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Article: Remote work and online learning can spread the opportunity of economic recovery: Raghav Gupta, Coursera

Today, there are three broad trends that are at play. Firstly, remote work is not going away after the pandemic and we will see more and more hybrid work being adopted. Secondly, as skills change due to digitization and technology, all working professionals like us need to learn these new skills. The pandemic has forced everybody to get used to online learning. All of this is opening new opportunities for individuals irrespective of where they are located. And for the company, the reverse is also true. It does not need to limit the talent that it wants to attract within one hour of its offices. The entire region becomes its talent pool. Thus remote work and online learning can spread the opportunity of economic recovery of the country a lot.
20th Oct 2021 - People Matters

Most businesses are wrong: Hybrid and remote work are better for innovation, not worse

Fear of losing their innovative edge pushes many leaders to reject hybrid and virtual work arrangements. Yet extensive research shows that hybrid and remote teams can gain an innovation advantage and outcompete in-person teams by adopting best practices for innovation, such as virtual brainstorming. What explains this discrepancy between leadership beliefs and scientific evidence?
20th Oct 2021 - Yahoo Finance

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AmEx Remote Work Policy to Allow Four Weeks a Year Away From Office

American Express Co. will allow employees to work from wherever they want at least four weeks a year as part of the company’s push to offer greater flexibility even after the pandemic subsides. AmEx will place employees into one of three groups: hybrid, on-site or fully virtual, Chief Executive Officer Steve Squeri said in a memo to staff on Monday. A “large majority” of workers will likely work hybrid schedules, with 80% of employees having told the credit-card giant they’d like to come back to the office at least some of the time, he said.
19th Oct 2021 - Bloomberg

Young Professionals Have Worries About Remote Working

A new report from Universum shows that younger professionals and students are more concerned about remote working positions than their older counterparts. The annual Most Attractive Employers report finds that a remote work “leadership gap” could hinder upskilling opportunities for young professionals. Of the 18,000 respondents, 12% of senior workers had virtually no concerns about remote working, compared to 23% of young workers. Even more, 57% of young professionals and 56% of students said they had worries about feeling isolated and missing out on connecting with their colleagues, compared to just 40% of older workers who felt the same.
19th Oct 2021 - AllWork.Space

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Employers must be alive to the challenges presented by the hybrid working model

Managers need to put in place procedures to make the return to the office as streamlined as possible, and ensure those who return to the office more frequently are not treated more favourably. There is an unconscious tendency to favour those who we see or work closely with on a regular basis. This could be to the detriment of those who work permanently or more frequently from home. This is now being referred to as “proximity bias”.
18th Oct 2021 - The Scotsman

'Hours of my life I'm never going to get back': As offices reopen, workers resist bringing back the commute

As many offices reopen after being shuttered during the Covid-19 health crisis, roughly 40% of workers say they want to continue working remotely according to a Harris Poll survey for USA Today. And for some, not having to commute on crowded trains, slow-moving buses, or in their cars, is one of the biggest perks of working from home. In a survey of 2,100 remote workers taken between March and April, 84% said shedding their commute was the most significant benefit of working outside the office, while 58% said they would seek a new job if they couldn't continue doing their current job remotely, according to FlexJobs
18th Oct 2021 - USA Today

Should Remote Work Pay Be Based On Location?

The coronavirus pandemic was a wake-up call for many employers and employees that the old way of doing work wasn’t working ― at least for everyone. One July survey of Americans who began working remotely during the pandemic found that 65% said they’d be willing to take a 5% pay cut in order to keep doing so full time. Companies including accounting firm PwC and big tech firms including Facebook, Microsoft and Google took note of this demand. They’re now allowing employees the opportunity to continue working from home where they like, but have made potential salary adjustments a condition of doing so in less expensive markets. But a growing number of companies are also taking a location-agnostic approach to pay. Last year, Reddit eliminated geographic compensation zones for U.S. employees, announcing it would instead tie pay ranges to high-cost areas such as San Francisco and New York, regardless of where U.S. staff members live.
18th Oct 2021 - Huffington Post UK

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Employers must adopt remote work, reduce barriers to counter labour shortage: HR specialist

As the COVID-19 pandemic impacts how some workplaces operate, a Halifax human resources specialist thinks employers will have to adapt to the situation to handle increasing labour shortages across Canada. Statistics Canada's latest job vacancy data shows the labour shortage is widespread across the country in several sectors. At the top is the accommodation and food services industry at 12.7 per cent. "Look at all the pundits and experts, no one thinks this is going to go away soon," Gerald Walsh, an HR specialist at Halifax's Gerald Walsh Associates, said. "The passage of time just won't fix this problem, this shortage of labour. Employers are going to have to get a lot more innovative in attracting workers. Everyone falls toward money or financial incentives."
17th Oct 2021 - HalifaxToday.ca

Covid Forces Video Game Makers to Rethink Remote Work

Like many industries, especially in the creative and entertainment fields, game production had an entrenched office culture pre-pandemic, where artists, writers and engineers collaborated in person to produce visually stunning content. The hours were often long and the lifestyle grueling. People complained, but not much changed. Then Covid-induced lockdowns forced a rethink in the video game business, which is slowly conceding that a way of life long considered sacrosanct could see some advantages with change. The pandemic initially significantly hampered the production of video games as developers struggled to get accustomed to inferior equipment and lagging VPNs at home, leading to widespread delays in releases. But companies adapted, buying new computers and improving their infrastructure so creatives and programmers could transfer large files more quickly. Now many video game makers say they’re just as productive as they were before the global shutdown in March 2020, even those who have not yet returned to their offices. Studies have shown that once companies can properly support their production pipelines, remote work makes people even more efficient.
17th Oct 2021 - Bloomberg

Flexibility has emerged as central ingredient of the post-pandemic workplace

As companies prepare their return-to-work plans, employers and employees must include in the equation the unique mental health benefits offered by each work style. Any and all plans are weighed against the health risk. But although the pandemic has proven that some workplaces can successfully function remotely, some workers, nonetheless, still crave the collaboration and socializing that comes from reporting to an office. Other workers never want to return to commuting and enjoy being able to do a load of laundry between meetings. If there’s one conclusion that can be drawn thus far about the post-pandemic workplace, one size does not fit all and flexibility is key.
17th Oct 2021 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Remote Work Can Be Better for Innovation Than In-Person Meetings

Fear of losing their innovative edge pushes many leaders to reject hybrid and virtual work arrangements. Yet extensive research shows that hybrid and remote teams can gain an innovation advantage and outcompete in-person teams by adopting best practices for innovation, such as virtual brainstorming. What explains this discrepancy between leadership beliefs and scientific evidence? After interviewing 61 leaders on a strategic return back to the office, Gleb Tsipursky, a behavioral scientist, discovered the root of the problem: The vast majority of leaders tried to pursue innovation during the lockdowns by adapting their office-based approach of synchronous brainstorming to videoconference meetings. They found that videoconferences aren’t well suited for traditional brainstorming and thus feel they need to go back to the office.
14th Oct 2021 - Scientific American

Majority of employees comfortable asking their manager to work remotely, think tank finds

The majority of workers are happy to speak to their employer about remote and hybrid working, research has found, with experts advising firms to listen to their staff’s needs. A poll of 1,000 UK workers, conducted by the Work Foundation and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), found that the vast majority (88 per cent) wanted to continue working remotely at least one day a week. The research also found that, of the employees whose line managers were responsible for deciding their working arrangement going forward, three in five (59 per cent) said they were comfortable asking their manager to work remotely. A similar proportion (54 per cent) also indicated that their line manager’s support was the main reason they were comfortable asking for remote working.
14th Oct 2021 - People Management Magazine

The working from home debate is complex, so don’t treat employees like children

The question of remote working is nuanced, with evidence for and against, and unique reasons why particular companies and individuals could benefit or suffer. We should acknowledge there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. The reasons why people might or might not want to return to the office are legion, yet their voices are drowned out by so-called thought leaders shouting at the top of their lungs about what everyone else wants: a presumed aggregation of the personal preferences of those most vocal.
14th Oct 2021 - Marketing Week

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The Leadership Gap: Young workers most concerned remote work will impact career success

Young professionals and students have far greater concerns about the rise of remote work than their senior counterparts, according to a new report. The report suggests in the wake of the pandemic and Brexit, a remote-working ‘leadership gap’ could contribute to future skills shortages as junior and senior professionals have vastly different views on being out of the office. The number of senior professionals with no concerns about working remotely is almost double that of younger workers (23% vs 12%) and whilst 79% of all professionals were interested in remote working, the data skews in favour of senior professionals.
13th Oct 2021 - fenews.co.uk

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How to stay active and healthy during long-term remote work

During 2020, our gyms shut down, mandates were placed to stay inside, and many watched their physical health and stamina decrease due to increased stress and time spent being sedentary. Previously, experts have declared “sitting is the new smoking.” And while the last couple of decades have seen a huge boom in health and diet-conscious lifestyles, due to COVID-19, this past year has pushed many workers home and into remote positions. This article gives tips for staying active and healthy while remote working.
12th Oct 2021 - Fast Company

Employees working at home will be allowed claim back 30% of their energy bills against tax

In Ireland, employees working at home will be allowed to claim back 30% of their energy bills against their tax. In his Budget 2022 speech, the Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said many have experienced remote working during the pandemic, stating that it can become part of a better work/life balance. The government wants to facilitate and support remote work, he said, confirming that an income tax deduction amounting in 30% of the cost of vouched expenses for heat, electricity, and broadband.
12th Oct 2021 - TheJournal.ie

Amazon to allow employees to work remotely indefinitely

Amazon said it will allow many tech and corporate workers to continue working remotely indefinitely, as long as they can commute to the office when necessary. The new policy was announced in a blog post and is a change from Amazon’s previous expectation that most employees would need to be in the office at least three days a week when offices reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic in January. The Seattle Times reported Monday’s message was signed by Amazon CEO Andy Jassy and said company directors will have discretion to allow teams that they manage to continue working remotely.
12th Oct 2021 - Associated Press

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Amazon to take team-wise approach on remote work policy

Amazon.com will let individual teams decide for how many days corporate employees would be expected to work from office in a week, CEO Andy Jassy said in a message to employees. Earlier, Amazon's policy required for employees to return to office from Jan. 3 for at least three days a week. In his message that was posted on Amazon's blog, Jassy said the company's corporate employees will be permitted to work up to four weeks per year fully remotely from any location within the country of employment.
11th Oct 2021 - MSN.com

How to Establish Successful Hybrid Working for Your Employees

As employers search for the right work arrangements after months or more spent largely remote, employees are making it clear they overwhelmingly prefer hybrid scenarios. In a recent Institute for Business Value survey of more than 14,000 people around the world, one in four employees said they were planning to change companies in 2021, citing the need for a more flexible work schedule or location as a top reason. Given such strong sentiment, it's easy to see how a well-conceived "work from anywhere" option could soon become a competitive advantage for employers. Establishing hybrid working may seem daunting, but there are a handful of steps any company can take to improve the infrastructure and operations of hybrid work that will make for a more successful transition.
11th Oct 2021 - Business Insider

