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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Going Back to the Office

By MBN Staff | Thu, 05/21/2020 - 13:13

Working remotely is likely to become the new normal, which for some may be great news and for others, can become a nightmarish scenario. But what would be the consequences of permanently working from home? According to columnist Caitlin Fitzsimmons, if a person's work can be done from anywhere, they are not necessarily going to keep their city salary and even will have to compete in an international job market.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella agrees. In an interview this week for the New York Times, he said that working at home has benefits but also risks, as working in an office is essential for social interaction.

Meanwhile, some of the benefits some people are noticing are not only economic. People are also realizing their mental health is benefiting from this new routine since they avoid getting stressed about using public transport in large cities and instead they have more time to sleep, eat healthier, exercise and spend more time with loved ones.

But the return to the office will be marked by a ‘new normal.’ For it to work, certain factors will need to be adapted, potentially leading to long-lasting changes in how we approach and do our work. In an interview with the BBC Worklife Albert De Plazaola, Global Strategy Director at design firm Unispace. “We may have lived with the flu for many years but this is the first time our generation has experienced a pandemic. We are now hyperaware of health risks, whether real or imagined. Employers are hypersensitive about the potential for liability if people get sick at work,” he said.

More news below:

  • Technological developments in the form of artificial intelligence (AI) provide solutions process faster and lead to better results. One way that AI can improve both efficiency and decision-making is by harnessing the collective intelligence of a team, reported BBC Worklife.

  • The Employment Support Program (PAE) was canceled, which funded resources for employment and worker’s training in Mexico since its inception in 2001. The Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) cut its budget and redirected it to the Economic Reactivation Plan, reported El Financiero.

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