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Spectrum Science: Evolving marketing communications
following COVID-19

Spectrum Science: Evolving marketing communications following COVID-19

Science has been essential to our understanding of the world and ourselves for centuries And after nearly two years consumed by understanding and combating COVID-19 it has never been more top of mind for the mainstream public In 2020 the top Google search globally was coronavirus and the most used hashtag on Twitter was COVID19 Today the public is focused on learning about infectious disease vaccines and regulatory approval processesAs this increased awareness of and interest in science extends beyond the parameters of the pandemic it will require an evolution of how healthcare companies communicate to their audiences With people ready to take control of their health and treatment options in new ways companies must be poised to meet the expectations of todays consumers when communicating with patients caregivers and healthcare professionals HCPs as well as with niche audiences like regulatory bodies academia and mediaFour experts across biopharma biotech health tech and consumer science from Spectrum Science an integrated marketing communications and media agency hyper-focused on science explore the trends impacting health and science communications and how healthcare companies should evolve their efforts in responseLong-term trends affecting healthcare communicationsThe lines between patient and HCP audiences have blurred as people are taking more research into their own hands searching for deep information about products and striving to understand the science around diseases and treatment mechanisms of actionWith patients reading and accessing more health-related information than ever before the messages we distribute externally aimed at HCPs need to appeal to patients too said Megan Humphreys senior vice president in biotech We need to translate complicated science into digestible and compelling storytelling for the average personOne process people need further explanation on is the US Food and Drug Administration FDA regulatory approval process including the steps of clinical trials Although the industry knows there are multiple pathways to approval the shorter timelines for the COVID-19 vaccine caused many of those paying attention to the process for the first time to question the validity of the accelerated authorizationWe are working to help the public understand that the purpose of the approval process is to help get safe and effective treatments into the hands of people that need them said Allie Golden Senior Vice President in BiopharmaThe public is also more tuned in to the development of new technologies and products that can help empower them to take control of their health We are leveraging this by encouraging the public to take advantage of the latest tools and products that can help them monitor their own health so they can make informed decisions about their treatment said Leslie Wheeler executive vice president in health techShifting approach to meet consumer demandsWe live in a prove it society with strong consumer desire for evidence behind a products claims For example we know that more than half of young people are seeking science-backed information more frequently than they did before the pandemic Combined with a growing number of product options for patients and caregivers this makes scientific messaging increasingly importantConsumers are now more educated and empowered to challenge the claims they see on product packaging said Darcy Keane Senior Vice President in Consumer Science This is the perfect opportunity for a brands science to shine and serve as proof points for how their products workIncreased interest in science combined with shifting legislation across the country also impacts storytelling for advertising with consumer products Brands are now expected to offer a greater level of safety data and to be more transparent regarding ingredient disclosure For some brands this will mean providing context for why certain ingredients are included and why they are necessary to ensure a product is effectiveCOVID-19 showed us that brands can and should utilize science for the greater good of society that means tackling social and environmental challenges head-on Keane said For example weve seen that companies will need to invest in sustainable packaging and communicate about responsible sourcing or be prepared to fall behind the competitionCutting through the information overloadThe pandemic has reinforced peoples trust in the opinions of medical experts with 89 of Americans reporting having trust in medical scientists Companies can harness this trust in many categories by working with credible medical professionals and receiving their endorsement on productsIts critical that we continue to counsel our clients around the value of partnering with key opinion leaders and professional organizations Golden saidThere are various ways to collaborate with external scientific experts and agencies need to target these professionals at the right time in the product life cycleWere helping more clients engage HCPs in product and clinical study development to help ensure that the products theyre creating and claims that theyre making are backed by science Keane saidWith the publics evolving relationship with science affecting stakeholders across the entire healthcare spectrum there are major implications for how healthcare companies must approach communications with every audience Spectrum brings its nuanced expertise in biopharma biotech health tech and consumer science to its mission to connect all humankind to its best healthlife Learn more at SpectrumSciencecomhttpswwwspectrumsciencecomutmsourcemmmutmmediumwebsiteutmcampaignnativeheightenedscience

