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Long-term remote work is sending many of us from the home office to the physical therapy clinic

Physical therapists in Massachusetts and Rhode Island told me that although business plunged during the lockdown in the first half of 2020, they soon saw a surge of patients complaining about head, neck, shoulder, and back pain linked to ergonomically unsound home office setups. “Beds and couches have become workstations,” said Don Levine, cofounder of Pappas OPT Physical, Sports and Hand Therapy in Middletown, R.I. “They put a lot of stress on the low back and neck. Even working at the dining room table can cause issues, as hard surfaces and poor posture will increase the pressure on structures in the back.”
15th Apr 2021 - MSN.com

“I Do Not Trust People in the Same Way and I Don’t Think I Ever Will Again”

The real problem, I suspect, is that in the past year, we’ve experienced a massive loss of trust in our institutions and in one another. After watching the government mislead and fail us on such a massive scale, with hundreds of thousands of people dying as a result of those failures, of course people are skeptical now. We’ve spent the past year not being protected by the institutions that were supposed to protect us and learning that we’d have to protect ourselves. So even at companies that have acted responsibly throughout the pandemic, employees are naturally anxious. When you’ve spent months watching businesses reopen while case numbers rose and governors giving that their blessing, as unsurprising new waves of infections followed, it’s pretty understandable to feel apprehensive of any new timelines for a return to “normalcy.”
15th Apr 2021 - Slate

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How remote working post pandemic could benefit disabled employees

When the coronavirus pandemic first hit the UK, figures showed that disabled people had been hit particularly hard. A survey by UK disability charity Leonard Cheshire Trust painted a grim picture in September 2020, revealing that 71 per cent of disabled employees had been adversely affected by the pandemic. And one in five employers said they would be less likely to hire someone with a disability.
14th Apr 2021 - People Management

What inspired digital nomads to flee America’s big cities may spur legions of remote workers to do the same

As remote workers of all ages contemplate their futures – and as some offices and schools start to reopen – many Americans are asking hard questions about whether they wish to return to their old lives, and what they’re willing to sacrifice or endure in the years to come. Even before the pandemic, there were people asking whether office life jibed with their aspirations. We spent years studying “digital nomads” – workers who had left behind their homes, cities and most of their possessions to embark on what they call “location independent” lives. Our research taught us several important lessons about the conditions that push workers away from offices and major metropolitan areas, pulling them toward new lifestyles.
14th Apr 2021 - Australian Times

We need to stop confusing home-working with days off

For home-workers, last year has been a blur of Zoom calls, late night emails and backache from being hunched over kitchen table laptops. Yet despite this, the prevailing view of remote working as an excuse to kick back and get stuck into daytime TV. Recently, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced criticism for suggesting people "have had quite a few days off" during the pandemic, as the government pushed for workers to prepare to get back to their workplaces. Tactlessness aside, the problem is that this simply isn’t true. Multiple studies have found that during the pandemic, remote workers are spending longer at their desks than before the COVID-19 crisis. In fact, the average length of time an employee spends working from home in the UK has increased by more than two hours a day since the coronavirus crisis, according to data from the business support company NordVPN Teams
14th Apr 2021 - Yahoo Finance UK

4 things you need to know about the future of hybrid and remote work

The post-pandemic workplace is going to look a lot different. Mostly, there will be fewer people in the office. As more Americans get vaccinated, companies are starting to think about what their reopening plans might look like. Some employers, like Spotify and TIAA have decided to invest in hybrid work models, giving employees the flexibility to work from the office, their homes, or another location. Insider compiled a guide with the four most important things to know about the future of hybrid work.
14th Apr 2021 - Business Insider

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Employees Balk at End to Remote Work: 'Going Back to the Office Is Stupid"

As the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations accelerates and states loosen restrictions, employers have slowly begun calling their employees back to the workplace, with the pace expected to pick up sharply over the next few months. But what might have been a hopeful sign that life is returning to normalcy has instead become a source of friction as some workers push back. They are fearful of getting infected, worried about how to care for kids still learning remotely and resisting going back to the 9-to-5 in-office grind after tasting the flexibility of working from home.
13th Apr 2021 - Newsweek

On the home front: Remote work may widen inequality in Canada

As millions of Canadians embark on a second year of working from home in the pandemic, a new survey reveals that the advantages it offers are spread unevenly throughout the workforce. A majority report a mostly positive view of remote work but many grapple with the stress of juggling work and family life or worry that working from home will negatively affect their careers. More than three out of five people say working from home is easier than they expected, with the same number liking it better and find it less stressful than doing so at their usual workplace.
13th Apr 2021 - Yahoo Finance UK

Office manager denied remote working because boss 'knew what was best for her' wins £60k at tribunal

An office manager was discriminated against after she was told she was not allowed to work remotely from her son’s hospital bedside as he underwent treatment for cancer, a tribunal has ruled. The Leeds employment tribunal found that Lorraine Hodgson, who worked for Martin Design Associates until her resignation in July 2019, was directly discriminated against on the grounds of sex and was constructively unfairly dismissed after her boss denied her remote working request in part because of “his belief that he knew best for the claimant”.
13th Apr 2021 - People Management Magazine

Give remote workers right to disconnect, urges union

In the UK, employees who work from home should have the ‘right to disconnect’, a union has told the government as a survey reveals a third find it difficult to fully switch off from work. According to Prospect, two-thirds of remote workers want to see a new “right to disconnect” enshrined in law. It has written to business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, urging him to launch a consultation on such a right in advance of the Employment Bill, which is expected to be covered in May’s Queen’s Speech.
13th Apr 2021 - Personnel Today

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Is Remote Work Getting Stale? Here's How to Freshen It Up

For many years, remote work was an amenity. It was something startups and young companies offered as a way to attract top-flight talent and stand out in a crowded job market. Now? Remote work is an expectation that is transcending the traditional at-home setup. Just look at Hyatt’s “Office for the Day” package as evidence of this shift. The hotel chain offers workers a refreshing opportunity to change their scenery and work in a way that benefits their well-being. But better remote working isn’t just about being able to afford a private beach — it’s about subtly shifting your environment to boost your mood and creativity.
12th Apr 2021 - Houston Chronicle

Why Too Much Work From Home Could Be Bad For Your Career

There is a darker side to working from home and there’s a lot you’ll miss—and you may limit or damage your career growth. For one thing, you may be struggling with social isolation. A global study by Columbia University looked at the experiences of 226,638 people across North America, Europe and Asia. It found incidences of depression and anxiety across all regions. These are linked to the deterioration of relationships and the distancing we’ve had to endure. Work is a place where we can connect and enjoy relationships with colleagues, so it’s been tough to be away. And there are plenty of other reasons working from home may not be your best bet for your career or your happiness or fulfillment.
12th Apr 2021 - Forbes

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I'm a CEO who allowed my remote employees to set their own working hours. We're way more productive and much happier as a result.

Jesper Schultz is the CEO and cofounder of BasicOps, a San Francisco-based task and project management system. During the pandemic, he allowed his small team to adjust their preferred working hours. Schultz says the flexibility encourages workers to prioritize their own wellness and be more motivated and productive while working.
11th Apr 2021 - Yahoo

10 Solutions For Remote Workers To Maintain Balance And Mitigate Work/Home Clashes

After more than a year into the pandemic, the remote workforce still struggles to find a healthy work/life balance. After all, when you work in your personal space, instead of your usual professional environment, it’s only natural that the two clash. Unless you have water tight boundaries, distractions can easily disrupt your productivity. Here are 10 ways to hold the line between work and home responsibilities so conflict doesn’t crumble your balance and impede your productivity
11th Apr 2021 - Forbes

Is Remote Work Here to Stay?

Prior to the pandemic, about 5 million Americans worked remotely. But COVID-19 forced U.S. employers to allow telework on a massive scale, resulting in an estimated 75 million people working from home over the past year. Some experts say there’s no going back now that both employers and workers have learned that telework can be effective. Companies are now trying to figure out how a post-pandemic workforce will operate. That could entail a hybrid model where some people are in the office most of the time, some primarily telework and others do a mix of the two.
11th Apr 2021 - Voice of America

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Can the self-employed teach us lessons about organising remote work?

As employers begin to prepare for staff to return to offices, what lessons should they and we as workers take from the past year? Stephen Carroll speaks to labour economist Milena Nikolova, an associate professor at the University of Groningen. She tells us that self-employed people could provide some useful ideas about how to organise remote work after the Covid-19 pandemic.
8th Apr 2021 - FRANCE 24

How can remote workers best manage work-home conflict? Remote work expert offers best practices based on more than 20 years of research

What are the secrets to maintaining a productive home office? Run a white-noise machine to mask household clatter, make sure your noisy neighbors know your work schedule, and resist the temptation to check work-related technology after logging off at the end of the workday. These are some of the tips that Timothy D. Golden, a professor in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has gleaned through more than two decades of research.
8th Apr 2021 - Science Daily

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Half of UK workers feel they have grown closer to their colleagues during the pandemic – despite being forced to work separately from their homes.

Research of 2,000 adults currently working remotely revealed 53 per cent believe they now have a better understanding of their colleagues as human beings.And 43 per cent think it’s easier now to actually connect with their colleagues than it was when they were in the same office.Over the past year, workers have bonded by virtually meeting their colleagues’ pets (44 per cent), and by learning about their interests through their backgrounds on video calls (40 per cent).Almost four in 10 (38 per cent) even feel they have become closer to those they work with after meeting their family over video calls, while 37 per cent have had more opportunities to message about personal interests.More than a third (36 per cent) also said informal communication has allowed them to see more of their colleague’s personalities, which has also helped them to get to know each other.
7th Apr 2021 - The Scotsman

Remote working: Where to set up desk space overseas

For more than a year now, many of us have been working from home, and even though many offices are set to reopen this summer, it looks like remote working – in some form or another – is here to stay. But why stick to loading up a laptop at home? In our increasingly connected digital world, it’s easy to stay in touch, opening up options to perform tasks from almost anywhere. Responding to an increasing demand for ‘workations’, hotels are offering longer stay packages and governments are even tempting tourists with extended visas.
7th Apr 2021 - The Independent

Remote working during Covid makes it harder to close deals, entrepreneurs say

Salespeople are struggling to close deals during the coronavirus pandemic because remote working has hindered their ability to build trust, research suggests. The problem is most acute for companies that sell to other businesses and where negotiations are complex, the study from the University of Edinburgh Business School and the Economic and Social Research Council found. It has become more difficult to build “mutual understanding” and trust, the research found, which is crucial to striking deals. With salespeople failing to convert leads, companies could see their cost of acquiring new customers increase, putting further strains on cash flow.
7th Apr 2021 - The Times

5 Ways To Improve Your Home Office For Productivity And Happiness

For many, a “hybrid model,” with some time spent working remotely and some time in the office, might be the best of both worlds. As study from last May found that 55% of workers would prefer a hybrid model. Company leaders also expect it to become the norm, with 80% believing that many workers will stay remote at least one day a week, even after the end of the pandemic. Whether you expect you’ll stay fully remote, or you will transition to a hybrid model, one thing is for sure, you’re probably going to get some more use out of that home office. So whether you’re hoping to boost your productivity, or just make your day at the “office” a little more pleasant, here are five ways to improve your home office experience.
7th Apr 2021 - Forbes

The hybrid office is here to stay. The shift could be more disruptive than the move to all-remote work

The post-vaccine workplace is taking shape, and for many it’s going to be a hybrid model, allowing more remote work but with clear expectations that some days a week will be in the office. Workforce experts are bracing for a whole new set of post-pandemic upheavals, in some instances more transformative than the unplanned move to working from home last March, with some making efforts to avoid pre-pandemic remote-work mistakes. “In a lot of ways it’s going to be more disruptive than when we went all remote,” said Brian Kropp, vice president of research at Gartner.
7th Apr 2021 - Seattle Times

A flexible-work expert's No. 1 tip for managers leading remotely

More than a year into working from home, many office professionals are eager to continue their flexible arrangements after the coronavirus pandemic. According to surveys from Gallup, Pew, PwC and more, workers and employers alike expect that the future of work will revolve around a hybrid schedule, where people are in the office some days and can work from anywhere on others. The flexibility opens up a lot of potential for workers, but it can also pose a new set of challenges for leaders and managers.
7th Apr 2021 - CNBC

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Jump in remote working job adverts

The proportion of UK jobs advertised as “remote working” roles has more than quadrupled in the past year as the pandemic pushes employers to embrace working from home. As of February, 3.6 per cent of roles were advertised as being remote, up from 0.8 per cent a year earlier — before the government told Britons to work from home where possible. The number of remote working roles advertised more than trebled to 78,000, according to analysis by the New Street Consulting Group. It said that the roles generally involved remote working on a permanent basis and did not just reflect temporary arrangements while employers complied with government guidance for social distancing.
6th Apr 2021 - The Times

Remote working: Is Big Tech going off work from home?

On Wednesday last week, Google's Fiona Cicconi wrote to company employees. She announced that Google was bringing forward its timetable of moving people back into the office. As of 1 September, she said, employees wishing to work from home for more than 14 days would have to apply to do so. Employees were also expected to "live within commuting distance" of offices. The intention was very clear. Sure, you can do more flexible working than you did before - but most people will still have to come into the office. That thinking seemed to fly in the face of much of what we heard from Silicon Valley executives last year, when they championed the virtues of remote working.
6th Apr 2021 - BBC News

Rise & grind: Employers splurge on keeping teams caffeinated while working remotely

Employers kept staff fed and caffeinated while working from home during the pandemic, making up for the loss of coffee and sweets available at the office by expensing Starbucks and Deliveroo orders. Keeping teams fed and caffeinated while working remotely made up nearly 36 per cent of all expenses claimed during January to November 2020, new research found. The research, which looked at sectors in the UK and the Europe, found the healthcare industry claimed the most expenses, taking up 13 per cent of all claims made via the platform.
6th Apr 2021 - City A.M.

