Watch This (Office) Space #119

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Deepnews Digest #119

Watch This (Office) Space

Editor: Christopher Brennan
Along with falling coronavirus rates in many countries come questions of when “normal” returns and what exactly we want “normal” to mean for our working lives. It’s a subject where many news outlets have written a piece or two, though it can be hard to get all the angles on the issue without something like Deepnews to spotlight reporting and analysis. Here is what our algorithm gathered this week on the subjects of working from home and the return to the office.

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Rest of World

“For them you’re not a human being”: Meet the migrants answering phones for Big Tech

Teleperformance was also criticized by name last year for what workers said was a sluggish and insufficient response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Long after outbreaks began in Greece, France, and the U.K., the company insisted on keeping workers in the office.

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Defector

Business Travel Is Meditation

“You’ve reached the point now where business trips aren’t fun anymore.” A friend of mine told me that when I was 25, and he was correct. He was older than me and already worn out from the novelty. I was a junior ad exec just excited to have a job, much less one that was willing to send me places. I was like, “Can you believe they’ll PAY for my rental car? And my meals, too!”

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ITV

Revealed: Top 20 areas in UK which have seen bumper rise in house prices

Exclusive data obtained by ITV News has revealed the top 20 areas in the UK which have seen house prices skyrocket, with the market rising at its fastest rate in five years.

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PennLive

Pa. state government employees are slowly returning to the office after pandemic year

The pace of the return to the office is starting to pick up across Pennsylvania’s state government offices but signs point to a more liberal use of teleworking as a side effect of the covid-19 era.

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Eugene Register Guard

Pandemic delivers new mothers special moments, extra stress

EUGENE, Ore. – Becoming a mom is always difficult, but for many mothers who had a child during the pandemic, they have found that some stresses of raising an infant are only compounded by the changes to society.

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Editor’s Note:

One particular impact of the pandemic has been on mothers. With recent celebrations of Mother’s Day, here our algorithm highlighted an article from Oregon looking into what it has all meant. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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City University London

Who will be the winners and losers of flexible working?

Professor of Finance discusses the implications of working from home and the societal and economic effects it will have.

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Wired

The Case for Letting People Work From Home Forever

Do you want happier, productive, more engaged, and more fulfilled employees and coworkers? Well, you should campaign to let them work remotely. Here’s why.

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Harvard Business Review

What Great Mentorship Looks Like in a Hybrid Workplace

Remote work has been an adjustment (to say the least) for everyone, and its effect on our professional relationships has been just as significant as the impact on daily tasks. For early-career employees, the lack of casual conversations at work poses a considerable challenge. How does one learn best practices to succeed in one’s career when you’re working alone from home? How does one build the professional relationships that are critical for survival and advancement? On the organizational side, how does the business build a culture that supports diversity and inclusion initiatives in the middle of a pandemic? Based on our recent experience leading organizations focused on online mentorship, we believe an organizational commitment to mentorship can address all of these issues.

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Albany Times Union

The long road to Legoland’s opening

The park will be completely cashless, a move that makes things a little safer during the COVID-19 pandemic. While only credit, debit cards, or other contactless payment options like Apple Pay will be accepted, guests with cash can buy a gift card at Guest Services to use in the park.

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The Scotsman

Laptop screen and sunscreen?: How the ‘workation’ is gaining momentum in Scotland

Switching off your laptop at the end of the working day – then heading outside for a dip in the pool on a balmy summer evening under a cloudless blue sky.

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Social Europe

What should a female career and family structure post-pandemic look like?

The pandemic threatens to exacerbate gender inequalities and reinforce the association between women and unpaid care — unless contrary action is taken.

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Project Syndicate

China Must Embrace Remote Work | by Nancy Qian

CHICAGO – Before the pandemic, firms and workers around the world used emails and conference calls to reduce communication costs. But a lack of coordination made using these technologies fully difficult. Firing off an email was easy, but there was no guarantee of when the other person would respond. People were reluctant to break old habits. Holding a virtual meeting might be interpreted by participants to mean that the topic wasn’t particularly important. More broadly, low demand discouraged product development, leaving much to be desired in many workplace apps.

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Editor’s Note:

Coverage of work from home has been centered on North America and Europe, though its impacts on dense cities vs more remote areas may have lessons for China. Here our algorithm highlighted a piece from Nancy Qian of Northwestern. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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CBC

Should ‘obnoxious’ leaf blowing have limits?

For Bruce Morton, who’s working from his home in London’s Sherwood Forest area during the pandemic, leaf blowers are a nuisance he can’t seem to escape.

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Daily Telegraph (AU) ($)

How COVID left Coke rockin the suburbs

The ripples from COVID-19 lapping against consumer behaviour in communities and workplaces in Australia has produced a strange phenomenon for beverage giant Coca-Cola, in that for every 5km you move from the nation’s CBDs its sales of drinks improves.

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The Atlantic

There’s a Perfect Number of Days to Work From Home, and It’s 2

Unless you’re extraordinarily wealthy (congrats on that), your experience of working through the pandemic has probably been miserable. If you’ve had to work in person, your days have been dangerous and precarious. If you’ve been able to work from home, you’ve had an enormous privilege. But devoid of choice and novelty, remote work has lost some of its romance for office workers who previously dreamed of ending their commute. In home offices around the country, the wallpaper has begun to yellow.

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YouGov

Half of Londoners feel uncomfortable travelling on the Tube over COVID fears

Londoners tend to say they would feel safe travelling in a taxi or on the train, while they are split on buses

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Livemint

‘Work from hotel’: IRCTC offers new packages with sanitized rooms, meals, WiFi included

This is part of the Railways’ catering and tourism arm’s efforts to rekindle confidence among guests to step out for availing hospitality services in the post COVID world

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NJ Advance Media

Fighting tax pirates from New York State: A Q&A with Sen. Steve Oroho

About 400,000 New Jerseyans typically commute to New York, but an estimated 90 percent of them worked from home after the pandemic slammed the door on interstate travel last year. New York taxed them anyway, because their employers are in New York.

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Editor’s Note:

One interesting wrinkle to remote work is when work normally crosses state lines. Here NJ.com looks at the issue – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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Irish Times

Outsourced Facebook content moderators suffering trauma ‘in silence’

A content moderator who works for Facebook through an outsourced firm has described to an Oireachtas committee the “pervasive climate of fear” which exists in her place of work and the trauma staff must “suffer in silence”.In November of last year, Helen Mort heard a knock on the door. When she saw the worried look of her friend standing on her doorstep, her first thought was that her son – who was at nursery that day – had been in an accident.

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Rolling Stone

How Virtual Songwriting Sessions Became the Nashville Norm

On a recent mid-spring morning in Tennessee, Alex Kline is learning to live again in her Nashville home.

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