How to get a promotion when working remotely

As many of us grapple with how, when, and if we should return to the office, there is another question you may be considering: Is it possible to get a promotion or even a new job if you continue to work remotely? Dorie Clark, an author and professor of business at Duke and Columbia, and a contributor for the Harvard Business Review and Fast Company, says if you are in the position to make a decision about if you will return to the office, the first step is understanding what the culture of your company is turning into. According to Clark, the most important consideration in advancing your career is building and maintaining relationships. That looks a little different in a hybrid or remote work situation.
11th Oct 2021 - Fast Company

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The UK cities that rejected calls to ‘get back to the office’ despite Covid restrictions easing

Despite Government overtures, the end of the summer break did not signal a mass return to the office for the UK, renewing concerns about the future of city centres. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged workers to “get back to work in the normal way”, warning them that if they continue to work from home, “you’re going to be gossiped about and you’re going to lose out”. Those responsible for running Britain’s city centres had been waiting anxiously to see data for September. There were hopes that, after Covid restrictions were relaxed and the summer holidays were over, commuting patterns might start approaching pre-pandemic normality. One month on, statistics from Google indicates that this has not happened.
9th Oct 2021 - iNews

ACCA calls for remote working fund for SMEs

In Ireland, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is calling on the Government to introduce a remote working fund for SMEs in Budget 2022, to support small businesses in adopting a remote working model for employees. As employers adopt a hybrid working model post-pandemic, the ACCA said additional costs associated with purchasing equipment, technology, and cyber security protection to support their staff to work remotely will put "considerable strain" on SME's financial resources. It said both the Government’s new remote working legislation along with the uplift in tax credits for remote workers, which is expected to be part of the budget, will help transform the new hybrid working environment.
9th Oct 2021 - RTE.ie

Remote Workers Can Live Anywhere. These Cities (and Small Towns) Are Luring Them With Perks.

Shara Gaona didn’t know much about Topeka when the pandemic struck. But the remote-working United Airlines analyst, untethered from her Chicago office, decided to move to the Kansas capital and collect $10,000 in local government incentives. Topeka is on a growing list of locations—from Bemidji, Minn., to the state of West Virginia—dangling incentives to entice remote workers. Many companies are offering office-free jobs, and some workers are willing to relocate for cash, cheaper housing or other perks.
9th Oct 2021 - The Wall Street Journal

Imagining the Hybrid College Campus

The pandemic undoubtedly inflicted real pain on higher education during the past year, but it also brought about clarity for what’s next. Much has already been written about how Covid-19 forced schools to accelerate their blending of in-person and online learning. While this abrupt shift created significant challenges, this hybrid model will in the long run greatly enhance the classroom experience. New digital tools, for instance, can help educators better assess student engagement, thus providing instructors with a clear road map for how to refine and improve their courses and teaching methods.
10th Oct 2021 - Harvard Business Review

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U.S. employers look to prioritize well-being of remote workers- survey

Several U.S. companies are looking to prioritize employee well-being by offering perks such as home delivery of meals and subsidized furniture to meet the rigors of working from home, a survey showed on Wednesday. One of five employers have such plans for next year, according to early results from a national survey. With a majority of people working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are looking for at-home alternatives for offerings such as subsidized healthy food choices in cafeterias or onsite gyms.
7th Oct 2021 - Reuters

Aussie company pays more than 1,000 employees $1,200 each to work from home - admitting 'we are renting space in people's homes'... so will others follow suit?

Employees at one of Australia's biggest private health insurers will get paid $1,200 on top of their annual salary to stay at home, as the firm pivots into a post-Covid remote working model. The announcement by CEO Mark Fitzgibbon comes as newly-appointed premier Domonic Perrotet is desperate to rush workers back into the struggling CBD as NSW vaccination rates surge. Mr Fitzgibbon says those days are 'long gone' and that other companies should get onboard a more flexible working model which could even mean an end to the five-day work week.
7th Oct 2021 - Daily Mail

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Over two thirds of final year students and graduates are prioritising hybrid working over salary in perspective jobs

A survey was commissioned by www.nationalgraduateweek.co.uk to over 2,200 final year university students and recent graduates from UK universities to find out what they’re looking for and prioritising when looking for future work. It was found that over two thirds of recent graduates and final year university students are looking for opportunities that offer hybrid working options (68% of respondents). Just over half of final year students and recent graduates (52%) have said that they are looking for roles that boast mental health support, with many priortising this over a high starting salary (11%).
6th Oct 2021 - fenews.co.uk

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Remote Work Has Vastly Improved the Black Worker Experience

Working remotely has its downsides: Cramped apartments, endless Zoom calls, juggling child care duties. But for many Black workers in white-collar jobs, getting out of the office has resulted in a vast improvement in their employee experience. Over the past year, Black workers in so-called “knowledge” roles, like graphic design or data analysis, are more likely to say they’ve been treated more fairly, value their co-workers more and feel more supported by management, according to a survey by the Future Forum. The findings support longstanding research that shows Black workers, especially Black women, feel less valued and respected by colleagues.
5th Oct 2021 - BloombergQuint

Citadel’s founder says those early in their career ‘are making a grave mistake’ if they work from home

Employees just starting out are risking their career advancement by continuing to work remotely, hedge fund manager Ken Griffin said. “If you are early in your career, you are making a grave mistake not being back at work,” Griffin said in a conversation with Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker. “It’s incredibly difficult to have the managerial experiences and interpersonal experiences that you need to have to take your career forward in a work-remotely environment.” Griffin, who runs Citadel’s hedge fund business and Citadel Securities, also said working outside the office hinders innovation and indicated it may hurt the country’s competitiveness.
5th Oct 2021 - Fortune

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Google’s regional pay cuts for employees who work from home may backfire

Many companies that employ the estimated 13 percent of US workers who are still working from home due to the pandemic expect to open their offices back up in January. Google is one of several notable tech companies, including Facebook and Twitter, that has enacted controversial plans to lower pay for remote workers who’ve moved away from the expensive areas where their headquarters are located. But there are signs these policies may backfire. While potential repercussions for cutting workers’ pay may not be immediate, humans are highly susceptible to loss aversion — losses are more painful than gains are pleasurable — and pay cuts could cause workers to either leave or resent the company. Alienating your existing workforce is always a bad idea, but it’s especially bad when tech companies are already struggling to find the workers they need.
4th Oct 2021 - Vox.com

Irish workers fear pay cuts for working remotely

More than half of Irish workers are concerned that choosing remote working will create inequality and impact their career progression, a new survey has found. Of those workers who fear there will be a negative impact, almost 40% are concerned that they would be asked to take a pay cut if they work remotely full time and 60% worry that it could impact their career progression. The survey found that 52% are fearful that they will be forgotten about during meetings if they choose to work remotely full time, with 48% worried their employer will consider their decision to work remotely a reflection of their commitment to the company.
4th Oct 2021 - Irish Examiner

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This Company Is Letting 40,000 Employees Work Remotely Indefinitely: 'Evolution of Flexibility'

The accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is letting thousands of its employees work remotely after the COVID-19 pandemic transformed the concept and feasibility of the virtual office. According to Reuters, the company will allow 40,000 of its U.S. client services employees to work virtually and live anywhere. PwC's deputy people leader, Yolanda Seals-Coffield, told the outlet that the change will be for the long term. "We have learned a ton through the pandemic, and working virtually, as we think about the evolution of flexibility, is a natural next step," Seals-Coffield said, Reuters reported. "If you are an employee in good standing, are in client services, and want to work virtually, you can, full stop."
2nd Oct 2021 - Yahoo News UK

Work From Home Forever Means No More Kids on Office Zoom Calls

The children who unexpectedly guest starred on so many pandemic video conference calls will play a much smaller role in the post-Covid work-from-home world. With hybrid schedules and remote work expected to continue even after the pandemic ends, U.S. companies are moving from Covid stopgaps to setting parameters for employees seeking flexibility. Chief among them, according to labor attorneys, are rules ensuring that someone else will take care of the kids during the workday. Parents were forced to juggle child care and work for a large portion of the last 18 months as schools and daycare centers shut down during Covid waves. Now that those facilities are more likely to be open — even as child care is more expensive and harder to find — companies are trying to assess how quickly they should require employees to formally split parental duties from their jobs.
2nd Oct 2021 - Bloomberg

Working from home? The best ergonomic gadgets for remote workers

In 2020, 37 per cent of adults worked from home, and a report from the Office for National Statistics suggests 85 per cent of remote employees want to adopt a hybrid of home and office work. A potential problem with this is workers setting up home offices without due consideration for sound ergonomics. RSI (repetitive strain injury) and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) are no laughing matter: the TUC reports RSI costs the UK about 5.4 million work days a year. Fortunately, if your office is still insisting you work from home, there is plenty of high-end ergonomic tech to help alleviate this issue
2nd Oct 2021 - Metro.co.uk

24 hours from London: the best travel choices for remote working within a day’s reach of the UK

Before the coronavirus pandemic, “working from home” was often disparaged as a euphemism. But increasingly many enlightened employers accept that people whose jobs allow flexibility are often more productive. With a commute limited to bedroom-to-kitchen and more flexibility for family commitments, time is freed up and stresses are eased. The natural extension for those whose work can be conveyed as hand luggage is “working from away”. As autumn decays into winter, the prospect of a bright backdrop for those online meetings becomes ever more alluring. Last weekend, speculation began about the options for Unilever staff, after it was reported that the Anglo-Dutch giant would allow employees to be anywhere they wished as long as they could return for an urgent meeting within 24 hours.
2nd Oct 2021 - The Independent

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Why millions of Americans are quitting their jobs in the Great Resignation

Since 2020, in addition to massive unemployment from pandemic-induced business shutdowns, the United States has seen a surge of voluntary job departures. In a recent Washington Post Live webcast, Anthony Klotz, an associate professor of management at Texas A&M University credited with coining the term the “Great Resignation,” attributed the departures to four main causes: a backlog of workers who wanted to resign before the pandemic but held on a bit longer; burnout, particularly among frontline workers in health care, food service and retail; “pandemic epiphanies” in which people experienced major shifts in identity and purpose that led them to pursue new careers and start their own businesses; and an aversion to returning to offices after a year or more of working remotely.
30th Sep 2021 - The Washington Post

From the Caribbean to coffee shops, alternatives to the city centre office are on the rise

2020 will forever be known as the year shifted our workplace solar system. The office’s gravitational pull is the weakest it has ever been, and the past 18 months has proven that most workers truly can work from anywhere. And with many of us enjoying the flexibility that affords, it’s no surprise that the majority (86 per cent) of employees want to continue working remotely at least once a week. As we move towards a more hybrid approach to the workplace, every organisation, team and individual will have to map out what hybrid working actually means for them: where should you work and how often?
30th Sep 2021 - iNews

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Remote work has finally made me — a legally-blind person — feel like I can thrive at my job. I'm sad it took this long.