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‘Our Rural Future’ includes firm commitments on remote work which could transform countryside

In Ireland, the Government has committed to introduce legislation this year to provide employees with the right to request remote work, and to mandate public sector employers, colleges, and other public bodies to move to 20% home and remote working this year, as part of the new Our Rural Future plan. Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys said: “The move to remote working, underpinned by the rollout of the National Broadband Plan has the potential to transform rural Ireland like never before. “It will allow people to work from their own local communities, revitalise our town centres, reduce commuting times, lower transport emissions and most importantly, improve the quality of life of our people.”
3rd Apr 2021 - Irish Examiner

Hostility and harassment against women and minorities increased with remote work during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a major shift in workplaces with many working from home, but that caused another shift: an increase in harassment and hostility toward women and minorities. Project Include, a nonprofit that analyzes the tech industry, surveyed 3,000 people on how workplaces have changed, and found an increase in harassment and hostility, harmful work expectations, and anxiety. "These harms draw from systemic issues of injustice and inequity, but also from specific outcomes of COVID-19, and they affect all workplaces, large and small, in all sectors, around the world," the report said. Remote work has created its own set of problems and amplified long-standing ones in the workplace, the report said, adding that "harassment and hostility are taking new forms since the pandemic."
3rd Apr 2021 - Yahoo News UK

Six in 10 Gen Z workers struggling in remote environment

While the pandemic’s work-from-home experience has gone smoothly for some workers, Gen Z employees are at risk and need re-energizing, a new report cautions. The past year has been uniquely disruptive for Gen Z workers, some of whom kicked off their career amid the pandemic and are struggling more than workers of other age groups, according to Microsoft’s recently released Work Trend Index, which included thoughts from 30,000 global workers. About 60% of Gen Z workers said they’re surviving or struggling, as opposed to thriving. Among new employees at a company for less than a year, 64% are surviving or struggling. The share of Gen Z workers who love remote work and have no issues with it is less than 15%, another recent survey found.
3rd Apr 2021 - The Business Journals

Returning to the Office Sparks Anxiety and Dread for Some

A year after the pandemic abruptly forced tens of millions of people to start working from home, disrupting family lives and derailing careers, employers are now getting ready to bring workers back to offices. But for some people the prospect of returning to their desks is provoking anxiety, dread and even panic, rather than relief. Amy C. Edmondson, a Harvard Business School professor who studies human interaction, has been advising financial firms, consumer products businesses and universities. She said many executives were spooked that they’ll lose their best people if they are not flexible. But she said some managers might now be going too far. Teams need to get together to get stuff done.
3rd Apr 2021 - The New York Times

Year-round sunshine, pool days and zero taxes: How to move to Dubai and work remotely for a year

As global business and travel hubs remain largely closed off to the masses, Dubai is making entry easier than ever for international visitors. The glitzy city, as well as the United Arab Emirates as a whole, has for years been opening up its once-strict residency and tourist visa rules, but has accelerated its changes in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, the country announced a UAE-wide remote working visa program (similar to one announced in Dubai in October), in a bid to attract a growing global pool of digital nomads as temporary working-from-home situations become more permanent.
3rd Apr 2021 - CNN

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Mothers bear the cost of the pandemic shift to remote work

For many parents, the COVID-19 pandemic has made life's everyday juggling act--managing work, school, extracurricular, and household responsibilities--much, much harder. And according to a new study led by Penn sociologists, those extra burdens have fallen disproportionately on mothers. The research, shared in the April issue of the journal Gender and Society, investigated how shifts in work and school that arose due to the pandemic triggered changes in the division of labor in families. Using data on two-parent households from a nationwide survey conducted in April 2020, the researchers found that gender disparities in unpaid labor were most apparent when a mother was the only parent working from home, or when neither parent was able to work remotely.
31st Mar 2021 - EurekAlert

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Northern Ireland Civil Service in union talks about remote working for 23,000-strong workforce

The Northern Ireland Civil Service is in talks with trade unions about future remote working for up to 23,000 workers, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal. The Department of Finance, responsible for personnel matters in the NI Civil Service (NICS), said the remote working habit established in the pandemic was here to stay. Regional hubs are being prepared for workers in locations outside Belfast, such as Downpatrick, Craigavon and Ballykelly.
30th Mar 2021 - Belfast Telegraph

5 Ways Leaders Can Remotely Help Teams Adjust To The Future Of Work

While many organizations are preparing to return to the office this fall, if there’s anything this last year has taught us, it’s that the future is unknown. Whether you’re a remote worker, virtual learner, or a stay-at-home parent, you’re likely experiencing pandemic fatigue right now. The reality is there may be months of remote work ahead as we adjust to the future of work. Here are some ways you can beat the fatigue and ensure that you and your team are not only surviving but thriving remotely as you strategically prepare for what the new normal will be in the upcoming months for your organization and team
30th Mar 2021 - Forbes

The hybrid office is here to stay. The shift could be more disruptive than the move to all-remote work.

The post-vaccine workplace is taking shape, and for many it’s going to be a hybrid model, allowing more remote work but with clear expectations that some days a week will be in the office. Workforce experts are bracing for a whole new set of post-pandemic upheavals, in some instances more transformative than the unplanned move to working from home last March, with some making efforts to avoid pre-pandemic remote-work mistakes. “In a lot of ways it’s going to be more disruptive than when we went all remote,” said Brian Kropp, vice president of research at Gartner. New videoconferencing technology will be added to help in-person and remote workers feel as if they’re on a level playing field. Managers will undergo extensive training to fight against the instinct to give workers in the office preferential treatment. Logistics will be coordinated to ensure those who go into the office don’t get there and find the building empty, perhaps by setting core hours or days for on-site work.
30th Mar 2021 - The Washington Post

Remote Work Is Leading To More Gender And Racial Harassment, Say Tech Workers

Tech workers say they have experienced more harassment based on gender, age and race or ethnicity while working remotely during the pandemic, according to a survey from a nonprofit group that advocates for diversity in Silicon Valley. The increases were highest among women, transgender and nonbinary people, and Asian, Black, Latinx and Indigenous people. For example, more than 1 in 4 respondents said they experienced more gender-based harassment. That figure increased, when race and gender identity were accounted for, to 39% of Asian woman and nonbinary people; 38% of Latinx woman and nonbinary people; and 42% of transgender people.
30th Mar 2021 - NPR

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Ireland looks to pubs, derelict buildings to boost remote working outside cities

Ireland will turn vacant buildings in rural towns into remote working hubs and examine whether pubs could be used as workspaces during quiet afternoons in a bid to encourage more people to live outside big cities. Describing the pandemic-driven move towards remote working as a potential “game-changer” for struggling towns and villages, the government plans to establish a network of 400 remote working hubs as part of a five-year rural development policy. Local authorities will be given funding to add vacant properties to the network and ministers committed to exploring whether tax incentives and grants could be offered to employers and employees to encourage more rural remote working.
29th Mar 2021 - Reuters

87% domestic businesses considering flexible remote working models: Report

As countries around the world grappled with lockdowns, people rapidly adopted remote work and video conferencing solutions. Through the swift and effective implementation of remote work, businesses were able to save both money and jobs that may have been lost as a result of the pandemic. According to a BCG-Zoom report, while 47 per cent of businesses surveyed in India expect a third of their employees to work remotely after the pandemic, a whopping 93 per cent agreed that video conferencing tools will continue to be essential beyond the pandemic.
29th Mar 2021 - Business Standard

Most remote workers reject monitoring software, study finds

A majority of remote workers have said they would not choose a job where their employer used software to track their work, a new survey has found. About six in ten (59%) of those asked did not want to work for any company trying to use software that could spy on them, with only just over a third saying it was acceptable if used to comply with regulations. “Our study sends a clear message – employees in all sectors strongly oppose the use of monitoring software in their homes, even if employers claim that it is required for regulatory compliance,” said Vivek Dodd, founder of training provider Skillcast, which commissioned the research.
29th Mar 2021 - Evening Standard

FTSE 100 firms share latest London office plans following WFH year, with many set to embrace flexible working

The Evening Standard last summer contacted FTSE 100 firms to get an insight into how many UK-based office workers they have, how many were still working from home or were back in the office, and what plans there were for having most people back in. Since then many people have continued to do their jobs outside of HQs, and companies are looking at what office space they may or may not want when lockdown rules ease. This month this paper did another survey, asking firms on London’s blue-chip index about the size of their offices in the capital and how important or less important offices in the capital will be post-pandemic.
29th Mar 2021 - Evening Standard

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What the great work from home experiment has taught us about the way we work

This is a transcript of episode 8 of The Conversation Weekly podcast, The great remote work experiment – what happens next? In this episode, four experts dissect the impact a year of working from home has had on employees and the companies they work for – and what a more hybrid future might look like.
28th Mar 2021 - The Conversation US

Government unveils plans to develop new rural remote working hubs around Ireland

In Ireland, the government will unveil plans to convert closing Bank of Ireland branches and other vacant buildings in town centres into new rural remote working hubs. This will be one of the features of the Our Rural Future action plan set to be unveiled by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, in Croke Park today. It will also include the pledge to introduce what a source called “sweeteners” in this year’s Budget to drive relocation to rural areas and enhanced home-working.
28th Mar 2021 - Irish Mirror

A Year Into Remote Work, No One Knows When to Stop Working Anymore

A year into the Covid-19 era, employees say work-life boundaries blurred, then vanished, as waking life came to mean “always on” at work. Experts warn that working around the clock—while slipping in meals, helping with homework and grabbing a few moments with a partner—isn’t sustainable, and employers from banking giant Citigroup Inc. to the software company Pegasystems Inc., are trying ways to get staff to dial back. At Accenture PLC, Jimmy Etheredge, the company’s chief executive officer of North America, is embracing the notion of “taking back lunch,” eating in peace away from screens and recharging in the middle of every workday. The company is encouraging employees not to schedule internal meetings unrelated to client business on Fridays, and Mr. Etheredge has repeatedly told employees to be candid with managers, saying, “It’s OK to not be OK.”
28th Mar 2021 - The Wall Street Journal

Remote Work: The Blurring Of Business And Personal Life

The seeping of work into our personal lives has caused people to seek some form of late-night unwinding and personal time. However, using your devices as a form of relaxation can cause inhibition of sleep. It is a slippery slope from working remotely and being a de facto teacher for your kids to complete burnout. During the Covid-19 pandemic, outlets for stress have been limited, and there can be a lack of distinction between work and personal life when working from home. It’s important to practice self-care, including saying no to videoconferencing. Have designated times where you disconnect, including shutting off your phone. Set strict work hours. If you would usually work until 5 pm at the office, make 5 pm the time you sign off at home. If your employer wants you to work later than your usual hours, speak with them. If the issue is not resolved to your satisfaction, consider consulting with an attorney.
28th Mar 2021 - Forbes

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Over half of London firms to continue remote working when Covid pandemic ends

Half of London businesses will support some form of remote working when the coronavirus crisis ends, new research suggests. A survey of 500 business leaders in the capital showed that one in two plans to continue offering remote working to staff, while a third expect to cut down on office space. London Chamber of Commerce said its study revealed that almost two-thirds of employers have allowed staff to work from home at least two days a week as a result of the pandemic. Just over half of respondents said they will continue remote working in some form each week when the pandemic is over.
26th Mar 2021 - Daily Mail

COVID-19 impact: Work from home more appealing than return to 'business as usual,' Harvard survey shows

Despite potentially longer hours, most Americans enjoy working remotely and want the option to keep doing so after the pandemic, according to a new Harvard Business School Online survey. As COVID-19 forced companies to let employees work remotely and presented new challenges such as readjusting their home life and fighting Zoom fatigue from numerous virtual meetings, most of the 1,500 people surveyed say they excelled and even grew in their professions. But the survey also showed that while most employees miss their colleagues and other aspects of office life, they don't want to go back to "business as usual" because they want more flexibility doing their jobs
26th Mar 2021 - USA Today

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Majority of Australians want a combination of office and remote work

Just 10 per cent of Australians want to return to the office at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic according to a "startling" new study, says Sky News host Peta Credlin. Research from PwC shows three quarters of workers want a combination of office and remote work, while a further 16 per cent say they want to permanently work from home," Ms Credlin said.
25th Mar 2021 - The Australian

Britain's Nationwide tells all 13,000 staff: 'work anywhere'

Britain’s Nationwide Building Society has told all its 13,000 office-based staff to work from anywhere in the country, in one of the clearest signs yet firms are making permanent the remote working arrangements put in place during the COVID-19 crisis. The lender said on Thursday it will not renew the leases on three of its offices in its hometown of Swindon in the southwest of England but will retain its headquarters there along with other regional hubs. Nationwide’s move goes even further than some British banks such as HSBC and Lloyds, which have said they will cut office space but are likely still to require staff to come in on some days.
24th Mar 2021 - Reuters

Working from home and flexing hours will become the norm

Ministers are preparing to make flexible working a permanent feature of British life after coronavirus, with plans to strengthen employees’ rights to work from home or ask for different hours. The government will start a public consultation later this year on how to extend flexible working, potentially ensuring that people who have transitioned to a hybrid of home and office working during the pandemic will be able to maintain that pattern. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is likely to look at ways to strengthen the existing legal right to request flexible working. Under the present rules, employees can formally ask for changes to their working pattern. The employer must deal with the request in a “reasonable manner” and make a decision within three months. In addition to extending the existing scheme, the plans could go further, with consideration being given to introducing a right to request ad hoc flexible working
24th Mar 2021 - The Times

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Hybrid working and four-day weeks: The future of work in Ireland

The future of work swept in faster than many of us could have ever imagined with the onset of Covid-19. The virus forced all but essential workers into their own homes to work and gave us the confidence that the remote model could work, because it had to. As we are facing into the light at the end of the tunnel one thing is glaringly obvious, the return to the office is never going to be the same. One of Ireland's leading telecommunications companies, Vodafone, have recently announced their return to the office will take on a hybrid model of 40:60.
24th Mar 2021 - RTE.ie

New reasons to think the work-from-home revolution is overblown

One year after the Covid-19 pandemic forced millions of workers to start clocking in from home, many companies are thinking about how to bring their employees back into the office. A number of firms think the past 12 months have proven the merits of remote work, and have pledged more flexible schedules. But increasingly, there are signs the work-from-home revolution could have its limits. A survey of 1,450 corporate executives in North America published by Accenture (ACN) last month also showed that the shift to home working may not be as dramatic as first expected.
24th Mar 2021 - CNN

From AI to Zoom: How the Covid-19 pandemic permanently changed remote work

Someday, perhaps someday soon, when vaccination rates are high enough and the coronavirus relents, the world will return to normal. But in its wake, something as massive and meaningful as a global pandemic will leave many things different, including how we work. In particular, knowledge workers — high-skilled workers whose jobs are done on computers — will likely see the biggest changes, from our physical locations to the technology we use to the ways in which our productivity is measured. In turn, how we work impacts everything from our own personal satisfaction to new inventions to the broader economy and society as a whole. These changes represent a chance to remake work as we know it and to learn from the mistakes of our working past — if we’re thoughtful about how we enact them.
24th Mar 2021 - Vox.com

Mayor Ends Remote Work for 80,000 in Signal to Rest of New York City

For the last year, New York City has been running in the shadow of a deadly pandemic, with many city and private sector employees forced to work from home, stripping New York of its lifeblood and devastating its economy. But with virus cases seeming to stabilize and vaccinations becoming more widespread, city officials intend to send a message that New York is close to returning to normal: On May 3, the city will compel its municipal office employees to begin to report to work in person. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to bring the nation’s largest municipal work force back to the office represents a significant turnabout for a city that served as the national epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, coming to symbolize the perils of living in densely packed global capitals.
24th Mar 2021 - The New York Times

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Major employers scrap plans to cut back on offices - KPMG

Most major global companies no longer plan to reduce their use of office space after the coronavirus pandemic, though few expect business to return to normal this year, a survey by accountants KPMG showed on Tuesday.
23rd Mar 2021 - Reuters on MSN.com

Hybrid remote and office working could revive local economies

A hybrid model of remote and office working is here to stay and policymakers should harness it to turbocharge plans for regeneration and regional growth, according to a report. Researchers at Legal & General and Demos said that the upheaval in working practices caused by the pandemic had created a new emphasis on the areas around people’s homes, where workers will be spending more time and money in future. This has created opportunities for parts of the country, particularly rural areas, which have traditionally struggled to attract businesses and workers. However, it also has the potential to create new inequalities between those areas that attract homeworkers and those that do not. City centres, once a magnet for office workers, also face new challenges.
22nd Mar 2021 - The Times

House bound: NI firms considering remote working model beyond Covid

It is now a year since office-based businesses began working from home just before the first national lockdown, bringing a huge lifestyle change for us all virtually overnight. Employees and companies are now asking how long will this continue, and is there any going back to the way we were. It seems not, with one business leader adamant that things will never be the same again. Liberty Insurance and its subsidiary Hughes Insurance have said that its 400 staff in Northern Ireland will be working remotely from now on, and outsourcing giant Capita — which has 1,500 staff here — has said the same about workers in their call centres.
22nd Mar 2021 - Belfast Telegraph

UAE: How remote work visas will help expats, employers

Expatriate business leaders in the UAE have called the cabinet ruling a breath of fresh air for corporations. The Federal Cabinet has approved a new system allowing professionals to reside in the country while working remotely for employers abroad, a scheme Dubai launched by itself in October.
22nd Mar 2021 - Khaleej Times

Holyrood could keep some remote working after Covid, says Presiding Officer

Remote working procedures brought in to help Holyrood adapt to Covid-19 could remain in place after the pandemic has come to an end, even though they are “suboptimal” to normal sittings, the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer has said. Ken Macintosh said he had been “pleased and relieved” by how the parliament had adapted its working practices after the virus struck. Those changes have seen some business, including committee meetings and questions to ministers, take place entirely remotely, with MSPs appearing from their living rooms, studies and kitchens.
22nd Mar 2021 - Evening Standard

Report recommends manager training to ensure women working remotely aren't ignored