Mon, 29 Nov 2021

Keeping patients in the treatment continuum

Keeping patients in the treatment continuum

Sometimes the effectiveness of a medical treatment can lead to a secondary problem like when a congenital heart disease CHD patient starts feeling better and stops seeking care despite the need for regular monitoringThe Adult Congenital Heart Associationhttpswwwachaheartorg ACHA has chosen to address this dynamic head-on in Born a Fighter Live Like a Championhttpswwwachaheartorgget-involvedlive-like-a-champion The campaign zeroes in on one specific audience Black men aged 18 to 24 living in Los AngelesIf somebody is doing well they take the mindset that I was born with this defect I had X Y and Z treatments and surgeries now I am feeling good and moving on explained ACHA president and CEO Mark Roederhttpswwwachaheartorgabout-usnews2017introducing-mark-roeder-new-president-and-ceo Our goal is to make sure they get checked by a specialized individual on a regular basis to assure that everything is still moving along well and that the initial valve replacement or initial surgery does not need to be readdressedThe tendency of patients to slip away from ongoing specialized care is common among congenital heart defect patients but it is even more pronounced among underrepresented populationsWith many other childhood diseases and illnesses its mom and dad who deal with insurance scheduling appointments and assuring you are interacting with your pediatric physician Roeder said As people move on to college and on with their lives they eventually also move off their parents insurance and settle into their careers It is when you have many life changes that you typically lose many individuals to careRoeder said Born a Fighter which launched in Los Angeles at the end of October was shaped by the organizations work with Corporate Giving ConnectionhttpscgcgivingcomWhen we decided to focus on DEI initiatives one of the important elements was recognizing that we dont have the necessary internal expertise he explained We knew we needed to work with external experts specifically in Los AngelesThe PSAs resulting from this collaboration are the centerpieces of the campaign They touch on key moments in a patients life Diagnosis at birth pediatric care and the need for ongoing careOne of the things that the CHD community talks about a lot is that from day one they had to fight because they were born with whatever their particular defect was Roeder explained We want people to know that throughout their lives as they keep fighting there are many tools out there to help themIn ACHAs case this includes the websiteshttpswwwachaheartorg directory of specialized clinics educational materials and information about social opportunities and fundraising eventsOne of the original reasons our organization was founded back in 1998 was this feeling of I am all alone and I dont know anyone else out there like me Roeder continued Now with social media and advances in the field itself which wasnt a specialty until 2012 its easier to connectAfter the completion of the pilot campaign in Los Angeles ACHA intends to focus on other communities In Los Angeles the pilot campaigns various efforts social billboard radio and other outreach had already reached 13 million people by mid-November Roeder reportedSome things are working and some things need to be refined and finessed before we move on to new populations and new markets but we have been really pleased he added

Mon, 29 Nov 2021

The power of purpose

The power of purpose

Bioluminas anti-cancer focus connects people with a shared commitment drives engagement deepens a sense of meaning and increases feelings of reward in the work During Novembers sponsored podcast Kirsten Kantak president and CEO of Biolumina spoke about the power of a singular focus and a commitment to purpose with Larry Dobrow editor-in-chief of MMMNarrowing the focusBiolumina which opened its doors in 2008 as a specialty shop focused mostly on oncology but included other fields as well relaunched under the new executive leadership of Kantak with a growth trajectory in 2015 by rebranding around oncology solelyI think most people in the industry thought we were crazy Kantak laughed adding Most people assumed we were limiting our growth by focusing on just one disease state The feedback Ive heard internally is that our employees and clients appreciate the focus Theyre excited about it The people that choose to work at an all-oncology agency are either really into the science or have a strong personal reason for wanting to work thereFor Kantak whose father passed away from cancer when she was a child a personal connection to the space was evident from the get-go Intellectually the explosion of science taking place in oncology taps into her passion for the intellectual side as wellFor many of us the work we do as an agency is our way to give back noted Kantak Its about making sure that clinicians and people with cancer and their loved ones have the necessary information to make the best decisionsPassion for purposeAccording to McKinsey about 70 of people say they define their purpose through their work and that people who feel purposeful in their work report higher job satisfactionThis is one of the reasons we really focus on the purpose of what we do said Kantak I believe what we do has the potential to make changes in our tiny corner of the universe and within the disease states that we work on Anecdotally when I sit in on meetings and client presentations I see this really connected passionate brilliant group of people doing work that is quite remarkable changing how decisions are being made by clinicians patients and loved ones and its making a big differenceOncology is a tough field and interfacing effectively with clients with understandably high expectations demands being at the forefront of the industrys innovations including content creation marketing strategy patient-focused communications and executionOur goal is to create a partnership with our clients and for them to think of us as partners rather than vendors said Kantak They look to us and value our focus in oncology and our expertise and yes they hold us to high expectations but I wouldnt have it any other way We want to make sure that were doing the best work for these important brandsThe anti-cancer agencyDescribing themselves as the anti-cancer agency a sort of rallying cry for Biolumina is an organization that envisions substantial sustainable growth aheadWere excited about continuing to partner with our clients to bring important new treatment options to the oncology community said Kantak We are also continuing to focus on the culture of the agency ensuring everyone feels fulfilled and satisfied with the work they do and that theyre in a supportive inclusive environment that encourages them to grow and accomplish what they want to accomplishAs the organization continues to deliver on making sure that every element of its work is as innovative and meaningful as the products they work on Kantak noted that over the last year and a half weve really expanded our offerings from an omnichannel perspective building out the whole customer experience and our digital capabilities as an agency A year from now we will be continuing to grow do great work and staying true to who we are as an organization and as a group of people

