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Experts Predicted A Coronavirus Pandemic

EXPERTS PREDICTED A CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

(CNN) In 2017, a team of experts at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security published a scenario as part of a training exercise that they believed could happen in the not-so-distant future. If experts predicted a coronavirus pandemic, or performed scenario training exercise, how should that be interpreted?

The SPARS Pandemic Scenario

The year is 2025. A few American travelers returning from Asia die of an unknown, influenza-like illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms the victims were infected with a novel coronavirus, SPARS-CoV. Nothing is known about this novel coronavirus. There is no rapid diagnostic test. There are no known treatments. And there is no vaccine.

Reading the SPARS Pandemic Scenario is like reading an account of the Covid-19 pandemic. But the scenario wasn’t an attempt to predict the future.

It’s not long before the SPARS outbreak erupts into a global pandemic. The CDC finds SPARS is transmitted through respiratory droplets and recommends that everyone practice hand hygiene and frequently disinfect surfaces.

Experts learn that SPARS has a long incubation period– 7 to 10 days– and that it can be spread by asymptomatic carriers. Pregnant women and those with underlying conditions like asthma and emphysema are at a higher risk for complications and death.

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Social distancing, isolation, narratives in experts predicted pandemic

The WHO begins to recommend social distancing and isolation of suspected cases. There is hope that an existing antiviral drug could help treat SPARS, but there have been no randomized controlled trials. The US Food and Drug Administration issues an Emergency Use Authorization for this drug to treat SPARS patients.

Soon, there is high public demand for the drug and millions of doses are dispensed from the Strategic National Stockpile. However, it soon becomes apparent that the drug can cause serious side effects.

Things become political. Republicans voice their support of the drug while Democrats express doubt. America is more connected yet more divided than ever. Rumors and misinformation regarding the virus and potential treatments circulate on social media.

The economy takes a hit as the pandemic drags on. Within a year, a potential vaccine begins expedited review. And, there are promises that tens of millions of doses will be available within a few months. But of the hundreds of millions of people living in the US, who will get the vaccine first?

Communication in the time of Covid-19

Reading the SPARS Pandemic Scenario is like reading an account of the Covid-19 pandemic. But the scenario wasn’t an attempt to predict the future.

Rather, it was meant to illustrate a broad range of serious challenges that public health communicators might face. The hope was that by working through these challenges as part of a training exercise, federal, state and local agencies would be well prepared to respond to a similar scenario in the future.

If experts predicted a coronavirus pandemic years ago, as something that can happen in the future. That future is now. But many of the public health pitfalls meant to serve as teaching tools seem to have played out before our eyes.

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Work-Family Balance Was Tough. Then The Pandemic Hit.

Work-Family Balance Was Never Easy. Then the Pandemic Hit.

The pandemic-induced shutdown has showed us, among other lessons, how hard it really is to juggle work-family balance.

Christians Jeff and André Shinabarger started wondering about this tension long before the pandemic. “We say oftentimes that if we change the world and lose our family, we lose,” Jeff said. “And that starts with my relationship with André, our individual relationship, and how that impacts the rest of our family.”

The career on a road trip

Over two years ago, the Shinabargers—husband Jeff, the founder of startup network Plywood People and wife André, a physician’s assistant—launched a podcast called Love or Work. They were interviewing couples and relationship experts about marriage, family, purpose, work-life balance and how they are prioritizing their vocations and their marriages.

Now Jeff and André have co-authored Love or Work: Is It Possible to Change the World, Stay in Love & Raise a Healthy Family?

The Shinabargers recently spoke from their home in Atlanta with author Dorcas Cheng-Tozun. They discussed how Christians might think through the tension around work, ambition, relationships, and parenting during these unusual times.

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In the book you address head-on that managing work-family balance is much harder for women. What would you say to women who are really struggling to have it all?

André: We wrote this book before COVID. And now, we’re like, “Oh, it’s even more important.” The tension was real before COVID, and now the tension is exponentially more real. If anyone feels it, it’s the working mom, and especially, the single working mom.

