life on the coronavirus testing frontline revealed

When Anthony Freeman* spotted a job advert for a role as a traffic marshall, little did he know that within days he would be working on the coronavirus frontline.

Anthony was looking for part-time work after returning from travelling the world and saw a post on Facebook linking to a recruiter’s website. It made no mention of coronavirus, with a single reference to PPE – personal protective equipment – the only clue that Anthony would soon be joining the fight against Covid-19.

He would be working on one of the 50 “drive through” test sites located across the country, with

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Working from home will mean permanent changes to office life

As far as employers are concerned, the biggest risk is that their staff split into a two-tier workforce – the office class and the work-from-home class. Perceived discrimination against either group when it comes to career opportunities or pay differences mean a potential wave of lawsuits.

The divide could be particularly stark because it is likely to be a generational one: graduates and city-dwelling 20-somethings are more likely to gravitate to the office; older suburbanites with family commitments and established social circles will embrace working from home.

Companies will therefore attempt to give staff the same experience whether they are

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Ending office life altogether will be a big mistake

Very few companies could afford to replicate this of course – but Bezos has got the right idea. If he succeeds in vaccinating Amazon and its supply chain from the virus, he will take a big leap towards his dual goal: creating a better environment where people want to work – while at the same time smashing the competition.

Other companies are taking similar, albeit more modest steps – including PWC, the audit firm, which is building its own employee contact tracing app. Others are pursuing the same strategy.

Communal workplaces are likely to change in other ways too.


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Malaysia factories spring back to life for Japanese electronics

OSAKA/TOKYO — Sharp, Sony and Panasonic have restarted production lines in Malaysia after the country eased restrictions that placed an important exporting hub on lockdown.

Because the plant stoppages delayed global exports of consumer electronics, the three Japanese companies are hurrying to restore normal production amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Sharp’s television factory in the southern state of Johor returned to full capacity on Monday, the same day the Malaysian government allowed the resumption of most economic activity.

Such moves restore a key link in the Japanese electronics industry’s supply chain. Malaysia supplies both components for other factories and finished products

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