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The Climate Case for the Four-Day Work Week

Jacinda Ardern has won a lot of rightful praise for New Zealand’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The nation has stood as an outlier with cases that have stayed low, and the country is beginning to reopen in what it hopes is a safe way. So maybe we should also be paying attention to what their ideas are for a recovery plan. Read More >>

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How to Set Up an Office in the Garden or Backyard to Maintain Your Sanity

If you’re lucky enough to have some outdoor space where you live, setting up shop in the garden or backyard can make working from home more bearable. You can top up your daily dose of vitamin D, get closer to the natural (or urban) world around you, escape from the rest of the family, and get all your work done all at the same time. Read More >>

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‘My Wedding Photos Are the Last Photos I Have of “Normal”‘

This is Sick Days, a series documenting how jobs are changing during the coronavirus pandemic, as told by workers themselves. This week, we hear from an audio engineer, a hotel manager, and more. If you’d like to submit a story, use this Google form and provide as much detail as you’re comfortable with; read this post to learn more about the project. Read More >>

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US News Reporter Caught With His Trousers Down During TV Segment From Home

American news reporter Will Reeve gave a report on the future of pharmacies from his home on Tuesday morning, as so many TV journalists are being forced to do during the coronavirus pandemic. And Reeve was truly living the dream, based on photos that are now going viral on Twitter. Read More >>

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When It Feels Like Your Boss Values Your Health Less Than the Cost of a Laptop

This is Sick Days, a series documenting how jobs are changing during the coronavirus pandemic, as told by workers themselves. Today, we hear from some entertainment professionals, a credit union worker, a nanny and part-time baker, and more. If you’d like to submit a story, use this Google form and provide as much detail as you’re able; read this post to learn more about the project. Read More >>

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‘My Record Was 3 Weeks With the Same Mask’

This is Sick Days, a series documenting how jobs are changing during the coronavirus pandemic, as told by workers themselves. This week, we hear from healthcare workers, film industry professionals, a caterer, and more. If you’d like to submit a story, use this Google form and provide as much detail as you’re able; read this post to learn more about the project. Read More >>

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15 Tips and Tricks to Make Slack Feel Normal in 2020

Slack was already a popular messaging app in workplaces across the country, but the dramatic increase in the number of people working from home has made it even more essential. From smart ways to manage your notifications to customising the interface, here are 15 tricks you should know to make Slack work for you. Read More >>

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We’re Going to Need to Relearn Ancient Harvesting Skills

The government's issued a slightly conflicting message about us all having to head outside, into the fields, and all at once soon, otherwise the country will run out of raspberries to boil up into jam to line the bases of the cherry bakewells when the summer fruit picking season comes. Read More >>

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UK Bankers Would Like a Lie-In in the Mornings

People who make their money from other people losing theirs would like to be allowed to do so during more sociable hours, with those who ply trades on the UK's stock exchanges petitioning for a later start to their working days. Read More >>

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Ivanka Trump to CES: College is Overrated

Presidential daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump took to the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon to opine on “The Future of Work,” a keynote choice that confounded many attendees who pointed out that she has no background in tech. It turns out that the future of work, at least according to her, in large part revolves around not going to college. Read More >>

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British Toilet Association Approves Less Comfortable Seat Design

A new type of toilet could perhaps be the saviour of UK business, thanks to a design that includes a sloping seat to make it less comfortable to sit on for long periods of time. This could therefore stem the wasting of the billions of hours of work time that we blow playing phone games in the toilet, sending national productivity through the roof. Read More >>

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Google Escalates Internal Crackdown, Firing Four Employees

An internal memo sent yesterday afternoon states that four Google staffers have been fired for “clear and repeated violations of our data security policies.” Read More >>

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Rev CEO: ‘We Got a Few Things Wrong’

Transcription platform Rev quietly slashed the minimum pay for its contractors earlier this month, and its workforce has been vocally pushing back against what it sees as unlivable wages since then. Read More >>

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Transcription Platform Rev Slashes Minimum Pay for Workers

Rev, one of the biggest names in transcription – and one of the cheapest services of its kind – opted to alter its pay structure with little warning for thousands of contractors on its platform, some of whom are furious at what they expect will be smaller paycheques from here on out. Read More >>

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Wilko Staff Call Strike to Highlight Terrible Working Conditions

Discount retailer of many sectors Wilko is set to be crippled by a strike, with as many as 1,800 staff members – mainly the hi-viz distribution grafters – hoping to bring the company to its knees around the negotiating table. Read More >>