Google is allowing employees back on campus for outdoor-only meetings because remote isn’t always enough

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  • Google is holding face-to-face gatherings outdoors on lawns and other parts of its campuses as it gets ready to welcome staff back to offices next year, a spokesperson told CNBC.  
  • The news followed Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai’s September announcement that the company was making changes to its physical spaces to enable a hybrid model of work.
  • “We firmly believe that in-person, being together, having that sense of community, is super important for whenever you have to solve hard problems, you have to create something new,” said Pichai during an interview for Time 100. 
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Google is testing socially distanced outdoor meetings on company campuses, preparing to get employees back to offices next year.

The socially-distanced meetings, called “onsite off-site”, are held on lawns and other parts of the tech giant campuses where COVID-19 restrictions

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Salesforce to acquire Slack for $27.7 billion amid remote work boom

Cloud computing giant Salesforce said it will acquire workplace messaging service Slack in a deal valued at $27.7 billion.

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The Salesforce logo is seen at its headquarters on Dec. 1, 2020 in San Francisco.

Salesforce announced the deal on Tuesday, saying that under the terms of the agreement, Slack shareholders will receive $26.79 in cash and 0.0776 shares of Salesforce common stock for each Slack share. The deal is subject to shareholder approval and expected to close in the second quarter of Salesforce’s fiscal year 2022.


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Salesforce shares slipped Wednesday, falling 10% in early trading as Slack slipped by about 3%.

The move comes as the pandemic has accelerated demand for remote work and workplace management software, and signals that some believe that workforce shifts could become permanent.

MORE: Salesforce announces layoffs after quarterly revenue tops $5 billion

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff called it

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4 Ways Remote Communication Is Making For a Better Workplace

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Remote communication has never been more popular. Over the course of the pandemic, as more employees have been forced to work from home, the number of people using remote communication solutions has skyrocketed.

Early in the pandemic, in April, when lockdowns in municipalities around the United States first forced businesses to send their employees home, video conferencing solution Zoom saw the number of daily meeting participants increase to 300 million, up threefold from 100 million in December 2019. 

Similarly, Microsoft Teams’ daily active users increased from 32 million in March 2019 to 75 million in April 2020. Google reported in April that its teleconferencing service was adding three million users per day. 

Covid has forced nearly the entire world to go virtual. This has made remote communication critical, not just in people’s professional lives, but in

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Deutsche Bank mulls over two-day remote working week following COVID-19 pandemic

Deutsche Bank is considering offering some staff the opportunity to work from home two days a week permanently. 

The COVID-19 pandemic forced organizations worldwide to move staff to remote work models with barely any notice. Working from hastily-created home offices for months on end, however, has raised questions as to why remote work setups can’t be more common in the future — and some companies are asking the same questions themselves. 

It is not known when offices will be deemed safe enough for full teams to occupy them again — and in the meantime, this means shift patterns, reduced workforces, virtual meetings, and remote work which has become the new ‘normal’. 

For Deutsche Bank, the current work trends may impact future policies, including the option for some staff to only come into the office three out of five days in a working week.

People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg

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9 ways to manage remote teams and the virtual office in 2021

In 2020, tech CEOs, HR leaders, and founders moved quickly to upgrade their skills to meet the demands of remote work. Here is their advice on how you can do the same.

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First bump between colleagues at work. Success in business. Everyday work in the office.

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Now that the debate about remote work is over, it’s time for managers to set new goals for managing the workforce of 2021. Many teams have never met in person and may never work side by side. Some employees joined the company via Zoom and connect with colleagues exclusively via a laptop screen. 

Managers need new tactics for communicating with workers day to day and bringing new team members into established groups.  This means trying new collaboration platforms such as asynchronous video, dropping the 9-5 schedule in favor of flexible work windows, and extending the onboarding process to cover months instead

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New York sued over homeless shelters’ Internet gap for remote school

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Homeless families and legal advocates sued New York City on Tuesday, claiming a gap in reliable Internet service to 27 homeless shelters where thousands of students were struggling with remote schooling during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan Federal Court a month after Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wi-Fi would be installed in all shelters with school-aged children.

The lawsuit denounced his plan as vague and instead demanded a Jan. 4, 2021 deadline for online connectivity. That will be the first day of class for New York City Public Schools after the winter holiday break in the biggest U.S. school district, with roughly 1.1 million students.

“We just filed a class action lawsuit against

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The Apple TV remote has yet another alternate option that includes buttons

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) has introduced its version of the notoriously unpopular Apple TV remote “specifically developed and designed” for cable, satellite, and MVPD (multichannel video program distributor) customers, the company announced.

The remote uses Bluetooth low energy or infrared to connect with the box, has a microphone to speak commands to Siri, and its universal remote function allows control of TVs and audio devices from any brand or manufacturer. It has backlit keys, which activate via an ambient light sensor, a button to flip through channels, and a mute button, according to UEI.

“We’re excited that customers worldwide will soon be able to enjoy this new remote, designed specifically for the growing number of MVPDs offering Apple TV 4K to their subscribers,” said Paul Arling, CEO of Universal Electronics, in a statement.

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Universal isn’t the first company to introduce

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Remote Networking, Part 1: Staying on people’s radar

For more years than I care to admit, I’ve been training and coaching a wide range of professionals from senior executives to MBA graduates in the subtle art of networking – and of course since March 2020, this has all been virtual!  The most frequent question I’ve been asked recently is how to network remotely, implying that networking in the ‘new normal’ is somehow materially different to life pre-COVID.

Let’s put this into context. Networking, pre-COVID, was mostly face-to-face for those working in large corporations and in business development, and for those working internationally and seeking career opportunities, it was based mostly on connecting remotely. 

There are obvious benefits to in-person networking over virtual, such as:

  • spontaneous chats over coffee 
  • serendipitous meetings in corridors and at events
  • informal chats pre- or post-meetings
  • easier to read non-verbal signals

I don’t deny that informal face-to-face chats were really powerful – and they

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How To Foster Professional Development And Community For Remote Teams

Marie Hattar is CMO at Keysight Technologies, responsible for brand and global marketing efforts.

The pandemic has completely transformed how teams work — from collaboration and communication to productivity and accountability. It’s also given company leaders the opportunity to rethink professional development for virtual teams.  

Now that we’ve moved past the crisis mode and have settled into remote work, marketing leaders need to focus on engagement and development of team members’ careers remotely. More than just virtual happy hours for team bonding, we need to ensure that employees can still learn, grow and drive their careers forward in a virtual setting. 

In this article, I’ll share virtual professional development and communications strategies to help you broaden your team member’s skill sets, increase their agility and create exciting new career challenges to keep talent engaged. 

1. Offer virtual training sessions. 

Just because your team is working from home doesn’t

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Zoom spikes as latest New York City school closure means more remote learning

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  • Zoom Video Communications reversed earlier losses and surged as much as 5.5% on Wednesday afternoon following the announced closure of New York City public schools, which will start Thursday.
  • NYC public schools will transition to remote learning because a surge in COVID-19 cases pushed the 7-day positivity rate above the 3% threshold.
  • Zoom has been a prime beneficiary of the COVID-19 related lockdowns that swept across the country throughout 2020. 
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Zoom Video Communications reversed its 3% loss on Wednesday and surged as much as 5.5% after the New York City public school system said it will close and transition to remote learning.

The move by ame after a surge in daily COVID-19 cases pushed the seven-day positivity rate above the 3% threshold set by NYC mayor Bill DeBlasio.

DeBlasio tweeted on Wednesday: “New

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