Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Twitter has ordered all of its staff around the world to work from home as of last week. According to AFP, Apple has also encouraged employees to work from home, and Google has restricted visits to its US offices, while Facebook closed some offices for “deep cleaning” after an employee was diagnosed with the coronavirus.
As the demand for remote working continues to rise, the Financial Times’ Techdesk worked from home on Feb. 28 in an experiment to see whether this would work. The good news, the newspaper says, is that much of the technology supporting remote working, like videoconferencing services and chat apps, is finally mature and reliable.
The bad news, however, is that you still need to learn how to use those tools properly, such as how to light yourself or hide laundry in the background in a video call, and not to schedule calls with the Tokyo office at midnight Tokyo time. After all, etiquette is just as important as technology.
(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
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2. remote working phr.
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5. etiquette n.
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