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Amazon India has seen growth in several categories, ranging from WFH essentials to toys and a significant spike in demand and sales of dishwashers and vacuum cleaners (Photo: iStock)
Amazon India has seen growth in several categories, ranging from WFH essentials to toys and a significant spike in demand and sales of dishwashers and vacuum cleaners (Photo: iStock)

E-commerce firms see spike in demand, even in unusual categories

While demand for work from home products, consumer electronics and personal care may reflect the new normal, a spike in sales in some categories such as immunity boosters and gourmet food products have taken some firms by surprise

Trend of waist-up fashion has brought personal style into sharp focus (Photo: Getty Images)
Employers feel replicating the office experience at home increases productivity.
Employers feel replicating the office experience at home increases productivity.

Companies provide home office upgrade to make WFH better

To help people transition better and adopt the work-from-home lifestyle more seamlessly, many companies, especially multinationals and startups, are providing their employees home office allowance or some other facilities like furniture and computers

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A Microsoft logo. (REUTERS)
Microsoft Corporation Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella. (AFP)
Work from home mandates has meant that companies are beginning to discuss the implications of the model on a long term basis. (iStock)
Some startups are aiming for permanent work from home for a majority of staff. (Photo: Ravindra Joshi/Mint)
Some startups are aiming for permanent work from home for a majority of staff. (Photo: Ravindra Joshi/Mint)

Firms gear up for extended WFH

Prolonging the work-from-home policy is a safety measure, helps reconfigure the workplace and cut costs, say analysts

Working for 14 hours a day has become common now.  (Photo: iStock)
Working for 14 hours a day has become common now. (Photo: iStock)

Fixed office hours become another casualty of covid-19

  • Young professionals say managers often schedule meetings later in the day, and work hours often stretch to 14 hours a day
  • While creating boundaries is important to avoid burnout, employees are hesitant as they’re scared to lose jobs

Microsoft said India is currently less impacted by these attacks than other Asian countries (Photo: AP)
Twitter said it will not have business travels before September, with very few exceptions, and no in-person company events for the rest of 2020 (Reuters)
Twitter said it will not have business travels before September, with very few exceptions, and no in-person company events for the rest of 2020 (Reuters)

Twitter to allow some employees to work from home permanently

  • Tech giants like Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google have allowed most of their employees to work remotely until the end of this year
  • The pandemic, which has infected more than 4.2 mn people globally so far, has led to strict lockdowns in most countries and changed the way businesses function, with work-from-home emerging as the new norm

A crisis can trigger innovation
A crisis can trigger innovation

How do you innovate in times of crisis?

Innovation is rarely about inventing a jet engine or an iPhone. While these are big-bang innovations, they are few and far between

A restaurant in Amsterdam is testing servers in protective gear providing food to clients in a safe ’quarantine greenhouses’ (Reuters)
A restaurant in Amsterdam is testing servers in protective gear providing food to clients in a safe ’quarantine greenhouses’ (Reuters)

What office 2.0 serves well

While we debate about the uncertain future, the new work-from-home drill has impacted the professional work ethic for the better

The validity of these add-on packs also depend on the validity of the base plan that the customer had chose at time of recharge
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As a pilot, the private sector lender has implemented the WFH model for the compliance and HR departments. bloomberg
Microsoft has increased the number of participants who can be seen simultaneously on Teams meeting stage from to nine from four Photo: iStock
Microsoft has increased the number of participants who can be seen simultaneously on Teams meeting stage from to nine from four Photo: iStock

How to improve your video call experience on Microsoft Teams

  • Buoyed by the overwhelming response and feedback from users, many of these platforms are constantly getting new updates, adding new features to enhance user experience
  • Microsoft reportedly plans to increase the group chat size in Teams to 250 participants from the current 100 by mid May

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The new normal of WFH has also led to a need for re-skilling, especially in digital skills. (Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
The new normal of WFH has also led to a need for re-skilling, especially in digital skills. (Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Demand for remote workers sees an uptick

  • Work-from-home jobs doubled in the third week of April versus the first week of March, said a market analyst
  • The new normal of WFH has also led to a need for reskilling especially in digital skills, according to staffing firms

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