In our research, it was pretty evident that men did not sacrifice their work for their partner as much as women sacrificed for men. As we’re seeing with COVID, all of a sudden, all the childcare responsibilities seem to automatically get delegated to the woman.

I get that we often birthed the child out of our bodies, but the kid belongs to both of us. The male, the person you’re partnering with, has just as much responsibility for the childcare and for what happens to these kids than the woman.

“It’s hard for me to see that women are the ones who are going to pull out of the workforce.”

If it was a true partnership, men would be just as likely to pull out of the workforce as women.

Jeff and I talk a lot about moving from patriarchy to partnership. Having the viewpoint that whatever works best for your family, is what should be done.

What statistic in your research most surprised you?

André: The first is that people are so optimistic. 95 percent of people believe that you can do it all. You can both work, have a healthy family, and stay in love. 83 percent of couples say that working has made them better parents.

I thought that was really interesting too because oftentimes I think I’m not the best parent because I’m out working. I feel guilty or somewhat discouraged that I’m not with my kids more.

“It was interesting to see that the things we are sacrificing are our physical, spiritual, mental, emotional health. We’re going after it, we’re doing it all, and then we’re needing to sacrifice. We’re sacrificing ourselves, really.”

Yet there are also so many that say they’re exhausted, they’re tired, they feel overwhelmed. They aren’t able to really stay healthy.

Only 29 percent say they’re satisfied with their physical health, and 21 percent with their financial security. These are dual-income couples.

How has your faith affected the way you’ve pursued all these things together—marriage, family, and work?

Jeff: Both of us have a deep perspective that we were made to do things unique, and that is part of our calling. What’s interesting is that, pieces of our past would say that only one of our callings is most important.

And that is not true with what we believe related to our faith. How we were made, designed, and created. What’s interesting is that, if I believe those things for me and I believe those things for André, then it’s shaped how we live, not just how I live.

We’ve had to have some interesting conversations about how we were raised in our faith, and what our faith is today. Those have been constants for us—how we’re made, what our sense of work and calling includes, and how that has played out in our partnership.

Coming from an evangelical background, I can sometimes think it’s wrong or selfish to want it all. It’s like I have a voice inside of me saying, I should just be content with what I have. I shouldn’t strive so hard to have so much.

A ‘stronger’ half to work, a ‘better’ half to sacrifice work out of love or it’s just the voice of patriarchies past

André: Our faith has affected the way we’ve pursued all these things together—marriage, family, and work? And I agree with this one hundred percent. That is something that we as women who have been raised in the church have often felt. It’s been modeled for us.

We haven’t been able to speak in the churches. We haven’t been able to be pastors. We’ve been relegated to childcare and hospitality ministries. When that is your model, then what do you think that you’re supposed to do as you get older?

I think it’s so limiting to the fullness of what God has created for women to be and do. We’re limiting the gifts that we have, that God has given us as women. We are doing this by just holding onto these patriarchal viewpoints that the church has taught us throughout history.

I’m just not for it anymore.

I can’t imagine a God that would hold me back and say you’re not quite good enough for that. I don’t believe it.

Quite frankly, I think God wants the fullness of us to be lived. We never question a man if he has these huge dreams and passions, and wants to live them out. We never question him and ask if that’s selfish. But we definitely do that for women.

Jeff: Sometimes we think that voice is the right voice. We think that’s God. If André said that to me, I would tell her, “Don’t let the voice of patriarchies past define or minimize your purpose of the future.”

That is the not the voice of fear that our family will listen to going forward.

We are collectively in a really difficult season right now. Most couples I know, especially if they have young kids, are overstretched. Many families are struggling significantly with financial stress and isolation. What encouragement can you give to couples during this season?

Jeff: This is an unusual time. It’s a time that hopefully as a family we’ll all remember as uniquely different. We’ve spent more time as a close nuclear family than we may ever in our lives.

Accepting that as the new reality and enjoying the time together is the opportunity. That’s the beautiful side of it. I’ve talked to many families who feel closer than they ever have, to the people that they should be closest to.

