabbing a few moments with a partner—isn’t sustainable, and employers from banking giant Citigroup Inc. to the software company Pegasystems Inc., are trying ways to get staff to dial back. At Accenture PLC, Jimmy Etheredge, the company’s chief executive officer of North America, is embracing the notion of “taking back lunch,” eating in peace away from screens and recharging in the middle of every workday. The company is encouraging employees not to schedule internal meetings unrelated to client business on Fridays, and Mr. Etheredge has repeatedly told employees to be candid with managers, saying, “It’s OK to not be OK.”
28th Mar 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
Remote Work: The Blurring Of Business And Personal Life
The seeping of work into our personal lives has caused people to seek some form of late-night unwinding and personal time. However, using your devices as a form of relaxation can cause inhibition of sleep. It is a slippery slope from working remotely and being a de facto teacher for your kids to complete burnout. During the Covid-19 pandemic, outlets for stress have been limited, and there can be a lack of distinction between work and personal life when working from home. It’s important to practice self-care, including saying no to videoconferencing. Have designated times where you disconnect, including shutting off your phone. Set strict work hours. If you would usually work until 5 pm at the office, make 5 pm the time you sign off at home. If your employer wants you to work later than your usual hours, speak with them. If the issue is not resolved to your satisfaction, consider consulting with an attorney.
28th Mar 2021 - Forbes
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Over half of London firms to continue remote working when Covid pandemic ends
Half of London businesses will support some form of remote working when the coronavirus crisis ends, new research suggests. A survey of 500 business leaders in the capital showed that one in two plans to continue offering remote working to staff, while a third expect to cut down on office space. London Chamber of Commerce said its study revealed that almost two-thirds of employers have allowed staff to work from home at least two days a week as a result of the pandemic. Just over half of respondents said they will continue remote working in some form each week when the pandemic is over.
26th Mar 2021 - Daily Mail
COVID-19 impact: Work from home more appealing than return to 'business as usual,' Harvard survey shows
Despite potentially longer hours, most Americans enjoy working remotely and want the option to keep doing so after the pandemic, according to a new Harvard Business School Online survey. As COVID-19 forced companies to let employees work remotely and presented new challenges such as readjusting their home life and fighting Zoom fatigue from numerous virtual meetings, most of the 1,500 people surveyed say they excelled and even grew in their professions. But the survey also showed that while most employees miss their colleagues and other aspects of office life, they don't want to go back to "business as usual" because they want more flexibility doing their jobs
26th Mar 2021 - USA Today
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Majority of Australians want a combination of office and remote work
Just 10 per cent of Australians want to return to the office at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic according to a "startling" new study, says Sky News host Peta Credlin. Research from PwC shows three quarters of workers want a combination of office and remote work, while a further 16 per cent say they want to permanently work from home," Ms Credlin said.
25th Mar 2021 - The Australian
Britain's Nationwide tells all 13,000 staff: 'work anywhere'
Britain’s Nationwide Building Society has told all its 13,000 office-based staff to work from anywhere in the country, in one of the clearest signs yet firms are making permanent the remote working arrangements put in place during the COVID-19 crisis. The lender said on Thursday it will not renew the leases on three of its offices in its hometown of Swindon in the southwest of England but will retain its headquarters there along with other regional hubs. Nationwide’s move goes even further than some British banks such as HSBC and Lloyds, which have said they will cut office space but are likely still to require staff to come in on some days.
24th Mar 2021 - Reuters
Working from home and flexing hours will become the norm
Ministers are preparing to make flexible working a permanent feature of British life after coronavirus, with plans to strengthen employees’ rights to work from home or ask for different hours. The government will start a public consultation later this year on how to extend flexible working, potentially ensuring that people who have transitioned to a hybrid of home and office working during the pandemic will be able to maintain that pattern. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is likely to look at ways to strengthen the existing legal right to request flexible working. Under the present rules, employees can formally ask for changes to their working pattern. The employer must deal with the request in a “reasonable manner” and make a decision within three months. In addition to extending the existing scheme, the plans could go further, with consideration being given to introducing a right to request ad hoc flexible working
24th Mar 2021 - The Times
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Hybrid working and four-day weeks: The future of work in Ireland
The future of work swept in faster than many of us could have ever imagined with the onset of Covid-19. The virus forced all but essential workers into their own homes to work and gave us the confidence that the remote model could work, because it had to. As we are facing into the light at the end of the tunnel one thing is glaringly obvious, the return to the office is never going to be the same. One of Ireland's leading telecommunications companies, Vodafone, have recently announced their return to the office will take on a hybrid model of 40:60.
24th Mar 2021 - RTE.ie
New reasons to think the work-from-home revolution is overblown
One year after the Covid-19 pandemic forced millions of workers to start clocking in from home, many companies are thinking about how to bring their employees back into the office. A number of firms think the past 12 months have proven the merits of remote work, and have pledged more flexible schedules. But increasingly, there are signs the work-from-home revolution could have its limits. A survey of 1,450 corporate executives in North America published by Accenture (ACN) last month also showed that the shift to home working may not be as dramatic as first expected.
24th Mar 2021 - CNN
From AI to Zoom: How the Covid-19 pandemic permanently changed remote work
Someday, perhaps someday soon, when vaccination rates are high enough and the coronavirus relents, the world will return to normal. But in its wake, something as massive and meaningful as a global pandemic will leave many things different, including how we work. In particular, knowledge workers — high-skilled workers whose jobs are done on computers — will likely see the biggest changes, from our physical locations to the technology we use to the ways in which our productivity is measured. In turn, how we work impacts everything from our own personal satisfaction to new inventions to the broader economy and society as a whole. These changes represent a chance to remake work as we know it and to learn from the mistakes of our working past — if we’re thoughtful about how we enact them.
24th Mar 2021 - Vox.com
Mayor Ends Remote Work for 80,000 in Signal to Rest of New York City
For the last year, New York City has been running in the shadow of a deadly pandemic, with many city and private sector employees forced to work from home, stripping New York of its lifeblood and devastating its economy. But with virus cases seeming to stabilize and vaccinations becoming more widespread, city officials intend to send a message that New York is close to returning to normal: On May 3, the city will compel its municipal office employees to begin to report to work in person. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to bring the nation’s largest municipal work force back to the office represents a significant turnabout for a city that served as the national epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, coming to symbolize the perils of living in densely packed global capitals.
24th Mar 2021 - The New York Times
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Major employers scrap plans to cut back on offices - KPMG
Most major global companies no longer plan to reduce their use of office space after the coronavirus pandemic, though few expect business to return to normal this year, a survey by accountants KPMG showed on Tuesday.
23rd Mar 2021 - Reuters on MSN.com
Hybrid remote and office working could revive local economies
A hybrid model of remote and office working is here to stay and policymakers should harness it to turbocharge plans for regeneration and regional growth, according to a report. Researchers at Legal & General and Demos said that the upheaval in working practices caused by the pandemic had created a new emphasis on the areas around people’s homes, where workers will be spending more time and money in future. This has created opportunities for parts of the country, particularly rural areas, which have traditionally struggled to attract businesses and workers. However, it also has the potential to create new inequalities between those areas that attract homeworkers and those that do not. City centres, once a magnet for office workers, also face new challenges.
22nd Mar 2021 - The Times
House bound: NI firms considering remote working model beyond Covid
It is now a year since office-based businesses began working from home just before the first national lockdown, bringing a huge lifestyle change for us all virtually overnight. Employees and companies are now asking how long will this continue, and is there any going back to the way we were. It seems not, with one business leader adamant that things will never be the same again. Liberty Insurance and its subsidiary Hughes Insurance have said that its 400 staff in Northern Ireland will be working remotely from now on, and outsourcing giant Capita — which has 1,500 staff here — has said the same about workers in their call centres.
22nd Mar 2021 - Belfast Telegraph
UAE: How remote work visas will help expats, employers
Expatriate business leaders in the UAE have called the cabinet ruling a breath of fresh air for corporations. The Federal Cabinet has approved a new system allowing professionals to reside in the country while working remotely for employers abroad, a scheme Dubai launched by itself in October.
22nd Mar 2021 - Khaleej Times
Holyrood could keep some remote working after Covid, says Presiding Officer
Remote working procedures brought in to help Holyrood adapt to Covid-19 could remain in place after the pandemic has come to an end, even though they are “suboptimal” to normal sittings, the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer has said. Ken Macintosh said he had been “pleased and relieved” by how the parliament had adapted its working practices after the virus struck. Those changes have seen some business, including committee meetings and questions to ministers, take place entirely remotely, with MSPs appearing from their living rooms, studies and kitchens.
22nd Mar 2021 - Evening Standard
Report recommends manager training to ensure women working remotely aren't ignored
The growing number of vaccinated Americans has propelled discussions of returning to the office. But a recent report warns women’s careers could suffer further damage unless managers prepare to support those interested in hybrid arrangements. Compared to six months ago, 48% of women have become less interested in returning to the physical workplace full-time, according to Perceptyx’s report, which polled more than 1,000 U.S. workers.
22nd Mar 2021 - The Business Journals
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Covid: Welsh firms looking at flexi-working 'permanently'
Some of Wales' major employers say they are considering a permanent shift to flexible working after the pandemic. The Welsh government, Cardiff University and Admiral Group say they are all consulting with staff about a hybrid of home and office working. However, experts say there will always be a place for office working - especially for those starting careers. They say many major organisations will instead have smaller offices and allow more flexible working.
21st Mar 2021 - BBC News
Our research shows working from home works, in moderation
If the Covid-19 crisis subsides and economies can largely reopen, the experiences of so many people working from home over the past year will surely shape what happens next. For many of us, this could emerge as a return to the office for three days a week. Patterns will obviously vary, but a common thread would be something like Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the office and Wednesday and Friday at home. This coming shift will largely be driven by employers making a calculation between two different, equally important forces. One is what companies see as the need for in-person creativity and connections, which will spur their desire to bring people back into offices. At home, however, we tend to be more efficient in the daily tasks that make up much of working life. This is the competing force that may keep many of us out of the office, even after Covid
21st Mar 2021 - The Guardian
Remote Work Visas Are Transforming The Future Of Work And Travel
One of the biggest perks of having a remote job is the massive perk of living and working wherever you want. The remote work environment has advanced extremely fast due to the state of the world pandemic. Millions of workers now have the flexibility to work from anywhere they desire. With millions of people working from home already, remote work is the present, and flexible working is the actual future of work.
20th Mar 2021 - Forbes
How CEOs And Workers Feel About Working Remotely Or Returning To The Office
CEOs are wrestling with what to do about bringing back people to the office. The prevailing corporate consensus is consolidating around a flexible hybrid system, which has been championed by Google CEO Sundar Pichai. This entails offering employees an option or a combination of remote and in-office work. There are other alternatives being offered too. There are real risks inherent with the leading return-to-work hybrid system. Companies will have to ensure that their employees don’t take advantage of the system by collectively deciding to work remotely on Mondays and Fridays, to the disadvantage of other co-workers. It can become a logistical nightmare for managers to have impromptu meetings, as everyone is operating on a different schedule and in varied time zones. A supervisor needs to keep in mind who is working where and when they are available.
20th Mar 2021 - Forbes
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Couple reveal how they gave up full time work to live in a van
A couple who swapped their busy office jobs for life in van, trading their hectic nine to five schedules for working just two days a week remotely have revealed they're still saving the same amount as before despite a 60 per cent salary cut. Charlie Low, 25, an insight manager, and Dale Comley, 29, an engineer, from Bristol, decided to leave their jobs after finding themselves constantly counting down to the days to the weekend every week. Tired of the rat race, they invested £8,800 in a bright yellow LWB Mercedes Sprinter van - previously used by delivery company DHL - and converted it in their spare time after choosing to commit to a new life on the road. Over the next year, the couple spent £6,700 converting the van but are still able to save the same amount now as when they were working full time as their ills are so tiny.
18th Mar 2021 - MSN.com
Remote working locations confirmed across Wales
Locations across Wales are being made available for remote working, giving people an alternative to working from home or working in a traditional office environment. The Welsh Government is encouraging an increase in remote working and has set a long-term ambition for 30% of the Welsh workforce to work away from a traditional office, to be achieved by giving people more options and choice on their workplace. This ambition is intended to help town centres, reduce congestion and cut carbon emissions.
18th Mar 2021 - Wales247
Why remote work has eroded trust among colleagues
When the pandemic triggered mass workplace closures last spring, many companies were unprepared for what turned into an open-ended remote-work arrangement. For some, the extraordinary situation initially prompted a heightened sense of goodwill as workers juggled the demands of family and fine-tuned home-office setups. Yet as we now pass the one-year mark of virtual work, the shaky foundation of many company cultures is cracking to reveal a lack of trust among remote managers and employees. The dearth of trust isn’t something that will be magically fixed once the pandemic subsides, especially as businesses are considering adopting new models, from hybrid systems to a different kind of work week. The consequences of a culture of distrust are significant – including diminished productivity, innovation and motivation. But there are steps we can take to effectively build and repair trust, even from afar.
18th Mar 2021 - BBC News
Covid-19 remote working and newsroom productivity
More than a third of media professionals believe they have exceeded newsroom productivity while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic – however some shared concerns that the quality of their work had dipped. The absence of face-to-face contact was a problem raised by journalists who feel they have suffered from not being able to meet interviewees or interact with colleagues amid the buzz of the newsroom. This was a common theme: “It’s more productive but you miss that time interacting with people. The talking and chats that might make you ‘less productive’ but have a human side.”
18th Mar 2021 - Press Gazette
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Will work from home outlast virus? Ford's move suggests yes
It’s a question occupying the minds of millions of employees who have worked from home the past year: Will they still be allowed to work remotely — at least some days — once the pandemic has faded? On Wednesday, one of America s corporate titans, Ford Motor Co., supplied its own answer: It told about 30,000 of its employees worldwide who have worked from home that they can continue to do so indefinitely, with flexible hours approved by their managers. Their schedules will become a work-office “hybrid”: They'll commute to work mainly for group meetings and projects best-suited for face-to-face interaction. Ford's announcement sent one of the clearest signals to date that the pandemic has hastened a cultural shift in Americans' work lives by erasing any stigma around remote work and encouraging the adoption of technology that enables it. Broader evidence about the post-pandemic workplace suggests that what was long called tele-commuting will remain far more common than it was a year ago.
17th Mar 2021 - The Independent
What does a future of remote work look like for Massachusetts?
As COVID-19 vaccines make possible the potential for a return to everyday life as we once knew it, the impacts of living over a year amidst a global pandemic may very well continue to linger on long after the coronavirus crisis enters history books. With a workforce now intimately familiar with the benefits of working outside the office, Massachusetts officials are now trying to suss out exactly how the trend will carry on even when more employers re-open brick-and-mortar offices in the months ahead. Michael Kennealy, the state’s secretary of housing and economic development, said recently his office is wrestling with questions about how an increase in remote work might impact everything from employers and employees, commercial real estate, and economic investments in cities and towns to internet broadband accessibility and transportation policy.
17th Mar 2021 - Boston.com
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Work from home: Here's what remote workers should consider before relocating
Where we work usually plays a major role in where we live. That could mean choosing a house near public transportation or packing up to another state because it’s a hotbed for hiring in your field. But COVID-19 lockdowns have transformed the way we think about work and living. A third of Americans are now working remotely full time, according to a Gallup poll. Compare that to five years ago when just 5% of Americans worked remotely full-time. Maybe you’re considering making a move out of state now that you aren't tethered from a physical office space. Perhaps that’s because you want to save money, live closer to family, or move into a bigger space. Whatever the reason, here are some of the factors you should consider before relocating to another state
16th Mar 2021 - Yahoo News
5 ways remote work is changing the economy for the better
More than two-thirds of professionals were working remotely during the peak of the pandemic, according to a new report by work marketplace Upwork, and over the next five years, 20% to 25% of professionals will likely be working remotely. Remote working has caused employees to rethink and better accommodate their priorities in life and employers to rethink operations regarding how they can best work with professionals and create teams, the report stated. But it also hasn't been without some downsides, such as blurring the lines between work-life balance and causing increased stress.
16th Mar 2021 - MSN
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Government policy on remote working could hurt flexibility and deter investment
Melanie Crowley is head of employment law at Mason, Hayes & Curran. She comments: "Balancing employment rights with international competitiveness is a key task of any government. That balance seems badly askew in the Government’s National Remote Work Strategy published recently. There are two key cornerstones to the Government’s strategy – the intention to legislate for the right to request remote working and the intention to issue a code of practice around the right to disconnect."
15th Mar 2021 - The Irish Times
'I don't have to choose between lifestyle and career.' How remote work changed these people's lives
It's been a year since companies across the globe sent employees home to work as the pandemic spread. While many businesses were forced to shut down permanently, remote work enabled others to survive, and even thrive in some cases. As a result, many employers have decided to offer more flexibility when it comes to where and when their employees work. Andrew Hewitt, a senior analyst at market research firm Forrester, expects about 60% of companies to offer a hybrid work model, while 10% will be fully remote. And while working from home comes with its fair share of challenges, it's also provided some workers the opportunity to make some life-changing decisions.
15th Mar 2021 - CNN
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Is the 9-to-5 office routine dead? Here’s what workers want
What has a year of living through a pandemic and WFH taught us about where we are headed? To get a sense of how people’s attitudes towards work have changed, Future Forum, a consortium backed by Slack, gave Fortune Analytics exclusive access to their survey of more than 8,500 knowledge workers or skilled office workers from around the world. The data was used to build the Future Forum Remote Employee Experience Index. Taken together, these survey questions help paint a picture of how workers have evolved—and how the workplace must evolve, too.
14th Mar 2021 - Fortune
From Remote Work to Hybrid Work: The Tech You’ll Need to Link Home and Office
Hope your magic Mary Poppins, go-back-to-the-office bag is ready. Let’s see, you’re going to need your laptop, your laptop’s power adapter, your headphones, your headphones’ power adapter, your ring light, your ring light’s power adapter… Prepare to do this two to three times a week, as you split time between your home-office and your office-office for the next, well, forever. Welcome to the exciting new world of hybrid work. “Somewhere in the vicinity of 60% of the workforce are choosing the hybrid option,” said Gartner analyst Suzanne Adnams, “which means their ideal is working at home and coming into the office three days a week.”
