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Work-from-Home Culture in the Wake of COVID19. What are the Struggles of Employees and How They can Make the Most of Working Remotely?

Here are some tips for employees who are working from home amid the COVID-19 lockdown

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Businesses across are taking precautionary decisions which are meant to maintain social distancing and avoiding unnecessary travel of employees. Pixabay

The next two weeks are the most crucial for India in the wake of COVID-19. Considering this, businesses across are taking precautionary decisions which are meant to maintain social distancing and avoiding unnecessary travel of employees. Some of the key businesses especially the internet based business, startups, and tech giants have mandated work from home for all of their employees.

Work from home culture has been gaining popularity in businesses for the past couple of years. However, only a small percentage of companies and its employees are completely familiar with the concept. In this scenario, professionals who are new to the concept, face the challenge of keeping up their productivity and efficiency. 

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Work from home culture has been gaining popularity in businesses for the past couple of years. However, only a small percentage of companies and its employees are completely familiar with the concept. Pixabay

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When you are working in a home setting, you are likely to get distracted because of multiple factors like family, pets, television, changed eating and sleeping routine, and so on. Here, it becomes a challenge for you to be equally productive at work as you would be in the office. To gear up for this, you could take the following measures and ensure maximum work efficiency:

  1. Plan your day: When you are working from home, spend some time at the beginning of the day planning your whole day. List down all your tasks and arrange those in descending priority. Set targets for the day and document those as and when you achieve one. Share your progress with your team members or manager at the end of the day. Plan the calls and web conferences with your team or clients ahead as you would normally schedule a meeting.
  2. Stay connected with the team: To stay focussed throughout the day, it is essential that you stay connected with your team. To do the same, make sure you are always available for calls, emails, and instant messaging apps like Hangouts chat. Check-in with your team every once in a while regarding work or to discuss something informal as you would do in the office. Practising this not only ensures your focus but also helps your team members to stay on track too.
  3. Keep dedicated office space at home: Despite being in a home setting, plan work as if you are at your workplace. Keep a dedicated space for work at home that is less prone to distractions and is comfortable. Have your family or roommates understand your work schedule to avoid distractions. Be clear about your work timings which include when you will start working, take a break to snack or stretch or walk, have lunch, and when you will end your day.
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Some of the key businesses especially the internet based business, startups, and tech giants have mandated work from home for all of their employees. Pixabay

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4. Get acquainted with tools to navigate work-from-home: In order to stay as efficient as possible, it is critical that you get acquainted with technology as it is through this only that you can stay connected with your work life – team and their progress, clients, boss, partners, and so on. You must get acquainted with basic tools like document sharing, using work management tools like Trello and Teamwork, Google Drive, Dropbox, Skype, and other tools like Google Hangouts Meet, Slack, Team Viewer, and Zoom to coordinate with your team, having meetings and conferences with your clients, or to conduct interviews for recruiting new employees.

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While it is challenging to work remotely, this is also an opportunity for you to acquire and hone so many new skills like planning, forward-thinking, coordination in times of distress, and so on. In addition to this, it is natural that when you are working from home, you will save a lot of commute time and get to spend it with your family. You could utilise this time to plan your work, spend time with family, and help your kids manage their studies when the schools are closed.

About the author: Sarvesh Agrawal is the Founder and CEO of Internshala, an internship and training platform (internshala.com)

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Amid Lockdown Netflix, Fortnite, Zoom Entertain & Empower Many

Amazon Web Services driven, Netflix, Disney Plus or Hulu and Zoom keep people busy during the lockdown

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AWS driving Netflix, Fortnite, Zoom entertain and empower millions at home during lockdown. Pixabay

As you stream your favourite movies or TV series on Netflix, Disney Plus or Hulu, or connect with your team via video meet app Zoom, leading Cloud service provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the backdrop is ensuring seamless, scalable and secure connectivity to help people at home and organisations function while they can’t operate normally at work.

