Poynter: What we lost and what we found after a year working from home

Poynter: What we lost and what we found after a year working from home. “Most journalists have not said goodbye, forever, to the spaces where they worked and met. But since last March, a lot of us have worked from home without the hum of phone calls and conversations, shouts of news, sad desk lunches, coffee breaks, tedious meetings, supply runs or any of the other things that make a workplace an actual place to work. It’s been a long, tragic year since our homes became our offices.”

Google rejigs remote working as it reopens offices (BBC)

BBC: Google rejigs remote working as it reopens offices. “Google is changing its work-from-home policy as it looks to get more people back into its US offices. The tech firm will only allow employees to work from home for more than 14 days a year if they apply for it. Google will continue its current work-from-home arrangements until 1 September but will allow people to return voluntarily from next month.”

CNET: Facebook plans to start reopening offices on May 10

CNET: Facebook plans to start reopening offices on May 10. “Facebook on Friday confirmed plans to open its Menlo Park, California, headquarters at 10% capacity on May 10 if coronavirus case numbers continue to fall, as previously reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. The social network’s Fremont, California, offices will follow on May 17, its Sunnyvale, California, location on May 24 and its downtown San Francisco towers on June 7.”

Indiana University: Self-compassion can alleviate feelings of loneliness due to remote work, IUPUI study finds

Indiana University: Self-compassion can alleviate feelings of loneliness due to remote work, IUPUI study finds. “When people feel lonely, the study found, they experience more depressive symptoms, and they are less likely to go above and beyond in their jobs, such as helping a co-worker — something many organizations may have hoped their employees would do during the pandemic. But there is hope — in the form of self-compassion.”

CNET: Over 80% of workers don’t want to go back to the office full time, survey finds

CNET: Over 80% of workers don’t want to go back to the office full time, survey finds. “A survey by Harvard Business School has found 81% of people who have been working from home through the COVID-19 pandemic either don’t want to go back or prefer a hybrid schedule. Of the 1,500 remote workers surveyed for the study, 27% hope to continue working remotely full time indefinitely, while 61% would prefer to mix working from home with going into the office two or three days a week.”

Vox EU: Working from home in developing countries

Vox EU: Working from home in developing countries. “The ability to work from home, which has proved crucial to the resilience of labour markets during the Covid-19 pandemic, may have shifted employment patterns permanently. Data on this shift have thus far come largely from advanced economies. This column proposes a measure of the ability to work from home in low- and middle-income countries.”

CNET: Gen Z is getting screwed by remote work, Microsoft survey finds

CNET: Gen Z is getting screwed by remote work, Microsoft survey finds. “A new study from Microsoft, released Monday, found that among the more than 31,000 workers it surveyed, 73% hoped remote work options would continue when the pandemic ends. Even Gen Z applicants were slightly more likely to apply for a job with remote options than for one strictly in an office. But those workers are also facing particular drawbacks.”

CNBC: Some cities are paying people up to $16,000 to move there—this online directory will help you find them

CNBC: Some cities are paying people up to $16,000 to move there—this online directory will help you find them. “MakeMyMove currently lists 37 relocation offers on its pages, some through paid promotions and others for free. Each destination has its own page listing the incentive programs on offer, how much they’re worth, who qualifies and how to apply.”

New York Times: The Pandemic and the Future City

New York Times: The Pandemic and the Future City. “In 1957 Isaac Asimov published ‘The Naked Sun,’ a science-fiction novel about a society in which people live on isolated estates, their needs provided by robots and they interact only by video. The plot hinges on the way this lack of face-to-face contact stunts and warps their personalities. After a year in which those of us who could worked from home — albeit served by less fortunate humans rather than robots — that sounds about right. But how will we live once the pandemic subsides?”

CNET: Zoom anxiety is still a major problem, one year into the pandemic

CNET: Zoom anxiety is still a major problem, one year into the pandemic. “One year into the pandemic, video chat platforms have afforded many people the ability to work from home and stay connected to family and friends. We’ve heard a lot about ‘Zoom fatigue’ — the sense of utter exhaustion you feel after a day of staring at your screen for on-camera meetings, worsened when most of your after-work socializing is happening through video, too. But the related concept of ‘Zoom anxiety’ has gotten less attention, though it can be more debilitating for many — and have potential career implications.”