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Older Staff Most Likely to Benefit from Work from Home

Almost half of workforce over 55 can operate remotely but also more likely to lose jobs

by Madison Darbyshire at ft.com
 

Older workers are the most likely to have jobs that can be performed remotely, making them the demographic most likely to be able to continue working during coronavirus lockdowns, a new US study finds.

    Forty-four per cent of workers over the age of 55 were in jobs that could be done at home, according to new analysis by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. 
 

Older Workers Are as Well Situated

as Younger Workers to Work Remotely

by Alicia H. Munnell at marketwatch.com
 

A major issue concerning the COVID-19 pandemic is how it will affect future employment options for older workers. Public health officials have made it clear that older people are more at risk of complications from the virus, meaning they may be the last to return to work. Therefore, their ability to survive financially will depend on their ability to work from home.

    So, the question becomes how many older workers can work from home.
 

What Older Workers Should Know

Before Returning To Work

by Richard Eisenberg at forbes.com
 

Now that we’re entering a new stage of the coronavirus pandemic in many parts of the country, many Americans will be told to come back to their workplaces. Employers like Apple and Facebook are spelling out the new rules. But whether to return can be a difficult decision for older workers concerned that it could heighten their risk of contracting Covid-19.

    In a recent survey of workers from workplace well-being expert Michelle McQuaid and the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University, 78% of the workers reported “not feeling positive” about the prospect of returning to the office.

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Job Search Secrets Recruiters Won't Tell You

from Work it Daily
 

Did you know there are certain things recruiters look for in candidates during the hiring process, but they won't exactly tell you what they are? These are secrets that could mean the difference between getting hired and getting looked over for a job. 

    So, what exactly are these secrets? Here are some of the top job search secrets won't tell you (but we will.)  
 

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Just a few thoughts about working from home — successfully

Among the side effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is much talk about working from home. And given existing circumstances, there is a good possibility that working from home may be in your future. Of course, this is not to mention that looking for a job is a job, and for you – the job seeker – working from home is already a reality.

    We have a lot of experience in this area, so here are a few tips.

    First, make certain that you have a dedicated work area. Spare bedroom, in-home office, portion of a larger room – even a basement – anywhere may be suitable. In the end, it’s up to you and your circumstances as to what will work.

    Second, make certain that everyone in your family knows that this is your “office” and when you’re “working,” it’s off limits. Don’t let them get into the habit of just barging in. A little professional courtesy works. Knock first.

    Third, discipline yourself to work. When you’re in your office, you’re working. You’re not watching YouTube videos. You’re not climbing down the rabbit hole of the internet. As Sean Connery admonished himself in Goldfinger, “Focus 007.” This is not to say that you can’t take breaks. Just make sure that your 10-15 minute break doesn’t turn into 1½ hours.

    Fourth, make certain that you have all the office supplies you need. Staples and a reliable stapler, tape, paper, rulers, paper clips, etc. You can’t afford to be breaking up your day unnecessarily to go hunting around the house, or worse, having to drive to the office supply store.

    Fifth, speaking of the office supply store, do know where the closest one is and when it’s open? You may have to double check the hours. Many stores have altered their times due to the pandemic. Also, do you know where the nearest UPS store is? You may need it. How about the closest FedEx drop spot and where you can get FedEx supplies?

    Sixth, and this is something many people overlook but you definitely do not want to take for granted. Your office, or your work area, is well lighted? And not with just any old desk or table lamp. Do you have enough light so that you can spend hours there and not develop eye strain? For your long-term health, it is very important.

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