Tag: work

Posted in Finance

Even Trading Floor Diehards Are Now Embracing Work From Home

(Bloomberg) — For a sense of how dramatically perceptions of remote work are changing in the coronavirus era, consider Koji Motokawa.

Like many traders in office-obsessed Japan, the deputy head of fixed income at Mizuho Securities Co. had never even considered working from home until the pandemic hit. Now, for the first time since he stepped onto the trading floor 25 years ago, Motokawa spends at least one day a week outside the office and plans to keep it up.

“My initial thinking was that it was going to be pretty difficult given the way markets operate,” he said. “The reality is it’s actually doable.”

As Covid-19 forces financial professionals around the world to re-examine the way they operate, anecdotal evidence from Japan — ranked last among developed markets by the OECD for work-life balance — suggests the move toward more remote work could be widespread and enduring. Tokyo-based brokerage

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Posted in Insurance

In Picking Up Work Here and There, Many Miss Out on Unemployment Check

Annie Frodeman, who cobbled together work shifts registering emergency patients at a hospital, and as an airport ramp agent, in her airport safety vest near her home outside Burlington, Vt., July 21, 2020. (John Tully/The New York Times)
Annie Frodeman, who cobbled together work shifts registering emergency patients at a hospital, and as an airport ramp agent, in her airport safety vest near her home outside Burlington, Vt., July 21, 2020. (John Tully/The New York Times)

Annie Frodeman often worked 40 hours a week or more — full time by most lights. She just worked them at two jobs.

Four or five mornings a week before the coronavirus outbreak, she worked as an airport ramp agent for Piedmont Airlines in Burlington, Vermont — hoisting bags on and off planes, refilling the water tanks, and sometimes emptying aircraft lavatories — for less than $15 an hour. The rest of the time she signed up for shifts in the emergency room at University of Vermont Medical Center, registering patients for $20 an hour.

While Burlington is expensive, Frodeman said, the two jobs together provided the income and flexibility that she

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Posted in Personal

Need to shake up your work routine? Try a productivity app.

Need to shake up your work routine? Try a productivity app.
Need to shake up your work routine? Try a productivity app.

There is, put simply, a ton of crap to get done. Keeping track of all of it can be a real nightmare, which is why you may want to set your sights on a productivity app.

Increasing your productivity means something different to everyone. Maybe you often feel overwhelmed by the tasks in front of you and want a way to sort them into categories. Maybe you want a to-do list that’s better than a Google Doc. Maybe you want to split tasks into smaller, more manageable goals: a method that makes big projects seem less daunting and can also Speaking of distractions, maybe you want to decrease the time you spend scrolling through social media during the workday and increase the time you spend working.

Whatever your needs, there’s likely a productivity app that’ll give you a little

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Posted in Business

Don’t shame people who don’t wear masks. It won’t work.

Don’t shame people who don’t wear masks. It won't work.
Don’t shame people who don’t wear masks. It won’t work.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Americans were already an angry lot.

The past four years unleashed a nightmare in the United States: a tyrant president determined to set the country’s clock back to a time when inequality was common and accepted, and willing to do just about anything to realize his vision. Those who oppose President Trump’s agenda began marching in the streets while he effectively decried such opposition as un-American. Meanwhile, his devout supporters sometimes rally in public with guns at their sides.

Now, the anger has reached a newly horrific pitch. Trapped by a virus that could kill hundreds of thousands of people if left unchecked, people are sad and desperate. They want life to return to normal. They want to scream at those who make normalcy impossible by foregoing common sense or ignoring the rules. The people who

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Posted in Money

Five Realistic Things to Do Right Now to Make Your Money Work for You

Welcome to #Adulting, the ultimate breakdown of all your grown-up needs. These articles are here to help you feel less alone and answer all your personal, financial, and career questions that weren’t answered in school (no judgement, we get it!). Whether you’re looking to find out how to tackle laundry or you want a deep breakdown on how to make a savings plan—we’ve got you covered. Come back every month to find out what life skills we’re upgrading next and how.

Gather all the personal financial advice you used to receive before the pandemic—the platitudes about not buying lattes or avocado toast. The “challenges” to put aside $1/week. The admonishments that you should try to buy a home instead of renting one—stack that advice into a pile, and set it on fire.