14th Mar 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
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Is the five-day commute over? New data suggests people only want to work in the office ‘two days a week’
Full-time work as we once knew it could look very different post-pandemic suggest experts and new data. A recent Deloitte poll shows that many of us would prefer to spilt our working time between the office and home. Research conducted with 800 people from a range of backgrounds, found that those who can work from home would choose to continue to do so when restrictions ease, choosing to travel to an office only a couple of days of the week. “On average they’ve said they’d like to work in the office two days a week,” said Ian Stewart, chief economist for Deloitte on the people surveyed.
11th Mar 2021 - MSN.com
For better or worse, working from home is here to stay
One year into the coronavirus pandemic, employers, particularly tech companies, are increasingly adopting extended work-from-home policies. For the most part, workers applaud this new approach. Vaccinated or not, more than half of employees said that, given the option, they would want to keep working from home even after the coronavirus crisis subsides, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.
11th Mar 2021 - CNBC
Ring Lights And Late Nights: How The Remote Revolution Has Changed The Workforce
Today, nearly half (47%) of American employees are currently working from home at least part of the time, according to a study by Glassdoor. As vaccine production and distribution ramps up, some employers have announced definitive return-to-work dates. Others have committed to permanent remote-work arrangements, and freelance platform Upwork expects that 36.2 million Americans will be working from home by 2025, an 87% increase from pre-pandemic levels—and a sign that this grand experiment in telecommuting has done more than just make Zoom a part of our everyday lives and vocabulary. Here, we take a look at how one year of working remotely has changed the workforce.
11th Mar 2021 - Forbes
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Remote work needs to be regulated 'quickly', EU presidency says
Portugal’s deputy secretary of state for labour, Miguel Cabrita, urged EU countries on Tuesday (9 March) to move fast with plans to regulate remote working, saying quick action will maximise opportunities and minimise risks. Speaking at a high-level conference on the future of work organised by Portugal’s EU Presidency, Cabrita stressed the importance of finding a balance between opportunities and risks of remote working. He defended the need “to move quickly towards regulation of this model that is no longer new,” but which has become widespread due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
10th Mar 2021 - Euractiv
Passive collaboration is essential to remote work's long-term success
Technology like high-quality video conferencing and the cloud have been integral in making remote work possible. But we don’t yet have a complete substitute for in-person work because we continue to lack tooling in one critical area: passive collaboration. While active collaboration (which is the lion’s share) can happen over virtual meetings and emails, we haven’t fully solved for enabling the types of serendipitous conversations and chance connections that often power our biggest innovations and serve as the cornerstone of passive collaboration.
10th Mar 2021 - Yahoo News
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7 best co-working spaces for remote work in Tokyo
Whether you’re working remotely, running a side hustle, or just need somewhere professional to sit down with a client or a report, there are plenty of co-working spaces in Tokyo. The competitive nature of the industry means these shared offices are smartly laid-out, modern and well-maintained, equipped with plenty of electrical outlets and fast wifi, while also offering their respective unique membership perks like free drinks or private booths. So forget the stress of café-hopping and worrying about wifi connections – set up shop in one of these tranquil, professional environments in the city instead.
9th Mar 2021 - Time Out
Remote Workers Are Making Permanent Moves. What Happens When Offices Reopen?
With millions of Americans suddenly working remotely, some took the unprecedented opportunity to shift their lives in a new direction — crossing their fingers that when it's safe to go back to the office, they won't have to. David Lewis is the CEO of OperationsInc, an HR consulting firm in Connecticut. Many of his clients have seen employees suddenly move out of state, and they've just rolled with it. "It wasn't frowned upon as much as it probably would have been prior to COVID — and now I think that day of reckoning is coming," he says. He predicts that more than half of companies that can allow remote work will continue to, at least part time. And companies should think hard before being heavy-handed in ordering people back to the office from wherever they are now, he says.
9th Mar 2021 - NPR
Pandemic sends almost half EU employees into remote working
The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that almost half of the working population in the European Union (EU) were fully or partially working remotely in July, up from around 10% before the pandemic crisis, according to Eurofound. This new labour reality, accelerated by the pandemic, will be under discussion on Tuesday at a high-level conference on the future of work entitled “Remote Working: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities” held remotely as part of the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the EU.
9th Mar 2021 - Euractiv
The pandemic forced a massive remote-work experiment. Now comes the hard part
The pandemic has forced a large segment of the global workforce to go through a remote-work experiment on a scale never seen before -- and a lot has changed in the last 12 months. The boundary between our work and our personal lives has become blurred. Working at the kitchen table has become common and, for parents, juggling virtual school while trying to hit work deadlines has become a daily challenge. We've learned many lessons as a result: meetings aren't always necessary, working a standard eight-hour shift may not be the best schedule for everyone, sitting at a desk doesn't always mean you're being productive and perhaps, you miss your coworkers more than you thought you would. Now that more people are getting vaccinated and kids are going back to school, things appear as if they might get back to "normal," but the workplace as we knew it may be forever changed.
9th Mar 2021 - CNN
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As Remote Work Becomes the Norm, Vast New Possibilities Open for People With Autism
By normalizing remote work for everybody, the pandemic has made it easier for people who don’t adapt well to office environments to thrive. The longtime resistance to supporting remote accommodations for disabled employees evaporated when neurotypical (i.e., not autistic) people had to work from home. At the same time, the growing awareness of neurodiversity—the idea that humans aren’t all wired the same way, and that differences like autism and ADHD also come with unique strengths—means there is more appreciation for what neurodivergent employees can contribute.
8th Mar 2021 - Wall Street Journal
Working from home: Remote workers clock up 300 million overtime hours since Covid-19 pandemic began
In Ireland, some 44pc of remote workers are logging longer hours at home while 65pc feel pressure to stay connected afterward. According to a new survey released by Laya healthcare, Irish workers working from home have clocked 300 million overtime hours since the beginning of the pandemic. On average, employees are working 22 hours overtime per month. The study, which surveyed 1,000 Irish employees and 180 HR leaders, also revealed that 43pc of remote workers are experiencing frequent stress, and with at least another month of Level 5 restrictions employers should be wary of employee burnout.
8th Mar 2021 - Independent.ie
These cities could become the biggest winners and losers as more Americans shift to remote work
The end – or at least a substantial easing – of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight, but the titanic shift toward remote work that it fostered is expected to endure, at least to some extent. And a trend that allows many Americans to work anywhere is likely to cause a reshuffling of the nation’s 403 metro areas, with some losing residents no longer tethered to local offices and others gaining citizens who can work from home and enjoy a better lifestyle.
8th Mar 2021 - USA Today
Why in-person workers may be more likely to get promoted
Remote work has a lot of benefits, but one major drawback: it may be harder to climb the career ladder when you’re at home. The problem of inequity in promotion between remote and in-person workers has existed since well before the pandemic forced many people into home-work situations. In a 2015 study conducted in China, researchers from the Stanford Graduate School of Business found that while people working from home were more productive – 13% more, to be exact – they weren’t rewarded with promotions at nearly the same rate as their in-office colleagues.
8th Mar 2021 - BBC News
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Working from home: Hybrid remote working may be the future
In England, the sudden shift to working from home a year ago may have changed the lives of office workers forever. Nearly half of all those in employment did some of their job in their houses or flats after the first lockdown was announced last March, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – many for the first time. Now the Government is trying to work out when and how to get people back into offices, to help boost the economy. Boris Johnson issued a plea last summer for people to return to their offices to save city centres, before having to perform a U-turn as Covid-19 rates rocketed. However, the Prime Minister said last week that he is confident that workers will return to traditional work patterns.
7th Mar 2021 - iNews.co.uk
Homeworking sounds good – until your job takes over your life
Big companies seem more open than ever to the idea of homeworking arrangements staying in place even after the worst of the pandemic is over and restrictions are lifted, and for some people the old grind of commuting and congregating in offices may at least partially be over. What this could mean for the smaller businesses that depend on the presence of large employers is clear from our emptied-out city centres, but “hybrid working” is the season’s most fashionable corporate concept. In more sober tones, the Financial Times recently reported that some of Britain’s largest employers are in the midst of “reviews of working practices” and that most of the companies its journalists had contacted said they expected to soon introduce employment models split between the office and home.
7th Mar 2021 - The Guardian
How Remote Work Is Reshaping America’s Urban Geography
A year ago, just before the start of pandemic lockdowns, some 10% or less of the U.S. labor force worked remotely full-time. Within a month, according to Gallup and other surveys, around half of American workers were at distant desktops. Today, most of them still are. And surveys of employers and employees alike suggest a fundamental shift. While forecasts differ, as much as a quarter of the 160-million-strong U.S. labor force is expected to stay fully remote in the long term, and many more are likely to work remotely a significant part of the time. This rapid reordering accelerates a trend that has been under way for years. And it doesn’t just change the dynamic between workers and companies. It is affecting the economic fates of cities and communities large and small, but especially smaller ones
7th Mar 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
Share of Brits working from the office rises to pre-lockdown level, as remote working appeal fades
The percentage of people travelling to work has returned to the same level as before Christmas, before the third nationwide lockdown began, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics. Nearly 40 per cent of people surveyed said they were solely working from the office or job site at the end of February, matching the level seen before 22 December, despite rules ordering people to work from home when they can. It’s also the first time since December that the share of employees leaving home to go to work exceeded those solely working remotely. The percentage of workers who are only working from home has also been gradually falling since mid-February and was 32 per cent at the end of the month.
7th Mar 2021 - City A.M.
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Why we should be allowed to request remote working from day one
Although the pandemic has normalised remote working, UK workers still face challenges when it comes to requesting flexible working. At present, the law states that employees can only request to work flexibly after 26 weeks of employment, with a limit of one request per 12-months. In particular, research suggests those in lower paid, more manual occupations often don't have access to the same flexible working opportunities as those in higher paid, managerial professions. “While many have hailed the pandemic as a driver for the adoption of flexible working practices, particularly around home working, the reality for many is that this is not the case,” says Peter Cheese, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
4th Mar 2021 - Yahoo Finance
Five Ways Companies Can Help Mothers Struggling With Remote Work
In the early months of the pandemic, employees seemed pleased with the way their companies handled the nearly instantaneous pivot to remote work. But now that we’re reaching the one-year anniversary of that pivot, it’s becoming apparent that parents, particularly mothers, are struggling. For parents working remotely, there’s a big difference between having the kids at school or underfoot all day. Eventually, kids will go back to school, but employees will remember how their companies responded to their needs during this relatively brief time
4th Mar 2021 - Forbes
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How do successful remote teams communicate?
What’s the best way to communicate with your team when you’re not all in the same place? It’s a vexing question that Christoph Riedl and Anita Williams-Wolley, associate professors at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business and Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business respectively, have been researching for more than half a decade. Their research, summarised in the Harvard Business Review, reveals that the best virtual teams communicate with each other in short bursts. Rapid-fire interactions help to focus workers on the task at hand, while the preceding periods of extended radio silence enable them to think deeply and develop relevant ideas that they can then discuss in detail.
3rd Mar 2021 - Management Today
How To Build Team Culture Within Remote Or Hybrid Working Models
A new workplace blueprint is being created that merges working from the office and remote work. As the workforce leans towards this hybrid model, it is important for businesses to build an inclusive culture for remote workers into their plan. Virtual work has turned into lots of transactional interactions and is lacking the relational connections that can take place in an office space. Without being in the same room as co-workers it can be difficult to collaborate and build meaningful relationships that are helpful for team morale. More than 50% of executives say that company culture influences productivity, creativity, profitability, firm value and growth rates. If you add lightness, fun and connection the work still gets done, but it doesn’t feel cumbersome and will enhance work outcomes.
3rd Mar 2021 - Forbes
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34% will return to office full time post-pandemic
Just over a third of workers in Ireland will be returning to the office on a full time basis once Covid restrictions are fully lifted. This is according to a survey of CEOs, Human Resource and other executives with responsibility for employees at over 250 companies in Ireland. Just over a fifth - 22% - of employees are expected to work full-time remotely with the remaining 44% working between the home and the office, the survey found. Of the latter cohort, over 90% will spend three days or less in the office.
2nd Mar 2021 - RTE.ie
How to Stay Social When You Never See Your Work Friends
One of the hardest parts of working remotely is losing the built-in social life an office environment provides. But just because you’re not in the same building as others doesn’t mean you’re doomed to be a hermit. Start building your out-of-office social life by reaching out to coworkers you like—and talking about things besides work. There are plenty of reasons why this might feel awkward at first, says Shasta Nelson, a friendship expert. But it’s a good idea to push through your discomfort. Any form of social connection is great for your mental and physical health; loneliness is linked to a higher risk of health problems like anxiety, depression and heart conditions, while having strong social ties is linked to the opposite
2nd Mar 2021 - Time
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How to build trust when everyone is working separately
A lack of trust is one of the key contributors to a toxic workplace. Often, it begins with managers and leaders and trickles down to the rest of the team, leading to problems with productivity, engagement, wellbeing and morale. Unfortunately, research suggests mistrust is a major issue affecting workers, especially those working from home. In January, a Catalyst survey of more than 1,700 full-time employees in five countries in Europe, including the UK, found only 46% of employees in Europe report feeling “often or always” trusted at work. Employers may see spying on their staff as a safety measure to ensure people are productive when working remotely, but research shows a culture of distrust actually undermines productivity. So what can leaders do to build trust when employees are working from home?
1st Mar 2021 - Yahoo Finance UK
The Impact Of The Remote Workforce
Work from home has become business as usual. Not even a year ago, working remotely was an opportunity for just a small percentage of the workforce. The change was inevitable. While the pandemic imposed the WFH economy, it was going to happen anyway. Over time, businesses would have realized that technology enables this capability. Excluding factory jobs, restaurants, grocery stores, retail and other businesses that require people to be on location, many companies are finding the change is not as painful as they may have thought. While a 100% WFH workforce may not be for every company, the number of companies that will adapt to a percentage of their workforce going remote will have greater impact beyond the company, its employees and its customers.
1st Mar 2021 - Forbes
Working from home turns out not to be the dream we were sold
Homeworking is all the rage. Apparently, we’ll all be at it permanently. So proclaim lifestyle gurus and HR consultants. Many make a profession out of talking as if only professional work exists, forgetting that only a third of working adults are working entirely from home even in this lockdown. The gurus aren’t just predicting that working from home is here to stay, they’re also prophesying that it’ll be great and cheap. Not only will commuting costs disappear, homeworking will make housing cheaper, as not living near the office will mean everyone is paying small-town rents while earning city-centre salaries. Back in the real world, new research shows that homeworking households actually spent about 7-10% more on housing compared with similar non-remote households in the same region. Why? Homeworkers need more space so have bigger houses.
28th Feb 2021 - The Guardian
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Why Remote Workers Spend More on Housing and Rent
As some employers consider remote-forever policies, there have been a few attempts to quantify the economic impacts of this digital turn away from the office. The focus tends to be on what the move might cost (or save) employers, in terms of productivity or salaries. Other research has delved into the savings, in gas, time and carbon emissions, from Covid-altered commuting regimes. But a new working paper distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research looks at another, hidden cost: Employees who find themselves without an office tend to increase their own spending — on more room. Or, more rooms. About 0.3 to 0.4 more rooms, to be exact.
28th Feb 2021 - Bloomberg
Pay Cuts, Taxes, Child Care: What Another Year of Remote Work Will Look Like
Companies are anticipating another largely remote work year, and new questions about compensation and benefits are weighing on managers. Discussions about the future of work, such as whether to reduce the salaries of employees who have left high-cost cities, are priority items in board meetings and senior executive sessions across industries, according to chief executives, board members and corporate advisers. Among the questions companies are trying to resolve: Who should shoulder tax costs as employees move to new locations while working remotely? And what is the most effective way to support working parents? Companies say there is much at stake, from the happiness and productivity of employees to regulatory consequences, if they get these decisions wrong.
28th Feb 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
Out of office: what the homeworking revolution means for our cities
Many analysts believe a shift to remote working was already under way, with coronavirus accelerating it by around a decade. Seven in 10 UK employees who have been working remotely during Covid-19 told a survey that they felt as productive at home as in the workplace. More than half (53%) of workers said they would prefer a hybrid model in future, splitting their time equally between their desk and a remote location. Boris Johnson provided little new guidance on managing the return to workplaces when he presented his roadmap out of lockdown, promising only to review the advice on working from home by late June. Most social restrictions are expected to be relaxed in midsummer, but businesses are not anticipating a large-scale recolonisation of offices before September, provided coronavirus case rates continue to decline.
28th Feb 2021 - The Guardian
Banks weigh up home working - the new normal or an aberration?
As the finance industry prepares for life post-pandemic, commercial banks are moving quickly to harness working from home to cut costs, while investment banks are keen to get traders and advisers back to the office. But there are concerns that remote working does not benefit everyone. Junior staff miss out on socialising and learning opportunities and there are also risks home working can entrench gender inequality.
27th Feb 2021 - Reuters
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Why we should listen to Gen Z's response to remote working
We don’t know yet how many companies will opt for an alternative working model after the pandemic, but jobs platform Tallo is confident that the Gen Z response to remote working will be a deciding factor. As a digital-native talent pool, flexibility may be a priority for this younger generation that will be the future leaders of the workforce. In an effort to know more about young people’s perceptions of remote working, Tallo recently surveyed 850 college students in the US. Of that number, 63pc said they would accept a role that is primarily virtual, 86pc said they would feel just as productive in a remote role and 74pc said they’d prefer a job with both remote and in-person opportunities.
26th Feb 2021 - Siliconrepublic.com
Workers expect employers 'to let them down' when it comes to long-term remote work
As the COVID-19 pandemic rolls into its second year, many in the American workforce have grown accustomed to calling their homes their offices. And they’re starting to like it, too. Some companies have even announced that they’ll allow employees to permanently work from home, if they so desire. But as vaccinations roll out and the country begins to see the light at the end of a very long coronavirus tunnel, many others are trying to figure out what to do and how to plan a return to business as usual. This is a once in a millennium opportunity to rethink work “for the way work should be, not the way it’s always been,” said Deborah Lovich, senior partner and managing director of Boston Consulting Group, during Fortune’s Reimagine Work Summit
26th Feb 2021 - Fortune
Worried about meeting coworkers at your new all-remote job? Here are some tips.
