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Ellen Degeneres Addresses ‘Toxic Work Environment’


Ellen DeGeneres came out to start Season 18 of her show addressing the accusations of a toxic work environment. She had earlier offered staff some perks in the wake of the ‘toxic workplace claim.’ Ellen DeGeneres addresses the rumors of workplace toxicity, and about her personal behavior.

In her monologue, DeGeneres, took responsibility for the scandal.

“As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show. And then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened.” Ellen began.

DeGeneres continued: “I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realized that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”

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“This is ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show.’ I am Ellen DeGeneres. My name is there, my name is there, my name is on underwear,” she joked. “We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter,” she promised.

“Sometimes I get sad, I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient. I am working on all of that. I am a work in progress”

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen’s tone became more serious as she said, “There were also articles in the press and on social media that said who I am not who I appear to be on TV … Being known as the ‘Be Kind’ lady is a tricky position to be in. The truth is, I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad, I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient. I am working on all of that. I am a work in progress,” she added. “I’m especially working on the impatience thing, and it’s not going well because it’s not happening fast enough, I’ll tell you that.”

She continued, “I don’t think I’m that good [of an actress] that I could come out here every day for 17 years and fool you. This is me. And my intention is to always be the best person I can be. And if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that.”

Ellen DeGeneres Addresses ‘Toxic Work Environment Rumors

Netflix Boss Says Remote Working Has Negative Effects


image: Reuters/BBC/ Reed Hastings (L) with co-chief executive Ted Sarandos (R)/ Netflix boss says remote working has negative effects

(BBC) Netflix’s chairman has said working from home has no positive effects and makes debating ideas harder.

But Reed Hastings, who founded the platform, also said its 8,600 employees would not have to return to the office until most of them had received an approved coronavirus vaccine. He predicted that most people would continue to work from home on one day a week, even after the pandemic was over.

A new UK government ad campaign is now asking workers to return to workplaces.

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‘People’s sacrifices’

The Wall Street Journal newspaper asked Mr Hastings if he had seen any benefits from staff working from home.

“No. I don’t see any positives,” he replied. “Not being able to get together in person, particularly internationally, is a pure negative,” Mr Hastings told the Wall Street Journal.

“I’ve been super-impressed at people’s sacrifices.”

Netflix is used by almost 200 million households worldwide. And it has already resumed producing its own series, documentaries and films.

‘Proper testing’

“We’re up and running in much of Europe and much of Asia,” Mr Hastings said. “And we’ve got a few things going on already in [Los Angeles],” he added. “The hope is that, through September and October, we can really get – with proper testing – a lot more running.

”Other leading technology companies, however, have suggested employees may never return to the office.

In May, Twitter said staff could work from home “for ever”.

Fujitsu has also made plans to allow staff to work from home permanently.

And Facebook and Google have said employees can work remotely until at least the end of the year.

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McDonald’s Says Terms Of Former CEO’s Separation Based On Fraudulent Statements


FILE PHOTO: The logo of a McDonald’s Corp restaurant is seen in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

(Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp said on Monday former Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook’s motion against the company should be dismissed, reiterating that the terms of his separation from the company were based on fraudulent statements.

Easterbrook responded on Aug. 14 to McDonald’s lawsuit, which claimed that the former CEO had covered up and lied about sexual relationships with at least three employees while negotiating his severance package.

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McDonald’s said in a filing on Monday that it had dismissed Easterbrook based on his denial of having had a sexual relationship with any other employee and the absence of contradictory evidence on his phone.

In his response to McDonald’s lawsuit, Easterbrook had claimed that the company had information about his relationships when it negotiated his severance package, adding that he deleted evidence from his company phone, but the evidence remained in the company e-mail account stored on the firm’s servers.

“When McDonald’s investigated, Steve Easterbrook lied. He violated the company’s policies, disrespected its values, and abused the trust of his co-workers, the Board, our franchisees, and our shareholders,” a company spokesman said on Monday.

Ellen DeGeneres Show Offers Staff Perks Post ‘Toxic Workplace’ Claim


Credit – Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File/ Variety/ The Ellen DeGeneres Show offers staff perks post ‘toxic workplace’ claim.

Several new staff perks have been announced at The Ellen DeGeneres Show. This is a follow up action as the program grapples with multiple “toxic workplace” accusations and the resignation of some top producers.

A human resources executive provided by “Ellen” distributor WarnerMedia has already begun work. He attended several zoom meetings, another insider said. The executive does not report to show leadership, providing anonymity to workers with grievances and a dedicated advocate.

