A Critical Piece Of The Machine Economy: The People

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70% of GDP growth in the global economy between now and 2030 will be driven by the machines, according to PwC. This is a near $7 trillion dollar contribution to U.S. GDP based around the combined production from artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and embedded devices. This is the rise of a new machine economy.

For those not familiar with the machine economy, it’s where the smart, connected, autonomous, and economically independent machines or devices carry out the necessary activities of production, distribution, and operations with little or no human intervention. The development of this economy is how Industry 4.0 becomes a reality.

Visionary leaders will implement new technologies and combine them with capital investments in ways that help them grow, expand, diversify, and actually improve lives. These machine economy leaders will operate in a new intelligent systems world in thousands of companies that will drive new economic models globally.

Sounds good so far, but all of that autonomous machinery isn’t going to build and operate itself.

Not enough people to do the work

While most people would agree that manufacturing is an important part of our economy, they aren’t recommending their children pursue that line of work. It’s expected that 4.6 million manufacturing jobs created between now and 2028 will go unfilled. Key drivers for this change include the fact that 10,000 baby boomers retire every day without people to replace them.

The workforce is quickly losing the second-largest age group, and millennials (the largest group) have so far not been attracted to manufacturing jobs at large. Instead they tend to be drawn toward technology, engineering, finance. The underlying issue may be one of perception, as the future of manufacturing will in fact include a much higher degree of technology, engineering, and finance in order to function.

Different skills are needed

Manufacturing jobs are changing. The number of purely manual, repetitive tasks are shrinking as technology advances to handle those jobs with robots and automation. Fifty percent of manufacturers have already adopted some form of automation, and now they need people with critical thinking, programming, and digital skills. Tomorrow’s jobs have titles such as Digital Twin Engineer, Robot Teaming Coordinator, Drone Data Coordinator, Smart Scheduler, Factory Manager, Safety Supervisor, and so on.

The shifts in productivity are happening so quickly, humans can’t keep up with them

An unskilled position can be filled relatively quickly as the prerequisite qualifications are limited. It typically takes months to fill a skilled position, and in most cases much longer for an individual to develop the requisite skills before they even think to apply. One alternative is to lower requirements in terms of education, skill, and experience in order to get someone new in the position, but then companies have to absorb the entire expense of training them.

Meanwhile there is increased pressure to utilize existing people’s and teams’ times and skills as much as possible, which can lead to burnout. This is a tenuous cycle that needs to be fortified by making sure our workforce has the skills training they need, when and where they need it.

In order to thrive in the machine economy, we need to invest significantly in people as well as in infrastructure. Focusing purely on infrastructure might lead to short-term and maybe mid-term profits, but ultimately it is not sustainable, and everyone loses. One can’t simply say, “We couldn’t fill the positions,” while there are people who need work.

Level-up our workforce

The human capacity to learn is basically limitless when individuals are motivated and have access to something to learn. There are several ways to tap into that capacity. First, we need to capture the knowledge and experience of the employees we have, so that those relevant skills can be passed on to the next wave of workers. We also need to ensure relevant training is available for people at every level of the company so that new people get up to speed and tenured employees don’t get left behind.

While some technologies need to be learned on the job, there is a level of foundational skill to understand in the machine economy, in addition to the technical and vocational skills required within a given field. An investment in, and possibly partnerships with, local schools could be a wise move for many companies. Lastly, while college is a great path for many people, it’s not the only form of higher education. Investments in vocational training and apprenticeship programs will be critical for our society to thrive in the machine economy.

Just as workers need to rethink and develop new skills, employers need to rethink and develop new ways of nurturing and attracting talent. To fully realize the promise of the machine economy, it is incumbent upon us to ensure people have access to the training and the tools they need in order to not only be successful but thrive. After all, what’s the point of all this technology if it doesn’t make life better for everyone?

PRESIDENT AND CEO

With more than 25 years of experience driving digital innovation and growth at technology companies, Kevin Dallas is responsible for all aspects of the Wind River business globally. He joined Wind River from Microsoft, where he most recently served as the corporate vice president for cloud and AI business development. At Microsoft, he led a team creating partnerships that enable the digital transformation of customers and partners across a range of industries including: connected/autonomous vehicles, industrial IoT, discrete manufacturing, retail, financial services, media and entertainment, and healthcare.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 1996, he held roles at NVIDIA Corporation and National Semiconductor (now Texas Instruments Inc.) in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East in roles that included microprocessor design, systems engineering, product management, and end-to-end business leadership. He currently serves as a director on the board of Align Technology, Inc. He holds a B.S.c. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.

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Critics:

Digital economy refers to an economy that is based on digital computing technologies, although we increasingly perceive this as conducting business through markets based on the internet and the World Wide Web. The digital economy is also referred to as the Internet Economy, New Economy, or Web Economy.

Increasingly, the digital economy is intertwined with the traditional economy, making a clear delineation harder. It results from billions of everyday online connections among people, businesses, devices, data, and processes. It is based on the interconnectedness of people, organizations, and machines that results from the Internet, mobile technology and the internet of things (IoT).

Digital economy is underpinned by the spread of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) across all business sectors to enhance its productivity.Digital transformation of the economy is undermining conventional notions about how businesses are structured, how consumers obtain services, informations and goods and how states need to adapt to these new regulatory challenges.

Intensification of the global competition for human resources

Digital platforms rely on ‘deep learning‘ to scale up their algorithm’s capacity. The human-powered content labeling industry is constantly growing as companies seek to harness data for AI training. These practices have raised concerns concerning the low-income revenue and health-related issues of these independent workers. For instance, digital companies such as Facebook or YouTube use ‘content monitor’-contractors who work as outside monitors hired by a professional services company subcontractor- to monitor social media to remove any inappropriate content.

