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With the growing pandemic and the United States reporting a 64% increase in new cases over the past two weeks, you might think working at home would be growing. But the reverse seems to be true—homework is gradually declining and offices are slowly reopening across the country. So don’t count on staying home and keeping your job—your employer may well have different plans, and other options given continuing high unemployment and a supply of workers.
Winter is coming, and colder weather means more time spent inside, which in turn means more opportunities for the virus to spread. And experts tell us a widely available vaccine is at best many months away. But workplace trends aren’t signaling continuing isolation and home working.
Teleworking has declined steadily since this spring. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported 35% of workers doing some work at home for pay in May, the highest level they’ve recorded. It has trended steadily downward to 21.2% in October.
But hasn’t the pandemic caused telework to skyrocket? In April, MIT economists concluded “about half the workforce is now working from home.” And Nicholas Bloom at Stanford claimed in May that 42% of the entire U.S. labor force was “working from home full time,” accounting for “more than two-thirds of economic activity” for the entire economy, weighted by wages.
These estimates are higher than a University of Chicago study which concluded that at best 37 percent of jobs in the United States can be performed entirely at home.” And the Chicago study only estimated possible teleworking, not actual implementation by employers or takeup rates by employees.
Prior to the pandemic, BLS reported that actual takeup rates—that is, jobs where telework was feasible and people actually took the option—were between 22% and 25%. And BLS’ highest estimate of all workers doing some telework—not necessarily full time— was May’s 35%, which again has been steadily falling in their surveys.
Teleworkers obviously are concentrated in office jobs. Sectors like construction, agriculture, manufacturing, most health care, and hospitality can’t be done on Zoom. BLS reports 75.5% of management and professional workers doing some telework in October, versus 2.7% in service jobs. And 75.1% of workers with a BA degree or higher teleworked, compared to 7.7% of those with only a high school degree.
Gender matters too. Economist Ernie Tedeschi decomposed the downward trend in telework, finding that “among employed prime-age Americans, parents are more likely to be teleworking than nonparents, and fathers are more likely to telework than mothers.” In part this reflects the gender composition of the industries and occupations that allow telework, but also men’s greater bargaining power in the labor market.
And these are only data for people who are working. Economist Valerie Wilson at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) notes that many more women than men are dropping out of the labor force altogether. The trend is driven by women’s care work responsibilities, with the lack of school reopening and America’s inadequate child care system making it harder for women to stay in the labor force. Tedeschi has shown that mothers are leaving the work force at three times the rate of fathers.
But telework isn’t just driven by the needs, hopes, and desires of workers. Employers and companies allow or forbid telework based on their needs for managing workers, encouraging innovation, discipline and productivity, and controlling the pace and content of work. Too much commentary on telework seems to suggest it is largely a choice for employees. And many employers are growing skeptical about too much telework.
The New York Times profiled Jay Foreman, chief executive of the toy company Basic Fun, who is ordering all workers back to the office. Foreman struggled with requiring workers to return, but after implementing extensive safety protocols has decided they need to come back. Why? “We can’t operate remotely, and this is a collaborative work environment. I pay a hell of a lot of rent to have an office, and that’s a big investment.”
Nationally, office work has never entirely gone away. LinkedIn surveyed “working professionals” in July, and found that “more than two-thirds, 69%” of their offices “are either now reopened or were never closed in the first place.” Kastle Systems’ weekly “Back to Work Barometer,” based on keycard access data from 3600 buildings in ten metro areas across the country, most recently found an average of 25.1% weekly occupancy. The level ranges from lows in the New York (13.1%) and San Francisco (13.6%) metros to highs in the Dallas (40.6%) and Houston (37.5%) metros.
And some companies like Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook that are letting employees continue working from home into 2021 also are adding significant office space in major cities like New York and San Jose. Google’s project will include on-site housing. This is consistent with plans in major cities to increase proximity of offices and housing, the so-called “fifteen minute city”, which was being promoted pre-pandemic in Paris and elsewhere as part of urban green solutions.
A coronavirus vaccine could accelerate these back-to-the office trends, although most firms aren’t planningwell ahead for that. And more workers in the office also would help the many lower-paid service jobs in restaurants and other small businesses supported by more affluent office workers.
But expect to see more and more employers calling people back to the office, even without an immediate vaccine. They may allow some telework (one or two days a week) for some—not all—employees. A recent McKinsey survey found 15% of employers saying “at least one-tenth of their employees could work remotely one or two days a week going forward,” but only 7% willing to consider three days or more for that minimum one-tenth.
The McKinsey survey underscores that employers have more leverage than employees, especially with weak job markets in the continuing recession and the option to consolidate or automate some jobs. So even if workers want to stay home, most of them don’t control that decision—the company does. More and more firms may come to echo Mr. Foreman of Basic Fun when he says “working from home is an experiment, and I’m not ready to risk my business on an experiment.”
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The Informed Use of Pre-Work Activities in Collaborative Asynchronous Online Discussions: The Exploration of Idea Exchange, Content Focus, and Deep Learning
Collaborative asynchronous online discussions (AOD) in an online graduate course were analyzed using socio-cognitive theory.