In a Zoom call to employees, Ellen DeGeneres announced new benefits they will receive as part of their employment contracts.

A source told Variety the perks includes increased paid time off and a liberal medical leave policy – five paid days off to use at their discretion, birthdays off, and paid time for doctors appointments and family matters.


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Worklife in Morrisons zooms into four-day working week

Four-day working week to be introduced by Morrisons as support for concept grows in wake of coronavirus crisis

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Worklife in Morrisons will be changing beyond work from home or work from anywhere. A four-day working week is to be introduced for staff at one of the UK’s big four supermarkets.

This is following similar changes that is being introduced by big conglomerates across the globe. Ideas that used to be perks for select, highly ranked or talented employees are now becoming the new normal for all employees on a general scale.

It is amazing how a pandemic is forcing major positive changes that now puts most employees as organisations real greatest assets. Don’t blame the Human Resource department for the slow train that got us here.

That train moved from Toyota, Fujitsu, Stellar, and now to Morrisons. It is encouraging changes to government policies that impacts worklife and the environment.

South Korea’s brightest IT minds are gathering to Pangyo Techno Valley to enjoy greatest Work-life balance Ideas. Unions, like Irish Financial Services Union are also beginning to make demands to mitigate unplanned impact of coronavirus changes to ways of working.

More than 1,500 workers at Morrisons’ head office will be paid the same to do a day less as part of a major shake-up of working practices at the retail giant.

The scheme will see them do nine-hours instead of eight with a six-hour Saturday shift once a month.

It will start when staff begin to return to the Bradford-based office on 27 July following the coronavirus lockdown.

Key benefits and highlights of the new ways of worklife in Morrisons

Clare Grainger, people director with the Yorkshire retail giant, said: “These new improvements to our ways of working will enable us to be more flexible and responsive and will make Morrisons a place where more people will want to join and stay.”

The new rules will not be applied to shop staff who tend to work a rota system. But across board, worklife in Morrisons will change for people in more than one way, even if all the benefits below does not apply to all.

  • Better work-life balance,
  • Increase productivity,
  • More time available for socialising, family and community,
  • Refreshed and more motivated staff,
  • Extra time for people to spend on leisure activities,
  • Economic stimulation for impacted sectors,
  • More job opportunities, thereby reducing unemployment,
  • Better mental health and wellbeing.

Three-quarters of workers supported the concept. “It’s in no one’s interests to return back to the pressure and stress that people were under before this pandemic,” it concluded.

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Stellar adopts long-term work-from-home policy; plans to keep HQ

Stellar adopts long-term work-from-home policy; plans to keep HQ

“As an award-winning company already known for its work culture and environment, Stellar will now be able to offer even greater flexibility and work-life balance to its employees,” Stellar CEO Mike Santarone said. “Plus, this will allow for more innovation as we focus on the future and offer more creative solutions for our clients.”

The majority of Jacksonville-based Stellar’s workforce will shift to a full-time work-from-home model, the company said this week, with the transition starting in the fall. The majority of employees — including those at the Jacksonville corporate headquarters and other regional offices — will work from home offices, while on-site […]

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Toyota Giving “Eligible” Employees Option to Work from Home Permanently

Toyota Motor Co. is now telling eligible employees that they can work from home permanently, rather than “until further notice,” as the company looks at ways to keep employees safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

The employees eligible to take advantage of the plan include clerical and engineering staffers as well as those caring for children or elderly parents. Many white-collar workers are expected to remain home until fall.

That flexibility could save the company some money in the long term, if they discover that there is a large number of people who would prefer working from home and can do so without it impacting the company’s overall operations. This could mean less need for office space. If enough people stay home, teams could be consolidated – in terms of space – requiring fewer offices and, perhaps, even fewer buildings, lowering costs.

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‘New Normal’ Impacts Fujitsu – to halve office space in three years

REUTERS FILE PHOTO: The logo of Fujitsu is pictured at a CEATEC exhibition at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan, Oct. 2, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo

The reality is beginning to dawn and hit home. And once the big corporations starts to act or prepare for a different future, the ‘new normal’ may truly have made land fall. “We will overhaul our current work, allowance and welfare framework that is based on the assumption that employees commute to designated offices every day,” Hiroki Hiramatsu, head of the human resources unit, told a news briefing.

Japan’s Fujitsu Ltd (6702.T) said on Monday it would halve its office space in three years as it rewrites the way employees work under a “new normal” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The IT solutions company said its roughly 80,000 group employees in Japan would work flexible hours, and work-from-home would be standard wherever possible.

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