The growing number of vaccinated Americans has propelled discussions of returning to the office. But a recent report warns women’s careers could suffer further damage unless managers prepare to support those interested in hybrid arrangements. Compared to six months ago, 48% of women have become less interested in returning to the physical workplace full-time, according to Perceptyx’s report, which polled more than 1,000 U.S. workers.
22nd Mar 2021 - The Business Journals

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Covid: Welsh firms looking at flexi-working 'permanently'

Some of Wales' major employers say they are considering a permanent shift to flexible working after the pandemic. The Welsh government, Cardiff University and Admiral Group say they are all consulting with staff about a hybrid of home and office working. However, experts say there will always be a place for office working - especially for those starting careers. They say many major organisations will instead have smaller offices and allow more flexible working.
21st Mar 2021 - BBC News

Our research shows working from home works, in moderation

If the Covid-19 crisis subsides and economies can largely reopen, the experiences of so many people working from home over the past year will surely shape what happens next. For many of us, this could emerge as a return to the office for three days a week. Patterns will obviously vary, but a common thread would be something like Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the office and Wednesday and Friday at home. This coming shift will largely be driven by employers making a calculation between two different, equally important forces. One is what companies see as the need for in-person creativity and connections, which will spur their desire to bring people back into offices. At home, however, we tend to be more efficient in the daily tasks that make up much of working life. This is the competing force that may keep many of us out of the office, even after Covid
21st Mar 2021 - The Guardian

Remote Work Visas Are Transforming The Future Of Work And Travel

One of the biggest perks of having a remote job is the massive perk of living and working wherever you want. The remote work environment has advanced extremely fast due to the state of the world pandemic. Millions of workers now have the flexibility to work from anywhere they desire. With millions of people working from home already, remote work is the present, and flexible working is the actual future of work.
20th Mar 2021 - Forbes

How CEOs And Workers Feel About Working Remotely Or Returning To The Office

CEOs are wrestling with what to do about bringing back people to the office. The prevailing corporate consensus is consolidating around a flexible hybrid system, which has been championed by Google CEO Sundar Pichai. This entails offering employees an option or a combination of remote and in-office work. There are other alternatives being offered too. There are real risks inherent with the leading return-to-work hybrid system. Companies will have to ensure that their employees don’t take advantage of the system by collectively deciding to work remotely on Mondays and Fridays, to the disadvantage of other co-workers. It can become a logistical nightmare for managers to have impromptu meetings, as everyone is operating on a different schedule and in varied time zones. A supervisor needs to keep in mind who is working where and when they are available.
20th Mar 2021 - Forbes

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Couple reveal how they gave up full time work to live in a van

A couple who swapped their busy office jobs for life in van, trading their hectic nine to five schedules for working just two days a week remotely have revealed they're still saving the same amount as before despite a 60 per cent salary cut. Charlie Low, 25, an insight manager, and Dale Comley, 29, an engineer, from Bristol, decided to leave their jobs after finding themselves constantly counting down to the days to the weekend every week. Tired of the rat race, they invested £8,800 in a bright yellow LWB Mercedes Sprinter van - previously used by delivery company DHL - and converted it in their spare time after choosing to commit to a new life on the road. Over the next year, the couple spent £6,700 converting the van but are still able to save the same amount now as when they were working full time as their ills are so tiny.
18th Mar 2021 - MSN.com

Remote working locations confirmed across Wales

Locations across Wales are being made available for remote working, giving people an alternative to working from home or working in a traditional office environment. The Welsh Government is encouraging an increase in remote working and has set a long-term ambition for 30% of the Welsh workforce to work away from a traditional office, to be achieved by giving people more options and choice on their workplace. This ambition is intended to help town centres, reduce congestion and cut carbon emissions.
18th Mar 2021 - Wales247

Why remote work has eroded trust among colleagues

When the pandemic triggered mass workplace closures last spring, many companies were unprepared for what turned into an open-ended remote-work arrangement. For some, the extraordinary situation initially prompted a heightened sense of goodwill as workers juggled the demands of family and fine-tuned home-office setups. Yet as we now pass the one-year mark of virtual work, the shaky foundation of many company cultures is cracking to reveal a lack of trust among remote managers and employees. The dearth of trust isn’t something that will be magically fixed once the pandemic subsides, especially as businesses are considering adopting new models, from hybrid systems to a different kind of work week. The consequences of a culture of distrust are significant – including diminished productivity, innovation and motivation. But there are steps we can take to effectively build and repair trust, even from afar.
18th Mar 2021 - BBC News

Covid-19 remote working and newsroom productivity

More than a third of media professionals believe they have exceeded newsroom productivity while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic – however some shared concerns that the quality of their work had dipped. The absence of face-to-face contact was a problem raised by journalists who feel they have suffered from not being able to meet interviewees or interact with colleagues amid the buzz of the newsroom. This was a common theme: “It’s more productive but you miss that time interacting with people. The talking and chats that might make you ‘less productive’ but have a human side.”
18th Mar 2021 - Press Gazette

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Will work from home outlast virus? Ford's move suggests yes

It’s a question occupying the minds of millions of employees who have worked from home the past year: Will they still be allowed to work remotely — at least some days — once the pandemic has faded? On Wednesday, one of America s corporate titans, Ford Motor Co., supplied its own answer: It told about 30,000 of its employees worldwide who have worked from home that they can continue to do so indefinitely, with flexible hours approved by their managers. Their schedules will become a work-office “hybrid”: They'll commute to work mainly for group meetings and projects best-suited for face-to-face interaction. Ford's announcement sent one of the clearest signals to date that the pandemic has hastened a cultural shift in Americans' work lives by erasing any stigma around remote work and encouraging the adoption of technology that enables it. Broader evidence about the post-pandemic workplace suggests that what was long called tele-commuting will remain far more common than it was a year ago.
17th Mar 2021 - The Independent

What does a future of remote work look like for Massachusetts?

As COVID-19 vaccines make possible the potential for a return to everyday life as we once knew it, the impacts of living over a year amidst a global pandemic may very well continue to linger on long after the coronavirus crisis enters history books. With a workforce now intimately familiar with the benefits of working outside the office, Massachusetts officials are now trying to suss out exactly how the trend will carry on even when more employers re-open brick-and-mortar offices in the months ahead. Michael Kennealy, the state’s secretary of housing and economic development, said recently his office is wrestling with questions about how an increase in remote work might impact everything from employers and employees, commercial real estate, and economic investments in cities and towns to internet broadband accessibility and transportation policy.
17th Mar 2021 - Boston.com

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Work from home: Here's what remote workers should consider before relocating

Where we work usually plays a major role in where we live. That could mean choosing a house near public transportation or packing up to another state because it’s a hotbed for hiring in your field. But COVID-19 lockdowns have transformed the way we think about work and living. A third of Americans are now working remotely full time, according to a Gallup poll. Compare that to five years ago when just 5% of Americans worked remotely full-time. Maybe you’re considering making a move out of state now that you aren't tethered from a physical office space. Perhaps that’s because you want to save money, live closer to family, or move into a bigger space. Whatever the reason, here are some of the factors you should consider before relocating to another state
16th Mar 2021 - Yahoo News

5 ways remote work is changing the economy for the better

More than two-thirds of professionals were working remotely during the peak of the pandemic, according to a new report by work marketplace Upwork, and over the next five years, 20% to 25% of professionals will likely be working remotely. Remote working has caused employees to rethink and better accommodate their priorities in life and employers to rethink operations regarding how they can best work with professionals and create teams, the report stated. But it also hasn't been without some downsides, such as blurring the lines between work-life balance and causing increased stress.
16th Mar 2021 - MSN

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Government policy on remote working could hurt flexibility and deter investment

Melanie Crowley is head of employment law at Mason, Hayes & Curran. She comments: "Balancing employment rights with international competitiveness is a key task of any government. That balance seems badly askew in the Government’s National Remote Work Strategy published recently. There are two key cornerstones to the Government’s strategy – the intention to legislate for the right to request remote working and the intention to issue a code of practice around the right to disconnect."
15th Mar 2021 - The Irish Times

'I don't have to choose between lifestyle and career.' How remote work changed these people's lives

It's been a year since companies across the globe sent employees home to work as the pandemic spread. While many businesses were forced to shut down permanently, remote work enabled others to survive, and even thrive in some cases. As a result, many employers have decided to offer more flexibility when it comes to where and when their employees work. Andrew Hewitt, a senior analyst at market research firm Forrester, expects about 60% of companies to offer a hybrid work model, while 10% will be fully remote. And while working from home comes with its fair share of challenges, it's also provided some workers the opportunity to make some life-changing decisions.
15th Mar 2021 - CNN

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Is the 9-to-5 office routine dead? Here’s what workers want

What has a year of living through a pandemic and WFH taught us about where we are headed? To get a sense of how people’s attitudes towards work have changed, Future Forum, a consortium backed by Slack, gave Fortune Analytics exclusive access to their survey of more than 8,500 knowledge workers or skilled office workers from around the world. The data was used to build the Future Forum Remote Employee Experience Index. Taken together, these survey questions help paint a picture of how workers have evolved—and how the workplace must evolve, too.
14th Mar 2021 - Fortune

From Remote Work to Hybrid Work: The Tech You’ll Need to Link Home and Office

Hope your magic Mary Poppins, go-back-to-the-office bag is ready. Let’s see, you’re going to need your laptop, your laptop’s power adapter, your headphones, your headphones’ power adapter, your ring light, your ring light’s power adapter… Prepare to do this two to three times a week, as you split time between your home-office and your office-office for the next, well, forever. Welcome to the exciting new world of hybrid work. “Somewhere in the vicinity of 60% of the workforce are choosing the hybrid option,” said Gartner analyst Suzanne Adnams, “which means their ideal is working at home and coming into the office three days a week.”
14th Mar 2021 - The Wall Street Journal

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Is the five-day commute over? New data suggests people only want to work in the office ‘two days a week’

Full-time work as we once knew it could look very different post-pandemic suggest experts and new data. A recent Deloitte poll shows that many of us would prefer to spilt our working time between the office and home. Research conducted with 800 people from a range of backgrounds, found that those who can work from home would choose to continue to do so when restrictions ease, choosing to travel to an office only a couple of days of the week. “On average they’ve said they’d like to work in the office two days a week,” said Ian Stewart, chief economist for Deloitte on the people surveyed.
11th Mar 2021 - MSN.com

For better or worse, working from home is here to stay

One year into the coronavirus pandemic, employers, particularly tech companies, are increasingly adopting extended work-from-home policies. For the most part, workers applaud this new approach. Vaccinated or not, more than half of employees said that, given the option, they would want to keep working from home even after the coronavirus crisis subsides, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.
11th Mar 2021 - CNBC

Ring Lights And Late Nights: How The Remote Revolution Has Changed The Workforce

Today, nearly half (47%) of American employees are currently working from home at least part of the time, according to a study by Glassdoor. As vaccine production and distribution ramps up, some employers have announced definitive return-to-work dates. Others have committed to permanent remote-work arrangements, and freelance platform Upwork expects that 36.2 million Americans will be working from home by 2025, an 87% increase from pre-pandemic levels—and a sign that this grand experiment in telecommuting has done more than just make Zoom a part of our everyday lives and vocabulary. Here, we take a look at how one year of working remotely has changed the workforce.
11th Mar 2021 - Forbes

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Remote work needs to be regulated 'quickly', EU presidency says

Portugal’s deputy secretary of state for labour, Miguel Cabrita, urged EU countries on Tuesday (9 March) to move fast with plans to regulate remote working, saying quick action will maximise opportunities and minimise risks. Speaking at a high-level conference on the future of work organised by Portugal’s EU Presidency, Cabrita stressed the importance of finding a balance between opportunities and risks of remote working. He defended the need “to move quickly towards regulation of this model that is no longer new,” but which has become widespread due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
10th Mar 2021 - Euractiv

Passive collaboration is essential to remote work's long-term success

Technology like high-quality video conferencing and the cloud have been integral in making remote work possible. But we don’t yet have a complete substitute for in-person work because we continue to lack tooling in one critical area: passive collaboration. While active collaboration (which is the lion’s share) can happen over virtual meetings and emails, we haven’t fully solved for enabling the types of serendipitous conversations and chance connections that often power our biggest innovations and serve as the cornerstone of passive collaboration.
10th Mar 2021 - Yahoo News

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7 best co-working spaces for remote work in Tokyo

Whether you’re working remotely, running a side hustle, or just need somewhere professional to sit down with a client or a report, there are plenty of co-working spaces in Tokyo. The competitive nature of the industry means these shared offices are smartly laid-out, modern and well-maintained, equipped with plenty of electrical outlets and fast wifi, while also offering their respective unique membership perks like free drinks or private booths. So forget the stress of café-hopping and worrying about wifi connections – set up shop in one of these tranquil, professional environments in the city instead.
9th Mar 2021 - Time Out

Remote Workers Are Making Permanent Moves. What Happens When Offices Reopen?

With millions of Americans suddenly working remotely, some took the unprecedented opportunity to shift their lives in a new direction — crossing their fingers that when it's safe to go back to the office, they won't have to. David Lewis is the CEO of OperationsInc, an HR consulting firm in Connecticut. Many of his clients have seen employees suddenly move out of state, and they've just rolled with it. "It wasn't frowned upon as much as it probably would have been prior to COVID — and now I think that day of reckoning is coming," he says. He predicts that more than half of companies that can allow remote work will continue to, at least part time. And companies should think hard before being heavy-handed in ordering people back to the office from wherever they are now, he says.
9th Mar 2021 - NPR

Pandemic sends almost half EU employees into remote working

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that almost half of the working population in the European Union (EU) were fully or partially working remotely in July, up from around 10% before the pandemic crisis, according to Eurofound. This new labour reality, accelerated by the pandemic, will be under discussion on Tuesday at a high-level conference on the future of work entitled “Remote Working: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities” held remotely as part of the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the EU.
9th Mar 2021 - Euractiv

The pandemic forced a massive remote-work experiment. Now comes the hard part

The pandemic has forced a large segment of the global workforce to go through a remote-work experiment on a scale never seen before -- and a lot has changed in the last 12 months. The boundary between our work and our personal lives has become blurred. Working at the kitchen table has become common and, for parents, juggling virtual school while trying to hit work deadlines has become a daily challenge. We've learned many lessons as a result: meetings aren't always necessary, working a standard eight-hour shift may not be the best schedule for everyone, sitting at a desk doesn't always mean you're being productive and perhaps, you miss your coworkers more than you thought you would. Now that more people are getting vaccinated and kids are going back to school, things appear as if they might get back to "normal," but the workplace as we knew it may be forever changed.
9th Mar 2021 - CNN

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As Remote Work Becomes the Norm, Vast New Possibilities Open for People With Autism

By normalizing remote work for everybody, the pandemic has made it easier for people who don’t adapt well to office environments to thrive. The longtime resistance to supporting remote accommodations for disabled employees evaporated when neurotypical (i.e., not autistic) people had to work from home. At the same time, the growing awareness of neurodiversity—the idea that humans aren’t all wired the same way, and that differences like autism and ADHD also come with unique strengths—means there is more appreciation for what neurodivergent employees can contribute.
8th Mar 2021 - Wall Street Journal

Working from home: Remote workers clock up 300 million overtime hours since Covid-19 pandemic began

In Ireland, some 44pc of remote workers are logging longer hours at home while 65pc feel pressure to stay connected afterward. According to a new survey released by Laya healthcare, Irish workers working from home have clocked 300 million overtime hours since the beginning of the pandemic. On average, employees are working 22 hours overtime per month. The study, which surveyed 1,000 Irish employees and 180 HR leaders, also revealed that 43pc of remote workers are experiencing frequent stress, and with at least another month of Level 5 restrictions employers should be wary of employee burnout.
8th Mar 2021 - Independent.ie

These cities could become the biggest winners and losers as more Americans shift to remote work

The end – or at least a substantial easing – of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight, but the titanic shift toward remote work that it fostered is expected to endure, at least to some extent. And a trend that allows many Americans to work anywhere is likely to cause a reshuffling of the nation’s 403 metro areas, with some losing residents no longer tethered to local offices and others gaining citizens who can work from home and enjoy a better lifestyle.
8th Mar 2021 - USA Today

