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Freedom Day: How to talk to your boss about returning to the office

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It’s been well over a year for many working from home. And although this new normal may have taken some getting used to, confirmation that ‘Freedom Day’ will go ahead as planned on Monday 19th July, could see this routine change once again. Particularly for those who are anxious about returning to the office due to concerns about their health, loved ones, or who are returning to work after having time off due to an illness, such as Long Covid, it’s important to initiate a conversation with your manager or employer to voice your concerns.

Whether you’re returning to the office full time, hybrid working or continuing to work from home on a permanent basis, we all need to be compassionate and aware of the challenges this might pose for our friends and colleagues who aren’t quite ready to return to ‘normal’.  To help, Amy Tomlinson, Head of HR at MetLife UK, shares five tips to help with the transition from the home office to the workplace.

  1. Speak to your boss about any concerns

Having concerns about returning to the office is to be expected, something that a year ago would have just been another day now feels like a big milestone. Working from home has been the new normal for over a year now, so it’s not surprising that it will take time to adjust to the transition. Just like moving from the office to home was for others. But if you have concerns then speak to your boss. They’ll be able to help support you. You may feel hesitant about speaking to them, but help is there for when you need it. Our Re:Me research found that six in ten (61%) workers say their boss is more aware of their personal circumstances than ever before. So, you most certainly won’t be alone and its important leaders are aware of how their teams are feeling.

  1. Ask about flexible working

Many employers have already announced what the return to work will look like when lockdown restrictions are fully lifted, but if your company has yet to release their plans, don’t be afraid to speak to your boss or HR team and ask for an update. If your employer is planning full office-based working, then speak to them to see what their flexible working policy is and if there is the option to work from home – even if just a couple of days a week. You may find they’ll be much more receptive to flexible working than before the pandemic. Writing a formal proposal clearly and confidently will help explain why you feel this decision is best for your productivity and personal wellbeing. It is important to consider how you plan to remain fully connected to the business and colleagues if others are returning to the office.

  1. Support others

Some workers will be excited to return to the office, while for others, they would prefer to work from home. So, it’s important to support your colleagues and respect that it might be more difficult or easier for some than it will be for others. Being sympathetic and understanding will go a long way to making those feeling more anxious about returning, more comfortable. Providing channels for staff to share their concerns is critical to helping them to best adjust.

  1. Take it easy and ask for help

If you’ve had a significant amount of time off work due to illness, such as long COVID, then its important you have a clear pathway to return to work. Speak to your support network if you have any concerns. Long COVID is very new and not much is known about it, so don’t be too disheartened if your colleagues don’t fully understand. Speak to your boss or HR team to see what support is available via your employee benefits. We offer MetLife policyholders access to a range of wellbeing services, with support available 24 hours a day. For Group Income Protection, we also offer a new rehabilitation service, which is designed to support the management of symptoms which most significantly impact workers, with a focus on empowering them to return to their pre-COVID activities.

  1. Be open and honest

If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, or know of a worker who is, then be open, honest and speak to a colleague or your boss. The pandemic has been a challenging time. From being told to socially distance, only leave for essential journeys and not seeing family, friends or colleagues, it may feel strange to overnight return to a greater degree of normality. Easing yourself in may help too, so perhaps see if you can visit the office 1 day a week to familiarise yourself once more. Others will feel the same, so lean on your colleagues and networks of support within the organisation.

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Source: http://hrnews.co.uk/freedom-day-how-to-talk-to-your-boss-about-returning-to-the-office/

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Google will require vaccines as workers return to the office

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In the coming weeks, Google will start requiring workers to be vaccinated before coming into the office, the company announced Wednesday. The tech giant is also extending its voluntary work-from-home policy through late October, as the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus spreads. 

The vaccination requirement will roll out across US offices first and then expand to other regions. The implementation of the policy will vary depending on local conditions and regulations, as well as the availability of the vaccine. 

Google’s decision follows similar vaccination requirements by a growing number of government agencies and entities like the Mayo Clinic. 

Google first closed its offices in March 2020 and previously said its employees would work remotely until at least September 2021. After announcing it would adopt a “hybrid workforce model” that asked employees to spend at least some time in the office, Google in May said that it expects around 20 percent of its employees to work from home permanently. 

Some of the company’s campuses have started reopening. Google said it will give employees at least 30 days’ notice before implementing its full return-to-office plans. 

“It’s encouraging to see very high vaccination rates for our Google community in areas where vaccines are widely available,” CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in an email to employees Wednesday. “This is a big reason why we felt comfortable opening some of our offices to employees who wanted to return early.”

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Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/google-will-require-vaccines-as-workers-return-to-the-office/#ftag=RSSbaffb68

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Hate Google Chrome on Android? Here’s how to get rid of it

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Dumping Google Chrome on most platforms — Windows, Mac, iOS, and so on — is simply a case of moving your data out of the browser, installing your new browser, and deleting Google Chrome.

But what do you do on Android? It’s built into the operating system, and you can’t just delete it.

