Getting Rid of Remote Work Will Take More Than a Downturn

As the economy slows, a handful of prominent C.E.O.s have tried to put an end to remote work. But some economists say that even in a cooler labor market, working from home is likely to remain common.

#labor-and-jobs, #saturdaynewsletter, #telecommuting, #workplace-environment

Remote Workers Descend on Mexico City, and Housing Prices Surge

American and Europeans are using Airbnb to find long-term rentals in Mexico’s capital, pushing housing costs higher and, critics say, forcing out local residents.

#affordable-housing, #airbnb, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #sheinbaum-claudia, #telecommuting

Elon Musk, Management Guru?

Why the Twitter owner’s ruthless, unsparing style has made him a hero to many bosses in Silicon Valley.

#andreessen-horowitz, #andreessen-marc-l, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #employee-fringe-benefits, #executives-and-management-theory, #labor-and-jobs, #musk-elon, #social-media, #telecommuting, #twitter, #workplace-environment

Downtown Comebacks

The pandemic tested and reshaped the hearts of American cities.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #homeless-persons, #internal-storyline-no, #telecommuting

Forget Free Coffee. What Matters Is if Workers Feel Returning Is Worth It.

Commutes are still painful, readers say. And it’s hard to give up the joys of working from home. But many of those who have gone back to the office say they like it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #telecommuting, #workplace-environment

For Disabled Workers, a Tight Labor Market Opens New Doors

With Covid prompting more employers to consider remote arrangements, employment has soared among adults with disabilities.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disabilities, #discrimination, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #telecommuting, #united-states-economy, #workplace-environment

Remote Work Is Here to Stay. Lean In, Employers.

A baby boomlet may not have been 2021’s only productivity increase.

#child-care, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #internal-sub-only-nl, #parenting, #telecommuting, #washington-post, #work-life-balance

While You’re in the Air, Pilots’ Key Partners May Be Working From Home

Two airlines allow dispatchers, who share operational authority over flights, to do their jobs remotely. Some in the industry take issue with that.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #federal-aviation-administration, #labor-and-jobs, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #republic-airways-holdings-inc, #skywest-inc, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Burnout, Productivity and Other Tales of the Office

Readers discuss new aspects of the workplace during the pandemic. Also: A political balance; Vladimir Putin and Mikhail Gorbachev; student newspapers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-party, #education-k-12, #gorbachev-mikhail-s, #newspapers, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #telecommuting, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government, #workplace-environment

Is New York City Finally Returning to the Office?

With rising subway ridership and office occupancy, the city’s post-Labor Day return has offered early signs that New York may finally be turning over a new chapter in its recovery.

#adams-eric-l, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-day, #levine-mark-d, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #telecommuting, #transit-systems, #workplace-environment

So You Wanted to Get Work Done at the Office?

Some are nostalgic for the silence they had at home, especially since in-office perks, aimed at luring people back, can make it harder to concentrate.

#labor-and-jobs, #productivity, #telecommuting

The Office’s Last Stand

It’s either the end of the era of flexibility around where work takes place — or the beginning of outright rebellion.

#coronavirus-return-to-office, #credit-karma-inc, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance

Is the Remote Work Revolution Flopping, Succeeding or Both?

Anne Helen Petersen and Charlie Warzel discuss how the great retreat from office life could make work better for everyone.

#audio-neutral-informative, #out-of-office-how-to-work-from-home-telecommute-or-workshift-successfully-book, #paid-time-off, #petersen-anne-helen, #slack-technologies-inc, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

You’re Being Watched

Employers have a new tool in the struggle with employees over workplace power: constant monitoring.

#internal-storyline-no, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #telecommuting

Is it OK to Work on Vacation? Yes, If You Do it Right.

The boundaries between work and life are already blurred. If you embrace that reality, you can make it work to your advantage.

#anxiety-and-stress, #families-and-family-life, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #telecommuting, #travel-and-vacations, #work-life-balance, #working-hours

Return to Office: Young Workers Shouldn’t Stay Remote Forever

Many offices are desolate, open plan landscapes dotted with individuals staring at screens, headphones on. It doesn’t have to be that way.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #labor-and-jobs, #musk-elon, #telecommuting, #united-states, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment, #zillow-com

Luxury Rental Buildings Take ‘Working From Home’ to the Next Level

Developers are adding professional office spaces to the list of amenities in their mostly new buildings in cities around the country.

