Why you’re feeling work-from-home burnout—and what can be done

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As the pandemic drags on, many remote workers are reporting feeling drained. Here’s what some employers—and employees—are doing to feel better. When quarantines and stay-at-home orders swept across the country in March, many workers thought they’d be back in the office in a few weeks—a couple of months, tops. But as COVID-19 continued to surge and spike in areas that tried to get back to business as usual, employers revisited their policies, and some made the call to continue virtual work into 2021. Read Full Story

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With downtowns staying abandoned, put tiny businesses back into residential neighborhoods

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What if we started creating tiny storefronts (ACUs, or accessory commercial units) in neighborhoods to serve people where they are—and give businesses a chance at new customers. When the pandemic closed down his office in downtown Portland, Oregon, urban planner Neil Heller started wondering about the bodega where he used to buy afternoon snacks. Without office workers in the area, and without shoppers headed to larger stores that were also closed, it might not survive. As many people continue working from home—in the case of some tech workers, indefinitely—Heller considered another possibility. Could some small businesses relocate to residential neighborhoods? Read Full Story

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The flip side of ‘flexibility’: Working moms make the powerful case for going back to the office

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Remote work was long considered the promised land for working moms. But a year into the pandemic, many are eager to get back to their workplaces. The future for offices is dire, if you scan headlines from the last year. The pandemic might be the “ end of the office as we know it .” We may “ never go back ” to the office, post-COVID-19. Do workers ever need to return ? Read Full Story

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Headed back to the office? These are your rights as an employee

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An employment lawyer discusses legal rights across both sides of the table, as social distancing restrictions lift and the workforce returns to their work spaces. The remote work “new normal” has brought up countless questions for employers and employees. At the outset, many office workers were thrilled at their newfound lack of commute, the freedom to work from home, and the demise of business casual. Five months in, challenges have arisen. People are feeling lonely and isolated. We need people, but in a pandemic, where there are people, there is fear. Read Full Story

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These 3 lessons from the triathlon steeled me for the C-Suite—and the pandemic

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The chief revenue officer of Amazon-backed startup SmartRent breaks down how completing the rigorous Ironman course translates to enduring leadership in the boardroom. The COVID-19 pandemic introduced social and economic challenges few people saw coming. And while it spurred a scramble to keep up with demand for some and hardships for more, business leaders remain uncertain for what the next six months, let alone the next year, hold. Leaning into the discomfort, though, has potential to drive progress. And as chief revenue officer at a growing startup during tumultuous times, I’m tapping into my athletic training for advice on powering through. Read Full Story

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