Thus, the job consists of watching and listening to disturbing posts that can be violent or sexual. In January 2020, through its subcontractor services society, Facebook and YouTube have asked the ‘content moderators’ to sign a PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) disclosure after alleged cases of mental disorders witnessed on workers.

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5 Myths About Flexible Work

Flexibility might be great in theory, but it just doesn’t work for us. We have literally heard this statement hundreds of times over the years. It doesn’t matter what industry we’re talking about — whether it’s tech, government, finance, healthcare, or small business, we’ve heard it. There’s always someone who works from the premise that “there’s no way flexible work policies can work in our organization.”

In reality, flexible work policies can work in any industry. The last twelve months of the pandemic have proven this. In fact, a recent Harvard Business School Online study showed that most professionals have excelled in their jobs while working from home, and 81% either don’t want to go back to the office or would choose a hybrid schedule post-pandemic. It’s important to recognize, however, that flexibility doesn’t always look the same — one size definitely does not fit all.

The Myth of the Five C’s

You may be wondering, “If you can recruit the best candidates, increase your retention rates, improve your profits, and advance innovation by incorporating a relatively simple and inexpensive initiative, then why haven’t more organizations developed flex policies?” This question will be even harder for organizations to ignore after we’ve experienced such a critical test case during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Building Tomorrow’s Workforce

How the best companies identify and manage talent. We believe fear has created stumbling blocks for many organizations when it comes to flexibility. Companies either become frozen by fear or they become focused by fear. It is focus that can help companies pivot during challenging times. In the years that we’ve been working with companies on flexibility, we’ve heard countless excuses and myths for why they have not implemented a flex policy. In fact, the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance has boiled these myths down to the fear of losing the 5 C’s:
  1. Loss of control
  2. Loss of culture
  3. Loss of collaboration
  4. Loss of contribution
  5. Loss of connection

Addressing the Fears

Myth #1: Loss of Control

Executives are often worried that they’ll open Pandora’s box and set a dangerous precedent if they allow some employees to work flexibly. They worry that if they let a few employees work from home, then the office will always be empty and no one will be working. The answer to this is structure and clarity. We can virtually guarantee that any organization that correctly designs and implements their flexibility policy will not lose anything.

To maintain control and smooth operation of your organization, it’s imperative that you set standards and clearly communicate them. Organizations should provide clear guidelines on the types of flexibility offered (for example, remote work, reduced hours, asynchronous schedules, job sharing and/or compressed work weeks) and create a centralized approval process for flexibility to ensure that the system is equitable. It is also helpful to have a calendar system for tracking when and where each team member is working.

You must also commit to training everyone on these standards — from those working a flexible schedule, to those supervising them, to all other coworkers. Education and training will help your team avoid “flex stigma,” where employees are disadvantaged or viewed as less committed due to their flexibility. Training can also help organizations to ensure that successful systems and structures that support flexibility are maintained.

Myth #2: Loss of Culture

While you may not see every employee every day, and you may not be able to have lunch with people every day, culture does not have to suffer with a flexible work initiative. However, it is essential that teams meet either in person or via video conference on a regular basis. At the Alliance, we recommend that companies and firms first define what culture means to their individual organization and then determine how they might maintain this culture in a hybrid or virtual environment.

Many organizations with whom we’ve worked reported that they found creative ways to maintain culture during months of remote working during the pandemic. Many Alliance members organized social functions like virtual exercise classes, cooking classes, happy hours, and team-building exercises to maintain community. Additionally, it’s important to take advantage of the days when everyone is physically present to develop relationships, participate in events, and spend one-to-one time with colleagues.

Myth # 3: Loss of Collaboration

As long as teams that are working a flexible schedule commit to regular meetings and consistent communication, then collaboration will not be compromised. It’s important for all team members to maintain contact (even if it’s online), keep tabs on all projects, and be responsive to emails and phone calls. We always recommend that remote teams also meet in person occasionally to maintain personal contact and relationships.

For collaboration to be successful, remote employees must not be held to a higher standard that those working in the office. Additionally, technology should be used to enhance collaboration. For example, when companies are bringing teams together for brainstorming sessions, virtual breakout rooms can facilitate small group collaboration and help to ensure that all voices are heard. Some organizational leaders have also incorporated regular virtual office hours for unscheduled feedback and informal collaboration.

Myth #4: Loss of Contribution

We have often heard leaders say: “If employees are not physically at their desks in the office, then how will we know that they’re actually working?” But with endless distractions available on computers these days (from online shopping, to Instagram, to Facebook, etc.) you really don’t know what your employees are doing at their desks, even if they are in the office.

In fact, they could be searching for a new job (that offers flexibility!) right before your eyes. It’s important to clearly communicate what is expected of each individual and trust that they will complete the job within the expected timeframe. All employees should be evaluated on the quality of their work and their ability to meet clearly defined performance objectives, rather than on time spent in the office.

Myth #5: Loss of Connection

Technology now enables people to connect at any time of the day in almost any locationMeetings can be held through a myriad of video conferencing applications. Additionally, calendar-sharing apps can help to coordinate team schedules and assist with knowing the availability of team members. Even networking events can now be done virtually. For example, one of our team members created a system for scheduling informal virtual coffee chats between partners and associates to maintain opportunities for networking and mentoring during the pandemic.

It’s important to know what your employees and stakeholders prefer in terms of in-person, hybrid, or virtual-only connection. In a recent survey conducted by BNI of over 2,300 people from around the world, the networking organization asked the participants if they would like their meetings to be: 1) in-person only, 2) online only, or 3) a blend of online and in-person meetings.

