Remote work: Try working at the beach

Welcome back to our Workplace newsletter. Happy end of July! Today: What it really means when your company has a work-from-anywhere policy, how layoffs affect company reputation, and rising labor costs.

The limits of working from anywhere

Earlier this summer, I decided to put my laptop on a huge watermelon float and get to work. I need to freshen up, take vitamin D, and do my job at the same time, but my laptop and phone got too hot for the sun, so I put my job in the shade. Still, there’s no protocol policy telling me I couldn’t have stayed there on the watermelon float.

But HR experts said remote workers need to have some common sense when they are not in the office too. It’s generally okay to work at the beach, in a cafe, or in the garden, but managers and employees should consider whether they’ll be equally productive in these spaces.

  • Zoë Harte, Upwork’s human resources director, said managers should set expectations for how employees can work and encourage communication about time zones or Wi-Fi access.
  • “Is there a chance your Wi-Fi isn’t as reliable as it is in your home office? Or do you need to take a two-hour lunch break because the surf is up? We want encourage workers to be flexible,” Harte told me.

Beyond questions of time zones and Wi-Fi quality, some workers may choose to work while bathing or hanging out in their child’s playroom. Others have run into nightmarish situations where someone walks in naked on a Zoom call or had their interview live interrupted by a child.

  • Yury Molodtsov, COO of MA Family, said it’s okay to be on a Zoom call with a child or work from a bathtub, but employees may want to make sure their camera is off while they’re working. take a bath (even if you’re steering the computer just right!).
  • Companies could also tell employees to keep their office door locked during calls or to make sure they’re fully dressed for video meetings in case the cameras need to be on, UC Today underline.

Remote employees may be excited or hesitant leave their home office to go to the beach or the pool.

  • Ryan Rea, chief growth officer of Miami Tech Life and chief marketing officer of Chicago-based Sontiq, said he told his company even before he was hired that he wanted to work remotely. Rea prefers working remotely as it allows her to cruise once a month and work.
  • But Samir Soriano, performance marketer at Pocket Gems, stays in his living room even if he can leave for a coffee or a park. “I worry that my performance will diminish if I get too laid back with my work environment,” Soriano told me.

The heat would probably get the better of me if I chose to work by the pool every day. And the last time I worked outdoors, I was on a Zoom call while a bee surrounded me. Working from anywhere is fun and games until the place gets in the way of work.

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—Sarah Roach (E-mail | Twitter)

reputation killer

Are layoffs a scarlet letter on your company’s reputation? Not all HR managers agree.

Tech companies have already cut thousands of jobs this year; some are currently implementing a second round of layoffs. But even among some of Silicon Valley’s most seasoned HR managers, there is substantial disagreement over whether job cuts are shameful or an inevitable part of staying afloat.

“If your company lays off, [it] looks like you should be disqualified from any ‘best places to work’ lists/surveys for at least a year afterwards,” Colleen McCreary, HR manager at Credit Karma, posted on LinkedIn earlier this month. “And if they’re mismanaged, that disqualification extends even longer, especially the big public companies who should know better.”

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Shortage of microchips could harm national security: The global shortage of semiconductors has hampered production of everything from pickup trucks to PlayStations. But there are more serious implications than a shortage of consumer goods. If the United States does not ensure continued domestic access to advanced semiconductor manufacturing, experts say our national security could suffer.

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Some news from the staff

Does anyone else have a bad case of whiplash from great resignation? It’s hard to know which tech companies are growing, shrinking, floating or sinking. We are here to help you.

↓ CoinFLEX crypto exchange cuts a “significant number” staff across all departments and geographies, the company said Friday. The company said the cuts would reduce its cost base by 50% to 60%.

↓ Rivian fired 840 employees, or 6% of its workforce, this week. CEO RJ Scaringe said in an email to staff that the company needed to adapt to a world that “has changed dramatically”.

↓ petition platform fired 19% of its global team Thursday. Nick Allardice, CEO, said the move was part of the company’s goal to “refine our focus”.

↓ ed-tech platform career karma laid off this week. While the company hasn’t confirmed the number of people affected, TechCrunch reported that a third of the staff had been cut and its following was unaffected.

↓ Indian transport company Ola has laid off 1,000 employees, according to The economic period, with the aim of concentrating its efforts on its electric mobility activity. The company would also be considering a merger with Uber.

For more information on hiring, firing, and rewiring, check out our tech company tracker.


Shortage of microchips could harm national security: To ensure America’s security, prosperity, and technological leadership, industry leaders say the United States must encourage domestic chip manufacturing to reduce our dependence on chip producers. East Asia for critical electronic components.

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