Mon, 29 Nov 2021

Operations View all
Level Up Your Employee Onboarding Workflows With These
Modern Process Management Strategies

Level Up Your Employee Onboarding Workflows With These Modern Process Management Strategies

onboarding workflowInstead of an alphabetic writing system the Incan Empire used a series of knotted and colored strings called quipuQuipu are still used in South America today primarily by herders recording livestock numbers but experts still only have theories about how the actual Incans used their quipu way back Some believe quipu were simple memory aids while others point to purely numerical record-keeping The latest trend is the theory that quipu were on their way to becoming viable alternatives to written languageonboarding-workflow-quipuSourcehttpswwwmuseolarcoorgenexhibitionpermanent-exhibitiononline-exhibitiontextiles-from-ancient-peruinca-quipusLooking at that image I know what youre thinking How could a series of knots ever represent a narrative about anythingTo be fair though the ancient world had a lot of weird record-keeping methods Youve probably encountered the Celts Ogham alphabet Viking runes and the Egyptians hieroglyphs because scholars have been able to figure out what those symbols mean but there are still many like the quipu we dont quite understandFor the most part we think these cultures followed a predominantly oral tradition which is why we dont have any documents explaining their languages Even the Romans who loved to write things down left us a language Latin we dont actually know how to pronounce All because no one thought about documenting their systems in a universally understandable way that would stand the test of timeNow hopefully your internal onboarding processes arent at risk due to your CEOs sibling overthrowing their rule or violent colonization by an invading force but if your organizations employee onboarding isnt a documented process anyone could use its about as useful to your company as an Incan quipu is to a 21st-century New YorkerHR has gone through so many changes in the past few years that its not even called HR anymore The same old systems that have worked just fine up to now just arent going to cut it anymore People managers need dynamic interactive processes that are flexible enough to meet the ever-changing needs of both their future new hires and their current workforceIn this Process Streethttpswwwprocessst post Im going to show you how to easily level up your employee onboarding so it doesnt become yet another antiquated system no one remembers how to use- Old-school employee onboarding mistakeshttpsprocessstonboarding-workflowonboarding-mistakes- Welcome to the HR People Management revolutionhttpsprocessstonboarding-workflowthe-new-hr- Next-generation employee onboarding automationhttpsprocessstonboarding-workflowonboarding-automationLets get startedOld-school employee onboarding mistakes88 of employeeshttpswwwsaplinghrcom10-employee-onboarding-statistics-you-must-know-in-2021 say that their organization sucks at onboarding One-third of that 88 points to inconsistent processes as the number one downfall Some companies are so bad at onboarding that 20 of their new hires wouldnt recommend their company as an employer just because of their onboarding experienceYou dont want to be one of those do youI get where youre coming from though You have a system set up thats worked so far You ended up here looking for some quick tips to get more organized not upend the whole thingonboarding workflow Process Street leading employee onboarding softwareMaybe your company is scaling up and youre looking at onboarding a few dozen employees all at once Maybe youve inherited a legacy system and have no idea what logic it runs on Maybe youre desperately looking for an alternative to convince your boss that the current methods are just awful and irredeemableYou have your reasons But completely revolutionizing the way things are done That sounds complicated risky and a little scaryThe truth is it doesnt have to be any of those things Optimizing your employee onboarding process is an investment in the future Your new hires experience will improve your experience will improve and your company will enjoy the benefits of a properly onboarded and thoroughly prepared workforceBut my employee onboarding spreadsheets really do workDo they reallyThink about it What is it those spreadsheets actually do for youNow I love a good spreadsheet as much as the next person but even I have to face facts Spreadsheets are static repositories of information that totally rely on the phalanges-power of a real live human to stay up-to-dateAll your spreadsheets documents and emails- Are scattered all over different inboxes computers and more and more often completed asynchronously across different time zones and countries- And as a result very easy to lose track of How many times have you had an email accidentally end up in spam- Dont provide a clear chain of ownership over individual tasks or even the onboarding process as a whole- Offer zero automation How much time do you spend chasing up this form or that form Dont you deserve a little automation in your lifeOf course you doDont work harder Work smarter Vinay Patankar CEO Process StreetWell what about using an HRM platform to manage employee onboardingHRM platforms are great For HRM And sure they all have some sort of basic plug and play onboarding function includedYou know the problem with that Its a basic plug and play onboarding function and your new hires are anything but basic or plug and playEvery company is unique which means that every companys onboarding process is unique Not only that but every department and team within your company is going to have different needs processes and requirements for their onboarding workflowsYour average pre-packaged HRM platform cant give you that But you dont have to be a full-stack engineer to create the solution your company needsAllow me to introduce you to the no-code platform that will help you build the software-driven workflows that fit your team whatever it needs to do like a gloveWelcome to the HR People