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“Work From Home”​ is not the need of the hour. It is the way forward.

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future“- John F. Kennedy

The Covid-19 outbreak has disrupted our known way of life. On one hand scientists are trying to to find a cure, while Governments around the world are trying to stop the spread by shutting down transportation systems, sporting events and mass gatherings.

Businesses had to make decisions – and to keep the business running, they advised their staff to work from home. It only created more challenges. Can the Internet infrastructure handle so many people working from home? People who work from home, will also be streaming music, and may be on a video conference. If kids are learning at home, they could be streaming videos. Data consumption could go up 8-10 times within days. Are we equipped to handle this while Covid-19 is eliminated? The sudden demand for data & energy should not be considered as a temporary spike. There are benefits if we can make this a permanent way of working.

  1. Traffic: The commute from home to work usually takes me 60 minutes in traffic. The last few days, it took me 30 minutes. If more people were to work from home, it puts less pressure on the ones that have to be at a specific location (hospital staff, retail etc). They don’t have to leave an hour early just in case there is an accident, or detour. It also puts less pressure on government, when it comes to upgrading public infrastructure.
  2. Pollution: The strict quarantine measures resulted in a dramatic drop in Nitrogen Dioxide emissions by up to 30%in China, and Northern Italy. The air is definitely clean. According to a research conducted at Stanford University, the reduction in air pollution in 2 months has saved the lives of 4,000 children under 5 and 73,000 adults over 70 in China,
  3. Lifestyle: According to a study published by Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA), we spend an hour every day travelling to, and from work. If we work 48 weeks in a year, that’s 5 hours every week, resulting in a total of 240 hours – or 30 “full time” days. Give back that time to your staff, and watch productivity go up exponentially.
  4. Economic benefits: A study conducted by RMIT in 2018 stated that Australia will be 100% reliant on imported petroleum by 2030. In December 2019 alone, we consumed 1.506 ML of automotive fuel. At a dollar per litre, you can do the math – that’s a lot of cash burnt to fuel cars. Imagine if we could bring that down drastically. This move helps the economy by reducing our fuel import bill.

The key to moving forward is innovation and change in mindset. It is an opportunity for:

  1. Telcos: Now is the time for telcos to encourage their enterprise partners to embrace remote working. Provide data solutions for remote login, video conferencing, and invest in “work from anywhere” models.
  2. Software developers: With more people working from home, more investment and research is needed in the field of data compression – especially for video and audio (Higher quality with less data).
  3. Hardware manufacturers: Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) will be the new normal. Employers will encourage staff to get their own hardware and support services. This is an opportunity for hardware manufacturers to partner with electronic retailers and provide end to end support.
  4. Home Office infrastructure: Home office furniture will become a separate segment in the furniture business. Expect speciality stores to pop up that deal with Home-office furniture alone.
  5. Solar PV & Battery: Working from home means lights, heating/cooling, music, cooking, viz. more energy consumption. People will invest in renewable energy.
  6. Co-Working Hubs: Don’t want to work from home? Go to your local shopping mall. This is great opportunity for shopping centre operators to transform their centres into a co-working hub. Coffee shops will still exist, and so will the sandwich bar.
  7. Bikes/E-Bikes: You don’t need a car to go to your nearest co-working hub. Time to start cycling. Many cities & councils have tried making cycling a lifestyle. This is their opportunity.
  8. Personalised Logistics: If more people work from home, the home-delivery business will have to innovate and take a giant leap forward. Anything & everything should be available for delivery.

This requires change in mindset and thinking.

Work from home is no longer an employee benefit. It should be a corporate target, as part of the Business Continuity Plan. Government and Business leaders should work together to come up with measurable targets. Personally, I think that the industry should work towards a model that requires 50% of all staff members to work remotely at any given point in time, with a maximum of 80%. This goes back to reducing traffic and pollution. We need aggressive targets.

I acknowledge that not all organisations are ready for this change. Some things take time. But we should start right now. The biggest hurdle organisations face is a technological one. Investment in remote access technology should be a priority to support this change. And for those organisations still believe that they need to supervise employees in person, my message to them: A business is built by people we trust. If you don’t trust your staff to work remotely, don’t hire them in the first place.

Change is hard, change is tough. But accepting change doesn’t mean you are letting go of your values. Remote working is the future, and organisations that embrace this change will be setting themselves up for tremendous success in the 21st century.

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Amazon Will Pump $55 Million Into Secretive California Lab

The company will also add nearly 800 jobs to the lab.

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With Beats, Apple Has Its Next iPod

It’s all about creating a new halo product.

Beats headphones are the iconic representation for music for this decade the same way the iPod represented music a decade ago.

