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Remote Work Is It, As New COVID-19 Wave Hits

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

image: Andrew James/ Remote Work Is It, As New COVID-19 Wave Hits

Millions of United States parents have been working from home since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March. And since then, they have been attempting to strike a balance between work, school and family time.

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.

“When you work with your colleagues right there, you can just ask them a question and walk [over] to them,” DeRosa, 22, told Al Jazeera. “It was definitely an adjustment.”

Remote work has also been a challenge for many. This is so especially for workers juggling caring for babies or managing remote learning for school-aged children. Young people eager to go out into the world and build a name for themselves are also finding it tough.

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“For young people, you just wanted to go out there – you want to meet people. You’re graduating from college, you want to extend your social circle. This is a time when you were going to do that,” Lynn Berger, a New York City-based career coach, told Al Jazeera. “If you’re young and you’re living by yourself, you might really [be] missing that.”

Remote Work Is It And Working From Anywhere Is Okay

When workers were first sent home from the office in the early days of the pandemic, some found silver linings.

Andrew James, 47, a senior account executive for an enterprise software firm, flew from New York City to Miami, Florida. That was in March, to be with his long-distance girlfriend of three years.

“This pandemic, weirdly, has made me a father,” James told Al Jazeera of his new living arrangement with his partner and her three children.

James said not having to take the subway every morning, wear a button-down shirt every day and pick up the dry cleaning every week has freed up time for other things. And this is leading to a new work-life balance that he is enjoying.

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Get hired by the 10 companies with best work-life balance


With layoffs and job losses happening every now and then, securing a current job is top priority for many. But once the inevitable happens, and savings start to dwindle, things change quickly. Desperation can set in, priority flips and desires can change. The goal simple becomes how to get hired by another company as soon as possible. This is to either avoid a career break, or just to keep putting food on the table.

However for someone who is looking at changing from one job to another, the considerations and desperations can be different. Among other things, there can be a better scrutiny of the work-life balance offerings by different companies.

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Once desperation sets in, getting hired immediately becomes the most important huddle worth crossing.

According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, such individuals will soon realize that work, and secured pay are not by themselves, the ultimate.

How much do you value getting a job and the balance that the work offers?

If you’re averse to burn-out and a healthy work-life balance is paramount to your success at work, then check out Comparably.com’s list. The list has the highest rated US companies when it comes to Work-Life Balance in 2020.

Comparably.com created the list after asking a variety of questions regarding paid time off, sick days, and overtime compensation. On average 83% of employees working in the listed companies were satisfied with their company’s approach to work-life balance. This ensured that their team does not suffer the complications that arise from on-site burnout.

The company stated that they have not enlisted employees anonymous reviews on Glassdoor to back up the aforementioned list or statistics.

Now, do you want to get hired by any of these companies? That is, if any of them provides a culture in which you believe you can thrive. Why not check out the ladders or the companies websites?

The 10 companies with the best work-life balance as listed by Comparably.com are as follows; CVS Health, Imprivata, Frontier Communications, Walmart, and TaxJar. The others are, Target, Smartsheet, Whole Foods Market, ePlus Inc, and Drfit.

Few highlights of the 10 companies with the best work-life balance

The qualities exhibited by these companies can be developed and deployed by any other company. The most difficult is having very happy team members who can openly and positively rate your organization.

To improve things in your place, start by reviewing your remote work offers, shifts system and your organization’s response to employees emergencies. Make them flexible, easy and responsive to employees personal emergencies. Also assess your response towards folks dealing with fallout related to COVID-19. From there, develop a checklist of actions to improve your performance in those areas.

Another common characteristics of the 10 companies is their work environment. Employees want to work in an environment that is relaxed, friendly and uplifting. Not a place with over demanding work, or working with a boss who breaks the spirit.

Every employee desires an organization that utilizes their experience, and exposes them to new things.

A supportive leadership crowns it all. Good leaders develops strong organizations, they do not micromanage, they communicate well, and set the direction for a good company culture.

Thank you to the teams and companies for making sure employees mental health, their families, and customers are taken care of.

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Why A Work-Life Balance Scoreboard?

According to a Harvard Business School survey, 94% of working professionals reported working more than 50 hours per week and nearly half said they worked more than 65 hours per week.

“… when the assumption that everyone needs to be always available was collectively challenged, not only could individuals take time off, but their work actually benefited.”

The EU Gender Equality Index 2019 focuses on Work-Life Balance (WLB). The EU WLB scoreboard cuts across three broad areas {paid work, unpaid work (care) and education and training}. These is presented with 15 indicators in six specific areas of concern.

Industrial boom, remote-work emphasis puts Tulsa on the map

Worklife Daily_Industrial Boom, Remote-Work Emphasis Puts Tulsa On The Map

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Snippet: Tulsa is setting the stage for an industrial boom, and young people are flocking to seize growing employment opportunities. The Oklahoma city has been burgeoning with multibillion-dollar company developments from American Airlines to Amazon. A recent bid from Tesla’s Elon Musk put the city on the map to an even greater scale.