#co-working, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #telecommuting, #workplace-environment

Has remote work changed your relationships with colleagues?

Tell us about your experience with work friendships when you’re not in the office.

#internal-open-access, #telecommuting, #workplace-environment

The Magic of Your First Work Friends

Early-career connections can be life-defining. For young people entering the work force today, the connections over Zoom are shaky.

#friendship, #kahneman-daniel, #labor-and-jobs, #lewis-michael, #loneliness, #telecommuting, #tversky-amos, #workplace-environment

Why New York’s City Workers Are Quitting in Droves

Competition from the private sector and the government’s balky hiring practices have prompted thousands to flee city government.

#adams-eric-l, #buildings-department-nyc, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #government-employees, #housing-preservation-and-development-department, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #telecommuting

The Pandemic Flight of Wealthy New Yorkers Was a Once-in-a-Century Shock

New tax data reveal a steep population loss in 2020, toward the start of the pandemic. The exodus was temporary, but how much of its effects could be permanent?

#census, #immigration-and-emigration, #income-tax, #new-york-city, #population, #relocation-of-business, #telecommuting

How Covid Did Away With the Sick Day

Some workers have no choice but to clock in. Others find the flexibility of remote work leads them to log in from their sick beds.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #productivity, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting

Seeking a Return to Offices, Bosses Lost Leverage

Employer plans have played out like a game of chicken. Now workers are rebelling outright, and executives are trying everything to make the office worth it.

#coronavirus-return-to-office, #relocation-of-business, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

Elon Musk Tells Tesla and SpaceX Workers to Return to Office 40 Hours a Week

In emails to workers at SpaceX and Tesla, Mr. Musk said they were required to spend a minimum of 40 hours a week in the office.

#coronavirus-return-to-office, #musk-elon, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #telecommuting, #tesla-motors-inc, #workplace-environment

Working 9 to 2, and Again After Dinner

The pandemic upended the rigid 9-to-5 workday. Enter the age of the “triple peak” day.

#quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #working-hours

A Hybrid-Work Challenge: Monitoring Attendance

A hybrid-work challenge: taking attendance.

#coronavirus-return-to-office, #executives-and-management-theory, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #united-states, #workplace-environment

Wall Street Banks Are Getting Flexible on Working From Home

Many big banks are offering flexible working arrangements — sometimes grudgingly — as they chase talent that would rather stay home.

#bank-of-new-york-mellon-corporation, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #citigroup-inc, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #hsbc-holdings-plc, #naratil-thomas-c-1961, #telecommuting, #ubs-ag, #work-life-balance

The Pandemic Has Made Island Life Even More Appealing

Plentiful air travel options, the rise of remote work and increased on-site amenities have transformed the island experience.

#bahama-islands, #canary-islands, #caribbean-area, #hawaii-the-big-island, #islands, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #telecommuting

After Two Years of Remote Work, Workers Question Office Life

The office was never one size fits all. It was one size fits some, with the expectation that everybody else would squeeze in.

#coronavirus-return-to-office, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

Can Workers Climb the Career Ladder Working Remotely?

Translating opportunities for networking, mentoring and advancement to the virtual world isn’t easy.

#careers-and-professions, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #dealbookworkplace, #labor-and-jobs, #telecommuting, #workplace-environment

Remote Work Doesn’t Have to Be the ‘Mommy Track’

Despite the hand-wringing of some commentary.

#coronavirus-return-to-office, #internal-sub-only-nl, #parenting, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance

For Workers Who Are Never on Site, the ‘Off-Site’ Still Beckons

Some companies find bonding outside the tasks of a typical workday is more important than ever if that workday remains remote.

#computers-and-the-internet, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #workplace-environment

Say Hello Again to the Office, Fingers Crossed

Antsy executives have a message for their employees: Plans to return to in-person work are real this time.

#american-express-company, #bank-of-new-york-mellon-corporation, #chevron-corporation, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #express-employment-professionals, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #google-inc, #gorman-james-p, #intuit-inc, #jefferies-group-inc, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #morgan-stanley, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #telecommuting, #workplace-environment, #wylde-kathryn-s

Babies Have Entered the Chat

Up close and personal with work-from-home parents — and their unruly new colleagues.