Even though none of that is unreasonable advice, it’s certainly not relevant guidance for many Americans right now.

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Posted in Insurance

Will women have to work harder after the pandemic?

Like many successful career women, Simone Ramos feels she’s had to work harder than any man to get to the top.

A high-flying executive and risk manager for global insurance group THB in Sao Paulo, Ms Ramos says being a female leader in a male-dominated industry has forced her “to be stronger and rise above myself every day”.

“Very early on in my career I realised I needed to leave the office later, I needed to study more, I needed to prove myself three times more than any man,” she says.

Ms Ramos is also an adviser for the Brazilian association of women in the insurance market and has an upcoming book on the subject planned for October. She tells younger women they can reach the top with “focus, determination and clear goals”.

But like other experts, she is concerned about the extra pressures being put on women’s careers during

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Posted in Insurance

L.A. Stagehands Local 33 Co-Chief Ron Valentine’s Harrowing Account Of Early Days Of Shutdown & Herculean Efforts To Get Town Back To Work

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EXCLUSIVE: Ron Valentine, business agent of IATSE Stagehands Local 33 in Los Angeles, says he doesn’t expect concerts, sporting events and theatrical productions to return with audiences until 2021. Even so, he’s hopeful that the show will go on, even if it has to be without live audiences.

“We have been in discussions with employers to think about virtual concerts and private fundraisers at our venues such as the Hollywood Bowl or the Greek Theatre to keep the employer in business, as well as our members employed,” he told Deadline. “This is a time to work in unity and make it a win-win-win situation.”

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Posted in Insurance

L.A. Stagehands Local 33 Chief Ron Valentine’s Harrowing Account Of Early Days Of Shutdown & Herculean Efforts To Get Town Back To Work

Click here to read the full article.

EXCLUSIVE: Ron Valentine, business agent of IATSE Stagehands Local 33 in Los Angeles, says he doesn’t expect concerts, sporting events and theatrical productions to return with audiences until 2021. Even so, he’s hopeful that the show will go on, even if it has to be without live audiences.

“We have been in discussions with employers to think about virtual concerts and private fundraisers at our venues such as the Hollywood Bowl or the Greek Theatre to keep the employer in business, as well as our members employed,” he told Deadline. “This is a time to work in unity and make it a win-win-win situation.”

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“I always think of us as the Swiss Army knife of entertainment,” he said. In television, his local’s 1,642 active members set, rig and light the stages for game shows like The Price Is Right, soap

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Posted in Insurance

Crypto Markets Are Maturing, but Gen Z Is Rewriting How Markets Work

Now, I have no idea how old you are, nor do I want to make any assumptions. I will assume, though, that since you are reading this, you have an interest in markets and/or crypto assets. And since this is a newsletter aimed at professional investors, I will assume that you care about a bit more than prices going up/down/sideways. That should put us on more or less the same page as to what we explore here. 

However, this week I want us all to question the lens through which we judge the evolution of markets. Not just crypto markets – all markets, because it is becoming increasingly clear that sooner or later the distinction will be irrelevant.

You’re reading Crypto Long & Short, a newsletter that looks closely at the forces driving cryptocurrency markets. Authored by CoinDesk’s head of research, Noelle Acheson, it goes out every Sunday and

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Posted in Business

MA Gyms Work To Make Customers Comfortable For Reopening

BRAINTREE, MA — Gyms in Massachusetts can reopen Monday as phase three of the state’s reopening plan begins amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Gym owners across the state expressed excitement to get back to business, but acknowledged things will not look the same as before they were forced to close in March.

Among those changes, gyms will be required to keep occupancy below 40 percent capacity and sanitize equipment after use. All customers will have to be masked, and various social distancing requirements will be in effect.

>>>MA Gyms Work To Make Customers Comfortable For Reopening

Michael Jablonn co-owns a SetPointRX franchise in Braintree. The gym has six locations throughout the state, and Jablonn said though he’s excited for his gym to reopen, there will be some challenges.

Jablonn told Patch he’s hoping to open Monday, but he’s still reviewing the state guidelines. He said SetPoint RX gyms are set up

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