Tech

Zillow’s CEO is warning that the future of work could create a ‘two-class system’ where those who come into the office are viewed as better employees

Zillow CEO Rich Barton discussed the future of work during the company’s Q4 earnings call. A hybrid model could create a “two-class system” that negatively impacts remote workers, he said. Others have echoed his concerns. GitLab’s CEO called a hybrid model “the worst of both worlds.” Visit the Business section […]
Zillow’s CEO is warning that the future of work could create a ‘two-class system’ where those who come into the office are viewed as better employees
Tech

Employees at global software firm Zoho have turned the company’s Austin headquarters into a fully functioning farm. It’s become a respite during the pandemic, and could serve as a model for a new way of working.

When international software company Zoho bought 360 acres of land outside of Austin, Texas, the plan was to build a new headquarters for its 150 local employees. But when a group of Zoho employees drove out to check out the land in February, they decided to do something totally different: […]
Employees at global software firm Zoho have turned the company’s Austin headquarters into a fully functioning farm. It’s become a respite during the pandemic, and could serve as a model for a new way of working.
News

I spent 7 nights working from a 5-star resort in Arizona. From live-music happy hours to poolside cabanas, here’s what the ‘Work From Hyatt’ program was like.

In an effort to incentivise business and leisure travellers alike, hotel brands like Hyatt have been rolling out ‘workation’ packages at deeply discounted rates. Freelance writer Michelle Gross spent a week spent working at the 5-star Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona to see if the ‘Work from […]
I spent 7 nights working from a 5-star resort in Arizona. From live-music happy hours to poolside cabanas, here’s what the ‘Work From Hyatt’ program was like.
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Dutch civil servants now get $2 a day to cover coffee and toilet paper while remote working — and you should ask your boss for the same, a financial institution says

Everyone should get 2 euros ($US2.36) extra per day to cover working-from-home expenses like coffee, toilet paper, and energy bills, according to research from Dutch finance institution NIBUD. Trade unions in the country have lobbied for the change, and civil servants now get an extra 363 euros ($US428) a year […]
Dutch civil servants now get $2 a day to cover coffee and toilet paper while remote working — and you should ask your boss for the same, a financial institution says
Strategy

18 creative ways companies are keeping employees happy at work right now — from virtual paint nights to a free stay in an Airbnb

The coronavirus pandemic shut down offices nationwide and is fundamentally changing how employers shape their culture. To adapt, companies have gotten creative with ways to help workers feel like they’re part of a team. Some 18 company leaders shared with Business Insider what they’re doing, including everything from hosting remote […]
18 creative ways companies are keeping employees happy at work right now — from virtual paint nights to a free stay in an Airbnb
Strategy

10 websites to help you find remote work or freelance jobs quickly

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, companies that are still in business are going remote where possible, meaning that now is a great time to look for remote work. Here are 10 remote-focused job searching platforms to […]
10 websites to help you find remote work or freelance jobs quickly
Strategy

Inside the daily routine of a fintech executive who spends her days championing diversity in the world of investing — and balances all of it with spending time with her wife and kids

Lule Demmissie is the president of Ally Invest, a fintech innovator in the online brokerage and wealth management industry. A major priority for Lule is playing a role in driving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in financial services; she believes fintechs have a unique opportunity to meaningfully expand DE&I, from […]
Inside the daily routine of a fintech executive who spends her days championing diversity in the world of investing — and balances all of it with spending time with her wife and kids
Tech

Mark Zuckerberg said there’s ‘no end in sight’ for when employees will be able to return to the office and called the government’s response to the coronavirus ‘disappointing’

Mark Zuckerberg said there’s “no end in sight” for when Facebook employees will return to the office. On a call with analysts Thursday following Facebook’s second-quarter earnings report, Zuckerberg said he expects the rest of the year to be “unpredictable” and called the US government’s response to the coronavirus “disappointing.” […]
Mark Zuckerberg said there’s ‘no end in sight’ for when employees will be able to return to the office and called the government’s response to the coronavirus ‘disappointing’
Tech

Google will extend employee work-from-home until summer 2021

Google is extending its employee work-from-home policy through June 2021. The Wall Street Journal was the first to report the news. Google previously said employees would return to the office on July 6, then pushed that date back to September. Now it appears that employees will stay home for another […]
Google will extend employee work-from-home until summer 2021
Markets

Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates reportedly lays off dozens of employees

Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, laid off dozens of employees across the firm this month, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The job cuts spanned Bridgewater’s research team, client services, recruiters, audit groups, and the core management team, according to the report. Bridgewater told the Journal that “team […]
Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates reportedly lays off dozens of employees
Tech

Amazon is letting employees work from home until early January

Amazon is allowing employees with roles that can be done remotely to work from home through January 8, the company said on Wednesday. The extension comes has coronavirus cases have accelerated in the US after states have begun re-opening their economies. At the same time, the pandemic has prompted some […]
Amazon is letting employees work from home until early January
Strategy

I’m a CEO and mum who had to move from California to Texas during the pandemic to care for a sick family member. I’ve completely revamped how I run my business so I can prioritise family — here’s what’s working.