#babies-and-infants, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #futureofwork2022, #labor-and-jobs, #parenting, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #zoom-video-communications

How a Casual Workplace Can Hurt Workers

The pandemic has eroded many of the formalities of white-collar work — changes that may benefit employers more than their employees.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #united-states, #work-life-balance, #working-hours, #workplace-environment

Goldman Sachs Follows Wall Street Rivals in Asking Staff to Work From Home

In a shift in policy as Covid cases rise, the Wall Street firm urged U.S. employees who can work remotely to do so until Jan. 18.

#bank-of-america-corporation, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #citigroup-inc, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #deutsche-bank-ag, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #morgan-stanley, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wells-fargocompany, #workplace-environment

The Worst of Both Worlds: Zooming From the Office

Work life for many is in a mushy middle ground, and what’s at stake isn’t just who is getting talked over in meetings. It’s whether flexibility is sustainable, even with all the benefits it confers.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #workplace-environment

If Remote Work Empties Downtowns, Can Theaters Fill Their Seats?

Since the pandemic, San Francisco has embraced work-from-home policies. Now venues and concert halls are wondering if weeknight audiences are a thing of the past.

#classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #culture-arts, #magic-theater, #opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-arts-commission, #san-francisco-ballet, #san-francisco-opera, #san-francisco-symphony, #telecommuting, #theater, #war-memorial-opera-house

Why Co-Working Spaces Are Betting on the Suburbs

Start-ups are betting that the pandemic has spawned a new kind of worker who wants an office space closer to home, without the long commute.

#co-working, #daybase, #hoboken-nj, #industrious-office, #new-york-city, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-board-of-new-york, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #telecommuting, #westfield-nj, #wework-companies-inc, #workplace-environment

Return to Office Makes a Big Difference for Budding Lawyers

The generational divide on returning to the office is not neatly drawn. For some young professionals, even in a pandemic, showing up is more than half the battle.

#careers-and-professions, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dickinson-wright, #legal-profession, #millennial-generation, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

A Home Built for the Next Pandemic

A new Covid concept house pitches itself as empowering and feminist. Is it?

#affordable-housing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-sub-only, #parenting, #telecommuting, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Tech Jobs Are Everywhere Now

New data show that companies are increasingly hiring outside of places like Silicon Valley.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-sub-only, #labor-and-jobs, #musk-elon, #relocation-of-business, #tai-katherine-1974, #telecommuting, #tesla-motors-inc, #urban-areas

Productivity Tips: Forget About Being Productive.

People and industries measure how productive they are in similar ways. This extended period of remote work for many has revealed how flawed that can be.

#labor-and-jobs, #productivity, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #working-hours

Want a Can’t Miss Productivity Tip? Forget About Being Productive.

People and industries measure how productive they are in similar ways. This extended period of remote work for many has revealed how flawed that can be.

#labor-and-jobs, #productivity, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #working-hours

Docs startup Almanac raises $34 million from Tiger as remote work shift hardens

As companies continue to delay their returns to the office and find temporary remote work policies becoming permanent, the startups building tooling for remote work-first cultures are finding a seemingly endless supply of customers.

“Companies are finding the shift to remote work is not a one-time aberration due to Covid,” Almanac CEO Adam Nathan tells TechCrunch. “Over the past several months we’ve seen pretty explosive revenue growth.”

Almanac, which builds a doc editor that takes feature cues like version control from developer platforms like Github, has been seizing on the shift to remote work, onboarding new customers through its open source office document library Core while pushing features that allow for easier onboarding like an online company handbook builder.

In the past couple years, timelines between funding rounds have been shrinking for fast-growing startups. Almanac announced its $9 million seed round earlier this year led by Floodgate, now they’re taking the wraps off of a $34 million Series A led by the pandemic’s most prolific startup investment powerhouse — Tiger Global. Floodgate again participated in the raise, alongside General Catalyst and a host of angels.

The company wants its collaborative doc editor to be the way more companies fully embrace online productivity software, leaving local-first document editors in the dust. While Alphabet’s G Suite is a rising presence in the office productivity suite world, Microsoft Office is still the market’s dominant force.

