Remote Work – Servers Under The Sun Thu, 25 Aug 2022 05:27:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Remote Work – Servers Under The Sun 32 32 Cyberattacks exacerbated in the era of hybrid and remote work Thu, 25 Aug 2022 05:27:30 +0000

The massive shift to remote working precipitated by the pandemic has created huge security concerns, as it has blurred the lines between personal spaces and corporate security. It has exposed both individuals and businesses to a series of cyberattacks. In the absence of security protections such as firewalls and blacklisted IP addresses, and due to increased reliance on technology, remote employees are more vulnerable to cyberattacks. According to a report by India Times, 40% of Indian businesses reported an increase in cyberattacks in 2021. This has led to an immense need for cybersecurity solutions.

How remote work provided opportunities for cyberattacks.
Remote work will normalize and effectively become standard business practice. As organizations prepare for a post-pandemic world, one of the many issues they will face is IT security for remote employees. A remote workforce comes with many dangers, as employees rely on their home networks and their own devices to complete their tasks. In case they run into technical issues, organizations can only hope that their employees have technical skills because there’s not much your IT team can do to help you.

Office networks are highly secured against data loss, security and privacy risks, as significant expenditures are made in the equipment of virtual private network (VPN) firewalls, anti-virus software and blacklists dangerous IP addresses. Since most home networks do not have dedicated firewalls or other layers of security to protect devices from data breaches, the aforementioned issues regarding data privacy in a remote work environment are an issue. major concern for the organization and remote employees.

Organizations should create processes and procedures that cover cybersecurity for remote work. They may have come out unscathed so far, but it only takes one mistake for disaster to strike. It is therefore crucial that organizations take the time to consider whether their remote working practices are secure enough to withstand relentless attacks.

Some vital aspects to consider:
Keep devices secure and up-to-date: Make sure all remote employees have enabled all automatic security updates, including antivirus and firewall. Device security also extends to network devices and applies to all updates to your network devices, equipping them with secure passwords.

Inclusion of EDR and MDR in the security posture: Endpoint detection and response (EDR) and managed detection and response (MDR) are two systems designed to advance security technologies to help improve an organization’s security posture. They are intended to help organizations take advantage of advanced security technologies to increase their protection against cyberattacks.

Adopting ZTNA and SASE: Organizations should consider implementing zero-trust network access (ZTNA) and secure access to the service edge to address this computing environment (SASE). ZTNA is a great tool for securing people and devices. It uses contextual data to grant access, which may include security context such as endpoint verification. SASE provides context and controls that ZTNA does not. SASE is a better approach to remote access, and ZTNA can help by giving enterprises more control over access policies, scalability, simplicity, and security.

Strengthen your perimeter: The perimeter of an organization used to be the office space, but now it extends to the employees’ homes. Companies must therefore upgrade it and have the necessary tools to identify and stop threats before attackers can penetrate desktop systems. Cybersecurity solutions can help you detect and monitor these threats and minimize attacks when employees work remotely.

Remote Access Management Policy and Procedures: Organizations should implement multi-factor authentication for VPN access, IP address, and Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) access limits and increase control over remote network connections.

Protection of Rempart terminals: Protect devices against standard and advanced malware. Install cybersecurity software to ensure that it is competent enough to deal with such attacks.

Defense against Phishing: It is crucial for the organization to ensure that employees are well aware of phishing. A comprehensive set of tools and techniques to identify and neutralize phishing attacks in advance should be installed. Install specialized anti-phishing solutions, tools and anti-phishing security measures that aim to provide effective protection against phishing while providing a modus operandi for attacks that aim to breach security.

Shadow IT: Businesses need to continuously monitor shadow IT and ensure employees who work remotely are using approved applications and solutions in order to combat any type of cyberattacks.