Rachel Christian is a journalist and personal finance writer based Central Florida. As someone who is legally blind, Christian says remote work has been a game-changer for her career. At home, she can control her work environment and not worry about transportation or feeling self-conscious in front of coworkers.
29th Sep 2021 - MSN.com

Remote Work Projections Are on the Rise in U.S Managers Survey

An increasing number of U.S. professionals anticipate to be fully remote from an office in the next five years, signaling a permanent shift in the workplace and a greater use of freelancers by companies. A survey of more than 1,000 hiring managers implies that 40.7 million Americans expect to be working remotely by 2026, or almost 28% of respondents, according to a report by online freelance company Upwork Inc. That’s 4.5 million more than in a previous poll in the third quarter of 2020 -- and about 21 million above prepandemic levels.
29th Sep 2021 - Bloomberg

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Tech companies keep asking employees to take pay cuts to work remotely, but workers are rejecting the idea they should be paid differently based on where they live

In a hyper-competitive job market that favors specialized workers like those focused on technology, it is shortsighted for companies to consider cutting salaries of those who want to make permanent remote work arrangements prompted by COVID-19. But a new Dice survey finds that one in 10 technologists say they have been asked to take a pay cut if they don't plan to return to the office. Facebook and Twitter have reportedly reduced salaries for employees who've moved to less expensive areas, and Google is considering a similar plan. On the flip side, Reddit and Zillow are among employers encouraging workplace flexibility, and a separate Dice survey found that 28% of companies have increased salaries to attract technologists from high cost-of-living tech hubs.
28th Sep 2021 - Yahoo News

Japan telecom NTT eyes remote work as norm for all 320,000 employees

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. said it is considering allowing all 320,000 employees of the telecom giant group to work remotely as the norm and abolishing job relocations, in a drastic shake-up of its management style for a post-coronavirus society.
28th Sep 2021 - Kyodo News Plus

Is Going to the Office a Broken Way of Working?

A technology entrepreneur named Chris Herd posted a thread on Twitter. “I spoke to 10 x Billion $ companies who canceled return to the office due to the delta variant,” he began. “A few predictions on what else is going to happen.” His first salvo was titled “Office Death,” and claimed that “by the time people can return to the office a lot of companies will no longer have space to return to.” In Herd’s vision, which he calls a remote-first strategy, relevant teams gather less frequently—he suggests once a month as a good interval—in varying locations that suit the work that’s being done. Because these meetings are relatively infrequent, there’s no need for employees to live in the same region.
28th Sep 2021 - The New Yorker

Personality Predicts Adjustment to Remote Work

Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a debate about whether workers are happier and more productive at home or in the office. A recent study examined changes in job outcomes during the transition to remote work. Two personality traits, extroversion and conscientiousness, predicted decreasing performance and lower well-being over time.
28th Sep 2021 - Psychology Today

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Video chat BlueJeans aims to bring virtual watercooler talk to remote workers

Companies are struggling to recreate the serendipity of office interactions as many teams continue to work remotely due to the pandemic, but they could soon have a new option to try close the gap. Verizon's video chat app BlueJeans announced that it will begin testing a feature called Spaces, or virtual rooms where people as 3D cartoonish avatars can hang out, overhear conversations and join them. Rivals, including Zoom and Microsoft also have been developing features to foster spontaneous conversation in their chat tools.
27th Sep 2021 - Reuters

Four leading employers form remote working alliance

Four of Ireland’s leading employers have formed a “remote working alliance” to embed remote working within their organisations on a long-term basis. Vodafone, ESB, eBay and Liberty Insurance announced details of the Remote Alliance on Monday. Established by social enterprise Grow Remote, the initiative is designed to “lead the way for other Irish employers to commit to long-term remote working”. The purpose of the alliance is to build an Ireland where employment is accessible no matter where people live, it says.
27th Sep 2021 - The Irish Times

‘It’s awkward’: how UK workers hired remotely feel returning to the office

Lockdown policies introduced to mitigate the pandemic had profound effects on the labour market. When the UK fell into recession in August 2020, employment fell by the largest amount since the 2009 financial crisis. But for those determined to find new jobs, opportunities existed: in the first three months of 2021, the British Chambers of Commerce found that 40% of businesses were looking to recruit, compared with the pre-pandemic 2019 average of 55%. But what is the return to office life like for those hired remotely during lockdown, who have never visited their new workplace, seen their colleagues face-to-face or met the boss who hired them?
27th Sep 2021 - The Guardian

Employees are accepting pay cuts to keep working from home. They shouldn’t

Aside from the fact that remote work simply makes workers’ lives easier, it seems like it’s just a more sensible alternative for most employers. Companies save serious money in overhead like office space and other administrative costs. And aside from being able to physically monitor their workers during work hours, is there any real reason why bosses have to hover over their employees day in and day out? Thankfully, many workers are seeing this bigger picture, and choosing to do what’s best for them. According to the GoodHire study, 45% of Americans would either quit their job or immediately start a remote-work job-search if they were forced to return to their office full-time. And it’s already happening.
27th Sep 2021 - The Guardian

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Starting a new job is hard enough. Here's how to do it when you're remote

Starting a new job is nerve-wracking: You're trying to remember everyone's names and roles, and learn the culture, all the while trying to put your best foot forward. And for new hires who are joining a company remotely during the pandemic, the onboarding process can be even more difficult. This article explains how to make a great first impression
26th Sep 2021 - CNN

Worker surveillance rises as more companies offer remote work options

The spread of the delta variant has kept many of America’s office employees working from home and fueled a rise in surveillance technologies by employers — in finance, law, technology and other industries — eager to keep tabs on their remote workforce. Facial recognition monitoring offers one of the stranger examples of America’s massive work-from-home experiment, because it relies on a glitchy and, to some, quite creepy camera system built to ensure workers don’t lose focus or break the rules. Workers have little power to control how and when they’re being monitored, especially if they are using work-issued devices. Experts advise workers to assume they are being monitored if they’re in the office or using company equipment, and recommend they read the fine print when in comes to employee contracts.
26th Sep 2021 - The Washington Post

Covid and remote work changed the workplace. Now let's change the work week — to 4 days.

Matthew Gallagher, founder and CEO of Watch Gang, writes: "There is an inconvenient truth about modern employment: Many people hate their jobs. Even before the pandemic, a global Gallup poll found that approximately 85 percent of people were not engaged at work.Two-thirds of Americans reported feeling negatively about their work, while 25 percent of British sick days can be traced back to stress generated in the workplace". "To boost employee satisfaction and increase productivity, to make my business better and my customers happier, I’m going to pilot a four-day work week starting in the new year. For 32 hours of work, my employees will receive the same pay and benefits they have been getting for 40. Once implemented, we will track a number of metrics, such as employee and customer satisfaction and overall work completed."
26th Sep 2021 - NBC News

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How has remote working provided a jobs boost for young workers?

As another University year begins, research by Bright Network, a platform connecting graduates to employers, has highlighted how the pandemic and remote working has opened up new career opportunities and better social mobility for graduates in regions around the UK. Remote working has enabled graduates to accept employment opportunities in areas they were perhaps unable to access or afford in the past, with almost a third of young people accepting jobs they couldn’t before, because of a long commute to the office, and almost a quarter (24%) of graduates saying the main benefit of working remotely is flexibility in where they live. The research shows the opportunity for universities and government to capitalise on remote working as a way to level up the UK and improve social mobility for young people
23rd Sep 2021 - Business Leader

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Employees working from home four days a week slashes pollution by 10%, study finds

As companies debate whether to allow workers continuing working remotely, come into the office or have a hybrid work week, workers that telecommute four days a week could cut nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels by as much as 10 percent, a new study finds. Researchers at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) looked at three different scenarios — telecommuting two, three or four days a week — and found that NO2 levels would decline by 4 percent, 8 percent and 10 percent, respectively.
22nd Sep 2021 - Daily Mail

Making an office of a makeshift desk at home

While remote working allows for greater flexibility and can contribute to more productivity, it also comes at the expense of social contact with colleagues. This can prove challenging at times, but can be more pronounced for younger workers and graduates especially when the downsides can include workplace disconnect, less one-on-one time with a manager or colleagues and the dangers associated with overworking. To get a broader perspective on what it was like to transition from student life to working life under these unusual circumstances we spoke with three graduates who each began their placement during the pandemic.
22nd Sep 2021 - The Irish Times

The hidden aspects of (hybrid) work you should consider

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift to remote and hybrid work. From tech companies in Silicon Docks to your yoga studio around the corner, most companies seem now convinced that remote and hybrid work are not just work arrangements for global teams in high-tech. Quite the contrary, the future workplace - across industries and countries - entails combinations of on-site presence and working-from-everywhere opportunities. To confirm this tendency, a recent study from Ipsos for the World Economic Forum has revealed that 66% of the 12,500 employees surveyed across 29 countries want employers to offer flexible work arrangements post-pandemic.
22nd Sep 2021 - RTE.ie

How to manage employees who work remotely

As employees increasingly demand flexibility and desire the hybrid-work model, employers need to think seriously about what they can do to make this happen while still getting the results they want – and this means prioritising staff happiness and autonomy and stepping back from micromanagement. It may be tempting to micro-manage when most of your employees are working remotely, but now is not the time to prioritise process – or even results – over the wellbeing of your workforce. Research shows that healthier and happier people are more productive, and that workers who feel their employer cares about their wellbeing are more likely to work better and harder.
22nd Sep 2021 - Stuff.co.nz

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Here’s why flexibility, not hybrid, is what employees say they want

After more than 18 months of workers managing career responsibilities and their lives — and experiencing just how much flexibility is needed to do both — the idea of having to adhere to a hybrid schedule set by an employer may not be the ideal solution. Instead, what workplace experts and some CHROs are now saying is that what workers really need is flexibility — the ability to figure out for themselves which days are in the office and on which days remote is best. The distinction may sound like mere verbiage, the experts acknowledge, but the difference could mean keeping valuable workers or watching them walk out the door
21st Sep 2021 - CNBC

Advantages of remote working should not be lost - Forsa

The largest public service union here will begin negotiations with the Government later this week on the future for working - post pandemic. The head of communications of Forsa, which represents around 80,000 public and civil servants, said the union wants to build on the momentum of remote working that was forced upon employees as a result of the pandemic. Bernard Harbor said despite some initial problems, it has been a very favourable experience for workers and employers have found that productivity has been maintained or improved through remote working. Mr Harbor said the advantages of remote working for workers, employers and the economy must not be lost.
21st Sep 2021 - RTE.ie

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Remote working is an opportunity for disadvantaged areas says new study

Remote working is here to stay and it will bring with it new development opportunities for disadvantaged areas, but also the risk of greater socio-economic and regional inequality, according to a new study. According to the researchers, these changes will continue to shape the way people live and work because remote working offers greater flexibility and autonomy, a better balance between work and private life and less time spent commuting. This could be an advantage for peripheral areas, leading to a better balanced distribution of employment and of the population. There is evidence to suggest this is the case.
20th Sep 2021 - ANSA

Working remotely and not commuting saving Irish workers an average of one hour per day

Working remotely and not having to commute is saving Irish office workers 58 minutes per day on average, according to new research. The survey, conducted by Censuswide on behalf of IT services provider Auxillion, found that the majority of the 500 people who took part (59%) said they were using this additional time to relax or to be with their families. The research found that more than a third of Irish office workers (35%) believe working remotely has improved their mental health.
20th Sep 2021 - Irish Examiner

