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Onboarding During COVID: New Hires Grapple With Office Politics From Home


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Snippet: Joining a new company can be tough at the best of times, with bosses to impress, skills to learn and new colleagues to befriend. But that task becomes a whole lot harder when the “onboarding” is done during a pandemic that has forced millions to work from home, leaving new hires to judge colleagues on their taste in curtains and conduct on Zoom.

The companies that get it right should have an expanded, grateful workforce, but get it wrong and new hires could find it hard to […]

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Do office reopenings mean a return to the ‘old normal’?

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Worklife readers share their views on the tricky question of returning to the office, with many calling for a flexible new future. T This article is part of Confined Grind, our crowdsourced guide to maintaining a balanced, healthy life while working […]

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Worklife: Work From Anywhere, not just Work From Home

Air district asks employers to expand remote working options

For our ever changing worklife – Work from Anywhere (WFA) has taken over from Working from Home (WFH). That is my fun work life shaping out, a new convenience (office) store offering just by the corner. Remote working came up earlier, but majority where working from home.

Before the pandemic, it was not unusual to connect with work at a coffee shop. I take work home, work into the night and work while on vacation. Working from home was COVID-19 lock-in scenario.

As businesses adapt to living with COVID-19 and beyond, new formal work structures are evolving. Working from anywhere – from home, remotely, or a park is expected to take up normal part of worklife.

Policy shifts and new work products are emerging

The post pandemic work from anywhere is already changing government and corporate policies. It will also trigger changes in other significant structural and worklife supply value chain.

In Asia Pacific, Chubb, the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company has launch a Work from Home (WFH) Insurance. The product offers coverage for employees who take their work outside or are on the move and are injured. Worklife from anywhere is covered, but still require some extensions.

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Bay Area Air Quality Management District along with Santa Clara County asked Bay Area employers to sign the “Cut the Commute Pledge”. This is to extend teleworking for 25 percent of employees if their work allows it.

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Employers would also vow to include a formal work-from-home policy as part of the employee benefits package. These are attempts to improve both the air quality and quality of life for Bay Area residents after shelter-in-place orders are eased.

Benefits of working from anywhere are adding up

In the first seven weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bay Area saw a 32 percent reduction to CO2 emissions. This is in large part due to the significant decrease in vehicle traffic, as transportation is the top source of air pollution in the region.

“The pandemic has shown us that remote work is possible and productive for many. It offers an alternative to traffic gridlock and mega commutes – leading to open roads, healthier air and happier employees,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the BAAQMD.

“Without the congestion on the freeways and bumper-to-bumper traffic, we see the surroundings of our mountains, we see more animals, and have more opportunities to engage with our families. The air is fresh, and our eyes and our lungs are not burning,” said Cindy Chavez, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

Benefits of cutting the mega commute includes cost savings for employers and employees, improved employee recruitment and retention, improved work-life balance as well as the increased ability to adjust business as part of a disaster recovery or emergency plan.

Worklife global transformation

Outside of the US, companies are amending their work plans and policy as new realities emerges. Steller has adopted a long-term work-from-home policy, even though they still want to keep their headquarter. Toyota is giving “eligible” employees option to work from home permanently. And Fujitsu will in three years time, halve the office space in use.

India companies are making the change despite logistical and infrastructural issues. Physical work space in large families is a challenge.

C K Ranganathan, chairman of CavinKare and all his staff now work remotely. “This will now allow me to hire people from smaller towns. My cost of hiring and attrition goes down, giving savings per employee per month,” he says.

Sambandam of Kissflow has also rolled out remote+, a new worklife model that allows employees to work from anywhere. Employees are encouraged to move back to their hometown to reduce expenses and strengthen local bonds. They can work remotely three out of four weeks, and spend the fourth in Chennai. For those who move to remote locations, the company’s benefit scheme will cover travel and accommodation bill in Chennai.

Harith is also exploring a similar plan.

“The silver lining in this pandemic is cleaner skies and clearer roadways. We don’t want to lose that as treatments and cures are discovered for COVID,” said President of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Carl Guardino.

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How to create ‘no-work’ buffer for after-hours work tension

Control over work-life borders produces essential buffer to handle after-hours work tension

I was angry with Sarah (not her real name) because she couldn’t spare a few minutes to pick my call or reply my chats. I sent her a ‘final’, not too friendly message, hoping to wake her up to ‘live’ again. Instead, she only dug deeper into her work trenches. How to create a simple, safe conversation has now become a huge mountain.

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I was put in panic mode. Intentionally, I ignored the silence for days, weeks.

I couldn’t hold it any longer. Then I started to call her again and again. Still no answer. Fear and panic steps in.

COVID-19 death rates are climbing. Is she affected? Who else can I ask to reach out to her?

Finally, she picked my call.

I tried to avoid sounding anxious. She confessed her intentional ‘sin’ of keeping away because I was angry with her work stress.

How To Create Work Control Deal For A Workaholic

That is the ‘control deal’ she entered into with her sister and daughter, but it didn’t work. How to create a workable control system is not my specialization. Not for a workaholic who hates her job any way, only taking the pressures until she can find a better one.

How could I have known that it got worse? When she wasn’t picking my calls. She said that her junior sister have had to forcefully remove the laptop from her. And her daughter once brought a cane, intending to beat her. All because she has consistently refused to leave work alone for family time, even when it is past normal working hours.

When work intrudes after hours in the form of pings and buzzes from smart device notifications, it can trigger spikes of tension that result in a host of adverse results for employees, consisting of negative work rumination, poor affect and insomnia.

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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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