Work from home brings new freedom, new distractions and new definition of ‘the office’

The office of When I Work, a downtown Minneapolis software company, looks like many other trendy workplaces with its industrial-chic design, minimalist sofas, bright kitchen and free coffee.

Its leaders have decided workers no longer have to work in it. Ever.

“This is how we’ll be forever,” said Martin Hartshorne, the company’s chief executive. “We are indefinitely remote.”

Hartshorne isn’t giving up on the office entirely, but it won’t be the flywheel of When I Work, which makes software that manages schedules of hourly workers.

The tech company has 27 job openings and a new marketing line on its website that declares: “You can work here and live wherever you choose.”

“We’re not going to be dependent on real estate ever again,” said Hartshorne, who was hired in March and has been working from his home in Toronto. “It’ll be for seeing each other, for bonding, for team building. People

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NSF selects Kendra Sharp to lead the Office of International Science and Engineering | NSF

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NSF selects Kendra Sharp to lead the Office of International Science and Engineering

The U.S. National Science Foundation has selected Kendra Sharp to lead its Office of International Science and Engineering.

Portrait of Kendra Sharp

December 2, 2020

Sharp has been a faculty member in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University since 2010 and held the Richard and Gretchen Evans Professorship of Humanitarian Engineering from 2015 to 2020. Her research and teaching interests include design for international development, applications of technology in humanitarian engineering, and sustainable water and energy systems. Sharp founded and directs the school’s humanitarian engineering program. She also serves as the university’s Senior Advisor for Global Affairs, providing leadership for the development and implementation of strategic initiatives in internationalization and global engagement at OSU, and as Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development.

“Dr. Sharp’s commitment to strong global partnerships to address grand challenges and

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Workplace 2030 Launches World’s First Epidemiologically-Guided “Office of the Future” Prototype to Help Businesses Safely Reopen

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Workplace 2030 – a not-for-profit initiative to reimagine the office, has now opened to the public the world’s first epidemiologically-guided “office of the future” prototype in San Francisco, CA. The prototype office is an interactive learning center where workplace leaders can experience first-hand the latest workplace designs, technologies and collaborations for workplace health, security, confidence and comfort in one real-world space. The “office of the future” prototype is live in San Francisco through March 2021; New York and Chicago locales are planned.

Over 50 of Bay Area’s largest employers have toured the prototype workplace in the last 2 months to experience the innovative concepts and technology, and now the space is available to any company for complimentary in-person (when permissible by local health guidelines) and virtual tours.

Under the leadership of Founder, Executive Director Brandon Cook and oversight of leading

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Is This Trend a Bad Omen for Office REITs?

Office building owners have been under pressure this year due to the impact the COVID-19 outbreak has had on the sector. Many companies easily adapted to working remotely thanks to the rapid adoption of communication tools like Zoom (NASDAQ: ZM) and Slack (NYSE: WORK). That drove concerns that many workers might not return to the office even after the pandemic has ended. Those worries caused the average office real estate investment trust’s (REIT’s) stock to tumble more than 35% this year, according to Nareit.

While most office REITs firmly believe that their tenants will return to the office as they had in the past once the outbreak is over, the current wave of new cases is causing more office workers to stay home, according to recent data. That’s delaying the return to normal that these landlords had hoped to see.

Opting to stay home

According to Kastle Systems, the recent

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Trump’s “incompetency” and “anti-science” views will plague US long after he leaves office: expert

Of more than 1.3 million deaths from COVID-19 worldwide, over 257,900 of them have been in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore — and the worst might be yet to come this winter. Dr. Irwin Redlener, founding director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University, candidly discussed the United States’ response to the pandemic during an interview with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace and slammed President Donald Trump and his allies for the “anti-science” views that have been coming from the White House.

When Wallace asked Redlener where the U.S. is “heading” on its “current path” with COVID-19, the medical expert responded, “really, the trajectory is out of control right now and heading, basically, straight up. Many of us were predicting that we’ll be seeing 200,000 cases per day by or before Thanksgiving, and I’m afraid that’s where we’re heading. The hospitalization rates are particularly important because

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Desk Black Friday Deals 2020: Best Office, Standing, Computer, Gaming & More Desk Deals Highlighted by Saver Trends

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Black Friday desk deals have landed. Find the best offers on computer desks, gaming desks, VariDesk risers & desks and more. Links to the best deals are listed below.

