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Remote working: Is Big Tech going off work from home?

Remote working: Is Big Tech going off work from home?

Technology
Getty ImagesOn Wednesday last week, Google's Fiona Cicconi wrote to company employees.She announced that Google was bringing forward its timetable of moving people back into the office. As of 1 September, she said, employees wishing to work from home for more than 14 days would have to apply to do so. Employees were also expected to "live within commuting distance" of offices. No cocktails by the beach with a laptop, then. The intention was very clear. Sure, you can do more flexible working than you did before - but most people will still have to come into the office. That thinking seemed to fly in the face of much of what we heard from Silicon Valley executives last year, when they championed the virtues of remote working. For example, Twitter's Jack Dorsey made headlines across the world...
‘I was working 72 hours a week – it was cult-like’

‘I was working 72 hours a week – it was cult-like’

Business
Gemma ChambersNinety-five-hour work weeks, five hours' sleep a night and an ultimatum. After a group of young Goldman Sachs analysts warned they would leave the firm unless things changed, the boss said it was "great" they had voiced their concerns.When we first reported the story, dozens of you got in touch to talk working hours and how work-life balance has shifted during the pandemic.Here, four people explain what a week in their jobs looks like.'My last job felt cult-like'Gemma Chambers recently left a job where she was expected to work seven days a weekThe 22-year-old joined a Sheffield firm last October in what she thought would be a digital marketing job. On arrival, she and the other newly-employed graduates were asked to cold call and go door-to-door on behalf of charities the fir...
British Airways and Mirror publisher become latest to signal home working switch

British Airways and Mirror publisher become latest to signal home working switch

Business
British Airways and the newspaper group behind the Daily Mirror have become the latest big companies to signal a major switch to working from home.BA said it was considering selling its headquarters near Heathrow because the shift means it may not need so much office space. Reach, the company behind the national Mirror and Express newspapers as well as more than 100 regional titles, said three-quarters of staff would now be entirely or mainly home-based. Image: Many firms have been forced to switch to home working during the pandemic Highly-regarded titles in places such as Leicester will no longer have their own offices.BA and Reach are the latest major employers who have decided to make permanent, at least in part, some of the chang...

During Covid, some working mothers find a silver lining: more time with their children

Finance
By almost every measure, the coronavirus crisis has been devastating for working women.More women work on the front lines and are at a greater risk of contracting Covid-19, putting themselves and their families in jeopardy.They have reported increased anxiety and stress as a direct result of new work routines and concerns about job security. At the same time, they have borne the brunt of job losses or had to reduce their hours or take a leave from work in order to take on additional duties at home.  More from Personal Finance:School holidays are particularly challenging for working parentsA return to the office may be coming as vaccinations increasePandemic pushes millions from the labor forceAs women, particularly mothers, exit the workforce, they are also leaving...
Juno Temple on Ted Lasso, working with Justin Timberlake, and bringing cinemas back

Juno Temple on Ted Lasso, working with Justin Timberlake, and bringing cinemas back

Entertainment
Having spent a "wild" year locked down in Los Angeles, British star Juno Temple is pleased to be back in Blighty and on set currently filming the second series of hit show Ted Lasso.If it's not already on your radar, there's a lot of love for the series, not least in the form of two Screen Actors Guild and four Golden Globe nominations - including best actor in a comedy series for star Jason Sudeikis, and outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series. It tells the story of an American football coach managing a struggling London "soccer" team, and became something of a surprise hit for Apple TV+ when it launched in 2020. Temple, 31, plays Keeley Jones, a model and girlfriend of one of the club's strikers. Image: Jason Sudeikis stars i...