One third of the participants surveyed said that they wanted to go back completely to in-person meetings. However, 16% wanted to stick with online meetings only, and almost 51% of the survey respondents were in favor of a blend of meeting both in-person and online. This is a substantial transition from the organizational practice prior to the pandemic, with a full two-thirds of the organization saying that they would prefer some aspect of online meetings to be the norm in the future.

A recent 2021 KPMG CEO Outlook Pulse Survey found that almost half of the CEOs of major corporations around the world do not expect to see a return to “normal” this year. Perhaps a silver lining of the pandemic will be that corporate leaders have overcome their fears of the 5C’s and will now understand how flexibility can benefit their recruitment and retention efforts — not to mention productivity and profitability.

By:Manar Morales & Ivan Misner

Source: 5 Myths About Flexible Work

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Critics:

A flexible work arrangement (FWA) empowers an employee to choose what time they begin to work, where to work, and when they will stop work. The idea is to help manage work-life balance and benefits of FWA can include reduced employee stress and increased overall job satisfaction. On the contrary, some refrain from using their FWA as they fear the lack of visibility can negatively affect their career.

Overall, this type of arrangement has a positive effect on incompatible work/family responsibilities, which can be seen as work affecting family responsibilities or family affecting work responsibilities. FWA is also helpful to those who have a medical condition or an intensive care-giving responsibility, where without FWA, part-time work would be the only option.

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How To Embrace The Post-Pandemic, Digital-Driven Future Of Work

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Digital will separate the winners from the laggards in the hypercompetitive, post-pandemic business landscape, says Ben Pring, Managing Director of Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work. We undertook a global, multi-industry study to understand how businesses are preparing for this future and here’s what we found.

COVID-19 changed digital from a nice-to-have adjunct to a must-have tool at the core of the enterprise. The pandemic forced businesses to reassess how they strategize and execute their digital ambitions in a world that has migrated online, possibly for good in many areas. Those that did not prioritize digital prior to the pandemic found that procrastination was no longer an option — the digital landscape is hypercompetitive.

The Cognizant Center for the Future of Work (CFoW), working with Oxford Economics, recently surveyed 4,000 C-level executives globally to understand how they are putting digital to use and what they hope to achieve in the coming years.

The CFoW found that digital technologies are key to success in the coming years and uncovered six key steps that all organizations can take to more fruitfully apply to gear-up for the fast unfolding digital future:

  • Scrutinize everything because it’s going to change. From how and where employees work, to how customers are engaged, and which products and services are now viable as customer needs and behaviors evolve rapidly.
  • Make technology a partner in work. Innovations in AI, blockchain, natural language processing, IoT and 5G communications are ushering in decades of change ahead and will drive new levels of functionality and performance.
  • Build new workflows to reach new performance thresholds. The most predictable, rote and repetitive activities need to be handed off to software, while humans specialize in using judgment, creativity and language.
  • Make digital competency the prime competency for everyone. No matter what type of work needs to be done, it must have a digital component. Levels of digital literacy need to be built out even among non-technologists, including specialized skills.
  • Begin a skills renaissance. Digital skills such as big data specialists, process automation experts, security analysts, etc. aren’t easy to acquire. To overcome skills shortages, organizations will need to work harder to retain and engage workers.
  • Employees want jobs, but they also want meaning from jobs. How can businesses use intelligent algorithms to take increasing proportions of tasks off workers’ plates, allowing them to spend their time creating value? This search for meaning stretches beyond the individual tasks of the job to what the organization itself stands for.

Here are a few key findings from our research:

Redesigning the workplace is just the beginning: The virus will force enterprises to ask more strategic questions.

A mesh of machine emerges: While IoT is beginning to take hold, few respondents have piloted 5G projects. But over time , the mesh of machines created by IoT and 5G will serve as the foundation for news levels of functionality and possibility.

The 3As-AI , automation and analytics are the engines of digitization: To make the future of work happen, the 3As are emerging as a sophisticated and complex set of tools more deeply embedded in processes.

To learn more, read our whitepaper “The Work Ahead: Digital First (to Last)” or see the full Work Ahead study series.

Ben Pring leads Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work and is a coauthor of the books Monster: A Tough Love Letter On Taming The Machines That Rule Our Jobs, Lives, and Future, What To Do When Machines Do Everything and Code Halos: How the Digital Lives of People, Things, and Organizations Are Changing the Rules of Business. In 2018, he was a Bilderberg Meeting participant. He previously spent 15 years with Gartner as a senior industry analyst, researching and advising on areas such as cloud computing and global sourcing. He can be reached at Benjamin.Pring@cognizant.com

Source: How To Embrace The Post-Pandemic, Digital-Driven Future Of Work

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Critics:

Digitalization  is the adoption of digital technology to transform services or businesses, through replacing non-digital or manual processes with digital processes or replacing older digital technology with newer digital technology. Digital solutions may enable – in addition to efficiency via automation – new types of innovation and creativity, rather than simply enhancing and supporting traditional methods.

One aspect of digital transformation is the concept of ‘going paperless‘ or reaching a ‘digital business maturity’ affecting both individual businesses and whole segments of society, such as government,mass communications,art, health care, and science.

Digital transformation is not proceeding at the same pace everywhere. According to the McKinsey Global Institute‘s 2016 Industry Digitization Index, Europe is currently operating at 12% of its digital potential, while the United States is operating at 18%. Within Europe, Germany operates at 10% of its digital potential, while the United Kingdom is almost on par with the United States at 17%.

One example of digital transformation is the use of cloud computing. This reduces reliance on user-owned hardware and increases reliance on subscription-based cloud services. Some of these digital solutions enhance capabilities of traditional software products (e.g. Microsoft Office compared to Office 365) while others are entirely cloud based (e.g. Google Docs).