As remote work adapts quickly, organizations must apply their traditional approach to cybersecurity to a broader network of endpoints, which now includes employees’ home networks. Today, regardless of the size of verticals, they continue to switch between remote work and office work, and cyberattacks continue to lurk in ill-prepared organizations. Cybersecurity solutions have become the best protection policy against these cyberattacks and data breaches. This era of hybrid and remote work is increasing and opening up new opportunities for organizations to be productive and improve the work experience of employees. It is therefore crucial that organizations working in a hybrid and remote manner consider these cybersecurity risks and extend the cybersecurity configuration to employees’ home networks.

Chitnavis Mitish
chief technology officer
iValue InfoSolutions

Survey finds remote work will be a permanent feature for most companies Mon, 22 Aug 2022 16:05:41 +0000

Remote work is going nowhere. This is the consensus of the majority of companies surveyed in a new report from JLL, which found that 53% said they would allow all employees to work remotely by 2025. An even larger share of companies, 77%, said they believed providing options remote and hybrid work would be “essential” to attract and keep Talent. The findings are part of JLL’s The Future of Work 2022 report, which asked more than 1,000 senior real estate executives around the world about returning to the office, hybrid and remote plans and the use of office spaces.

JLL’s survey found that 24% of companies said they have already made remote work a permanent option for employees, while 30% said they plan to make it a permanent option by 2025. Before the pandemic, 45% of employers did not offer hybrid work. opportunity for employees. Today, only 9% of companies do not offer a hybrid option. The next three years are expected to be a “critical phase” for companies as they develop their commercial real estate strategy, according to the report. “After a period of rapid change, comes an opportunity to pause and think strategically about the future,” JLL wrote. “CRE leaders are now at that time.”

The numbers come on the heels of more big companies like Netflix announcing reduced office space and others calling employees back to the office. Last week, Apple informed employees that they should come into the office at least three days a week starting in early September. Telecommunications giant AT&T also recently ordered employees back to the office in September, but the request was met with backlash from employees, who filed a petition to make remote work options permanent. While research has clearly shown that most employees prefer having remote and hybrid options, it remains to be seen whether companies like AT&T facing employee reluctance will eventually cave to the pressure. But if JLL’s latest report is any indication, it’s only a matter of time.

Looking for Talent: Career Trials and Remote Work Was a Lifeline for a Small Marketing Agency Like Ours Sun, 21 Aug 2022 00:00:00 +0000

The start of our journey as a sales and marketing agency in 2020 was difficult, especially during the pandemic as we tried to build our team and our client base. We relied on cold calling and networking to do this.

We help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore with their marketing efforts. Today, we have a team of 15 people, including 14 locals and one permanent resident. Their identification took us about six to eight months and several rounds of interviews.

As SMEs ourselves, recruiting young talent has not been easy. Potential recruits look for great brands they can display on their resume, and convincing them to join us is no easy task.

The lack of international brands among our customer base has also been a push factor for applicants, who may not be comfortable facing rejection as they are required to pitch our services to SMEs.

In addition to staffing, finding new customers is another priority for us, but we must constantly balance our capacity with revenue needs. There were times when we missed new business opportunities because the team was busy with existing clients, which caused us to lose some leads.

On a positive note, we are grateful for government support and an evolving business environment where businesses can operate remotely.

Since December 2021, under the Workforce Singapore (WSG) Career Trial Scheme, we have had 10 candidates with no experience in our field join us for short stays of up to three months.

They were able to try out different roles in areas such as digital marketing and business consulting to assess their suitability for the job before considering formal employment. We have had candidates who, although they have no knowledge in this sector, have achieved good results with the training, and we are exploring how we can integrate them into our expansion plans. To date, four candidates who have completed the trial are working full-time with us.

As new business opportunities can be cultivated remotely, we are also hiring those seeking remote or hybrid working arrangements to save on office rental.

As part of our expansion efforts, we have 15 vacancies in business consulting, digital marketing and event management. We are open to all applications, including women in integration or those with families who would prefer flexible working arrangements. We also participated in WSG career events and shortlisted several candidates for interviews.

