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Copyright holder illustration Marco Di Lauro / Getty Image caption Press agent Paola Perotta from Rome works from home while her children attend an online lesson More and more business leaders are …

breakin news Remote work after coronavirus: now and forever? lastminute news

Copyright holder illustration Marco Di Lauro / Getty Image caption Press agent Paola Perotta from Rome works from home while her children attend an online lesson More and more business leaders are …

breakin news Remote work after coronavirus: now and forever? lastminute news
22 May 2020 - 13:32

Press agent Paola Perotta works from home in Rome

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Press agent Paola Perotta from Rome works from home while her children attend an online lesson

More and more business leaders are supporting the idea of ​​working from home and flexible schedules. This is facilitated by new technologies that allow for virtual video conferencing.

What began as a forced and temporary measure for the period of the epidemic now has every chance of becoming for many a long-term solution.

Facebook and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have recently joined supporters of the transition to more flexible schemes after quitting global quarantine.

The leadership of the tech giant on Thursday announced that it plans to practice remote work more widely among its employees in the long term.

This week, the New Zealand Prime Minister supported the idea of ​​giving citizens a third day off per week, partly to push domestic tourism growth.

As offices gradually open after quarantine, more and more employers are considering new employment schemes.

The founder and head of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, in a video message to the company’s 45,000th staff, announced that aggressive recruiting of employees for remote work begins in July. After 5-10 years, half of Facebook’s staff should not be in offices, he said.

“We intend to become the most progressive company in terms of a large-scale transition to remote work,” quoted the Zuckerberg Financial Times.

Other high-tech companies in Silicon Valley have taken similar steps. Twitter and Square the day before announced that willing employees could continue to work from home indefinitely.

The head of Shopify, an e-commerce company, Toby Lutke also contacted his staff on Thursday. “Shopify is a digital company by definition. Office obsession is a thing of the past,” he said.

The San Francisco-based Coinbase crypto exchange announced this week that it wants to be the first in this business.

Various flexible policy options suit those who fear returning to offices and free up space for companies to ensure social distance.

Jacinda Ardern believes that the transition to a four-day work week will contribute to economic growth and improve the balance between work and personal life.

“As I heard, many people think that we need a four-day week. The final decision depends on the agreement between employers and workers. But, as experience shows, we learned from the epic with Covid-19, flexible working schemes, including from home increase productivity, “she said in a video message on her Facebook page.

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Jacinda Ardern is a supporter of the transition to flexible working hours

The trend is led by high-tech giants

Last year, Microsoft tested a four-day work week at its Japanese branch. The experience was called successful in terms of satisfaction and return from employees.

The corporation now says it is adopting a hybrid job strategy as its offices gradually open.

“Most employees, if they wish, will be able to continue to work from home until the end of October,” a Microsoft spokesman said.

Human resources experts hail the “remote” and the shortened week as an alternative to the massive return of people to offices.

“They will also help to better balance their lives for those who need it – for example, working students, young mothers, parents who want to spend more time with their kids or need to take care of the elderly,” said Elin Abraham, a human resources consultant from Singapore.

“If the Covid-19 epidemic teaches employers how to use employees flexibly, this will be a huge victory in the field of personnel management,” she added.

The shift towards telecommuting will also allow companies to assess whether they need so much expensive office space.

Mastercard Finance Corporation said it plans to merge part of its offices. Facebook is going to create several working “hubs” in the USA.

“It can be assumed that after the epidemic, many companies will reduce their real estate and employees will start working from home. It will be interesting to see how in practice they meet the needs of different categories of personnel,” Adrian Ten from PeopleStrong, a computer equipment company for offices.

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Experts believe that the pandemic is changing the traditional thinking of employers, according to which high productivity is inseparable from fixed working hours and being in the office

New reality

More and more business leaders are supporting the idea of ​​working from home and flexible schedules. This is facilitated by new technologies such as Zoom and Google Meet, which allow for virtual video conferencing.

Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that Facebook will compete in this promising market with Zoom and Slack, improving its Workplace mobile video conferencing application.

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The ability to work from home will permanently please not only many employees, but also their households

“Starting to return to work, we will face a new reality. Alternative schemes will reduce the number of trips to and from work and will provide an opportunity to provide social distance, where necessary,” says HR consultant Emily Draicott-Jones.

“Kovid is changing the employers’ traditional thinking that high productivity is inseparable from fixed hours and being in the office, ”she said.

A spoon of tar

Facebook employees’ salaries will depend on where they live, Zuckerberg announced Thursday. Those who switch to remote work and at the same time leave for cities with a lower cost of living will benefit nothing.

Unpleasant changes await those who will return to Facebook offices in July – according to Zuckerberg, this is 25% of the staff. They will have to wear a mask all day and regularly measure the temperature.

The Los Angeles-based high-tech company Snap, partially opening its offices, eliminates the canteens in them.

Who is already working in a new way

The readiness to extend the flexible organization of work outside the quarantine is stated mainly by large high-tech companies:

  • Amazon: employees are given the opportunity of their choice to work from home at least until October;
  • Barclays: 70,000 employees currently work from home. A large city office could be a sign of the past, said bank head Jess Staley;
  • Facebook: extended work from home until the end of 2020 and is considering an appropriate strategy for a more distant future;
  • Google: work from home will continue until the end of the year;
  • Mastercard: stated that most employees will be able to work from home until they themselves feel ready to return; considering the integration of a number of offices around the world;
  • Microsoft: Most employees stay home until October
  • Royal bank of scotland: work from home at least until the end of September;
  • Spotify: a staff of four thousand people works at a distance until the end of the year;
  • Twitter: offers the right employees to go to work at home permanently, said company head Jack Dorsey.
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