The coronavirus pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, from day-to-day shopping and commuting, to annual holidays and business travel plans. But will the pandemic still be affecting travel and personal mobility 12 months or longer into the future?
Could you manage a remote team? The coronavirus crisis has seen an increasing number of businesses offering employees the chance to work from home, as much out of necessity to help stop the spread of the virus as anything.
But now that these employees have been given the chance to work from home, it’s a perk that many will want to keep in place long after we’ve all returned to our offices and workplaces in one capacity or another – especially if it’s proven to be a success.
Would your business be able to handle a remote workforce in the long term?
Before the Covid-19, there were around 4.2 million of us enjoying the benefits of remote working – that’s 13.9% of the entire UK workforce, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
But the coronavirus lockdown has seen more employees than ever working remotely, with some businesses setting up entire remote workforces and call centres almost overnight.
And while we regular readers will know we’re right behind remote working, it’s not always as easy as it should be, especially if you have to work from a coffee shop, or don’t quite have the right set up at home.
This infographic from Turnstone, designers of inspiring office furniture, highlights the problems faced by anyone working away from the office.
The frequency and severity of cyber attacks rose again in 2019 as hackers successfully attacked major cities, governments, businesses, hospitals, and schools across the globe – in October alone 421,103,896, data records were confirmed to have been breached, with 111 incidents in which sensitive and financial information was compromised.
It’s been a few years since the Wannacry cyber hack hit thousands of organisations worldwide, including the NHS, and brought the reliance on the internet and technology into sharp focus. While the events were more about hackers holding large organisations to ransom, many individuals could be concerned about whether their personal data might be at risk as a result of the hack. And the hackers are showing no signs of slowing down.
But how well do you know the web?
This weekend will see the start of the Christmas party season, as office workers the nation over get lubricated enough to make the most inappropriate of passes at co-workers, or finally pluck up the courage to have that pay-rise showdown with the boss.
A quick word to the wise though, neither will end well at the best of times, even less-so in a drink-fuelled atmosphere of the office party.
So, if you think you’re in danger of committing any such vocational faux-pas, here’s how to stop the office Christmas party from ruining your life.