According to AWS CEO Andy Jassy, a lot of things that are allowing humanity to deal with the global health crisis run on top of AWS which is Amazon’s Cloud arm and topped $10 billion in quarterly revenue for the first time in the January-March period.

“We’re just trying to help our customers in various areas. If you look at Netflix, it runs completely on top of AWS. So does Disney Plus. Hulu runs on AWS. Prime Video runs on AWS. All those entertainment pieces have kind of made time go by,” Jassy said during a fireside chat at AWS Online Summit recently.

“Fortnite runs on top of AWS, and so does Sony PlayStation. A lot of other popular games too,” he informed. The popular Battle Royale game Fortnite has gained 350 million registered players, who in April collectively spent over 3.2 billion hours in the game.

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Netflix and other platforms keeping people sane in lockdown. Pixabay

According to Jassy, AWS has its own video-conferencing service in Chime. “But a lot of people use Zoom, and the vast majority of Zoom’s cloud infrastructure runs on AWS and will for the foreseeable future,” he said. Amazon Chime Voice Connector is a service that enables enterprises to migrate their telephony workloads to AWS.

 

If you have kids at home, you also realise they’re all doing e-learning at the moment. “If you just look at companies like Blackboard and Instructure’s Canvas, which run on top of AWS. A lot of the things that are allowing us to deal with the crisis run on top of AWS. So we’re just trying to help our customers in various areas,” Jassy emphasised. AWS today offers 15 purpose-built database engines including relational, key-value, document, in-memory, graph, time series, and ledger databases.

“We have an unmatched number of those purpose-built databases that people are getting real value from and are changing the way they build applications. So (for us), it’s just the way that people are rethinking how they build in this unprecedented era of data growth,” informed Jassy. It is interesting to see how manufacturing and industrial organisations are changing in these Covid-19 times.

“In these industrial organizations, they have all of these assets that function in their facilities and their factories, and they collect really important data. And today they’re largely sending that data, through AWS IoT, to the cloud to store it and to analyze it,” said Jassy. Amazon AWS IoT has done well in terms of completeness benefiting from a robust Cloud IoT and Application Enablement capabilities. Further, AWS has been building its edge capabilities via AWS Greengrass.

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Fortnite has gained 350 million registered players, who in April collectively spent over 3.2 billion hours in the game. Pixabay

AWS has grown into a behemoth in itself, raking in $10 billion in sales in the first quarter this year, with a super annual run rate of more than $40 billion. The cloud computing service logged $10.2 billion in sales in the March quarter, up from $7.7 billion from the year-ago quarter – a growth rate of 33 per cent.

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According to Amazon, AWS now spans 76 Availability Zones within 24 geographic regions, with announced plans for nine more Availability Zones and three more AWS Regions in Indonesia, Japan, and Spain. (IANS)

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Internshala Launches ‘May Internship Madness’: Summer Internship Fair Brings Virtual Internships

The internship and training platform, Internshala, has launched the ‘May Internship Madness’ campaign

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Internshala has launched the ‘May Internship Madness’ campaign. Pixabay

13,000+ exciting work-from-home opportunities for students of India with big brands including 9XM, FTV, WWF, IIFL, CRY, and Sportskeeda, and youth icons including Nidhi Mohan Kamal, Shivya Nath, and DJ NYK a part of the internship fair

The internship and training platform, Internshala, has launched the ‘May Internship Madness’ campaign. This initiative is a summer internship fair that features 13,000+ work-from-home summer internships. These internships also include opportunities with big brands such as 9XM, FTV, WWF, IIFL, CRY, and Sportskeeda, along with one-day internships with youth icons including Nidhi Mohan Kamal, a fitness influencer, Shivya Nath, a published author, and DJ NYK. The students can apply for these work-from-home internships by 26th May 2020.

All Indian students are eligible to apply to these interesting opportunities. All the internships in ‘May Internship Madness’ are work-from-home opportunities with an assured stipend as high as INR 1.8 Lac for the whole internship duration. The internship fair also offers internships in offbeat fields including blogging, social media influencing, and music.