I also would say that if you haven’t addressed things in your relationship with your partner, a lot of that stuff will come out during this time. And it can make thing very difficult.

One thing we learned through our research was that we each individually need time on our own, and we need time together.

In the midst of the pandemic, we also need to get creative, and figure out what a little date night can look like. When we do, we are reminded of how much we love each other.

Now that you’ve completed all your research and written your book, how would you answer the question in your subtitle – Is it Possible to Change the World, Stay in Love & Raise a Healthy Family – have a work-family balance?

Jeff: I do believe it’s possible. And I think it’s really hard. The only way it can work for us is if we’re on the same team and are for one another.

In order for us to both do this, we both have to give up things at times to be able to maintain it all. And we have both given up opportunities at times for the sake of the other.

It is one of the things that came out in our research. We would ask all these people this question at the end of our podcast – is it possible to change the world, stay in love & raise a healthy family – have a work-family balance?

Again, 95 percent of the people said, “Yes, it’s possible.” And then they would all say, “But…” And they would have some caveat they would add —every single one of them. So that was this commonality we saw. A lot of things have to work together, and you have to work together with the person you love to make it happen.

Dorcas Cheng-Tozun is an award-winning writer, editor, and international communications consultant. She is the editorial director of the new Reclaim Magazine and the author of Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-up World. Also, author of Let There d.light: How One Social Enterprise Brought Solar Products to 100 Million People. Dorcas Cheng-Tozun, has also written about the unique dynamics around faith, calling, and marriage. Connect with her on Facebook or Instagram.

Myfwl/Work Life Feed re-adapted the write up for our readers. Click here to view the full original write up at www.christianitytoday.com

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Sarah Boris on why we all need to take steps back from Work

Sarah Boris on how the pandemic has changed her life, and why we all need to take a step back from work

Portrait of Sarah Boris – Photography by Lorna Allan

Creative Boom chatted with Sarah Boris about the pandemic and its impact on her life and work. They also talked about how the world is changing under Covid-19, and why we all need to think about working smarter, not harder.

Born in London and raised by French parents, award-winning graphic designer and creative director, Sarah Boris, has had a phenomenal career so far. She’s worked with some of the world’s leading publishing houses and art organisations, including, Phaidon Press, The Photographers’ Gallery, Tate and Barbican.

How have Sarah Boris been coping with the world over the last few months?

Quite frankly, I feel slightly in limbo right now. I’m craving for something out of the ordinary, a surprise maybe. Something unexpected. I might have to provoke it. I think my life has never been so full of routines than during lockdown. This new way of life has grounded me to some extent, but I’m ready for what’s next.

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The main things that have kept me sane in the last few months have been exercising, cooking, sleeping, and of course designing. Also, time with some special people like you in the creative community. I was also invited to do eight talks online via Zoom, and Instagram Live during lockdown. These kept me busy and connected to people.

I was fortunate to mentor sixteen Syrian artists ahead of an exhibition of their work in Berlin and Oslo. Having conversations with people from Syria has made me put so many things in perspective.

The world is changing, has the pandemic changed Sarah Boris?

It’s changed parts of me. For one, I feel less stressed. I’ve not missed some of the stress caused by deadlines, email ping pongs or the design industry and its fierce competitiveness.

“Work has also been much quieter for the first time in 15 years, and oddly, I feel somewhat at peace and content.”

I’ve tried to see the pandemic as a moment to reconnect with what’s essential and embrace this journey into stillness.

Interestingly, I’ve found that I’ve not missed attending industry events in person. Although I know I’ll be happy to go back to some, and see people in real life, rather than on a screen.

Reasons for significant change in our worklife and workplace – in the creative industry.

Some people are relentless in the creative industries, but having been there, I understand why. The story delivered in the press is often different and hides the real hurdles and struggles faced by creatives. What creative person wants to spend life chasing numbers, targets, clients, pitches, working day and night?

We can find fulfillment by balancing work and other activities.

There have been trends talking about a better work-life balance and self-care. And then a trend demonising these very things.

At the end of the day, I feel we should all slow down and avoid the rat race.