“We see ourselves as a generational challenger to Microsoft Office,” Nathan says. “It’s not only an old product, but it’s totally outmoded for what we do to today.”

While investors have backed plenty of startups based on pandemic era trends that have already seemed to fizzle out, the growing shift away from office culture or even hybrid culture towards full remote work has only grown more apparent as employees place a premium on jobs with flexible remote policies.

Major tech companies like Facebook have found themselves gradually adjusting policies towards full-remote work for staff that can do their jobs remotely. Meanwhile, Apple’s more aggressive return-to-office plan has prompted a rare outpouring of public and private criticism from employees at the company. Nathan only expects this divide to accelerate as more companies come tor grips with the shifting reality.

“I personally don’t believe that hybrid is a thing,” he says. “You have to pick a side, you’re either office culture or ‘cloud culture.’”

#almanac, #alphabet, #articles, #ceo, #cloud-computing, #economy, #general-catalyst, #github, #human-resource-management, #major, #microsoft, #onboarding, #productivity, #recruitment, #software, #startup-company, #startups, #telecommuting, #tiger-global

Rippling launches computer inventory management as more workers remain remote

Rippling, a startup building a platform to manage all aspects of employee data, from payroll and benefits through to device management, launched Rippling Inventory Management, what founder and CEO Parker Conrad is touting as the “world’s first cloud IT closet.”

The dashboard enables businesses to automatically store, ship and retrieve employee computers in a way that is remote and hands-free. Rippling stores and monitors company devices so they no longer need an “IT closet” on-site or utilize an employee’s home. Rippling also manages the logistics related to the devices, including wiping and assigning devices and issuing prepaid mailers for machines that need to be returned.

Customers pay a per employee, per month fee to use the dashboard to hire, or fire employees, and set up all of the apps (and access) that the employee will need on their computer. In addition, the user can see all of the outstanding shipments and where they are in the process of being delivered or returned.

The product launch is buoyed by a massive $145 million Series B round in 2020 that gave the company a valuation of $1.35 billion.

Rippling inventory management gif. Image Credits: Rippling

The inventory management platform stems from a problem Rippling saw as remote work became more prevalent over the past 18 months, Conrad told TechCrunch. The company itself used to have an IT closet, which he considers “the last physical part about managing employees.”

“What this does is kill the IT closet,” he added. “If you don’t work in an office and decide to leave, some companies don’t have a process on how to get the former employee’s device back. We had a situation ourselves where employees would ship computers back to one person, and she had them stacked up in her apartment.”

The leadership team spent a long time looking for an inventory management service, and also saw customers posting about it on social media. However, Conrad considers this a problem that didn’t really exist until March 2020.

He explained that with the exception of a few outlier companies, most were not remote and physically handed a computer to new employees or gathered them from the desk of someone who left. Once they were remote, it was difficult to keep track of who had which device and how to get them back if needed.

“Everyone can be done online now, and you don’t have to come into the office to sign paperwork,” Conrad said. “This is the last piece that companies need and works to solve the last-mile problem.”

 

#enterprise, #funding, #hiring, #it, #logistics, #mobile-device-management, #parker-conrad, #personnel, #rippling, #saas, #social-media, #startups, #tc, #telecommuting

De Blasio’s Return-to-Work Mandate for City Employees Is a Mistake

The mayor’s rushed, illogical return-to-office mandate for city employees is a big mistake.

#city-planning-department-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

NY Edges Closer to Pre-Covid Life, as City Workers Return

The city’s more than 300,000 municipal employees must report to full-time, in-person work on Monday. Many of them are not happy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #district-council-37, #government-employees, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #organized-labor, #telecommuting, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-environment

New York Edges Closer to Prepandemic Life, as City Workers Return

The city’s more than 300,000 municipal employees must report to full-time, in-person work on Monday. Many of them are not happy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #district-council-37, #government-employees, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #organized-labor, #telecommuting, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-environment

If You Never Met Your Co-Workers in Person, Did You Even Work There?

As the pandemic drags on, more people are beginning and leaving new jobs without once seeing their colleagues face-to-face, leading to an easy-come, easy-go attitude toward workplaces.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dapper-labs-inc, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #pricewaterhousecoopers, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment