Will Remote Work Outlast the Pandemic? Survey Says...
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After weeks of being forced to work at home during the coronavirus pandemic, many workers have no desire to turn back.
Nearly half of employees would like to keep working from home and more than 45% say their employers are actively considering or at least open to that option, according to a survey of more than 1200 workers this month by getAbstract, an online business library.
"The fact significant numbers of employers are now considering remote work for their employees could bring societal changes that rival when large numbers of women first entered the workforce decades ago," said Andrew Savikas, chief strategy officer at getAbstract in a statement.
Only 3.4% of the U.S. workforce telecommuted in 2019, though that was up from 2.9% in 2015, according to Flexjobs.
With so much uncertainty about the virus and when the economy will reopen, most employers have been vague about how long remote work will continue. However, Seattle-based Zillow Group told its 5,249 employees Friday that they can work from home until at least the end of the year. "This situation has dramatically changed how we envision our future of work and we expect this experience will influence our decisions going forward," said a Zillow spokeswoman. (dot.LA co-founder and chairman Spencer Rascoff co-founded Zillow.)
A recent survey from getAbstract finds early half of employees would like to keep working from home.getAbstract
The new survey showed that for those who had never worked remotely before the pandemic, nearly 50% did not want to return to the office. 80% of those who occasionally worked remotely want to do so more of the time.
On the other side of the equation, more than half of employers surveyed plan to expand or increase flexible work arrangements after the coronavirus outbreak is contained, according to a survey of 27 companies this month by the Institute for Corporate Productivity.
How many jobs can be done entirely at home remains an open question. A recent study by the University of Chicago found only a third of work could be remote.
Although demand for office space in Los Angeles has taken a pause since the spread of the coronavirus, real estate brokers expect the trend to be temporary."We will probably go back to business as usual and make adjustments," predicted Petra Durnin, head of market analytics at HelloOffice.
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The company was started in Palo Alto by Helen Chen, a former Blackstone private equity investor who dropped out of the Stanford Graduate School of Business to start the company after she discovered how outdated property technology was in the Middle East and Europe. Nomad is now headquartered in Dubai but the engineering team is based in Los Angeles, led by Yury Velikanau, who was formerly the lead engineer at PeerStreet. The seed round will be used to grow Nomad's engineering team as well as grow its marketplace and services.
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Tinder Tests Video Feature for Pandemic Dating<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjY1Njc5NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNTgwMjc4M30.77K73_L-avsg-F23cDrsbpaatY6opyXUnhd7KLz-3QE/img.jpg?width=980" id="15305" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="500459f03dada1f31bdae9f4fe09131d" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p><span style="background-color: initial;">As COVID puts a pause on dating for many singles, Tinder has rolled out a new video chat feature. The dating app </span><a href="https://www.tinderpressroom.com/Tinder-Begins-Testing-Face-to-Face-Video" target="_blank">announced</a> Wednesday that users in 13 countries, including four U.S. states, can now try out "Face to Face."<br></p><p>This is part of Tinder's big sell on a feature Bumble launched last year that has become popular. The video calls "prioritize control and comfort" by prompting users to agree to a set of<a href="https://www.gotinder.com/community-guidelines" target="_blank"> ground rules</a> (keeping the interaction PG) and letting them disable the video feature at any point. You're also able to leave a report once the video ends.</p><p>"We're looking to better understand how video chat fits in with the overall journey of getting to know someone new," Tinder spokesperson Evan Bonnstetter explained in an email.</p><p>Users in Virginia, Illinois, Georgia and Colorado can meet their matches face-to-face. But the feeling has to be mutual — both parties need to opt-in before the chat switches to a split-screen video call.</p><p>Like Snapchat, the appeal of talking on dating apps lies in anonymity, for some. Plus, chatting on an app relieves the stress of giving out personal information.</p><p>As stay-at-home orders remain in place, virtual dates have become default. Will this last? A Tinder survey of users found that over half of its U.S. users have used the video date function with a match in the past month. Plus, 40% of Gen Z members surveyed who tried video dating said they'd continue using the feature "as a way to decide whether to meet IRL (in real life) in the future — even once their favorite date spot is open again."</p><p>Launched in 2012, Tinder, now boasting over 60 million subscribers, is available in 190 countries and over 40 languages.</p>
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