How COVID-19 has changed what benefits we expect from our employers

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Companies and their employees are starting to think about benefits in a whole new way. COVID-19 has impacted millions of businesses across America. From working remotely being accepted as productive to accelerating digital transformation through the cloud, organizations have been going through changes that will have a long-term impact on their business. With so much change in the way we work, employees’ needs have changed, too, and organizations have had to account for such changes in their workforce’s benefits. Read Full Story

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Why companies based on gig work are hurting more than their employees

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High-flying scooter and ride-share companies risk both their employees’ well-being and bottom line by relying on contract-work models. Imagine that one of two people will be responsible for your safety. The first receives health and dental benefits, earns more than minimum wage, has clear advancement options within their company, and may even belong to a union. The second has no insurance benefits, works wildly erratic hours, feels no allegiance to their company , and makes less money. Which person would you pick? Read Full Story

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4 major long-term psychological effects of continued remote work

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There are worrying signs or at least rational reasons to predict the negative consequences of prolonged remote work. Although scientific research has historically highlighted the benefits of remote working —including a boost in employee morale, health and well-being, and productivity—that was before the pandemic. The research assumed that working from home was a choice rather than a necessity and that organizations offered alternatives between telecommuting or coming to the office. Read Full Story

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How to maintain your mental health while working from home

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Working where you live is not as easy as it sounds, especially if you have other people in the space. Here’s how to avoid the darker side of remote work. For the past several years, remote work has been high on the list of coveted employee benefits. In fact, as Fast Company previously reported, 99% of respondents to a 2019 Buffer survey want to work remotely at least part of the time for the rest of their careers, and 67% of respondents to a survey by Staples would quit if their workplace became less flexible. Read Full Story

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Virtual commuting has extraordinary benefits—here’s how to maximize your own

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We’ve heard a lot of tips lately for working more effectively at home, but here’s a fresh, simple, and powerful daily practice to improve your resilience at work and at home. When the pandemic this spring prompted the closure of “nonessential businesses,” tens of millions of us had to quickly set up makeshift home offices and grapple with the competing and overlapping demands of work and family responsibilities. In short order, the boundaries between work and home life were obliterated. As weeks have turned into months, planned returns to work have been postponed, the duration of this crisis remains uncertain, and the stress and strain grows. Read Full Story

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5 changes to expect in the workplace after COVID-19

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A senior partner of a leadership consultancy says, “Rather than waiting for reentry and being reactive, leaders need to prepare, setting expectations for the ways of working that will benefit the organization down the road.” As a result of the coronavirus, the workplace will never be the same. Even the word “workplace” suddenly seems obsolete, as the physical location in which we now work has merged with the places in which we eat, sleep, learn, exercise, and play. Read Full Story

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