Management revolutionProcess management is ubiquitous You do it all the time probably without even thinking about it That said there is good process management and not-so-good process managementUsing an effective process management platform makes all the difference Here at Process Street we build our processes around workflowshttpswwwprocesssthelpdocswhat-is-a-workflowIll walk through a specific example in the next section but the TLDR of it all is that a workflow is a standardized process that any person in a role should be able to complete intuitivelyhttpsprocessstpsychological-safety-hybrid-workplaceimprove-safety with little or no difficultyTheres an example I shamelessly thief from one of our designershttpswwwprocessstux-research-methods If you think of a car theres a pretty standard layout of where the steering wheel and so on will be Different models will have extra non-essential features in slightly different arrangements but the basic principles of a cars layout are universal If you learned to drive on a Toyota you can pretty much hop into a BMW and be on the road in a few minutesGood design is obvious Great design is invisible Joe Sparanohttpsjoesparanocom Graphic designerYour teams processes need to be that universal too You want a methodology so standardized that both the newest person on your team and the most experienced can accurately perform every step of the processNot only is this important for your employee onboarding process but every process an HR department or People Team uses has to have absolute accuracy You know exactly how complicated even the tiniest typo in an employees paperwork can beA modern process management platform like Process Street eliminates that risk of human error through automationIf were being honest with ourselves we all know that machines are just better at some things than humans are For one machines dont seem to get bored or distracted when completing the same task over and over and over again In fact doing the exact same thing in the exact same way is kind of what theyre famous for So why not turn over those repetitious tasks to an expert in repetitionLets look at exactly how successful process management will make your routine tasks ten times easierNext-generation employee onboarding automationAs you can see in the video Process Street handles your workflows but through Slackhttpsslackcom Zapierhttpszapiercom and our own first-party integrationshttpswwwprocesssthow-to-use-automations you can create dynamic workflows that automate personalized messageshttpswwwprocesssthelpdocsgetting-started-building-your-own-automations keep track of authorizations and send reminders for follow-upsIll sound biased saying this but as someone who completed their employee onboarding using Process Street workflows I can assure you it was the most transparent stress-free onboarding Ive ever had And like most Millennials Im in the double digits for onboarding experiencesSo yes documenting your workflow with Process Street will make your job easier but it also makes your new hires job easier as well Theyll be able to see exactly whats expected of them every step of the way with additional resources and media gathered in one central locationWhat was once the most overwhelming part of starting at a new company can be turned into a seamless experience for everyoneOnboarding automation in actionClick here to get the Onboarding Remote Employees Checklisthttpswwwprocessstchecklistonboarding-remote-employeesYou can create workflowshttpswwwprocesssthelpdocsworkflows completely from scratch if you want but Process Street also has a huge library of pre-made workflowshttpswwwprocessstchecklist that you can use as they are or customize to suit your needshttpswwwprocesssthelpdocsediting-workflowsA wide range of features like conditional logic user permissionshttpswwwprocesssthelpdocsuser-permissions and task assignmentshttpswwwprocesssthelpdocstask-assignments give Process Street workflows their unique functionalityEvery role within a company has little particularities that are unique to that position and that position alone With your old-fashioned spreadsheet youd have to design completely separate documents for each individual roleNot only is that impractical but its a massive waste of time Process Streets conditional logic enables you to use the same onboarding workflow for every employee no matter which role theyre fillingConditional logichttpswwwprocessstconditional-logic creates branching pathways that can cover a variety of situations Once the workflow is assigned to a specific department or job title the relevant tasks will be triggered to appear as part of the workflow Any task that isnt needed stays hiddenOne onboarding process Every single employee And all you have to do is run a linkhttpswwwprocesssthelpdocsrunning-workflowsDont forget your employee handbookThe onboarding process is only half of the equation You also need a central hub that contains all the company policies and procedures that your new hires can access and view whenever they need itNow the traditional method is to have some huge binder stuck on a shelf somewhere with color-coded tabs and a list of appendices longer than your last meeting that definitely couldve been an email Its bulky difficult to update and no judgment when was the last you even looked at itThe Pages featurehttpswwwprocessstfree-knowledge-management-for-teams-with-pages is your new free-for-everyone knowledge basehttpswwwprocessstannouncing-pages that lives side-by-side with your interactive workflows With both on one platformhttpswwwprocesssthelpdocsdifference-workflows-pages means theres no need to keep process information in multiple locations providing team-wide transparency into what processes existJust check out this video to see how to get your employee handbook started on Process StreetWhats the best onboarding experience youve had Let us know in the commentsThe post Level Up Your Employee Onboarding Workflows With These Modern Process Management Strategieshttpswwwprocessstonboarding-workflow first appeared on Process Street Checklist Workflow and SOP Softwarehttpswwwprocessst

