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I’ll admit it. I’ve done it, too.
I’ve thrown on a nice top and some makeup, while wearing sweat pants with stains on them from whatever the kiddos had for breakfast.
It’s the WFH mullet: Professional on top. Casual on the bottom.
But maybe it’s time we start getting a little more dressed up for work – even if we’re still at home.
Research has shown that what we wear has an effect on our performance. And now that we are working from home and spending a healthy chunk of time in front of a camera, our clothes might have an even bigger impact.
At least that’s what researchers are trying to find out, reports The Wall Street Journal’s Ray A. Smith.
Wearing more office-appropriate attire during the day can also help create some separation between work and home time. Putting on more comfortable clothes at the end of the day can help shift you out of work mode.
But don’t break out the suit and tie just yet. Getting too dressed up could become a distraction if you feel self-conscious, reports Smith.
Read more of the story here.
Would you have a chip implanted for work?
Cyborgs aren’t just in the movies.
A new survey finds that two-thirds of employees fear that in 2035, humans with performance-enhancing chips implanted in their bodies will have an unfair advantage in the labor market, reports CNN Business’ Matt Egan.
The survey, which was shared exclusively with CNN Business, was conducted by Citrix and included employees in the United States and Europe.
Not to be left behind, 57% of workers said they would be willing to have a chip implanted, as long as it was safe and would improve their performance.
Find out more about what this means for the future of work here.
Working from home has taught many of us how to be productive without the structure of our daily office routines. We here at Work Transformed thought it would be great to hear about what you’ve learned. So I’m going to start sharing reader’s work-from-home hacks, like this tip from Dale Hanks in Denver, Colorado:
“One of the things I have enjoyed is getting up super early (like 4am) and getting several hours of work done while everyone else, co-workers, outside people I have to talk to, etc. are sleeping. I would not be doing this if not for Covid because I would still have had to do a full day in the office. Now I work for a couple of hours, exercise when it’s light but still not hot, shower, eat, and then back to work. I also do not feel bad about taking a nap after lunch and then getting back to work. I initially hated working from home but now I have really started to enjoy it and long breaks give my brain time to work on a problem or ponder something without sitting at the computer the whole time.”
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Remote workers: Read this before you move
As more companies make remote work a permanent option, employees might be considering moving to other parts of the country – especially if they live in a high-cost area.
But movers beware: Relocating could result in a pay cut.
Payments processor Stripe announced that it will pay employees $20,000 if they move away from expensive cities, such as San Francisco, Seattle or New York. But workers who decide to move will have to take a 10% pay cut, reports CNN Business’ Alexis Benveniste.
Read more about it here.
The hope we all need right now…
This spring, things weren’t looking good for Gimre’s Shoes in Oregon.
The family-owned shoe store has been in business for 128 years, but 2020 and all its gut punches were proving to be too much.
Revenue plunged a whopping 70% in April.
But the business secured a Paycheck Protection Program loan and reduced several of its expenses. And the store has also been able to re-open to customers – at reduced capacity.
“We’re surviving,” the store owner said to CNN Business’ Jeanne Sahadi. “But it’s a whole new ballgame.”
The full story on Gimre’s Shoes can be found here.
You know who has a cool job? My colleague Peter Valdes-Dapena.
He gets to test drive some of the fastest and most luxurious ($$$) cars in the world, and then he gets to tell us all about it.
He recently drove Ferrari’s newest convertible, the F8 Spider, and boy did he have a lot of fun.
The car starts at nearly $300,000, but he said it’s well worth the price.
Check it out here.