As an SME, our employees wear different hats and can acquire a wider variety of experiences than in most large companies. They have some autonomy to co-direct business strategies and can develop deeper skills that pay dividends down the line.

We also see more young people interested in work that gives them meaning and purpose. We hope this can reduce the hiring stigma in our industry, where candidates traditionally aim to join large companies that promise higher salaries and better career progression.


Mr. Bryan Ng, 31, is CEO of Emptyspace. He launched the company in July 2020. It provides services such as website design and development, social media advertising and video production, among others, and targets SMEs in need of help. in their marketing and awareness efforts.

If you are a business owner with an experience to share or know someone who would like to contribute to this series, write to voice [at] with your full name, address and telephone number.

Centene backs out of Charlotte headquarters move, city loses thousands of promised jobs, ends up with huge property with no tenants Fri, 19 Aug 2022 00:09:00 +0000

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Centene has confirmed that the healthcare company is no longer moving its headquarters to Charlotte, even after construction of the massive University City complex is complete.

City of Charlotte sources told WBTV that the massive public-private partnership that would have created 3,200 jobs and $1 billion in investment is cancelled.

A statement from Centene says the main reason for the change in plans is the remote work environment.

“Since announcing our intention to establish an East Coast headquarters in Charlotte, NC, there has been a fundamental shift in the way people want to work. Today, nearly 90% of our workforce works entirely remotely or in a hybrid work environment, and workplace flexibility is key to attracting and retaining our top talent. »

Construction is still underway at Centene’s former headquarters in University City, and WBTV sources say the company will complete that process. What will be the future of this property and whether it is considered an attraction by other companies coming to Charlotte remains unknown.

The tax incentives and subsidies that were meant to woo the healthcare giant to Charlotte will now be clawed back. Charlotte City Council approved $31.6 million in grants that were never disbursed, and Mecklenburg County Commissioners provided an additional $26 million that will no longer be available for Centene.

Centene says it will always maintain a presence in North Carolina. There are currently 1,700 employees in the state and another 200 open positions in Charlotte.

“I was surprised to hear the news from Centene,” said County Commissioner and Economic Development Committee Chair Susan Rodriguez-McDowell. “The fact that such a record set of incentives can be left on the table is fascinating. I am disappointed that a huge financial investment in the community has been lost, however, I am optimistic that there will be another opportunity around the corner.

“This is a smart and courageous decision, taken by a leading organization. Many other organizations can learn from their flexibility and innovation,” said board member Renee Johnson, whose district understands the project.

It’s just the latest in a series of public-private partnerships in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County that have collapsed.

Earlier this month, Robinhood announced it was closing its Charlotte office after initially planning to create 389 jobs locally.

WBTV news partner Axios reported last week that British carmaker Arrival was laying off 35 employees in Charlotte.

Tepper Sports & Entertainment has pulled out of the project to build Charlotte FC headquarters and training grounds in Eastland. Instead, the local sports empire says it is building a facility with only private investment near McAlpine Park, off Old Monroe Rd.

Statement from the City of Charlotte:

“While we are disappointed that Centene is not opening its East Coast headquarters, Centene has committed to completing the installation and listing it, which creates an opportunity for another organization to use a site amazing and we plan to work with their development team to bring the property to market. Centene will maintain a significant presence in Charlotte, including 700 employees and its space at Camp North End near Uptown Charlotte.

Centene Statement:

“Since announcing our intention to establish an East Coast headquarters in Charlotte, NC, there has been a fundamental shift in the way people want to work. Today, nearly 90% of our workforce works entirely remotely or in a hybrid work environment, and workplace flexibility is key to attracting and retaining our top talent. As a result of this change, we have decided not to open an East Coast headquarters in Charlotte, and many of our 1,700 employees across the state will be working remotely or in a hybrid working model that meets their personal needs.