As the companies providing the services are guaranteed of regular (usually monthly) recurring revenue from subscriptions, they are able to finance ongoing development with reduced risk (historically most software companies derived the majority of their revenue from users upgrading, and had to invest upfront in developing sufficient new features and benefits to encourage users to upgrade), and delivering more frequent updates often using forms of agile software development internally. This subscription model also reduces software piracy, which is a major benefit to the vendor.

Unlike digitization, digitalization is the ‘organizational process’ or ‘business process’ of the technologically-induced change within industries, organizations, markets and branches. Digitalization of manufacturing industries has enabled new production processes and much of the phenomena today known as the Internet of Things, Industrial Internet, Industry 4.0, machine to machine communication, artificial intelligence and machine vision.

Digitalization of business and organizations has induced new business models (such as freemium), new eGovernment services, electronic payment, office automation and paperless office processes, using technologies such as smart phones, web applications, cloud services, electronic identification, blockchain, smart contracts and cryptocurrencies, and also business intelligence using Big Data. Digitalization of education has induced e-learning and Mooc courses.

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How To Embrace The Post-Pandemic, Digital-Driven Future Of Work

Digital will separate the winners from the laggards in the hypercompetitive, post-pandemic business landscape, says Ben Pring, Managing Director of Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work. We undertook a global, multi-industry study to understand how businesses are preparing for this future and here’s what we found.

COVID-19 changed digital from a nice-to-have adjunct to a must-have tool at the core of the enterprise. The pandemic forced businesses to reassess how they strategize and execute their digital ambitions in a world that has migrated online, possibly for good in many areas. Those that did not prioritize digital prior to the pandemic found that procrastination was no longer an option — the digital landscape is hypercompetitive.

The Cognizant Center for the Future of Work (CFoW), working with Oxford Economics, recently surveyed 4,000 C-level executives globally to understand how they are putting digital to use and what they hope to achieve in the coming years. The CFoW found that digital technologies are key to success in the coming years and uncovered six key steps that all organizations can take to more fruitfully apply to gear-up for the fast unfolding digital future:

  • Scrutinize everything because it’s going to change. From how and where employees work, to how customers are engaged, and which products and services are now viable as customer needs and behaviors evolve rapidly.
  • Make technology a partner in work. Innovations in AI, blockchain, natural language processing, IoT and 5G communications are ushering in decades of change ahead and will drive new levels of functionality and performance.
  • Build new workflows to reach new performance thresholds. The most predictable, rote and repetitive activities need to be handed off to software, while humans specialize in using judgment, creativity and language.
  • Make digital competency the prime competency for everyone. No matter what type of work needs to be done, it must have a digital component. Levels of digital literacy need to be built out even among non-technologists, including specialized skills.
  • Begin a skills renaissance. Digital skills such as big data specialists, process automation experts, security analysts, etc. aren’t easy to acquire. To overcome skills shortages, organizations will need to work harder to retain and engage workers.
  • Employees want jobs, but they also want meaning from jobs. How can businesses use intelligent algorithms to take increasing proportions of tasks off workers’ plates, allowing them to spend their time creating value? This search for meaning stretches beyond the individual tasks of the job to what the organization itself stands for.…Read More……

Ben Pring leads Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work and is a coauthor of the books Monster: A Tough Love Letter On Taming The Machines That Rule Our Jobs, Lives, and Future, What To Do When Machines Do Everything and Code Halos: How the Digital Lives of People, Things, and Organizations Are Changing the Rules of Business. In 2018, he was a Bilderberg Meeting participant. He previously spent 15 years with Gartner as a senior industry analyst, researching and advising on areas such as cloud computing and global sourcing. He can be reached at Benjamin.Pring@cognizant.com.

Source: How To Embrace The Post-Pandemic, Digital-Driven Future Of Work

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Critics:

One of the biggest misconceptions about digital transformation is that it is all about technological change. With companies feeling an urgent need to transform digitally, technology is considered to be the panacea for business problems and a way to speed up transformation.

But while technology is an important part of digital transformation, it can only deliver benefits if it is procured as part of a wider plan.

The issue is that those making the decisions to implement technology for the sake of technology may be focusing on the process of changing their business, rather than targeting their ultimate goals.

In fact, the majority (71 per cent) of IT leaders say their business is so fixated on digital transformation that the projects may not deliver tangible benefits, according to 2019 research from database company Couchbase.

Caroline Carruthers, former chief data officer at Network Rail and Lowell, believes that understanding the problems the business is trying to solve or the value it is aiming to generate is crucial.

“Otherwise, how do we know we’re not cutting a square hole [with technology] rather than a circular one? People hear buzzwords and want a quick fix; it’s engrained that we want things faster, while advances in consumer technology have meant people expect the same from business technology. However, the problems are far more complex,” she says.

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You’re Still Doing Remote Work All Wrong

March 18, 2005, I cleaned out my desk at Registered Rep. magazine, the financial publication I was (I can admit it now) a rather terrible business reporter for, and left a job I’d held for two years. I didn’t leave on bad terms. I liked all my co-workers and there were no sour feelings, but I also didn’t have another job set up.

I just knew I wasn’t a very good business reporter, my boss agreed with me, and thus we went our separate ways. I turned in my key card, filled out some paperwork with HR, and hit the Irish pub across the street for a round of goodbye beers. I wasn’t sure what I’d do next. Maybe try freelancing for a while?

And that, friends, was the last day I worked in an office. Six months later, I founded the sports website Deadspin out of my apartment, and I’ve been working at home as a writer ever since. It has been so long since I worked in an office that my non-office work life is now old enough to drive. Considering every story I’ve read about in-person office life in the last 16 years has been about all the terrible things you’re doing to each other in cubicle-land, it does not seem that I am missing out on much.

What I discovered upon leaving office life was how much more immediately productive I became when I no longer had to commute back and forth every day, when no one ever came by my desk to interrupt me just as I’d really start to hit my groove, when I didn’t feel like my boss would come up and start breathing down my neck at any given moment.