How companies can make their remote working inclusive for the deaf and blind

As remote working takes a greater hold amid the coronavirus pandemic, a wealth of opportunities can open up for people that may not have existed before. For example, less of a focus on the office can draw more people with disabilities into the workforce. But for companies, there are still a great deal of considerations to take into account when creating an inclusive remote environment for blind and deaf people. Organizations like RNIB and the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Center at University College London have issued guidance to employers on best practices for remote working with people that are visually impaired or hard of hearing. But these guidelines are ever-evolving with the rapidly changing future of work.
20th Sep 2021 - CNBC

End of working from home 'fuelled England's third Covid wave': Government figures show infection rates were highest among white-collar workers after No10 dropped WFH guidance

There were some 235 cases per 100,000 person-weeks among white people during third Covid wave. Meanwhile, the figure was as low as 98 in other ethnic groups suggesting white people drove cases up. And cases were higher among office-based jobs during, Office for National Statistics data shows
20th Sep 2021 - Daily Mail

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Australians are working from home much more because of the pandemic – and it sucks

In Australia, a Productivity Commission report reveals the major changes in work habits since Covid arrived, including longer days. Prior to the pandemic around 20% of all businesses had staff working from home; since the pandemic that has increased to 44%. The commission argues it is unlikely that we will return to pre-pandemic levels. One study cited in the report found that the length of the average workday increased by around 8%, or almost 49 minutes, relative to pre-pandemic levels. This highlights that for any benefits of working from home there are many negatives. The report looked at how working from home affects an array of aspects, from productivity to congestion, workplace health and safety, and worker’s wellbeing.
19th Sep 2021 - The Guardian

We want to see remote working become a permanent fixture, Varadkar says

In Ireland, speaking ahead of the easing of restrictions, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said from tomorrow, the public health advice no longer requires working from home and a phased return to the office begins. “The pandemic has taught us what’s possible in terms of remote working. It transformed the world of work overnight. I hope we can learn something from what worked for workers and employers during that time and incorporate it post-Covid. We really want to see remote working become a permanent fixture of Irish working life."
19th Sep 2021 - Irish Examiner

COVID-19 was meant to start a remote work revolution in Japan — that didn't happen

The pandemic was expected to trigger a major shift toward working remotely in corporate Japan, where face-to-face meetings are valued and long hours are often considered a sign of loyalty. But 20 months since the nation reported its first COVID-19 patient, the concept appears to be losing steam — at least for now — as many workers remain bound to their offices, especially those working for small and midsize firms. As the delta variant raged across the nation last month, leading to record numbers of infections, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga asked the nation’s major business circles to help promote remote work in a bid to reduce the number of commuters by 70%.
19th Sep 2021 - The Japan Times

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Is remote work ruining creativity?

It’s not hard to be creative while working from home, but creativity is slippery and can be quite fickle. The things that used to inspire you might not be working anymore. For managers hoping to inspire their teams, asking them to “be more creative” or to throw out ideas during your next Zoom call isn’t going to cut it. In fact, it can backfire by making employees feel pressured. With remote work changing where and how many of us work, it’s essential to build habits and strategies that keep the creative sparks flying. This article offers five ways to recharge your creative juices from home and help your team do the same.
16th Sep 2021 - Fast Company

From Bend, Oregon to Tampa: How these 10 U.S. cities became remote work hotspots

In the wake of the pandemic, remote work has continued to surge in popularity, new data from LinkedIn reveals. According to the report, 30.2% of all applications to paid U.S. job postings on LinkedIn went to remote work opportunities in August, more than 3x the rate of remote job applications (9.8%) in August 2020, and up nearly 10-fold from January 2020, where remote jobs only made up 2.8% of applications before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the U.S. Certain cities are emerging as remote work hotspots faster than others. Bend, Oregon topped LinkedIn’s list for the small U.S. cities where remote work is the most popular
16th Sep 2021 - CNBC

Most workers do not expect full-time office return, survey says

Most people do not believe workers will return to the office full-time after the coronavirus pandemic, an exclusive survey for the BBC suggests. A total of 70% of 1,684 people polled predicted that workers would "never return to offices at the same rate". The majority of workers said that they would prefer to work from home either full-time or at least some of the time. But managers raised concerns that creativity in the workplace would be affected.
16th Sep 2021 - BBC News

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ECB to Work Remotely Through January Amid Delta Disruption

The European Central Bank will let its employees work remotely until early next year, the latest sign that the delta variant of the coronavirus is derailing the return to the office around the world. The “default solution is remote working, still today, and probably until the end of January, and then we will see,” ECB President Christine Lagarde said on “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations” on Bloomberg Television. Major corporations and institutions like the International Monetary Fund have been forced to delay returns to the office after the delta variant of the coronavirus caused infections to rise.
15th Sep 2021 - Bloomberg

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Does Your Employer Trust You? Why Surveillance Is The Dark Underbelly Of Remote Work

With retail giant Amazon considering intensive monitoring of its customer service workers—down to the level of keyboard and mouse strokes—it seems that workplace surveillance is going mainstream. But why? Amazon’s confidential document cites security concerns as the impetus for this level of employee monitoring (and no doubt all of us who purchase from Amazon appreciate the effort to safeguard our personal data). But imagine the emotions of Amazon’s employees, who may soon face daily scrutiny of—literally—their every move.
14th Sep 2021 - Forbes

Huge study suggests remote work creates silos, changes communication

People working from home in the pandemic spoke less frequently with colleagues outside their team and took longer to engage with new hires, compared to when they worked in the office before COVID-19, a study suggests. People did, however, spend more time communicating, and therefore built stronger connections with their immediate team members. The study looked at the communication habits of 61,000 Microsoft staff while the company was working remotely during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
14th Sep 2021 - Business Insider

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U.K. Office Revival Speeds Up With More Workers Back at Desks

There is increasing evidence that Britain’s cities are returning to normal. Employees entering offices in major U.K. cities rose last week to 90% of pre-Covid levels from 58% a week earlier, according to data from Metrikus, which installs sensors in office buildings to measure occupancy rates. The City of London seems markedly busier than even two weeks ago, with streets more crowded and workers flocking to pubs. The question remains whether the trend will continue, with many companies and employees now embracing hybrid working, and with the risk that variants could yet derail a recovery.
13th Sep 2021 - Bloomberg

Study Shows People Want To Keep Working Remotely Because Of Pets, Naps And Watching TV: There's Also A Deeper Reason

A new study of remote workers conducted by Digital.com reveals the main reasons why people want to continue working from home. They run the gamut. Some seem obvious, while other rationales will surprise you. They include pets, naps and exercising, watching TV, listening to music and podcasts, but also worries about looks, bad commutes, missing family and friends
13th Sep 2021 - Forbes

Who should return to the office?

The pandemic forced many companies into the future of work. Remote and hybrid workplaces were inevitable, but rather than slowly and deliberately arriving there in 10 or 15 years, many were forced into it amid a global crisis. But we are no longer in triage mode. As millions navigate what this next phase of work looks like, it’s time to be much more thoughtful and intentional than we were back in March 2020. For the first episode of the new season, I talked to longtime Fast Company contributor, Gwen Moran. Moran has been writing about the future of work, remote work, return to office, and all things Work Life for decades.
13th Sep 2021 - Fast Company

Don't Want to Return to Work After COVID? How to Negotiate Working Remotely

Whether you're currently scheduled to return to the office later this year or sometime in 2022, going back won't be easy, and those that felt hopeful at the end of 2020 may now be dreading looming office deadlines. A May survey conducted by the Harris Poll indicated that as many as 40% of employees indicated they'd prefer to work from home indefinitely, and that figure is likely growing as variants spread and vaccine models change this fall. For those experiencing anxiety about the return to work, mental health specialists say it's a completely normal and expected way to feel. Having reduced control over your own life is a hallmark symptom of anxiety, explains Charmain F. Jackman, Ph.D., founder and CEO of InnoPsych
13th Sep 2021 - Good Housekeeping

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Working from home? Then expect a pay cut as nearly one in ten London firms plan to cut the salary boost for the capital

Nearly one in ten of the capital's employers has dropped – or has plans to remove – the London weighting allowance on salaries for remote workers. An exclusive survey of more than 22,700 companies found that 11 per cent will ditch the salary boost for London workers who continue to work from home. The research also found that 28 per cent of employers are planning to hire staff to work remotely on a permanent basis, which was more than double the number in a previous survey.
12th Sep 2021 - MSN.com

New and young remote hires need mentors more than ever

Beginning a job remotely can be stressful. When your interactions with new colleagues are only happening through a screen, the process of getting close to others, and learning the best ways (and people) to help you do things often feels overwhelming. Many Gen Z workers are starting their first full-time jobs completely remotely. This means they’re often lacking the guidance and casual interactions that happen naturally in an office—experiences that are especially important for career development. Research shows that mentors are not only helpful to new workers acclimating to a new organization, but also key to employees’ professional growth.
12th Sep 2021 - Fast Company

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Remote work curbs communication, collaboration, study finds

When employees work remotely, lines of communication between colleagues, teams and departments get severed, according to new research. The study of 61,000 Microsoft employees -- published in the journal Nature Human Behavior -- found remote work led to more siloed lines of communication and fewer real-time conversations. While working remotely full-time, employees were also less likely to spend time in meetings, limiting the opportunity for collaboration and information-sharing.
9th Sep 2021 - UPI.com

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Silicon Valley finds remote work is easier to begin than end

Technology companies that led the charge into remote work as the pandemic unfurled are confronting a new challenge: how, when and even whether they should bring long-isolated employees back to offices that have been designed for teamwork. That transition has been complicated by the rapid spread of the delta variant, which has scrambled the plans many tech companies had for bringing back most of their workers near or after Labor Day weekend. Microsoft has pushed those dates back to October while Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and a growing list of others have already decided wait until next year.
8th Sep 2021 - Associated Press

Coworking with friends can cure remote work blues

As coronavirus case numbers soar with the rise of the delta variant, many employers are delaying their return-to-office dates. And while that’s welcome news for a lot of people, some are dreading a stretch of colder months that could look a lot like last year: endless days spent inside, with human contact relegated to screens. Across the country, friends are devising another way forward. Now vaccinated, they are meeting up in each other’s homes and at coffee shops and co-working spaces. They are watching each other nail the important meeting and wrangle that stressful conversation with their boss. They are learning the names of their friends’ favorite (and least favorite) colleagues. These friends have discovered the ultimate pandemic life hack: Working remotely need not mean working alone.
8th Sep 2021 - The Seattle Times

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Gen Z are the most uncomfortable returning to the office

When it comes to heading back to the office this fall, some workers are getting a reprieve as companies postpone return-to-work plans or switch to hybrid setups that allow for more remote work. And that’s likely a relief to many Gen Z employees, those ages 18 to 24, who say they’re uncomfortable heading back into the office. Although the youngest generation is potentially less prone than older workers to life-threatening COVID-19 infections, Gen Z is the group most likely to say they're uncomfortable returning to work fully in-person, according to a recent survey from the Harris Poll.
7th Sep 2021 - Fortune

Deutsche Bank Calls End of Honeymoon Phase With Remote Work

Deutsche Bank is calling the end of the honeymoon phase for employees’ relationship with remote work. A growing number of workers report feeling isolated from colleagues, Deutsche Bank said in a report to clients. Workers are increasingly likely to develop musculoskeletal problems due to inadequate remote-work setups. Nearly 40% of workers in the U.S. say they feel exhausted after a full week of virtual meetings. Even so, a proprietary survey conducted by the firm showed people expect to continue working from home two to three days a week once the coronavirus pandemic is no longer deemed a threat.
7th Sep 2021 - Bloomberg