Mon, 29 Nov 2021

How Medical Device Manufacturers Can Overcome Disruption to
Save Lives

How Medical Device Manufacturers Can Overcome Disruption to Save Lives

Imagine a scenario in which there is unprecedented demand for the products you manufacture but disruptions in the supply chain are making it difficult if not impossible to meet that demand and even if you do logistics bottlenecks are preventing them from getting where they need to go Many manufacturers have been running up against this problem since the pandemic beganNow imagine that peoples very lives literally depend on those products being manufactured and delivered to their destinationsIf youre in the medical device manufacturing industry youre likely thinking Welcome to my world Not only has it been as hard hit as any other manufacturer by supply chain disruptions and logistic backups the implications of the resulting shortages of the devices they manufacture may cost people their livesThe FDA is calling the shortages of medical devices at this critical time a public health emergency It published a device shortage listhttpswwwfdagovmedical-devicescoronavirus-covid-19-and-medical-devicesmedical-device-shortages-during-covid-19-public-health-emergency including the categories of personal protective equipment for medical workers testing supplies and equipment and ventilation-related products The list also outlines the specific products the estimated duration of the shortage and the reasons for the shortages along with what the government is doing about itThat list is illuminating and even frustrating for many reasons but its not all bad news Among the most common reasons for shortages including increased demand and supply chain issues which manufacturers have little control over there is also one culprit that manufacturers can control Requirements for complying with good manufacturing practicesAs medical device manufacturers know the FDA has strict compliance requirements that affect every part of the process from designing to manufacturing to testing to shipping even labeling In those processes there can be room for improvement Thats something manufacturers can do process improvements to get their products to market faster while still complying with the FDAThe FDA is calling the shortages of medical devices at this critical time a public health emergency httpswwwusccgcomwp-contentuploads202111unsplash-medical-device-doctors-surgeryjpgThe FDA is calling the shortages of medical devices at this critical time a public health emergencyWhat medical device manufacturers can do nowAt USC Consulting Group weve been helping manufacturers up their operational efficiency for more than 50 years We analyze what youre doing how youre doing it and how we can create greater efficiency using your existing resources A few tactics were implementing with our medical manufacturing clients to help mitigate these shortfalls and get their products to people who need them quicker includeInvestigate Lean Six SigmaLean manufacturing is nothing new The art of maximizing customer value while minimizing waste was pioneered by Henry Ford or Toyota depending on who you ask decades ago Six Sigma is a newer methodology designed to tackle defects in manufacturing While Lean looks at making processes more efficient and reducing process lead times Six Sigma focuses on cutting down on defects that can delay production In fact theyve joined to become one methodology in some circles Lean techniques help you get product off the line faster heightening your throughput Six Sigma strives to target the reason for any defects in the products These two techniques can conflict one sure way to cut down on defects is to slow down the process which runs counter to Leans goals Achieving the perfect balance between the two and getting the job done faster with fewer defects is indeed an art form and worth exploringUse SIOP to make your planning and forecasting bulletproofWe recommend using SIOP Sales Inventory and Operations Planning to elevate your planning process to achieve that perfect balance between your supply and demand Youve heard of SOP a popular business management process that involves sales forecast reports planning for demand and supply and other factors The goal is to help companies get a better more clear look at their operations and create better-informed strategy decisions allowing them to deliver what clients need in the most profitable wayIts a useful process but weve found a lot of our clients do not include inventory as a strategic tool in their SOP process Therefore they leave the I out of SIOP Adding inventory into the mix is just one additional step but we find it can be the key to the whole process When youre focusing on inventory it requires more careful planning and elevates the entire planning process up a notch When your inventory is optimized which is not an easy mark to hit in these days of supply chain disruption things tend to fall into place With SIOP you can make your inventory work harder for youDownload our free eBook Sales Inventory and Operations Planning Its About Timehttpsinfousccgcomsales-inventory-operations-planning-its-about-time to dive deeper into SIOPInvolve your frontline employeesWe call it the Employee Involvement Prototype EIP Its about engaging with your employees at the machine level and getting good data from the floor It includes anyone who has to do with the line and entails taking a look at those operations and processes with input from the men and women who are actually doing the job on an hour-by-hour basisFocus on throughput productivity and yieldTake a good look at whats happening on the line What is the drumbeat Are all your functions in sync Can you improve production by cutting redundant stepsFor more information on these two points download our whitepaper Strategies for Meeting Increasing Customer Demandhttpsinfousccgcomstrategies-for-meeting-increasing-customer-demand It goes into much more detail about how you can create that proverbial well-oiled machineWhen it comes to caring for people and providing the products they need time is of the utmost importance Medical device manufacturers understand they must overcome the worst supply chain disruptions to deliver to the people whose lives depend on themNeed help Give us a callhttpwwwusccgcomcontact-us We can save your operations so you can save livesLooking to optimize your supply chainhttpswwwusccgcomwp-contentuploads202002Supply-Chain-EoB-CTApngBack to top httpswwwusccgcomtop

