Top workplaces 2020: Work-life balance while working from home

Linda Miller has found a happy medium.

She lives in Warrenton, Va., which puts her right in between her job as an executive assistant at the economic consulting firm Bates White in Northwest Washington and her 86-year-old parents’ home in Harrisonburg, Va. Before the novel coronavirus forced many workers out of the office, Miller would drive to Harrisonburg once or twice a month and arrive at her parents’ by 8 a.m. to start working remotely. There were days when Miller would stop working at 9 p.m. or midnight if she started later, but her superiors never seemed to mind.

“I feel like I can be just as responsive [working remotely],” Miller said. “I would log into the Bates White computer system while standing at my mom’s kitchen counter and answer emails or work on a project while cooking my dad breakfast, looking over their monthly bills or answering one of

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Cyber warriors sound warning on working from home

Cyber warriors on NATO’s eastern edge are warning that the growing number of people working from home globally due to the pandemic is increasing vulnerability to cyber attacks.

The Baltic state of Estonia hosts two cyber facilities for the Western military alliance — set up following a series of cyber attacks from neighbour Russia more than a decade ago.

“Large scale use of remote work has attracted spies, thieves and thugs,” Jaak Tarien, head of NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), told AFP in an interview.

The increased amount of information travelling between institutional servers and home networks is creating new challenges for employers.

“Tackling these new challenges is complicated and requires a lot of resources as well as a different kind of approach,” Tarien said.

“We are likely only scratching the surface in assessing the magnitude of malicious activities taking place in the Covid-era busy cyberspace.”


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Can You Insist that Contractors Wear Masks While Working in Your Home?

Since its initial outbreak in late 2019, COVID-19 has upended the daily lives of millions of people across the world. In the new world of social distancing, surface disinfecting, and mask-wearing, it can be hard to know exactly what to expect on the rare occasions where social interaction becomes necessary.

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What happens, for example, if you need an emergency repair done in your home that’s beyond the expertise of an experienced DIYer? How far are you allowed to go to keep you and your family safe? And what safety measures can you require from the people coming into your home?


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Can You Ask Contractors to Wear a Mask?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you can (and should) ask any service provider entering your home to wear a mask. The best way to make that clear is to wear one yourself

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We Like Our Health Insurance And Working From Home

Jan Dubauskas is the Vice President of

We have experienced a lot of change throughout the course of the pandemic that has required us to reconsider our priorities and become nimble in the way we work and how we reach out to our clients. Many were skeptical that these changes would lead to similar productivity. However, as we prioritize our health during the pandemic, working from home has become important, and many (24%, according to CNBC) have adapted so well that they want to keep doing it.

When we first started working from home, the primary concern for many was to set up an office, retain camaraderie, and continue meeting with clients. During the spring, as I watched as annual springtime conferences got canceled or sent to an online format, I keenly felt the void previously filled by those intense social interactions. It seemed that with a bit

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Working From Home Is Here to Stay, So Let’s Get It Right

(Bloomberg Opinion) — The Covid-19 pandemic has crushed the economy, sent joblessness soaring, and killed over a million people worldwide. But there are a few ways in which the pandemic may prompt society to improve, and one is remote work. Though it was initially necessary to keep employees from getting sick, remote work promises to make people more productive and happier while helping the environment and preserving infrastructure.

When the coronavirus struck, those who could do their jobs remotely often did. The number has gradually declined as our understanding of safety measures increased, but it’s still substantial:

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And while many people will go back to the office after the pandemic is over, part of the shift will probably be permanent. A recent survey shows a substantial increase in the number of workers who say they won’t go back to the office full time:

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How to get promoted when working from home

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With a great many of us still working from home, how can you hope to get promoted if you aren’t in the office? What’s the best way to make your boss notice you, and to stand out from your colleagues?

Salesman John says that you have to regard the emails you send to your manager as an art form that needs to be perfected.

“If you are working from home, then when you email your boss you cannot be just to the point, instead you have to express your wider knowledge,” says the 45-year-old, who preferred not to share his surname.

“But you don’t want him or her to know that you are showing off, you have to be subtle.

“And then when you get an email from them, you have to really study the tone, and it is the same for Zoom calls. If you work

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United Airlines has a controversial new way to stop you working from home


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They’re trying so hard. And not just to get more free money from the government.

Airlines have seen their businesses decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Worse — for them, at least — is that business travel is the most affected. It’s the most profitable part, after all.

Some airlines are convinced it’ll all come rolling back. No, Southwest isn’t among them. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, however, insists that Zoom is so preternaturally awful that business travel will even increase. Some time in the future, that is.

And then there’s United. Not so long ago, the airline scoffed that keeping middle seats empty was mere PR puffery. Which didn’t, perhaps, encourage too many business types to think more favorably about flying United.

Package Business Trip, Anyone?

Now the airline has a new idea, one whose aim is to get employees out of their homes

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Why it’s important to take sick leave even when working from home

  • While working at home offers flexibility to employees and employers, it can also encourage more people to work when they’re sick.
  • Alison Collins, a researcher who specializes in occupational and work psychology, says this mentality can have negative consequences and might worsen your physical and mental health later on.
  • Companies should be aware of potential health risks and encourage employees to log off, rest, and take time to fully recover when they’re sick. 
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The dramatic rise in working from home due to coronavirus looks likely to become a permanent feature for many organizations, at least for part of the week. But while this brings many benefits to both employees and employers, it’s also likely to lead to more people working while ill. This is not good for people’s health in the long term and will require companies to actively encourage their employees to

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Microsoft’s new ‘hybrid workplace’ policy will make working from home a permanent part of the mix

Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg)

Microsoft has released new “hybrid workplace” guidance that lays out how employees can have a more flexible remote work schedule and even relocate elsewhere in the country as the tech giant continues to adjust to changing needs during the ongoing pandemic.

The Verge first reported on the internal messaging Friday, saying that Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft will allow employees to work from home freely for less than 50 percent of their working week, and managers will be able to approve permanent remote work.

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“We will offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual work styles, while balancing business needs, and ensuring we live our culture,” Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft’s chief people officer, said a post on the Official Microsoft Blog.

Other highlights of the

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Microsoft’s CEO is tired of working from home and he’s not alone


He’s tired of all those Microsoft Teams meetings.

Satya Nadella is asleep on the job.

No, I wouldn’t dream of criticizing Microsoft’s CEO. I did, however, see his words, uttered on Tuesday at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council: “Somebody once described this. When people say you’re working from home, it feels sometimes like you’re sleeping at work.”

It does? I’ve done it for quite a while and find it mostly enlivening.

Is Nadella finding it hard to keep his eyes open? This isn’t good for the CEO of a major organization, one that often delights the government.

He explained: “Thirty minutes into your first video meeting in the morning, because of the concentration one needs to have on video, you’re fatigued.”

Is this because too many meetings are dull? Is it because it’s harder to hide that you’re texting a friend about last night? Is it because you

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