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Barbados Has an Offer for Foreigners

Island creating yearlong work visa—to lure remote workers during pandemic

(Newser) - If you've been working from home during the pandemic, you may feel lucky to have a job, but maybe not as lucky to be staring at the same four walls every day without much human interaction. Conde Nast Traveler reports on a possible remedy, if you're willing to... More »

New Influx of Whistleblower Filings the 'Tip of the Iceberg'

Lawyers say uptick in complaints due to impact of COVID-19, people working from home

(Newser) - While the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the economy, it's brought business to one particular group: lawyers for whistleblowers, who've been coming forward in increasing numbers since the pandemic hit. Per an SEC spokesman, the agency received 4,000 or so whistleblower complaints from the middle of... More »

Silicon Valley Hits Back at Coronavirus

Twitter, Google, other tech firms pushing remote work, other measures to stop COVID-19 spread

(Newser) - With coronavirus seeping into more corners of the world— Gizmodo puts its presence in nearly 70 countries, with more than 91,000 sickened and at least 3,100 dead—Twitter just made a major move to stop the spread. The BBC reports the social media giant has told its workers... More »

A Move to Vermont Could Net You $10K, but There's a Catch

You have to work remotely for an out-of-state employer

(Newser) - Vermont wants to pay you up to $10,000 to move there, and, yes, there's a catch. To qualify for the funds, you need to be a full-time employee of an out-of-state business who works from home. The unusual proposal, which comes with a new law signed by Gov.... More »

10 Companies With Most Job Posts for Telecommuters

FlexJobs takes its annual look

(Newser) - Besides the ability to work in your PJs and take kitten or puppy breaks, telecommuting allows workers to save on commuting costs and time, and perhaps better handle the work-life balance, CNN notes. Companies can benefit, too, saving money by cutting down on office space and by attracting and keeping... More »

10 Best US Cities to Be an 'Urban Hermit'

You may never leave home in Chicago

(Newser) - You don't have to live in a forest camp to be a hermit. Thanks to modern conveniences like Netflix and food deliveries, just about anybody, anywhere, can live the solitary life. Some cities, however, are better for "urban hermits" than others. Here are Estately 's top 10... More »

Tell Your Boss You Want to Work From Montana

Local businessman is pushing 'Come Home to Montana' telecommuting campaign

(Newser) - Usually states that want to attract more business go directly after companies by offering tax incentives and other perks. But a Montana man who founded a successful software company there is targeting a more individualized demographic: employees in other states who want to leave the rat race and telecommute from... More »

Can't Take Time Off? Try a 'Workcation'

Employees are starting to combine work/pleasure time to save vacay days

(Newser) - Don't have a lot of vacation days stockpiled but need to get away? Consider taking a "workcation"—what the Wall Street Journal describes as a growing trend in which workers head to a destination and pay for their own travel and lodgings, but don't get docked... More »

Telecommuting Isn't as Great as You Think

Workers in study were more productive, but they missed their colleagues

(Newser) - Cogs in the wheel toiling away in an office have probably dreamed of working from home in pajamas. But a new study out of Stanford University suggests telecommuting may not be all it's cracked up to be, leading Business Insider to assert that "traditional workspaces will never disappear.... More »

Mayer Beefs Up Yahoo's Maternity Policy

Move follows controversy over telecommute ban

(Newser) - Yahoo stirred up controversy when CEO Marissa Mayer banned working from home ; now, Mayer is reaching out to fellow parents by way of a beefed-up maternity policy. Moms will now get 16 weeks of paid leave, with new dads getting eight, NBC Bay Area reports. That's double the new... More »

Flexible Work Hurts Working Mothers

Think twice before taking that telecommuting position: Dwyer Gunn

(Newser) - Amid all the uproar over Marissa Mayer ending telecommuting at Yahoo , the biggest concern of many was that the new policy would hurt working moms. But studies show it's actually flexible work policies that do the most harm to working moms, writes flex-worker and mom Dwyer Gunn on Slate... More »

Best Buy Kills Freewheeling Work-From-Home Program

Now, you'll need a manager's permission to telecommute

(Newser) - First Yahoo sparked a backlash by telling workers they had to come into the office; now Best Buy—which has had one of the most progressive telecommuting policies going—is doing much the same thing. Ever since 2005, Best Buy has had a "Results Only Work Environment," meaning... More »

Why Working at Home Can Be a Bad Idea

Slate's Katie Roiphe thinks a clear separation helps creativity

(Newser) - Marissa Mayer's decree requiring that Yahoo employees stop working from home and instead schlep to the office has set off a wave of pro and con arguments. Count Katie Roiphe of Slate , who has experience in both worlds, in Mayer's camp. When you work from home, you're... More »

Yahoo Defends Work-at-Home Ban

Move 'is about what is right for Yahoo right now'

(Newser) - Marissa Mayer's recently announced ban on telecommuting at Yahoo has caused quite a brouhaha ; now, the company is responding. "This isn’t a broad industry view on working from home," the firm says in a statement issued yesterday, per the New York Times . "This is about... More »

Yahoo Bans Telecommuting, Outrage Ensues

Marissa Mayer's new policy inspires a flurry of reactions

(Newser) - Marissa Mayer is making huge waves at Yahoo by banning telecommuting at the company—employees aren't happy, and most pundits are on their side. A sample of the reactions to Mayer's new policy, which AllThingsD revealed last week:
  • "Mayer is trying to put together a 21st century
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80% of Workers Tied to Job—at Home

Extra time adds up to nearly an extra work day per week

(Newser) - Mobile devices are keeping huge numbers of workers chained to the office in their downtime, according to a study by Good Technology . Some 80% of workers polled by the company said they kept working after leaving the office mainly by answering calls and emails, and half of those said they... More »

What Telecommuters Really Do at Home

Many watch TV—but they're still productive: studies

(Newser) - If you work at home, you may have just been caught red-handed: Business Week reports on a new survey finding that, while on the clock:
  • 43% of telecommuters watch TV or a movie
  • 35% do chores around the house
  • 28% make dinner
  • 26% take naps
  • 24% have a drink
  • 20%
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Telecommute or Shower? 12% Pick Telecommute

Perhaps more disturbingly, 5% choose telecommuting over their spouse

(Newser) - Apparently telecommuting is very important to some people. So important, in fact, that a new survey shows 5% of people would get a divorce in exchange for the chance to work from home. Other than marriage, what else are people willing to give up in order to telecommute? LiveScience reports... More »

The 9-to-5 Workday Could Soon Punch Out

Young workers are demanding flexibility

(Newser) - Show of hands, how many people are still clocking in at 9 and out at 5 every day? Well, you might be in the minority soon. In its annual list of top trends, communications firm Euro RSCG Worldwide is predicting that “Generation Y will upend the traditional workday, as... More »

Is Telecommuting Greener?

You'd think so, but the answer isn't that easy

(Newser) - Unless your idea of fun happens to include "exhaust, tiny workspaces, dress codes, and wasting your time," telecommuting is fantastic, writes Brian Palmer in Slate . Studies have shown that it's also "a win-win" for employers and employees in terms of productivity and quality of work. And it's... More »

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