The Verge: Microsoft is letting more employees work from home permanently

The Verge: Microsoft is letting more employees work from home permanently. “Microsoft will now allow employees to work from home freely for less than 50 percent of their working week, or for managers to approve permanent remote work. Employees who opt for the permanent remote work option will give up their assigned office space, but still have options to use touchdown space available at Microsoft’s offices.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google Asks Workers Who Went Abroad for Covid to Return

BNN Bloomberg: Google Asks Workers Who Went Abroad for Covid to Return. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google advised workers to return to the country where they’re employed by the end of the year, according to a person familiar with the matter. During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mountain View, California-based company allowed some of its staff to move abroad for personal reasons, such as returning to their home country, and continue working remotely.”

Fast Company: This site has over a dozen free tools to keep you from burning out

Fast Company: This site has over a dozen free tools to keep you from burning out. “When you’re working from home, it’s all too easy to develop some bad habits. Maybe you’re staring at the screen for too long without interruption, or hunching over your laptop with little regard for posture. Or perhaps you’re just working too much in the first place. A new website called Working Den wants to help with all that, offering a free suite of tools that promote a healthier remote work routine. ”

From burnout to breakthrough: How to make working from anywhere work for you (ZDNet)

ZDNet: From burnout to breakthrough: How to make working from anywhere work for you. “Working from home requires a deliberate design around your schedule — those boundaries are essential to your long-term success. Many rituals and routines change when your home becomes your workplace. When your commute changes from 60 minutes to six steps, it’s easy to fall out of a standard routine. But business is a process: Working from home is a process as well.”

Route Fifty: Generation Work-From-Home May Never Recover

Route Fifty: Generation Work-From-Home May Never Recover. “If the Covid‑19 experiment has proved anything, it’s that employees can be productive without being physically present, so why not jettison expensive corporate leases and free everyone from commutes? But the longer people spend editing spreadsheets or taking conference calls at the kitchen table, the more obvious it is that workers lose far more than physical space when they lose their office.”

Washington Post: We’re doing our best with Zoom. But we’ll still need offices — and each other.

Washington Post: We’re doing our best with Zoom. But we’ll still need offices — and each other.. “It’s been more than five months since any of us who edit, produce or write for this Opinions section worked in the same room together. Hopefully you, dear reader, have noticed no ill effects. And if you have not, then newspapers that have recently announced the permanent closure of their bricks-and-mortar newsrooms must be on to something, right? Wrong. Very wrong.”

The Atlantic: The Workforce Is About to Change Dramatically

The Atlantic: The Workforce Is About to Change Dramatically. “You live where you work is a truism as ancient as grain farming; which means it’s as ancient as the city itself. But the internet specializes in disentangling the bundles of previous centuries, whether it’s cable TV, the local newspaper, or the department store. Now, with the pandemic shuttering the face-to-face economy, it seems poised to weaken the spatial relationship between work and home. When the pandemic is over, one in six workers is projected to continue working from home or co-working at least two days a week, according to a recent survey by economists at Harvard Business School.”

CTV News: Google will let employees work from home until at least next summer

CTV News: Google will let employees work from home until at least next summer. “The company had previously said most employees would be working remotely through the end of 2020, with some employees being allowed back into the office sooner. But the decision to extend the remote work policy well into next year indicates that one of the world’s largest tech companies is bracing for a long pandemic — and could prompt other businesses to follow suit.”

Coronavirus: What would working from home in Barbados really be like? (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: What would working from home in Barbados really be like?. “The Barbados Welcome Stamp, which has just started taking applications, gives international visitors the opportunity to work remotely on the island for up to a year. Palm trees, sun, and blue skies sound like a dream to many, but even stunning locations have their pros and cons, especially during a pandemic. So what can remote workers expect if they take up the tempting offer?”

FedTech Magazine: Government Leaders Offer Telework Info for Workers and Citizens

FedTech Magazine: Government Leaders Offer Telework Info for Workers and Citizens. “Even as the federal government responded to the needs of the nation during the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic, it also had to act as an employer with 4.3 million workers who wanted to know their agency’s plan to protect them from illness or to work remotely. Federal leaders turned to social media to advise citizens and guide employees, who shared the same challenges that the rest of the country faced during the COVID-19 restrictions.”

CNBC: Tech companies are ending leases and consolidating offices as remote work is here to stay

CNBC: Tech companies are ending leases and consolidating offices as remote work is here to stay. “On a Saturday in April, several executives from SoundCommerce rented a U-Haul, drove it to their office in Seattle and loaded up the truck with stand-up desks, 48-inch monitors and various other gadgets and personal belongings. For two days, they traversed town, dropping the items off at employees’ houses and apartments. With the coronavirus forcing non-essential employees to shelter in place, it had been weeks since any the start-up’s 20 or so staffers had worked at the office. It was clear they wouldn’t be going back.”

CNET: Apple probably won’t reopen its offices until 2021, report says

CNET: Apple probably won’t reopen its offices until 2021, report says. “As coronavirus cases surge across the US, Apple reportedly no longer expects to have corporate employees return to offices in 2020. The tech giant is also encouraging retail employees to work remotely as more store locations shutter, according to a report from Bloomberg on Monday.”

Computer Business Review: Fujitsu to Slash Office Space by 50% As Remote Shift Becomes Permanent

Computer Business Review: Fujitsu to Slash Office Space by 50% As Remote Shift Becomes Permanent. “­­­­­­Technology firm Fujitsu has announced that it will be cutting its office space by 50 percent over the next two years in a bid to promote a ‘work life shift’. Amid a global climate of ongoing realignment around working environments, 80,000 workers will be asked to primarily work from home, the multinational said in a Japanese language release today.”

MakeUseOf: How to Use Google Forms to Get Updates From Your Remote Team

MakeUseOf: How to Use Google Forms to Get Updates From Your Remote Team. “Google Forms is a terrific and intuitive tool for gathering information from clients, customers, and employees. You can easily create and customize a form, share it in a few different ways, and then analyze the answers. If you’re in a work situation where you have a remote team, Google Forms can be an effective method for obtaining updates. You can use it for a specific project or simple work updates that you request daily or weekly.”