Average unemployment insurance can’t cover basic expenses in 69% of major metros. The South is the least affordable region for unemployment, and cities in California and Florida are among the most expensive to live on unemployment insurance.

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Unemployment insurance (UI) isn’t enough to pay rent in most major U.S. metros, according to new research from Real Estate Witch, an online real estate portal.

The study found that of the 109 largest metros in the U.S., residents of just 12 can afford rent for a two-bedroom apartment on top of basic expenses:

  1. Springfield, MA
  2. Worcester, MA
  3. Spokane, WA
  4. Toledo, OH
  5. Dayton…

The top 6 ways employees stay productive when working from home are using a designated workspace, structuring their day to resemble normal working hours, taking breaks, setting a schedule, reducing distractions, and communicating with colleagues frequently. These productivity tips can help employees work more efficiently and effectively while remote.

Working from home has become the new norm for employees around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses have been remote for several months already, and some, such as Twitter, have decided to let employees work remotely permanently, even after the pandemic passes.

Yet, despite the increased prevalence of remote work, The Manifest found that just 30% of employees are more productive working from home, compared to 45% in an office.

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One-quarter of employees (24%) say they are equally productive working from home and in an office.

With so many people unable to stay productive working remotely, what can employees do to make sure they’re still getting work done efficiently? …

The majority of U.S. workers support the non-violent protests for racial justice that stemmed from the death of George Floyd. Already, half of businesses have addressed the protests, something most workers support. Our data shows businesses shouldn’t be afraid to address issues such as racism, diversity, and inclusion both publicly and privately.

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was arrested in Minneapolis when he allegedly bought cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Police officers held him down, choking him for nearly 9 minutes until he fell unconscious and died.

The next day, nationwide protests began over how the Minneapolis Police Department handled Floyd’s arrest and the deaths of more than 1,200 African-Americans at the hands of police since 2015. Worldwide protests ensued, with an estimated 200,000 people protesting in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, June 6.

Clutch surveyed 755 workers across the U.S. and found that 62% are supportive of the non-violent protests occurring as a result of the death of George Floyd. …

Most U.S. employees now work from home temporarily because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees say the top advantages of working remotely are no commute and a more flexible schedule, while the biggest challenges are lack of collaboration and frequent interruptions.

The United States has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, with more cases and deaths than any other country. Life, as we know it in America, has completely changed in the past month, including how we work.

More employees are working from home than ever before, and companies are adjusting to this new team dynamic.

Clutch surveyed 365 workers across the country about their working-from-home habits and what they like and dislike about remote work. We found that 66% of employees currently work from home at least part of the week as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Although workers are split on whether they’d rather work remotely or in an office, most say remote work has both benefits and challenges. …

To ease employee concerns during the novel coronavirus outbreak, businesses should encourage sick employees to stay home, improve office hygiene and cleanliness, reduce business travel, let employees work remotely if possible, and expand their sick leave policy.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has changed the way people live and work, at least temporarily.

Clutch surveyed 512 U.S. workers between March 13 and March 16, 2020, and found that 88% of American workers are concerned about COVID-19.

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This includes 29% of workers who are very concerned about the virus.

“We need to do what we can to contain it and stop it in its course,” said Sara Spector-Brown, director of operations of 3 Media Web, a digital agency in Boston. “Even if it may seem too cautionary, you can never be too careful, and we are seeing some pretty tragic results from other countries, which could very well happen here. …

The top 6 challenges of coworking spaces are distractions and noise, lack of privacy, limited space, insufficient equipment, inability to personalize space, and security and safety issues.

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Employees enjoy working in a coworking space — 77% of coworking employees are satisfied with their shared office space, according to a recent Clutch report.

Just because people are happy in a coworking space does not mean they don’t experience challenges working in one, though.

Clutch surveyed 500 coworking employees across the U.S. to learn exactly what challenges they face in their coworking space.

We found that nearly all people who work in a coworking space (88%) experience challenges such as distractions, lack of space, and security issues.

We also found that just one-third of coworking employees (33%) would prefer to work in their coworking space, less than the number who prefer to work remotely (39%) but more than the number who would prefer to work in a traditional office (28%). …

Businesses should use a 3-step process to define the product scope of every project they work on. It’s one of the best methods to manage resources efficiently and to ensure you’re making critical design and development decisions based on concrete, validated evidence.

Oftentimes, companies fail to create successful products not because their idea is bad but because they don’t invest the necessary time to define their product scope.

They end up building products based on gut feelings instead of data and user research. These products probably boast an overwhelming number of features users don’t need or understand. …

The top 5 benefits of coworking spaces are in-office perks such as coffee and social events, convenient locations, opportunities to interact with other businesses, increased flexibility, and a sense of community.

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With more than 19,000 coworking spaces across the globe, coworking has become a new normal for the worldwide workforce.

How do employees feel about working in a shared office space, though?

Overall, employees are happy in their coworking offices: In a survey of 501 coworking employees across the U.S., Clutch found that 77% are satisfied with working in a coworking space.

A name is one of the most important parts of a nonprofit’s brand. Learn what goes into choosing a brand name and considerations to make. You could even win a free brand naming project — River + Wolf is offering this opportunity to one lucky nonprofit or charity this year.

By Margaret Wolfson

While the term “brand” was once reserved for business-to-consumer (B2C) enterprises, more and more organizations are jumping on the branding bandwagon — among them business-to-business (B2B) companies, cities, and countries.

Even individuals are understanding that a person can be a brand, from the rising sea of influencers who use social media to craft a distinct digital presence and build niche audiences to the layperson who, whether consciously or not, takes pains to cultivate a consistent sense of self in their online postings.

Charities and nonprofits, including hospitals and public universities, are no exception. And though some view “branding” as a form of marketing manipulation designed to shine up a mediocre enterprise, or worse, dupe unsuspecting people into buying something they neither need nor want, the most forward-thinking realize that branding is simply a thoughtful way to shine a light on what they do and who they are. …

Most employees say moving offices had an overall positive effect on them and their company, according to a survey of 503 employees who have moved office spaces with their current business in the past 10 years. After moving offices, employees appreciate having a more comfortable and visually appealing space and additional workspace. Office relocation, however, comes with challenges, including distractions and a further commute.

Office relocation is an expensive investment. From upgrading spaces and purchasing new furniture to paying for the actual move and preparing for the loss of productivity, businesses can expect to pay thousands of dollars for each step of the moving process.

But moving offices is essential for businesses that are growing or have changing needs. Office relocation helps many businesses reach their goals, but how does it affect their employees?

Clutch surveyed 503 full-time employees across the U.S. who have relocated offices with their current business within the past 10 years. How does changing offices benefit employees? …


Kristen Herhold

Kristen is a writer and editor in Washington, D.C.

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