Make Tech Easier: 12 of the Best Job Search Sites for Remote Work

Make Tech Easier: 12 of the Best Job Search Sites for Remote Work. “As commuting to work is minimized, employees are able to better utilize their time to be more productive or take care of their personal errands they might have otherwise needed to do during work hours. Remote work has shown itself to be a big win for everyone involved. Read on to discover some of the best sites to search for remote work.” Some of these resources are more about freelancing than full-timing, but it’s still a solid list.

‘Worse than the worst-case scenario’: Belgium tightens coronavirus rules (Politico Europe)

Politico Europe: ‘Worse than the worst-case scenario’: Belgium tightens coronavirus rules. “New testing centers will be opened and from December 2, a new website will serve as a substitute for the overwhelmed contact-and-tracing service. Working from home will be compulsory four days a week until December 19 — as opposed to December 12. From December 20, teleworking will be compulsory three days a week.”

CNBC: Google workers in U.S. won’t return to office as expected on Jan. 10

CNBC: Google workers in U.S. won’t return to office as expected on Jan. 10. “Google will not be requiring its employees to return to offices on Jan. 10 as expected after all, according to an email sent to employees Thursday and seen by CNBC. The company’s security VP, Chris Rackow, wrote in the email to full-time employees that it will wait until the new year to assess when U.S. offices can safely return to a ‘stable, long-term working environment.’”

New York Times: Wall Street Grudgingly Allows Remote Work as Bankers Dig In

New York Times: Wall Street Grudgingly Allows Remote Work as Bankers Dig In. “Wall Street is in revolt. Across the financial industry, at firms big and small, workers are slow-walking their return to the office. Bankers for whom working from home was once unfathomable now can’t imagine going back to the office full-time. Parents remain worried about transmitting the coronavirus to their children. Suburban dwellers are chafing at the thought of resuming long commutes. And many younger employees prefer to work remotely.”

CNBC: Only 28% of New York office workers are back in the office

CNBC: Only 28% of New York office workers are back in the office. “Only 28% of Manhattan office workers are back at their desks and fewer than half will return by January, according to a new survey. Employers expect that 49% of office workers will return on an average weekday by January, according to a survey of 188 big employers in Manhattan by the Partnership for New York City. That’s up from the current level of 28%, yet the survey suggests that remote work will endure long after January and reduce demand for office space in New York.”

The Register: Cisco requires COVID-19 shots for all US staff – even remote workers

The Register: Cisco requires COVID-19 shots for all US staff – even remote workers. “Cisco has updated its COVID-19 vaccination policy for US staff to make the jabs mandatory – even for those who work remotely. The new policy, a copy of which was obtained by The Register, requires ‘all US-based employees (including US Territories), regardless of whether you work remotely or in a Cisco facility, be fully vaccinated … or have an approved medical or religious accommodation, by December 8, 2021.’”

TechCrunch: Hera is a new calendar app for people with a lot of virtual meetings

TechCrunch: Hera is a new calendar app for people with a lot of virtual meetings. “Meet Hera, a new calendar app that wants to turn the calendar into the main work interface. Hera helps you schedule meetings more easily with natural language processing and lets you share availabilities in an email or any messaging app. The startup is also going to build integrations with your other work tools so that you can surface important information before a meeting and extract information after a meeting.”

Washington Post: Workers are putting on pants to return to the office only to be on Zoom all day

Washington Post: Workers are putting on pants to return to the office only to be on Zoom all day. “As many office workers head back to the office — even as the delta variant spreads across the United States — employees are facing a bizarre new reality: They’re still spending most of their time isolated and glued to their computers for Zoom meetings, email and Slack. With more companies implementing permanent hybrid working options — in which some employees work from home and others in the office — the virtual nature of work may far outlive the pandemic. And with it, so may the quirks of the new office environment.”

SF Gate: San Francisco prank artist turns ‘ghost town’ Google office into a Spirit Halloween store

SF Gate: San Francisco prank artist turns ‘ghost town’ Google office into a Spirit Halloween store. “Like many other San Francisco tech companies, Google has yet to return to its offices. With its campus on Embarcadero going largely unused, conceptual artist Danielle Baskin got to thinking about what type of business might swoop in on that kind of vacant real estate. Given that Oct. 31 is just a little over a month away, the answer was obvious: Spirit Halloween, the costume store that moves into strip malls every year in the months proceeding the holiday.”

Professional speaker secrets: How to give world-class virtual presentations (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Professional speaker secrets: How to give world-class virtual presentations. “As the saying goes, the internet changes everything. And so has the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the two of them, we now face a future where virtual events will play a much larger part in how we do business. On-site events will return eventually, but everyone from meeting planners to attendees has discovered that while online events aren’t perfect, they can offer a lot of advantages over the traditional hotel ballroom or convention center gatherings.”

NewsWise: Cameras, not meetings, cause Zoom fatigue

NewsWise: Cameras, not meetings, cause Zoom fatigue. “In the post-pandemic world, a few things have become ubiquitous: masks, hand sanitizer and Zoom fatigue, or the feeling of being worn out after a long day of virtual meetings. But new research from a team led by University of Georgia psychologist Kristen Shockley suggests that it’s not the meetings causing the fatigue—it’s the camera.”

The Register: Biggest takeaway from pandemic lockdowns for Microsoft? Teams stopped talking to each other

The Register: Biggest takeaway from pandemic lockdowns for Microsoft? Teams stopped talking to each other. “As the majority of the desk-based workers lurched to working from home during the pandemic-induced lockdowns of 2020 and 2021, communication between teams fell and working hours increased. In a peer-reviewed study published in Nature Human Behaviour today, researchers from Microsoft showed how colleagues at the Redmond-based software biz changed their communication and collaboration patterns during the first months of isolation.”