Best Desk Deals:

  • Save up to 41% on a wide range of computer desks at Walmart – click the link for the latest deals on computer desks with CPU storage, drawers, file storage, hutches & more
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  • Save up to $70 on all kinds of desks at Staples.com – check out the best deals on office desks, sit & stand desks, computer desks & more
  • Save up to $85 on desks at Overstock.com – save on a wide range of desks from writing desks to ergonomic desks to standing desks & more
  • Save up to 40% on
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As the pandemic continues, cleaning robots are showing up for duty at the office

Airflow is a subject dear to Charlie Strange’s heart. As the office manager for a Texas facility operated by HVAC manufacturer Goodman, he helps oversee the production of heating, ventilation, and AC units in the world’s fifth-largest factory building — 4.2 million square feet of space, all dedicated to the generation of hot and cold currents and gusts.



The Breezy One cleaning robot from Build With Robots — shown here very much not in an office.


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The Breezy One cleaning robot from Build With Robots — shown here very much not in an office.

But when the pandemic forced Goodman to send thousands of workers home, Strange had to consider airflow anew — specifically, how the eddies and flows inside his Texas plant would affect the work of his latest hire: a cleaning robot named Breezy One that trundles around the gargantuan factory, spraying a fine mist of virus-killing disinfectant onto the surfaces. For office managers looking at a pandemic-tinged future, such considerations

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Facebook Content Moderators Say Office Push Risks Lives

(Bloomberg) — More than 200 of Facebook Inc.’s content moderators said their lives are being put at risk by the requirement to work in offices in global hot spots during the pandemic.



a screen shot of a computer: The Facebook Inc. application is displayed for a photograph on an Apple Inc. iPhone in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Facebook is struggling to respond to growing demands from Washington to explain how the personal data of millions of its users could be exploited by a consulting firm that helped Donald Trump win the presidency.


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The Facebook Inc. application is displayed for a photograph on an Apple Inc. iPhone in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Facebook is struggling to respond to growing demands from Washington to explain how the personal data of millions of its users could be exploited by a consulting firm that helped Donald Trump win the presidency.

“Now, on top of work that is psychologically toxic, holding onto the job means walking into a hot zone,” wrote the outside contractors and Facebook employees in a letter to the executives of the social-media company and the contracting companies released Wednesday. Moderators sift through explicit, violent and abusive content to remove it from Facebook’s social network.

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Spin Technology adds new security features to its SpinOne for Google Workspace and Office 365

Spin Technology announced the next generation of SpinOne, an AI-powered ransomware and backup solution for Google Workspace and Office 365. In the last year alone, 51 percent of organizations were targeted by ransomware, and cybersecurity continues to be a top concern for business leaders.

Including advanced new security features, a completely redesigned user interface, and improved platform functionality, the latest version of SpinOne will help organizations better protect against ransomware attacks in the cloud.

Over the last seven months, cloud adoption has accelerated as the number of remote workers spiked dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This increased reliance on the cloud has resulted in more ransomware attacks on public cloud and SaaS services. In fact, according to a recent report, six in ten successful attacks include data in the public cloud.

SpinOne offers industry-leading ransomware protection for G Suite and Microsoft 365, backup capabilities, and application management.

“As organizations

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Herman Miller’s New Stores Let Consumers Test-Drive High-End Office Chairs

Office furniture company

Herman Miller Inc.

is trying to expand further beyond selling large orders of expensive chairs to employers with a new bid for individual at-home workers.

Herman Miller this month will open its first stores designed for consumers in Century City in Los Angeles and New York City’s Hudson Yards, and plans to open two more next month in Austin, Texas, and Tokyo. It previously relied purely on large showrooms aimed at business-to-business customers, e-commerce and a presence in consumer outlets such Design Within Reach, a sibling under parent company Herman Miller Group.

The new Herman Miller stores take up just 1,500 square feet and encourage shoppers to take a guided “test drive.” The goal is to win over people who might buy

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