Lesson Plan: The remote working revolution

Lesson Plan: The remote working revolution

Lead-in: How has your work setup been for the past year and a half? What have the pros and cons of that arrangement been? Do you think it will continue into the future?

  1. What things do companies have to be careful about when offering remote work? (Watch 0-5.10)

Are the following true or false?

  • Most workers want to keep working from home after the pandemic ends.
  • Donna was used to working alone
  • Donna and her husband moved from Chicago to Barbados.
  • Employees may lose some benefits if they change location.
  • A company might have to pay more taxes if their employee works in a different location.
  • Employers don’t need to worry about the environment of a home office

Language

What are the mistakes in these sentences.

  • Donna works as software engineer for Microsoft.
  • We’d been in lockdown by March.
  • We’re see quite a lot of requests coming through.
  • Their employer might liable for Indian taxes.
  • In the early days of the pandemic, we see an ad hoc approach.

Discussion: Do you think you will see some of these changes in your country?

Part two. How do you think remote working might be different for a senior executive and an entry-level graduate? Why do you think Finland might be good for remote work (watch 5.10-8.28)

Match the following statements with the different people: Sara, Luke, Kirsimarja, Finland

  • Culture of trust
  • Researches remote work
  • Needs to build networks
  • Tired of flatmates
  • Has twenty years’ experience
  • World leader in working from home
  • Enjoys more time with family
  • Works in yoga studio

Language

  • Luke is a graduate who_______________(be) in the job for less than a year
  • Sara _____________________ (reach) the top of her industry.
  • Before the pandemic almost 1/3 of Finns ____________________ (work) from home.
  • Kirsimarja ______________________ (research) remote working.

Part 3: What are some of the issues that need to be addressed for working from home? (watch 8.28-11.47)

  • What problems could there be with working from home legislation?
  • Why do some people like commuting?
  • What is the balance when it comes to privacy?
  • What do Finns think are the advantages of working remotely?

Part 4: Why might some people think that people working from home be taxed more?

What are the arguments for taxing people for working from home? Or paying people less?

Reading

What do you think these headings refer to?

  • Those who mostly worked from home were less likely to get bonuses
  • Remote workers were less than half as likely to call in sick
  • And they did more hours of unpaid overtime
  • They were also more likely to work in the evenings

Read this article and find out: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/wfh-4-key-takeaways-from-a-major-ons-report-2021-4?r=US&IR=T

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