Mon, 29 Nov 2021

Insights From IMEX & AWE

Insights From IMEX & AWE

The Allseated team had a very busy week recently as we attended IMEX in Las Vegas while some of us also attended AWE in Silicon ValleyRonen Tsamir Allseateds VP of RD gained a ton of insight during his experiences at both conferences and is here to share his thoughts with us todayWe recently wrapped up a crazy amazing week where I went from the IMEX conference in Las Vegas to the AWE conference in Silicon ValleyAt IMEX we showcased the amazing capabilities we have developed at Allseated demonstrating the connection between people who are at a conference in-person and those who attended the conference using their PC mobile or virtual realityIn fact if we utilize the technology we have developed at Allseated to create events and content in virtual venues and combine it with events held in those same venues in the real world then we get very close to the Metaverse visionUnfortunately AWE the annual XR and 3D conference took place at the same time as IMEXSo after a lot of deliberation flight and hotel changes I left the amazing group of people at the Allseated booth and traveled to AWEAWE gave me the opportunity to mingle with people from all over the world who speak my language and no I dont mean Hebrew I mean the language of polygons vertexes shaders matrices and performance People who aspire to make higher-quality 3D break the boundaries of the GPU are curious about the meaning of the Metaversehttpswwwallseatedcomexvowhy-the-future-of-virtual-events-will-be-the-metaverse and discuss what XR is really all aboutI left the conference with two main insightsThe first is that many countries are investing in this We know about the big companies But at these events for the first time I heard about countries investing in the metaverse There were fascinating panels about Canada developing an ecosystem of XR companies in Vancouver and about China pushing Metaverse development as wellMy second insight was a central topic at the conferences hardware is the name of the game It is the biggest step to the next revolution the metaverse revolution About half of the exhibitions at the conferences were hardware startups with everyone trying to offer the most comfortable and accessible devices Its not only Meta formerly Facebook that is becoming more and more of a hardware company Oculus has begun to develop new chips for the Metaverse as wellSeeing the level of hardware we were introduced to at the conference it became clear that we could be about three years away from VR or AR being commercialallseated IMEXhttpswwwallseatedcomwp-contentuploads202111F82F2F15-8639-4565-BE35-A0A061E0C45D-e1637701284906jpegNow for a bit of technologyThere is big progress in AR Unfortunately as an Android evangelist or rather having difficulty with Apples limited environment I must say the significant progress is in the iPhone 13The ability to create a rough mesh that covers the entire space is big progress This means the phone camera has a 3D understanding of the environment allowing for amazing developments that interact with the environment around usIll be fair and say that HoloLens 2 also has such capabilities but for me until they will expand the little rectangle where the AR is shown they dont really have it There was also little consolation in the knowledge that soon Androids ARCore is expected to have the same capabilitiesI have seen impressive improvements in the ability to detect body and face kinematics through a simple iPad camera yet again Apple is ahead of everyone and the ability to dress the kinematics on a virtual avatar This topic especially interests me since at Allseated we put a lot of effort into connecting people in a real conference with those in a virtual conference This capability will allow us to transfer human movements in real conferences to an avatar in the metaverse or any other virtual conferenceBefore I completely exhaust you the last thing that I was excited about as someone who lives and breathes 3D on the WEB is the significant improvements of WebXR that now allow you to develop XR as a web application that does not fall far from native appsAlso I was surprised by the fast adoption of 3D rendering on the cloud and the ability to stream it in the browsers on any device via video tag This technology was inaccessible until recently and just broke out in recent months when Epic made it very easy to use through its Unreal engineIn summary theres a lot of development in 3D and XR but it will take a few more good years until these things become available for commercial use and most of us have daily access to XR devices alreadyIn the meantime Im on itThe post Insights From IMEX AWEhttpswwwallseatedcombloginsights-from-imex-and-awe appeared first on AllSeatedhttpswwwallseatedcom

Mon, 29 Nov 2021

Clinical & Regulatory View all
Develop a Successful Career Path with Planning,
Pragmatism

