Google is the world's number one search engine. Over the past 20 years, the engine has only gotten bigger and better. Want to find something? Google it. But the website offers many more features to users than a simple web search. Yes, there's Gmail, Google Docs and the like. However, there are plenty of Google search features that you can use without having to sign up for an account. Here's just a few of the most useful:

1. Site search

Want to search a website but can't find the search bar? Or the website's native search function is just terrible? Google can help. Just use the syntax "site:examplesite.com" and then type what you want to search for. The results will only include pages inside the website you've picked. Super handy, right?

2. Search for specific file types

This search option is helpful to find published PDFs or Word Documents online. It's probably the most useful for students of any kind. You'll want to type "filetype:pdf" or "filetype:doc" and then whatever you're looking for.

3. Use quotes for full phrases

If you're looking for an exact phrase, put it in quotes. This will tell Google to search for those specific words in that order rather than running a general search. This can be useful if you're looking for something very specific without having to sort through irrelevant results. Like song lyrics.

4. Narrow your results with a minus

Sometimes popular companies and pages add clutter to the results you're looking for. You can fix this by using the dash or minus. Let's say you want to search for "apple" but want to avoid all references to the computer company. Type "-iPhone" after your query to eliminate all pages with that result.

5. Look up local times around the world

Wondering what time it is in Beijing, London or Sierra Leone? Just Google it. All you have to type is "time in New York" to find the local time in your desired city, state, or country.

6. Calculate tips

There are plenty of tip calculator apps, but with Google you can do it without ever leaving your browser. Just search "calculate tip" and a helpful widget will pop up allowing you to enter in relevant information. Who says you need to know math?

7. Translate phrases much faster

You don't need to go to the official Google Translate page to translate a word or phrase. Just search for it directly and save yourself a few extra seconds.

8. Set a timer

Another great widget function is setting a timer. All you have to do is type "set timer for x minutes" and it will start an automatic countdown. This is a great solution if you're in a pinch. You can also use a stopwatch with Google if you ever need one.

9. Look up weather forecasts

You don't need to ask Siri for this one. Type in Google weather and a zip code or a city and you'll instantly get a seven-day forecast. Handy when you're planning travel or just want to check up on friends and family.

10. Check flight status

All you have to do is type in a flight number and you'll see the departure and arrival times as well as the originating and landing airports. This is handy to quickly check up on a flight your friend or family member is taking. Make sure to type the airline as well as the flight number.

11. Find local movie showings

Just like with weather, all you have to type is movies and your zip code to get a list of movies playing nearby. Handy when you want to see what's out.

12. Search for public data

You can quickly look up the unemployment rate or population of different countries or states without ever leaving Google. Just in case you were curious.

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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

What would get you into the office? Free lunch? A gym membership? Permission to hang out with your dog? Some employers are trying just that.

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Did you hear about the Great Resignation? It isn’t over. Just over two years of pandemic living, many offices are finally returning to full-time or hybrid experiences. This is causing employees to totally reconsider their positions.

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