We should take this work-life balance thing very seriously, and all be advocates for it. I am really in favour of wellbeing and looking after the planet. Looking after ourselves, and each other better. I think this pandemic and the time of reflection it has brought, has only increased that feeling for me.

Fiercely competitive to work hard, but not to live hard.

I did work non-stop for the first ten years of my career, but it was my choice.

I was racing and working all the time. It did have consequences on my social life, family time and much more. I would probably not do it any differently today. But I would say that, it is not necessary to do it that way. We should not push the next generations to work that way.

I’ve witnessed quite a few fellow creatives saying they feel like an empty shell after years of insane work. Wondering in the name of what “passion” did they put their job before life? In life, I mean love, sleep, health, eat, fun, travel, dream, etc.

We can shift working habits for the greater good. We often hear, “Work hard!” But I feel today we should say, “Live hard!”

We question what success or recognition means. What’s the point of working like crazy if you don’t even have time to see people or read a book or just chill?

I once remember a junior designer boasting that he had been working every night until 2am for a large branding agency. It pains me to see design studios still working insane hours. Making their junior staff work through weekend deadlines and late night pitches. On the other hand, I praise the studios that make their staff leave at 6pm. It’s exemplary.

I think we can shift working habits for the greater good. We often hear, “Work hard!” But I feel today we should say, “Live hard!”

I agree, life shouldn’t focus entirely on work.

People are starting to wake up to other realisations too, aren’t they? Hopefully, they are. I don’t want to speak for others. Still, my observation is that the awakening is slow. Somehow the pandemic has shown to what extent our society is dragging its feet at making the right kind of progress; be it on topics of diversity, or the planet.

For the first time, while speaking French on a bus journey in London, someone shouted at me: “Go back to your country or speak our language!” Little did they know I am also British and born in the UK.

I did not even bother to tell them. I felt acceptance of others should not be based on nationality, but purely on humanity.

Bursting the little bubbles we live in individually.

I realise we all live in little bubbles and we tend to get the information, news and beliefs from inside these bubbles. There’s so much to fix, learn, and improve.

The bubbles should burst, and we should spill, mix and regroup differently. We’ve all got an urgent role in making things better and protecting fellow humans.

I feel the education system needs to be re-visited, and the curriculum and histories we learn need to be re-written. Art and design history, for instance, still undervalue the contribution of women and people of colour.

There’s so much to be done. Will those be work? Remember, life shouldn’t focus entirely on work.

To find out more about Sarah Boris, follow her on Instagram.

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Laura Gordon: Work-life balance and Japanese ikigai

Opinion: Laura Gordon: Happiness, work-life balance and the Japanese concept of ikigai

Laura Gordon: Work-life balance and Japanese ikigai

OPINION: I’ve heard so many people talking recently about reassessing their priorities in life. Without a doubt the pandemic has played a role in that. For one, the terrifying mortality rates remind us how fragile and precious life is. On top of that we’ve all […]

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Office Clothes Is Changing As A Fading Fad

Another thing that will never be the same: Office clothes

Office clothes is changing and the demise of office attire has paralleled a steady erosion of boundaries between work life and home life. Even before the pandemic, office clothes was already showing sign as another thing that will never be the same for a long time .

The slow erasure of professional attire can be viewed as a symbol of some of the ways the economy, and the experience of white-collar work have changed for the worse.

It’s not a coincidence that adoption of ultra-casual workplace dress happened as America was swooning over the swashbucklers of Silicon Valley.

There was Steve Jobs in his signature turtleneck and jeans. Marc Zuckerberg in his hoodies, and countless deifying business magazine covers of tech dudes in bomber jackets, whiskered denim, sweatshirts and T-shirts.

The message was that they were rule breakers. That they were winning, not just despite thumbing their nose at your dad’s way of doing business, but because of it.

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Professional Attire Or Office Clothes Is Changing

Professional attire has been evolving for decades into ever more casual modes. For men, suits gave way to blazers and slacks. Then blazers and dark jeans. And then, just jeans and a button-up.