Here’s what you do.

Must read: Why you need to urgently update all your iPhones, iPads, and Macs – NOW!

First off, the steps are the same as with any other platform. Get your data out, especially your passwords. You don’t want to lose them, and my suggestion is that you bring them into a password manager.

My current password manager of choice is Bitwarden, although LastPass and 1Password also come highly recommended. But whatever you choose, I suggest you get something you’re comfortable using across all the platforms you use, and it’s worth checking to make sure there’s a browser extension available for the browser you’re switching to.

More details here on how to get your passwords out of Google Chrome.

Now you can download your new browser.

Take your pick. There are lots to choose from.

I’m loving Brave at the moment. It’s not perfect, but it’s very good.

OK, you have your new browser. But you also still have Google Chrome on your Android smartphone, staring at you.

Tempting you back.

What do you do about that?

Well, you can’t remove it, but you can disable it, and that way, it won’t show up in your apps.

Here’s how.

  • Tap on Settings
  • Tap on Apps & notifications
  • Optional: If Chrome is not listed, tap App info or See all apps
  • Tap Chrome, and then tap Disable
  • Confirm that you do indeed want to disable the app

Job done. It’s as good as deleting.

Changed your mind? Simply follow the above instructions to find Chrome and tap Enable.

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Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/hate-google-chrome-on-android-heres-how-to-get-rid-of-it/#ftag=RSSbaffb68

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Hate Google Chrome on Android? Here’s how to get rid of it

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Dumping Google Chrome on most platforms — Windows, Mac, iOS, and so on — is simply a case of moving your data out of the browser, installing your new browser, and deleting Google Chrome.

But what do you do on Android? It’s built into the operating system, and you can’t just delete it.

Here’s what you do.

Must read: Why you need to urgently update all your iPhones, iPads, and Macs – NOW!

First off, the steps are the same as with any other platform. Get your data out, especially your passwords. You don’t want to lose them, and my suggestion is that you bring them into a password manager.

My current password manager of choice is Bitwarden, although LastPass and 1Password also come highly recommended. But whatever you choose, I suggest you get something you’re comfortable using across all the platforms you use, and it’s worth checking to make sure there’s a browser extension available for the browser you’re switching to.

More details here on how to get your passwords out of Google Chrome.

Now you can download your new browser.

Take your pick. There are lots to choose from.

I’m loving Brave at the moment. It’s not perfect, but it’s very good.

OK, you have your new browser. But you also still have Google Chrome on your Android smartphone, staring at you.

Tempting you back.

What do you do about that?

Well, you can’t remove it, but you can disable it, and that way, it won’t show up in your apps.

Here’s how.

  • Tap on Settings
  • Tap on Apps & notifications
  • Optional: If Chrome is not listed, tap App info or See all apps
  • Tap Chrome, and then tap Disable
  • Confirm that you do indeed want to disable the app

Job done. It’s as good as deleting.

Changed your mind? Simply follow the above instructions to find Chrome and tap Enable.

PlatoAi. Web3 Reimagined. Data Intelligence Amplified.
Click here to access.

Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/hate-google-chrome-on-android-heres-how-to-get-rid-of-it/#ftag=RSSbaffb68

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Hate Google Chrome on Android? Here’s how to get rid of it

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Dumping Google Chrome on most platforms — Windows, Mac, iOS, and so on — is simply a case of moving your data out of the browser, installing your new browser, and deleting Google Chrome.

But what do you do on Android? It’s built into the operating system, and you can’t just delete it.

Here’s what you do.

Must read: Why you need to urgently update all your iPhones, iPads, and Macs – NOW!

First off, the steps are the same as with any other platform. Get your data out, especially your passwords. You don’t want to lose them, and my suggestion is that you bring them into a password manager.

My current password manager of choice is Bitwarden, although LastPass and 1Password also come highly recommended. But whatever you choose, I suggest you get something you’re comfortable using across all the platforms you use, and it’s worth checking to make sure there’s a browser extension available for the browser you’re switching to.

More details here on how to get your passwords out of Google Chrome.

Now you can download your new browser.

Take your pick. There are lots to choose from.

I’m loving Brave at the moment. It’s not perfect, but it’s very good.

OK, you have your new browser. But you also still have Google Chrome on your Android smartphone, staring at you.

Tempting you back.

What do you do about that?

Well, you can’t remove it, but you can disable it, and that way, it won’t show up in your apps.

Here’s how.

  • Tap on Settings
  • Tap on Apps & notifications
  • Optional: If Chrome is not listed, tap App info or See all apps
  • Tap Chrome, and then tap Disable
  • Confirm that you do indeed want to disable the app

Job done. It’s as good as deleting.

Changed your mind? Simply follow the above instructions to find Chrome and tap Enable.

PlatoAi. Web3 Reimagined. Data Intelligence Amplified.
Click here to access.

Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/hate-google-chrome-on-android-heres-how-to-get-rid-of-it/#ftag=RSSbaffb68

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