Return to Office: Delays by Apple and Google Accomplish Nothing

The planned autumn 2021 return to the office is being delayed. Until January, purportedly. That’s when Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Alphabet subsidiary Google, Microsoft and some other major employers of knowledge workers now say they expect people back at their desks, 22 months after sending everybody home at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the current high U.S. levels of Covid cases, hospitalizations and in some places deaths, it’s understandable that companies don’t want to do a big return-to-office right now. Less clear is why they all thought early fall would be such a great time for RTO in the first place, or why they think the coast will be so much clearer in January.
7th Sep 2021 - Bloomberg

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Bosses turn to ‘tattleware’ to keep tabs on employees working from home

Remote surveillance software like Sneek, also known as “tattleware” or “bossware”, represented something of a niche market pre-Covid. But that all changed in March 2020, as employers scrambled to pull together work-from-home policies out of thin air. In April last year, Google queries for “remote monitoring” were up 212% year-on-year; by April this year, they’d continued to surge by another 243%. These software programs give bosses a mix of options for monitoring workers’ online activity and assessing their productivity: from screenshotting employees’ screens to logging their keystrokes and tracking their browsing. Employers are also reportedly drawing on in-house IT departments to monitor emails for flagged phrases at an increased rate compared with before the pandemic.
6th Sep 2021 - The Guardian

UK workers on returning to the office: ‘No point if I end up doing video calls’

Workers in the UK have gradually been returning to offices in recent weeks, after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions. While many firms have adopted a flexible arrangement that combines remote and office work each week, many others have called their employees back full time. For some, it is a welcome return to normality, but others have raised concerns about their health and working conditions.
6th Sep 2021 - The Guardian

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"Allo bureau bobo": Documenting remote working from Bali to Europe

Loungers, sun, shorts, T-shirts and tropical plants ... another day at the office for some workers who have reconfigured their lifestyles to fit a world hit by the coronavirus pandemic. French photojournalist Jérôme Gence captured such changes in office mores in "Allo bureau bobo" or "Telework". His panorama of employees working from island paradises for companies around the world - the digital nomads - is on show in Perpignan in southern France as part of the Visa pour l'image festival.
4th Sep 2021 - Yahoo News UK

Employers preparing responses to staff's remote work requests

Employers need to have plans in place to respond in a timely and effective manner to employee requests to work remotely, says Moira Grassick, managing director at Peninsula Ireland. A specialist employment law consultancy, Peninsula Ireland is advising employers to have a written policy in place to ensure that employees understand their position on remote working. This advice follows the recent publication by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) of its findings from a public consultation to discuss the key points of the bill allowing employees to work remotely.
4th Sep 2021 - Irish Examiner

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Turning off your camera for video meetings makes you more productive and less tired, according to psychologists

If you’ve spent too many remote meetings staring unproductively at the glazed-over expressions of your coworkers, a new study has a solution for you: Just keep your camera off next time. It sounds counterintuitive that turning off your camera leads to more productive meetings, but that’s what researchers from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management recently found during a four-week experiment. Taking away video freed people up to stop concentrating on their own faces, and instead focus more on the content of the meetings, according to the study’s authors.
2nd Sep 2021 - CNBC

UBS CEO Says Staff Who Don't Want Vaccine Can Work From Home

UBS staff who don’t wish to receive a vaccine against the coronavirus can apply to work from home, Chief Executive Officer Ralph Hamers said, signaling a flexible approach on a topic that’s disrupting banks’ effort to get workers back to their desks. “We have 25,000 employees alone in the U.S. and thousands more in Singapore and Hong Kong, and every country has a different legal framework around what you can and can’t make mandatory” with respect to vaccines, Hamers said at the Swiss Economic Forum in Interlaken. “The pandemic has delivered solutions to manage the risk of carrying the virus and passing it to your colleagues, and that is to work from home.”
2nd Sep 2021 - Bloomberg

Northern Ireland bosses 'get cold feet over remote working': survey

Bosses in Northern Ireland are becoming less enthusiastic about home working as they rediscover the benefits of the office, according to a report. The Global CEO Outlook by business advisory firm KPMG said there had been a “significant decline” in the numbers of chief executives here who were planning to downsize their office space. And overall, bosses on this side of the border were less likely than those in the Republic to have employees working remotely for more than two days a week.
2nd Sep 2021 - Belfast Telegraph

After Almost Two Years Of Working Remotely, It Will Be Nearly Impossible To Demand People To Return To The Office

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to his employees, “We are welcoming back tens of thousands of Googlers on a voluntary basis.” Pichai added, “We’ll extend our global voluntary return-to-office policy through January 10, 2022.” The date has been pushed back from a prior deadline. Similarly, Apple once again pushed back its timeline for requiring its employees to return to work. The tech giant told its worldwide workforce that they won’t be required to return to their respective offices until January—or even later. The decision was based upon concerns over the sudden surge of the Delta variant.
2nd Sep 2021 - Forbes

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Zoom-Call Gaffes Led to Someone Getting Axed, 1 in 4 Bosses Say

Zoom-call blunders can be hazardous to your career. Nearly 1 in 4 executives have fired a staffer for slipping up during a video or audio conference, and most have levied some sort of disciplinary action for gaffes made in virtual meetings, a survey of 200 managers at large companies found. The survey also found that executives don’t fully trust a third of their staff to perform effectively when working remotely.
1st Sep 2021 - Bloomberg

How remote work is bringing life back to Spain’s rural villages

In Spain, small communities are trying to attract residents with initiatives focused on improving internet connection and cheap renewable energy. José María Carrascosa was born in Sarnago but left when he was three years old. Now, at age 57, he is back and wants to promote the village, which boasts an ethnographic museum and an old school that has been converted into a workplace with a good internet connection where people can work remotely for free. Amigos de Sarnago, which was founded 30 years ago, is also planning on reforming a space so that it can be used for affordable public housing.
1st Sep 2021 - El País

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Remote work risks exploiting workers in low-income countries

The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated transition to remote work comes with profound positives for employers and employees. One report found that employers are saving as much as $22,000 per full-time remote employee, by shedding office-related costs. For workers in low-income countries—especially those in the rapidly growing professional class in sub-Saharan Africa—the unmooring of skilled jobs from physical locations offers unfettered access to previously unavailable opportunities. But it also accentuates their disadvantages relative to their peers in high-income countries, chiefly around compensation and labor protections.
31st Aug 2021 - MSN.com

The Winners of Remote Work

Some employees and freelancers who can work remotely will have vastly expanded opportunities and the possibility of significant increases in pay, but remote workers in general figure to face more competition and have a higher dependence on luck.
31st Aug 2021 - New York Times

Remote And Hybrid Work Is Here To Stay, And That’s Why Quality Of Worklife Matters

As we emerge on the other side of the Covid crisis, one thing is clear: remote work is here to stay. Employers were finally awakened to the advantages of enabling work-from-anywhere for knowledge workers, which includes access to a global talent pool without the hassles of relocation; the flexibility afforded employees that directly translates to productivity and job satisfaction; and the reduced need for corporate real estate. At the same time, full-time work-from-anywhere is not right for everyone — there’s a need to bond, have access to mentors, form friendships, and share in a workplace experience — especially if the office is a fun and collegial place to work. In short, we need hybrid workplaces, and companies need to support this new way of working.
31st Aug 2021 - Forbes

Spanish companies divided over employees’ return to the workplace

Spain’s biggest companies had marked September 1 as the day when their employees would return in large numbers to the workplace after nearly a year and a half of remote work. But it was not to be. The intensity of the fifth wave of the coronavirus has forced many employers to remain prudent and keep their existing protocols in place. While some companies have decided that staff will return to their posts in early September, in many other cases employers have yet to draft their roadmap for the return to normality
31st Aug 2021 - El País

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Home truths about cutting pay for remote workers

In the UK, a survey found that more than two-thirds of 150 medium and large-sized employers are considering cutting the pay of remote workers. This even though 53% reported cost savings under the work-from-home model. The UK Government has also been championing a return to the office in a bid to revive flagging city centres, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak extolling the virtues of communal working. And in a media report earlier this month, an unnamed UK cabinet minister suggested that civil servants who don’t return to the office should receive a pay cut on the basis that they no longer incur the cost of commuting. The majority of those who want to continue working remotely will have valid reasons for doing so, be it caring responsibilities, disabilities or other health concerns.
30th Aug 2021 - heraldscotland.com

Lockdowns & remote work have hurt women's careers. Here's why we need to stop the negative trend

A recent report by the Grattan Institute revealed Australian women have suffered a “triple whammy” of job insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic which will compound women’s lifetime economic disadvantage. Not only did women lose more work than men – almost 8 per cent at the peak of the crisis, compared to 4 per cent for men – but they took on more unpaid work and were less likely to receive government support. The new hybrid working culture that is likely to emerge may offer some advantages in flexibility, but also brings new types of potential discrimination. The most obvious it is working from home can easily result in a lack of visibility in the office
30th Aug 2021 - Women's Agenda

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The remote work argument has already been won by startups

The debate over remote work, office culture, how to manage teams of distributed staff and the like continues. With the delta variant of COVID-19 pushing back office return dates for many companies, there’s still a healthy argument over what the future of work will look like. But while large companies hem and haw their way through the present, it’s my view that the debate is largely over and that startups have won it.
29th Aug 2021 - Yahoo News

Google's Plan to Cut Remote Workers' Pay Is a Dumb Idea. Here's Why

Google may reduce the salaries of employees who choose to work at home full-time, based on the cost of living where they live, according to an internal calculator viewed by Reuters. It's an idea that's gaining traction in Silicon Valley and elsewhere. It may seem sensible, given that a salary that barely covers a San Francisco studio apartment might get you a mansion in, say, Topeka. That's the logic Google says it's using. "Our compensation packages have always been determined by location," a spokesperson told Reuters. But cutting pay for existing employees who opt to work from home is a terrible idea and it shows a complete lack of emotional intelligence. If Google is smart, it will shelve this idea. So will Facebook, Twitter, the UK government, and any other company considering a similar move.
29th Aug 2021 - Inc.