Why in-person workers may be more likely to get promoted

Remote work has a lot of benefits, but one major drawback: it may be harder to climb the career ladder when you’re at home. The problem of inequity in promotion between remote and in-person workers has existed since well before the pandemic forced many people into home-work situations. In a 2015 study conducted in China, researchers from the Stanford Graduate School of Business found that while people working from home were more productive – 13% more, to be exact – they weren’t rewarded with promotions at nearly the same rate as their in-office colleagues.
8th Mar 2021 - BBC News

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Working from home: Hybrid remote working may be the future

In England, the sudden shift to working from home a year ago may have changed the lives of office workers forever. Nearly half of all those in employment did some of their job in their houses or flats after the first lockdown was announced last March, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – many for the first time. Now the Government is trying to work out when and how to get people back into offices, to help boost the economy. Boris Johnson issued a plea last summer for people to return to their offices to save city centres, before having to perform a U-turn as Covid-19 rates rocketed. However, the Prime Minister said last week that he is confident that workers will return to traditional work patterns.
7th Mar 2021 - iNews.co.uk

Homeworking sounds good – until your job takes over your life

Big companies seem more open than ever to the idea of homeworking arrangements staying in place even after the worst of the pandemic is over and restrictions are lifted, and for some people the old grind of commuting and congregating in offices may at least partially be over. What this could mean for the smaller businesses that depend on the presence of large employers is clear from our emptied-out city centres, but “hybrid working” is the season’s most fashionable corporate concept. In more sober tones, the Financial Times recently reported that some of Britain’s largest employers are in the midst of “reviews of working practices” and that most of the companies its journalists had contacted said they expected to soon introduce employment models split between the office and home.
7th Mar 2021 - The Guardian

How Remote Work Is Reshaping America’s Urban Geography

A year ago, just before the start of pandemic lockdowns, some 10% or less of the U.S. labor force worked remotely full-time. Within a month, according to Gallup and other surveys, around half of American workers were at distant desktops. Today, most of them still are. And surveys of employers and employees alike suggest a fundamental shift. While forecasts differ, as much as a quarter of the 160-million-strong U.S. labor force is expected to stay fully remote in the long term, and many more are likely to work remotely a significant part of the time. This rapid reordering accelerates a trend that has been under way for years. And it doesn’t just change the dynamic between workers and companies. It is affecting the economic fates of cities and communities large and small, but especially smaller ones
7th Mar 2021 - The Wall Street Journal

Share of Brits working from the office rises to pre-lockdown level, as remote working appeal fades

The percentage of people travelling to work has returned to the same level as before Christmas, before the third nationwide lockdown began, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics. Nearly 40 per cent of people surveyed said they were solely working from the office or job site at the end of February, matching the level seen before 22 December, despite rules ordering people to work from home when they can. It’s also the first time since December that the share of employees leaving home to go to work exceeded those solely working remotely. The percentage of workers who are only working from home has also been gradually falling since mid-February and was 32 per cent at the end of the month.
7th Mar 2021 - City A.M.

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Why we should be allowed to request remote working from day one

Although the pandemic has normalised remote working, UK workers still face challenges when it comes to requesting flexible working. At present, the law states that employees can only request to work flexibly after 26 weeks of employment, with a limit of one request per 12-months. In particular, research suggests those in lower paid, more manual occupations often don't have access to the same flexible working opportunities as those in higher paid, managerial professions. “While many have hailed the pandemic as a driver for the adoption of flexible working practices, particularly around home working, the reality for many is that this is not the case,” says Peter Cheese, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
4th Mar 2021 - Yahoo Finance

Five Ways Companies Can Help Mothers Struggling With Remote Work

In the early months of the pandemic, employees seemed pleased with the way their companies handled the nearly instantaneous pivot to remote work. But now that we’re reaching the one-year anniversary of that pivot, it’s becoming apparent that parents, particularly mothers, are struggling. For parents working remotely, there’s a big difference between having the kids at school or underfoot all day. Eventually, kids will go back to school, but employees will remember how their companies responded to their needs during this relatively brief time
4th Mar 2021 - Forbes

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How do successful remote teams communicate?

What’s the best way to communicate with your team when you’re not all in the same place? It’s a vexing question that Christoph Riedl and Anita Williams-Wolley, associate professors at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business and Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business respectively, have been researching for more than half a decade. Their research, summarised in the Harvard Business Review, reveals that the best virtual teams communicate with each other in short bursts. Rapid-fire interactions help to focus workers on the task at hand, while the preceding periods of extended radio silence enable them to think deeply and develop relevant ideas that they can then discuss in detail.
3rd Mar 2021 - Management Today

How To Build Team Culture Within Remote Or Hybrid Working Models

A new workplace blueprint is being created that merges working from the office and remote work. As the workforce leans towards this hybrid model, it is important for businesses to build an inclusive culture for remote workers into their plan. Virtual work has turned into lots of transactional interactions and is lacking the relational connections that can take place in an office space. Without being in the same room as co-workers it can be difficult to collaborate and build meaningful relationships that are helpful for team morale. More than 50% of executives say that company culture influences productivity, creativity, profitability, firm value and growth rates. If you add lightness, fun and connection the work still gets done, but it doesn’t feel cumbersome and will enhance work outcomes.
3rd Mar 2021 - Forbes

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34% will return to office full time post-pandemic

Just over a third of workers in Ireland will be returning to the office on a full time basis once Covid restrictions are fully lifted. This is according to a survey of CEOs, Human Resource and other executives with responsibility for employees at over 250 companies in Ireland. Just over a fifth - 22% - of employees are expected to work full-time remotely with the remaining 44% working between the home and the office, the survey found. Of the latter cohort, over 90% will spend three days or less in the office.
2nd Mar 2021 - RTE.ie

How to Stay Social When You Never See Your Work Friends

One of the hardest parts of working remotely is losing the built-in social life an office environment provides. But just because you’re not in the same building as others doesn’t mean you’re doomed to be a hermit. Start building your out-of-office social life by reaching out to coworkers you like—and talking about things besides work. There are plenty of reasons why this might feel awkward at first, says Shasta Nelson, a friendship expert. But it’s a good idea to push through your discomfort. Any form of social connection is great for your mental and physical health; loneliness is linked to a higher risk of health problems like anxiety, depression and heart conditions, while having strong social ties is linked to the opposite
2nd Mar 2021 - Time

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How to build trust when everyone is working separately

A lack of trust is one of the key contributors to a toxic workplace. Often, it begins with managers and leaders and trickles down to the rest of the team, leading to problems with productivity, engagement, wellbeing and morale. Unfortunately, research suggests mistrust is a major issue affecting workers, especially those working from home. In January, a Catalyst survey of more than 1,700 full-time employees in five countries in Europe, including the UK, found only 46% of employees in Europe report feeling “often or always” trusted at work. Employers may see spying on their staff as a safety measure to ensure people are productive when working remotely, but research shows a culture of distrust actually undermines productivity. So what can leaders do to build trust when employees are working from home?
1st Mar 2021 - Yahoo Finance UK

The Impact Of The Remote Workforce

Work from home has become business as usual. Not even a year ago, working remotely was an opportunity for just a small percentage of the workforce. The change was inevitable. While the pandemic imposed the WFH economy, it was going to happen anyway. Over time, businesses would have realized that technology enables this capability. Excluding factory jobs, restaurants, grocery stores, retail and other businesses that require people to be on location, many companies are finding the change is not as painful as they may have thought. While a 100% WFH workforce may not be for every company, the number of companies that will adapt to a percentage of their workforce going remote will have greater impact beyond the company, its employees and its customers.
1st Mar 2021 - Forbes

Working from home turns out not to be the dream we were sold

Homeworking is all the rage. Apparently, we’ll all be at it permanently. So proclaim lifestyle gurus and HR consultants. Many make a profession out of talking as if only professional work exists, forgetting that only a third of working adults are working entirely from home even in this lockdown. The gurus aren’t just predicting that working from home is here to stay, they’re also prophesying that it’ll be great and cheap. Not only will commuting costs disappear, homeworking will make housing cheaper, as not living near the office will mean everyone is paying small-town rents while earning city-centre salaries. Back in the real world, new research shows that homeworking households actually spent about 7-10% more on housing compared with similar non-remote households in the same region. Why? Homeworkers need more space so have bigger houses.
28th Feb 2021 - The Guardian

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Why Remote Workers Spend More on Housing and Rent

As some employers consider remote-forever policies, there have been a few attempts to quantify the economic impacts of this digital turn away from the office. The focus tends to be on what the move might cost (or save) employers, in terms of productivity or salaries. Other research has delved into the savings, in gas, time and carbon emissions, from Covid-altered commuting regimes. But a new working paper distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research looks at another, hidden cost: Employees who find themselves without an office tend to increase their own spending — on more room. Or, more rooms. About 0.3 to 0.4 more rooms, to be exact.
28th Feb 2021 - Bloomberg

Pay Cuts, Taxes, Child Care: What Another Year of Remote Work Will Look Like

Companies are anticipating another largely remote work year, and new questions about compensation and benefits are weighing on managers. Discussions about the future of work, such as whether to reduce the salaries of employees who have left high-cost cities, are priority items in board meetings and senior executive sessions across industries, according to chief executives, board members and corporate advisers. Among the questions companies are trying to resolve: Who should shoulder tax costs as employees move to new locations while working remotely? And what is the most effective way to support working parents? Companies say there is much at stake, from the happiness and productivity of employees to regulatory consequences, if they get these decisions wrong.
28th Feb 2021 - The Wall Street Journal

Out of office: what the homeworking revolution means for our cities

Many analysts believe a shift to remote working was already under way, with coronavirus accelerating it by around a decade. Seven in 10 UK employees who have been working remotely during Covid-19 told a survey that they felt as productive at home as in the workplace. More than half (53%) of workers said they would prefer a hybrid model in future, splitting their time equally between their desk and a remote location. Boris Johnson provided little new guidance on managing the return to workplaces when he presented his roadmap out of lockdown, promising only to review the advice on working from home by late June. Most social restrictions are expected to be relaxed in midsummer, but businesses are not anticipating a large-scale recolonisation of offices before September, provided coronavirus case rates continue to decline.
28th Feb 2021 - The Guardian

Banks weigh up home working - the new normal or an aberration?

As the finance industry prepares for life post-pandemic, commercial banks are moving quickly to harness working from home to cut costs, while investment banks are keen to get traders and advisers back to the office. But there are concerns that remote working does not benefit everyone. Junior staff miss out on socialising and learning opportunities and there are also risks home working can entrench gender inequality.
27th Feb 2021 - Reuters

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Why we should listen to Gen Z's response to remote working

We don’t know yet how many companies will opt for an alternative working model after the pandemic, but jobs platform Tallo is confident that the Gen Z response to remote working will be a deciding factor. As a digital-native talent pool, flexibility may be a priority for this younger generation that will be the future leaders of the workforce. In an effort to know more about young people’s perceptions of remote working, Tallo recently surveyed 850 college students in the US. Of that number, 63pc said they would accept a role that is primarily virtual, 86pc said they would feel just as productive in a remote role and 74pc said they’d prefer a job with both remote and in-person opportunities.
26th Feb 2021 - Siliconrepublic.com

Workers expect employers 'to let them down' when it comes to long-term remote work

As the COVID-19 pandemic rolls into its second year, many in the American workforce have grown accustomed to calling their homes their offices. And they’re starting to like it, too. Some companies have even announced that they’ll allow employees to permanently work from home, if they so desire. But as vaccinations roll out and the country begins to see the light at the end of a very long coronavirus tunnel, many others are trying to figure out what to do and how to plan a return to business as usual. This is a once in a millennium opportunity to rethink work “for the way work should be, not the way it’s always been,” said Deborah Lovich, senior partner and managing director of Boston Consulting Group, during Fortune’s Reimagine Work Summit
26th Feb 2021 - Fortune

Worried about meeting coworkers at your new all-remote job? Here are some tips.

Advice to a reader concerned about starting a new job remotely: "Just as being the new kid in town gives you the perfect cover for fumbling names and asking lots of questions, the pandemic has given us all the perfect excuse to not just embrace the awkwardness, but to bond over it. “If we level the playing field and know that everyone is struggling ... and ask people how they are actually doing … that immediately opens up the conversation to something more real,” says Susan McPherson, a communications specialist and author of “The Lost Art of Connecting: The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Business Relationships”
26th Feb 2021 - The Washington Post

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Pregnant teachers advised to continue to work remotely Coronavirus

Teachers who are pregnant have been advised to continue to work remotely when schools reopen on Monday. In guidance issued this morning, schools have been told that pregnant teachers should consider themselves in the high-risk health category and should temporarily continue to work remotely. The guidance, which was sought by trade unions, is likely to cause staffing difficulties for some schools, because the teacher workforce is predominantly female and young.
24th Feb 2021 - RTE.ie

Taking working remotely to a whole new level: Managing work-life balance during pandemic

Managing a good work-life balance can be tough. For some who are working at home, it’s become even harder to find a healthy medium. “It’s really easy to blur those lines of working and home life,” said Cody McLees, a Lee County visitor who’s taking working remotely to a whole new level. Wherever McLees goes, he’s pulling his office behind him. Like many employees, his office closed to slow the spread of COVID-19. “When the pandemic started, I just worked from home and got a little stir crazy,” McLees said. He left Chicago where his cybersecurity job is based, went to his hometown in Iowa, and bought an RV. His new lifestyle has its challenge.
24th Feb 2021 - ABC7 News

Welsh Government explores long-term remote working options

With more people working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, Welsh Government is exploring options for a network of remote working hubs in towns and communities across Wales. It wants to work with organisations to support a long-term shift to more people working remotely, with benefits for local economies, businesses, individuals and the environment. As part of this, Welsh Government is looking into options for a network of remote working hubs and would like to see a workplace model where staff can choose to work in the office, at home or at a hub location
24th Feb 2021 - Wales247

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Out of sight, out of mind? Remote working damages young women's careers

Almost half of British employees did some work from home last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been particularly disruptive for young women from ethnic minorities who are under-represented in professional settings. Now that chance encounters with colleagues in the cafeteria have diminished, many young people say they are struggling to find their feet in the workplace. “When you’re in the office you can run into people when they’re making a tea or something and quickly chat about anything career-wise,” British-Chinese Chau told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “It was nice to be able to speak to the senior team directly and not feel like there was a barrier there. But obviously, now we’re online, it’s hard to fit into people’s schedules. I don’t want to constantly bombard them with emails.”
23rd Feb 2021 - Thomson Reuters Foundation

Here's what SA's remote working visa – to attract digital nomads – could look like

If the City of Cape Town gets its way, South Africa may introduce a Remote Working Visa to attract digital nomads – especially to the Western Cape. After being voted one of the “Best Places For Remote Working in 2021” and receiving a Safe Travel Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Cape Town is looking to position itself as an ideal “workation” destination in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.While the coronavirus and associated travel restrictions continue to devastate tourism, the City of Cape Town – which attracts the lion’s share of South Africa’s international visitors – has unveiled a new ten-point plan that includes a big international marketing campaign.
23rd Feb 2021 - Business Insider South Africa

Leaning Into Remote Work: Tips For Perfecting WFH For The Long Haul

More and more companies are considering hybrid models for their future workplace policies. With remote work all but permanently cemented into the fabric of modern corporate culture, employees must establish practices and environments that are conducive to an effective and fulfilling workday, as well as a healthy and balanced home life. Once we are past this crisis, the workforce won't return to what it once was. We need to be prepared to make working from home a healthy and productive long-term solution. Here are some ways to maximize your working hours, while also maintaining your well-being in a combined living and working space.
23rd Feb 2021 - Forbes

The hidden financial drawback to remote working: higher housing costs

New research suggests that as people start to choose where to live with remote working in mind, workers and companies alike won’t necessarily be reaping major savings. A new working paper from researchers at Harvard University examined how much households with remote workers spent compared with their peers who commuted to work, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. And while it might be feasible that these remote-working households could move to more distant, potentially cheaper locales, in reality they didn’t necessarily save money.
23rd Feb 2021 - MarketWatch