To be sure, working from home isn’t for everybody, but it clearly worked for me: I can’t imagine working any other way now. I certainly didn’t get it right the first year, but I have developed all sorts of lifehacks and shortcuts to maximize my efficiency and sustain a comfortable work-life balance. I’m good at this.

I’ve watched during the past year as you have broken every cardinal work-at-home rule that I’ve honed to a science over the last 16 years.

But then the pandemic hit, and suddenly, many of you were working at home, too. And you, no offense, are terrible at working remotely. You’re all rookies, and you keep making rookie mistakes. I’ve watched during the past year as you have broken every cardinal work-at-home rule that I’ve honed to a science over the last 16 years; it’s a little like watching a toddler try to use a chainsaw. And now the whole world’s a bloody mess.

With the accelerated vaccine rollout and large swaths of the workforce likely returning to the office at some point this year, we’re (hopefully) going to be returning to some semblance of normal — or at the very least a New Normal. But there are still going to be hundreds of thousands of people working from home that previously weren’t before the pandemic. You all need to step up your remote work game and get a lot better at this or risk taking the rest of us down with you. To that end, here are five unbreakable rules, if you’re going to commit to remote working for the long haul.

  1. Do not just wear your pajamas all day. I’m not saying you have to put on a suit and tie like you’re working at a bank or something. (But also it wouldn’t hurt?) Your mind, body, and soul can’t help but not take anything you’re doing all that seriously if you’re still wearing your bedclothes all day. You obviously don’t have to be formal, but you have to set very clear boundaries for “work time” and “off time,” and a great way to do that is to dress accordingly. I recommend, at a minimum, workout clothes, which at least hint to your mind, body, and soul that you should be doing something right now. Changing your clothes before you sit down to work tricks you into believing your surroundings have changed. And tricking yourself that you’re under more scrutiny than you actually are is a key part of working from home. It is truly shocking how many people tell me that they just wear pajamas all day when they’re working at home. No wonder you’re not getting anything done.
  2. Conversely, do not forget that you are also in your home. Whenever someone who has always worked in an office finds out I’ve worked out of home for so long, they always say something like, “I don’t know how you do it. Don’t you just want to go lie down rather than work?” But in practice, it’s the opposite problem: When your home is your office, that means you are in your office all the time. After all, there is always some work to do, and if you are not careful, you will just spend all your waking hours doing it. And we have enough of a national issue with workaholism and burnout as is. The problem is not remembering your home is your office; the problem is remembering that it is not just your office. During the pandemic, it is increasingly obvious that some of you are just sitting at your desk every hour of the day… and nowhere else in your home or apartment. It’s your living area. Live in it.
  3. Limit how much time you spend on social media. This is just a good life tip in general, but the problem with being at your computer all day — particularly when we’re all in the middle of a global pandemic — is that you can get sucked into a doomscrolling black hole. (And after all: That’s supposed to be what lying in bed and not sleeping is for!) Social media is making us all crazy anyway, but when you combine it with cabin fever, you get, well, you get the total madness we’ve all been experiencing over the past year. I recommend the Freedom app, which will block whatever sites you want it to, for as long as you want it to. You’ll be surprised how much happier and productive you are.
  4. Set a clear schedule with set parameters. This goes hand in hand with Rule №2, but you have to make yourself, every day set a time that you stop working, no matter what. (You know: like a job.) I recommend thinking of the day not in terms of hours, but in terms of tasks. Make a list at the beginning of the day. If you get all the tasks done before your set hour, great: You get time to go read a book, play a video game, or put your pajamas back on. But no matter what: Don’t go past that set time, or add to your lists of tasks. Otherwise, you just won’t stop.
  5. Go outside. This is vital, even in a pandemic. (Especially in a pandemic.) People that work from home constantly have to remember that, in spite of all immediately available evidence in front of their face, there is in fact a whole big world just beyond their doorstep. Go see it. Your home, your computer, and your work will be waiting for you right where you left it. And who knows? You might even find work a little easier to crack into upon your return.

Seriously, you all need to head back into the office; I can see how this is making you all nuts. But in case we’re all still stuck, sans office, for a little while longer, you can start by finessing these five unbreakable rules for working at home. For your sake. For mine. For everybody’s. You can thank me later.

Will Leitch

 