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Apple on medical tech hiring spree

Over the past year, Apple has snapped up at least half a dozen prominent experts in biomedicine, according to LinkedIn profile changes. One prominent researcher moved two weeks ago, and Apple is recruiting other medical professionals and hardware experts, although the number of hires is not clear, said two people familiar with the hiring, who declined to be named.

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AT&T to Bring Its 4G LTE Wi-Fi to Flights in 2015

AT&T said it will bring its Wi-Fi speeds to on-board entertainment services and also improve cockpit communications, maintenance operations and crew services.

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Why Your Analytics are Failing You

Many organizations investing millions in big data, analytics, and hiring quants appear frustrated. They undeniably have more and even
better data. Their analysts and analytics are first-rate, too. But managers still seem to be having the same kinds of business arguments and debates — except with much better data and analytics.

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Gamification Engages Job Candidates Beyond Their Resumes

Chances are, you don’t think of gaming when you think of searching for a new job — but gamification is somewhat of a burgeoning trend in some companies’ hiring processes.

Gamification is an office empowerment tool that not only makes things more fun, but also increases engagement, commitment and motivation, as well as stimulates users, consumers and employees to go beyond their limits to truly understand something.

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How Many Teens Are Actually Leaving Facebook?

Word on the street is that teens are leaving Facebook in hoards and instead flocking to apps likeSnapchat and Instagram.

A report from digital agency iStrategyLabs breaks down just how many teens have abandoned the monster social network since 2011. According to its findings released Wednesday, which the agency claims were drawn from Facebook’s Social Advertising platform, 25% fewer U.S. teens use Facebook now than in 2011. That results to a net loss of more than 3 million users. However, Facebook could not confirm these numbers, so take the data with a grain of salt.

Statista‘s chart breaks down the changes in Facebook’s demographics over the past several years.

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7 Huge Tech Trends to Expect in 2014

Major innovations and tech sea-changes were few and far between in 2013. Unfortunately, what usually follows major advancements are refinements. These days, innovation tends to happen on a nano-scale, which means most people cannot see or experience that evolution.

Like 2013, 2014’s tech trends may not fundamentally change our lives, but they will improve, alter and, on occasion, impede and frustrate our day-to-day activities.

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Want Work Flexibility? Here’s How You Can Make a Change

You dutifully show up to work, day in and day out. Although you try hard to get all of your work done, distractions abound at the office. Well-meaning (but uber chatty) coworkers stop at your centrally located cubicle to talk about office politics, while your micromanaging boss hovers over your desk to check up on the status of that project — for the fifth time today. You know that you could be so much more productive at home — and save lots of time and money by eliminating your killer commute — but your job is an in-office one. You’ve often fantasized about asking your boss to allow you to work from home, but there’s no chance he will, right?

Wrong.

While you can look for a remote job, you don’t necessarily have to ditch the job you currently have in order to get a flexible work option — and a better work-life balance. Today, one in three workers say they spend some time working from home, according to a Harris poll this year. And one in five American workers has some sort of flexible working schedule.

Here are some tips from Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, on how to make it work.

Do your research. Before barging into your boss’ office and demanding to work from home full-time, it’s best to take a slower, more analytical approach. Assess how many of the company’s employees currently work from home, and find out if their position was already a telecommuting one or if they negotiated this workplace perk. If you know that some workers are already working remotely, it can make your own negotiations easier.

Draft a proposal. Create a list of all of your job responsibilities, then note which ones can be successfully accomplished from home. Offer a schedule that shows how you’ll cover your workload from home, and note on your proposal that you already have a home office from which to work. You can even cite examples from previous work experiences that highlight your ability to be a successful telecommuter (such as being able to work independently and your excellent communication skills).

Be flexible. When you meet with your boss to ask about having a flexible schedule, he might not be, well, flexible. So be prepared with various work alternatives. For example, if he doesn’t want you to work from home full-time, you can offer to be in the office 2-3 days a week and work the rest of the time from home. Reassure your boss that you’ll be in constant communication; you can even volunteer to work from home for a month on a trial basis so that you can both get used to the arrangement before you start working remotely permanently. By being flexible and working with your boss, he’ll feel more confident in granting your request to work from home.

Show your support. Showing your support of work flexibility has never been easier thanks to a newly launched initiative, 1 Million for Work Flexibility. In conjunction with companies, organizations and business leaders that are advocating for workplace flexibility, the ultimate goal is to inspire one million people — from millennials, parents and recent college grads alike — to show their support for flexible work schedules. While lending your support on a general scale, you’ll also be kept in the loop with news and related information on ways to get more work flexibility in your life.

But the case for workplace flexibility isn’t just in the office. Outside of the workplace, it’s crucial to share your feelings about flexible schedules, too. Use your social media channels (such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn) to encourage others to support this mission. If enough people voice their opinions, workplace flexibility will no longer be the exception — it will become the norm.

Source: Mashable