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Remote workers now say email fatigue and notifications are worse than commuting

Yes, we are all bored with working from home — but do we really want to get back to commuting? A new survey suggests that we do.

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Over one-third of employees say email and message overload may lead them to quit their jobs, according to a new report.

Companies are planning whether to reopen their offices for a mass return to in-office working, encourage their employees to stay remote or introduce a hybrid work model once the pandemic ends.

Now new research reveals that the rising number of emails, messages and video meetings associated with remote work is leading to a growing level of employee burnout and job dissatisfaction.

San Francisco, CA- based email software provider Superhuman, has released the results of a new survey that examines how the pandemic and shift to remote work are impacting employee satisfaction with their jobs.

The survey was conducted by Wakefield Research in March 2021 who polled 1,000 US-based office professionals online who are currently working from home.

Over a year of working from home is leading to a concerning change to our relationship with our jobs.

Over one in four office workers (27%) say that they are enjoying work less since the start of the pandemic. And women are 75% more likely than men to say they enjoy work less now than they did pre-pandemic.

Seven in ten women think the pandemic will slow their career progression and feel that they need to respond quickly and prove commitment — a worry sure to impact on women’s job satisfaction and enjoyment.

The survey revealed that almost nine out of ten office workers (89%) say that daily work tasks such as sorting through an inbox of unopened emails or navigating incoming Slack or Teams messages is one of the most unpleasant parts of working remotely.

Over one-third of office workers say this ’email fatigue’ is likely to push them to quit their jobs.

One in three (33%) of employees say an excess of video calls is the most unpleasant part of remote work. Over two in five (44%) of remote workers dream of the day without video calls and one in four (25%) crave a notification-free day.

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Before the pandemic, there was concern that this type of remote work would lead to distractions from family and roommates, but almost one in five (18%) of office workers say family or roommates are diverting their attention.

Almost one in three office workers (30%) say emails and workplace communications are their top distractors.

Almost two in five (38%) of office workers say email or chat is the remote work nuisance most likely to lead them to quit their jobs.

This sentiment seems to be more pronounced among younger workers. For office workers 40 or under, over half (51%) list the volume of emails and Slack or Teams messages they receive as a top reason for why they would consider leaving their jobs.

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Over half (54%) of respondents said that they would rather commute to work again than keep sorting through email, Slack, Teams, and other notifications.

“The data is clear: the massive shift to remote work and digital communications is making employees fatigued and burned out,” said Rahul Vohra, founder and CEO of Superhuman. “Companies must urgently adopt tools and policies that will make employees happy and productive, regardless of where they work.”

Workers could feel more productive if their employer allowed some perks. Over one in three 36% want to have a daily break time for things like taking a nap, doing exercise, or having a dedicated self care day each month. A further 34% voted for a dedicated meeting free day each week.

Perhaps, in addition to giving employees the tools to do their work at home, and helping with the costs of home office setup, some of these ‘extras’ could also be included for employees.

It sure would be a far better way than going back to the hellish commute into the office.

The survey was conducted by Wakefield Research in March 2021 who polled 1,000 US-based office professionals online who are currently working from home.

Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/remote-workers-now-say-email-fatigue-and-notifications-are-worse-than-commuting/

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A useful Android privacy feature that most people have never heard of

Android has a useful hidden feature that the iPhone doesn’t.

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Ever handed your iPhone to someone and then remembered that one thing that you don’t want them to see?

Maybe a photo, or a test, a personal message, something private from work, or your stash of cat memes you’re collecting.

Whatever it is, we carry a lot of sensitive stuff on out smartphones, and it’s only natural to what to keep that stuff private.

But the developers who work on Android have thought about this, and added a feature that allows you to be able to hand your phone to someone else, while keeping your information private.

Must read: The best Android apps for power users in 2021: Track data usage, test connections, and more

That feature is called Guest mode.

This popped into my head the other day following a conversation with an Android user who said they wished there was a way to lock their private data but still allow others to make calls and use the internet.

That’s what this mode does.

Guest mode creates a temporary account on your smartphone that is free from any of your personal information. No photos. No contacts. No messages. No files.

It also disables the phone feature, but you can choose to activate that if you want.