By: Will Leitch

Source: Americans Need to Go Back to the Office | Index

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[…] Florida Date Written: March 26, 2021 Melbourne Florida is one of the highest ranked cities for remote working according to Nomadlist […] to the places listed above, Melbourne, FL also has some great coworking spaces that are perfect for remote working […] Our personal favorite spots for remote working in Melbourne, FL are Island Root Kava Egad for their relaxing atmosphere, and Groundswell Startup […]
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5 Tools That Assist Team and Culture Growth While Working Remotely
2021 will be the first year of remote working being the international standard: not just an option for many professionals, but actually th […] we don’t need to dwell on this point, but it would be quite ridiculous to focus on team tools for remote-working teams without touching upon the obvious importance of video conferencing software—and whil […]
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2021 Global Talent Trends Report | The Future of Work | Mercer
[…] We’ve adopted remote working at speed […]
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Ireland unveils ‘Rural Future’ strategy — remote work push to shift city workers to rural areas
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Ses-imagotag : SES-imagotag 2020: Strong improvement in financial results | MarketScreener
[…] Preventative measures and remote-working protocols were swiftly implemented and strictly enforced […]
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Supporting Remote Working | Hollaroo
[…] if you offer a flexible range of ways to engage then you can offer all the benefits of the move to remote working in a supportive and inclusive environment […] discussions had at the summit were that there are actionable steps that can take place to support remote working: Formalise the informal – there are a lot of opportunities to create a formal, virtual activit […]
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Why Digital Adoption Deserves Center Stage
[…] Only 12 percent of CIOs cited training as an important consideration around remote working […]
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Cloudcall reports V shaped recovery | TechMarketView
[…] the pandemic while others embedded customer relationship management (CRM) communications tools into remote working platforms for the first time […]
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​How to not get hurt online
[…] Remote-working software, Office 365 and browsers like Google Chrome are widely used and, therefore, widel […]
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Investegate |Morgan Adv Mat PLC Announcements | Morgan Adv Mat PLC: Annual Financial Report
[…] Risk description, assessment and trend from 2019 The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a rise in remote working and an accelerated shift to cloud platforms, thereby increasing the cyber risk severity due t […]
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How the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ transforms the world of ‘work and play’
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[…] For just one-year, remote working has become a part of our lives as we navigate various lockdowns […] Many companies have begun to adjust and even embrace remote working […]
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Ruby on Rails Jobs
[…] Business Environment & Clients Opportunities for training (technical and professional) Liberal remote working policies Apply for this position
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Recruitment Consultant
[…] This position facilitates 100% remote working […]
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Microsoft Office 365 still the top target among phishing attacks –
anith.com – Today
[…] 0 for Windows 7 64-bit 1 MIN READ MARCH 31, 2021 BUZZ Shadow IT is your organization’s next remote working nightmare 1 MIN READ MARCH 31, 2021 BUZZ Physicists Learn to Superfreeze Antimatter (Hint: Pe […]
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7 Benefits of Cloud Computing for Remote Working
[…] carried into 2021 and will undoubtedly keep up for the foreseeable future, which was an increase in remote working […] The following are seven key benefits of cloud computing for remote working. 1. No Geographical Limitations The key benefit of cloud computing for remote working is, of course, that it removes barriers that would otherwise exist because of geographical location […]
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Business Support Administrator
[…] line with business   Desirable attributes: The Chamber uses a range of cloud-based tools to enable remote working across the team […]
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New research from Samsung Enterprise Edition reveals that over a quarter of UK businesses experienced an increase in security threats during transition to remote working
[…] businesses experienced the most troubling tech challenges when forced into the sudden reality of remote working […] Following the accelerated transition to remote working in 2020, and the increased mobility challenges that came with it, the survey found that 40% o […]
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Cisco is now offering your business everything as a service
[…] (SASE), with Cisco saying this will be especially useful for companies pivoting to an increasingly remote working model, and offers a secure, seamless and visible way to get set up and online […]
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JOB VACANCY: Organisational Development Training Partners PL870e
[…] Development Training Partners Salary: 33 782 – 34 728 Hours: 3 x 37 hours per week Workbase: Remote working available Contract: 12-month fixed term contracts Are you an Organisational Developmen […]
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Investegate |Indivior PLC Announcements | Indivior PLC: Annual Report and Notice of Annual General Meeting
[…] Furthermore, given the remote working environment, the Group continues to closely monitor cybersecurity threats and the overall operating […]
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Product Designer – UX / UI / Figma
Product Designer – UX / UI / Figma / SAAS / AI – Remote Working – £38k   Product Designer with strong UX / UI design and Figma experience required for a VER […]
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Maudo Jallow
[…] ’ On advice for Regent’s students, Maudo suggests: ‘Framing your degree in terms of new skills – remote working, distance learning and digital engagement […]
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Mobile UI/UX Designer at Fleetio – Remote Design Jobs \_ヘ(∀`)
[…] Community service funds Mac laptop Professional development funds Health and wellness incentives Remote working friendly since 2012
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Work Trends Index finds half of employees consider remote working a reason to change jobs
Work Trends Index finds half of employees consider remote working a reason to change jobs Microsoft research reveals changing habits of employees Print Pro Rea […] change jobs Microsoft research reveals changing habits of employees Print Pro Read More: Microsoft remote working 31 March 2021 | 0 The new world of work is here to stay, according to new global and Irish research […] Microsoft has warned that organisations that fail to accommodate remote working are likely to lose employees to competitors offering flexible working practices and tools […] the pandemic, with over 40% of the global workforce considering leaving their employer this year if remote working options are not provided […]
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Leadership Strategies in a Virtual Remade Workforce | AMA
[…] BUILD TRUST The success of the team in remote working is directly tied to your leadership style […]
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Affordable Remote Working | Coronavirus remote working solution
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[…] to the office, and with the possibility of future working restrictions, have you got the right remote working facility for your business?   As a fully managed service, Virtual Digital Office (VDO) is a ne […] from you and see how we can help you get started, contact us today! Providing secure and compliant remote working for businesses of all sizes using Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Allow  your users to work from an […]