Advice to a reader concerned about starting a new job remotely: "Just as being the new kid in town gives you the perfect cover for fumbling names and asking lots of questions, the pandemic has given us all the perfect excuse to not just embrace the awkwardness, but to bond over it. “If we level the playing field and know that everyone is struggling ... and ask people how they are actually doing … that immediately opens up the conversation to something more real,” says Susan McPherson, a communications specialist and author of “The Lost Art of Connecting: The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Business Relationships”
26th Feb 2021 - The Washington Post
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Pregnant teachers advised to continue to work remotely Coronavirus
Teachers who are pregnant have been advised to continue to work remotely when schools reopen on Monday. In guidance issued this morning, schools have been told that pregnant teachers should consider themselves in the high-risk health category and should temporarily continue to work remotely. The guidance, which was sought by trade unions, is likely to cause staffing difficulties for some schools, because the teacher workforce is predominantly female and young.
24th Feb 2021 - RTE.ie
Taking working remotely to a whole new level: Managing work-life balance during pandemic
Managing a good work-life balance can be tough. For some who are working at home, it’s become even harder to find a healthy medium. “It’s really easy to blur those lines of working and home life,” said Cody McLees, a Lee County visitor who’s taking working remotely to a whole new level. Wherever McLees goes, he’s pulling his office behind him. Like many employees, his office closed to slow the spread of COVID-19. “When the pandemic started, I just worked from home and got a little stir crazy,” McLees said. He left Chicago where his cybersecurity job is based, went to his hometown in Iowa, and bought an RV. His new lifestyle has its challenge.
24th Feb 2021 - ABC7 News
Welsh Government explores long-term remote working options
With more people working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, Welsh Government is exploring options for a network of remote working hubs in towns and communities across Wales. It wants to work with organisations to support a long-term shift to more people working remotely, with benefits for local economies, businesses, individuals and the environment. As part of this, Welsh Government is looking into options for a network of remote working hubs and would like to see a workplace model where staff can choose to work in the office, at home or at a hub location
24th Feb 2021 - Wales247
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Out of sight, out of mind? Remote working damages young women's careers
Almost half of British employees did some work from home last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been particularly disruptive for young women from ethnic minorities who are under-represented in professional settings. Now that chance encounters with colleagues in the cafeteria have diminished, many young people say they are struggling to find their feet in the workplace. “When you’re in the office you can run into people when they’re making a tea or something and quickly chat about anything career-wise,” British-Chinese Chau told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “It was nice to be able to speak to the senior team directly and not feel like there was a barrier there. But obviously, now we’re online, it’s hard to fit into people’s schedules. I don’t want to constantly bombard them with emails.”
23rd Feb 2021 - Thomson Reuters Foundation
Here's what SA's remote working visa – to attract digital nomads – could look like
If the City of Cape Town gets its way, South Africa may introduce a Remote Working Visa to attract digital nomads – especially to the Western Cape. After being voted one of the “Best Places For Remote Working in 2021” and receiving a Safe Travel Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Cape Town is looking to position itself as an ideal “workation” destination in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.While the coronavirus and associated travel restrictions continue to devastate tourism, the City of Cape Town – which attracts the lion’s share of South Africa’s international visitors – has unveiled a new ten-point plan that includes a big international marketing campaign.
23rd Feb 2021 - Business Insider South Africa
Leaning Into Remote Work: Tips For Perfecting WFH For The Long Haul
More and more companies are considering hybrid models for their future workplace policies. With remote work all but permanently cemented into the fabric of modern corporate culture, employees must establish practices and environments that are conducive to an effective and fulfilling workday, as well as a healthy and balanced home life. Once we are past this crisis, the workforce won't return to what it once was. We need to be prepared to make working from home a healthy and productive long-term solution. Here are some ways to maximize your working hours, while also maintaining your well-being in a combined living and working space.
23rd Feb 2021 - Forbes
The hidden financial drawback to remote working: higher housing costs
New research suggests that as people start to choose where to live with remote working in mind, workers and companies alike won’t necessarily be reaping major savings. A new working paper from researchers at Harvard University examined how much households with remote workers spent compared with their peers who commuted to work, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. And while it might be feasible that these remote-working households could move to more distant, potentially cheaper locales, in reality they didn’t necessarily save money.
23rd Feb 2021 - MarketWatch
COVID-19: Is work from home here to stay? What UK businesses are planning post-lockdown
Businesses have started preparing plans to get their employees back to the office, although some suggest office culture may look different post-pandemic. The government's work-from-home (WFH) guidance has been in place now for almost a year, and under Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown it could remain until summer.
23rd Feb 2021 - Sky News
French labour minister urges companies to boost remote working to avoid lockdown
French Labour Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Tuesday it was paramount that companies boost remote working to avoid having to resort to a new lockdown to fight the spread of COVID-19. “In recent days (COVID) data are not good. We all want to avoid a new lockdown and working from home is a good answer,” Borne told Europe 1 radio. Borne said she would meet on Friday with representatives from sectors such as banking, insurance or engineering that have seen their use of remote working decline in recent months.
23rd Feb 2021 - Reuters
When will offices reopen? What the roadmap out of lockdown means for the future of working from home
Boris Johnson has outlined his four-stage roadmap out of lockdown, but the future of working from home is a grey area. Although some miss having work colleagues and are sick of endless zoom meetings, for many, the option of remote working has been one of the positives to come out of lockdown, allowing people to save both time and money on commuting, and having more flexibility for childcare. But what does the future hold for working from home? For now, the Prime Minister has said people should keep doing their jobs remotely unless it is impossible to do so. Meanwhile, the Government is conducting a review into whether social distancing rules can be relaxed, the main barrier for many workplaces to resume.
23rd Feb 2021 - MSN.co.uk
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How your space shapes the way you view remote work
The size and location of your space – as well as whom you share it with – play a significant role in determining how well you’ve been able to work from home during the pandemic. And this helps explain why perceptions of the remote-work experience as a desirable option now vary widely along age, gender and socioeconomic lines – and could help shape our new hybrid-work future. In the initial scramble to shift to remote work, we looked at the immediate problems – how to work without a proper desk, how to get a laptop at the right height, how to get entire companies on Zoom. These short-term issues may now be fixed, but it’s taken longer to think about wider factors; how, for example, the quality of our working environment determines how well we feel we’re doing and how likely we are to want to continue this way.
22nd Feb 2021 - BBC
More Americans are looking to move as remote work gains acceptance during Covid pandemic
More Americans are planning to move this year due to the flexible work from home lifestyle that the Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in, market researcher The NPD Group said in a recent blog post. Nearly 20% of people in the country are working from home full time as of December and 28% of Americans have considered relocating during the pandemic, NPD said. In addition, 20% more consumers are planning to move this year compared with the prior year.
22nd Feb 2021 - CNBC
Working remotely? Some cities, states will pay you to move in.
In the U.S., as the coronavirus pandemic spurs a migration of skilled workers out of pricey metro areas, a growing number of cities and states are recruiting new homeowners and even renters the old-fashioned way — by bribing them. Baltimore, Topeka and Tulsa are among the places paying bounties of up to $15,000 to lure remote workers to town. The states of Maine and Alaska also dangle incentives for new residents. The programs predate COVID-19, but they’ve gained momentum in recent months.
22nd Feb 2021 - The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Feature: Remote work gains ground in Cuba amid COVID-19 pandemic
As February has become the worst month regarding COVID-19 infections since the onset of the pandemic in Cuba in March last year, the Cuban government has encouraged working remotely to reduce the movement of people throughout the country. Meanwhile, measures have been taken for essential workers to meet physical distancing guidelines and COVID-19 protocols at the "new normal" offices and workplaces. Since January, some 42,590 people have engaged in remote work in the country's capital, the epicenter of the pandemic on the island, Ivet Moya Pupo, head of Labor and Social Security in Havana, told local media.
21st Feb 2021 - Xinhua
Why Calling in Sick While Working from Home Can Be Stressful
When you’re not feeling well, the last thing you need is to stress about taking a sick day from work. But the pandemic has gotten people in the United States worried sick about calling in. According to a survey of 2,000 workers in the United States, 42 percent of employees were more stressed or anxious about taking a sick day in 2020 than in years past. Working from home adds more stress to the matter as sick day stress was found to be higher among people working remotely than those working in-person. Additionally, 60 percent of remote workers reported their boss or employer expects them to work in some way when taking a sick day.
20th Feb 2021 - Healthline
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Almost A Year Into The Pandemic, Working Moms Feel 'Forgotten,' Journalist Says
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many American families without child care and in-person schooling. Those new household burdens have largely landed on the shoulders of women, says Journalist Claire Cain Miller. Miller has been working from home, reporting on how the pandemic has affected the lives of mothers, in a New York Times series called "The Primal Scream." It's a subject she's familiar with: Her children, ages 4 and 8,have been been attending school virtually since the pandemic began. Miller says increased household responsibilities have forced many working mothers -- and especially Black and Latinx mothers — to scale back on their hours or leave the workforce entirely during the pandemic, further widening economic and racial disparities.
18th Feb 2021 - WESA
Older workers faring better when it comes to working remotely: survey
In what many may view as contrary to preconceived notions about the fluency of older workers with technology, many actually have been faring better than their younger colleagues when it comes to working remotely. That’s according to a ABBYY COVID-19 Technology and Business Process survey released earlier this month. The firm surveyed 4,000 senior-level executives in 20 industries across four countries — France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States — and found a huge gap in process expectations between digital natives and baby boomers. Two-thirds of young executives said there is not enough information provided on business processes, whereas only 26% of those aged more than 55 years agreed with that. In addition, two-thirds of young executives said that there is not enough visibility of the progress of processes, whereas only 25% of older executives complained about this.
18th Feb 2021 - McKnight's Senior Living
Workers from home beware - pay cuts might be the price of freedom
Dreaming of working remotely from that cottage in the hills? There is a good chance you will get paid less, according to a survey of human resources executives published on Thursday. Employees who move to cheaper locations to work permanently from home are also likely to have more limited career prospects, executive search firm Leathwaite said. Forty-five percent of the 250 human resources executives who took part in the survey said wages and bonuses should be adjusted when people decide to work remotely in areas with a lower cost of living. People working from home would be competing against a much bigger pool of potential rivals for their job, according to the HR executives
18th Feb 2021 - Reuters
The Remote Working Marathon - Morale, Flexibility And The Gender Divide
The great work-from-home experiment continues in Europe and North America, and it is clear that even with vaccinations and the easing of restrictions our workplace will not “return to normal” soon, if indeed it ever does. We know virtual working works pretty well from a functional perspective – office workers can continue doing their jobs and are equally if not more productive – and from a work-life balance perspective. But there are also significant limitations in terms of morale, motivation, collaboration and creativity, and it looks as if the new normal will be a hybrid - a mix of office and home-based activities, with more flexibility and fluidity about where work gets done. We have some useful insights into what has actually changed over the last year and how people are coping with these unprecedented circumstances, and what this might mean for the future of work.
18th Feb 2021 - Forbes
Pandemic to widen skill gaps as workplaces change, McKinsey says
Tens of millions of workers in developed economies will have to retrain for secure careers in post-COVID labour markets reshaped by the pandemic and the remote working revolution, a report by consultancy McKinsey said on Thursday.
18th Feb 2021 - Reuters on MSN.com
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New Study Explains How Employees Are Adjusting to Remote Work (and How Managers Can Help)
After nearly a full year after the pandemic struck, working from home presents unique challenges that don't always have streamlined solutions. According to the Harvard Business Review, common challenges include limited or reduced face-to-face supervision, social isolation, and distractions around the home. Additionally, we are finding that more and more workers are going out of their way to increase their visibility while working remotely.
17th Feb 2021 - MSN.com
What happens when you work from bed for a year
For many people, working from home, or ‘WFH’, has also come to mean ‘WFB’ – working from bed. Getting dressed and commuting to an office has been replaced by splashing water on your face and cracking open a computer as you settle back under your blanket. A staggering number of people are setting up shop on their mattresses; according to a November 2020 study, 72% of 1,000 Americans surveyed said they had worked remotely from their bed during the pandemic – a 50% increase since the start of the crisis. One in 10 reported they spent “most or all of their workweek” – 24-to-40 hours or more – in bed. But the reality is that turning your bed into your office can trigger a slew of health problems, both psychological and physical. And even if you don’t notice them now, adverse effects – possibly permanent – could emerge later on in life.
17th Feb 2021 - BBC News
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How to Work from Home Without Burning Out
Working remotely is a luxury—but it’s also an acquired skill. For employees lucky enough to be able to work from home at least some of the time, the trick to staying motivated and preventing burnout is to keep the office and the home from truly becoming one. That’s been challenging during the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced millions of people all over the world to suddenly turn their home into their office. Despite the abrupt change of scenery, many of the same productivity rules still apply, says Wendy Wood, a professor of psychology and business at the University of Southern California and author of Good Habits, Bad Habits. “People will be more successful if they follow whatever worked for them in the office,” Wood says, including establishing boundaries between the professional world and your personal life.
16th Feb 2021 - TIME
Remote Work Is (Mostly) Here To Stay
Working from home is far from a new invention, but it took a global pandemic to switch from in-person office workplaces to remote work as the default for people who can reasonably work from a home office. Work will likely move partially back to the office as in-person work becomes possible again. But how much of our work should return to the office? With both upsides and downsides to remote work, research points to a hybrid model (with the majority of time spent remotely) as the most promising direction.
16th Feb 2021 - Forbes
The Impact Of Remote Working On Towns Across England
Covid-19 has sent millions to their home offices as social distancing measures become commonplace around the world. Indeed, numerous big-name employers have already said that their workforces will continue to work from home for the foreseeable future. This has created understandable concern about the long-term viability of the city centers that have largely developed around the needs and desires of the office workers that inhabit it during working hours. What lessons can we learn from 2020 in terms of the actual impact of social distancing on city life? New research from the University of Nottingham aims to shed some light on the matter.
16th Feb 2021 - Forbes
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‘Work, life balance is key to working from home’
The results of this year’s Macra na Feirme Rural Youth Survey provides a fascinating insight into the work changes that have followed as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Those working in rural Ireland outside of farming were asked a series of questions concerning their work, life balance and the impact of Covid-19 has had on their lives. 53% of those surveyed said they would like to work from home or from a remote working hub in the future while 34% of respondents said they would not like to work remotely in the future. Over 47% said they were happy with their current work/life balance and of those - 30% highlighted how their workload has decreased since Covid-19 while 70% said their workload remained the same.
15th Feb 2021 - Irish Examiner
Could Remote Working Revive Italy's Dying Villages?
Italy’s small towns and villages have been hemorrhaging residents for decades as dire job opportunities have pushed inhabitants to move to cities or even abroad. The boom in working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, could mean a reversal of this trend. Small towns are seeing an influx of new residents and homeowners looking to take advantage of slow, countryside living. The now-famed €1 house auctions that have enticed remote working freelancers from around the globe are also helping to save these towns from drastic depopulation. Local councils are seizing the opportunity to help lure new country dwellers by offering high-speed internet and monetary incentives. But the question remains over how sustainable this trend will be beyond the pandemic.
15th Feb 2021 - Forbes
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Working from home a boost to mental health
In Australia, employers are being urged not to force staff back into the office too soon, as new research shows the mental health benefits of working remotely. As many workers approach the 12-month anniversary of working from home, Margo Lydon, the CEO of workplace mental health organisation SuperFriend, which commissioned the study, said businesses should not pressure workers to return to the office too soon, with clear evidence that remote working had improved connectedness and mental health. The pandemic and resulting shift to remote working had brought business leaders and their staff closer, she said.
14th Feb 2021 - The Australian
Remote Work Culture Is Struggling—Here Are 5 Ways To Save It
Offices have been mostly remote for almost a year now. And while the vaccine gives us hope for a return to semi-normalcy, some things will be changed forever. Employees will no longer be required to be in offices. Even for companies that do eventually return to their offices, you’ll see WFH options on the table for a long time to come. Like it or not, the workplace has changed—and the companies that thrive will be the ones that stop fighting it and lean into it. One of the biggest question marks for companies right now is around workplace culture. Team sports leagues and outings to the local bar have been replaced with virtual game nights and virtual happy hours, and for companies that are actively hiring, there will be an increasing number of employees who have never met in person. So how can you, as a leader, set the tone for an adaptable workplace culture that maintains its authenticity and allows for team members to adjust to the evolution of work? It’s not easy, but here are some tips to make it work for you.
14th Feb 2021 - Forbes
Majority of US workforce continues to work remotely amid coronavirus: poll
A majority of the United States workforce is continuing to work remotely all of the time or part-time as the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, according to a new Gallup poll. Almost 56 percent of workers surveyed reported that they were working remotely in January. That number was just 2 percentage points down from the 58 percent of workers who reported working from home in the previous four months, Gallup reported.
14th Feb 2021 - The Hill
Why we should be allowed to request remote working from day one
Despite the obvious challenges of working from home during a pandemic, from childcare to setting up a bedroom desk in a flatshare, research suggests many people want to continue remote working in the future. A survey of 1,000 people by Eskenzi PR and OnePoll found that 91% of the general working population would like to continue to work from home, whereas only 9% would want to work in the office full-time. Hybrid working is also set to be a popular choice too, with over a third of people wanting to work from home for half of the week. Although the pandemic has normalised remote working, UK workers still face challenges when it comes to requesting flexible working.
14th Feb 2021 - Yahoo Finance UK
The ticking time bomb inside the new world of work
Once the Covid crisis eases, the working week will be pleasantly transformed for millions of employees into an agreeable mix of a few days in the office and a few at home. Or so I thought until last week, when I spoke to Nicholas Bloom, an award-winning British economist at Stanford University whose eye-grabbing research on working from home began years before the pandemic. His latest co-authored study, based on months of surveys of 22,500 Americans up until December, suggests homeworking is indeed here to stay. Workers and companies alike have found it is better than expected. Both have sunk money into the equipment needed for it ($600 for the average worker). The “shirking from home” stigma has faded. No one wants to go back to grim five-day office commutes.
