Remote work already dividing employees and employers

Jun 2, 2021
Many job seekers want remote work, but not many firms offer it. Amid a labor shortage, workers might have leverage.
Will offices fill up again or will remote work be common? Experts expect companies to  experiment.
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Lifeguard shortage will mean fewer days at the pool

Jun 1, 2021
Public and private pools are facing closures and limited hours because of a lack of qualified staff for the season.
A lot of lifeguard training was put on hold during the pandemic.
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Many businesses may keep the cash-free model they started in the pandemic

May 21, 2021
The pandemic has accelerated the cashless trend, according to the electronic payments company Square.
According to one expert, we were headed towards cashless businesses anyways. The pandemic got us there three years quicker.
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Social trading apps are seeing an influx of young investors during the pandemic

May 19, 2021
Commonstock CEO David McDonough says many young people saw last year's stock-market meltdown as a wealth-creation opportunity.
The Commonstock app enables investors to share information about their holdings and market news.
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Pandemic innovation: High-tech family doc brings back the house call

May 19, 2021
Wearable devices and face-to-face home visits are helping a doctor transform his practice — and how he cares for patients.
Patient Dennis O'Connor, left, and Dr. Michael Kirisu examine diagnostic devices.
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China's movie post-production companies feel the pinch

May 19, 2021
How one visual effects and animation firm that services Hollywood and China productions is weathering the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dachang Movie Town near Beijing is where reality shows and feature films are shot.
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Beer? Crawfish? Baseball tickets? Governments lure vaccine holdouts with perks

May 12, 2021
Is there a way to make a needle in the arm fun? Studies show incentives increase vaccine uptake by about 8%.
How do you make a shot in the arm seem fun?
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Retirements increased during the pandemic, reversing a trend

May 12, 2021
New census data shows more people retired last year. Their reasons and circumstances may vary widely.
Some retirees faced layoffs and health concerns, while others saw their wealth grow from real estate and stock appreciation.
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Income influenced where Americans moved in 2020

May 11, 2021
Many relocated from larger cities to smaller ones with lower costs of living and less stringent COVID-19 regulations.
For high earners who are able to work remotely, the desire for a different lifestyle may prompt a relocation.
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Many employers want to hire — now. Many workers aren't ready to go back.

May 6, 2021
Maybe they're not vaccinated. Or they have caregiving responsibilities. Or employers aren't offering attractive wages.
Companies are recruiting loudly and persistently, but they may need to try harder. People aren't rejoining the workforce as quickly as companies are creating openings.
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