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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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Many offices still empty as employees continue to work remotely, employers remain cautious

Many offices still empty as employees continue to work remotely, employers remain cautious

Click to read: Many Offices Still Empty As Employees Continue To Work Remotely, Employers Remain Cautious

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Snippets: The sparkling new $98 million Secura insurance headquarters office building opened with fanfare in October. Secura leaders said the 300,000-square-foot office building ” was amazingly worth it ” and produced a “different feeling of connectedness and culture among the staff.”

The building had enough space to add another 400 employees to the workforce of 750. It has balconies with views of the countryside, solar panels, a café as big as most restaurants and a full-size gym […]

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Evolving Pandemic Induced HR Crisis In The Making


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Since the beginning of the pandemic, Human Resources Executives have been up and doing, solving a myriad of evolving people issues. While working from home solved the problem of employees exposure to COVID-19 while in the office, or commuting; school closure created another one for them at home.

The school situation this fall is anything but normal. Parents are anxious, many are facing months of full-time or partial at-home learning. How will they juggle remote work with their children’s need for help with their virtual schooling? Will they have to choose between their jobs and their kids?

Evolving Pandemic Induced HR Crisis Is Forcing Parents To Choose Between Their Jobs and Their Kids

The answer needs to be “no,” since these are evolving pandemic induced HR crisis. It’s on employers’ shoulders to make sure parents can continue to succeed at work and at home during these chaotic times.

By providing support to employees, companies also win in the long-term. They will have better retention of top talent and a more positive, productive culture.

This is an issue that affects the millions of parents who make up about one-third of the U.S. workforce, half of whom are currently without childcare. And it hits the more than 25 million working mothers especially hard. They are more likely than dads to leave the workforce when childcare needs can’t be met.


Are There Plans Or Support Programs To Tackle The Evolving Pandemic Induced HR Crisis

This is nothing short of an HR crisis in the making. Yet research from the Society for Human Resource Management shows that most companies are severely lacking a plan to support working parents.

“It is not only virus induced ‘herd immunity’ that we need. We need to evolve and build stronger-healthier workplace communities through this crisis.”

Those plans must include granting employees greater autonomy and flexibility. Typically, research shows that remote workers are more productive when they’re untethered from the office. They even put in more hours on average than traditional workers.

A True Silver Lining In The Storm

If companies truly want to support parents struggling with unusual school schedules, it’s not enough to simply continue work-from-home arrangements. Below are quick tips:

Have a “life comes first” attitude. The lines between work and life are blurred for us all, whether we work in an office or out of our living room. When email, chats and texts can follow us home, it’s no longer easy to find work-life balance.

Get casual, get comfortable. Kids, pets and other household members will drop into video calls. Meetings will get canceled or cut short for family reasons, and interruptions happen. These are all realities of remote work, especially when kids are home all day.

As you’re navigating these challenging times, remember that we’re all in this together. Everyone is struggling. If your company can grant employees extra flexibility, trust and help them. Build a stronger community through this crisis.

It is not only virus induced ‘herd immunity’ that we need. We need to evolve and build stronger-healthier workplace communities through this crisis. The result will be a stronger company culture and happier, more loyal employees — a true silver lining in the storm.

The above is not the full story. Myfwl/Work Life Feed re-adapted the write up for short minutes readers. Click here to view the full original write by Larry English at www.hrdive.com. Larry English is president at Centric Consulting and the author of Office Optional: How to Build a Connected Culture With Virtual Teams.

Artisan’s Wisdom For White Collar Talents

How artisans offer lessons for us to reshape the post-COVID economy

Picture Credit: An employee of Jaipur Living, hand-knots a rug in Rajasthan, India. /Artisan’s wisdom for white collar talents

The artisan industry, which emphasizes remote work, offers lessons for how to reshape the post-COVID economy. Yet, we often think of artisanship and the artisan’s wisdom as a thing of the past. But in many ways it is the future.

Nest has been working since 2017 with Jaipur Living, a company that produces rugs for contemporary brands in the U.S. Jaipur works with rug weavers all over India where home-based work is the norm. Husbands and wives sit alongside each other working. Babies are cradled in the mother’s lap as she takes on the rhythmic movements of the loom.

When the midday sun gets too hot, they take a break, eat lunch, and rest. Work resumes in the evenings in the summer months, when it’s more tolerable to sit out at the loom. These are small, simple adjustments to life. But they have a profound impact on the workforce.

Artisan’s Wisdom Is Nearby, Find Them

At a time where there is an urgent call to bring Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) voices to the table, the cottage industry model that is full of artisan’s wisdom —already perfected by Black, brown, and Indigenous communities for centuries—could help suggest a new way of work.

Consumers and brands and governments need to talk about and recognize the role home-based work has in the global economy and draw it out from the shadows. For those of us in the West, we need to look at the so-called gig economy where there is a lot of artisan’s wisdom, through a new lens.

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So is it finally time for modern economies to embrace what we’ve long known? As Nahla Valji, senior gender adviser to the secretary-general of the United Nations, aptly shared, “Our formal economy is only possible because it’s subsidized by women’s unpaid work.” Remote work can, and does, work. But it must be formalized, visible, and protected.

Note: This is a write up by Rebecca van Bergen. Click here to view the full original write up at fortune.com. We want to hear from you. Write to us in the Comments section, and visit us on Social Media.



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