Pooja Sankar is the founder and CEO of Piazza Q&A, a social learning platform that serves over 5 million students in 90 different countries. During the pandemic, Sankar has been running her business while helping her two children with at-home schooling, and also moved states to help care for a […]
I’m a CEO and mum who had to move from California to Texas during the pandemic to care for a sick family member. I’ve completely revamped how I run my business so I can prioritise family — here’s what’s working.
Strategy

I’m a working mum who had to take a salary cut after my company changed its work-from-home policy. Mandatory on-site work is especially damaging to mothers — let’s put it behind us for good.

Megan Feldman Bettencourt is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, marketing content consultant, and working mum. After having her second child, Feldman Bettencourt was preparing to return to full-time work when her manager told her she’d no longer be able to work from home one day each week, as she’d been […]
I’m a working mum who had to take a salary cut after my company changed its work-from-home policy. Mandatory on-site work is especially damaging to mothers — let’s put it behind us for good.
Strategy

I’m a psychologist and I use the ‘POWER’ method to help my child stay positive during quarantine — here’s how it works

Paula Madrid is a clinical and forensic psychologist who specialises in trauma and an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University’s National Centre for Disaster Preparedness. Madrid uses what she calls the ‘POWER’ method to help balance working from home full-time and homeschooling her daughter during the COVID-19 pandemic. She encourages […]
I’m a psychologist and I use the ‘POWER’ method to help my child stay positive during quarantine — here’s how it works
Strategy

Here’s a look at how a therapist set up his daily schedule and his home office so he can conduct private, sensitive meetings with patients while also raising a young daughter

Since March 16, therapist Mark Loewen has been working from home with his husband Leo and daughter Zoe. Loewen has been the owner and manager of LaunchPad Counseling, a counseling practice in Richmond, Virginia, for six years, where he specialises in parenting, relationships, and LQBTQIA+ issues. Loewen is also a […]
Here’s a look at how a therapist set up his daily schedule and his home office so he can conduct private, sensitive meetings with patients while also raising a young daughter
Strategy

I’m a CEO whose team has become closer than ever while working remotely. Here are 3 lessons I’ll be bringing back to the office when we return.

Chris Litster is CEO of Buildium, a platform that helps property managers become more efficient and profitable. Working remotely has made us appreciate working together in-person more, and made us realise we’re all a lot more similar. From crawling kids to decorative home offices, this period has brought us closer […]
I’m a CEO whose team has become closer than ever while working remotely. Here are 3 lessons I’ll be bringing back to the office when we return.
Strategy

International luxury brand Bulgari is permanently moving some employees to remote working and thinking of new ways to bring ‘its products to life’ online

Like many other companies trying to adapt to a “new normal,” international luxury brand, Bulgari, is thinking of new ways to bring it’s usually in-store experience, online. Deeper in the company, the already global brand is working to keep its employees connected and business moving through technology like video conferencing, […]
International luxury brand Bulgari is permanently moving some employees to remote working and thinking of new ways to bring ‘its products to life’ online
Strategy

Meryl Streep, Al Roker, Queen Elizabeth II, and other celebrities are receiving ratings on their home offices on Twitter. Here are some of the best and worst, ranked.