Students (n=49) completed pre-work activities that engaged them in learning basic content before joining collaborative AOD.
Analysis revealed surface learning by reproducing facts; deep learning when applying, analyzing and synthesizing content.
Focused pre-work on content before collaborative AOD is a promising strategy in designing online courses for deep learning.
Asynchronous online discussions (AODs) can fail to benefit student learning in online classes if they are not designed to promote higher-order thinking. AODs can be designed as collaborative learning events that prompt students to go beyond the reproduction of basic content. The purpose of this study was to describe student participation, interaction, and levels of learning in AODs following pre-work activities. The pre-work in this study was conceptualized as socio-cognitive scaffolding. It engaged students in common activities where everyone experienced the same content preparation prior to the AOD. During the AOD students were prompted to share, discuss, and validate their understanding of the content. The study was conducted with 49 students in a graduate-level project management course. Results revealed that students were engaged in discussions of content-related material and showed evidence of deep learning during the AODs. Specifically, students analyzed, evaluated, and synthesized information during the collaboration. Results suggested that pre-work activities can be a promising strategy in the design of AODs.
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Gabb Wireless, Gryphon Online, Jabra, Trova to show tech for work, home, safety, privacy, gifting on ShowStoppers TV
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AUSTIN, TX, UNITED STATES, November 10, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — AUSTIN, TX., USA – 10 Nov. 2020 – This week’s online broadcast of ShowStoppers® TV gears up for the holidays with tech for work, home, play, safety, privacy and gift-giving season – connecting technology and business journalists around the globe with Gabb Wireless, Gryphon Online Safety, Jabra and Trova.
Journalists may register to attend here: http://apps.showstoppers.com/vpcregister
The episode streams live Thursday, 12 November, 11 a.m. EST.
Gabb Wireless, https://gabbwireless.com, will demo “the perfect first phone” for kids. “The Gabb Z2 is a smartphone that provides kids the gift of connecting with their friends and family without the distractions or problems kids can experience with unlimited access to the Internet and social media. The phone and Gabb’s mission teaches kids to live beyond the screen. In addition to the phone, Gabb Wireless will preview an event where they will give away phones later this month.”
“With over 40% of America’s labor force working remotely and millions of kids still schooling from home, there’s never been a greater need for safe, reliable internet for every family,” said Gryphon Online Safety, https://www.gryphonconnect.com, which will show “an all-in-one mesh WiFi security router and digital parenting solution that delivers secure, high-speed internet to every connected device in the home with advanced digital parenting controls (i.e. homework and bedtime scheduling, screen time management, website/app access controls) that can be managed from anywhere using the Gryphon Connect app.”
Jabra, http://www.jabra.com, will show the Elite 85t wireless earbuds – “Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) cancels the noise you don’t want to hear; HearThrough (our word for transparency mode) lets in the sounds you do want to hear. With 11 levels of sound – from full ANC to full HearThrough – The perfect gift … Perfectly engineered for the way your ear perceives changes in volume, you’ll never miss a beat. Plus … Evolve2 65: The perfect gift for professionals who need maximum flexibility, with superior noise isolation and incredible wireless call performance.”
Trova, http://www.trovaofficial.com, will present TROVA Go, “a discreet portable biometric pocket-sized safe, designed for daily use while maintaining privacy; ideal for securing jewelry, medications, credit cards, cash, even recreational indulgences. Designed to be inconspicuous, this small but essential accessory provides 100 percent worry-free mobility. Priced at $199.00 for TROVA Go and $219.00 for the TROVA Go Plus+.”
The broadcast will be moderated by Jeremy Kaplan, editor in chief of Digital Trends, http://www.digitaltrends.com. Kaplan “transformed Digital Trends from a niche publisher into one of the fastest growing properties in digital media, ranking on the annual Inc 5,000 for three years running. Through DT, he can reach 30 million people every month; the website has over 4 million followers on social media.”
ShowStoppers TV broadcasts are online editions of the in-person press events that ShowStoppers organizes at CES, IFA, Mobile World Congress, CEATEC, NAB Show and other tradeshows around the world – the first series of showcase events streaming on the digital screen as a new platform for multiple companies to launch products and services, meet the press, and generate coverage.
Now in its 25th year, ShowStoppers, https://www.showstoppers.com/, is the global leader in producing press and business events spanning the U.S., Europe and Asia. Each event organizes product launches, sneak previews and demonstrations for selected journalists, bloggers, industry and financial analysts, venture capitalists and business executives. Industry leaders, innovators and startups exhibit to generate news coverage and product reviews, make new connections, promote brand and open new markets.
ShowStoppers produces official press events at CES, CE Week, IFA and NAB; partners with MWC and CEATEC; and produces events during CES and other tradeshows.
To demo your new tech and meet the press at ShowStoppers in-person press events and online at ShowStoppers TV , contact Lauren Merel, mailto:email@example.com, +1 908-692-6068.