Thinking about a working getaway? Here are the world's top 10 spots for 'workations'

As telecommuting has proven necessary, practical and long-lasting for many amid the pandemic, a common thought’s been occurring to employees worldwide — why work from home when you could work by a beach, or at a Parisian café? Working while on vacation, or a “workation” — whether a long weekend, week, month or more —may be more popular and widespread than ever, and U.K.-based vacation search engine Holidu.co.uk has compiled a list of the top cities worldwide for “mixing business and pleasure.”
29th Aug 2021 - CNBC

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Regular communication with employees working from home key to success

With millions of New Zealanders currently working from home during lockdown, many employers have again had to pivot their business online to keep the wheels turning. Switching to remote working can often lead to a disconnect between boss and worker, where the lines of productivity might be blurred. However, for employers who effectively and correctly manage their employees who work from home during lockdown, it can generally lead to a more positive outcome for the business. There are a number of steps employers should take to ensure their business can run smoothly during lockdown
26th Aug 2021 - Scoop.co.nz

Pandemic pushes search for remote jobs up 460%

Interest in working remotely has surged during the Covid-19 pandemic and is lingering even as the economy reopens, a new study suggests. The share of online job searches for remote positions jumped 460% in the two years between June 2019 and June 2021, according to an analysis published by job site Glassdoor. That bump isn’t siloed in a handful of occupations, but is widespread across a host of different jobs.
26th Aug 2021 - CNBC

Why remote working throws up a risk of discrimination

The pandemic brought about the largest-ever experiment in remote working, reversing the long-held view that work meant being in an office. Now, from the largest corporates to the most agile small- and medium-sized enterprises, discussions about hybrid working are under way, with offices no longer the default venue. This has prompted questions: what if remote working leads to a two-tier system? And could it end up becoming a form, or a tool, of discrimination?
26th Aug 2021 - iNews

Will Remote Work Become the Norm? Hybrid Offices Are Transforming Economies

Today’s white-collar staff are living through a radical transformation of professional life, one economists say is already beginning to jump-start economic productivity and accelerate innovation. The pandemic has weakened the gravitational pull of city centers, with new forces now reshaping knowledge-based economies. Public transport journeys into cities are down, as are coffee shop sales, while demand for real estate in leafy suburbs is up. Americans spent more time on leisure and household activities in 2020, replacing commuter life with real life. While a more permanent transformation of working life will have painful consequences for many inner-city businesses, economists see a recalibration underway that can revitalize smaller towns and suburbs. New digital tools mean that retail and hospitality — as well as knowledge-intensive industries — are already undergoing far-reaching change.
26th Aug 2021 - Bloomberg

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Some People Worked From Home During Covid. These People Moved to a Tropical Island.

Throughout the darkest days of the pandemic, resorts in Tahiti, Bora Bora, the Maldives and other islands sought to attract visitors for extended stays with “Work From Paradise” marketing campaigns, showing beach scenes from a parallel universe. Some islands, hit hard by the plunge in tourism, went even further, offering new “digital nomad visas” for visitors to work remotely for up to a year or more, much longer than typical tourist visas, in places like Barbados, Bermuda and Anguilla. (Most of these visas require a hefty fee plus proof of income or a healthy bank account.) But how many people actually flew to remote islands and worked from thatched huts in the midst of the pandemic? And as the world starts to open back up, are they returning to their offices—or are they staying in paradise? How do bosses react when they figure out the Bora Bora background in a Zoom call is real?
25th Aug 2021 - The Wall Street Journal

Workers would retire later if allowed to work from home, boosting UK growth

Older Britons will delay their retirement and give the economy a boost if they are allowed to continue working from home after the pandemic, according to the Office for National Statistics. An ONS survey last summer found that 11 per cent of those aged over 50 working entirely from home were planning to retire later compared with 5 per cent of those not working from home. A similar result was found for older workers with long-term illness or disability.
25th Aug 2021 - The Times

Remote work can put commuters back into the community

Perhaps one of the most unexpected highlights of the pandemic has been how much those who are able to avail of working from home enjoy doing so. Even when office workers were unceremoniously chucked into remote work in early 2020, bereft of home office or childcare facilities, high numbers reported satisfaction with the new arrangements. Depending on the country, between 70 per cent and 90 per cent of workers said they wanted to continue working remotely at least part-time after the pandemic. In Ireland, according to one large university study, this number increased from 83 per cent in early 2020 to 95 per cent as of mid-2021, with over 30 per cent of respondents stating that they would prefer to work fully remote.
25th Aug 2021 - The Irish Times

Could working from home hurt your career? Here's how to decide whether it's worth the risk

Many people have been working remotely since March of 2020. But at this point in the pandemic, some companies are finally starting to call their employees back to the office. If your employer decides to reopen, you may be asked to show up to work in person, but you may also get the opportunity to continue working from home. Some companies recognize that remote setups work reasonably well and are allowing employees to stay home even with office buildings reopening. But working from home on a long-term basis could do some damage to your career. Before you make that call, make sure to consider the drawbacks involved
25th Aug 2021 - USA Today

Two-thirds of employers do not trust their staff to work remotely, survey finds

Two-thirds of employers do not trust their staff when it comes to working remotely, according to new research. The survey by Ricoh Europe, which polled 1,500 business decision makers across Europe, found that 65 per cent did not fully trust their staff to do their jobs from home. Additionally, nearly two-fifths (39 per cent) said they believed their staff do not work as hard or effectively at home. This was despite just one in five (19 per cent) reporting a decrease in productivity since moving to remote working. “The challenge for business leaders is to remain mindful that remote and hybrid working are two different things,” said David Mills, CEO of Ricoh Europe. “It stands to reason that less commuting, a greater sense of flexibility, and having the trust of your manager are significant contributing factors to a more empowered and inspired workforce.”
25th Aug 2021 - People Management Magazine

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Remote Work to Cause 34.3 Million Tons of Greenhouse Gases, New Study by Alliance Virtual Offices Finds

While 34.3 million tons of emissions are projected to be produced in 2021 by working from home, remote work is still greener than working in an office, according to a new industry study by Alliance Virtual Offices. Companies that allow employees to work from home are experiencing customer base gains and positive boosts to reputations. In addition to positive financial gains, remote workers save approximately 16 trillion trees from deforestation, a leading cause of climate change.
24th Aug 2021 - Associated Press

These are the U.S. cities where managers are most—and least—likely to embrace hybrid work

Managers in certain U.S. cities are more likely to favor work flexibility for their employees than others, according to a new survey from staffing agency Robert Half. Boston ranked as the number one city to embrace flexible work, with 45% of managers saying they’d continue to allow their employees to work remotely part or full time even after the threats of the Covid-19 pandemic have subsided, followed by San Francisco (38%) and Philadelphia (37%). These cities top the list because they’ve been early adopters of hybrid work, Paul McDonald, the senior executive director at Robert Half, tells CNBC Make It.
24th Aug 2021 - CNBC

How to ask your boss to work remotely full time

Many employees who've been able to work remotely for more than a year have discovered the benefits of the arrangement — and a lot of them are hoping to continue doing so. But that doesn't mean their employers are on board. If you count yourself among those advocating for remote work and could use some advice on how to approach the conversation, you've come to the right place. TMRW asked several workplace experts to share their tips to help you head into a discussion with confidence about continuing to work from home.
24th Aug 2021 - Today.com

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From ‘quarantine academies’ to virtual substitutes, how schools are teaching students in isolation because of COVID-19

Captaingate: Did Andrew Cuomo ditch his dog while moving out of the… Take It from the Tinkersons by Bill Bettwy As Illinois schools welcome students back to fully reopened classrooms this month amid another coronavirus surge, educators face a thorny question: How do you teach students who are quarantined by COVID-19? Remote instruction can be offered to students while they are under quarantine, Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Carmen Ayala said earlier this summer. But despite pleas from some parents who want a full-time e-learning option to continue, districts including Chicago Public Schools are reserving their virtual programs for students who qualify as medically fragile and have documented health conditions.
23rd Aug 2021 - MSN.com

How to Gameplan Your Office Days: An Overachiever’s Guide to Hybrid Work

The rules for maximizing office face time with the bosses are about to get more complicated as many companies gear up to reopen offices in the coming months. With Covid-19 cases back on the rise and many employees uneager to give up remote work entirely, many employers plan to let staff decide what days—and how many—they come into the office. For the ambitious worker, that means strategizing what in-office days will get you noticed the most and how to maximize the time to your career’s advantage. The consensus among many managers and leadership coaches for companies where showing up to the office matters: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are shaping up to be peak office face time days.
23rd Aug 2021 - The Wall Street Journal

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Remote Work May Now Last for Two Years, Worrying Some Bosses

With the latest wave of return-to-office delays from Covid-19, some companies are considering a new possibility: Offices may be closed for nearly two years. That is raising concerns among executives that the longer people stay at home, the harder or more disruptive it could be to eventually bring them back. Many employees developed new routines during the pandemic, swapping commuting for exercise or blocking hours for uninterrupted work. Even staffers who once bristled at doing their jobs outside of an office have come to embrace the flexibility and productivity of at-home life over the past 18 months, many say. Surveys have shown that enthusiasm for remote work has only increased as the pandemic has stretched on.
22nd Aug 2021 - Wall Street Journal

How your employer may be tracking your remote work

The pandemic pushed many into work-from-home setups, and companies turned to employee data to keep tabs on their workforces. Your company can get access to almost everything you do electronically, and monitoring software makes that data easy to collect and analyze. As some employees see work-from-home time extended because of the delta variant spreading across the world, reliance on employee tracking is staying steady at lockdown-level highs, say executives at monitoring software firms. Your company may or may not be collecting data on your every move, but it certainly has the capability. The best way to know for sure is to ask, says Tom Kelly, CEO of consumer privacy firm IDX.
22nd Aug 2021 - The Washington Post

Leo Varadkar hails opportunity to make remote working part of normal life

Leo Varadkar has said Ireland now has an opportunity to make remote working a major part of working life. The Tanaiste said the Government will pass a law this year that will provide employees with a right to request remote working arrangements. The Government, Mr Varadkar said, will also introduce a legally admissible code of practice on the right to disconnect from work - a code that would cover phone calls, emails and switch-off time.
22nd Aug 2021 - Independent.ie

To Gen Zers Working From Home, the Office Is a Remote Concept

More than a year into the great remote-work experiment, a new breed of young professionals has emerged: those who have never worked in an office. Some young workers are disappointed they have yet to experience working side-by-side with colleagues and the spontaneous collaboration and coaching that can come from being in the same space. Others say they have gotten accustomed to the virtual world and don’t feel they are missing much. Regardless, some workplace and management experts say that missing out on an office experience so early in a career may hurt mentorship prospects and the development of interpersonal office skills, and that managers should make an extra effort to offset those risks.
22nd Aug 2021 - The Wall Street Journal

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Facebook pushes VR for remote work but practicality, cost and nausea may stand in its way

Facebook believes it has developed a tool for the future of work: a virtual reality app that allows remote workers the chance to collaborate in the same virtual space. But it might take a long time for the social media company to convince massive numbers of workers to switch to VR for meetings, analysts say. On Tuesday, the company unveiled what it calls “Horizon Workrooms” on the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. The app, which is still being tweaked, allows workers to create an avatar, collaborate with others on a whiteboard, stream what’s on their laptop, take notes and interact with co-workers who video conference into the virtual room — all while sitting at their real-life workspace.
19th Aug 2021 - Washington Post

Wall Street Return to Office: Coders Allowed More Remote Work Than Bankers

As Goldman Sachs's top brass sounded the alarm of a return to pre-pandemic office life, one group of workers was reassured they’d get to keep some of their treasured flexibility. The Wall Street firm’s coders can continue to work from home two days a week, according to people briefed on the firm’s plans. They’re not alone. Across financial services, the software engineers who have been at the heart of talent wars are winning more freedom than the bankers they work with. Wells Fargo & Co. told employees last month that work from home will be capped at two days a week for many roles, but said it would make an exception for most of its technology team. Citigroup Inc. chalks up some of its recent wins around tech recruiting to the firm’s greater flexibility around remote work.
19th Aug 2021 - Bloomberg

Can I work from...abroad? Flexibility is now top priority of senior London job applicants, survey reveals

