The pandemic pushed millions to work from home. Many of them will go back to a different office, and many will continue to work from home.
Future offices will have voice tech to remove the need to push a button. There will be more space between people.
A new MIT report says that 34% of Americans who previously commuted to work say that they were working from home by the first week of April. That's the same percentage of people who *can* work from home according to University of Chicago publication.
I know it can be super hard to get a remote job. And now this coronavirus! I wonder if companies are hiring at all?
Well of course we don’t know what COVID-19's effect will be in the long term, so we can only see what’s happening right now.
But I’ve been looking at remote jobs posted on the most popular job boards, and currently I don’t see much change other than this weird jump on Stack Overflow a few weeks back. I don't know what was up with that.
There’s maybe a slight decrease in new job posts, but it didn’t drop a lot when the world went to a lockdown. And there are probably more companies who were forced to stay at home and will continue to work and hire remotely.
Here's the live graph: https://remotehub.io/open/jobs
I've recently learned that it's important to keep the top of your screen at the same level as your eyes and elbows with 90 degrees on the table. I don't have a laptop stand right now, so I'm using some books to lift the laptop higher.
I've been working from home with one of my daughter + wife for almost 2 years. With this coronavirus thing going on now, there's not much changed. I'm still working from home, but both of my daughers are here as kindergarden is closed and I'm not occasionally going out to a coffee shop or public library to avoid contact with people.
I haven't had any strict schedule or dedicated office space at my home – I'm mostly working at our dining table or couch as I like to be part of the family life except rare video calls that I take in a separate room.
I've heard people doing things like:
👶 Partners working and playing with kids in turns (2h each, then switch)
📹 Include kids in their video calls (that's fun!)
📺 Setting up virtual babysitters with friends, grandparents etc
A lot of people now work at home with kids – how does your day look like? 🙂
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