Goodwill Houston serves veterans through the power of work
Veterans sometimes face challenges when returning home after military service. At Goodwill, they believe finding a good job shouldn’t be one of them. U.S. Army veteran Pedro Castillo was joined by Goodwill Houston’s VP of Fund Development and Community Relations Barbie Parker to share Pedro’s story.
Republicans upend Democratic efforts to show they’re serious about ethics reform in Springfield
In a move that appeared to catch majority Democrats by surprise, Illinois House Republicans rejected an ethics proposal tweaked by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and are using the resignation of the General Assembly’s top watchdog to push for what they argue are more meaningful anti-corruption measures.chicagotribune.com
Toxic Productivity: Here are ways you can separate work from home
Hustle culture, workaholic, toxic productivity, do you have an unhealthy obsession with being productive? A list of tasks that never ends and is never enough? The recent surge of hustle culture has many people romanticizing over-working and subsequently burning out.
A return to the office for workers may be coming as vaccinations increase
For many people, remote work is the new normal. Now, as more Americans are vaccinated against Covid-19, they may be able to return to the workplace as soon as this spring. Roughly 40% of employers that shifted to remote work at the start of the coronavirus pandemic are planning to have their workers return to the office as early as March, according to a report from The Conference Board. Many companies, however, also said that reversing remote work after a year will be difficult. Experts say employers can require employees to get vaccinated but that's unlikely, unless they work in high-risk environments, such as nursing homes or meatpacking plants.cnbc.com
5 freelance jobs where you can earn $100,000 or more during the pandemic
There is a major paradigm shift happening in the U.S. driven by the pandemic: the rise of freelancing and remote work. More than 2 million U.S. adults joined the freelance workforce since 2019, according to a recent study from Upwork, a freelance job platform. "Our research shows the long-lasting impact that remote work and Covid-19 are likely to have on how hiring managers think about their organizations. Most HR experts believe a hybrid model will emerge that will be a combination of remote work and onsite work. Remote job growth has also grown across industries like finance, banking, insurance, health care and real estate.cnbc.com
Here are ways to combat pandemic virtual meeting fatigue
If you’re working from home these days, you may find yourself in a lot more virtual meetings – which can be exhausting. “When you go from meeting, to meeting, to meeting, you don’t have a break in between, said Jane Pernotto-Ehrman, a behavioral health specialist with Cleveland Clinic. She said meeting virtually can be tough for some people to get used to. Meeting attendees no longer have that same kind of human interaction and may not be getting as many breaks as before. During this difficult time, she said, we all need to have compassion – and a sense of humor doesn’t hurt either.
1 in 4 Americans will be working remotely in 2021, Upwork survey reveals
By 2025, 36.2 million Americans will be working remotely, an 87% increase from pre-pandemic levels, according to Upwork's "Future of Workforce Pulse Report" released on Tuesday. "As businesses adapt and learn from this remote work experiment, many are altering their long-term plans to accommodate this way of working." "What's interesting is that remote work is getting better for the vast majority of companies as they adapt to the new model," Ozimek said. The survey comes at a time when remote work is increasingly a mainstay of American professional life, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Key findings reveal:● Companies continue to be remote: Nine months into the pandemic, 41.8% of the American workforce remains fully remote.cnbc.com
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what happened Dec. 15 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
“I know these people are helping for some of those later or middle adopters to say ‘Hey, I see someone who looks just like me, who does the same work do, is from my community that’s getting this done, that’s from my state,’ " she said. “And so I imagine that there will be a big push toward later, maybe in the spring… And so there might be a big surge of people wanting the vaccine a little bit later, but I still think there are adequate numbers of people now, so this will be a continual process for much of 2021.”chicagotribune.com
Column: Amid a pandemic that isolates us, Chicago architecture awards recognize designs that build community
Many of the winners are relatively small in scale compared with the attention-getting high-rises under construction downtown. Modernist work dominates the list of winners, but it reflects how modernism has evolved since the 1960s to become more responsive to its urban surroundings and to social and environmental issues.chicagotribune.com
Illinois General Assembly cancels fall session amid surging pandemic
“We have so much work to do in Springfield, there’s no doubt,” he said. “I know why people are concerned about gathering. I am discouraging gathering across the state, but I must say it would be disappointing. There are so many things we need to accomplish, with regard to the budget, in particular. We have major efforts underway that will require the legislature’s engagement.”chicagotribune.com
Vast migration of over 14 million Americans coming due to rise in remote work, study shows
The vast migration driven by the pandemic comes after many companies such as Facebook announced plans to permanently shift jobs to remote work and hired a director of remote work in September to help in the transition. According to a recent survey from Intermedia, 57% of small and medium-size businesses plan to offer remote work plans to employees for the long term. What's more, SMB owners have observed that employee availability has increased by 19% by shifting to remote work. "Remote work is the fastest gamechanger for the U.S. economy since World War II when almost overnight there was a mobilization of production to provide arms for war." This is an early indicator of the much larger impacts that remote work could have in increasing economic efficiency and spreading opportunity."cnbc.com
3 tips to help you get organized while working from home
HOUSTON Konmari consultant and Simply Maven business owner Ashley Barber has been working from home for quite some time. Along with watching her kids, getting her work done, and completing household chores, Ashley is sharing some great suggestions for anyone who needs help utilizing and organizing their space at home. Do a thorough edit of everything that needs to go in the space give all the items a home. Simply Mavens DIY online program, The Office Detox , provides step-by-step guidance to create a space for you to do your best work. For more of Ashleys helpful tips check out her business, Simply Maven.
They were placed on leave for refusing to work without N95 masks. COVID-19 unit nurses are now back at work
(CNN) – Ten Covid-19 unit nurses are heading back to work after being placed on paid administrative leave for refusing to enter coronavirus patient rooms without an N95 mask. "They said it would stay in our file for three months and then they will take it out," Cline told CNN. Before that, the hospital had said there were no N95 masks for them and insisted they wear surgical masks instead, the nurses said, even though other health care workers at the hospital were provided N95 masks. Cline and Michael Gulick, another nurse put on leave, previously told CNN the hospital would give them surgical masks -- not N95 masks -- while they were treating Covid-19 patients on April 9. Although the N95 masks are preferred, health care workers should only wear other face masks, such as surgical masks, when respirators are not available.
Work on the border wall continues — without social distancing
Work on President Trump’s border wall continues during the pandemic, the Dallas Morning News reports. Contractors are building a “mancamp” to house up to 80 workers, and work is continuing — with side-by-side laborers working on the wall near Columbus, New Mexico — near El Paso. A spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told the paper the wall is considered “essential business” and was under the impression — incorrectly, according to the News — that the workers were following White House and CDC guidelines for social distancing. To see the photograph, click here and scroll through the News’ story. — Texas Tribune staff
What you need to know about getting unemployment
Claims for unemployment have flooded the Texas Workforce Commission’s website and phone lines. Here is what you need to know:- Eligibility for unemployment is determined on a case by case basis, but if you were fired for cause by your employer, you can not collect unemployment. - Gamez says whether you are full time, part-time, furloughed or just had your hours reduced because of the coronavirus, you should apply for unemployment. The maximum amount of time you could receive unemployment is 26 weeks. If you want to know how much you would receive in unemployment benefits, this estimator tool can give you an estimate.