If you’ve been balancing your laptop on a precarious stack of cookbooks, or lamented VPN speed from your kitchen table, you’re not alone. Ever since restrictions were put in place for the time being, companies have been scrambling to enable colleagues to work from home.
As people have adapted to the much-cited ‘new normal’, some experts are predicting that remote work might be here to stay. This is leaving many nervously eyeing up our makeshift home desk set-ups, and wondering how on earth we can handle the backache. But for some, remote working is just another day at the office. Thousands of workers in the Netherlands benefit from the country’s astonishingly flexible work culture as per world news update.
“When the pandemic started, I suddenly found myself playing the part of a remote-work coach for my wife and our neighbours,” says Yvo van Doom, an Amsterdam-based engineer. “I was suddenly answering questions about home networks and video conferencing. It was eye-opening because I’d taken these things for granted.”
Across the globe, many companies have found that the shift to remote work has been a less-than-smooth transition. Setting up usually office-based staff with computer equipment, and recalibrating working culture to keep employees connected, has been a significant shift for most. But for the Netherlands, the country’s already sizeable remote workforce means that the adjustment has been much less dramatic.
“Dutch people had certain advantages when we went into lockdown,” explains van Doom, whose employer gives all workers the option for flexible work, offers a budget to create a comfortable and productive home working set up, and helps to arrange coworking spaces if needed. “We’re fortunate enough to be a country where 98% of homes have high-speed internet access, and the Netherlands has the right combination of technology, culture, and approach to make remote working successful. I’m judged on whether I deliver value, not on the fact that I sit at a desk for nine hours a day. ”
As we begin to tentatively imagine a technology infused future, as the world latest news says, there will be many who find themselves looking wistfully toward van Doom’s permanent home working set-up who is Dutch and is doing an extremely well job at managing his work from home and is setting an example about and for the world moving towards a completely technologically equipped world.
Results of a recent US poll, conducted mid-crisis, suggest that 59% of remote workers would like to continue to work remotely as much as possible once restrictions on businesses and school closures are fully lifted, because this is also keeping people able to use time for multitasking, thus engaging in maximum productivity, which is why working completely and entirely through an online platform will be very important in the future. Major international companies, including Barclays and Twitter, have already suggested that expensive city office space may become a thing of the past, as the internet is better. Both have already hinted at an end to the commute for its employees, planning potentially long-term remote work policies for after the pandemic.
As 2020 has been progressing towards only disasters that barely seem to come under control, there has been the massive hit of a 7.5-magnitude earthquake has rattled large swaths of southern and central Mexico, killing at least five people, according to world news update.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said one person was killed in a building collapse in Huatulco, Oaxaca, while state governor Alejandro Murat said a second person was killed in an apparent house collapse in the mountain village of San Juan Ozolotepec and a third died in circumstances he did not explain.
Federal civil defence authorities reported two more deaths: a worker at the state-run oil company, Pemex, fell to his death from a refinery structure, and a man died in the Oaxaca village of San Agustin Amatengo when a wall fell on him.
Pemex also said the quake caused a fire at its refinery in the Pacific coast city of Salina Cruz, relatively near the epicentre. It said one worker was injured but the flames were quickly extinguished. Churches, bridges and highways also suffered damage during the quake. López Obrador said there had been more than 140 aftershocks, most of them small.
Mexico’s national seismological service said the quake struck the southern state of Oaxaca at 10:29 am local time on Tuesday but was felt more than 400 miles away in the capital, Mexico City, where buildings shook and panicked residents fled on to the streets.
“It really moved,” said Francisco Aceves, the owner of an import-export firm in Mexico City who was on the 22nd floor of an office block when the quake struck, as per most of the world latest news.