13th Feb 2021 - Financial Times
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Canada could see a 'rural boom' as remote work becomes permanent, study finds
Get a comfy desk chair — remote work is probably here to stay. Long after the pandemic is over, employees at flexible workplaces could see more opportunities to work from home, sparking a potential decline in urban living and a “rural boom” instead, says the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In a report released Thursday, the think tank based out of Ryerson University identified virtual workspaces as one of the most enduring changes to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, with implications for how people find work and where they choose to live.
11th Feb 2021 - Toronto Star
Another Remote-Work Year Looms as Office-Reopening Plans Are Delayed
One of the hardest questions for American corporations to answer: When should offices reopen? From Silicon Valley to Tennessee to Pennsylvania, high hopes that a rapid vaccine rollout in early 2021 would send millions of workers back into offices by spring have been scuttled. Many companies are pushing workplace return dates to September—and beyond—or refusing to commit to specific dates, telling employees it will be a wait-and-see remote-work year. The delays span industries.
11th Feb 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
'HQs are finished': the future of remote work after Covid-19
Millions of people around the world found themselves thrust into a new way of working as the coronavirus pandemic took hold in 2020. Suddenly, kitchen tables, spare bedrooms and even couches and beds became workspaces as employees became used to a new way of doing there jobs. There are positives like not having to commute and negatives, like Zoom fatigue. But as the vaccine programme rolls out and many of us start to hope of a return to normal, the question over remote working remains a puzzling one. Will people want to return to offices or are they happy WFH?
11th Feb 2021 - Metro.co.uk
'Safety is very lax': staff tell of being forced into the office during UK's third lockdown
One in five employees are going into the workplace for part or all of their working week despite being able to do their job from home, according to a poll from the Trades Union Congress (TUC). We spoke to people who say their employers have been breaking Covid guidance by asking them to return to offices unnecessarily. None would agree to be named publicly for fear of losing their job. Thomas worked from home throughout the first lockdown but in September he was called back to his office. He was one of several staff who voiced concerns about spreading the virus. “Around September they asked HR to brief us on what would happen when we went back to the office. A lot of people on these calls said they were anxious and that they didn’t want to run the risk of catching anything.”
11th Feb 2021 - The Guardian
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How Your Boss Can Use Your Remote-Work Tools to Spy on You
In the past, we’ve covered the dos and don’ts of using your work computer for personal business (in short: don’t). But as companies expand their use of remote-work software, there are increasing concerns about what kinds of data bosses can access through such tools. Some of these fears are overblown. But depending on the software your company uses and the type of work you do, some of your activity could be exposed. And privacy concerns aren’t the only worry, as employers are also starting to use the data extracted from these tools to gauge productivity. To what purpose depends on the type of work you do—and whom you do it for.
10th Feb 2021 - New York Times
13 tips to make working from home easier
We have been WFH for almost a year now, and many of us may never go back to the office full-time ever again. So the property team have assembled some tips and tricks from the world of design so you can improve your posture without denting your style. From orthopedic chairs to scented candles, and rising desks to colours that can boost your creativity, here are our tips and tricks to make working from home more productive, quieter — and more bearable.
10th Feb 2021 - The Times
'If you switch off, people think you're lazy': demands grow for a right to disconnect from work
EU research shows the numbers who went to full-time WFH mode rocketed from 5% in 2019 to almost 40% last spring. By July, 48% of respondents to a survey conducted by Eurofound said they worked wholly or partly from home. This seismic shift in office life has brought about another social change, it has blurred the work-life boundary beyond recognition. Digital technologies had already eroded the difference for many people but Covid put the always-on culture into overdrive. WFH has clear pluses beyond comfortable clothes including greater workday flexibility, less time spent commuting and quality of life available outside cities. But the downside doesn’t just involve Zoom fatigue: many people find they are working harder and longer.
10th Feb 2021 - The Guardian
European office workers don’t expect to return before summer
European office workers’ expectations about when they will be able to go back to their desks after the pandemic have slipped to the summer, according to a survey, as office return dates have been further delayed. Despite the coronavirus vaccination programme and lockdown restrictions, workers in five European countries including the UK now expect to work from home until June instead of April
10th Feb 2021 - The Guardian
Not every remote work meeting needs video, says business professor
Just because many Canadians are working remotely doesn't mean all their professional interactions require a video call. Often a ring on the phone or email will suffice, says Tsedal Neeley. The Harvard Business School professor, and author of Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere, says that with the pandemic pushing workers to home offices, video conferencing platforms like Zoom have been "overused" for work communication. Taking a more balanced approach — like communicating complex information by email instead of meeting, for example — can be better for employees, she says.
10th Feb 2021 - CBC.ca
10 Best Work-From-Home Cities In The U.S. (The Top Place Will Surprise You)
While the concept of remote work has taken off during the pandemic, it isn’t a brand-new idea. Between 2005 to 2017, there was a 159% increase in remote work, and today—according to Statista—11.2% of Americans are working from home, which is up from 5.7% of people working remotely in 2019. And we’re getting use to it—22% of workers say they’d like to work from home permanently. So what are the best places in the United States to work remotely? PCMag, a leading technology trade publication, released a report yesterday ranking the best work-from-home cities for 2021. And it’s not just big cities: The list also includes suburbs and small towns.
10th Feb 2021 - Forbes
The remote working revolution
Working from Home now has an acronym (WFH) and the desktop revolution is creating new office habits. For many, it has been liberating; for most it has presented a fresh set of challenges including creating boundaries between professional and personal life and navigating domestic distractions such as stray pets and children wandering into the Zoom field of vision. A study by Stanford University demonstrated that WFH raises productivity, reduces absenteeism and decreases employee attrition but companies have to maintain their culture: the corporate DNA that is ingrained by personal contact and example.
10th Feb 2021 - PMLiVE
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Most employers will continue remote work despite COVID vaccine: Littler
Most employers who are requiring or allowing remote work are not planning to change course for months to come, even as an increasing number of people receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a survey released by Littler Mendelson. In a survey of 1,800 human resources professionals, in-house lawyers and executives, Littler found that 86% of respondents with remote-work arrangements are extending them at least into the summer, and a majority plan to keep pandemic-related safety precautions in place even after vaccines are readily available.
9th Feb 2021 - Reuters
Working from home? How to get your broadband up to the job
According to a YouGov survey, 57% of British workers want to continue working from home after the coronavirus pandemic. Now then, more than ever, a reliable and fast internet connection is a must. Broadband is not up to the job? Here are some steps you can take to improve it.
9th Feb 2021 - Evening Standard
Lifelike holograms may be the future of remote work
It’s a pressing question that has yet to be answered: Once the pandemic passes, what will the return to work look like for millions of Americans? Some tech companies have said people can continue to work from home indefinitely. Surveys suggest that most others are contemplating hybrid workspaces where staffers rotate between working remotely and coming into the office. The possible post-coronavirus situation has some companies envisioning a future in which people can collaborate in more interactive and engaging ways, whether they’re on-site or at home. One novel approach is to use 3-D holograms.
9th Feb 2021 - The Washington Post
Working From Home Can Lead to Hidden Health Risks
As the pandemic continues, millions of Americans are working from home and adapting to the remote lifestyle. What many may not realize are the long-term effects of sitting at a computer for countless hours and having little to no physical activities in between. News4 editor and married father of two Karl Whichard has been working from home, and he said it has been a big drawback to his health. Using a standing desk or moving the laptop to a kitchen counter will improve health, according to doctors, preventing sitting for hours at a time.
9th Feb 2021 - NBC4 Washington
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Tips For Your First 100 Days Working In A New Remote Role
Starting a new job can be challenging and there are even more hurdles during the pandemic. As CBS 2 continues Working for Chicago, we’re talking to a human resource executive about how to handle your first 100 days in a remote role.
8th Feb 2021 - CBS Chicago
Remote working more appealing to certain age groups, study finds
Two in every five workers in Ireland are happy to stay working from home post-Covid, according to a new study. Esri Ireland found middle-aged people want to continue to work remotely while younger staff and people near the end of their careers would prefer a return to the office. From the 1,000 people surveyed by Esri Ireland, there is a clear divide between age groups, with 63 per cent of people under the age of 24 and 75 per cent of people over 55 wanted to return to the office. Meanwhile, almost half of the people in their late twenties and early thirties wanted to stay working from home.
8th Feb 2021 - BreakingNews.ie
Lessons Learned About Remote Work, One Year In After The Great Dispersal
March 2020 may seem like decades ago, but we are coming on the 12th month since the great corporate dispersal brought on by the Covid-19 crisis. That’s when every single office worksite broke up into a hundred smaller worksites ensconced within employees’ home offices, kitchen tables, spare bedrooms, or corners of bedrooms. How goes this great Work-from-Anywhere experiment? So far, so good, and a lot of lessons have been learned. First, that remote work is sustainable, and doesn’t affect productivity. Second, the experiment has been uneven, mainly enabling the professional and managerial class to work from the comfort of their homes, while frontline workers have had to stick it out in the public space. Third, the tools and technologies available have proven themselves in stressful situations. Finally, even for professional, managerial and office workers, there’s still always going to be a need to meet and interact face to face.
8th Feb 2021 - Forbes
Making a good job of remote work
Coronavirus caused radical and uneven disruption to work and people’s personal lives around the world. The question for businesses, policymakers and employees today is how remote working evolves in the longer term and whether they can harness its benefits. Will people spend as much time working at home in 2030 as they did in 2020? Remote work gained ground because of the pandemic and has the potential to produce great long-term benefits for employers and workers alike: fewer commutes, cheaper property and a larger pool of talent and jobs. But our forced episode of remote working over the past year is not enough to deliver those benefits. Business leaders, entrepreneurs and policymakers thinking creatively in the coming years will determine whether and how quickly remote work becomes a permanent legacy of the pandemic.
8th Feb 2021 - Financial Times
How to stay inspired and creative while working remotely
We hear a lot about the challenges of sustaining productivity in the WFH context. But the deeper, underlying issue has gone unaddressed: You can't have productivity without creativity. Without access to the activities and people we've traditionally sought inspiration from — whether colleagues or concerts, travel or theatre, dance or Degas — our creative wells are drying up, which has enormous consequences in the workplace.
8th Feb 2021 - Business Insider
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Nissan's 'office pod' imagines a new kind of remote working
Forget working from home -- this camper van is for those who want to "work from anywhere." Inspired by the new realities of the Covid-19 era, Nissan's concept vehicle features a retractable office for remote workers and digital nomads. Dubbed Office Pod Concept, the mobile workspace comes with a modified Cosm chair by US furniture-maker Herman Miller, and desk space big enough for a large computer monitor. With the tap of an app, the pod extends out the back in a matter of seconds and the trunk door becomes a cover for your al-fresco office.
7th Feb 2021 - CNN
How to deal with a bad boss while working from home
By this point in the pandemic, those of us working from home have figured out the big stuff. Maybe the kitchen table doubles as a desk now and a pet has become a frequent surprise guest in Zoom meetings but, nearly a year in, most of us are making it work. Nevertheless, there are certain things about communicating digitally that don’t always translate. And of those things is how we communicate with our bosses, say experts. If your boss wasn’t great before the age of working from home, the odds are he or she hasn’t improved. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t hope and as pandemic fatigue has fully set in, now may be the best time to salvage the relationship, according to Mollie West Duffy, co-author of No Hard Feelings, on how emotions affect our working lives.
7th Feb 2021 - The Independent
Employees working from home are putting in longer hours than before the pandemic
Enjoying more free time while working from home? Maybe not. New research conducted during the pandemic shows that home-working employees in the United Kingdom, Austria, Canada and the United States are putting in more hours than before. Home working has led to a 2.5-hour increase in the average working day in those countries, said NordVPN Teams. The United Kingdom and the Netherlands stand out, with employees "working until 8pm, regularly logging off later than usual to wrap up an extended working day," it added. However, employees in Denmark, Belgium and Spain initially recorded a spike in working hours but have since returned to their pre-pandemic timetable
7th Feb 2021 - CNN
The 6 biggest mistakes you do while working from home
It’s been almost a year since the coronavirus pandemic hit us, forcing businesses and industries to shut down their offices and continue remote working for the time being. The experience of remote working is still quite new as many employees are yet to settle down with the idea. And so, many end up making mistakes while working remotely that unknowingly affects their work productivity. So, we bring to you some of the biggest don’ts while working remotely.
7th Feb 2021 - Times of India
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Leading from afar: how managers can navigate the world of remote work
With remote working reducing the everyday chit-chat that goes hand-in-hand with office life, “you miss out on getting to know things that can help you manage that person effectively by knowing their personality”, says Max Freeman, commercial manager at Cartridge People. Introducing a “virtual brew time” helped Freeman’s team to experience the kind of interactions they might have in the office. When speaking to staff over video, he makes a point of asking how things are going outside work, as well as making a note of any events they’ve got coming up and asking how their family members are getting on. “It’s a crucial part of getting the best out of a team,” he says. “You can still find ways to get it right even when working remotely.”
4th Feb 2021 - The Guardian
How 'Work From Home' Became 'Work From Anywhere'
The way the pandemic reshapes where and how we work could be one of the most visible legacies from the health crisis. In the U.S., lockdowns sent many wealthy knowledge workers fleeing to suburbs, second-tier cities, and “Zoom towns” in scenic areas near ski slopes or national parks. While most people will eventually return to an office, things might look different than before. It all has the potential to profoundly impact office culture, labor markets, city finances and the American landscape.
4th Feb 2021 - Bloomberg
Remote working: fad or redefining trend?
Will we all be trundling in and out of our offices in a year’s time or will half of the country’s office space be redundant? The remote working trend is very real in lockdown, but in a post-pandemic world will it stick? It has being latched on to by the rural lobby in Leinster House as potentially something that could halt rural depopulation and revitalise the ailing economies of villages and towns across the State. The Government published a remote working strategy earlier this month, saying it would “lead by example”, setting a target whereby at least 20 per cent of public servants will be working remotely by the end of the year.
4th Feb 2021 - The Irish Times
Home workers putting in more hours since Covid, research shows
Employees who work from home are spending longer at their desks and facing a bigger workload than before the Covid pandemic hit, two sets of research have suggested. The average length of time an employee working from home in the UK, Austria, Canada and the US is logged on at their computer has increased by more than two hours a day since the coronavirus crisis, according to data from the business support company NordVPN Teams. UK workers have increased their working week by almost 25% and, along with employees in the Netherlands, are logging off at 8pm, it said.
4th Feb 2021 - The Guardian
UK home-working rises to highest since June on COVID lockdown
The proportion of British workers working solely from home rose to 36% in the week to Jan. 31, its highest since June when the country was emerging from its first coronavirus lockdown and up from 34% the week before,
4th Feb 2021 - Reuters
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Sick of the office? Atlantic island opens 'Digital Nomads Village' for remote workers
Working remotely? How about doing it from the Portuguese island of Madeira? Of course, non-essential travel is off the cards in Ireland for now, and Madeira is currently rated as 'red' on the EU's traffic light maps for travel. But both will hopefully change in the not-too-distant future, and Madeira is as tempting an alternative to the office (or 'boffice') as you'll find. Digital Nomads Village opens on February 1 in Ponto do Sol on the south coast, as a response to what its tourism board says is an increasing demand for people to live and work remotely on the island.
3rd Feb 2021 - Independent.ie
More Ways To Succeed At Remote Work In 2021 And Beyond
Video-meeting fatigue will remain a challenge for remote workers in 2021 and beyond. But if you get intentional, there are ways that you can take full advantage of this great video technology without letting it become a drain on your happiness or your productivity. My last article offered five general ways to succeed at remote work. The ideas I’ve provided below center on one specific aspect of remote work that quickly materialized once we all retreated to our homes to work. It’s often known as “Zoom Fatigue” or “Zoom Gloom.” But to be fair, it’s the exhaustion caused by days packed with video meetings, regardless of the platform.
3rd Feb 2021 - Forbes
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'New normal' or back to normal? Why the remote working revolution isn't here yet
The Covid-19 pandemic isn’t yet over, but already there’s a rush to analyse the impacts and results on our working lives. Some say the office is dead. Others believe contracts have replaced permanent employment, as organisations hedge their bets or workers decide more time with their families or hobbies isn’t such a bad thing. Some say remote working has given people more autonomy, with groups of colleagues choosing to problem-solve for themselves rather than rely on the boss. But in New Zealand, the truth might be much less dramatic. In our experience, reports of a huge shift in ways of working aren’t borne out by the evidence. As creatures of habit, we haven’t so much embraced a “new” normal as gone back to normal, with a dash of flexibility thrown in.
2nd Feb 2021 - Stuff.co.nz
Remote Working’s Longer Hours Are New Normal for Many
The lengthening of the work day observed as many began working from home last year has become the new normal in many countries. The number of hours people are logged on has fallen back toward pre-pandemic levels in only Belgium, Denmark, France and Spain. The U.K., Austria, Canada and U.S. have seen a sustained 2.5 hour increase to the average day.
2nd Feb 2021 - Bloomberg
Five charts that reveal how remote working could change the UK
City centres lying empty because so many people are working from home have received considerable media attention since the pandemic took hold. As the picture of a post-COVID world slowly comes into focus, it seems we are unlikely to return to the office in the same numbers as before. This has important implications for where economic activity takes place. Not only will it affect city centres, it also means that many residential neighbourhoods are likely to change permanently.
2nd Feb 2021 - The Conversation UK
Don't Give Up on Remote Work, Even If You Hate It
A new year is well underway, but many of us are exactly where we were last March: working from home. Most people enjoy that, the data show, finding that it reduces stress and increases productivity. But what about the vocal minority who are truly miserable? Some form of location flexibility is probably here to stay. So it’s worth the effort to find a way to work from home that you don’t hate. That starts with figuring out what exactly you hate about it. First, consider whether it’s working from home that bothers you, or actually your job. If it’s not, then your particular role might be making remote work especially hard.