“North Carolina is an important state for Centene, and we remain committed to our local health plans, WellCare of North Carolina and Carolina Complete Health, which serve 642,000 members statewide. These decisions will not affect the quality, comprehensive health care we provide to our members or the long-standing partnerships we have with the state, our providers and our community partners. We appreciate the support and partnership provided by our municipal and government partners as our operations continue to evolve and grow.

The news was first reported by the Charlotte Business Journal.

Related: A large healthcare company creating thousands of jobs in Charlotte

The Pitch Deck standard used to raise a series of $25 million has Mon, 15 Aug 2022 14:54:46 +0000
  • Switchboard is a video conferencing startup that allows teams to collaborate on other software in real time.
  • It went viral on Product Hunt and recruited over 1,200 teams in one week with no marketing budget.
  • They just raised a $25 million Series A led by Icon Ventures to take on Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Switchboard is a new virtual conferencing startup that allows users to interact simultaneously on a split screen with different software tools. Unlike Zoom and Microsoft Teams, each team member can work with different software tools such as Notion, Figma, and Google Drive on a shared screen and work together on large projects while video conferencing.

The idea for Switchboard came to founder Amir Ashkenazi in 2020 after signing up for online guitar lessons during the pandemic and struggling to work with his teacher.

“All I could see was my instructor’s face, and we needed multiple tools to deliver the lesson online,” he said.

Ashkenazi realized there was a need for a tool that allowed people to work more collaboratively not just for guitar lessons, but for “anytime people are trying to do things together, and they are not physically together,” he said.

As a six-time founder, Ashkenazi was able to jump straight into building Switchboard, having been in the startup world for nearly three decades. Some of his past ventures include founding in 1997, which was acquired by eBay in 2005, as well as in 2006, which was sold to AOL in 2014.

Ashkenazi started on the Switchboard product in June 2020 and hired its first remote team. After having a fully finished product, they put Switchboard on the popular Product Hunt tech board in May. Within a week on the site, they won “Product of the Day” and more than 1,200 teams signed up to use Switchboard for their coworking projects “all with zero marketing budget,” Ashkenazi said.

Switchboard’s word-of-mouth success caught the eye of the investment team at Icon Ventures, who led Switchboard’s $25 million Series A funding round in late July, raising funding the company’s total to date at $38.4 million. Spark Capital, Sequoia Capital and XYZ-Ventures also participated in the Series A round.

The Switchboard team plans to use the new funds to expand its product offerings and continue to hire more team members.

Check out the Switchboard 12-slide pitch deck used to raise its $25 million Series A:

How to manage stress at work? Sat, 13 Aug 2022 07:10:21 +0000

SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, answers questions from HR as part of a series for USA today.

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Over the past few years, my professional life has become much more stressful. It’s to the point where my work has become less productive, and I feel more exhausted at the end of the day. Can you recommend practical methods to manage stress at work? — Troy

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.: First let me say that you are not alone. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, almost 60% of respondents reported work-related stress marked by a lack of motivation or energy and lack of effort at work. No sector, industry or profession is immune to work-related stress. Fortunately, there are practical steps you can take to safeguard your well-being.

Give yourself permission to prioritize your self-care and well-being. Maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, seek professional support when needed, and take mental health days whenever possible. Ask about your company’s employee assistance program (EAP) or research options with your health insurance. There are also several mental health apps available to help you relax and deal with day-to-day concerns. Self-care and well-being are key factors in reducing stress.

The past few years have been difficult for all of us, but you survived. Give yourself credit. Play to your strengths and remember your accomplishments.

Find ways to manage expectations in the workplace. Try time management exercises like making a list of priorities each day, then ticking them off as you complete them. When you have conflicting priorities, work with your supervisor to determine a course of action.

Try not to project yourself too far into the future. Stay in the moment. You cannot control the future. Planning can be helpful, even therapeutic for some, but even the best-laid plans should incorporate some flexibility.