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The initiative is a summer internship fair that features 13,000+ work-from-home summer internships. Pixabay

On the launch of the internship fair, the founder and CEO of Internshala, Sarvesh Agrawal said, “Due to the unfortunate COVID-19 outbreak, summer internship season has been affected adversely. Many students across India have lost their summer internships while other students aren’t able to find the much-needed summer internships as hiring and onboarding is paused in most of the companies. In a bid to help these students find the best of work-from-home internship opportunities amid these testing times, we have launched the ‘May Internship Madness’ campaign.”

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“Through this internship fair, we aim to ensure that the students are able to pursue the internships to gain practical exposure and improve their skill-set from the safety of their homes.”

 

 

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Curate These Alpines Dishes Easily At Home

Here are the top easy to make recipes from the alpine nation Switzerland with ingredients available in your kitchen, amid lockdown

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Make recipes from the alpine nation Switzerland with ingredients available in your kitchen. Pixabay

As we face restrictions on global travel across the world, it is most natural for us to “Dream Now Travel Later”. To get you closer to those dreams, why not whip up some cuisine from the various kitchen’s of around the globe for an authentic taste of a country while in quarantine? It is a good idea to travel through world cuisine to get a taste of your most loved destination.

Here are the top easy to make recipes from the alpine nation Switzerland with ingredients available in our kitchen.

Alpine Macaroni

Known to the Swiss as Alplermagrone, is the ultimate comfort food one can find on the slopes of the famous Alps. This dish is found everywhere on restaurant menus from Appenzell to Zermatt, through Lugano and St. Moritz.

This Swiss version of Macaroni and cheese is best eaten after a long hike or trek, as most Swiss will tell you, it tastes better when you’ve earned it. But staying at home- keeping yourself and others away from harm’s way, it is safe to say that we have earned it. The ingredients for this wholesome dish are all simple and can be found easily in our pantry. Some vegetables, pasta and decent cheese, are the only things that you will need to re-create this alpine dish in the kitchen.

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Some vegetables, pasta and decent cheese, are the only things that you will need to re-create this alpine dish in the kitchen. Pixabay

Cheese Fondue

If you have your air conditioners on then this taste of Switzerland is just right for you. Indulge in some fondue, a generous dose of creamy cheese with the pieces of bread just like the Swiss do. The country is known for its best fondues, however, there are many different styles and versions. One of the best variations is the Fribourg, the moitie-moitie, made from spicy Gruy�res and softly melting Vacherin cheeses.

It’s great for a Saturday night cheat meal? Melt up the cheese and serve it with vegetables, lavash, croutons and potato wedges, giving it an interesting twist while you binge watch on your favourite shows.

Rosti

Also known as “Rostigraben” (Rosti ditch), originally a farmers’ breakfast from German-speaking Switzerland, is now a Swiss national dish with each region having its own version. The Bernese, for example, are known for their crispy Rosti fried in butter.

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Melt up the cheese and serve it with vegetables, lavash, croutons and potato wedges, giving it an interesting twist while you binge watch on your favorite shows. Pixabay

This classic comfort food is surprisingly easy to make, with some tricks along the way, and it turns potatoes into a main meal. The recipe can be summarized in five words: grate potatoes sauteed in butter. The resulting dish is a pancake of potato, crispy brown on the outside, gooey, buttery, potato-licious inside. This is a dish that is easy-peasy to create in your kitchens for a lazy Sunday brunch.

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Meringue

A sweet kiss with egg whites and a sugary pastry invented around the year 1600. Since the delicate and airy pastry made from egg whites and the thick battered Gruyeres cream complement each other so well, one easily understands why Meringue is a favorite dessert in the land of Fribourg. You can enjoy your meringue in two ways one slowly baked, transforming into crisp cookies or as dessert on top of a cake. (IANS)