2nd Feb 2021 - Bloomberg
The pandemic devastated women’s careers, but remote work could revitalize them
The coronavirus may have taken the lives of more men, but the resulting school closures and economic devastation have disproportionately destroyed the careers of women. Arbitrary lockdowns have neutered the service and retail industries staffed primarily by women, and the burden of aiding the sham of "distance learning" has fallen to mothers, as childcare demands almost always do. But in the very, very long run, there could be one revolutionary silver lining of the tragedy of the pandemic. That is, the normalization of remote work.
2nd Feb 2021 - MSN.com
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The Remote-Work Revolution Will Be Bigger Than We Think
Last year, I wrote about how even a modest remote-work revolution—no more than 10 percent of Americans working remotely full time after the pandemic is over—could affect the U.S. labor force (e.g.: fewer hotel workers) and party politics (e.g.: more southern Democrats). But the more I researched remote work and spoke with experts, the more I realized I had only scratched the surface of its implications for the future of the economy, the geography of opportunity, and the fate of innovation. Here are four more predictions.
1st Feb 2021 - The Atlantic
If kids are learning remotely, parents are working less than full-time
Parents of remote learners are far less likely to work full-time compared to parents of children attending in-person school. That’s according to the Franklin Templeton-Gallup Economics of Recovery Study, which shed light on children’s learning arrangements during the Covid-19 pandemic and their parents’ employment status. The Templeton-Gallup data suggest parents have had to adjust their working hours or employment based on whether or not their children have been able to return to school buildings. Just 47% of parents of children learning entirely remotely or in hybrid scenarios are employed full-time, compared to 71% of parents of children who are learning in-school entirely.
1st Feb 2021 - The Business Journals
The Future Of Mental Health And Career Support For Remote Workers
The future of work has changed for all of us in both positive and negative ways. A new study by Stoneside surveyed over 1,000 remote employees to learn what companies are doing to help with morale for those working from home. Overall, employees, felt good about their company’s culture prior to the pandemic with 77.7% saying they would characterize the culture as positive, although Covid-19 had an impact on work situations. People who primarily worked in person prior to the pandemic were over three times more likely than those who were already working remotely to say company culture was worse since the health crisis began. Nearly 92% of people already accustomed to remote work said company culture had either stayed the same or gotten better. The pandemic likely didn’t shake up their work routine as much as it did for employees who had to adjust to working from home.
1st Feb 2021 - Forbes
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More Older Americans Stay on the Job. Working From Home Helps
The pandemic is extending the trend of older Americans working longer -- and giving up long commutes is part of the reason. Today, roughly 1 in 5 adults aged 65 and older remain on the job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the mid 1980s, the ratio was closer to 1 in 10. Although the number of older workers dipped in the initial stages of the pandemic along with employment overall, it has since rebounded and anecdotal evidence suggests working from home has helped.
31st Jan 2021 - Bloomberg
Essential Lessons Businesses Have Learned During The Pandemic
The pandemic has caused all kinds of shifts in the business world – from the way people work to how companies run their businesses. In many ways it has accelerated advancements that we wouldn’t have expected to occur in a relatively short period of time. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest changes made and lessons learned by businesses during this time of turmoil.
31st Jan 2021 - Forbes
Never Want To Go Back To The Office? Here's Where You Should Work
The past year has proven that employees can be just as, if not more, productive working from home as they are working in the office. Now, some employers are moving to capitalize on that realization, making the switch remote work permanent. Roughly half of U.S. professionals believe their companies will allow them to telecommute at least part of the time after the pandemic, according to LinkedIn’s Workforce Confidence Index. That percentage is even higher in industries including tech (73%), finance (67%) and media (59%), that see flexible work as the future. Here is a guide to the companies adopting remote or hybrid work models for the long run.
31st Jan 2021 - Forbes
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Could hiring a campervan as a home office be the future of remote working?
As someone with ADHD, who works from home and has a seven-year-old child, Business Coach Sara Tasker struggles with distraction. However, she’s recently discovered an ideal solution to help her keep focussed during the working day – a campervan. While the thought of hiring one as a workspace might seem a bit extreme to some, Sara admits it came from ‘absolute desperation’. Making a space for focused tasks (whether that’s in a campervan or a corner at home) is important, perhaps especially so for women. Extra housework and caring duties have put increased pressure on women in particular, who continue to do a disproportionate share during the pandemic.
28th Jan 2021 - Metro.co.uk
Welsh Government asking for suggestions for co-working hubs locations
People in Wales will soon be able to suggest places in their community they’d like to work. This is part of the Welsh Government’s long-term ambition to see around 30% of the workforce working from home or working remotely. Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, said the initiative is “an opportunity for people to shape the future of the Welsh workplace”. An interactive map will ask people if they would like to work remotely, and will allow people to drop a pin in a spot on the map where they would like to see a co-working hub
28th Jan 2021 - Business Live
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The 7 Work From Home Mistakes We're All Making
“I’ve worked from home for most of my 20+ year career and never ever had so many calls and meetings,” writes journalist and podcast host Amy Westervelt. “I’ve kept it to myself for a full year but I cannot anymore: y’all are doing this wrong.” And so began a Twitter thread of the work from home mistakes many of us have been guilty of this past year – from overdoing it on Zoom calls (and not getting any work done), to having meetings for issues that could’ve been sorted out on email. We’ve all been there. Here are some of the lessons we’ve learned from the pros
27th Jan 2021 - HuffPost UK
'Remote, home working can tackle Ireland's female brain drain'
In Ireland, the Remote Working Strategy, which makes remote working a permanent option, will help alleviate the female 'brain drain' from the workplace, an employment expert has said. Launched by the Government last week, the strategy sets out to provide the infrastructure to work remotely, including legislation to allow employees the right to request remote working and a code of practice on the right to disconnect from work (covering phonecalls, emails, and switch-off time). The Government plans to lead by example, by mandating that home and remote working be the norm for 20% of public-sector employees.
27th Jan 2021 - Irish Examiner
Demand for remote working in NI as searches for work from home roles doubles
People searching for work from home jobs in Northern Ireland has more than doubled in the last year, a new report has revealed. Online recruitment platform NIJobs.com, has released new data which they believe shows a significant shift regarding the traditional office space following the coronavirus crisis. Sam McIlveen, General Manger at NIJobs.com, said: "The introduction of vaccinations has brought hope for the local economy, but social distancing and other measures are likely to remain in place for a considerable period of time. The office environment is unlikely to return as we know it with some now viewing it as redundant."
27th Jan 2021 - Belfast Live
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Compensation for office worker who resigned after employer would not let her work from home
In Ireland, an employer has been ordered to pay compensation to an office-based worker who resigned from her job during the first Covid-19 lockdown after her plea to work remotely from home was rejected. Employment law expert Richard Grogan described the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) ruling as “a wake-up call’ for employers.
26th Jan 2021 - Independent.ie
Remote working allows families to book extra long staycations
In the UK, remote working is allowing families to book extra long staycations, holiday experts said, with breaks of up to five weeks reported. Holiday firms have seen a boom in bookings for staycations in the past week, with enquiries doubling for breaks closer to home. However, families are using the extra flexibility offered to them by remote working to extend breaks beyond the standard week, tourist bosses said, while others are planning an extended blowout for the entire family after a year of not mixing.
26th Jan 2021 - The Telegraph
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6 strategies for parents struggling with work-from-home interruptions
Working from home has its benefits. Before the coronavirus pandemic, it was one of the most popular perks organizations could offer. Of course, this was before the pandemic sent millions of school-age children home and disrupted other child-care arrangements. By now many parents have had Zoom calls interrupted by tech-support questions, have fielded snack requests on deadline or have tutored math learners while sitting in on a meeting. As we stare down another semester of virtual and hybrid schooling, now is the time to get serious about managing interruptions. There is no reason to feel guilty about this. Kids need attention, but unless they plan to pay the mortgage, you also need time for deeper work — and they’ll benefit if you feel less harried. These strategies can help parents get more done now and when life gets back to normal.
25th Jan 2021 - The Washington Post
38% Indian women working in tech industry prefer working from home: Survey
Almost 38 per cent Indian women working in a tech or IT industry prefer working at home to working in the office, says a new survey. About 36 per cent women said they had more autonomy when not working in an office, according to the "Women in Tech" report. When female respondents were asked about the day-to-day functions that are detracting from productivity or work progression, 54 per cent said they had done the majority of cleaning in the home compared to 33 per cent of men. Similarly, about 54 per cent women had been in charge of home schooling compared to 40 per cent of men, and 50 per cent of women have had to adapt their working hours more than their male partner in order to look after the family.
25th Jan 2021 - Business Standard
Has the Pandemic Transformed the Office Forever?
In the past three decades, a series of quiet revolutions in design have changed the way offices are used, erasing former hierarchies of walls and cubicles and incorporating workplace methodologies from the technology industry into team-based, open-plan layouts. At the same time, digital tools such as e-mail, Excel, Google Docs, video conferencing, virtual whiteboarding, and chat channels like Slack have made a worker’s presence in those offices less essential. The pandemic has collapsed these divergent trends into an existential question: What’s an office for? Is it a place for newbies to learn from experienced colleagues? A way for bosses to oversee shirkers? A platform for collaboration? A source of friends and social life? A respite from the family? A reason to leave the house? It turns out that work, which is what the office was supposed to be for, is possible to do from somewhere else.
25th Jan 2021 - The New Yorker
How to Keep Internet Trolls Out of Remote Workplaces
Office conversation at some companies is starting to look as unruly as conversation on the internet. That’s because office conversation now is internet conversation. Many companies have been working online for nearly a year, with plans to continue well into 2021. And just as people are bolder behind keyboards on Twitter, they are bolder behind keyboards on workplace messaging platforms like Microsoft Teams and Slack — with all the good and all the bad, but with a lot more legal liability. Work culture experts say there are steps companies can take before the lawyers get involved. These are among them: closely monitoring large chat groups, listening to complaints, reminding employees they are on the job and not bantering with friends, and being aware that a move to a virtual work force can expose new issues like age discrimination.
25th Jan 2021 - The New York Times
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Government spent €3.7m to set up staff working from home
In Ireland, Government Departments have spent €3.7m on equipment for staff working remotely from home during the coronavirus pandemic, new figures show.
Hundreds of computers, telephones and furniture have been purchased for employees who have been unable to remain in their offices throughout the country due to Covid-19 restrictions. Figures obtained by the Sunday Independent show the efforts made by the Government to facilitate thousands of staff from March last year, including spending €500,000 on 693 laptops, 340 mobile phones and 133 webcams for the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, headed up by Simon Harris.
24th Jan 2021 - Independent.ie
Can Brazil's remote workers thrive outside big cities?
The pandemic has led many to swap urban living and working for more rural environments. But what happens when you try to do it in a developing nation? Reports are emerging across the globe of workers shifting from big cities to smaller hubs as Covid-19 normalises remote work. Most attention has focused on the US or Europe, where smaller cities generally have the facilities to welcome new residents and allow them to work while enjoying a better environment. Yet in Brazil and other developing countries, the reality of such a move can be far from a simple transition to an easier lifestyle. Smaller cities often lack basic infrastructure to accommodate the new arrivals, making for a complicated adjustment.
24th Jan 2021 - BBC News
Remote work is here to stay in Ontario — but only for some
The shift to remote work has been among the most dramatic changes for businesses since the onset of the pandemic, and amidst a provincewide lockdown and rising case counts, the end is likely a long way off. The enduring impact of this shift, however, is likely overstated. It’s true that flexible work arrangements have the potential to improve productivity and employee satisfaction, as well as better accommodate working parents and caregivers, all of which will be critical to Ontario’s long-term economic recovery. However, ask any newly remote worker, and they’ll tell you that the honeymoon period has largely ended as Zoom fatigue sets in, the line between work and leisure erodes, and the lack of social and creative interactions with colleagues hampers morale. Many industries and business models don’t lend themselves to fully remote work, either.
24th Jan 2021 - Toronto Star
Productivity improved with remote working - survey
More than half of Irish business leaders say productivity has improved with remote working, a new survey shows, but it also reveals that company cultures may be negatively impacted by the shift towards working from home. The survey from technology company Expleo reveals that 89% of Irish business and IT leaders in Ireland said productivity had improved or stayed the same while working remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic. 52% noted an improvement in productivity, while 37% reported a maintenance of productivity levels. Only 11% of respondents said productivity had declined due to remote working.
24th Jan 2021 - RTE.ie
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The difficult truths about working from home
While the pandemic has exacerbated inequalities for many with disabilities, the widespread adoption of home working has in fact delivered benefits for many disabled employees. For those who can work from home, the lack of a commute has made a significant difference for some employees with physical disabilities by, for example, removing challenges around travel. Breaks can be taken in an environment specifically adapted for the individual, which can reduce fatigue and pain levels. For some neurodiverse employees, their home environment offers reduced noise and distractions which can affect concentration as compared to an office. Yet despite the positives, the pandemic has of course brought a raft of additional challenges and concerns for disabled employees, not simply connected to health
21st Jan 2021 - HeraldScotland
'I've never met my team but have lunch with them weekly'
Food has traditionally been a fundamental part of our working days, presenting an opportunity to take time away from the desk or production line, and socialise with colleagues. You could go to the staff canteen, or perhaps to a local cafe, pub or restaurant - to talk shop, have a gossip, or perhaps deliberately chat about anything but work. But with a third of UK workers now working from home again in the latest lockdowns, the work lunch as we know it has changed dramatically over the past year. Even making a cup of tea in the office kitchen presents a potential health hazard these days. And with many of us staying at home, work canteens have been closed, and town and city centre food outlets have shut up shop and axed staff.
21st Jan 2021 - BBC News
Making Remote Work Sustainable For 2021 And Beyond
The longer we work remotely, the more we like it. Now, almost a year after being begrudgingly forced to evacuate our offices, the thought of going back to a daily commute and dismal cubicle is tough to stomach. In fact, recent surveys are revealing that nearly 70% of U.S. workers are requesting to continue working remotely after the pandemic is over. Such staggering demand is forcing employers to adopt remote work permanently in order to retain and attract their talent. From fully-remote to hybrid work models, flexibility is the new normal. But are businesses ready to operate this way forever?
21st Jan 2021 - Forbes
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Back to the office: Meet some of the firms that have committed to new London HQs
In England, government guidance remains to work from home where you can, and the central London office leasing market suffered drastically last year. It was hit as bosses held off property move decisions, and many waited to see how staff coped away from HQs. However, despite market concerns home working is here to stay, a number of firms have shown confidence in the London office post-pandemic, inking deals for new space. The way buildings are occupied in future may change, with many companies poised to embrace a mix of home and office work, but recent lettings show that for some chief executives, having a base in town remains vital.
20th Jan 2021 - Evening Standard
Is remote work making us paranoid?
The number of people working remotely has skyrocketed since January 2020, with approximately half the U.S. labor force working from home in the early days of the pandemic, according to a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Those workers tend to be more educated and wealthier than workers whose jobs cannot be performed remotely, and low-wage workers have been much more likely to lose their jobs during the pandemic.While some have returned to the office since last spring, a significant number have not. Many estimates of how many workers office workers projected to work permanently at home, post-pandemic, range from 20% to 30%, up from under 10% before the coronavirus. But millions more Americans communicating completely virtually with their co-workers does not mean our emotional office dynamics have caught up yet to our new videoconference world. Many are feeling a spectrum of new anxieties about their interactions with colleagues.
20th Jan 2021 - Seattle Times
Working remotely abroad is here to stay
This year, millions of us started working from home for the first time. Companies around the world, big and small, realised that their staff could be just as productive, if not more so, if they worked remotely. Many established a better work-life balance and enjoyed the freedom of not having to get the 7.30 train into the office every day. Great swathes of people left London to move to rural destinations that would have required torturous commutes before. People were given a taste of a new way to live. Work became more flexible, and the idea of offices with their florescent lights and soul-destroying cubicles now feels increasingly dated and unnecessarily costly. As the vaccine is dished out to the elderly and vulnerable, the idea of a post-pandemic world no longer feels like pie in the sky. One thing that looks increasingly likely is that, when this is all over, the office will not be the same again. Our concept of where and how we work has forever changed - for the better.
20th Jan 2021 - harpersbazaar.com
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Working from home 'battle' looms between managers, employees
A disconnect between employers and employees on working from home has been revealed as managers signal concerns staff are slacking off in a new survey, while workers say their performance has improved out of the office. As Victorian offices begin to welcome back staff this week, many companies are embracing a new hybrid working model where workers split their time between home and the office. However, the survey of more than 600 workers and 300 employers across Australia found there was a divide on expectations of the new arrangements. Workers listed isolation as their number one challenge when working from home, whereas for employers oversight of staff and managing productivity was their biggest concern.
19th Jan 2021 - The Age
First lockdown, then Storm Filomena: Why Spanish families are struggling to maintain work-life balance
“I’m feeling really down today,” tweeted Silvia Nanclares last week when it was still unclear whether the Madrid region would open its schools the following Monday due to Storm Filomena. “I can’t face another round of childcare and remote working. Even if it’s for a short period. I have no energy left.” Nanclares and her partner are just one of many couples in Spain struggling to juggle working from home with their responsibilities as parents who are overwhelmed by the difficulty of separating their private and professional lives. Different social psychology studies indicate that the home is not the best place to carry out intellectual tasks if there is no room with a door and no rules to regulate access
19th Jan 2021 - El País
Irish Examiner view: Permanent remote working option could be transformative — if it's done properly
In Ireland, wearing his trade-enterprise-and-employment-minister hat, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar last week announced a plan to have 20% of public servants working remotely on a more permanent basis this year. He suggested private sector workers would also be able to request the opportunity to work from home and that this right would be contained in a new Workplace Relations Commission code. Working from home, if — a big “if” — domestic circumstances allow, can be a wonderful, freeing experience for workers and, consequently, a boon for employers, whose staff are not half-exhausted by the daily, sometimes hours-long commute.
19th Jan 2021 - Irish Examiner
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Remote working jobs in UK triple amid pandemic
The number of roles that allowed for remote working tripled in 2020 in the UK and companies were more open to the idea of letting employees work from home amid the coronavirus pandemic, new data revealed. In November last year, about 80,700 jobs allowing remote working were advertised, a big jump from 26,600 in November 2019, recruiters New Street Consulting Group said. It remains unclear if these jobs will continue to offer remote working once restrictions ease and offices open up.