So, how do you access this feature? Well, it normally lives at Settings > System > Advanced > Multiple Users, but not always. If you can’t find it, a search for users should bring it up.

Guest Mode on Android

Guest Mode on Android

When you find it, you’ll see it at the bottom of the list of Google accounts tied to the handset. To switch, tap on it, and the handset will switch over.

The process is fast and only takes a few seconds.

To switch back, navigate back to Multiple Users and tap Remove Guest.

If you want to give the Guest Mode access to the phone, before going into Guest, click on the cog next to it and enable Turn on phone calls.

Guest Mode can also optionally make calls

Guest Mode can also optionally make calls

Also, for quick access, you can make this feature available from the lock screen. Handy if you use it regularly.

It’s a cool feature that helps keep your private stuff private.

That feature is called Guest mode.

Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/a-useful-android-privacy-feature-that-most-people-have-never-heard-of/

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Cisco to acquire Sedonasys Systems for innovative NetFusion platform

Cisco said the Sedona NetFusion platform is the first to deliver complete network abstraction and control.

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Cisco announced on Tuesday that it was acquiring Hierarchical Controller market leader Sedonasys Systems in an effort to beef up its multi-vendor, multi-domain automation, and software-defined networking offerings.

Kevin Wollenweber, vice president of product management in the Service Provider Network Systems for Cisco, explained in a blog post that in order to expand the internet and operate networks at massive scale for the billions of new users coming down the pipeline, the internet had to be reinvented in certain ways.

Cisco is acquiring Sedonasys Systems primarily for its NetFusion platform, which has a Hierarchical Controller (HCO) that it said, “enables multi-vendor, multi-domain automation, and software-defined networking.”

Wollenweber said the Sedona NetFusion platform was the first company to offer “complete network abstraction and control” that helped CSPs manage their networks across a variety of domains, vendors, layers, and technologies, all as one single network.

The addition of Sedona NetFusion to Cisco Crosswork portfolio will allow the company to offer a more advanced network automation platform for Cisco’s Routed Optical Networking Solution.

“HCO is the brain that enables transformation like 5G network slicing, routed optical networking, and disaggregation. We have one simple goal in our network automation strategy — simplification,” Wollenweber said.

“Now, CSPs can gain real-time, dynamic, and seamless control of IP and optical multi-vendor networks together. They can quickly move from clunky, manual operations across siloed teams and technologies to a completely automated and assured network that’s easily managed through a single pane of glass.”

With Cisco Crosswork and Sedona NetFusion, users will have access to a real-time replica of the entire network to predictively manage any changes to the deployment, connectivity, and activation status of all network inventory.

Operators can preview optimization, assurance, and changes, and then commit them as needed, Wollenweber added.

Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/ciscos-to-acquire-sedonasys-systems-for-innovative-netfusion-platform/

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Colonial Pipeline cyberattack shuts down pipeline that supplies 45% of East Coast’s fuel

The attack highlights how ransomware and other cyberattacks are increasingly a threat to real-world infrastructure.

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Colonial Pipeline, which accounts for 45% of the East Coast’s fuel, said it has shut down its operations due to a cyberattack.

The attack highlights how ransomware and other cyberattacks are increasingly a threat to real-world infrastructure. The company delivers refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil and fuel for the U.S. Military.

In a statement, Colonial Pipeline said:

On May 7, the Colonial Pipeline Company learned it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack. In response, we proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems. Upon learning of the issue, a leading, third-party cybersecurity firm was engaged, and they have already launched an investigation into the nature and scope of this incident, which is ongoing. We have contacted law enforcement and other federal agencies.

Colonial Pipeline is taking steps to understand and resolve this issue. At this time, our primary focus is the safe and efficient restoration of our service and our efforts to return to normal operation. This process is already underway, and we are working diligently to address this matter and to minimize disruption to our customers and those who rely on Colonial Pipeline.

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Here’s a look at the Colonial Pipeline system affected by the cyberattack.

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Colonial Pipeline’s shutdown should it continue may lead to supply shortages since it covers so much territory in the US.

Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/colonial-pipeline-cyberattack-shuts-down-pipeline-that-supplies-45-of-east-coasts-fuel/

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