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COVID-19 impact: Coronavirus led to a volatile employment trend throughout 2020
[…] Remote working has received mainstream acceptance and many organisations will now be leveraging a hybrid model t […] The past few years also pushed the mechanism of remote working, allowing people from all geographies to jump into the race and compete with the old players […] ” He added, “While remote working has offered a lot of professionals more flexibility to strike a work-life balance, the lockdown has […]
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Stability on the menu: Foolproof stock picks to ride a post-pandemic surge in inflation
[…] The paperless office  Remote working is expected to accelerate the so-called paperless office: fewer lawyers and accountants, fo […]
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Why Do Indians Continue to Face Cyber Attacks? & The Way Ahead
[…] of Indian IT decision-makers say their organisation has experienced a ransomware attack due to remote working conditions […]
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Senior Data Engineer (Data Warehouse team) at WorldRemit (London, UK) | Work with Visa
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[…] 1 for each quarter Cycle to work scheme Various dining and shopping offers *Please note, due to remote working at present, some of our benefits may be temporarily suspended […]
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Druva Cloud Platform Surpasses 2.5 Billion Annual Backups on World Backup Day, Helping Thousands of Businesses Embrace the Cloud Era : @VMblog
vmblog.com – Today
[…] The dramatic and rapid shift to remote working has pushed digitization initiatives to the forefront, with 68 percent of IT decision makers havin […]
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GuardDog.ai Provides Edge Territory Overlay Protection to Networks and Attached Devices with Launch of Protective Cloud Services (PCS) and the Fido Network Security Device : @VMblog
vmblog.com – Today
[…] These remote working environments accessing VPN from homes are dangerous, as end points on Wi-Fi systems make i […]
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Why technology is a critical factor in managing the new ‘long distance’ relationships the financial services industry now relies on
[…] So, as we transition into a future where remote working is the norm, the successful banks of tomorrow will react first and harness the power of sale […]
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Cybersecurity budgets still not keeping up with threats — report
securitybrief.com.au – Today
[…]     COVID-19’s impact on remote working accelerated transformation, but exposed vulnerabilities  COVID-19 had a positive impact o […] they were unprepared for the cybersecurity requirements driven by the sudden need for secure remote working at the onset of the pandemic,” says Clarke […] compelled companies to refresh their cybersecurity strategies, yet the transformational shift to remote working also exposed additional weaknesses […]
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Kasada Named SC Media 2021 Trust Award Finalist for Web Application Solution
salestechstar.com – Today
[…] “A pandemic forced a fast transition to remote working and inspired a wave of new, sophisticated attacks, and the impact of a supply chain breac […]
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Engineering Manager (Frontend) – Cisco Meraki: Camera Team at Cisco Meraki – Remote Developer Jobs \_ヘ(∀`)
[…] REMOTE WORKING IS FINE BUT MUST BE FROM THE BAY AREA IN ORDER TO HAVE FACETIME WITH THE TEAM POST COVID […]
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Microsoft hands IT admins beefed-up Windows release health hub
[…] Microsoft Windows Windows 10 Related Articles Work Trends Index finds half of employees consider remote working a reason to change jobs → Tablet market set for decline as Covid vaccination efforts gathe […]
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Digital Boost
[…] And more – Remote working – Content strategy ‍- And more […]
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Global IoT Operating Systems Market to Reach $7.3 Billion by 2027
siliconnigeria.com.ng – Today
[…] 3) Deploy employee monitoring tools judiciously – Remote working has sparked an ethical debate about whether employers should use remote monitoring software t […]
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Content Marketing Writer at Dataminr
startup.jobs – Today
[…] training generous paid time off; including sick leave and 100% company paid parental leave remote working friendly perks such as expanded telehealth options for mental and physical well being, virtua […]
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Managing turbulent times: moving the dial on healthcare leadership
[…] healthy workforce is critical, both on the clinical frontline and for those newly grappling with remote working […]
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Business and pleasure become one with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+
businesstech.co.za – Today
[…] For just one-year, remote working has become a part of our lives as we navigate various lockdowns […] Many companies have begun to adjust and even embrace remote working […]
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Webinar: Managing Marketing in a Remote Working World
hub.screendragon.com – Today
Screendragon webinar examining the challenges associated with remote working and how to overcome them with technological and project management solutions.
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Data risk report shows healthcare worker has access to 31,000 sensitive files on first day of work
[…] underscores the importance of data security as organisations manage the security gaps created from remote working and cloud migration […]
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World Backup Day 2021: The evolution of backup technologies in the data-centric era
datacentrereview.com – Today
[…] Cloud and backup technology advancements and the shift to remote working due to the current pandemic have forced many organisations to look at their current backup set ups, […]
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Edge computing: 5 examples of how enterprises are using it now | The Enterprisers Project
enterprisersproject.com – Today
[…] Remote workforce support The pandemic has pushed many organizations quickly into remote working, dispersing the location of employees around the region, country, or globe […]
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Information Security Manager – IT Security, ISO 27001 – £60k with ref. PG-IS0-1_1617190101 – Spectrum IT Recruitment
[…] Security Manager – IT Security Manager – ISO 27001 Hampshire offices – £50- £60k + benefits + Remote working options We are recruiting for an Information Security Manager / IT Security Manager to join […]
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Shadow IT is your organization’s next remote working nightmare
[…] Remote working has introduced a cluster of headaches for organizational IT teams, with security being perhaps th […] – felt that technology had been a barrier while working from home, with Forcepoint suggesting that remote working had had a psychological impact on employers that resulted in them taking more IT security risks […] “Lockdown has been a stressful time for everyone, and while employers have admirably supported remote working with technology and connectivity, the human factor must not be overlooked,” said Cunningham […]
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Uniphore Raises $140 Mn In Series D, Eyes $100 Mn ARR In FY22
inc42.com – Today
[…] needs remotely using AI-based automation  replacing traditional support centres amid lockdowns and remote working […]
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Absolute Software Reveals Sixty-Six Percent of Enterprises Adopting Endpoint
martechseries.com – Today
[…]  Firms are refocusing their security priorities to match the realities of remote working […]
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Cisco unpacks strategy to help service providers connect, secure and automate their networks
htxt.co.za – Today
[…] This as remote working and the very nature of work itself has changed in recent years and requires innovative solutions to […]