I will add this: don’t forget that you can ask for help. As humans, we are not meant to operate in isolation. It is by connecting and collaborating with others that we survive and thrive. There’s nothing wrong with admitting you need help with a project or task. It is perfectly acceptable to respectfully decline to take on another project at work that will affect the deliverables of the projects you are currently working on.

By using these methods, you can reduce your stress. Reducing your stress will restore your confidence and energy and allow you to be more productive.

After two years of working remotely, my company will require a return to work in the office three days a week, with a potential of five days in the future. I learned to prefer working from home. Should I do the case to my supervisor to continue some of the work remotely, or would I be better off finding a new full-time position remotely? —Marcelle

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.: The level of remote working we have seen in response to the pandemic is unlikely to last, especially as we head into an economic downturn. While some industries, businesses, and positions thrive on remote working, most operations are more productive, efficient, and innovative with fully in-person or hybrid work. This means remote work may not be as prevalent as it once was. With that in mind, if you’d rather stay in your current role, be prepared to advocate for continued remote work.

Demonstrate why continuing to work remotely will benefit both you and your employer. Are you more productive and engaged when you can work remotely? Are you able to establish and maintain working relationships both virtually and in person? Can you be more productive because you’re not commuting anymore? Provide a detailed assessment of what work can be done at home and what work is best done in the office.

Before making your decision, consider some of the challenges employees face when working from home, such as feelings of isolation, difficulty staying in front of management, and the long-term effects this may have on their career. How do you plan to meet these challenges?

I encourage you to see the situation from your employer’s point of view. With remote work, employers are often concerned about the loss of productivity and collective morale, which can be strengthened and improved by interacting in person, developing relationships with colleagues and collaborating regularly. Understanding your supervisors’ concerns will help you build a compelling case.

In your justification to your supervisor, explain how you will set goals with your supervisor, communicate progress, measure results, and plan changes with your team and others with whom you interact. Highlight how you will contribute to the overall productivity of your workgroup, not just your individual performance.

If you don’t get the result you hoped for, stay flexible and ready to compromise or continue negotiations. Business changes constantly and your supervisor may be more open to the possibility of working from home in the future. Determine what the barriers were to the decision to refuse remote work and address them, if possible.

If it’s not possible to continue the conversation, consider other options such as revisiting the idea in a certain amount of time. If your job is not conducive to permanent remote work, assess what best suits your career and personal needs and whether you should look for another job to meet your preferences.

Work from Anywhere: 15 Remote Job Opportunities for Architects and Designers | New Thu, 11 Aug 2022 17:58:39 +0000

Remote work arrangements continue to be a popular feature among openings listed on Archinect Jobs, as many architecture and design firms in need of new team members seek to attract talented candidates regardless of geographic proximity, according to feedback we received from this Archinect job survey.

In today’s jobs selections, we’re highlighting a number of exciting remote work opportunities at recruitment companies across the country.

To view only positions designated as “remote” on Archinect Jobs, use this direct link or select “Remote” under the “Browse by state/country” region selector.

To search for job titles specific to the architectural profession, see the Guide to Job Titles series from Archinect. Also follow our series of Archinect tips to improve your portfolio, CV, interview skills and increase your overall chances of landing that next job.

OFFICE WITHOUT TITLE (OR) is looking for three Regional Design Strategy Leads: Bay Area, APAC and EMEA – Germany and/or India
“We are seeking a Regional Design Strategy Manager to partner with our client’s talented global property design and development organization. The role focuses on the strategic planning and design management of development programs. our client’s workplace home. Working as contributors to the client’s real estate organization, the Regional Design Strategy Manager is responsible for the overall execution and implementation of the clients’ strategic vision. the company’s forward-thinking hospitality programs at specific sites.”

OFFICEUNTITLED (OU) is also hiring a Regional Design Strategy Manager (LA/NY) and Interior Designer in Culver City, CA.

Honesdale Bar House by HUTS.

