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.”

Phys .org: Productivity could be improved by a permanent shift towards remote working, research shows

Phys .org: Productivity could be improved by a permanent shift towards remote working, research shows. “Nine out of ten employees who have worked at home during lockdown would like to continue doing so in some capacity, research suggests. The report, by academics at Cardiff University and the University of Southampton, presents the first analysis of employee survey data focusing on homeworking, which was gathered for the Understanding Society COVID-19 Study.”

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.”

Speed up your home office: How to optimize your network for remote work and learning (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Speed up your home office: How to optimize your network for remote work and learning. “Your network has become mission-critical. You need it to keep the paychecks coming and your kids need it to get through school. In this context, getting the most out of your network is essential. But what does that really mean? This comprehensive guide will help you answer that, and help guide you towards changes and improvements you might want to make. I’ll be covering three major topic areas that are inextricably related: understanding your bandwidth requirements, understanding your broadband provider’s offerings, and optimizing your home network.”

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.”

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.”

Russian Criminal Group Finds New Target: Americans Working at Home (New York Times)

New York Times: Russian Criminal Group Finds New Target: Americans Working at Home. “A Russian ransomware group whose leaders were indicted by the Justice Department in December is retaliating against the U.S. government, many of America’s largest companies and a major news organization, identifying employees working from home during the pandemic and attempting to get inside their networks with malware intended to cripple their operations.”

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.”

Google Blog: Working from home and the office

Google Blog: Working from home and the office. “Beginning July 6, assuming external conditions allow, we’ll start to open more buildings in more cities. This will give Googlers who need to come back to the office—or, capacity permitting, who want to come back—the opportunity to return on a limited, rotating basis (think: one day every couple of weeks, so roughly 10 percent building occupancy). We’ll have rigorous health and safety measures in place to ensure social distancing and sanitization guidelines are followed, so the office will look and feel different than when you left. Our goal is to be fair in the way we allocate time in the office, while limiting the number of people who come in, consistent with safety protocols.”

CNN: These companies plan to make working from home the new normal. As in forever

CNN: These companies plan to make working from home the new normal. As in forever. “The coronavirus pandemic has forced many companies to embrace work-from-home solutions. For some, the transition may stick. Several big businesses plan to let much of their staff work from home permanently, even after the pandemic. Working from home could become the new normal — at least for some…”