These are the types of people struggling most with remote work

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Conventional wisdom said extroverts would find work-from-home isolation challenging. Turns out that’s not who’s having the hardest time. Since offices shut down and so many people went home to work at the beginning of the pandemic, many have been worried about the extroverts. How would these individuals, who get their energy from being around others, cope with the isolation? How would they manage without watercooler chitchat and face-to-face interaction? Read Full Story

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This is how we start to break the mental health stigma at work

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On this week’s episode of ‘Secrets of the Most Productive People,’ we talk about the mental health struggles so many of us are facing right now—and how to bring it up with your manager. Nearly three months into living under stay-at home orders, many of us are feeling the strain of being in a constant state of anxiety and uncertainty. Millions of workers across many industries have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. Essential workers continue to put themselves at risk so the rest of us have access to groceries and healthcare. Many people are grieving the loss of loved ones from afar. And those who are fortunate enough to remain employed and work from home face their own challenges: Some people are quarantined alone and isolated from friends and family, while many working parents are juggling full-time childcare with a full-time job. Read Full Story

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5 habits of people who are especially productive working from home

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Effective remote work involves these five habits, which prevent feelings of burnout and isolation. Before many office workers transitioned to remote arrangements, the thought of working from home sounded like a dream. Who doesn’t love the idea of ditching the commute and staying in your sweats? But those of us who have been working from home for years know the reality, and it isn’t always as stress-free as it sounds. Read Full Story

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Recruiting remote workers is different. Here’s how to tackle the first step

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Attracting the strongest remote workers begins with your approach to writing a remote job description. Here are 8 things you must include. According to a new FlexJobs survey of people who have been working remotely during the pandemic, 65% would prefer to work remotely full-time post-pandemic, while 31% would like a combination of remote and in-office work. An overwhelming majority also report that they have been either more productive (51%) or just as productive (44%) working from home. Companies are taking note of the bottom line benefits of remote work and many businesses are making permanent shifts to a remote workforce. Read Full Story

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Why this NYC comic is using his time in isolation to take calls from strangers

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Quarantime is a free hotline designed to help you out of your creative rut. Layoffs have been happening across all industries as COVID-19 forces business to close and people to isolate at home. Work for freelance creatives, which is inherently tenuous, has dried up too. So with all the new hours to fill in a day, some people are using the time to fight the woes of isolation in unconventional ways. Read Full Story

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Remote networking doesn’t have to be scary. Here’s how to get the ball rolling

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A well-established group of connections provides a sense of community, while reminding you of your skills and value. During today’s stressful remote work period, many people are increasingly unsure how to build, maintain, and leverage their networks to lift their careers. When working from home, all of these difficulties are exacerbated, since how do we make new contacts and stay in touch with existing ones when we can’t engage with other people face-to-face? 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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How algorithm-based hiring tools can increase disability discrimination

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More employers are using algorithm-based hiring tools for remote candidates. But a new report shows that a reliance on these tools can exacerbate inequities. As businesses have embraced remote work, more and more jobs have become accessible to people who worked from home out of necessity well before the pandemic. For people with disabilities—many of whom have long asked for remote accommodations at work—a lasting acceptance of remote work could be a silver lining of the pandemic. Read Full Story

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How are people supposed to pay April rent if they lost their jobs due to coronavirus?

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While cities have put in place protections to keep people who lost their jobs due to coronavirus from getting evicted, how are this many people supposed to eventually pay their rent if they’re not working? Millions of renters have lost their jobs or lost hours at work because of coronavirus-related business shutdowns—and for many, it isn’t clear how they’re going to pay rent on April 1. In some cities, eviction moratoriums mean that renters have temporary protection, though they’ll still be on the hook for paying back rent in the future, which will be difficult given their continued lack of income. In response to this obvious economic tension, some governments are facing the fact that rents are going to need stronger protections than simply owing three months of rent after three months of no income. Read Full Story

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Stuck at home because of coronavirus? How to get your art and design fix from your couch

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Just because coronavirus has you avoiding public spaces doesn’t mean you can’t get cultured from home. Over the past month, cities around the world have asked people to curtail travel, practice social distancing, and work from home in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. As confirmed cases continue to increase in the U.S., American cities are recommending these same practices. Staying home (whether you’re self-quarantining or just avoiding public spaces) can be incredibly isolating. But it doesn’t have to be—from virtual museum tours to podcasts, there are a number of ways to get a culture fix from the comfort and safety of home. Read Full Story

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