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In each edition of CLEW'd In we gather articles that have come to the Centre from our associates or publications to which we are subscribed. The following is a list of interesting articles and reports that have come to my attention in the last two months.
Having had to rapidly adjust to working from home due to COVID-19, many people are now having to readjust to life back in the office. Many will have enjoyed aspects of what is sometimes called 'distributed work', but some may be dreading the return. So is there a middle ground? Could hybrid work arrangements, known for boosting well-being and productivity, be a more common feature of workplaces in the future?
Jason Kiteley v Carbine Aginvest Corporation Limited  NZEmpC 106 concerns a claim by Mr Jason Kiteley that he was unjustifiably dismissed from his employment. The judgment of the Employment Court provides interesting reading for employers on restructure processes.
Workplace restrictions surrounding COVID-19 have forced many organisations to experiment with working from home. Now employers are faced with the dilemma - 'should we go back to the office full time or let people work remotely sometimes?' One recent study showed that up to 82 percent of employers now plan to allow employees to work remotely some of the time. As more organisations consider remote work, what can we learn from managers who have been managing full-time remote workers for a number of years?
COVID-19 lockdowns have forced millions of office workers to transition to working from home. Kitchen tables and spare bedrooms have been commandeered as make-shift home offices and reliable home internet has become a necessity as usage of Zoom and similar products has soared.