HUT is looking for a Designer/Project Coordinator, Senior Designer/Project Manager, Architectural Draftsman and Customer Success Coordinator – Studio
“HUTS is looking for excellent architectural designers with demonstrated production, organizational and communication skills who are ready to make an immediate impact on our residential design and development projects. […] Knowledge of residential design, building codes, construction techniques, detailing, permitting process, CD set production and building technologies.

Carbon Leadership Forum, University of Washington looking for three embodied carbon seekers
“The Carbon Leadership Forum, a research organization based at the University of Washington’s College of Built Environment, is seeking a Collaborative Researcher to help execute on our mission to accelerate the decarbonization of the building sector by eliminating embodied carbon in materials. of construction and construction by collective action.”

Perkins&Will New York Studio by Perkins&Will. Photo: Garrett Rowland.

Perkins and Will looking for a Digital Content Manager
“Perkins&Will is looking for a driven, detail-oriented and highly collaborative Digital Content Manager to oversee the creation and distribution of compelling, high-impact digital content. This highly strategic leadership role is responsible for improving the perception of the firm’s global brand by ensuring excellence in communications across the firm’s website, microsites, social media channels, e-newsletters and other multimedia platforms.”

SF Jones Architects, Inc. is looking for a Project Architect/Job Captain
“SFJones Architects is an established architectural and interior design firm specializing in restaurants and commercial projects. […] The position is for a Project Architect/Working Captain who can manage a project and create working drawings independently or with other team members. The candidate will work directly with the principal on the designs for the project and with other team members and a BIM manager using our models.

Center Street Parking Garage, Berkeley by Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects in collaboration with Neme Design Studio.

Neme Design Studio, Inc. is looking for a Facade Designer/Project Architect
“We are facade design consultants and digital fabrication specialists based in Los Angeles, CA. […] The role of the candidate is a facade designer working under the direction of a principal facade designer to design, model and document facade systems.”

Global Architecture / Interior Design looking for a Job Captain
“We are looking for a Job Captain who is excited to learn and get into the trenches of all scales and scopes, from large-scale adaptive reuse to small-scale IT projects. […] 5-6 years of professional work experience applicable for Job Captain (2+ for Designer level)”

Also check out Omgivning’s opportunity for a Senior Interior Designer / Senior Interior Architect III in Los Angeles.

2525 Main Irvine. Ceiling system designer and manufacturer: Arktura LLC.

Arktura LLC looking for an industrial designer
“Arktura LLC, a global manufacturer of architectural systems technology and design, is seeking an Industrial Designer who has a refined design sensibility, enthusiasm, and a passion for making things happen. You will join a team multidisciplinary collaborative of designers, engineers, software developers, scientists, and sales and marketing experts in our state-of-the-art Los Angeles manufacturing headquarters, where we will design the future of the built environment.”

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6 remote jobs hiring in Alberta and you could work for Lululemon Tue, 09 Aug 2022 10:07:49 +0000

If you’re ready to give up office life, listen up. There are plenty of companies hiring for remote jobs in Alberta right now and you might even land a gig with Lululemon – which offers some pretty great perks.

It may seem like the dream of earning money without even having to leave home, but it could soon become your reality. With these jobs, you could do anything from customer service to language interpretation, all from the comfort of your own home.

If you’re not ready to give up office life just yet, Narcity recently compiled a list of some of the best jobs in the city of Calgary right now and you could be earning over $100,000.

But, if get-togethers in pajamas sound like heaven, apply yourself to this one.

GEC Educator

Company: LuluLemon

Salary: between $15.90 and $21.95 per hour.

Where: Red Deer

Who should apply: Someone who is a natural problem solver and excellent at customer service. You’ll help extend excellent customer service from home and ensure customer questions are handled quickly and professionally.

Apply here

Customer solutions specialist

Company: Rogers Communications

Where: Red Deer

Who should apply: If you are friendly, empathetic and good at problem solving, this job could be for you. You’ll make sure Rogers customers get the best customer service, and you’ll even get 50% off your bonus wireless!