Flexibility on working remotely – even from abroad – has become the top priority of senior London job applicants since the start of the pandemic, a new survey has revealed. The experience of working from home over 18 months of lockdowns and travel restrictions has brought about a dramatic change of thinking about what employees want from a job, according to the report from headhunters Hanson Search. A flexible working policy is now often valued more highly than salary, bonus structure, social responsibility and diversity and inclusion when looking for a new role.
19th Aug 2021 - Evening Standard

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How to ask your boss for a hybrid-working set-up

Millions of people have found advantages to home working, swapping the stresses of commuting and office politics for increased productivity and a better work-life balance. But as pandemic restrictions ease, some companies are putting pressure on staff to get back to their desks, rather than automatically embracing the remote or hybrid-working future. Of course, each company’s needs will differ, but experts say that if you want some form of home working, there’s never been a better time to mount a case. The trick, says Sarah Cook, author of Making a Success of Managing and Working Remotely, is to “be clear about how to benefit the business, not just you”. Presenting a well-crafted argument will involve anticipating any concerns your boss may have.
18th Aug 2021 - BBC News

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Big Tech wants its workers back in the office

In the midst of a truly disruptive global trend, the world’s greatest disrupters are clinging on to tradition. Companies like Google may have delayed office reopenings but they have not given up completely. This conservatism contrasts with radical changes elsewhere in the sector. In May, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase declared that it would close its San Francisco headquarters for good. In-person gatherings would be arranged for collaboration but day-to-day work would be remote. “If we had let our office-based inertia carry us into the future of work, we’d still be where we were almost a year ago,” wrote Dominique Baillet, head of employee experience. Tech workers, like a lot of employees, do not want to go back to the office full time. Being evaluated on work rather than presenteeism is popular.
17th Aug 2021 - Financial Times

Cutting pay for remote workers is a risky move

The pandemic created a tempting opportunity for many urban workers who found themselves working from home: to move somewhere cheaper and take their big city salaries with them. There were hopes this could rebalance our economies too, by allowing good jobs to spread out of expensive and overcrowded cities into areas that could use the boost. But as employers begin to adjust their policies to a post-pandemic world, there is a possibility the dream will evaporate. If you move to cut your living expenses, your employer might cut your pay. Google staff who decide to work from home permanently after the pandemic will have their pay determined by their location, Reuters reported last week.
17th Aug 2021 - Financial Times

They'd rather quit than end the remote working dream

Not a day goes by without another company announcing a delay in its return to the office. Chevron, Facebook, McDonald’s, even JP Morgan have all pushed back their plans to later this year or even 2022. But pressing pause may only postpone the fallout from employees who have grown used to the perks of remote work. “I get to spend much more time with my family, at least three hours more every day,” says 43-year-old SEO manager Christian Hänsel, who quit his job in June to steer clear of the office. “To get to my last job, I’d have to drive an hour every day, which is not much but it was an hour that I couldn't spend with my family.” To avoid that commute, Hänsel found a new role at a remote-only business. Now, a job ad for his old position is online. “They wrote in the job offer ‘100 per cent remote’,” he says, “but you have to live within a range of 100 kilometres.”
17th Aug 2021 - Wired.co.uk

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Many summer interns are actually very happy to be working from home

A good summer internship can lead to the job of your 20-something-year-old dreams, assuming you have a few well-timed run-ins with your boss, make enough appropriate jokes at your team meeting, work harder than you ever thought possible and are blessed with a little (okay, a lot) of luck. When this rite of passage is remote, not only is a full-time offer potentially harder to secure, you miss out on free snacks, slightly awkward co-worker friendships and any semblance of what it’s like to work in an office. And many of this year’s interns are A-okay with that.
16th Aug 2021 - The Washington Post

Three, two, win? How to adapt to hybrid home and office working

As coronavirus restrictions lift, many companies whose staff have worked from home for 18 months are asking those workers to dust off their bras and smart trousers and return to the office part-time. While the majority of people will be given little choice about where they work (the proportion of people working from home more than doubled in 2020, but was still only a quarter, according to the Office for National Statistics), many companies that have used remote working are now expecting staff to work more flexibly. Recent research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) found that about half of managers expected staff to be in the office two to three days a week, while 48% of managers feared team members could quit if they could no longer work remotely.
16th Aug 2021 - The Guardian

Work From Home: Computer, Mathematical Workers May Never Return to the Office

In July, 13% of the employed Americans surveyed for the government’s monthly jobs report responded “yes” to the question “Did you telework or work at home for pay because of the coronavirus pandemic?” That’s down from 35% in May 2020, when the question was first asked. Both then and now, those with white-collar jobs were more likely to work from home than others. But one group stands out: the 5.8 million people in what the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls computer and mathematical occupations, of whom 49% were still working remotely because of the pandemic in July, even as only 25% of those in other non-health-care management and professional occupations (my proxy for white-collar workers) were.
16th Aug 2021 - Bloomberg

Remote Work Is All Gen Z Knows. But Are They Satisfied?

One recent survey from Slack suggested that as few as 12% of workers want to return to the office full-time; another from Citrix, looking at Millennials and Gen Z workers specifically, estimated that 51% wanted to remain working from home the bulk of the time. Meanwhile, a different poll from research firm Generation Lab showed that as many as 40% of college students and recent graduates would actually prefer fully in-person work. And another survey from workforce engagement platform Ten Spot showed that only 30% of Gen Z wanted to stay remote full time, while 34% said they were “more productive and engaged” when working from the office. This confusion over what the workforce’s newest employees want—and the tension with more established workers—shows how complicated work’s place in our lives has become, especially for Gen Z as they settle into their new roles.
16th Aug 2021 - TIME

Leaders must stop blaming their bad management on remote workers

There is never a great moment to launch an anonymous public attack on the people who work for you. Still, some sort of award for bad timing should go to the faceless UK government ministers and officials who chose the late stages of an exhausting pandemic to complain about the output of remote-working civil servants. “There must be the suspicion that some people have spent the last 15 months working from home but haven’t actually been doing very much,” one cabinet minister told The Times last week. “It’s hard to know who is deserving of a promotion when people are working remotely,” added another source. Such comments, part of a cack-handed effort to coerce and cajole staff back to their offices, say less about the workers, and much more about their bosses. If after 15 months, you have only a “suspicion” about what your people are up to, and find it “hard to know” who are your top performers, you are guilty of neglect at best, mismanagement at worst.
16th Aug 2021 - Financial Times

More than one-third of remote workers are still waiting for their employer's return-to-office plan

The resurgence of Covid-19 cases due to the delta variant is casting uncertainty on future plans yet again, including the return to offices. Some 36% of people currently working from home say they’re still waiting to hear from their employer about whether they’ll stay remote or be expected to return to the workplace anytime soon, according to a survey of nearly 3,000 American workers conducted by LinkedIn in July. Avoiding a premature return is a good idea to safeguard workers’ health and safety, but not giving any indication of future plans can be stressful and frustrating for employees.
16th Aug 2021 - CNBC

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Working from home gives women route back into paid jobs

Women with children are emerging as among the big winners of remote working as fewer are dropping out of the labour market because of caring responsibilities. In a sign that greater flexibility is boosting participation, the number of women who say they are unable to work because of domestic and caring responsibilities has fallen by 200,000. Before the pandemic struck, there were 1.6 million women in Britain who were not actively seeking a job because of domestic or caring responsibilities. In less than a year and a half that number has fallen to 1.4 million. That represents 27.4 per cent of the economically inactive, down from 32 per cent in November to January 2020.
14th Aug 2021 - The Times

Remote tech workers are likely saving their companies money -- so why are some of them facing pay cuts?

Google staffers could see pay cuts if they choose to work remotely and live in areas with lower costs of living than their former offices. The company has released an internal calculator for staff which was seen by Reuters, showing the pay cuts employees can expect based on where they live. Other tech companies have also reduced the salaries of employees working from home in more affordable areas, according to the report. For example, a Google employee working remotely in Lake Tahoe would, according to Reuters, take a 25% pay cut for not working in San Francisco, even though the cost of living in some places in Tahoe are nearly as expensive. The Reuters article also points out that a staffer working remotely from Stamford, Connecticut, would take a 15% pay cut for not working in the New York City office.
14th Aug 2021 - CNN

These People Who Work From Home Have a Secret: They Have Two Jobs

A small, dedicated group of white-collar workers, in industries from tech to banking to insurance, say they have found a way to double their pay: Work two full-time remote jobs, don’t tell anyone and, for the most part, don’t do too much work, either. Alone in their home offices, they toggle between two laptops. They play “Tetris” with their calendars, trying to dodge endless meetings. Sometimes they log on to two meetings at once. They use paid time off—in some cases, unlimited—to juggle the occasional big project or ramp up at a new gig. Many say they don’t work more than 40 hours a week for both jobs combined. They don’t apologize for taking advantage of a system they feel has taken advantage of them.
14th Aug 2021 - The Wall Street Journal

Research Shows Working From Home Doesn’t Work. Here’s How Employers Should Tackle the Problem

The pandemic will not be ‘the death of the office,’ as some have suggested, but working from home also won’t become entirely a thing of the past. Many workers wouldn’t want it that way because they enjoy the freedom and flexibility it gives them. The solution for the future is a structured hybrid model, acknowledging that working from home doesn’t work long-term for most jobs, while still giving workers flexibility. One way to do that would be to allocate time slots—perhaps specific days—of in-office working for all employees to maintain workplace productivity and collaboration, while also allowing working from home to continue outside those hours.
14th Aug 2021 - TIME

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Google staff could see pay cut if they opt to work from home

Google employees could see their pay cut if they switched to working from home permanently in the wake of the pandemic, according to a company pay calculator seen by Reuters. It is an experiment taking place across Silicon Valley, which often sets trends for other large employers. Facebook and Twitter cut pay for remote employees who moved to less expensive areas. However, Google’s pay calculator tool – which allows staff to see the effects of a move – suggests remote employees, especially long-distance commuters, could experience pay cuts without moving. A Google spokesperson said: “Our compensation packages have always been determined by location, and we always pay at the top of the local market based on where an employee works from,”, adding that pay will differ from city to city and state to state.
12th Aug 2021 - The Guardian

Can businesses cut remote workers’ pay?

