Working from home

Managing effective remote teams inclusively

“We are not working from home – we are at our homes during a crisis trying to work.” — Dame Helena Morrissey, Chair of the Diversity Project and founder of the 30% Club

The COVID-19 pandemic has made working remotely the daily reality for millions of people. Many people are feeling anxious. They are worried about loved ones, worried about losing their livelihoods and, in many cases, […]

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    How to ‘go virtual’ as efficiently and painlessly as possible

How to ‘go virtual’ as efficiently and painlessly as possible

Digital technologies have given rise to “new ways of working” (e.g. remote working, virtual teams) which come with their unique benefits and challenges. These new ways of working are known for the increased flexibility they offer to both the employer and the employee, the reduction of transportation costs and commuting times, as well as for providing the conditions for creativity […]

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    Will remote working digital infrastructures become the norm?

Will remote working digital infrastructures become the norm?

Working at one of the world’s leading social sciences universities, we are now taking part ourselves as subjects. A global experiment of communicating almost entirely through the use of digital infrastructures is unfolding. I study the innovation dynamics and impact of digital infrastructures, so the current situation offers an opportunity for reflection.

The late Susan Leigh Star was the founder […]

Remote working: here to stay?

Before the pandemic, the evidence on remote working was that as long as the job is suitable for performing from home, most people are more productive when homeworking, but productivity is strongly subject to the employer policies and practices. At the same time, homeworking can save a business thousands of pounds a month per employee in office and other […]

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    In the blink of an eye, we found ourselves all working from home

In the blink of an eye, we found ourselves all working from home

“I wonder if I will be able to string a coherent sentence together in a month’s time”
Kathy Samuel – head of business partnerships in the division of philanthropy and global engagement

What is different from working in the office?

The physicality of getting into the office provides a structure to the day. A few days in, I am feeling the […]

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    From gratitude to resentment: The downside of working from home

From gratitude to resentment: The downside of working from home

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It’s common for employers keen to promote a healthy modern workplace culture to offer at least some degree of flexible working to employees, whether they are parents who duck out of the office early to make the school run, those faced with lengthy commutes or even employees who simply wish to stay […]

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    Working from home: idea that workers who aren’t visible are slacking off is outdated

Working from home: idea that workers who aren’t visible are slacking off is outdated

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Long commutes are a bleak fact of working life – but do they have to be? The laptop in your bag and phone in your pocket are sufficient for most kinds of office work. Even so, we insist on carting our devices with us, through rain and traffic, just to sit at a desk that’s […]

Working in the cloud means working all the time

Technological advancements, such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotic Process Automation or Big Data are often considered major drivers for the future of work. Current debate on this topic mostly focuses on which tasks and jobs will be delegated to machines and how employees can deal with the uncertainty of career choice. In a recent report, the World Economic Forum provides […]