For women, pantyhose got dumped, and skirt suits became a relic. Leggings somehow got reclassified in wardrobe taxonomies as pants.

Now, thanks to this weird, extraordinary summer America is having, it’s finally happened; office clothes is changing, and becoming a fading fad. No, I heard you counter that, office clothes are officially dead!

Office Clothes Is Changing To Coronavirus Work Cloths

Desk jockeys have been toiling from home since mid-March. They have left whatever they thought of as work clothes in the back of the closet — or idling at the dry cleaner — ever since.

Why endure constrictive, belted trousers when your Zoom setup doesn’t show anything below your shoulders? Why wear your slickest power dress, when you might stain it during intermittent supervision of your kids’ messy craft project?

Every Change Comes With Winners and Casualties

The change that is happening has dealt a crushing blow to the cadre of already-fragile mall retailers who make money dressing customers for their 9-to-5 life.

J. Crew, a bastion of business casual, was the first to succumb, filing for bankruptcy in May.

J.C. Penney went into bankruptcy soon after. Pledging to close more than 150 stores. Thus reducing access points for affordably priced professional wear.

Hits in July:

“The malaise means that thousands of square feet dedicated to selling chinos, houndstooth jackets, pencil skirts and faux pearl necklaces are about to disappear.

Storied men’s clothier, Brooks Brothers filed for bankruptcy and said it would close about one-fifth of its stores. The corporate parent of women’s dress-wear seller, New York & Co. filed for Chapter 11 protection days later. Saying it may close all of its locations.

The following week, the company behind Jos. A. Bank, and Men’s Wearhouse announced plans to shutter 500 stores. Next fell Ascena Retail Group, promising widespread store closures including a “select” number in its Ann Taylor chain.

The pain continued in August, with Lord & Taylor filing for bankruptcy early in the month.

The Future, The Fear, The Fading Fad

The future for the remaining locations in these chains feels awfully precarious. Several retailers that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in recent years with the intent of reorganizing have ended up going out of business.

Competitors and scrappy startups aren’t likely to rush to fill the void. That means that even if you want to outfit yourself in the traditional costume of cubicle work, you’re soon going to have far fewer options for doing so.

Office Clothes Is Changing To My Boss Rumpled Flannel Shirt

But who is going to want to, or need to go back to traditional costume of cubicle work whenever some semblance of normal returns?

“At first, work-from-home arrangements felt temporary, and so, too, did the wardrobe adaptations. “

Recent announcements by different companies shows that many are not returning to normal office life this year. Google parent Alphabet, confirms that employees won’t be called back to the office until July 2021. Many workers would therefore be keeping up with this routine for a long time.

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So the boss has seen you in a rumpled flannel shirt. Your old-school client has gotten used to your Jon Snow mane. Tell me the point for and against reverting to pre-pandemic fashion pretenses. That’s assuming your dress pants still fit, after a long spell of the sedentary, stay-at-home lifestyle.

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Am Liberated Into Another Box Where There Is Boundary Merger Between Work Life And Home Life

If this proclamation makes you rejoice, I get it. There’s something liberating about letting comfort, not presentation, be your sartorial compass every morning. But I’m not sure the triumph of casual wear is really a triumph for office workers.

“The demise of office attire has paralleled a steady erosion of boundaries between work life and home life.”

Thanks to smartphones, workers feel obligated to answer late-night emails from their managers. They also keep checking Slack for a project update from colleagues in a distant time zone. This always-on lifestyle encourages people to work longer hours. And it has been found to be correlated with greater stress and health issues.

The fact that we don’t dress differently for work anymore is a reflection of the fact that we can no longer compartmentalize it.”

Work is a state of being, something we may have to dip in and out of, at any given moment. That has consequences for our families, our ability to keep up with fulfilling hobbies, and so much more.

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Sarah Halzack is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering the consumer and retail industries. She was previously a national retail reporter for the Washington Post.

