Job seekers get more options as working from home becomes permanent
Chicago TribuneWith three young children, Eric Sauerhoff was not looking to move across the Midwest during the pandemic.The Bexley, Ohio, resident was job hunting and knew a move might be necessary. But when offices shut down due to COVID-19, he began to wonder if he could avoid the move altogether and work remotely from Ohio.“If a company had said, ‘We need you to move to Chicago or Seattle or anywhere just to work from home here,’ that would have been a tough sale,” said Sauerhoff, 33, who earlier this month joined Chicago car insurance startup Clearcover as a vice president and works from h...
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Job seekers get more options — and competition — as working from home becomes permanent. 'If we decide we need people to come in, we can fly them in'
With three young children, Eric Sauerhoff was not looking to move across the Midwest during the pandemic.The Bexley, Ohio, resident was job hunting and knew a move might be necessary. But when offices shut down due to COVID-19, he began to wonder if he could avoid the move altogether and work remotely from Ohio.“If a company had said, ‘We need you to move to Chicago or Seattle or anywhere just to work from home here,’ that would have been a tough sale,” said Sauerhoff, 33, who earlier this month joined Chicago car insurance startup Clearcover as a vice president and works from his Ohio home.Th...
Comcast is extending its free internet for low-income customers as the coronavirus pandemic drags on
PHILADELPHIA — Comcast will continue to offer 60 days of free internet service for new low-income customers, as the coronavirus pandemic drags on and forces consumers to study and work from home.The cable giant is extending the broadband offering through the end of the year. It was initially set to expire June 30. The company cited schools possibly relying on remote learning when they reopen in the fall.The 60 days of free service are for customers who sign up for Comcast’s low-income broadband program, called Internet Essentials. The service costs $9.95 a month after that period and provides ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Will working from home become permanent? Answers from the experts
Mark Zuckerberg is moving Facebook toward a substantially remote workforce over the next decade, making changes permanent that began in the past few months.Within 10 years, Zuckerberg told The Wall Street Journal he expects as much as half of Facebook's employees — who currently number more than 45,000 — to work from home.There are also many other examples of working from home becoming the norm: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently told employees they could work from home permanently. Other smaller tech companies have announced similar proposals.Q: Will other major corporate players eventually shi...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Telecommuting was a hit in the COVID-19 shutdown. So who's rushing back to the office?
MIAMI — Tony Argiz, CEO of a big accounting and advisory firm with offices stretching from Coral Gables to New York and India, was a bit of a telecommuting skeptic. Until the coronavirus pandemic hit.Literally overnight, Argiz’s firm dispatched 700 employees home to work safely and remotely. After a slow start, business is now up 10% over last year, Argiz said. Telecommuting worked out so well that when more than half of his employees at Morrison Brown, Argiz & Farra told their bosses in a survey they wanted to keep working from home, executives readily agreed.“We’ve been killing it on all cyl...
Vikings will continue working remotely as NFL facilities slowly open
The Vikings met the NFL’s deadline for a plan to reopen TCO Performance Center but will continue working remotely even as the league begins to allow front office personnel to return to team facilities on Tuesday.“We have submitted a comprehensive plan to the NFL outlining the team’s procedures to return to work in a methodical manner that emphasizes the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff and broader community,” said Jeff Anderson, Vikings vice president, strategic and corporate communications.“At this time, front office staff will continue to work remotely while we further evalua...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Another Bay Area tech firm says employees can work from home permanently
SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Francisco mobile payments giant Square will let employees work from home permanently after coronavirus restrictions are lifted, the company said Monday.“We want employees to be able to work where they feel most creative and productive,” Square said in an emailed statement. “Square will be able to work from home permanently, even once offices begin to reopen.”The move follows a similar policy announced last week by Twitter, the other San Francisco firm led by CEO Jack Dorsey. The social media company told workers they could do their jobs remotely “forever” if they wished ...
The Mercury News
Pillar Booth makes 'phone booths' for offices. Now it's creating booths to protect those doing COVID-19 testing
CHICAGO — Pillar Booth launched less than a year ago, selling soundproof “phone booths” companies can put in their offices to provide a distraction-free place for employees to work.Such booths are gaining popularity as a respite from the noisiness of the open office. But with everyone working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic, Pillar Booth co-founder Ryan Leavitt had a new idea.Enter the Pillar Protect Booth, a Plexiglas phone booth-shaped structure created to protect health care workers while they administer COVID-19 tests.“Orders are still coming in (for the Pillar Booth), but we can’t...
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago staff working from home after colleague tests positive for COVID-19
CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his Chicago office staff will be working from home after a senior staff member in the governor’s office tested positive for the new coronavirus, Pritzker’s office announced Monday.Pritzker was tested Sunday, and the results were negative, according to the governor’s office. The rest of the governor’s staff who have been reporting to the office also tested negative, the office said.The governor’s office says about 20 staff members have been working from the James R. Thompson Center, following Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines and social di...
First step in virtual job search: wear pants
With hiring freezes, furloughs, stay-at-home orders and more than 26 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits over the last five weeks, the coronavirus pandemic may not be the best time to find a new job.But career experts say you can get hired now, and despite enhanced unemployment benefits, those who have been laid off might not want to spend their time watching Netflix until the stay-at-home order is lifted.There may be opportunities for remote work in distant markets that wouldn’t have been possible before COVID-19. So update your resume, arrange your home office for a good video...