Apply here

Credit Management Resolution Agent

Company: Royal Bank of Canada

Where: Edmonton

Who should apply: If you’re good at helping people with their financial problems, this could be a dream role. You will educate RBC clients about their financial needs and answer any questions they may have.

Apply here

Real estate assistant

A house in Calgary.

Jeff Whyte | The time of dreams

Company: T. Nellissen Consulting

Salary: Between $21 and $24 per hour.

Where: Calgary

Who should apply: Someone who is interested in real estate and wants to take their first steps in the industry. You will be responsible for keeping things organized and managing and updating lists, among other tasks.

Apply here

Language interpreter

Company: Kelly Services

Where: Calgary

Who should apply: Someone fluent in another language in addition to English. You would speak to clients around the world and interpret to help match people with careers.

Apply here

online writing tutor

Company: Studiosity

Salary: Starting at $16.50 per hour.

Where: Alberta

Who should apply: If you are a talented teacher and good at giving feedback, this job might be for you. You could earn money by reading students’ written work and giving feedback, rather than proofreading. You can also read as much or as little as you want.

Apply here

Has remote work changed the travel landscape? Sun, 07 Aug 2022 16:01:00 +0000

By Sam Kemmis | NerdWallet

WHILE some workers are returning to the office this year, many others continue to work remotely indefinitely. This seismic upheaval has changed where people live and work and, increasingly, how they travel.

In the first quarter of 2022, nearly 25% of job openings at the top 50,000 companies in the United States and Canada were for permanent remote positions, according to job listing service Ladders. That’s an increase from just 4% before the pandemic.

“It allowed us to extend trips, leave early and work different hours,” says Tampa, Fla.-based credit risk manager Kirsten Reckman, who works remotely. “My boss is very accommodating as long as the job is done.”

Reckmen’s experience reflects a larger trend. One in five travelers plan to do work on the road this summer, according to a report by Deloitte, an international professional services network. Of these so-called “laptop vans”, 4 in 5 plan to extend the length of their trips due to flexible schedules.

The rise of bleisure travel

Remote work has blurred the line between business travel and personal travel. Rather than rarely leaving home for vacations, remote workers can travel anytime. This has the potential to disrupt long-standing travel trends.

“Many travelers who have the opportunity choose to combine remote work with travel to get away from it all while maximizing the PTO”, or paid holidays, explains Mark Crossey, travel expert at Skyscanner, search engine and travel agency. trips. “The works allow people with flexible family and work lives to become ‘half-tourists’ for a time.”

That kind of freedom appeals to Lisa Wickstrom, an Arizona-based mortgage underwriter who now works around the world with just a suitcase.

“I’ve had three weeks of vacation before,” Wickstrom says, “but I never feel like I have to take a vacation because…I’m always on vacation.”

For the travel industry, these nomads offer enormous opportunities. Remote workers can spend significantly more time and money in remote destinations. Still, bleisure travelers don’t fit the typical tourist mould.

“You can’t just go freely everywhere,” says Derek Midkiff, a patent attorney who left San Diego during the pandemic and never looked back. “You live somewhere, but you also work. Someone asks me, ‘Did you do this and that’ and I have to answer, ‘No, I’m working, it’s not like when you’re on vacation.’ »

Travel days change

Before the pandemic, it was expensive to fly on weekends and cheaper on weekdays. All of that could change with remote work.

According to data from Hopper, a travel booking app, the cost of domestic flights on Sundays and Mondays increased by 5.90% and 2.97%, respectively, in 2022 compared to 2019, while the cost of flights on Friday and Saturday fell by 3.04% and 1.60%. It is now cheaper to fly on a Saturday than on a Monday, on average.

Additionally, remote workers can take longer commutes during busy holidays, which smooths out the “peak” of peak travel dates.