Develop a Successful Career Path with Planning, Pragmatism

In an industry not known for offering crystal-clear career paths its even more important for clinical research practitioners to fashion their own plan to get from point A to point B if they want to successfully climb the ladder says Erika Stevens MA principal consultant with Recherche Transformation RapideFor Stevens its about mastering the fine line between planning and pragmatism Dont pigeon-hole yourself with too many preconceived notions about where your career should go she advises While its important to have an honest sense of your own professional strengths and weaknesses Stevens advocates being open to a new track or opportunity you might not have considered beforeThe clinical research industry is growing exponentially both in demand for workforce and the roles and responsibilities required to thrive she notesUnsure of your next move Dont be afraid to volunteer for an interesting new project especially if its a little out of your comfort zone Stevens says In her own past shes gotten involved in remediation and corrective and preventive action CAPA projects that helped her see new opportunities in existing and future job situationsStevens also urges professionals to chase after new skills with an eye on the next position theyd like to hold For example take on management or administrative tasks if youd like your career to go in either of those directions she advises From CRA to VP A Professional Path Join Stevens and Dr Quincy Birdsong of Lipscomb University at ACRP 2022 as they share their non-traditional career paths in clinical research Take away insights for your own professional development and career opportunities View Session Details https2022acrpnetorg2022-program2022422from-cra-to-vp-a-professional-pathBe bold by going after something even if you arent 100 prepared Stretch beyond your comfort zone because you dont have to fully competent on day one in many situations Stevens notes Its clearly a different matter if something directly impacts patient safety but in many aspects of clinical trials there is time to ramp up and learn she adds Expand your tool kit and dont be scared away if you arent completely comfortable giving something new a try she saysACRP 2022 logohttps2022acrpnetorgFinally Stevens is a big fan of the leap and the net will appear school of thought Dont be afraid to leap into something new she says Be open to something you hadnt even thought of the day before and be opportunistic as you propel your career forwardAuthor Michael CauseyThe post Develop a Successful Career Path with Planning Pragmatismhttpsacrpnetorg20211129develop-a-successful-career-path-with-planning-pragmatism appeared first on ACRPhttpsacrpnetorg

Mon, 29 Nov 2021

Is healthcare marketing fit for the future?

Is healthcare marketing fit for the future?

What happens in an already fast-changing environment when a mixture of pandemic technological acceleration and social change disrupt accepted normsStagmar surveyed just over 100 of the most influential healthcare marketers across the globe These were Top Tier marketers with 80 being Director level and above and a similar proportion 79 coming from the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Technology segmentsThe insights the marketers shared with us are powerful informative and clearThere was a consensus amongst the Marketers that we are entering a period of unprecedented change Almost universally our respondents shared their belief that the importance of marketing will be significantly higher in the future that it has been in our immediate past And they made it clear that what got us to today will not lead us through tomorrowIt is time for marketing to step up to the plate and put change into practiceGiven the indisputable need for stronger marketing how does the industry fair in terms of its marketing capabilities Around 7 in 10 rated the industrys understanding of products as excellent but alarmingly less than 10 recorded similar levels of confidence when asked about their organisations understanding of marketing and customers In normal times this would be a cause for concern but with the advancing challenges facing the sector our respondents recognised that the moment for change is nowThe leaders were very clear that creativity and innovation must be the cornerstones of our new way forward But there was a very pessimistic view about the industrys ability to be creative When asked about the relative creativity of healthcare marketers not a single respondent could rate it as 55 and only 20 45 The majority concluded simply that we lacked creativityFailure to think differently is always unhealthy in marketing but in todays world our respondents fear it could be fatalDigital though slowly adopted has fared reasonably well About half felt they were behind the curve and the rest ahead of the curve This is an industry that sees itself as varied but with strong vital signs A deeper look confirmed a strong desire to be omnichannel with regard to delivery but hardly anyone felt their organisations were truly omnichannel yetOur 100 Top Tier respondents also recognised that the way forward depends on the transformation of our people rather than process or technology Talent in the industry is certainly high but the View from the Top suggests our industry desperately needs more courageous minds rather safe pairs of handsSo is the industry fit for the future The Views from the Top are that the raw ingredients are there but that there are areas of urgent need Find out what in the full report herehttpswwwstragmarcomRelated ContentThe evolution of the pharma incubatorhttpswwwreuterseventscompharmamultichannelevolution-pharma-incubatorHow well is pharma incubating innovationhttpswwwreuterseventscompharmamultichannelhow-well-pharma-incubating-innovationSpeeding pharmas slow sustainability journeyhttpswwwreuterseventscompharmamultichannelspeeding-pharmas-slow-sustainability-journeyPrimary EventPharma USA 2022 formerly eyeforpharma Philadelphiahttpswwwreuterseventscompharmaeventspharma-usa-2022-formerly-eyeforpharma-philadelphiaPrcisHealthcare marketing is an industry more usually attuned to supporting the health of others but with so many changes and pressures we knew the industry itself would benefit from a thorough health checkPremiumFreemiumChannelsMultichannelhttpswwwreuterseventscompharmahttp3Asocialeyeforpharmacomtaxonomyterm7989Patients and Medicalhttpswwwreuterseventscompharmapatients-medicalClinicalhttpswwwreuterseventscompharmaclinicalColumnhttpswwwreuterseventscompharmacolumn