COVID-19: Is work from home here to stay? What UK businesses are planning post-lockdown

Businesses have started preparing plans to get their employees back to the office, although some suggest office culture may look different post-pandemic. The government's work-from-home (WFH) guidance has been in place now for almost a year, and under Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown it could remain until summer.
23rd Feb 2021 - Sky News

French labour minister urges companies to boost remote working to avoid lockdown

French Labour Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Tuesday it was paramount that companies boost remote working to avoid having to resort to a new lockdown to fight the spread of COVID-19. “In recent days (COVID) data are not good. We all want to avoid a new lockdown and working from home is a good answer,” Borne told Europe 1 radio. Borne said she would meet on Friday with representatives from sectors such as banking, insurance or engineering that have seen their use of remote working decline in recent months.
23rd Feb 2021 - Reuters

When will offices reopen? What the roadmap out of lockdown means for the future of working from home

Boris Johnson has outlined his four-stage roadmap out of lockdown, but the future of working from home is a grey area. Although some miss having work colleagues and are sick of endless zoom meetings, for many, the option of remote working has been one of the positives to come out of lockdown, allowing people to save both time and money on commuting, and having more flexibility for childcare. But what does the future hold for working from home? For now, the Prime Minister has said people should keep doing their jobs remotely unless it is impossible to do so. Meanwhile, the Government is conducting a review into whether social distancing rules can be relaxed, the main barrier for many workplaces to resume.
23rd Feb 2021 - MSN.co.uk

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How your space shapes the way you view remote work

The size and location of your space – as well as whom you share it with – play a significant role in determining how well you’ve been able to work from home during the pandemic. And this helps explain why perceptions of the remote-work experience as a desirable option now vary widely along age, gender and socioeconomic lines – and could help shape our new hybrid-work future. In the initial scramble to shift to remote work, we looked at the immediate problems – how to work without a proper desk, how to get a laptop at the right height, how to get entire companies on Zoom. These short-term issues may now be fixed, but it’s taken longer to think about wider factors; how, for example, the quality of our working environment determines how well we feel we’re doing and how likely we are to want to continue this way.
22nd Feb 2021 - BBC

More Americans are looking to move as remote work gains acceptance during Covid pandemic

More Americans are planning to move this year due to the flexible work from home lifestyle that the Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in, market researcher The NPD Group said in a recent blog post. Nearly 20% of people in the country are working from home full time as of December and 28% of Americans have considered relocating during the pandemic, NPD said. In addition, 20% more consumers are planning to move this year compared with the prior year.
22nd Feb 2021 - CNBC

Working remotely? Some cities, states will pay you to move in.

In the U.S., as the coronavirus pandemic spurs a migration of skilled workers out of pricey metro areas, a growing number of cities and states are recruiting new homeowners and even renters the old-fashioned way — by bribing them. Baltimore, Topeka and Tulsa are among the places paying bounties of up to $15,000 to lure remote workers to town. The states of Maine and Alaska also dangle incentives for new residents. The programs predate COVID-19, but they’ve gained momentum in recent months.
22nd Feb 2021 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Feature: Remote work gains ground in Cuba amid COVID-19 pandemic

As February has become the worst month regarding COVID-19 infections since the onset of the pandemic in Cuba in March last year, the Cuban government has encouraged working remotely to reduce the movement of people throughout the country. Meanwhile, measures have been taken for essential workers to meet physical distancing guidelines and COVID-19 protocols at the "new normal" offices and workplaces. Since January, some 42,590 people have engaged in remote work in the country's capital, the epicenter of the pandemic on the island, Ivet Moya Pupo, head of Labor and Social Security in Havana, told local media.
21st Feb 2021 - Xinhua

Why Calling in Sick While Working from Home Can Be Stressful

When you’re not feeling well, the last thing you need is to stress about taking a sick day from work. But the pandemic has gotten people in the United States worried sick about calling in. According to a survey of 2,000 workers in the United States, 42 percent of employees were more stressed or anxious about taking a sick day in 2020 than in years past. Working from home adds more stress to the matter as sick day stress was found to be higher among people working remotely than those working in-person. Additionally, 60 percent of remote workers reported their boss or employer expects them to work in some way when taking a sick day.
20th Feb 2021 - Healthline

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Almost A Year Into The Pandemic, Working Moms Feel 'Forgotten,' Journalist Says

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many American families without child care and in-person schooling. Those new household burdens have largely landed on the shoulders of women, says Journalist Claire Cain Miller. Miller has been working from home, reporting on how the pandemic has affected the lives of mothers, in a New York Times series called "The Primal Scream." It's a subject she's familiar with: Her children, ages 4 and 8,have been been attending school virtually since the pandemic began. Miller says increased household responsibilities have forced many working mothers -- and especially Black and Latinx mothers — to scale back on their hours or leave the workforce entirely during the pandemic, further widening economic and racial disparities.
18th Feb 2021 - WESA

Older workers faring better when it comes to working remotely: survey

In what many may view as contrary to preconceived notions about the fluency of older workers with technology, many actually have been faring better than their younger colleagues when it comes to working remotely. That’s according to a ABBYY COVID-19 Technology and Business Process survey released earlier this month. The firm surveyed 4,000 senior-level executives in 20 industries across four countries — France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States — and found a huge gap in process expectations between digital natives and baby boomers. Two-thirds of young executives said there is not enough information provided on business processes, whereas only 26% of those aged more than 55 years agreed with that. In addition, two-thirds of young executives said that there is not enough visibility of the progress of processes, whereas only 25% of older executives complained about this.
18th Feb 2021 - McKnight's Senior Living

Workers from home beware - pay cuts might be the price of freedom

Dreaming of working remotely from that cottage in the hills? There is a good chance you will get paid less, according to a survey of human resources executives published on Thursday. Employees who move to cheaper locations to work permanently from home are also likely to have more limited career prospects, executive search firm Leathwaite said. Forty-five percent of the 250 human resources executives who took part in the survey said wages and bonuses should be adjusted when people decide to work remotely in areas with a lower cost of living. People working from home would be competing against a much bigger pool of potential rivals for their job, according to the HR executives
18th Feb 2021 - Reuters

The Remote Working Marathon - Morale, Flexibility And The Gender Divide

The great work-from-home experiment continues in Europe and North America, and it is clear that even with vaccinations and the easing of restrictions our workplace will not “return to normal” soon, if indeed it ever does. We know virtual working works pretty well from a functional perspective – office workers can continue doing their jobs and are equally if not more productive – and from a work-life balance perspective. But there are also significant limitations in terms of morale, motivation, collaboration and creativity, and it looks as if the new normal will be a hybrid - a mix of office and home-based activities, with more flexibility and fluidity about where work gets done. We have some useful insights into what has actually changed over the last year and how people are coping with these unprecedented circumstances, and what this might mean for the future of work.
18th Feb 2021 - Forbes

Pandemic to widen skill gaps as workplaces change, McKinsey says

Tens of millions of workers in developed economies will have to retrain for secure careers in post-COVID labour markets reshaped by the pandemic and the remote working revolution, a report by consultancy McKinsey said on Thursday.
18th Feb 2021 - Reuters on MSN.com

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New Study Explains How Employees Are Adjusting to Remote Work (and How Managers Can Help)

After nearly a full year after the pandemic struck, working from home presents unique challenges that don't always have streamlined solutions. According to the Harvard Business Review, common challenges include limited or reduced face-to-face supervision, social isolation, and distractions around the home. Additionally, we are finding that more and more workers are going out of their way to increase their visibility while working remotely.
17th Feb 2021 - MSN.com

What happens when you work from bed for a year

For many people, working from home, or ‘WFH’, has also come to mean ‘WFB’ – working from bed. Getting dressed and commuting to an office has been replaced by splashing water on your face and cracking open a computer as you settle back under your blanket. A staggering number of people are setting up shop on their mattresses; according to a November 2020 study, 72% of 1,000 Americans surveyed said they had worked remotely from their bed during the pandemic – a 50% increase since the start of the crisis. One in 10 reported they spent “most or all of their workweek” – 24-to-40 hours or more – in bed. But the reality is that turning your bed into your office can trigger a slew of health problems, both psychological and physical. And even if you don’t notice them now, adverse effects – possibly permanent – could emerge later on in life.
17th Feb 2021 - BBC News

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How to Work from Home Without Burning Out

Working remotely is a luxury—but it’s also an acquired skill. For employees lucky enough to be able to work from home at least some of the time, the trick to staying motivated and preventing burnout is to keep the office and the home from truly becoming one. That’s been challenging during the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced millions of people all over the world to suddenly turn their home into their office. Despite the abrupt change of scenery, many of the same productivity rules still apply, says Wendy Wood, a professor of psychology and business at the University of Southern California and author of Good Habits, Bad Habits. “People will be more successful if they follow whatever worked for them in the office,” Wood says, including establishing boundaries between the professional world and your personal life.
16th Feb 2021 - TIME

Remote Work Is (Mostly) Here To Stay

Working from home is far from a new invention, but it took a global pandemic to switch from in-person office workplaces to remote work as the default for people who can reasonably work from a home office. Work will likely move partially back to the office as in-person work becomes possible again. But how much of our work should return to the office? With both upsides and downsides to remote work, research points to a hybrid model (with the majority of time spent remotely) as the most promising direction.
16th Feb 2021 - Forbes

The Impact Of Remote Working On Towns Across England

Covid-19 has sent millions to their home offices as social distancing measures become commonplace around the world. Indeed, numerous big-name employers have already said that their workforces will continue to work from home for the foreseeable future. This has created understandable concern about the long-term viability of the city centers that have largely developed around the needs and desires of the office workers that inhabit it during working hours. What lessons can we learn from 2020 in terms of the actual impact of social distancing on city life? New research from the University of Nottingham aims to shed some light on the matter.
16th Feb 2021 - Forbes

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‘Work, life balance is key to working from home’

The results of this year’s Macra na Feirme Rural Youth Survey provides a fascinating insight into the work changes that have followed as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Those working in rural Ireland outside of farming were asked a series of questions concerning their work, life balance and the impact of Covid-19 has had on their lives. 53% of those surveyed said they would like to work from home or from a remote working hub in the future while 34% of respondents said they would not like to work remotely in the future. Over 47% said they were happy with their current work/life balance and of those - 30% highlighted how their workload has decreased since Covid-19 while 70% said their workload remained the same.
15th Feb 2021 - Irish Examiner

Could Remote Working Revive Italy's Dying Villages?

Italy’s small towns and villages have been hemorrhaging residents for decades as dire job opportunities have pushed inhabitants to move to cities or even abroad. The boom in working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, could mean a reversal of this trend. Small towns are seeing an influx of new residents and homeowners looking to take advantage of slow, countryside living. The now-famed €1 house auctions that have enticed remote working freelancers from around the globe are also helping to save these towns from drastic depopulation. Local councils are seizing the opportunity to help lure new country dwellers by offering high-speed internet and monetary incentives. But the question remains over how sustainable this trend will be beyond the pandemic.
15th Feb 2021 - Forbes

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Working from home a boost to mental health

In Australia, employers are being urged not to force staff back into the office too soon, as new research shows the mental health benefits of working remotely. As many workers approach the 12-month anniversary of working from home, Margo Lydon, the CEO of workplace mental health organisation SuperFriend, which commissioned the study, said businesses should not pressure workers to return to the office too soon, with clear evidence that remote working had improved connectedness and mental health. The pandemic and resulting shift to remote working had brought business leaders and their staff closer, she said.
14th Feb 2021 - The Australian

Remote Work Culture Is Struggling—Here Are 5 Ways To Save It

Offices have been mostly remote for almost a year now. And while the vaccine gives us hope for a return to semi-normalcy, some things will be changed forever. Employees will no longer be required to be in offices. Even for companies that do eventually return to their offices, you’ll see WFH options on the table for a long time to come. Like it or not, the workplace has changed—and the companies that thrive will be the ones that stop fighting it and lean into it. One of the biggest question marks for companies right now is around workplace culture. Team sports leagues and outings to the local bar have been replaced with virtual game nights and virtual happy hours, and for companies that are actively hiring, there will be an increasing number of employees who have never met in person. So how can you, as a leader, set the tone for an adaptable workplace culture that maintains its authenticity and allows for team members to adjust to the evolution of work? It’s not easy, but here are some tips to make it work for you.
14th Feb 2021 - Forbes

Majority of US workforce continues to work remotely amid coronavirus: poll

A majority of the United States workforce is continuing to work remotely all of the time or part-time as the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, according to a new Gallup poll. Almost 56 percent of workers surveyed reported that they were working remotely in January. That number was just 2 percentage points down from the 58 percent of workers who reported working from home in the previous four months, Gallup reported.
14th Feb 2021 - The Hill

Why we should be allowed to request remote working from day one

Despite the obvious challenges of working from home during a pandemic, from childcare to setting up a bedroom desk in a flatshare, research suggests many people want to continue remote working in the future. A survey of 1,000 people by Eskenzi PR and OnePoll found that 91% of the general working population would like to continue to work from home, whereas only 9% would want to work in the office full-time. Hybrid working is also set to be a popular choice too, with over a third of people wanting to work from home for half of the week. Although the pandemic has normalised remote working, UK workers still face challenges when it comes to requesting flexible working.
14th Feb 2021 - Yahoo Finance UK

The ticking time bomb inside the new world of work

Once the Covid crisis eases, the working week will be pleasantly transformed for millions of employees into an agreeable mix of a few days in the office and a few at home. Or so I thought until last week, when I spoke to Nicholas Bloom, an award-winning British economist at Stanford University whose eye-grabbing research on working from home began years before the pandemic. His latest co-authored study, based on months of surveys of 22,500 Americans up until December, suggests homeworking is indeed here to stay. Workers and companies alike have found it is better than expected. Both have sunk money into the equipment needed for it ($600 for the average worker). The “shirking from home” stigma has faded. No one wants to go back to grim five-day office commutes.
13th Feb 2021 - Financial Times

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Canada could see a 'rural boom' as remote work becomes permanent, study finds

Get a comfy desk chair — remote work is probably here to stay. Long after the pandemic is over, employees at flexible workplaces could see more opportunities to work from home, sparking a potential decline in urban living and a “rural boom” instead, says the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In a report released Thursday, the think tank based out of Ryerson University identified virtual workspaces as one of the most enduring changes to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, with implications for how people find work and where they choose to live.
11th Feb 2021 - Toronto Star

Another Remote-Work Year Looms as Office-Reopening Plans Are Delayed

One of the hardest questions for American corporations to answer: When should offices reopen? From Silicon Valley to Tennessee to Pennsylvania, high hopes that a rapid vaccine rollout in early 2021 would send millions of workers back into offices by spring have been scuttled. Many companies are pushing workplace return dates to September—and beyond—or refusing to commit to specific dates, telling employees it will be a wait-and-see remote-work year. The delays span industries.
11th Feb 2021 - The Wall Street Journal

'HQs are finished': the future of remote work after Covid-19

Millions of people around the world found themselves thrust into a new way of working as the coronavirus pandemic took hold in 2020. Suddenly, kitchen tables, spare bedrooms and even couches and beds became workspaces as employees became used to a new way of doing there jobs. There are positives like not having to commute and negatives, like Zoom fatigue. But as the vaccine programme rolls out and many of us start to hope of a return to normal, the question over remote working remains a puzzling one. Will people want to return to offices or are they happy WFH?
11th Feb 2021 - Metro.co.uk

'Safety is very lax': staff tell of being forced into the office during UK's third lockdown

One in five employees are going into the workplace for part or all of their working week despite being able to do their job from home, according to a poll from the Trades Union Congress (TUC). We spoke to people who say their employers have been breaking Covid guidance by asking them to return to offices unnecessarily. None would agree to be named publicly for fear of losing their job. Thomas worked from home throughout the first lockdown but in September he was called back to his office. He was one of several staff who voiced concerns about spreading the virus. “Around September they asked HR to brief us on what would happen when we went back to the office. A lot of people on these calls said they were anxious and that they didn’t want to run the risk of catching anything.”
11th Feb 2021 - The Guardian

