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Why Apple wants its employees BTW ASAP

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While many are enjoying the perks of working from home, Apple employees are angry about a memo from the CEO asking them to return to work.

While office workers around the world haver been getting by the last year on Zoom meetings from the lounge room, the tech giant is trying to get employees back to Apple park on set days.

Apple workers would still be able to work from home on Wednesdays and Fridays though.

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But many are unhappy with the announcement, responding in an internal letter that they would like more flexibility.

They want those who like working remote to be allowed to do so.

Benefits of Working From Home

When COVID-19 forced companies all over the world to send their employees home to work virtually, remote work had a big moment.

Yes, the rush to give employees access to all the tools they’d need to work from home was a bit, well, sudden for many employers.

10 Benefits of Working From Home

As we’ve long known, remote work has a host of advantages for workers.

Some you may already be aware of, and some that may open your eyes even more to remote work’s impact on employers, employees, the economy, and the planet.

1. Better Work-Life Balance

Many remote jobs also come with flexible schedules, which means that workers can start and end their day as they choose.

It’s all about achieving outcomes.

This control over your work schedule can be invaluable when it comes to attending to the needs of your personal life.

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2. Less Commute Stress

The average one-way commuting time in the U.S. is 27.1 minutes.

According to the Auto Insurance Center, commuters spend about 100 hours commuting and 41 hours stuck in traffic each year.

Some “extreme” commutersface much longer commute times of 90 minutes or more each way.

  • Higher cholesterol
  • Elevated blood sugar
  • Increased risk of depression

3. Location Independence

One of the considerable benefits of working from home is having access to a broader range of job opportunities that aren’t limited by geographic location.

This can be especially helpful for job seekers living in rural communities and small towns where there may not be many available local positions.

4. Improved Inclusivity

Remote work enables companies to embrace diversity and inclusion by hiring people from different socioeconomic, geographic, and cultural backgrounds and with different perspectives.

That can be challenging to accomplish when recruiting is restricted to a specific locale that not everyone wants, or can afford, to live near.

5. Money Savings

People who work from home half time can save around $4,000 per year.

Fuel, car maintenance, transportation, parking fees, a professional wardrobe, lunches bought out, and more can all be reduced or eliminated from your spending entirely.

These savings add up and put more money back into your pocket.

  • Overhead
  • Real estate costs
  • Transit subsidies
  • Continuity of operations

6. Positive Environmental Impact

The 3.9 million employees who worked from home at least half time before the pandemic reduced greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking more than 600,000 cars off the road for an entire year.

A whopping 7.8 billion vehicle miles aren’t traveled each year for those who work at least part-time from home, 3 million tons of greenhouse gases (GHG) are avoided, and oil savings reach $980 million.

7. Impact on Sustainability

Remote work supports a variety of sustainability initiatives, from economic growth and reduced inequalities, to sustainable cities, climate change, and responsible consumption.

8. A Customizable Office

Being able to create a comfortable home office is an excellent benefit of remote work.

Whether you simply want a more ergonomic chair or you have health issues that require specialised office equipment, you can set up your home office and make it whatever you want.

9. Increased Productivity and Performance

Working from home usually leads to fewer interruptions, less office politics, a quieter noise level, and less (or more efficient) meetings.

Add in the lack of a commute, and remote workers typically have more time and fewer distractions, which leads to increased productivity.

10. A Happier, Healthier Work Life

Remote, flexible workers tend to be happier and more loyal employees, in part because working from home has been shown to lower stress

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Jaguar Land Rover is developing a hydrogen-powered car

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Jaguar Land Rover will develop a new hydrogen-powered prototype of its iconic Defender SUV

The prototype program, known as Project Zeus, is part of JLR’s larger aim to only produce zero-tailpipe emissions vehicles by 2036.

Hydrogen only emits water making it ideal for larger vehicles with longer driving ranges, according to the car-maker.

It follows the company working towards cutting its tail-pipe emissions to zero by 2036.

The venture will be partly funded by the UK Government and will begin testing by the end of this year.

The UK plans to ban car sales that run entirely on combustion engines from 2030.

JLR has also made a commitment to have zero carbon emissions across its supply chain, products, and operations by 2039.

The automaker has also tapped AVL, Delta Motorsport, Marelli Automotive Systems, and the UK Battery Industrialization Center to help develop the prototype.

The testing program is designed to help engineers understand how a hydrogen powertrain can be developed that would meet the performance and capability (like towing and off-roading) standards that Land Rover customers expect.

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Emirates posts biggest loss in three decades

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Emirates has recorded its biggest yearly loss in three decades.

In a tweet the Emirates group announced it lost $6 billion USD for the 2020/2021 past year.

The airline blamed the worldwide travel restrictions as the main driver of the slump.

The group’s revenue was $9.7billion USD, a decline of 66 percent over last years results.

Emirates revealed their current cash balance is now at $5.4 billion USD which is down 23 percent from last year mainly due to the weak demand in air travel caused by multiple pandemic-related lockdowns.

Emirates also confirmed in a statement that they did receive a capital injection of $3.1 billion USD from the Dubai Government who is the ultimate shareholder of the Middle Eastern Carrier.

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Way of the future: The Flying Taxi

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Instead of booking an Uber to an airport how about a flying taxi to get to your flight on time?

Virgin Atlantic is the latest company to explore whether it could launch a flying taxi service.

The airline suggests electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles could fly between towns and major airports.

Several companies have promoted the idea of “flying taxis” that could pick passengers up from rooftops in city centres and take them to a variety of locations but Virgin Atlantic’s suggestion is slightly sleeker.

The proposed craft will carry four passengers and a pilot up to 100 miles as well as being emission-free and quieter than a traditional helicopter.

What is the idea?

Several companies have promoted the idea of autonomous “flying taxis” that could pick passengers up from rooftops in the city and then take them to the main transport hub such as an airport.

Virgin Atlantic’s suggestion is slightly tamer.

It has proposed that an eVTOL aircraft could pick people up from a city such as Cambridge and fly them to a major airport such as Heathrow Airport in London.

Vertical Aerospace says its VA-X4 craft will be able to carry four passengers and a pilot up to 100 miles, as well as being emissions-free and quieter than a helicopter.

The company claims it will be “near silent” when cruising.

It has already partnered with American Airlines to bring out these new taxi’s as well as Avolon, an aircraft-leasing company.

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