Room Rater, a Twitter account, has rated the home offices of prominent celebrities, like Beto O’Rourke, David Spade, and Josh Groban – as seen on Skype and Zoom. Zoom and Skype calls have become popular for business meetings, on-air interviews, and virtual events during the coronavirus pandemic. Claude Taylor told […]
Meryl Streep, Al Roker, Queen Elizabeth II, and other celebrities are receiving ratings on their home offices on Twitter. Here are some of the best and worst, ranked.
Strategy

Here’s the best way to lead a team brainstorm online

Brainstorming new ideas for your team virtually might be more effective than collaborating in person, according to Harvard Business Review. If you’re hosting a team brainstorming meeting online, use tools to help you engage employees. Joris Janssens, a company-culture consultant with the IDEA Consult, says meetings of more than a […]
Here’s the best way to lead a team brainstorm online
Strategy

How a startup that’s been fully remote since 2015 uses ‘virtual buddies’ to onboard new hires — and help them deal with the isolation of work-from-home life

More companies are operating remotely than ever before. This includes onboarding new hires from their homes. Nicole Miller, a people operation manager for the social-media-management firm Buffer, told Business Insider that the company uses a special buddy system for a smoother onboarding process within a new hire’s first 90 days. […]
How a startup that’s been fully remote since 2015 uses ‘virtual buddies’ to onboard new hires — and help them deal with the isolation of work-from-home life
Strategy

15 photos that show the working-from-home spaces of great minds

Famous authors, playwrights, scientists, and artists completed some of their best pieces of work while working from home. Mark Twain began writing “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” from his study at Quarry Farm in Elmira, New York. Children’s book author Roald Dahl even built a small hut in his garden […]
15 photos that show the working-from-home spaces of great minds
Tech

Elon Musk’s SpaceX bans Zoom over security and privacy concerns

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has barred its staff from using Zoom amid security concerns, disabling all company access to Zoom with immediate effect. In a 48-hour period, reports surfaced that Zoom didn’t use end-to-end encryption for its video meetings and had allowed thousands of strangers to see one another’s email addresses. […]
Elon Musk’s SpaceX bans Zoom over security and privacy concerns
Tech

How to cope with feeling stressed and overwhelmed while working at home, according to Google’s in-house productivity expert

Google’s in-house productivity expert, Laura Mae Martin, has been advising Googlers on how to manage work and life amid the coronavirus outbreak. She shared tips for managing that overwhelmed, stressed-out feeling while working from home. Martin advised adopting a flexible routine instead of a rigid schedule, and making an “hour-by-hour” […]
How to cope with feeling stressed and overwhelmed while working at home, according to Google’s in-house productivity expert
Tech

Zoom’s security and privacy problems are snowballing

The videoconferencing service Zoom faces multiple reported security issues as both use and scrutiny increase. In a 48-hour period, reports surfaced that Zoom didn’t use end-to-end encryption for its video meetings and had leaked thousands of email addresses to strangers. Compounding its security woes, the Windows version of Zoom is […]
Zoom’s security and privacy problems are snowballing
Strategy

My husband and I started couples therapy just before the COVID-19 outbreak — here’s why counseling is more important than ever if you’re quarantined with your partner

Melissa Petro is a freelance writer based in New York with her husband and two small children. She started couples counseling with her husband in February, just before the coronavirus began to spread throughout the US. Although they were hesitant at first to switch to virtual meetings, the weekly sessions […]
My husband and I started couples therapy just before the COVID-19 outbreak — here’s why counseling is more important than ever if you’re quarantined with your partner
Tech

Billionaire Mark Cuban says people should ‘ignore anything someone like me might say’ about sending employees back to work because ‘lives are at stake’

Billionaire Mark Cuban says we should be listening to epidemiologists, not billionaires, when it comes to deciding when to return to work. “Ignore anything someone like me might say. Lives are at stake,” Cuban told Bloomberg. Former executives like Tom Golisano and Lloyd Blankfein are both calling for the economy […]
Billionaire Mark Cuban says people should ‘ignore anything someone like me might say’ about sending employees back to work because ‘lives are at stake’
Tech

Facebook has reportedly been cracking down on employees’ nonstop chatter on company message boards about at-home farming and DIY face masks

Facebook employees were told to cut back on “idle chatter” on the company’s internal message boards, according to a new report from The New York Times. Employees were reportedly posting tips for at-home farming and instructions for making your own face masks. Facebook has historically encouraged working in the office […]
Facebook has reportedly been cracking down on employees’ nonstop chatter on company message boards about at-home farming and DIY face masks
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‘This is the first time NASA has been in this situation’: NASA is forcing nearly all 17,000 of its staff to work from home after coronavirus cases appear at 2 space centres

NASA’s administrator, Jim Bridenstine, announced Tuesday that all staff were under a mandatory order to work from home “until further notice” amid the spread of the novel coronavirus in the US. NASA employs about 17,000 people, and only “mission-essential personnel” will be permitted at the space agency’s centres and facilities. […]
‘This is the first time NASA has been in this situation’: NASA is forcing nearly all 17,000 of its staff to work from home after coronavirus cases appear at 2 space centres