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How Your Boss Can Use Your Remote-Work Tools to Spy on You

In the past, we’ve covered the dos and don’ts of using your work computer for personal business (in short: don’t). But as companies expand their use of remote-work software, there are increasing concerns about what kinds of data bosses can access through such tools. Some of these fears are overblown. But depending on the software your company uses and the type of work you do, some of your activity could be exposed. And privacy concerns aren’t the only worry, as employers are also starting to use the data extracted from these tools to gauge productivity. To what purpose depends on the type of work you do—and whom you do it for.
10th Feb 2021 - New York Times

13 tips to make working from home easier

We have been WFH for almost a year now, and many of us may never go back to the office full-time ever again. So the property team have assembled some tips and tricks from the world of design so you can improve your posture without denting your style. From orthopedic chairs to scented candles, and rising desks to colours that can boost your creativity, here are our tips and tricks to make working from home more productive, quieter — and more bearable.
10th Feb 2021 - The Times

'If you switch off, people think you're lazy': demands grow for a right to disconnect from work

EU research shows the numbers who went to full-time WFH mode rocketed from 5% in 2019 to almost 40% last spring. By July, 48% of respondents to a survey conducted by Eurofound said they worked wholly or partly from home. This seismic shift in office life has brought about another social change, it has blurred the work-life boundary beyond recognition. Digital technologies had already eroded the difference for many people but Covid put the always-on culture into overdrive. WFH has clear pluses beyond comfortable clothes including greater workday flexibility, less time spent commuting and quality of life available outside cities. But the downside doesn’t just involve Zoom fatigue: many people find they are working harder and longer.
10th Feb 2021 - The Guardian

European office workers don’t expect to return before summer

European office workers’ expectations about when they will be able to go back to their desks after the pandemic have slipped to the summer, according to a survey, as office return dates have been further delayed. Despite the coronavirus vaccination programme and lockdown restrictions, workers in five European countries including the UK now expect to work from home until June instead of April
10th Feb 2021 - The Guardian

Not every remote work meeting needs video, says business professor

Just because many Canadians are working remotely doesn't mean all their professional interactions require a video call. Often a ring on the phone or email will suffice, says Tsedal Neeley. The Harvard Business School professor, and author of Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere, says that with the pandemic pushing workers to home offices, video conferencing platforms like Zoom have been "overused" for work communication. Taking a more balanced approach — like communicating complex information by email instead of meeting, for example — can be better for employees, she says.
10th Feb 2021 - CBC.ca

10 Best Work-From-Home Cities In The U.S. (The Top Place Will Surprise You)

While the concept of remote work has taken off during the pandemic, it isn’t a brand-new idea. Between 2005 to 2017, there was a 159% increase in remote work, and today—according to Statista—11.2% of Americans are working from home, which is up from 5.7% of people working remotely in 2019. And we’re getting use to it—22% of workers say they’d like to work from home permanently. So what are the best places in the United States to work remotely? PCMag, a leading technology trade publication, released a report yesterday ranking the best work-from-home cities for 2021. And it’s not just big cities: The list also includes suburbs and small towns.
10th Feb 2021 - Forbes

The remote working revolution

Working from Home now has an acronym (WFH) and the desktop revolution is creating new office habits. For many, it has been liberating; for most it has presented a fresh set of challenges including creating boundaries between professional and personal life and navigating domestic distractions such as stray pets and children wandering into the Zoom field of vision. A study by Stanford University demonstrated that WFH raises productivity, reduces absenteeism and decreases employee attrition but companies have to maintain their culture: the corporate DNA that is ingrained by personal contact and example.
10th Feb 2021 - PMLiVE

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Most employers will continue remote work despite COVID vaccine: Littler

Most employers who are requiring or allowing remote work are not planning to change course for months to come, even as an increasing number of people receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a survey released by Littler Mendelson. In a survey of 1,800 human resources professionals, in-house lawyers and executives, Littler found that 86% of respondents with remote-work arrangements are extending them at least into the summer, and a majority plan to keep pandemic-related safety precautions in place even after vaccines are readily available.
9th Feb 2021 - Reuters

Working from home? How to get your broadband up to the job

According to a YouGov survey, 57% of British workers want to continue working from home after the coronavirus pandemic. Now then, more than ever, a reliable and fast internet connection is a must. Broadband is not up to the job? Here are some steps you can take to improve it.
9th Feb 2021 - Evening Standard

Lifelike holograms may be the future of remote work

It’s a pressing question that has yet to be answered: Once the pandemic passes, what will the return to work look like for millions of Americans? Some tech companies have said people can continue to work from home indefinitely. Surveys suggest that most others are contemplating hybrid workspaces where staffers rotate between working remotely and coming into the office. The possible post-coronavirus situation has some companies envisioning a future in which people can collaborate in more interactive and engaging ways, whether they’re on-site or at home. One novel approach is to use 3-D holograms.
9th Feb 2021 - The Washington Post

Working From Home Can Lead to Hidden Health Risks

As the pandemic continues, millions of Americans are working from home and adapting to the remote lifestyle. What many may not realize are the long-term effects of sitting at a computer for countless hours and having little to no physical activities in between. News4 editor and married father of two Karl Whichard has been working from home, and he said it has been a big drawback to his health. Using a standing desk or moving the laptop to a kitchen counter will improve health, according to doctors, preventing sitting for hours at a time.
9th Feb 2021 - NBC4 Washington

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Tips For Your First 100 Days Working In A New Remote Role

Starting a new job can be challenging and there are even more hurdles during the pandemic. As CBS 2 continues Working for Chicago, we’re talking to a human resource executive about how to handle your first 100 days in a remote role.
8th Feb 2021 - CBS Chicago

Remote working more appealing to certain age groups, study finds

Two in every five workers in Ireland are happy to stay working from home post-Covid, according to a new study. Esri Ireland found middle-aged people want to continue to work remotely while younger staff and people near the end of their careers would prefer a return to the office. From the 1,000 people surveyed by Esri Ireland, there is a clear divide between age groups, with 63 per cent of people under the age of 24 and 75 per cent of people over 55 wanted to return to the office. Meanwhile, almost half of the people in their late twenties and early thirties wanted to stay working from home.
8th Feb 2021 - BreakingNews.ie

Lessons Learned About Remote Work, One Year In After The Great Dispersal

March 2020 may seem like decades ago, but we are coming on the 12th month since the great corporate dispersal brought on by the Covid-19 crisis. That’s when every single office worksite broke up into a hundred smaller worksites ensconced within employees’ home offices, kitchen tables, spare bedrooms, or corners of bedrooms. How goes this great Work-from-Anywhere experiment? So far, so good, and a lot of lessons have been learned. First, that remote work is sustainable, and doesn’t affect productivity. Second, the experiment has been uneven, mainly enabling the professional and managerial class to work from the comfort of their homes, while frontline workers have had to stick it out in the public space. Third, the tools and technologies available have proven themselves in stressful situations. Finally, even for professional, managerial and office workers, there’s still always going to be a need to meet and interact face to face.
8th Feb 2021 - Forbes

Making a good job of remote work

Coronavirus caused radical and uneven disruption to work and people’s personal lives around the world. The question for businesses, policymakers and employees today is how remote working evolves in the longer term and whether they can harness its benefits. Will people spend as much time working at home in 2030 as they did in 2020? Remote work gained ground because of the pandemic and has the potential to produce great long-term benefits for employers and workers alike: fewer commutes, cheaper property and a larger pool of talent and jobs. But our forced episode of remote working over the past year is not enough to deliver those benefits. Business leaders, entrepreneurs and policymakers thinking creatively in the coming years will determine whether and how quickly remote work becomes a permanent legacy of the pandemic.
8th Feb 2021 - Financial Times

How to stay inspired and creative while working remotely

We hear a lot about the challenges of sustaining productivity in the WFH context. But the deeper, underlying issue has gone unaddressed: You can't have productivity without creativity. Without access to the activities and people we've traditionally sought inspiration from — whether colleagues or concerts, travel or theatre, dance or Degas — our creative wells are drying up, which has enormous consequences in the workplace.
8th Feb 2021 - Business Insider

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Nissan's 'office pod' imagines a new kind of remote working

Forget working from home -- this camper van is for those who want to "work from anywhere." Inspired by the new realities of the Covid-19 era, Nissan's concept vehicle features a retractable office for remote workers and digital nomads. Dubbed Office Pod Concept, the mobile workspace comes with a modified Cosm chair by US furniture-maker Herman Miller, and desk space big enough for a large computer monitor. With the tap of an app, the pod extends out the back in a matter of seconds and the trunk door becomes a cover for your al-fresco office.
7th Feb 2021 - CNN

How to deal with a bad boss while working from home

By this point in the pandemic, those of us working from home have figured out the big stuff. Maybe the kitchen table doubles as a desk now and a pet has become a frequent surprise guest in Zoom meetings but, nearly a year in, most of us are making it work. Nevertheless, there are certain things about communicating digitally that don’t always translate. And of those things is how we communicate with our bosses, say experts. If your boss wasn’t great before the age of working from home, the odds are he or she hasn’t improved. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t hope and as pandemic fatigue has fully set in, now may be the best time to salvage the relationship, according to Mollie West Duffy, co-author of No Hard Feelings, on how emotions affect our working lives.
7th Feb 2021 - The Independent

Employees working from home are putting in longer hours than before the pandemic

Enjoying more free time while working from home? Maybe not. New research conducted during the pandemic shows that home-working employees in the United Kingdom, Austria, Canada and the United States are putting in more hours than before. Home working has led to a 2.5-hour increase in the average working day in those countries, said NordVPN Teams. The United Kingdom and the Netherlands stand out, with employees "working until 8pm, regularly logging off later than usual to wrap up an extended working day," it added. However, employees in Denmark, Belgium and Spain initially recorded a spike in working hours but have since returned to their pre-pandemic timetable
7th Feb 2021 - CNN

The 6 biggest mistakes you do while working from home

It’s been almost a year since the coronavirus pandemic hit us, forcing businesses and industries to shut down their offices and continue remote working for the time being. The experience of remote working is still quite new as many employees are yet to settle down with the idea. And so, many end up making mistakes while working remotely that unknowingly affects their work productivity. So, we bring to you some of the biggest don’ts while working remotely.
7th Feb 2021 - Times of India

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Leading from afar: how managers can navigate the world of remote work

With remote working reducing the everyday chit-chat that goes hand-in-hand with office life, “you miss out on getting to know things that can help you manage that person effectively by knowing their personality”, says Max Freeman, commercial manager at Cartridge People. Introducing a “virtual brew time” helped Freeman’s team to experience the kind of interactions they might have in the office. When speaking to staff over video, he makes a point of asking how things are going outside work, as well as making a note of any events they’ve got coming up and asking how their family members are getting on. “It’s a crucial part of getting the best out of a team,” he says. “You can still find ways to get it right even when working remotely.”
4th Feb 2021 - The Guardian

How 'Work From Home' Became 'Work From Anywhere'

The way the pandemic reshapes where and how we work could be one of the most visible legacies from the health crisis. In the U.S., lockdowns sent many wealthy knowledge workers fleeing to suburbs, second-tier cities, and “Zoom towns” in scenic areas near ski slopes or national parks. While most people will eventually return to an office, things might look different than before. It all has the potential to profoundly impact office culture, labor markets, city finances and the American landscape.
4th Feb 2021 - Bloomberg

Remote working: fad or redefining trend?

Will we all be trundling in and out of our offices in a year’s time or will half of the country’s office space be redundant? The remote working trend is very real in lockdown, but in a post-pandemic world will it stick? It has being latched on to by the rural lobby in Leinster House as potentially something that could halt rural depopulation and revitalise the ailing economies of villages and towns across the State. The Government published a remote working strategy earlier this month, saying it would “lead by example”, setting a target whereby at least 20 per cent of public servants will be working remotely by the end of the year.
4th Feb 2021 - The Irish Times

Home workers putting in more hours since Covid, research shows

Employees who work from home are spending longer at their desks and facing a bigger workload than before the Covid pandemic hit, two sets of research have suggested. The average length of time an employee working from home in the UK, Austria, Canada and the US is logged on at their computer has increased by more than two hours a day since the coronavirus crisis, according to data from the business support company NordVPN Teams. UK workers have increased their working week by almost 25% and, along with employees in the Netherlands, are logging off at 8pm, it said.
4th Feb 2021 - The Guardian

UK home-working rises to highest since June on COVID lockdown

The proportion of British workers working solely from home rose to 36% in the week to Jan. 31, its highest since June when the country was emerging from its first coronavirus lockdown and up from 34% the week before,
4th Feb 2021 - Reuters

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Sick of the office? Atlantic island opens 'Digital Nomads Village' for remote workers

Working remotely? How about doing it from the Portuguese island of Madeira? Of course, non-essential travel is off the cards in Ireland for now, and Madeira is currently rated as 'red' on the EU's traffic light maps for travel. But both will hopefully change in the not-too-distant future, and Madeira is as tempting an alternative to the office (or 'boffice') as you'll find. Digital Nomads Village opens on February 1 in Ponto do Sol on the south coast, as a response to what its tourism board says is an increasing demand for people to live and work remotely on the island.
3rd Feb 2021 - Independent.ie

More Ways To Succeed At Remote Work In 2021 And Beyond

Video-meeting fatigue will remain a challenge for remote workers in 2021 and beyond. But if you get intentional, there are ways that you can take full advantage of this great video technology without letting it become a drain on your happiness or your productivity. My last article offered five general ways to succeed at remote work. The ideas I’ve provided below center on one specific aspect of remote work that quickly materialized once we all retreated to our homes to work. It’s often known as “Zoom Fatigue” or “Zoom Gloom.” But to be fair, it’s the exhaustion caused by days packed with video meetings, regardless of the platform.
3rd Feb 2021 - Forbes

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'New normal' or back to normal? Why the remote working revolution isn't here yet

The Covid-19 pandemic isn’t yet over, but already there’s a rush to analyse the impacts and results on our working lives. Some say the office is dead. Others believe contracts have replaced permanent employment, as organisations hedge their bets or workers decide more time with their families or hobbies isn’t such a bad thing. Some say remote working has given people more autonomy, with groups of colleagues choosing to problem-solve for themselves rather than rely on the boss. But in New Zealand, the truth might be much less dramatic. In our experience, reports of a huge shift in ways of working aren’t borne out by the evidence. As creatures of habit, we haven’t so much embraced a “new” normal as gone back to normal, with a dash of flexibility thrown in.
2nd Feb 2021 - Stuff.co.nz

Remote Working’s Longer Hours Are New Normal for Many

The lengthening of the work day observed as many began working from home last year has become the new normal in many countries. The number of hours people are logged on has fallen back toward pre-pandemic levels in only Belgium, Denmark, France and Spain. The U.K., Austria, Canada and U.S. have seen a sustained 2.5 hour increase to the average day.
2nd Feb 2021 - Bloomberg

Five charts that reveal how remote working could change the UK

City centres lying empty because so many people are working from home have received considerable media attention since the pandemic took hold. As the picture of a post-COVID world slowly comes into focus, it seems we are unlikely to return to the office in the same numbers as before. This has important implications for where economic activity takes place. Not only will it affect city centres, it also means that many residential neighbourhoods are likely to change permanently.
2nd Feb 2021 - The Conversation UK

Don't Give Up on Remote Work, Even If You Hate It

A new year is well underway, but many of us are exactly where we were last March: working from home. Most people enjoy that, the data show, finding that it reduces stress and increases productivity. But what about the vocal minority who are truly miserable? Some form of location flexibility is probably here to stay. So it’s worth the effort to find a way to work from home that you don’t hate. That starts with figuring out what exactly you hate about it. First, consider whether it’s working from home that bothers you, or actually your job. If it’s not, then your particular role might be making remote work especially hard.
2nd Feb 2021 - Bloomberg