18th Jan 2021 - MSN.com
Minister steps up pressure on UK firms over home working
In England, the business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, has said companies must redouble efforts to ensure employees work from home unless their work is critical and cannot be done offsite, as the TUC urged the government to step up enforcement. Calls are growing for the government to rethink allowing construction sites to continue as normal and to permit only those whose operations are vital, with several industry employees telling the Guardian that safe practice has become impossible on sites. The government is preparing to ramp up warnings to employers that they must ensure they are making every effort to keep employees at home.
18th Jan 2021 - The Guardian
Remote working strategy sets out ambitious targets
In Ireland, the unprecedented transition to remote working has taken place on an ad hoc basis, with no set rules or procedures setting out the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, but the National Remote Working Strategy launched yesterday aims to remedy that. Under the strategy, new legislation will give employees a legal right to request remote working. There will also be a Code of Practice on the "Right to Disconnect" from handling calls and emails outside normal hours, "significant" investment in remote working hubs around the country, a review of tax breaks before the next Budget, and a "possible" acceleration of the National Broadband Plan.
18th Jan 2021 - RTE.ie
WFH linked to better mental health but worse relationship with colleagues
As India begins its covid vaccination drive, the big question facing individuals and companies concerns the work-from-home (WFH) routine that most urban Indians have accepted during the pandemic. As the ranks of the vaccinated swell and immunity levels build up, will it mark an end to WFH? Or will WFH still remain a widely-used option, even in the post-pandemic world? Data from the latest round of the YouGov-Mint-CPR Millennial Survey suggests that WFH fatigue is for real. But for a sizeable section, the WFH routine has meant more time for sleep and exercise, improved relations with family members, and better mental health than before.
18th Jan 2021 - Mint
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WFH with children in the time of Covid makes the office look easy
The Institute for Fiscal Studies found that during the first lockdown, the number of parents in paid work fell, as did the number of hours they worked and the quality of their working time — or their uninterrupted work hours. “The vast majority of those interruptions were due to childcare and having kids at home,” said Alison Andrew, a senior research economist at the institute. In just 10 months, full-time office work has been replaced with the idea of “hybrid” working — some time at home, some in the office. That will not make the jobs easier to do, of course, especially while schools are closed, and it has raised concerns about the mental and physical wellbeing of staff.
17th Jan 2021 - The Times
Working from home is more complicated than we thought
Welcome to 2021, where huge numbers of us will continue to work from home. Even when the coast is completely clear again, many of us have been given or given ourselves permission to continue working at least partially from our own environs. And it's a worldwide phenomenon. A survey of civil servants in Ireland, for example, showed 88 per cent favoured working from home and believed they were as effective as they were in the office. An Otago University study of more than 2,500 Kiwis last May produced similar results. Nearly 40 per cent had never worked from home before and 89 per cent wanted to continue, at least part time.
17th Jan 2021 - Stuff.co.nz
Employees to have legal right to request home working, says Varadkar
In Ireland, a target to have 20 per cent of public servants working remotely on a more permanent basis can be achieved by the end of this year, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said. As part of plans announced on Friday the Government said it would legislate to give people the legal right to ask their employer to allow them to work from home beyond the end of the pandemic. Mr Varadkar said the arrival of Covid-19 had changed mindsets about the nature of work and accelerated the process greatly. The changes seen since the crisis began last March had allowed what might have been achieved in five to 10 years to be realised in a much shorter space of time, he said.
17th Jan 2021 - The Irish Times
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Countries Experiment With Special Remote-Work Visas for ‘Digital Nomads’
Attaining the expat lifestyle once meant finding a job in a distant land or bouncing around on short-term tourist visas. Now, a growing number of countries are allowing you to take your current job to a distant land, with a little bit of paperwork. A decade from now, the immigration barriers and tax deterrents to globe-trotting could be looser. In the past year, countries hungry for more tourists and talent—from Estonia to Bermuda to Georgia—have rolled out special temporary visas (some valid for a year or more) to lure well-heeled, mobile professionals looking for an exotic escape from the routine. Consultants who work with companies and expats say these so-called digital-nomad visa programs are an experiment in propping up commerce and tourism by tapping into the economic power of wanderlust. The pandemic’s toll on economies and international travel has spurred more nations such as Costa Rica and Croatia to consider the visas for economic growth.
14th Jan 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
Does working from home actually make us feel happier?
The reintroduction of national lockdown in England brought with it tighter restrictions on travel, with the government stating that "You may only leave your home for work if you cannot reasonably work from home". It prompted workers across the country to either change their daily routine – or continue their enforced WFH status, with an end seemingly further, not nearer, in sight. Either way, the mental toll of the situation is significant. Where for some, working from home in the pandemic has been a blessing, saving money and time, for others it’s created feelings of isolation, from seeing nobody for days on end, and stress, perhaps from being crowded by young children. As part of our Mental Health Emergency campaign, we’ve asked workers how the changes in work rules have impacted their well-being – and found out what you can do to protect yourself.
14th Jan 2021 - The Telegraph
9 Trends That Will Shape Work in 2021 and Beyond
It’s fair to say that 2020 rocked many organizations and business models, upending priorities and plans as business leaders scrambled to navigate a rapidly changing environment. For many organizations this included responding to the social justice movements, shifting to a full-time remote staff, determining how best to support employees’ wellbeing, managing a hybrid workforce, and now addressing legal concerns around the Covid-19 vaccine. It would be nice to believe that 2021 will be about stability and getting back to normal; however, this year is likely to be another full of major transitions. While there has been a lot of focus on the increase in the number of employees working remotely at least part of the time going forward, there are nine additional forces that I think will shape business in 2021
14th Jan 2021 - Harvard Business Review
Why remote working could actually help fix some diversity problems
In England, since 2014, all employees have had the legal right to request flexible working, but few of these requests were actually honoured. Just 30 per cent were accepted in 2019, while flexi-time was still made unavailable to 58 per cent of UK employees, according to the TUC. For disabled and neurodivergent employees, the need for flexible working is especially pressing. Office cultures designed for more neurotypical employees can throw up a number of obstacles. Sensory overload caused by lighting and sound, communication issues in team meetings and long commutes are all significant, but solvable, issues. But disability charities such as Leonard Cheshire have shown that there is a risk of neurodiverse individuals being frozen out of work altogether. However, Covid-19 has seen many companies implement remote working on a mass scale, and employers are realising just how easy adapting to different ways of operating can be.
14th Jan 2021 - Wired.co.uk
Is Remote Work Making Us Paranoid?
The number of people working remotely has skyrocketed since January 2020, with approximately half the U.S. labor force working from home in the early days of the pandemic, according to a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. But millions more Americans communicating completely virtually with their co-workers does not mean our emotional office dynamics have caught up yet to our new videoconference world. Many are feeling a spectrum of new anxieties about their interactions with colleagues. Past research on the topic of organizational and social paranoia shows that working from home may exacerbate uncertainty about status, which can lead to over-processing information and rumination, said Roderick M. Kramer, a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business
14th Jan 2021 - The New York Times
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Most Want to Continue Working Remotely after Pandemic, but Companies Not So Sure
The U.S. has gone through three basic shifts—settlement of the West, migration of large numbers of people from farm to factory, and as the post-industrial economy developed, from factory to office or service industries. Now, with an unanticipated jolt from the COVID-19 pandemic, some believe the nation is embarking on a fourth major shift—office to working at home. Polls conducted as the pandemic peaked last spring, found that 40% to 60% of those who remained employed reported working remotely. Global Workplace Analytics estimates that 25% to 30% of the labor force will work from home multiple days a week by the end of 2021.
13th Jan 2021 - Newsweek
The pandemic upended work. Now your remote workspace is about to get an upgrade
The coronavirus pandemic brought the economy to a halt in March — and sent millions of workers home, where they scrambled to set up remote offices in their kitchens and living rooms and hopped on Zoom calls with co-workers. Now, a raft of new technology and devices, introduced this week at America's largest consumer-technology event, CES (Consumer Electronics Show), seek to help workers manage their new work-life balances. Here are some of the new workplace trends emerging from CES that might work their way into your remote office.
13th Jan 2021 - CBS News
How to find 'flow' while working from home, according to a peak performance expert
“Flow,” a term first coined in the ’70s and often associated with athletes, is “an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best,” according to peak performance expert Steven Kotler. When top athletes experience flow, for instance, many say they feel a sense of oneness with whatever task they are doing and are not worried about failure or other distractions, according to research on the topic.But the truth is, anyone can achieve flow, according to Kotler, author of “The Art of Impossible,” a how-to manual for peak performance, and founder and executive director of the Flow Research Collective. It just takes some planning and structure — especially when working from home, he says.
13th Jan 2021 - CNBC
How to deal with working from home burnout
It’s coming up to a year since we swapped office life for our working from home setups. When will we be able to resume office life like normal? When can we finally stop working at our dining room tables? And when will Zoom meetings stop being a thing? If you’re feeling stressed about your current routine, you might be suffering from working from home burnout. In case it’s all getting too much for you at the moment, we’ve asked experts to share their advice on how to cope if working from home has left you frazzled.
13th Jan 2021 - Metro
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Don't Make These 6 Biggest Mistakes If You're Working From Home, Says Guy Who's Done It for 10 Years
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a period of working from home is becoming increasingly inevitable for many companies. For a number of employees, the experience is not only new, but it's also dreaded. The pros, of course, are very clear: Supreme flexibility, undeniable autonomy and a commute that consists of walking down the hallway or a flight of stairs. The cons? It takes practice and requires a significant amount of self-awareness, discipline and laser-like focus. My journey in remote work started in 2010, when I was building my first startup. Fast forward 10 years later, and I've amassed a decade's worth of remote working secrets.
13th Jan 2021 - NBC Bay Area
Can you spot 13 items that have caused injuries to those working from home?
A tricky brainteaser which raises awareness of the risk of injury while working from home has left avid puzzlers stumped. With Brits working from kitchens, bedrooms, and any other space they can find, National Accident Helpline decided to survey 1,000 people who have been working from home to find out more about the issues that they have been facing during this time. To highlight the areas of risk to those working remotely, they have hidden 13 household items that have caused injuries to those working from home. So, can you beat the average time of 45 seconds to spot all of the dangerous items?
13th Jan 2021 - Daily Mail
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Remote Work Eases Coming Out for Transgender Employees
For those who decide to come out as transgender, the workplace can be a big hurdle—using the bathrooms, keeping up a new appearance and dealing with reactions from co-workers. But with many offices going remote, more transgender employees are concluding they can come out while letting their work—not their gender identity—speak for them. River Bailey, 41-year-old software developer, says she doesn’t know if she would have come out as trans at work if not for her ability to work from her home in central Texas. “It gave me the freedom to just be able to exist,” she says
12th Jan 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
Healthcare workers with childcare issues permitted to work from home in certain cases
Healthcare workers will be permitted to work from home in certain circumstances if they have no childcare support available under new arrangements introduced by the HSE. In a circular issued to senior health service and hospital management, the HSE said there was no special paid leave available for those with care problems related to coronavirus restrictions but it set out a number of options open for staff facing difficulties, including flexible working arrangements.
12th Jan 2021 - The Irish Times
These are the top 20 companies hiring for work-from-home jobs right now
The rise of flexible work has long been a trend workplace experts believed would take hold in the years to come, but few could have predicted just how much it would become a mainstay of the work experience in 2020. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, just 3.6% of the U.S. workforce worked primarily remotely. By April 2020, roughly half of office workers were working completely from home, according to Gallup, and the share of full-time teleworkers remained elevated at 33% as of September. Here are the top 20 companies hiring for remote jobs in 2021, according to FlexJobs, along with the full list of the top 100 companies
12th Jan 2021 - CNBC
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Working from home: The smarter, healthier way to do it
Vaccine or not, once we are out of lockdown most people who can work from home want to continue doing so – just not all the time, according to a recent Central Statistics Office survey. More than six in 10 would like a mix of home and office. But the real challenge in 2021 is to move past the basics and figure out how to make your professional interactions productive, respectful and yes, sometimes even meaningful.
10th Jan 2021 - The Irish Times
Study reveals working from home negatively impacts mental health as more than 50 percent feel isolated
Health professionals are urging people across Lancashire to look after their mental health as the country enters the latest national lockdown. The past nine months have been difficult and there are many who have struggled with poor mental health due to the changes we've had to face. The advice comes at the same time as a study conducted by remote building company Wildgoose, found the mental health of workers across the country was being negatively impacted due to working from home. To help with maintaining good mental health during the latest national lockdown therefore, Dr Andy Knox has provided seven basic tips that if followed each day, could be used to improve your mental health
10th Jan 2021 - Lancashire Telegraph
How to claim £125 tax back if you've had to work from home during Covid pandemic
Millions of people who have had to work from home in England due to the coronavirus pandemic could be entitled to £125 back from the tax man. A little known 'working from home' tax rule means anyone who has been told to work from home during the pandemic can claim financial relief, up to the value of £125, to spend on bills and other home working essentials. And you only need to have worked from home for one day to be able to claim the rebate from HMRC, reports The Mirror.
10th Jan 2021 - Lancs Live
Are you ready for another year of working from home? How to avoid 2020 mistakes, ensure better balance – and avoid burnout
Flexible working, which combines remote working with office life, is predicted to become the new normal in the future. This means that many homeworkers might need to rethink their current set-ups and consider whether working from home is as rewarding and productive as it could be for them. What’s clear is that not everybody feels the same way and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach for homeworkers. The CSO’s Social Impact of Covid-19 November survey reflects this disparity of experiences, where 27.3pc of respondents said they were finding working from home more difficult; 37pc said it was getting easier and 35.6pc said there was no difference as time went on. In its favour, working remotely has many well-known benefits and is associated with higher job satisfaction as well as offering greater flexibility.
10th Jan 2021 - Independent.ie
‘Vulnerable and violated’: Remote working sexual harassment exacerbated since spring lockdown, poll finds
In the UK, a quarter of women suffering sexual harassment while working from home say the misconduct was exacerbated after the government announced a lockdown in March and more time was spent online working remotely, new data shows. Online sexual harassment has surged as the pandemic forced people to work from home – with perpetrators finding new ways to abuse their victims via technology. Exclusive polling carried out for The Independent by Rights of Women, the leading sexual harassment advice line, found almost half of women being subjected to workplace sexual harassment now say it is taking place remotely, while more than four in ten victims say they experienced either some or all of the misconduct online.
10th Jan 2021 - The Independent
How To Land A Promotion While Working Remotely
Vaccines are being distributed as you read this sentence, but the pandemic is far from over. We can expect at least several more months of “business as unusual” before things go back to nearly normal, but that doesn’t mean putting your ambitions on hold. To prevent the pandemic from sabotaging your career goals, focus on these four steps: Build relationships with clients; Look out for your co-workers; Talk with your manager about growth opportunities; Focus on professional development outside of work
10th Jan 2021 - Forbes
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Wellington named among world's best cities for remote working in 2021
Wellington has been recognised as one of the world’s top destinations for remote workers and digital nomads, ranked alongside the likes of Bali and Bermuda. Travel website Big 7 Travel put the capital at 50 on its list of the 50 best places for remote working in 2021, based on criteria such as affordability, internet access, and whether visas for remote workers are available.
8th Jan 2021 - Stuff.co.nz
The impact working from home has on your body - and how to reverse it
Since the start of the pandemic, the percentage of people working from home has risen from 5% to 71% in the UK and with many making do with makeshift work areas, so it is unsurprising that one in five home workers are reporting musculoskeletal disorders as a result. OneWelbeck consultant orthopaedic surgeon Simon Owen-Johnstone, highlights the strain put on our bodies thanks to the reduced movement and poor posture involved with working from home. Together with occupational therapist David Baker, they are offering their solutions to help you avoid long-term musculoskeletal damage, including reincorporating a morning commute.
8th Jan 2021 - Metro.co.uk
Three ways to move more while working from home
Though people with office jobs often sit for up to 80% of the working day, many still manage to get an average of 3,616 steps daily, largely thanks to many small opportunities for activity throughout the day. But with many of us now working from home during the pandemic, this means that any exercise we might have had during our day – whether cycling to work, or walking to get lunch – may no longer exist. While the way we work has changed, that doesn’t mean we can’t easily find ways to be more active during our work day if we look at how we managed to get active while working in an office. Here are a few things you can try to get you to move more while working from home
8th Jan 2021 - The Conversation UK
We’ve been working from home for nearly a year. Here’s how to keep doing it without losing your mind
A year into the coronavirus pandemic and several national lockdowns later – while working from home gave many of us the privileged opportunity to stay employed and/or maintain some form of an income when others were out on the frontline – it’s also left many of us feeling exhausted, demotivated, and generally pretty awful. Despite the challenges, there are things that we can do, such as boundary-setting and being mindful of motivation levels, to give us a bit of peace, and help us look after ourselves as we WFH through the rest of this crisis. Here are a few things you can try.
8th Jan 2021 - The Independent
The top ten best countries in the world to work from home in 2021 revealed
Canada has been named the best country in the world to ‘work from home’ in 2021, thanks to its combination of fast broadband speeds, relatively affordable rents and migrant-friendly visa policies. The Great White North comes top of the world league of destinations for so-called digital nomads, who have been able to embrace the trend towards full-time remote working accelerated by the pandemic.
8th Jan 2021 - Evening Standard
Télétravail: France revises its guidelines on remote-working
In a nod to the fact that the health crisis is far from over, France has revised its guidelines on télétravail, or remote working. Before the pandemic, people working remotely from home or another space outside the office was relatively rare in France and all télétravail (remote working) was subject to a strict protocol and agreements in advance between employer and employee. During the months of lockdown and 'stay home' orders that followed, working from home became the norm for many people, and emergency protocols came into force to increase flexibility on this topic. The government has revised its home-working protocol to suggest that people go into the workplace for one day per week - if they want to and if their employer agrees.
