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Deloitte to shut four UK offices as COVID-19 entrenches remote working

Deloitte to shut four UK offices as COVID-19 entrenches remote working

Source: Reuters
Date of Publication: October 17th, 2020
Global accounting and consulting firm Deloitte will close four of its 50 British offices as it reviews its real estate portfolio in the coronavirus pandemic, but will retain the staff on work-from-home contracts, it said on Saturday.
Airborne transmission of coronavirus has made high-end air filtration systems more popular than ‘toilet paper in April’ as HVAC systems sell out

Airborne transmission of coronavirus has made high-end air filtration systems more popular than ‘toilet paper in April’ as HVAC systems sell out

By: Will Feuer
Source: CNBC
Date of Publication: October 15th, 2020
Evidence has been mounting for months that the coronavirus can spread by air, but effective and high-quality air filtration as well as proper ventilation can reduce the risk of spread. It’s no silver bullet, but as the weather turns colder and people spend more time indoors, it’s another layer of a multi-pronged defense against the virus. “Filters and ventilation all play a role here, but fundamentally, I think of them more as kind of taking the edge off the risk once you’ve already done everything right to reduce it,” Jeff Siegel, a civil engineer at the University of Toronto, said.
Americans might never come back to the office, and Twitter is leading the charge

Americans might never come back to the office, and Twitter is leading the charge.

By: Elizabeth Dwoskin
Source: The Washington Post
Date of Publication: October 1st, 2020
Twitter’s plans for work from home indefinitely have prompted a wave of copycats. But its transformation has been two years in the making — and the rest of America can learn some lessons.
Touchless lattes and self-service kiosks: office break rooms go virus-proof

Touchless lattes and self-service kiosks: office break rooms go virus-proof

By: Nivedita Balu, Siddharth Cavale
Source: Reuters
Date of Publication: September 29th, 2020
Out with grimy microwaves and sticky coffee machines with worn-out buttons, in with stylus pens, QR codes, no-touch water coolers and mobile apps that pick what brew the machine will make for you.
From one office to 5,000: How remote work could reshape a company’s sustainability goals

From one office to 5,000: How remote work could reshape a company’s sustainability goals

By: Yasmin Gagne
Source: Fast Company
Date of Publication: September 30th, 2020
With fewer employees coming into the office after the COVID-19 pandemic, companies may have to rethink their environmental footprint.
Shares of furniture retailer Herman Miller soar 33% as home office sales surge

Shares of furniture retailer Herman Miller soar 33% as home office sales surge

By: Maggie Fitzgerald
Source: CNBC
Date of Publication: September 17th, 2020
Shares of Herman Miller are soaring after a blowout earnings report. The office furniture retailer said its home office category increased 300% since last year amid the work-from-home trend. “They reported a completely blowout quarter last night. Why? Because people are rebuilding their homes,” CNBC’s Jim Cramer said on “Squawk on the Street” on Thursday.
Amazon Bets on Office-Based Work With Expansion in Major Cities

Amazon Bets on Office-Based Work With Expansion in Major Cities

By: Sebastian Herrera
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Date of Publication: August 18th, 2020
The e-commerce giant says it is adding 3,500 employees in six major cities even as other companies embrace lasting remote employment.
Work-from-home boom is a bust for big office furniture makers

Work-from-home boom is a bust for big office furniture makers

By: Timothy Aeppel
Source: Reuters
Date of Publication: August 18th, 2020
America’s biggest office furniture manufacturers got the rug pulled out from under them by the COVID-19 pandemic.
REI to sell brand-new headquarters outside Seattle, embrace 'new normal' of remote work _ Fox Business

REI to sell brand-new headquarters outside Seattle, embrace 'new normal' of remote work

By: Travis Fedschun
Source: Fox Business
Date of Publication: August 13th, 2020
Company walking away from 380,000-square-foot building and 8-acre campus.
BlackRock Lets Global Staff Work Remotely for Rest of Year

BlackRock Lets Global Staff Work Remotely for Rest of Year

By: Annie Massa
Source: Bloomberg
Date of Publication: August 5th, 2020
BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest asset manager, is allowing employees around the world to work remotely for the remainder of 2020.