The pandemic devastated women’s careers, but remote work could revitalize them

The coronavirus may have taken the lives of more men, but the resulting school closures and economic devastation have disproportionately destroyed the careers of women. Arbitrary lockdowns have neutered the service and retail industries staffed primarily by women, and the burden of aiding the sham of "distance learning" has fallen to mothers, as childcare demands almost always do. But in the very, very long run, there could be one revolutionary silver lining of the tragedy of the pandemic. That is, the normalization of remote work.
2nd Feb 2021 - MSN.com

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The Remote-Work Revolution Will Be Bigger Than We Think

Last year, I wrote about how even a modest remote-work revolution—no more than 10 percent of Americans working remotely full time after the pandemic is over—could affect the U.S. labor force (e.g.: fewer hotel workers) and party politics (e.g.: more southern Democrats). But the more I researched remote work and spoke with experts, the more I realized I had only scratched the surface of its implications for the future of the economy, the geography of opportunity, and the fate of innovation. Here are four more predictions.
1st Feb 2021 - The Atlantic

If kids are learning remotely, parents are working less than full-time

Parents of remote learners are far less likely to work full-time compared to parents of children attending in-person school. That’s according to the Franklin Templeton-Gallup Economics of Recovery Study, which shed light on children’s learning arrangements during the Covid-19 pandemic and their parents’ employment status. The Templeton-Gallup data suggest parents have had to adjust their working hours or employment based on whether or not their children have been able to return to school buildings. Just 47% of parents of children learning entirely remotely or in hybrid scenarios are employed full-time, compared to 71% of parents of children who are learning in-school entirely.
1st Feb 2021 - The Business Journals

The Future Of Mental Health And Career Support For Remote Workers

The future of work has changed for all of us in both positive and negative ways. A new study by Stoneside surveyed over 1,000 remote employees to learn what companies are doing to help with morale for those working from home. Overall, employees, felt good about their company’s culture prior to the pandemic with 77.7% saying they would characterize the culture as positive, although Covid-19 had an impact on work situations. People who primarily worked in person prior to the pandemic were over three times more likely than those who were already working remotely to say company culture was worse since the health crisis began. Nearly 92% of people already accustomed to remote work said company culture had either stayed the same or gotten better. The pandemic likely didn’t shake up their work routine as much as it did for employees who had to adjust to working from home.
1st Feb 2021 - Forbes

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More Older Americans Stay on the Job. Working From Home Helps

The pandemic is extending the trend of older Americans working longer -- and giving up long commutes is part of the reason. Today, roughly 1 in 5 adults aged 65 and older remain on the job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the mid 1980s, the ratio was closer to 1 in 10. Although the number of older workers dipped in the initial stages of the pandemic along with employment overall, it has since rebounded and anecdotal evidence suggests working from home has helped.
31st Jan 2021 - Bloomberg

Essential Lessons Businesses Have Learned During The Pandemic

The pandemic has caused all kinds of shifts in the business world – from the way people work to how companies run their businesses. In many ways it has accelerated advancements that we wouldn’t have expected to occur in a relatively short period of time. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest changes made and lessons learned by businesses during this time of turmoil.
31st Jan 2021 - Forbes

Never Want To Go Back To The Office? Here's Where You Should Work

The past year has proven that employees can be just as, if not more, productive working from home as they are working in the office. Now, some employers are moving to capitalize on that realization, making the switch remote work permanent. Roughly half of U.S. professionals believe their companies will allow them to telecommute at least part of the time after the pandemic, according to LinkedIn’s Workforce Confidence Index. That percentage is even higher in industries including tech (73%), finance (67%) and media (59%), that see flexible work as the future. Here is a guide to the companies adopting remote or hybrid work models for the long run.
31st Jan 2021 - Forbes

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Could hiring a campervan as a home office be the future of remote working?

As someone with ADHD, who works from home and has a seven-year-old child, Business Coach Sara Tasker struggles with distraction. However, she’s recently discovered an ideal solution to help her keep focussed during the working day – a campervan. While the thought of hiring one as a workspace might seem a bit extreme to some, Sara admits it came from ‘absolute desperation’. Making a space for focused tasks (whether that’s in a campervan or a corner at home) is important, perhaps especially so for women. Extra housework and caring duties have put increased pressure on women in particular, who continue to do a disproportionate share during the pandemic.
28th Jan 2021 - Metro.co.uk

Welsh Government asking for suggestions for co-working hubs locations

People in Wales will soon be able to suggest places in their community they’d like to work. This is part of the Welsh Government’s long-term ambition to see around 30% of the workforce working from home or working remotely. Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, said the initiative is “an opportunity for people to shape the future of the Welsh workplace”. An interactive map will ask people if they would like to work remotely, and will allow people to drop a pin in a spot on the map where they would like to see a co-working hub
28th Jan 2021 - Business Live

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The 7 Work From Home Mistakes We're All Making

“I’ve worked from home for most of my 20+ year career and never ever had so many calls and meetings,” writes journalist and podcast host Amy Westervelt. “I’ve kept it to myself for a full year but I cannot anymore: y’all are doing this wrong.” And so began a Twitter thread of the work from home mistakes many of us have been guilty of this past year – from overdoing it on Zoom calls (and not getting any work done), to having meetings for issues that could’ve been sorted out on email. We’ve all been there. Here are some of the lessons we’ve learned from the pros
27th Jan 2021 - HuffPost UK

'Remote, home working can tackle Ireland's female brain drain'

In Ireland, the Remote Working Strategy, which makes remote working a permanent option, will help alleviate the female 'brain drain' from the workplace, an employment expert has said. Launched by the Government last week, the strategy sets out to provide the infrastructure to work remotely, including legislation to allow employees the right to request remote working and a code of practice on the right to disconnect from work (covering phonecalls, emails, and switch-off time). The Government plans to lead by example, by mandating that home and remote working be the norm for 20% of public-sector employees.
27th Jan 2021 - Irish Examiner

Demand for remote working in NI as searches for work from home roles doubles

People searching for work from home jobs in Northern Ireland has more than doubled in the last year, a new report has revealed. Online recruitment platform NIJobs.com, has released new data which they believe shows a significant shift regarding the traditional office space following the coronavirus crisis. Sam McIlveen, General Manger at NIJobs.com, said: "The introduction of vaccinations has brought hope for the local economy, but social distancing and other measures are likely to remain in place for a considerable period of time. The office environment is unlikely to return as we know it with some now viewing it as redundant."
27th Jan 2021 - Belfast Live

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Compensation for office worker who resigned after employer would not let her work from home

In Ireland, an employer has been ordered to pay compensation to an office-based worker who resigned from her job during the first Covid-19 lockdown after her plea to work remotely from home was rejected. Employment law expert Richard Grogan described the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) ruling as “a wake-up call’ for employers.
26th Jan 2021 - Independent.ie

Remote working allows families to book extra long staycations

In the UK, remote working is allowing families to book extra long staycations, holiday experts said, with breaks of up to five weeks reported. Holiday firms have seen a boom in bookings for staycations in the past week, with enquiries doubling for breaks closer to home. However, families are using the extra flexibility offered to them by remote working to extend breaks beyond the standard week, tourist bosses said, while others are planning an extended blowout for the entire family after a year of not mixing.
26th Jan 2021 - The Telegraph

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6 strategies for parents struggling with work-from-home interruptions

Working from home has its benefits. Before the coronavirus pandemic, it was one of the most popular perks organizations could offer. Of course, this was before the pandemic sent millions of school-age children home and disrupted other child-care arrangements. By now many parents have had Zoom calls interrupted by tech-support questions, have fielded snack requests on deadline or have tutored math learners while sitting in on a meeting. As we stare down another semester of virtual and hybrid schooling, now is the time to get serious about managing interruptions. There is no reason to feel guilty about this. Kids need attention, but unless they plan to pay the mortgage, you also need time for deeper work — and they’ll benefit if you feel less harried. These strategies can help parents get more done now and when life gets back to normal.
25th Jan 2021 - The Washington Post

38% Indian women working in tech industry prefer working from home: Survey

Almost 38 per cent Indian women working in a tech or IT industry prefer working at home to working in the office, says a new survey. About 36 per cent women said they had more autonomy when not working in an office, according to the "Women in Tech" report. When female respondents were asked about the day-to-day functions that are detracting from productivity or work progression, 54 per cent said they had done the majority of cleaning in the home compared to 33 per cent of men. Similarly, about 54 per cent women had been in charge of home schooling compared to 40 per cent of men, and 50 per cent of women have had to adapt their working hours more than their male partner in order to look after the family.
25th Jan 2021 - Business Standard

Has the Pandemic Transformed the Office Forever?

In the past three decades, a series of quiet revolutions in design have changed the way offices are used, erasing former hierarchies of walls and cubicles and incorporating workplace methodologies from the technology industry into team-based, open-plan layouts. At the same time, digital tools such as e-mail, Excel, Google Docs, video conferencing, virtual whiteboarding, and chat channels like Slack have made a worker’s presence in those offices less essential. The pandemic has collapsed these divergent trends into an existential question: What’s an office for? Is it a place for newbies to learn from experienced colleagues? A way for bosses to oversee shirkers? A platform for collaboration? A source of friends and social life? A respite from the family? A reason to leave the house? It turns out that work, which is what the office was supposed to be for, is possible to do from somewhere else.
25th Jan 2021 - The New Yorker

How to Keep Internet Trolls Out of Remote Workplaces

Office conversation at some companies is starting to look as unruly as conversation on the internet. That’s because office conversation now is internet conversation. Many companies have been working online for nearly a year, with plans to continue well into 2021. And just as people are bolder behind keyboards on Twitter, they are bolder behind keyboards on workplace messaging platforms like Microsoft Teams and Slack — with all the good and all the bad, but with a lot more legal liability. Work culture experts say there are steps companies can take before the lawyers get involved. These are among them: closely monitoring large chat groups, listening to complaints, reminding employees they are on the job and not bantering with friends, and being aware that a move to a virtual work force can expose new issues like age discrimination.
25th Jan 2021 - The New York Times

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Government spent €3.7m to set up staff working from home

In Ireland, Government Departments have spent €3.7m on equipment for staff working remotely from home during the coronavirus pandemic, new figures show. Hundreds of computers, telephones and furniture have been purchased for employees who have been unable to remain in their offices throughout the country due to Covid-19 restrictions. Figures obtained by the Sunday Independent show the efforts made by the Government to facilitate thousands of staff from March last year, including spending €500,000 on 693 laptops, 340 mobile phones and 133 webcams for the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, headed up by Simon Harris.
24th Jan 2021 - Independent.ie

Can Brazil's remote workers thrive outside big cities?

The pandemic has led many to swap urban living and working for more rural environments. But what happens when you try to do it in a developing nation? Reports are emerging across the globe of workers shifting from big cities to smaller hubs as Covid-19 normalises remote work. Most attention has focused on the US or Europe, where smaller cities generally have the facilities to welcome new residents and allow them to work while enjoying a better environment. Yet in Brazil and other developing countries, the reality of such a move can be far from a simple transition to an easier lifestyle. Smaller cities often lack basic infrastructure to accommodate the new arrivals, making for a complicated adjustment.
24th Jan 2021 - BBC News

Remote work is here to stay in Ontario — but only for some

The shift to remote work has been among the most dramatic changes for businesses since the onset of the pandemic, and amidst a provincewide lockdown and rising case counts, the end is likely a long way off. The enduring impact of this shift, however, is likely overstated. It’s true that flexible work arrangements have the potential to improve productivity and employee satisfaction, as well as better accommodate working parents and caregivers, all of which will be critical to Ontario’s long-term economic recovery. However, ask any newly remote worker, and they’ll tell you that the honeymoon period has largely ended as Zoom fatigue sets in, the line between work and leisure erodes, and the lack of social and creative interactions with colleagues hampers morale. Many industries and business models don’t lend themselves to fully remote work, either.
24th Jan 2021 - Toronto Star

Productivity improved with remote working - survey

More than half of Irish business leaders say productivity has improved with remote working, a new survey shows, but it also reveals that company cultures may be negatively impacted by the shift towards working from home. The survey from technology company Expleo reveals that 89% of Irish business and IT leaders in Ireland said productivity had improved or stayed the same while working remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic. 52% noted an improvement in productivity, while 37% reported a maintenance of productivity levels. Only 11% of respondents said productivity had declined due to remote working.
24th Jan 2021 - RTE.ie

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The difficult truths about working from home

While the pandemic has exacerbated inequalities for many with disabilities, the widespread adoption of home working has in fact delivered benefits for many disabled employees. For those who can work from home, the lack of a commute has made a significant difference for some employees with physical disabilities by, for example, removing challenges around travel. Breaks can be taken in an environment specifically adapted for the individual, which can reduce fatigue and pain levels. For some neurodiverse employees, their home environment offers reduced noise and distractions which can affect concentration as compared to an office. Yet despite the positives, the pandemic has of course brought a raft of additional challenges and concerns for disabled employees, not simply connected to health
21st Jan 2021 - HeraldScotland

'I've never met my team but have lunch with them weekly'

Food has traditionally been a fundamental part of our working days, presenting an opportunity to take time away from the desk or production line, and socialise with colleagues. You could go to the staff canteen, or perhaps to a local cafe, pub or restaurant - to talk shop, have a gossip, or perhaps deliberately chat about anything but work. But with a third of UK workers now working from home again in the latest lockdowns, the work lunch as we know it has changed dramatically over the past year. Even making a cup of tea in the office kitchen presents a potential health hazard these days. And with many of us staying at home, work canteens have been closed, and town and city centre food outlets have shut up shop and axed staff.
21st Jan 2021 - BBC News

Making Remote Work Sustainable For 2021 And Beyond

The longer we work remotely, the more we like it. Now, almost a year after being begrudgingly forced to evacuate our offices, the thought of going back to a daily commute and dismal cubicle is tough to stomach. In fact, recent surveys are revealing that nearly 70% of U.S. workers are requesting to continue working remotely after the pandemic is over. Such staggering demand is forcing employers to adopt remote work permanently in order to retain and attract their talent. From fully-remote to hybrid work models, flexibility is the new normal. But are businesses ready to operate this way forever?
21st Jan 2021 - Forbes

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Back to the office: Meet some of the firms that have committed to new London HQs

In England, government guidance remains to work from home where you can, and the central London office leasing market suffered drastically last year. It was hit as bosses held off property move decisions, and many waited to see how staff coped away from HQs. However, despite market concerns home working is here to stay, a number of firms have shown confidence in the London office post-pandemic, inking deals for new space. The way buildings are occupied in future may change, with many companies poised to embrace a mix of home and office work, but recent lettings show that for some chief executives, having a base in town remains vital.
20th Jan 2021 - Evening Standard

Is remote work making us paranoid?

