Remote work is leading to . . . more time to work

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With so many people working from home during the Covid-19 crisis, more people are learning about the benefits of working from home:

As most Americans continue to adjust to working from home during quarantine, the number of hours workers save on commuting hassles is being redistributed into their work.

Remote working certainly has some perks during the COVID-19 crisis. Social distancing and shelter-in-place are two of the best ways to help combat the virus since it encourages people to stay indoors and not head over to the office. But the additional free-time that comes with no commutes and standing in traffic for countless hours means US workdays are up by three hours since the rise in the coronavirus outbreak, according to a new analysis.

Of course, other productivity issues can arise with distractions at home, particularly if you have kids at home.

But the advantages of eliminating commuting time is real. This gives workers so much more time to work with during the day, and an 11-hour day feels like a normal 8-hour day.

It will be interesting to see how employers use this information. Having worked from home for years, this isn’t a surprise.

  

Beyond “To Do Lists” – Productivity Tips

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We all struggle with ways to become more productive. For example, some of us to well with to do lists, while others don’t get much from them. Naturally this depends a great deal on your own personality, your work situation and the type of work.

That said, it’s always great to hear other ideas and see what might work well for you and your situation.

This article provides examples of 6 tools that other than to-do lists that can be helpful for productivity. Check them out, but several stand out:

One involves distinguishing between low attention tasks and high attentions tasks. For example, some things like clearing out email are high attention tasks. When you have some energy with laser focus, you can knock many of these off your list. Then you can budget time for those tasks that require real concentration.

You can also benefit from scheduling s “power hour” each day. This should be a time when you can turn off distractions and get through some work that requires concentration without interruption. I’m thinking of ways to add this to my schedule, though I try to do this first thing in the morning.

Give these a try!

  

Remote work explodes

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With the Covid-19 crisis, everyone is being forced to re-imagine work. Companies that resisted flexible work arrangements are now doing everything they can to get things done with most of their team stuck at home.

Naturally, this is spilling into the job market as well. LinkedIn reported that remote work’s share of job listings increased 28% in March.

The question will be how much of this persists once we start to return to normal. Companies have been exposed to how much can be done with workers at home, so why devote so many resources to large, corporate offices? What are the long-term implications for commercial real estate? Which industries will see real transformation, and which will mostly go back to normal?

  

The great employment shift

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With the Coronavirus crisis, the once-robust job market has been destroyed as we embrace social distancing to bend the curve and do our best to reduce deaths. But the economic ramifications are devastating. So many businesses are struggling. Some may have to close down permanently, while millions of workers are losing their jobs. Think about workers in restaurants, hotels, cruise ships, entertainment venues, etc.

Meanwhile, certain businesses like grocery stores, online businesses, etc. are thriving as most people are isolating at home.

The result is a huge spike in workers needed for certain business. Here’s a very handy list of companies that are hiring now.

  

Issues related to dating someone at work

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Can you date someone at work? That’s a loaded question of course, as so much depends on the situation and context. Frankly, in today’s world this isn’t such a good idea. At the very least, you should be much more careful, and frankly more discerning when facing this choice. There will always be issues and more pressure, so you have to ask yourself a simple question . . . is the added risk associated with an office fling or relationship worth the trouble?

One factor you have to consider is company policy as it relates to your specific circumstance. Both you and your potential dating partner should both understand if your relationship will be permitted by company policy. If not, there are still risks involved with dating someone at work. Relationship drama is much worse when all your coworkers might know about it. But these risks grow exponentially if you’re violating company policy. If you’re a supervisor thinking about dating someone below you in your department, then you’re asking for trouble and can easily lose your job.

Another factor to consider is whether the two of you want to keep the relationship private or are you fine with dating out in the open. Remember that even if you want to keep it private, the chances are very high that coworkers and bosses will eventually find out.

Finally, keep in mind what’s going on right now. The CEO of McDonald’s was fired after a relationship with an employee. An executive at BlackRock recently lost his job as well. So think before you act!