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Laura de Vesine, a senior website reliability engineer, recently resigned from Google due to issues with the company’s inflexible policies.

Last fall, de Vesine and told her team that they would need to move from Google’s Sunnyvale, California office to North Carolina. Initially, the team was told they would take a 15% pay cut, but by the end of March it was 25%. Then the relocation plans were thrown out.

The back and forth was frustrating for de Vesine, who added that Google wasn’t looking at the best interests of its employees.

“That feeling that realistically I don’t have the Bay Area leaving and working for Google is enough for me to have decided to leave, ”said de Vesine. “It’s the fact that Google doesn’t prioritize people’s needs. The fact that we have a life outside of work, that people actually have families. ”

Back in May, CEO Sundar Pichai revealed Google’s plans to move to a hybrid work arrangement starting in September, where employees work at three Have to work in their offices days a week.

However, while the company is figuring out where the employees will be working and how much they will be making, Google employees have stated that tensions over this transition have reached a boiling point.

That increased tenfold last week when Senior Executive Urs Hölzle revealed his plans to work remotely from New Zealand. Many employees felt that this reserved privilege of leadership pushed the lower employees into the background and highlighted the hypocritical policies of the company.

Wildgoose’s Friends & Happiness in the Workplace Survey shows that 47% of employees in Britain doesn’t have anyone they would consider a friend in the workplace.

Even more, 8% of London workers said they had started a new job during the pandemic, making friends even more difficult. </ While unfortunate, these revelations are not surprising. Working from home has isolated many people over the past year and it seems that employees are willing to return to the office, at least temporarily.

For example, 51% of London workers said they join in during happy hour meeting their colleagues, while 32% would like a breakout area in the office.

“Some people have started jobs without getting to know their new colleagues, which has to be particularly tough. Hopefully these people can now really get to know their new work colleagues ”, said Jonny Edser, Managing Director at Wildgoose. “And companies have to recognize that face-to-face social encounters play a major role, especially when people lacked social interaction in everyday life. What many lack is the opportunity to have fun with colleagues and not just concentrate on work. ”

The working paper of the National Bureau of Economic Research entitled“ Computerization, Obsolescence, and the Length of Working Life “Delves into the impact of technology and computerization of the workplace on older workers from 1984 to 2017.

According to the analysis, the knowledge gap between older and younger workers peaked in the 1980s and early 1990s, but disappeared in the middle The 2010s.

Researchers used responses from government surveys to measure the amount of computer literacy that workers over 50 had in their jobs.

Computer skills gaps made older workers more likely to retire , every year by 1 to 1.4 percentage points, which also increased the pension rate from 8% to 9%.

The researchers also asked found that a knowledge gap of 10 percentage points lowers annual wages by a minimum of 2.5% and a maximum of 7%.

Most affected by knowledge gaps were women, office workers, workers with a certain degree of higher education and older workers between the ages of 60 and 64 Years.

Women have historically been given fewer opportunities than men, including learning to use computers. Additionally, office workers may have viewed computers as an attempt to replace their workplace. Those with a higher level of education probably had more opportunities to learn how to use computers. Finally, older workers may have found that retraining was not required as they were nearing the end of their careers.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the release of a new resource guide entitled “Work It, NYC: A Guide to LGBTQI Workplace Inlusivity, designed to provide organizations with the tools and education to better serve the LGBTQI community.

The manual published by the NYC Unity Project and NYC Center for Youth Employment, provides insight into the challenges and barriers LGBTQI individuals face in employment and work environments.

The handbook provides specific training needs and resources to address the inequalities that LGBTQI Community is struggling. The guide can help managers prepare for and prepare for measures to protect LGBTQI people from discrimination and violence.

For example, the guide provides an overview of the most important concepts and vocabulary to better identify different LGBTQI identities understand and use correct, respectful language.

In addition, the guide highlights the legal obligations that all companies and employers must meet in order to support LGBTQI people.

It also focuses on the meaning understanding of the trauma faced by many members of the LGBTQI community and providing insight into how to better support transgender, gender neutral and non-binary program participants.

“LGBTQI New Yorkers deserve to be treated with respect and dignity to become, period, “said Mayor de Blasio. « The Work It, NYC handbook will provide our vendors and local organizations with the tools to better serve LGBTQI job seekers as we get out of the pandemic and create an economy that works for everyone. »

Dropbox will have a gentle opening to its new concept called Dropbox Studios, which aims to address the transition to hybrid work arrangements.

According to Drew Houston, CEO and Co-Founder of Dropbox, the past year has been a dawn for many companies, who are now rethinking their workplace strategies to better serve the needs of their employees.

Houston said that Dropbox in particular is rethinking its office design to reflect the fact that it does not require permanent space in a building.

“We have focused on having really great curated personal experiences, some of which we coordinate at the company level and some of which you e Some can go to our studios that have been remodeled to support more collaboration, « said Houston.

Dropbox Studios is focused on providing more collaboration opportunities and has coffeeshops that create a more informal atmosphere. The rooms also offer conference rooms, as well as classrooms for training and group classes.

Essentially, Dropbox Studios aims to serve as an environment that provides the aspects of the office that employees actually miss, such as the office space. B. Personal interactions and community.

Going forward, Dropbox plans to open its own studios in cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Tokyo and Tel Aviv.

The Biden government encourages employers to encourage their workers to vaccinate because the delta variant of Covid-19 continues to spread in areas with low vaccination rates.

One of these suggestions is to offer workers paid time off so that they are not financially penalized for receiving the vaccine. </ While this sense of urgency has been part of the administration's modus operandi since President Biden took office, it is not enough to get companies to prescribe vaccines for retirees.

According to a US FAQ Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, anti-discrimination laws do not prevent employers from requesting the vaccine from their local employees. However, they still have to go with workers who give religious or medical reasons for not receiving the vaccine.

“There is quite a tension between legal permission to request a vaccine and the potential culture to that affects employee morale, ”said Sheeva Ghassemi-Vanni, a partner in the labor and litigation groups at the law firm Fenwick & West. « Some, but certainly not all, employees feel that compulsory vaccination in the workplace has a certain ‘big brother’ aspect to it. »

Although research shows that the majority of employees support a vaccination mandate in the office, they only request it few employers actually.

Ghassemi-Vanni added that she advised clients to interview their own employees to understand what they want in order to get a better understanding of whether mandating the inclusion would be feasible.

Aayat is an editor at Daily Digest, based in Lexington, Kentucky. She has been working with local coworking spaces since August 2017 and enjoys using her first-hand knowledge to write about the fascinating, constantly evolving world of flexible workplaces. Please contact them at [email protected]

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While there are medical or religious reasons for companies to require a vaccination from an on-site employee, many are reluctant to implement such a rule.

Dropbox’s new flexible working concept called Dropbox Studio focuses on giving employees those aspects of the office that they miss, such as collaboration and community.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has released a new guide entitled “Work It, NYC: A Guide to LGBTQI Workplace Inclusivity” to better support the LGBTQI community at work.


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