The number of people working remotely has skyrocketed since January 2020, with approximately half the U.S. labor force working from home in the early days of the pandemic, according to a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Those workers tend to be more educated and wealthier than workers whose jobs cannot be performed remotely, and low-wage workers have been much more likely to lose their jobs during the pandemic.While some have returned to the office since last spring, a significant number have not. Many estimates of how many workers office workers projected to work permanently at home, post-pandemic, range from 20% to 30%, up from under 10% before the coronavirus. But millions more Americans communicating completely virtually with their co-workers does not mean our emotional office dynamics have caught up yet to our new videoconference world. Many are feeling a spectrum of new anxieties about their interactions with colleagues.
20th Jan 2021 - Seattle Times

Working remotely abroad is here to stay

This year, millions of us started working from home for the first time. Companies around the world, big and small, realised that their staff could be just as productive, if not more so, if they worked remotely. Many established a better work-life balance and enjoyed the freedom of not having to get the 7.30 train into the office every day. Great swathes of people left London to move to rural destinations that would have required torturous commutes before. People were given a taste of a new way to live. Work became more flexible, and the idea of offices with their florescent lights and soul-destroying cubicles now feels increasingly dated and unnecessarily costly. As the vaccine is dished out to the elderly and vulnerable, the idea of a post-pandemic world no longer feels like pie in the sky. One thing that looks increasingly likely is that, when this is all over, the office will not be the same again. Our concept of where and how we work has forever changed - for the better.
20th Jan 2021 - harpersbazaar.com

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Working from home 'battle' looms between managers, employees

A disconnect between employers and employees on working from home has been revealed as managers signal concerns staff are slacking off in a new survey, while workers say their performance has improved out of the office. As Victorian offices begin to welcome back staff this week, many companies are embracing a new hybrid working model where workers split their time between home and the office. However, the survey of more than 600 workers and 300 employers across Australia found there was a divide on expectations of the new arrangements. Workers listed isolation as their number one challenge when working from home, whereas for employers oversight of staff and managing productivity was their biggest concern.
19th Jan 2021 - The Age

First lockdown, then Storm Filomena: Why Spanish families are struggling to maintain work-life balance

“I’m feeling really down today,” tweeted Silvia Nanclares last week when it was still unclear whether the Madrid region would open its schools the following Monday due to Storm Filomena. “I can’t face another round of childcare and remote working. Even if it’s for a short period. I have no energy left.” Nanclares and her partner are just one of many couples in Spain struggling to juggle working from home with their responsibilities as parents who are overwhelmed by the difficulty of separating their private and professional lives. Different social psychology studies indicate that the home is not the best place to carry out intellectual tasks if there is no room with a door and no rules to regulate access
19th Jan 2021 - El País

Irish Examiner view: Permanent remote working option could be transformative — if it's done properly

In Ireland, wearing his trade-enterprise-and-employment-minister hat, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar last week announced a plan to have 20% of public servants working remotely on a more permanent basis this year. He suggested private sector workers would also be able to request the opportunity to work from home and that this right would be contained in a new Workplace Relations Commission code. Working from home, if — a big “if” — domestic circumstances allow, can be a wonderful, freeing experience for workers and, consequently, a boon for employers, whose staff are not half-exhausted by the daily, sometimes hours-long commute.
19th Jan 2021 - Irish Examiner

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Remote working jobs in UK triple amid pandemic

The number of roles that allowed for remote working tripled in 2020 in the UK and companies were more open to the idea of letting employees work from home amid the coronavirus pandemic, new data revealed. In November last year, about 80,700 jobs allowing remote working were advertised, a big jump from 26,600 in November 2019, recruiters New Street Consulting Group said. It remains unclear if these jobs will continue to offer remote working once restrictions ease and offices open up.
18th Jan 2021 - MSN.com

Minister steps up pressure on UK firms over home working

In England, the business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, has said companies must redouble efforts to ensure employees work from home unless their work is critical and cannot be done offsite, as the TUC urged the government to step up enforcement. Calls are growing for the government to rethink allowing construction sites to continue as normal and to permit only those whose operations are vital, with several industry employees telling the Guardian that safe practice has become impossible on sites. The government is preparing to ramp up warnings to employers that they must ensure they are making every effort to keep employees at home.
18th Jan 2021 - The Guardian

Remote working strategy sets out ambitious targets

In Ireland, the unprecedented transition to remote working has taken place on an ad hoc basis, with no set rules or procedures setting out the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, but the National Remote Working Strategy launched yesterday aims to remedy that. Under the strategy, new legislation will give employees a legal right to request remote working. There will also be a Code of Practice on the "Right to Disconnect" from handling calls and emails outside normal hours, "significant" investment in remote working hubs around the country, a review of tax breaks before the next Budget, and a "possible" acceleration of the National Broadband Plan.
18th Jan 2021 - RTE.ie

WFH linked to better mental health but worse relationship with colleagues

As India begins its covid vaccination drive, the big question facing individuals and companies concerns the work-from-home (WFH) routine that most urban Indians have accepted during the pandemic. As the ranks of the vaccinated swell and immunity levels build up, will it mark an end to WFH? Or will WFH still remain a widely-used option, even in the post-pandemic world? Data from the latest round of the YouGov-Mint-CPR Millennial Survey suggests that WFH fatigue is for real. But for a sizeable section, the WFH routine has meant more time for sleep and exercise, improved relations with family members, and better mental health than before.
18th Jan 2021 - Mint

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WFH with children in the time of Covid makes the office look easy

The Institute for Fiscal Studies found that during the first lockdown, the number of parents in paid work fell, as did the number of hours they worked and the quality of their working time — or their uninterrupted work hours. “The vast majority of those interruptions were due to childcare and having kids at home,” said Alison Andrew, a senior research economist at the institute. In just 10 months, full-time office work has been replaced with the idea of “hybrid” working — some time at home, some in the office. That will not make the jobs easier to do, of course, especially while schools are closed, and it has raised concerns about the mental and physical wellbeing of staff.
17th Jan 2021 - The Times

Working from home is more complicated than we thought

Welcome to 2021, where huge numbers of us will continue to work from home. Even when the coast is completely clear again, many of us have been given or given ourselves permission to continue working at least partially from our own environs. And it's a worldwide phenomenon. A survey of civil servants in Ireland, for example, showed 88 per cent favoured working from home and believed they were as effective as they were in the office. An Otago University study of more than 2,500 Kiwis last May produced similar results. Nearly 40 per cent had never worked from home before and 89 per cent wanted to continue, at least part time.
17th Jan 2021 - Stuff.co.nz

Employees to have legal right to request home working, says Varadkar

In Ireland, a target to have 20 per cent of public servants working remotely on a more permanent basis can be achieved by the end of this year, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said. As part of plans announced on Friday the Government said it would legislate to give people the legal right to ask their employer to allow them to work from home beyond the end of the pandemic. Mr Varadkar said the arrival of Covid-19 had changed mindsets about the nature of work and accelerated the process greatly. The changes seen since the crisis began last March had allowed what might have been achieved in five to 10 years to be realised in a much shorter space of time, he said.
17th Jan 2021 - The Irish Times

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

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

Does working from home actually make us feel happier?

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

9 Trends That Will Shape Work in 2021 and Beyond

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

Why remote working could actually help fix some diversity problems

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

Is Remote Work Making Us Paranoid?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to deal with working from home burnout

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

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

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

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

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

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Remote Work Eases Coming Out for Transgender Employees

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How To Land A Promotion While Working Remotely

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

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

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

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

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

Three ways to move more while working from home

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

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

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

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

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

Télétravail: France revises its guidelines on remote-working

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

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Remote workers face long waits for garden offices or log cabins

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

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New York office vacancies rise to their highest point since 1999

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The working world is still getting used to Zoom life

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

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

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

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

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

Widespread working from home set to continue in 2021

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

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WFH works, but offices will reopen cautiously

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Making Cents: How to save money while working from home

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

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Dreading or dreaming of a return to the office in 2021

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

Remote working app to be launched by Government

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

88% of civil servants as 'effective' working remotely

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

In 2021 We Need To Focus On Remote Work Creativity

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

This Is the Future Of Remote Work In 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Why middle managers are feeling the most stressed out during COVID

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The New Battles to Come Over Working From Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3 Ways to Set Boundaries When You Work from Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some Say Working From Home Is Grinding Them Down

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

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

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

The shift to working from home can outlast COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bosses and employees divided over working from home rules

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

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

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

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

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

Will Coronavirus Be the Death of Cities? Not So Fast

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

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Dubai remote-working protocols for govt employees

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

Working from home: Not all that glitters is gold

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Challenges and risks for employees working remotely in operating tax compliance

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

Staff fear working remotely will damage career prospects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5 Time Management Tips When Working From Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Robotic arm does Glasgow students’ lab work remotely

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

Optimising collaboration in the post-pandemic workplace

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

Do Your Remote Employees Feel Included in Meetings?

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

How to Create a Productive Working from Home Space

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

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Hawaii Seeks Remote Workers To Ride Out The Pandemic In Paradise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Invitation to Work Remotely in Hawaii Is Pretty Tempting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pandemic pushes remote work into the long term

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

Remote work: how are you feeling?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bosses concerned about isolation among remote workers

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

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Barbados draws hundreds of Americans with remote work program during pandemic

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

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

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

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

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

What have we learnt about mass remote working?

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

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Now you can work remotely from Iceland for six months

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

Remote work brings new hacking risks

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

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

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

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

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

Remote Work: The Biggest Legacy Of Covid-19

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

Remote work can make you more creative

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

Nearly 7 in 10 Remote Workers Work Weekends

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

The changing world of remote working – or maybe not?

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

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What Canada’s top CEOs think about remote work

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

Taxing questions being asked about remote working

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

Remote working could lead to jobs being pushed offshore

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

The shift to remote work carries an inherent risk

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

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

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

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Why a tax on remote workers is disconnected thinking

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

Why remote work may be hardest on junior employees

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

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

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

Young people embrace remote working — from the beach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 Powerful Ways To Improve Creative Collaboration When Working Remotely

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

5 Ways To Make Remote Working Your New And Better Normal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NI: JMK Solicitors embrace remote working across Europe

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

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

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

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

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

Now is the time to invest in remote working

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

Strategy on remote working to be published - Tánaiste

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proposals to boost employment rights for remote workers

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

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Cumbrian businesses urged to back virtual work experience programme

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

Half of remote workers are suffering from WFH fatigue

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

Levelling up is easier in a world of remote work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Don’t Tax Working from Home

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

What you should consider before working remotely from a vacation destination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ways managers can provide feedback during remote working

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

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

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

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

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

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

Former IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said she believes pandemic-driven tech trends will continue after scientists find a Covid-19 vaccine. Her comments came on the heels of Pfizer’s announcement that its coronavirus vaccine is more than 90% effective in preventing infections. Investors are trying to gauge whether trends such as working from home will continue after a vaccine arrives.
11th Nov 2020 - CNBC

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Questions that you need to ask when applying for a remote job

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

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

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

UCLan Reimagines Remote Working For Small Businesses

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

Work from Home: The 'New Normal'

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

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

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

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The latest innovations in working remotely

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

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

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

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

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

Workers favour remote working

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should employers let staff work remotely from abroad during lockdown?

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

Reimaging remote work for SMEs

A new set of principles to improve the lives of employees working from home and enhance productivity has been launched by the University of Central Lancashire and regional partners. Small and medium sized business across the north of England are being encouraged to embrace new remote working principles to ensure staff working remotely receive the same support and development opportunities and are not disadvantaged by working from home. Six remote working principles have been developed from research into Covid-19 on SMEs, they are designed to support SMEs, health and wellbeing and productivity. With over half of jobs in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humber region working in typically office based environments and now being asked to work from home, there is a significant lack of good home working practices for the four million northern remote workers
9th Nov 2020 - Business Up North

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How Remote Working Can Transform Small Town Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thompson: Creativity while working remotely

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

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

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

How to Keep Your Sense of Purpose While Working Remotely

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Working from home has made childcare easier'

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

Is Working Remotely Bad for Your Health?

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

How to keep staff motivated remotely

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

Working remotely from paradise? What it means for your taxes

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

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Working Remotely Expected To Continue After Coronavirus Pandemic Is Over

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

COVID-19: Benefit and challenges when working remotely

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

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

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

Shift to remote working likely to become more permanent – study

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

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

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

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

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

Why management styles have to adapt for remote working

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

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

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

Maintaining Passion: How To Inspire Teams While Remote

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UK: working remotely may hinder people's creativity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These Countries Are Offering Visas for Remote Workers

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

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

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

Pandemic deepens our relationship with remote working life, culture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will We See A Technology Repatriation Post-Covid?

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

Women say their WFH setup falls short - Bizwomen

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

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

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

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

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

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4 Ways Men Can Support Their Female Colleagues — Remotely

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

Remote Working Will Transform Employer Benefit Offerings

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

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

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

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

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

How to foster innovation in a remote-working world

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Five Ways to Work Better From Home

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

Fund managers grapple with limits of remote working

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

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

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

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Remote work can work out for the best

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

Which parts of Ireland are most prepared for remote working?

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

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

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

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

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

How to Manage Your Employees Effectively When Working Remotely

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

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

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

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

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

Why remote workers need to have conversations instead of emailing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to mentor a remote working team

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

Blog: Three ways to be more efficient working remotely

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

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

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

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Hybrid and remote work leadership tips from the experts

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

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

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

How Remote Working Affects Your Mental Health

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

Employees work an extra 26 hours a month when remote

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

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

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

How much does remote working impact on productivity?

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

How to get along with your boss while working remotely

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

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

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

Is remote working sexist?

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

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

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

Employers must invest in remote working conditions

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

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

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

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

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

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Work From Home Fallout: Productivity Up, Innovation Down

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

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

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

Increased support for remote working after Covid crisis

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

Working Remotely: Don’t Forget Boundaries

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

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

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

What People Really Love (and Hate) About Remote Work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Much Will Remote Work Continue After The Pandemic?

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

Dubai offers tourists one-year remote working visa

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

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

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

How to foster innovation in a remote working world

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

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

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

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

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

How to Connect With Co-Workers When Working Remotely

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coronavirus Silver Lining: A Better Work-Life Balance?

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

Atlassian study reveals the impact of working remotely

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

Working Remotely Has Become A Norm In A Lot Of Countries

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

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

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

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

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

Government intends to develop remote working strategy

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

How To Support Parents Juggling Kids And Working Remotely

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

Two in five Indian professionals stressed due to remote work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Covid-19 is changing the European workplace

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

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

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

Microsoft is letting more employees work from home permanently

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

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

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

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What employees really think about working from home

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

Handling Mental Health While Working Remotely

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

3 in 5 Indian professionals have felt lonely while working remotely

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

Most Target HQ Employees To Work Remotely Until June 2021

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

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

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

The Secret's Out: Remote Work Just Works

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

How We're Turning Remote Work Into Better Management

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

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

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

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

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

10 essential soft skills for the remote work era

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

City firms consider axing office space as remote working continues

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

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

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

Working remotely can feel remote

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

Burnt out parent working remotely? Elaine Varelas offers her advice

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

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

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

Developer says remote working is slowing planning deals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How would you fancy working remotely, but not from your spare room in Draperstown or Maghera, but - Barbados? The Caribbean island, where the temperature is usually around 30oC, is hoping to attract people with a year-long working visa. Ads on instagram boast the island's “tropical landscape and work-life balance". Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley says “our new visa allows you to relocate and work from one of the world’s most beloved tourism destinations.” What do you reckon? Vinny spoke to Minister for Tourism in Barbados, Senator Lisa Cummins.
7th Oct 2020 - BBC News

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Remote work erodes workers' sense of belonging

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

Is Remote Working Ethical?

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

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

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

The Truth About Working Remotely on a Tropical Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Second phase of remote working survey to be carried out

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

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

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

Remote working brings rich opportunities for Russia’s recruiters

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

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

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

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

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

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Indeed introduces new remote-working policy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New normal: Rise of remote work reshaping future of organisations

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

Is remote working here to stay?

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

Remote work could bring about the next wave of globalization

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

Free to Work Remotely, Young Americans Are Covid Road Tripping

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

Twitter employees can now work from home forever

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

ACT public servants to stay working remotely

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

Facebook's Workplace partners Deloitte to help companies work remotely

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

Half of organizations experienced security incidents while working remotely

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

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

Employers are hiring 'heads of remote' to manage staff working from home - Data shows that vacancies for remote-working roles have risen by 147 per cent - Remote working is 'here to stay', according to the co-founder of jobs site Adzuna
1st Oct 2020 - Daily Mail

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Nurturing Community When Working Remotely

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

Remote work could reshape company sustainability goals

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

Google asks staff remote working from abroad to return

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

Does your profession suit remote working?

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

90% of employers have addressed staff mental health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay Secure and Productive While Working Remotely

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

Working Remotely From Now On

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

Teambuilding Ideas For Newly Remote Workers

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

How Companies Are Supporting Employees in The Times of Remote Working

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

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

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

Utah wants to incentivize companies to work remotely

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

Is Remote Working Here to Stay?

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

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

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

JPMorgan Says Most Consumer Staff to Work From Home Until 2021

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

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27% of staff working remotely considering their career

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

Managerial Support Needed For Remote Working To Endure

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

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

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

Brazilian government achieves multimillion-dollar savings with remote working

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

House buyers look outside the cities as remote working grows

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

Remote working opening doors to jobs on the road

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

Tim Cook's Optimism On Remote Working

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