Employment lawyers have warned against cutting the pay of remote workers as Silicon Valley's Google becomes the latest firm to announce that staff who choose to continue working from home could see their pay packets shrink. While Facebook and Twitter are planning pay cuts for US employees who have moved to less expensive areas, Google is offering a ‘Work Location Tool’ calculator that allows staff to see the effects remote working would have on their wage, Reuters reported. One anonymous source shared that commuting to the Seattle office from a nearby county would likely see their pay cut by about 10 per cent if they worked from home full time.
12th Aug 2021 - People Management

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Remote Work to Remain—But Only for Some

More than half of Canadian companies will allow existing employees to work remotely, even after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, but most employers will only offer it to employees meeting certain criteria, according to a new survey from The Harris Poll, commissioned by Express Employment Professionals. The survey found 54% of companies will allow existing employees to continue to work remotely. Of those companies, 2 in 5 (42%) will allow all existing employees to work remotely even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over. But the majority (58%) will use criteria to determine which employees can work remotely and which cannot.
11th Aug 2021 - Yahoo Finance

Working from home job adverts rise

There has been a rise in jobs that advertise working from home compared with before the Covid pandemic, recruitment firm Reed has told the BBC. Prior to the pandemic, 1% of recruitment firm Reed's job vacancies advertised remote working, but this rose to 5% in 2021. Many office workers shifted to flexible working during coronavirus lockdowns. Reed said applications for jobs with remote working shot up, and outpaced the number of vacancies. But the number of flexible working adverts peaked at the beginning of the year, Reed said.
11th Aug 2021 - BBC News

Google may cut pay of staff who work from home

Google employees in the US who opt to work from home permanently may get a pay cut. The technology giant has developed a pay calculator that lets employees see the effects of working remotely or moving offices. Some remote employees, especially those with a long commute, could have their pay cut without changing address. Google has no plans at this time to implement the policy in the UK.
11th Aug 2021 - BBC News

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Google considers cutting pay to staff working from home permanently

Google is considering cutting pay for US-based staff who opt to work permanently from home after the pandemic, in a move that raises the stakes in the global debate over the future of the office. Two staff who worked in the same office before Covid-19 but now intend to work remotely are set to face significant changes in remuneration, according to an internal calculator. The tool, developed by the technology giant, suggests that those based further afield could be hit harder should they choose to work from home instead of return to the office.
10th Aug 2021 - The Times

Ocado staff can work remotely anywhere in world for a month each year

Employees of online grocer Ocado are being given a month to work wherever they want in the world every year. The option allows them a potentially more glamorous makeshift office than a typical ‘work from home’ set up provides. Staff requests to work internationally became a ‘top question’ over the pandemic and the offer of remote working for a month is in response to that, Ocado’s chief people officer Claire Ainscough said. She hopes the offer will prove popular with staff who want to spent time with their families overseas but without using their annual leave
10th Aug 2021 - Metro.co.uk

Remote work made life easier for many people with disabilities. They want the option to stay

In the United States, 26% of adults have some kind of disability, according to the CDC. For many, remote work has been more accessible as offices often lack situation-specific accommodations. These can include wheelchair ramps and certain types of accommodating furniture, safety from allergens, and easy access to medications and bathrooms. The National Organization on Disability supports flexible work policies above all, said Charles Catherine, associate director of special projects for the organization. "There will be companies where people will have very little choice, and there will be a lot of peer pressure," Catherine said. "And there will be other companies for which work culture is a top priority, where there will be more leeway. And so the question is, do you want to be an employer of choice?"
10th Aug 2021 - CNN

Half of professionals working longer hours at home, poll finds

More than half of Brits worked longer hours when working from home than before the pandemic, a poll has found. The survey of 8,301 professionals and employers conducted by Hays found that 52 per cent reported working longer hours when working remotely than before Covid. Of these, a quarter (25 per cent) reported working more than 10 extra hours a week, while another two in five (41 per cent) said they put in between five and 10 extra hours a week.
10th Aug 2021 - People Management Magazine

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Covid: Home-working officials won't get paid less, says minister

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has rejected the idea that civil servants should be paid less if they continue working from home. It comes after an unnamed cabinet minister told the Daily Mail it was unfair for those returning to the office not to be paid more. But Mr Kwarteng said this would set colleagues against each other. And he added that flexible working - with people working from home some of the time - was "here to stay". The government says it is aiming to "gradually and cautiously" increase the number of officials in its offices, as Covid restrictions are relaxed.
9th Aug 2021 - BBC News

Move here, get paid: Small towns offer up to $20K just to get you to live there, work remotely

Northwest Arkansas is among a growing crop of cities, states and regions offering as much as $20,000 to entice newly remote workers to move to their areas. Some, like the Ozarks, are trying to create a pool of high-skilled workers to help fill job openings. Others aim to build up a skilled workforce to attract companies. Still, others are combating longstanding population declines or are looking to fill new housing complexes. The efforts are turning the traditional building blocks of economic development upside down. Typically, cities have spent hundreds of millions of dollars offering tax breaks and other incentives to lure companies.
9th Aug 2021 - USA Today

Minister suggests civil servants should face pay cut for working from home

Ministers could face a battle with unions over a drive to get more civil servants back into Whitehall. One Cabinet minister has suggested that officials should have their pay docked if they refuse to return to the office after working from home for so long during the pandemic. The comments were described as “insulting” by a civil service union chief, who said ministers should focus on whether public services are being delivered, rather than where civil servants are sitting. The unnamed minister’s comments came as the Government stressed it would follow a “cautious” approach to civil servants returning to their offices, with departments able to be flexible in how the process is managed.
9th Aug 2021 - Evening Standard

Amazon delays office return until 2022 as Covid spreads

Amazon has told its US corporate staff not to return to the office until next year as Covid continues to spread. The online shopping giant previously asked staff to work from home until 7 September, but will now extend this until 3 January 2022. It comes as new Covid infections surge across America, with with daily cases at an average not seen in months. Two US financial institutions, Wells Fargo and Blackrock, also said they would push back their office returns. "As we continue to closely watch local conditions related to Covid-19, we are adjusting our guidance for corporate employees," said Amazon.
9th Aug 2021 - BBC News

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Return to Work: Will Delta Variant Spell the End to 5 Days in the Office?

They control how much you make, what you do and even when you need to be on the internet. But if this week proved anything, it’s that America’s largest companies — on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley and everywhere in between — are struggling to keep their grip on a previously sacrosanct part of working life: Where you need to be to do your job. Within just the past few days, Amazon.com delayed its office return by four months — corporate staff won’t head back until January. For BlackRock and Wells Fargo & Co., the delay was a month, from September to October. This comes on the heels of recent postponements at Apple and Lyft, Alphabet’s Google and the video-game company Roblox. All were responding to the rapid spread of Covid’s delta variant.
8th Aug 2021 - Bloomberg

Covid-19 Threatens to Blow Up Law Firms’ Intense Office Culture—for Good

Between 100-hour workweeks and all-nighters at the office, young lawyers climbing the partner track have long been expected to put in copious amounts of face time. But the Covid-19 pandemic is changing that, in ways that may be permanent, many in the industry say. The legal sector has been among the fastest to race back to the office this year. Amid a rise in vaccinations, occupancy rates for law firms are back up to 56%, compared with 34% of sectors nationwide, according to data from Kastle Systems. Yet the industry is facing an unlikely revolt. Many associates have grown accustomed to working from home. They say they’ve been just as productive, if not more so, claimed back time for themselves and their families, and want to choose how they work.
8th Aug 2021 - The Wall Street Journal

Home working has led to low Covid-related absences – Capita boss

The boss of Capita, one of the UK’s largest employers, has credited its policy of allowing staff to continue to work from home for its low levels of absences because of Covid self-isolation alerts. Jon Lewis, the chief executive of the outsourcing firm, said on Friday that a large number of his staff want to continue working from home, either permanently or part-time, in the future. The vast majority of Capita’s 43,000 UK employees are still working from home, despite the removal of nearly all restrictions on gatherings in England and the dropping of the government’s guidance to work from home where possible.
8th Aug 2021 - The Guardian

Top tips: How to stay productive while working from home

With most of us having worked remotely for the past year it can be hard to replicate that office feeling at home. One thing we may struggle with is keeping ourselves motivated and focused throughout the workday with distractions around that you wouldn't have to consider in an office environment. Boost My Business spoke to Productivity Wellness Consultant Moira Dunne from Beproductive.ie about learning to separate our home life from our work and how to stay productive during the day while working remotely, particularly during the summer months when we’d all love to be outside enjoying the sunshine.
8th Aug 2021 - RTE.ie

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Remote work is a breeding ground for corporate speak

Virtual work is leading employees to fall back on corporate jargon more often. Business lingo may let remote employees signal that they’re still part of the company’s “in crowd,” or help anxious, scattered workers regain some sense of professionalism. But it is also leading to frustration and misunderstandings. Some companies are even turning to AI-powered “writing assistants” for help, but these tools to curb so-called corporate-isms come with risks of their own. For many employees, the pandemic came with rapidly shifting expectations and blurred boundaries between home and the office.
5th Aug 2021 - The Washington Post

How To Improve Leadership Availability In A Time Of Remote Work

In many organizations, remote work was the great equalizer. Suddenly, "buttoned-up" senior leaders who struggled with authenticity were taking video calls from their bedrooms while kids screamed and dogs barked in the background—just like the rest of us. But while remote work may have made senior leaders more approachable, it hasn't necessarily made them more visible, accessible, or available.
5th Aug 2021 - Forbes

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12 Ways To Beat Monotony And Stay Creative While Working Remotely

For some people, working from home is an ideal situation that allows them to thrive professionally while having more time to maintain a healthy personal life. However, without the variety that a daily commute and in-person interactions with colleagues provide, remote work can start to feel monotonous. When working remotely begins to negatively impact your mindset, it can also hinder your ability to innovate, make sound decisions and feel satisfied in your job. If you feel stuck in a dull routine that’s draining your creativity and energy, you’re not alone. Here, members of Forbes Coaches Council share 12 tips to help you beat the monotony and stay creative and energized while working from home.
4th Aug 2021 - Forbes

These Industries Added the Most Remote Jobs During the Pandemic, and Talent is Tight

Listing an open role as work-from-home may sway applicants to apply, but founders will still likely face stiff competition for talent in the fields that added the most remote positions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Since March 2020, the vertical for marketing, media, and design saw the biggest growth, with a 974 percent increase in remote roles paying six-figure salaries or higher, according to research from Ladders, Inc. The data looked at 50,000 North American employers to find which high-paying professional fields saw the most growth in remote work. Project and program management was the next fastest-growing, with an 801 percent increase, followed by accounting and finance with a 750 percent increase. Runners-up included human resources and legal (546 percent), technology (521 percent), and engineering and construction (410 percent). The availability of high-paying remote work across all fields grew more than 1,000 percent from March 2020 to today. In March of 2020, there were just over 7,000 jobs available, compared to 80,000 today.
4th Aug 2021 - Inc.

High-Salary Remote Work Opportunities Explode As Companies Re-Think Working From Home

If you’re looking for a remote work opportunity that pays at least $100,000, you’ve never had a better chance. Ladders, Inc., the career site for high-paying jobs, researched data from the top 50,000 North American employers to find which professional fields saw the most growth in remote work. In March of 2020 there were just over 7,000 high paying remote jobs available. Today, there are more than 80,000. The availability of remote work across all fields has exploded more than 1,000%. So, do you really need to go back to the office? The Delta variant, vaccine requirements and looming mask mandates have changed the enthusiasm for returning to work.
4th Aug 2021 - Forbes

Google Approves Most Staff Requests to Relocate or Work Remotely

Alphabet Inc.’s Google approved 85% of employee requests to work remotely or relocate once its offices fully re-open, the company told staff Tuesday. Google is one the largest companies trying a hybrid approach to returning from the pandemic. It will ask most of its staff to go back to work in their previous offices, but let others do their jobs elsewhere. Over the past few months, some 10,000 employees applied to transfer to a new office or work from home. The company rejected 15% of those applicants because their jobs required specialized equipment or face time with customers, Fiona Cicconi, Google’s head of human resources, wrote in an email to staff.
4th Aug 2021 - Bloomberg

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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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