The coronavirus will reshape how we build offices—and where we build community

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If you’re working from home most of the time, will you still develop friendships with your coworkers? Like many Americans, while many parts of sheltering in place have been difficult, I have enjoyed not seeing my colleagues as often during the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies see this, too: Many are starting to wonder why they pay so much rent for space that this crisis has revealed might not be necessary. Read Full Story

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How to improve communication with coworkers during social distancing

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In this era of physical distancing, social cues are limited. Here’s how to maintain—or even improve—relationships with your coworkers during this tough time. This morning, I realized that it has been several days since I was in a room with another human being besides my wife. I see other people in the Hollywood Squares format that is Zoom. I hear them on the speaker of my phone. I see pictures on social media. But, actual people have become an abstraction. Read Full Story

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Admit it, you miss your noisy office. This tool recreates all your coworkers’ annoying sounds

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Those office sounds you used to hate? They’re all here (water cooler included). Before shelter-in-place orders were issued across the country and people started working from home en masse, I used noise-cancelling headphones a lot at the office. Whether to block out colleagues talking about their weekend plans, building construction, or a neighbor’s enthusiastic chewing, I sometimes found myself wishing for a quieter place. Read Full Story

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I am a CEO, and my partner works in the ER. The crisis uncovered common ground for us

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Worries over uncertainties and the mounting needs of those dependent on us fill our thoughts. Each morning, I grab the next shirt in a long row of neatly pressed light-blue button-downs in my closet, my long-maintained work uniform for my startup’s office (and a uniform that I still embrace while working from home). On a shelf also within eyesight is a stack of neatly folded scrubs—my husband’s work uniform as an emergency medicine physician. They’re also blue, a dark royal blue. Read Full Story

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Meet the dedicated senior citizens behind the only volunteer-run post office in the U.S.

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The chairman of the only volunteer-run post office in America tells us how the coronavirus and mail delays are challenging the 2020 election. Last month, in the midst of an apparent postal service crisis , pop diva Cher tweeted to her 3.8 million Twitter followers: “Can ppl volunteer at post office!?” followed by the more emphatic: “NO, IM NO KIDDING…COULD I VOLUNTEER AT MY POST OFFICE!?” An hour later, she reported that she’d called to ask two post offices in Malibu—”Hi This is Cher Do U Accept volunteers”—to which they told her: “no.” Read Full Story

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4 lessons I learned virtually onboarding employees a week into a brand-new role

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As a newly employed “Chief People Officer,” this HR executive discusses some of the lessons he learned while employed during a novel and tricky period of the coronavirus. Over my career, I have dedicated my time to the following—the success of talent, development of strong work culture, and ethical delivery of human resources. I have worked for several companies and clients to do just that over the past three decades. But when I started a new job in early March as the COVID-19 pandemic hit North America, everything changed. Read Full Story

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