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For new hires, remote work brings challenges, opportunities

LONDON (AP) – Rebekah Ingram's remote internship has come with a series of unexpected challenges: She lacks a proper office set-up, her mother often...

The long haul?

Do you believe the pandemic will extend beyond 2021? Yes: 86% No: 14% Unsure: 0% Does your company expect to run with modified operations, such as remote working,...
SUMMER SOCIAL: Wendy Kagan, left, executive vice president for employee and community engagement at BankNewport, was eager to return to a traditional work environment once pandemic-related restrictions eased. Employees Lesley Vogt-Behan and Paul Marchetti, right, enjoy pizza and salad during one of the company’s Pizza Wednesdays, which it implemented to entice workers to return to the office. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Home or office? Worker morale is in the balance

Free pizza for lunch may not outweigh the conveniences of working at home. But it can, perhaps, sweeten the deal for those reluctant to...

Post-pandemic operations

Are there any aspects of your business operations implemented during the pandemic that will remain in place permanently? Yes: 83% No: 17% Unsure: 0% What pandemic-related elements will...

Is it fair to fire employees who refuse to return to...

Is a potential workplace conflict brewing between some employers and workers unwilling to let go of remote work schedules? A recent national survey by

Survey: 4 in 10 employers would fire workers for not returning...

PROVIDENCE – Four in 10 United States employers said they had or will fire workers that will not return to the workplace full time,...
BIG DECISIONS: Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island CEO and President Peter Marino, left, hopes to eventually bring all 600 employees back to the insurer’s Smithfield headquarters. All but 20 are now working remotely. Speaking with Marino is Rob Magnan, facilities and mail room ­coordinator. At right is security officer Jennifer Castellanos. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Shift to remote work may alter landscape for commercial property

Has the office changed forever due to COVID-19? For many employers that have successfully transitioned to remote work over the past year, the likely...

Back to the workplace?

Is your company planning to have most or all of its employees return to the workplace this year? Yes: 60% No: 20% Unsure: 20% How much of your...

2021 prospects

Are you optimistic your business will fare better in 2021? Yes: 62.5% Unsure: 25% No: 12.5% Do you plan to have your physical operations return to normal in...
RHODE ISLAND COMMERCE CORP. on Wednesday announced $16 million in grants awarded to small businesses and nonprofits through a host of state COVID-19 relief programs.

R.I. Commerce awards $16M in grants to small businesses, nonprofits

PROVIDENCE - The state on Wednesday awarded $16.1 million in funding to small businesses and nonprofits across three COVID-19-related grant programs. The funding announced by...

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