Recruiter’s Zeitgeist – Workplace evolutions/revolutions

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Workplace evolutions/revolutions.

Obviously, the way we’ve been working has shifted radically and suddenly recently. Not just the way we’ve been working, but the way that we’ve been living too, of course. But these articles are ostensibly meant to be about work so we’re going to try and focus on that. It’s difficult to imagine everything just returning to how it was before once we come out the other side of it, if not impossible. The idea of walking back into a crowded office for the first time, rinsing off a used teaspoon, sitting in a room full of people and recycled air probably seems a bit scary.

It might also seem a bit unnecessary

By now, you’ve probably settled into the routine of working from home. Your team have probably overcome any initial hurdles and found their rhythm. If you’ve previously been denied the opportunity to work from home, you might be questioning why. And if in the future, your firm prevents working from home again, you’d be well within your rights to question their justification. A lot of people are already speculating on how Covid-19 might forever change the way that we work. People who enjoy working from home might be reluctant to return to the office, and employees who were reluctant to allow working from home might have changed their mind after not having seen the dips in productivity they expected. 

On the other hand if working from home gives you cabin fever, makes you lonely, or if you just prefer to keep your relaxing space and your working space separate, have no fear – the office isn’t likely to die out just yet. Instead, upon going back, you might just find yourself asking the lift politely to take you to your floor, rather than touching the dirty, evil buttons.

TT’s top story

VibePay have raised £1.25m and opened up their APIs to businesses in an attempt to help them better understand Gen Z buyers. You can tell that they understand Gen Z buyers because they have ‘Vibe’ in their name, and that’s cool.

Have you heard?

Scared that everyone else is learning a new language while you’re just doing your best impression of a slug?

Don’t be, they’re probably faking it. Psychology Today have taken a look at the phenomenon of ‘Quarantine Bragging’, where people are posting endless pictures of their colour coordinated stay at home schedules, 6am yoga sessions, and the artistic projects they’re completing at a rate of one a day. If you’re wondering how these people are avoiding the stress of a global pandemic, apparently they’re not. ‘The truth is that everyone is flailing’, isn’t that nice?

After a four day weekend, next week’s full five days just seems rude.

Even if you’re spending those days on your sofa. I don’t know about you but for me this bank holiday felt like an absolutely necessary and incredibly welcome break. Two days is just never enough to really feel like you’ve recharged or got anything done – the days slip through your fingers. So, while we’re talking about workplace revolutions, let’s remember that there’s really no good reason for the western world not to move towards a standard four day work week. We haven’t managed to get an extra day off since the early 1900s, and people were arguing that a five day week was ridiculous, lazy, and would cripple the economy then as well… (it didn’t).

An app for that

Duolingo: Because you probably should learn a new language whilst you’re in quarantine. Just in case.

Word of the week

Agoraphobia: noun

Extreme or irrational fear of entering open or crowded places, of leaving one’s own home, or of being in places from which escape is difficult.

The recruiter was forced to inform their manager that they wouldn’t be able to make it into the office. Even though the coronavirus was gone they were now suffering from a terrible case of agoraphobia.

Dog of the week

Red is 10 years old. She is named after the colour of the collar that she wore to tell her a part from her brothers and sisters.

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