8th Jan 2021 - The Local France
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Remote workers face long waits for garden offices or log cabins
Remote workers in Ireland face waits of up to 10 months if they want to have a garden office or log cabin on their properties. It comes following a massive rise in the number of people working from home during the pandemic. According to the latest CSO labour force survey, the numbers reporting their home as the primary place of work had risen from less than 5% before the pandemic to almost 28% by November. Tanaiste and Enterprise Minister Leo Varadkar has said up to 10,000 co-working and incubation spaces are planned for regional locations around the country over the next three years in a move to help start-ups and employees engage in smart work measures.
7th Jan 2021 - Belfast Telegraph
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New York office vacancies rise to their highest point since 1999
Manhattan office vacancies hit 15.1% at the end of 2020, the highest since 1999
Many companies declined to renew leases amid uncertainty over pandemic
Some have pivoted to smaller offices and expect to continue partial remote work
However Goldman Sachs expects all of its workers to return by the end of 2021
Goldman CEO says the rollout of vaccines will allow office life to resume
Nearly a third of office workers say they would quit if required to return
6th Jan 2021 - Daily Mail
Covid-19 remote work trend may boost women's careers in Japan and South Korea
Covid-19 could be a tipping point in the push to retain more women in the workforce in Japan and South Korea and for them to have families with new flexible work arrangements expected to stay, according to researchers and recruiters. The pandemic has disproportionately hit women's careers across the globe, with studies finding they are more likely to work in sectors badly impacted by COVID-19 and are picking up a heavier load of unpaid childcare and chores than men. But in Japan and South Korea, where employees are often under pressure to work long hours in the office with reports of death by overwork, more flexible working could make women rethink leaving jobs to start a family.
6th Jan 2021 - IOL News
Is 2021 the year we finally say goodbye to the office?
By mid 2020, Ireland had one of the highest rates of WFH in Europe, with over 40% by comparison with an EU average of 33.7%. The National Remote Working Survey confirmed that workplace productivity can be maintained in home working. Over 5,600 workers were surveyed and 62% of respondents agreed that working remotely increases their productivity. Workers now want more flexibility in choosing where they work. 94% of respondents to the National Remote Working Survey were in favour of working remotely on an on-going basis, for some or all of the time
6th Jan 2021 - RTE.ie
Nearly 30% of working professionals would quit if they had to return to office after pandemic
Many companies plan to ask their employees to return to the office once a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available later this year. Good luck with that. Twenty-nine percent of working professionals say they would quit their jobs if they couldn't continue working remotely, according to an online survey of 1,022 professionals by LiveCareer, an online resume and job search consulting service.
6th Jan 2021 - USA Today
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Who has to work from home now and how strictly will it be enforced? Office workers are only allowed to go in if it is 'essential'
Boris Johnson has plunged England into a third national lockdown. However, the criteria on who can stay out of the office has caused some confusion with the exception applying only to people who 'absolutely cannot work from home'. The Government's official website states this category includes - but is not limited to - 'people who work within critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing that require in-person attendance'.
5th Jan 2021 - Daily Mail
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A third of Irish staff will still work remotely in 2023, survey finds
A third of full-time employees will still be working remotely by 2023, compared to just 2pc three years ago, according to a new survey. But only one in 10 organisations surveyed in Ireland today have structures that can support the development of a flexible and agile workforce, according to the latest Flexible Work and Rewards Survey. The Covid pandemic pushed the number of remote workers to 49pc in 2020 and this would remain high, at 33pc, in two years time, the survey found.
3rd Jan 2021 - MSN.com
The working world is still getting used to Zoom life
Remote working in New Zealand really kicked off in March, with the nationwide lockdown in response to rapidly growing coronavirus case numbers, but most of the rest of the world had been logging into Zoom months earlier. Analysis from economics consultancy, Infometrics found close to a third of the country’s workforce was able to operate from home during lockdown. (Many businesses reported employees were just as – if not more – productive while working remotely.) Even after restrictions were eased in May and businesses were able to reopen, many people continued working from home.
3rd Jan 2021 - Stuff.co.nz
Is your employer spying on you as you work from home?
Covid-19 has shifted the ground beneath us and things that were once de rigueur will not remain so — among them office work as we knew it. Companies keeping tabs on their workers is not new. Call-centre operators have long used software to track employees’ calls. Those tools, however, are now being applied across a swathe of industries. And they are far more powerful than they used to be, because these days we are all tethered in one way or another to the mothership: the internet. The dangers here are many. For one, these tools often reduce one’s entire day — eight or ten hours of work sprinkled with visits to Twitter and Spotify and chats around the (digital) watercooler — into a score, a single number that sums up one’s value to an enterprise.
3rd Jan 2021 - The Times
Is a Home Office Actually More Productive? Some Workers Think So.
Some Americans have a new outlook on remote working: They prefer it. In June and July, a group of 1,388 people working from home were asked for their impressions of the experience by workplace consulting firm Global Workplace Analytics and video technology company Owl Labs. The new arrangement, it turns out, suited many of them. While roughly 27% said they would have considered such a setup to be ideal before the coronavirus pandemic started, 80% said they would like to continue working remotely for three days of the week or more once the pandemic is over. Many of these people said they would prefer remote work all five days of the workweek.
3rd Jan 2021 - The Wall Street Journal
Widespread working from home set to continue in 2021
Widespread working from home has been one of the biggest behavioural changes of 2020 in the UK, with scores of offices still empty and employees facing months more away from their desks. In efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus back in March 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised the public to work from home where possible. Nearly half (46.6%) of all those in employment did at least some work at home the following month, according to the Office for National Statistics. Dr Alan Redman, an organisational psychologist, said policy makers and employers need to ensure staff are fully equipped to work from home in the long-term.
3rd Jan 2021 - ITV News
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WFH works, but offices will reopen cautiously
The concept of work-from-home (WFH), which served India Inc meaningfully during the lockdown, is expected to morph into a more robust hybrid model in the new year. This would particularly be the case as the availability of Covid-19 vaccines becomes prevalent and a credible shield starts building up against the dreaded virus. Most organisations believe that a hybrid work model, which is a mix of physical and remote working, will be the flavour of 2021.
30th Dec 2020 - Times of India
Broadband usage more than doubled in 2020 as people worked and socialised from home
Broadband usage has more than doubled in the UK this year as 2020 became the year of home working, Zoom calls and live streaming. Figures from broadband network Openreach revealed data consumption rose from 22,000 Petabytes (PB) last year to 50,000 PB in 2020. On 15 occasions during the year, the daily record for broadband use was broken as people worked from home, socialised online, attended video conferences, streamed videos and live sport and downloaded video games for consoles.
30th Dec 2020 - iNews
Post-Pandemic, Office Life May Never Be the Same, CIOs Say
After working remotely for the better part of a year, employees have proven they can do it, and do it despite the difficulties being at home may have presented. Going forward, that means that where people work may have changed permanently, according to chief information officers. “We do not see a return to the traditional five-day-a-week in the office likely happening again,” said Brad Peterson, chief technology and information officer at Nasdaq Inc. Like many CIOs, Mr. Peterson says a hybrid of home and office work will likely become the preferred option for most employees. Mr. Peterson was one of 45 IT executives who responded to CIO Journal’s annual end-of-year questionnaire on the future of the office and other topics.
30th Dec 2020 - The Wall Street Journal
Companies Are Starting To Pay People The Same If They Live In New York City, San Francisco Or Buford, Wyoming
Mostly everything during the pandemic was pretty awful. On the bright side, there’s been some positive, progressive trends which could greatly benefit workers. Location-based salaries and compensation are now being questioned and re-evaluated in light of the success of the massive work-from-home or anywhere-remotely trend. There is a potential downside to the good news of no salary adjustments when workers relocate or work in cities outside the radius of the home office. Job seekers may be forced to contend with more competition, especially with unemployment at all-time high levels.
30th Dec 2020 - Forbes
Making Cents: How to save money while working from home
If you are one of the tens of thousands who made the move to working from home this year, now is the time to figure out if you can make a claim with Revenue for tax relief on the cost of utilities during the period you were at home rather than in the office. There are two ways workers can be financially supported while working remotely. An employer can make a voluntary payment to an employee of €3.20 per workday without deducting any PAYE, PRSI or USC. This payment is intended to cover expenses such as heating and electricity costs. But there is no obligation on the employer to make this payment and, according to a recent survey from Taxback.com, just 5% of employers of Ireland’s remote workforce are paying it.
30th Dec 2020 - Irish Examiner
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Dreading or dreaming of a return to the office in 2021
The US is deep in the bleakest period of the pandemic, with thousands of Americans dying each day. That reality is not lost on affluent remote workers, who are quick to express gratitude for their own good fortune. They feel guilty complaining about Zoom fatigue and social isolation when they are working in relative safety and comfort. Yet with the approval of two coronavirus vaccines, many of these remote employees find themselves imagining the new shape of their work lives in a post-pandemic America. Some glimpse a proverbial light at the end of the tunnel; others see an oncoming train. In June, PwC surveyed 120 U.S. company executives and 1,200 office workers to see how they felt about that future. About a third said they hoped to work from home full time. About 9 percent wanted to work from home hardly at all. The majority preferred a hybrid workplace
28th Dec 2020 - The Washington Post
Remote working app to be launched by Government
In Ireland, a new remote working app is to be launched by the Government, to allow people to see what spaces are available near them. Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys says this is down to a major change in how people are operating. She said her department is currently mapping out all the co-working spaces, digital hubs and others which will then be integrated into an app. "People will be able to see where I can go and work from a local centre".
28th Dec 2020 - Newstalk
88% of civil servants as 'effective' working remotely
In Ireland, a new report reveals that 88% of civil servants feel as effective working remotely as they are during normal working arrangements. A total of 26,822 civil servants took part in the Civil Service Employee Engagement Survey 2020 Covid-19 Remote Working Report. The survey also shows that three-quarters of civil servants indicated they would like to continue to access remote working in the future if given the choice.
28th Dec 2020 - RTE.ie
In 2021 We Need To Focus On Remote Work Creativity
Work From Home—and remote or hybrid work more generally—is here to stay, and we are just beginning to feel its implications. One of those implications that we need to consider in 2021 is how knowledge workers can be more creative when working remotely. More specifically, we need to change the conversation around remote work to be less about productivity and more about how remote work can boost creativity. Mindsets need to shift. The convergence of two massive trends impacting the workplace—remote work and the increasing use of AI—means that creativity should be where we focus our efforts
28th Dec 2020 - Forbes
This Is the Future Of Remote Work In 2021
The world witnessed a historic shift in the 2020 job market due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While some companies used to offer remote work as a perk, it has now become the norm for most businesses. By 2025, an estimated 70% of the workforce will be working remotely at least five days a month. While 2020 may be considered the year of remote work, it is just the beginning as we see the trend continuing in 2021. The percentage of workers permanently working from home is expected to double in 2021, according to a survey from Enterprise Technology Research
28th Dec 2020 - Forbes
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How to Manage Performance Evaluations in the Work-From-Home Era
A performance review, done well, applauds excellent work, delivers beneficial feedback and inspires a feeling of forward momentum. It’s not easy to pull off in the best of times, and as work-from-home drags on, the task can feel even more challenging. Inspiring employees to remain engaged and productive is a growing issue. The number of chief executives who cited employee performance as a top concern shot up to 56 percent in 2020, from 36 percent in 2019, according to research by the Predictive Index, a firm that uses data analytics to help companies with hiring and management decisions.
21st Dec 2020 - The New York Times
Why I want to be a digital nomad after working remotely in Barbados
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of digital nomads in the world is on the rise. Before the pandemic, an estimated 3.4% of US employees worked remotely. That figure has now risen to 42%, according to Stanford University. And some remote workers are taking advantage of their new lack of physical office ties to travel the world with their laptops. Countries from Barbados to Georgia are capitalizing on this new trend by launching special visas designed for digital nomads, while also ensuring they manage the spread of the coronavirus.
22nd Dec 2020 - Insider
Why middle managers are feeling the most stressed out during COVID
Plenty of teams have switched to working remotely since March. Now enough time has passed that many are starting to ask: What's actually working? That was the topic of a recent virtual panel presented by Fortune and Slack's Future Forum called "Reimagine Work: New Ways to Lead." Brian Elliott, who leads the Future Forum, said that his company's research showed a stark divide in terms of how different groups of employees are experiencing—and adapting to—remote work. When it came to having stress at work and wrestling with social isolation, "middle managers stood out," he said. According to his company's survey of 9,000 knowledge workers around the globe, middle managers were 91% more likely to say they were having trouble working remotely when compared to individuals and senior executives
22nd Dec 2020 - Fortune
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Chief remote working officers are now navigating organizations into a post-pandemic world
The pandemic has shuttered offices and transformed companies into virtual workplaces overnight. Now it’s giving rise to a new corporate job title: head of remote work. The role may seem like a pandemic-era fad, especially with vaccines beginning to roll out. But experts contend that even after offices can safely reopen, many companies will allow employees more flexibility in terms of where they work. Managing both a remote and an office-bound workforce creates a host of challenges for organizations, with implications for real estate, technology, human resources, finance and corporate culture.
21st Dec 2020 - The Globe and Mail
Flexible working: lessons from the great work-from-home mass experiment
For years, politicians and employers alike have talked up the promise of flexible working. And it looked like change was happening. Last year, the UK government announced a consultation around whether flexible work should not just be available, but become employees’ default option in its annual Queen’s Speech. But 2020 rapidly became a hugely different year in Westminster and flexible working rights seemingly ground to a halt at the political level. In the end it took the COVID-19 pandemic, with its attendant government-enforced lockdowns, for working from home to sit at the centre of an unanticipated global experiment and to become the catalyst for a real discussion about flexible work
21st Dec 2020 - The Conversation UK
COVID-19 gives single Millennials the chance to see the world while working remotely
Remote work has grown 44 percent since 2010, according to Built In, a tech website for job recruiters. But “geographic flexibility” — the ability to work from any location — has skyrocketed in 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. While not every job can be accomplished in a Wi-Fi-enabled van, there is increasing acceptance from many companies that it doesn’t matter where a worker logs on. And that might just be here to stay: A new survey out of Harvard found that 16 percent of American workers will pivot to working at home at least two days per week after the virus subsides.
21st Dec 2020 - Houston Chronicle
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Digital nomads told us what it's like to work remotely from around the world - and how you can do it yourself after the pandemic
With many people working remotely, digital nomads — people who earn a living online while they travel — are on the rise. Insider spoke to digital nomads Andrea Valeria, Wanda Duncan, and Kim Leary about the perks and challenges that come with working remotely from around the world. According to them, the digital nomad experience can be rewarding, but it can also be difficult and lonely so it's important to meet others and form a community.
17th Dec 2020 - MSN.com
Clocking in from beach: NZ companies urge employees to work even more remotely
In New Zealand,Tourism Holdings and Vodafone have jumped on board with the four-week 'work from anywhere' initiative which allows their staff to work from the beach, bach or even a tent following the festive season. Its chief financial officer Nick Judd said because people had got used to working from home over the pandemic, there was now the ability to work from anywhere in Aotearoa. "We've got so used to virtual working due to Covid this year we're saying get out and about, explore the country, help some of the regional economies and take your work with you," Judd told Nine to Noon. He said the campaign was also about improving worker welfare after a particularly stressful year.
17th Dec 2020 - 1News
Employee Monitoring Vs. Workplace Trust In An Age Of Remote Working
This year, as communities came together to fight Covid-19, millions of employees packed up their desks and headed for their study, kitchen, or shed. Technology responded, supporting teams to find new ways to collaborate through digital channels. But this connected virtual workplace brought friction too. As the months rolled on, leaders started to worry that they didn’t know if staff were productive at home, and more organizations began to look at technology to monitor their employees. Are organizations now in danger of inadvertently taking technology too far and engendering a culture of conflict and mistrust? Leaders need to carefully weigh up the impact of employee monitoring software and take a collaborative approach to implementation with their staff.
17th Dec 2020 - Forbes
Before Transitioning To A Permanent Work-From-Home Culture, Leaders Should Look Before They Leap
The pandemic has forced organizations to embrace remote work for an extended period of time, certainly well into 2021. Some organizations, such as Facebook, recently announced the creation of a new role called Director of Remote Work, along with a pledge to transition half of its nearly 50,000-person global workforce to work from home within the next five to 10 years. Other organizations, such as Twitter, Square and VMware have taken steps to allow employees to work from home indefinitely. While examples like these have ignited a new work-from-home movement, some leaders haven’t been so quick to permanently lock their office doors. Instead, they’re taking time to consider important big-picture questions
17th Dec 2020 - Forbes
The New Battles to Come Over Working From Home
A lot of things can be expected to go back to normal once the Covid-19 pandemic is truly over. Restaurants, cruise ships and resort towns will be packed again. Spending on home improvements will subside. Since early last spring, though, many thoughtful people have been speculating that the workplace will never be the same. The success of the great experiment in working from home during the pandemic has made it much clearer than it was before that many of the things we do in offices can be done just as well or better while working remotely and communicating electronically. And because a lot of the best jobs in recent decades have been concentrated in crowded, expensive cities, this could also provide an opportunity for workers to relocate to places where life is simpler and real estate cheaper.
17th Dec 2020 - Bloomberg
State needs to be ‘much more ambitious’ with remote working, Humphreys says
In Ireland, the Government needs to be much more ambitious than its programme for government commitment to have 20 per cent of public sector employees working remotely, Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys has said. In the wake of the shift to remote working from 200,000 before the Covid-19 pandemic to more than 700,000 currently Ms Humphreys told the Dáil that this had “given us all an opportunity to reimagine the possibility for a greater regional distribution of jobs”.
17th Dec 2020 - The Irish Times
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Will COVID-19 push more employees to work remotely after the pandemic? This economist says yes
Millions of Americans have spent this year working from home, and employers have realized just how smoothly things can get done when they trust their staff to work remotely. But for those fortunate enough to work from home, will COVID-19 have a lasting effect on how we do our jobs? Or will millions of commuters return to cities if and/or when vaccines are made available? A new study by Vanguard has shed some light on the future of work. “Work-from-home arrangements represent a sharp acceleration of a trend that was already under way before COVID-19,” said Joseph Davis, Vanguard global chief economist. “But the big question for the U.S. economy is how many jobs, and what types, could permanently become remote?”