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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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Working from home is Irish colcannon and stew

work from home - Irish stew

Credit – Catherine Balston, BBCgoodfood/ Irish stew

DUBLIN, July 13 (Reuters/myFWL Post) – All over the world, the coronavirus pandemic induced working from home has made many people re-discover a part of their culture. Working from home, or observing a furlough, some like Michelle Brenner are discovering their passion beyond work.

I have not heard of any one ordering frozen Irish stew like they did frozen lasagna. Maybe an idea for an Irish employee. One among many that wants to continue working from home can try out a new trick with any of the traditional dishes.

Over 80% of Irish employees want to continue to spend at least part of their week working from home when normal life resumes after the coronavirus pandemic, a survey found on Monday.

What traditional dish taste as good as working from home?

Working from home taste like a meal of colcannon served with an Irish stew made with mutton. A mix of boxty, coddle and colcannon while employees work from home wouldn’t get anyone to look like this model of future remote workers. It is therefore extremely important that what ever rules applies, wellbeing and wellness should continue to take priority.

Like much of Europe, most Irish workers were forced to work from home when the economy went into lockdown in March . The government’s advice remains for people to do so, where they can, as it prepares to lift the last of the restrictions.

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Government wants to bridge working from home and from office

When asked what their ideal working arrangement would be when normal life resumes, the highest preference – 24% – was to work 2-3 days a week from home, according to the AIB/Amárach Research survey of over 1,000 adults carried out over the last four weeks.

Another 20% said they would like to work 1-2 days a week at home and the rest in the office, with the same level expressing a preference to work 3-4 days a week from home and 14% saying they would go to the office during the week only if needed.

That left just 15% preferring to go back to the office the way it was before.

Ireland’s new government has pledged to bring in measures to permanently increase remote working – including potential tax incentives – in a bid to promote better work life balance, higher female participation, greater regional balance and address climate change via less commuting.

Time will tell, if the Department of Transport policy that had been in place since January 2015 will be amended.

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin, editing by Ed Osmond, additional notes by myFWL Post)

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Finding Purpose during a Furlough: ‘Lasagna Lady’ Story

Left: Michelle Brenner cooking her sauce; A load of Michelle’s lasagnas ready to donate/ Finding Purpose during a Furlough

When Michelle Brenner moved to Gig Harbor, Washington, about six years ago, she did not realise that her new abode will open a mix bag and different chapters in her life. She was furloughed from her job at a menswear store after Covid-19 pandemic hit. She was not looking at finding purpose during a furlough.

Booted out of a normal routine, locked in like everyone else, she quickly realized that she is not very good at sitting around. She decided to use her extra time and a family lasagna recipe to create a free food movement in her Washington community.

So far, she has made more than 1,275 pans of lasagna for friends, neighbors, first responders, and anyone in need of a good fresh meal — without charging anyone.

For Brenner, this is a labor of love, and she has no plans to stop.

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Is It Possible Finding Purpose During A Tough Time?

“I knew it was my time in my life to give back to the people who paved life’s path for me to have the 45 years of life that I’ve had,” she said. She decided she wanted to help elderly members of her community and those who could not get out and shop for themselves because of the pandemic. So, she signed up to work as a shopper for Instacart.

She only spent two days working with the grocery delivery app — but during that time she noticed one item her customers kept asking for: frozen lasagna. One of those customers was a man in his nineties. Brenner said when she delivered the frozen lasagna and other items to him, he confessed to her that he had not had any fresh food in nearly a month and a half.

That moment inspired Brenner to do some grocery shopping of her own and pick up the ingredients to make her family a fresh lasagna based on her grandmother’s recipe.

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Technologists’ Productivity Continues to Rise During the Era of Flex and Remote Work

“Since launching Dice’s new Remote Jobs filter last quarter, job views for remote-only roles are 50% higher than job views of non-remote jobs. In addition, Dice technologists are applying to remote-only jobs at double the rate of non-remote jobs,” shared Michelle Marian, CMO of DHI Group, Inc., parent company of Dice.

DHI Group, Inc. (NYSE: DHX ) announced that Dice, its leading career hub for technology professionals, has released its latest report, The State of Remote Work. Dice’s research and recommendations on the future of remote work highlight increased productivity […]

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