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Working from home vs. working in a co-working space
[…]   Remote working from home can also be incredibly isolating, meaning that you’ve got no-one but the cat/dog/po […] As the number of remote working freelance professional grows, so too does the number of available ‘hot desks’ available i […]   The main reason that my remote working colleagues opt for renting desk or office space in a co-working office is for the social benefits […]
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Essential Employee Benefits for Any Online Clothing Business
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[…] Your online clothing business lends itself to remote working, as your employees can do everything they need to do from home, be it monitoring and orderin […]
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Unified Digital Experiences at Scale | TEKsystems
[…] At this time last year, we all had to become experts in remote working, selling and communicating […]
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Big bucks, free bikes and Jimmy John’s perks: These 6 places will pay you to relocate in the WFH era
[…] Council’s “Life Works Here” program, the organization is offering a $10,000 incentive for “top remote working talent” relocating to the area […] do’s and don’ts (free PDF) (TechRepublic) RFP templates and guidebook  (TechRepublic Premium) Remote working 101: Professional’s guide to the tools of the trade (ZDNet) Tech history: Check out ou […]
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IT Pro 20/20: Meet the companies leaving the office for good
[…] a handful of companies have taken the bold decision to close their offices for good and extend the remote working policies that have worked so well during lockdown […]
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Virtual Software Engineering Conference | May 17-28, 2021
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[…] Architecture Operating Microservices WebAssembly Chaos Engineering Serverless IaC Kubernetes Remote Working / WFH Strategies Observability / Telemetry Building High Performing Teams Event-Drive […]
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Inclusion in the workplace | HR Masterclass | Food Matters Careers
[…]   Through remote working I don’t get many opportunities to speak to anybody outside of my company! The part on “Wha […]
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Account Control Technology Holdings Digitizes Hiring With PandaDoc
martechseries.com – Today
[…] The lean, mostly remote-working HR team had been manually sending paper documents for offer letters, onboarding paperwork, an […]
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PRCA Small Business Heroes | PRCA
[…] retail, leisure, hospitality and aviation have fared badly, whilst others that are set-up for remote working or enabled by tech have shown resilience and have been able to demonstrate significant growth […]
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POST Luxembourg chooses for new 400G backbone network
[…] Bandwidth growth is also being driven by the new normal’s increased focus on remote working and secure workplace-home connectivity […]
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Remote Tech Lead, Clojure – WeFarm
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[…] APPLY SEE MORE Salary Competitive Contract type Full time Remote working Technologies & frameworks KUBERNETES CLOJURE DOCKER AWS Benefits & perks Remote working Flexible working Stocked kitchen Parental leave Bike friendly Casual dress 25 days holiday Dail […]
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B2B Research – we have launched our virtual summit!
mrs.informz.net – Today
[…] how Covid 19 is influencing business strategy, psychology and attitudes  Consider the effect remote working will have on future B2B research methodologies  Examine novel approaches to optimising client […]
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Orion Work Experience Scheme, June – November 2021, Orion Publishing Group | Jobs and careers with Hachette UK
jobs.hachette.co.uk – Today
[…] We also fully support flexible and remote working […]
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Wells Fargo plans to bring workers back to office in September
[…] Building Society and Santander UK said last week they would slash their office space, cementing remote working arrangements put in place during the COVID-19 crisis […]
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UX Designer, London
[…] There’s plenty of remote working on offer too – you can work remotely as long as you’re able to commute to the office occasionally […]
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Apex International :: Jobs Listing
[…] rate of pay Contract Type: Contract – Full Time Start: ASAP – minimum 12 month contract Location: Remote working in the UK Category: Pharmaceutical Industry   Reference: 2903QAMGDP Minimum 12 month contract for a […] rate of pay Contract Type: Contract – Part Time Start: ASAP – minimum 12 month contract Location: Remote working Category: Pharmaceutical Industry   Reference: 1703PTMAR Part-time UK remote working contract for a final signatory with considerable ABPI sign-off and medical affairs experience Fo […]
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Fleetio: Mobile UI/UX Designer
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[…] Community service funds Mac laptop Professional development funds Health and wellness incentives Remote working friendly since 2012 Apply for this position Share this job: Help us maintain the quality of job […]
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Mobile UI/UX Designer | OKJob
okjob.io – Today
[…] Community service funds Mac laptop Professional development funds Health and wellness incentives Remote working friendly since 2012
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distinctive people : HR consultants and business professionals
distinctivepeople.co.uk – Today
[…] Salary: £28,000 – £32,000 Location: Redcar (working across the Tees Valley – currently remote working) For more information and to request a Job Pack: Please call 01642 484 845 or emai […]
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PHP developer at Claromentis Ltd – Remote Developer Jobs \_ヘ(∀`)
[…] each year of service up to a maximum of 30 days per annum (plus bank holidays) Flexible hours and remote working policy A generous £1,000 annual training budget which rises to £1,500 after your first yea […]
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Young mother with rare heart condition successfully delivers baby thanks to Midlands hospitals teamwork
[…]   However, with expansion of local expertise and the difficulties imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, remote working has become possible and necessary […]
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World Backup Day 2021: A 10-Year Anniversary Celebration with Experts
solutionsreview.com – Today
[…] false domain names, and other attacks on IT infrastructure as teams quickly pivoted to remote working […]
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Clinical Case Manager ( Community Center-Dually Served Youth and Family) – Orlando
[…] bonuses, for direct support professionals (DSP) and other staff members + Flexible schedules, remote working where possible, and redeployment between programs and services + Hazard pay for those supportin […]
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How to Promote Employee Wellbeing at Workplace
[…] In fact, the worldwide pandemic, and with it comes remote working, is a wake-up call for organizations to invest in employee wellbeing initiatives […]
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Live Networking Session —
[…] of ED & I, the role of male allies, how women can help each other advance their careers and whether remote working is the way forward […]
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Unlimited free Google Meet calls will be available for a little longer than expected
[…] conferencing fatigue is currently at an all-time high, more than a year since the transition to remote working, the extension of unlimited Google Meet sessions will be a relief to many […]
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Why Is Custom Software Development Crucial for Business Success?
[…] Software designed for remote working will meet the unique workplace requirements and maintain privacy without affecting the regula […]
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