“Since 2020, we’ve seen a slight but noticeable shift to Thursday departures for Memorial Day weekend itineraries,” says Google Flights spokesperson Craig Ewer, “which suggests location flexibility has indeed an impact on the behavior of travelers”.

An industry adapts

Many workers have fled big cities during the pandemic, filling suburbs and rural areas. But remote work has changed the calculus more dramatically for some, freeing up budgets to allow for more travel.

“I save over $2,000 a month after taxes living in Florida,” Reckman says. “We travel a lot more because of it.”

A lower cost of living and tax incentives mean more freedom for some remote workers. And some companies see it as a potential boon.

Airbnb, the vacation rental platform, reports that the number of long-term stays (more than 28 days) doubled in the first quarter of 2022 compared to 2019. The company even introduced an “I’m Flexible” search feature. » for travelers who do not need to return to an office on a specific date.

“I found Airbnb to be cheaper and have better rules,” says Midkiff, explaining why he chooses vacation rentals over hotels. “And I like to stay a month to get the discount.”

Remote work is here

No longer constrained by vacation days and returning from a trip on a Monday, remote workers have changed the travel landscape, perhaps for good. As executives continue to ponder plans to return to the office, remote workers are happily sending emails from afar.

“I’m thinking office politics, baby showers, all that stuff,” Wickstrom said with a shudder. “I can’t even imagine doing all that again.”

Picture credits: kramarak |

Laureate Education moves headquarters to Miami from Baltimore as part of shift to remote working model – Baltimore Sun Fri, 05 Aug 2022 10:00:26 +0000

Laureate Education Inc., long-based in offices in Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood, moved its headquarters to Miami following the shift to remote working during the coronavirus pandemic.

Adam Smith, spokesman for the international higher education society, said on Thursday that the society’s headquarters had moved from Baltimore to Miami, although the Florida base is little more than a central address for purposes official, on a WeWork site.

The company, which once operated 71 private universities in 25 countries, has sold off its holdings in recent years and now has just five universities in Mexico and Peru.

Smith said the company decided to walk away completely after sending employees home to work in March 2020 from the former offices on three floors in the 650 Exeter St. building. He left that property earlier this year.

“We never went back to the office,” Smith said. “We developed a remote work policy over several months. We have found that our corporate staff are adapting extremely well to working remotely. »

The company has developed agreements with coworking operators WeWork and Regus in Baltimore and Miami as an option for its remote workers. But most of the American workforce is working from home, Smith said. For several months, office furniture from the Harbor East building was donated to area nonprofits and schools, he said.

Laureate was born out of Sylvan Learning Corp., a tutoring company originally from Maryland, Douglas Becker and business partners acquired in 1991. Over the years, Sylvan has become a pioneer in franchise private tutoring and has expanded to include d other educational services, including testing. preparation and a network of international universities.

Laureate, which began as a university in 1999 with the hope of expanding access to education in underserved areas of the globe, has grown significantly in 2017, employing more than 67,000 people worldwide. At that time, it had the world’s largest network of degree-granting institutions of higher learning and employed more than 1,100 people at its Baltimore headquarters and an office in Colombia.

But its road to growth has been bumpy, leaving the company saddled with more than $4 billion in debt after it was bought out by private equity in 2007, grew rapidly and then went public in 2017. Becker left the company just months after the IPO. and, in 2018, it began selling off some of its schools.

In January 2020, the company began evaluating each of its businesses for possible sale or spin-off. It then agreed to divest its operations in Australia and New Zealand, as well as in the United States, Chile and Brazil. The decision to sell in each case was based on commercial, geopolitical, regulatory and market factors, Eilif Serck-Hanssen, president and CEO of Laureate, said in a statement.

On Thursday, Miami-based Laureate released its second-quarter financial results, reporting profit of $43.6 million in the three months ended June 30, reversing a loss of $29.2 million. in the second quarter of 2021 which it attributed to a loss on extinguishment of debt. The company’s revenue jumped 18% to $385.4 million.