17th Dec 2020 - Journal.ie on MSN.com
The 9-to-5 workweek may become the '3-2-2' after the pandemic
The traditional 9-to-5 will transform into the '3-2-2' as more employees begin to enjoy and expect work flexibility, predicts Harvard Business School professor Ashley Whillans. The 3-2-2 schedule balance traditional and remote work, where employees work for three days in office, two days remote, and two days off. This structure allows employees to create schedules that work around their everyday lives, which has shown to improve job satisfaction, productivity, and attendance.
17th Dec 2020 - Business Insider
Working remotely, state workers drive 1 million fewer miles each week
Maine state employees drove 1.1 million fewer miles and took 17,877 fewer trips every week between April and November by working remotely during the pandemic, recent state surveys have found. Working from home kept 233,103 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air every week, according to preliminary estimates, reducing total greenhouse gas emissions by 7 million pounds over the 30-week period. The calculations are preliminary, but they are thought to be the first specific metrics in Maine that capture the impact of telework on climate change.
17th Dec 2020 - Press Herald
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3 Ways to Set Boundaries When You Work from Home
When your house is your office and vice versa it becomes increasingly difficult to separate work and home. Instead of concentrating solely on the task at hand, you’re distracted by the pile of laundry waiting to be done or the TV that’s just itching to be turned on. At an office, neither of these things are a possibility, so while offices have their own distractions, working solo at home arguably comes with more. Not to mention, some semblance of a work-life balance is already a challenge to maintain, but doing so when you’re working and living in the same space takes effort and one (or more!) of these strategies.
16th Dec 2020 - BioSpace
'We'd just begun our careers - and then the pandemic hit'
The sudden lockdown in March this year turned the world of work upside down. Millions were sent home to refashion their living rooms into a place to do business. For many that was a challenge, but imagine what it was like for those of us only just beginning our working lives.
16th Dec 2020 - BBC News
Howard Levitt: Remote working arrangements need to be codified with clear guidelines to boost productivity
As this year comes to a close, some working Canadians will still be phoning it in — literally — and doing so for the foreseeable future. But even at this late hour, the long-term consequences of remote working are just being discerned. Amid the chaos of the early lockdowns, businesses had no choice but to frantically, sometimes frenetically, adapt. As large portions of the workforce were ordered to work from home, employees too had to quickly acclimate to an unfamiliar environment. Often, it was the blind leading the blind. Almost a year later, most remote workers have become quite comfortable with their circumstances. For employers, not so much. As a considerable portion of the workforce continues to work unseen, many businesses have struggled for quality and consistency
16th Dec 2020 - Financial Post
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Work-From-Home Scores Big Praise, But Proactive Firms Can Make It Better
Work-from-home is a crowd pleaser. That may sound like an obvious finding, but – given the dire circumstances under which the world entered the virtual workforce this year – it’s a significant one. This past fall, researchers at Thomson Reuters polled 1,000 corporate professionals (500 in the United States, 250 in the United Kingdom, and 250 in Canada), and found that only one-in-10 respondents said they preferred their previous working practices. What’s more, 69 percent of respondents said they want to maintain at least some aspects of their changed working practices once “stay-at-home” orders expire. Still, even as the honeymoon period stretches on, the feedback from professionals raises some clear pain points that need to be addressed before the ideal of work-from-anywhere freedom can truly be realized.
15th Dec 2020 - Forbes
Some Say Working From Home Is Grinding Them Down
As the pandemic has forced many to work from home, some are starting to feel as if they are living at work, putting in more hours and being stressed more than they want to be.
15th Dec 2020 - NPR
Rather work from home? A lot of employers want you to
COVID-19 forced millions of employees to do their jobs from home instead of the office. For those who want to continue working remotely — or those who’d like to give it a shot — there’s never been a better time to try. Working remotely, or telework, grew by 73% in the six years preceding the pandemic, and 25% of U.S. workers work from home either full time or part time, said Anne Nowak, program director for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Career Center. Pandemics don’t last forever, she said, but this trend looks like it will.
15th Dec 2020 - The Advocate
The shift to working from home can outlast COVID-19
For the past eight months, office life has been transformed as – in the interest of social distancing – millions were told to work from home. The shift to remote working is surprisingly widespread. The percentage of people who work from home has of course climbed in tech-savvy sectors such as IT and finance. But it has risen significantly in some old economy sectors too. In construction, for instance, the share of work-from-home workers jumped from 15 per cent pre-COVID to 34 per cent in September, according to Fair Work Australia. Yet from Monday, the NSW Public Health Order requiring employers to allow all workers to work remotely lapsed. Bosses will now have the option of ordering staff back to the office. Yet the return to the pre-COVID status quo also poses problems because some Australian employers are more enthusiastic about returning to the old work arrangements than their workers, who have enjoyed the flexibility and the time saved from the daily commute.
14th Dec 2020 - Sydney Morning Herald
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Covid-19: 'Third wave' warning and how work from home couples are coping
Easing England's Covid restrictions could lead to a third wave of the virus at the busiest time of the year for hospitals, according to NHS bosses. In a letter to the prime minister, NHS Providers, which represents hospital trusts in England, has urged "extreme caution" in moving any area to a lower tier. A review of the tiers is due to take place on Wednesday. The letter highlighted some parts of the country where there was a "worrying increase in infection rates across a wide range of areas", including Essex, Kent, London and parts of Lincolnshire. It comes ahead of the festive season when people will be allowed to form a "bubble" between 23 and 27 December, with the letter urging Boris Johnson to lead a "better public debate about the risks inherent in the guidance".
14th Dec 2020 - BBC News
Holyrood out to clear the air with remote working push to tackle pollution
Scottish ministers want people to continue to work from home after the Covid pandemic in order to cut the country’s carbon footprint.With road traffic contributing to poor air quality, the government
13th Dec 2020 - The Times
Future of the City: Where did all the jobs go?
For months after the Brexit referendum, Japanese bankers were invited on tours of Frankfurt. Some took in a football match and met one of the local club’s star players: Makoto Hasebe, former captain of Japan’s national team. Impressed by the German city’s clean air, green spaces and family-friendly atmosphere, most of the Japanese bankers switched their plans for establishing a post-Brexit EU base in Amsterdam, opting for Frankfurt instead. “One of the biggest issues we have with people is to get them here to see it and then they are pleasantly surprised by what they find,” said Hubertus Väth, head of the Frankfurt Main Finance lobby group.
13th Dec 2020 - Financial Times
Poll: 54% Of Remote Workers Hope To Continue After Pandemic
More than half of Americans who are working from home because of the pandemic want to work from home all or most of the time after the outbreak, according to a Pew Research Center survey published Wednesday, signaling the increase in remote work is likely to continue.
13th Dec 2020 - Forbes
Employees under 50 working remotely during coronavirus pandemic struggle to stay motivated: study
Money isn’t enough of a motive to keep young adults engaged at work during a global pandemic, a new report claims. Forty-two percent of adults aged between 18 and 49 working from home say it’s been somewhat or very difficult to find motivation since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to a survey published recently by the Pew Research Center. That’s significantly more than the 20% of adults 50 and older who said their motivation was lacking during the new normal.
The survey found there were myriad factors for why young people felt less on track at work while remote including distractions from lack of childcare and working in a more confined space.
13th Dec 2020 - Fox News
Bosses and employees divided over working from home rules
An expectations gap is opening between bosses and staff over the future of remote work as major companies say only 40 per cent of employees will be able to operate from home in future. The NSW public health order requiring employers to allow people to work from home will be repealed on Monday but bosses are grappling with the post-pandemic balance between home and office-based work. The order coincides with a report of some of Australia's largest organisations that found while almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of employees want a hybrid model that involves some working from home and some days in the office, employers say it will only be available to about 40 per cent of staff.
13th Dec 2020 - Sydney Morning Herald
Coronavirus and return to work: five ways to support bereaved employees
During lockdown Bupa saw a 40% increase in enquiries to its EAPs from companies seeking advice on how to support bereavement and loss. Alaana Woods and Erika Gati-Howe outline some approaches that may help, and which OH can communicate to managers. Covid-19 is the biggest global crisis we’re likely to see in our lifetime – affecting people personally, collectively and professionally. Sadly, as the pandemic has progressed, more people will be dealing with grief. Losing a loved one is always hard. However, due to social isolation measures, people are experiencing bereavement differently. Many will be unable to attend funerals or be physically comforted by their friends and family outside their household, something which can be pivotal to the grieving process.
12th Dec 2020 - Personnel Today
Indian travellers now keen to book places from where they can work remotely, survey reveals
Ever since the pandemic started, most working professional in India turned to work-from-home to meet their deadlines. While initially it required some effort to acclimatize to the situation, now many people have grown so accustomed, they are reluctant to get back to offices, especially since the risk of infection is still there. A new survey by Booking.com — a digital travel company — has now revealed that 63 per cent of Indian travellers are willing to quarantine in destinations, as long as they can work remotely.
12th Dec 2020 - The Indian Express
Will Coronavirus Be the Death of Cities? Not So Fast
The Covid-19 crisis is bringing a Great Reset to our cities, suburbs and communities. Not just the health crisis—the economic and fiscal crises emerging in its wake, and the wave of protests for racial and economic justice that has swept up alongside it, are altering the way we live and work in powerful ways. This Great Urban Reset gives us a once-in-a-century opportunity to create more equitable and inclusive communities of all sizes and shapes. In the wake of the 2008 economic crash, I identified the Great Resets that remake and recharge economic systems in the wake of crises. They do so by giving rise to new ways of living and working that enable the economy to expand and grow.
10th Dec 2020 - The Wall Street Journal
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Dubai remote-working protocols for govt employees
Government employees in Dubai will now be allowed to work outside their offices - either fully or partially - as new Remote Working Protocols have been approved. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, on Thursday announced the roll-out of the new protocols, which seek to enhance corporate agility, efficiency and talent retention and promote work-life balance. It was part of the overall vision to harness technologies and create a flexible environment for the next generation of jobs.
10th Dec 2020 - MSN.com
Working from home: Not all that glitters is gold
According to a recent survey by the digital association Bitkom, more than 10 million employees — or about a quarter of Germany's working population — have been working from home. Many have gotten used to this new situation and come to appreciate the upsides. But the drawbacks have also become clearer. Klaus Dörre is an economic sociologist at the University of Jena. He's convinced working from home will have negative consequences in the long run, for three main reasons. Not all is bad, of course. Both Dörre and Gerlmaier agree there is a lot to be learned from the current situation, as we certainly won't go back to square one once the pandemic is over. Gerlmaier believes there is a lot of potential in working from home that currently remains untapped. Businesses and policymakers need to think outside of the box, she says.
10th Dec 2020 - DW (English)
Cabo Verde: Country wants to attract foreigners to stay, work remotely from archipelago
Cabo Verde intends to seduce European, American and Portuguese speaking citizens to work remotely from the archipelago through a programme that allows six-month stays with a temporary work visa. The “Remote Working Cabo Verde” programme emerged when the archipelago, currently with a low incidence of Covid-19, but virtually no tourism since March, tried to revive international interest as a sun and beach destination, reinforced by the safe environment in the face of the pandemic, after strengthening laboratory capacity to detect the disease and already with internationally certified health units.
10th Dec 2020 - Macau Business
Technicity GTA 2020: Stop worrying if workers are working remotely and focus on creating a healthier experience, says Microsoft
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is foremost in the minds of CIOs and other business leaders as they consider what comes next. Jason Brommet, head of modern workplace and security for Microsoft Canada, says that heading into 2021, the mental well-being of employees, most of whom are working extended hours from home, is a critical issue that must be addressed. “We know now that even when we aren’t watching closely, people can do their best work and we can trust them. That being said … it’s not this notion of whether or not they can be productive, but whether or not they’re working in sustainable ways,” Brommet told virtual attendees of Technicity GTA 2020.
10th Dec 2020 - IT World Canada
Now that virtual court hearings have been conducted successfully, they should become the norm
in India, when the lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus was announced in March, it came as a huge disruptive shock. Most offices and activities were brought to a sudden halt. But enterprises soon began to use internet and e-platforms to allow employees to work from home. The Supreme Court also started hearings using the internet and e-platforms. Considerable work on this had been done by an e-committee headed by Justice DY Chandrachud. However, virtual proceedings were mostly restricted to urgent hearings in High Courts and Supreme Court. There was also a very selective, arbitrary method for deciding what constituted an urgent matter. In addition, most subordinate courts did not adopt this practice. As a consequence, the backlog of cases has been mounting.
10th Dec 2020 - Scroll.in
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Brits hoping to work from home for ever are buying properties miles away from office
Brits are prepared to buy a new property miles away from their place of employment - because many plan to continue working from home permanently, a study has revealed. A fifth of workers hope they never have to set foot in the office again, even after lockdown restrictions are lifted, and the world returns to normal. As a result, a poll of 2,000 UK homeowners found that two-thirds would now look to move to a house that was better designed for home working.
10th Dec 2020 - Mirror Online
10 gift ideas for the person who's getting sick of working from home, from a remote work expert
If ever there was a year to celebrate your work-from-home survival skills, 2020 is it. You deserve a reward for juggling personal responsibilities along with your role as a home-based business owner or remote employee, all during a pandemic. So pat yourself on the back, then share this gift guide with your family, friends and colleagues — especially the ones who dread working from home.
10th Dec 2020 - CNBC
This Hawaii program will pay your airfare to live and work remotely from the islands
Hawaii will welcome 50 newcomers from out of state in the coming months thanks to a new temporary residency program called Movers & Shakas. Formed by a group of local nonprofits, alumni associations and business leaders in partnership with the state government, the initiative aims to attract working professionals from around the U.S. to move to and work remotely from Hawaii, contribute to the local economy and get involved in community-building efforts severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
10th Dec 2020 - CNBC
COVID-19: Here's what Canada’s top CEOs think about remote work
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, millions of Canadians switched from working in a central office location to working from home. Days turned into weeks, and weeks have turned into months. Now it’s almost 2021, and millions of employees in Canada still work from home full time with no end in sight. Many Canadians wish to continue working remotely once the pandemic ends, which raises the question: Is remote work here to stay? For millions of employees, the answer will depend on what their senior management decides.
10th Dec 2020 - KitchenerToday.com
Challenges and risks for employees working remotely in operating tax compliance
Due to the effect of COVID-19, businesses and their employees are struggling to manage their work operations and taxes. The need to adopt new-age digital technologies is a major learning from lockdown for businesses. And the need to boost technology investment has become a dire need particularly in various areas of businesses, including the supply chain and finance. Employees are now expected to work without coming to the workplace from their homes and can operate operations from home efficiently and efficiently. The very principle on which corporations were managed, employee salaries and benefits were organized and tax laws were written over the years, are therefore questioned.
10th Dec 2020 - CNBCTV18
Staff fear working remotely will damage career prospects
The Covid-19 pandemic has created workplace imbalances for many people, according to a survey by Matrix Recruitment. The study found that more than a quarter (27 per cent) of those surveyed report inequality arising from the pandemic, while one in three say they are concerned that working from home long term will affect their career opportunities. Of those concerned about their careers, 61 per cent say they are worried their employer will not be aware of all the work they do while 38 per cent say they are anxious that they will not have the right supports to progress their career
10th Dec 2020 - The Irish Times
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Op-ed: 6 productivity apps to help you survive working from home
While some American workers have gone back to the office, Gallup’s recent annual Work and Education poll shows that 33% are still working remotely full-time due to the coronavirus pandemic, with an additional 25% working from home part-time. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers who have been working remotely during the pandemic would like to continue to do so. And many will be able to with companies increasingly extending working from home through next summer. While most workers might not have planned to go fully remote, the good news is the average company sees a 10% to 43% increase in productivity after making the switch, according to a report from the UNC Kenan–Flagler Business School.
9th Dec 2020 - CNBC
SMEs need to acknowledge remote working lessons to prosper post-Covid
Just as the world’s first Covid-19 vaccination takes place, and companies, in particular small businesses, envisage that they may be finally at the beginning of the end of the business turbulence and see growth in a post-pandemic future, research is warning small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to heed the lessons of the pandemic and ensure there’s no return to bad habits. Attitudes have changed since the beginning of the pandemic, as 8x8 said its research had shown customers were forgiving at the beginning of lockdown earlier this year but now expect companies of all sizes to have adjusted to the “new normal”. Communication now need to be “seamless”, both with customers and between colleagues, as remote working continues.
9th Dec 2020 - ComputerWeekly.com
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More provincial staff to work from home during 2-week circuit breaker
The P.E.I. government has asked all provincial employees who can to work from home the next two weeks during a "circuit-breaker" phase of the Island's COVID-19 pandemic response. The circuit breaker, introduced Sunday, is a short, sharp response to an increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases on P.E.I. in the last few days. The hope is that keeping more people at home will stop the spread of coronavirus, just as a circuit breaker is designed to stop the flow of electricity. "As a result of the new public health measures announced, the Public Service Commission, in partnership with the government operations committee, asked all employees who can and are approved to work from home to begin to do so immediately," a provincial government spokesperson said Monday in an email to CBC News.
7th Dec 2020 - CBC.ca
Nine Expert Predictions On Remote Work’s Impact On Businesses’ Bottom Lines
With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing guidelines and lockdowns forced many businesses to quickly adapt to at least partial remote work arrangements. Once the initial obstacles were overcome, many workers embraced the flexibility of remote work, and leaders discovered bottom-line benefits such as reduced overhead costs, broader applicant pools and higher employee satisfaction. Now, many businesses have expressed the intention to continue offering their staff members the option to work from home at least some of the time even once the pandemic has passed.
7th Dec 2020 - Forbes
Hawaii offers free round-trip tickets to out-of-state remote workers who want to move there for at least a month
The 'Movers and Shakas' program is looking for 50 people to move to Hawaii for at least a month in the next few weeks. These people will be remote workers who can stimulate the economy and provide their knowledge and expertise to local non-profits. Discounted hotel stays and co-working spaces are also being offered The Hawaiian economy has suffered due to the lack of tourism caused by the coronavirus pandemic, once reaching over 20 percent unemplo