Mon, 29 Nov 2021

New approach could overcome fungal resistance to current
treatments

New approach could overcome fungal resistance to current treatments

https1bpblogspotcom-rYbDJBEkjUXOp9613EQyIAAAAAAAArKQfhH6p3w55I4kf4Qu17jTvATQ1Ns5adUAwCPcBGAYYCws340albicansjpghttpswwwamazoncomKathryn-At-Home-Simple-Entertainingdp1423640713pdrdw6T0ohpfrdpd12edb90-0e5b-498c-816a-9ba65872c34fpfrdrBJD1PDPHAE9VYMZMWRQDpdrdr34d9f036-74b6-494f-bce9-7a72c5f229a6pdrdwgaxBuJpdrdi1423640713psc1linkCodeli3tagpharmigpharma-20linkId0727d576183e0eba0facc28344dc7186languageenUSrefaslissilCurrent medications arent particularly effective against fungi The situation is becoming more challenging because these organisms are developing resistance to antimicrobial treatments just as bacteria are Now researchers report in ACS Infectious Diseases that they have identified compounds that tackle these infections in a new way -- by interfering with fungal enzymes required for fatty acid synthesis -- potentially opening the door to better therapiesSuperficial infections by Candida or other types of fungi can cause irritating but relatively minor conditions such as oral thrush and athletes foot but invasive infections can result in debilitating and deadly diseases such as cryptococcal meningitis and some hospital-acquired infections More people are getting these infections because of the growing use of invasive surgery implanted catheters and immunosuppressive therapy And some patients such as those with severe COVID-19 or HIV are especially susceptible to fungal infections In addition treatments can be toxic and often dont work in part because of increasing resistance Current targets for these compounds include molecules necessary for making fungal cell walls As an alternative Glen E Palmer and colleagues began looking for potential therapies that could work through a different mechanism and thereby avoid the drawbacks of these drugsThe researchers zeroed in on fungal fatty acid FA synthase and desaturase enzymes which are essential for the growth and virulence of human fungal pathogens Its been difficult to devise a rapid chemical assay to find inhibitors for these enzymes since its hard to isolate the enzymes So the team instead combined genetic engineering with a whole-cell assay to screen thousands of small molecules Although none of the tested compounds blocked FA synthase activity in Candida albicans cell cultures 16 inhibited FA desaturase activity A core acyl hydrazide structure was found to be key to the activity of several of these molecules which were effective even against drug-resistant strains of several infectious species of fungi while showing little to no toxicity to mammalian cells The researchers note that these compounds are promising leads for further development as antifungal agentsSeeChristian DeJarnette Chris J Meyer Alexander R Jenner Arielle Butts Tracy Peters Martin N Cheramie Gregory A Phelps Nicole A Vita Victoria C Loudon-Hossler Richard E Lee Glen E Palmer Identification of Inhibitors of Fungal Fatty Acid Biosynthesis ACS Infectious Diseases 2021 DOI 101021acsinfecdis1c00404httpdxdoiorg101021acsinfecdis1c00404Posted by Dr Tim Sandle Pharmaceutical Microbiology Resources httpwwwpharmamicroresourcescomPharmaceutical Microbiology c Dr Tim Sandle httpwwwpharmamicroresourcescom

Mon, 29 Nov 2021

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updates: new manager tells us we’re defensive, working from
home without privacy, and more

updates: new manager tells us we’re defensive, working from home without privacy, and more

This post updates new manager tells us were defensive working from home without privacy and morehttpswwwaskamanagerorg202111updates-new-manager-tells-us-were-defensive-working-from-home-without-privacy-and-morehtml was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a ManagerhttpswwwaskamanagerorgIts where are you now month at Ask a Manager and all December Im running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past Here are four updates from past letter-writers1 New manager keeps telling us were frustrated and defensivehttpswwwaskamanagerorg201902new-manager-keeps-telling-us-were-frustrated-and-defensivehtmlIn retrospect Kelly did not have the claimed managerial experience and turned out to be making notes about topics unrelated to the actual meeting as in were explaining how to melt the chocolate and shes drafting designs for the boxes I used Alisons scripts and talked to the CEO and separately started documenting everything in case it needed to go fartherThe CEO did understand and support me and coached Kelly in certain aspects of personnel management the weak points My working relationship with Kelly continued to be strained but actually improved during COVID when we were all working remotely mainly because random drop-ins and in-person conversations became impossible but also because it finally got to the point where Kelly had isolated one part of the department and just worked with them only occasionally intersecting with the rest of us This wasnt great for the department but drastically reduced the stress on Alex and meThat said Kelly helped me work with another employee who consistently had performance problems I really felt that we were making good headway towards a decent working relationship The chronically-underperforming employee finally realized the end was nigh and decided to leave About 3 months later Kelly also left for other opportunities I really cant say I was sorry but I regret the lost opportunity to really cement the working relationshipThe CEO recognized my attempts to make it work and actually noted them on my annual review so I believe I may have only seen a small part of a bigger problemKellys replacement is someone I already knew and respected internally someone who really is a good team player and doesnt cherry-pick the funhigh-profile projects I have good hopes that we will finally create a strong cohesive team enhancing all our skills and helping us work better together2 Working from home without a private comfortable spot to work inhttpswwwaskamanagerorg202104im-constantly-interrupted-while-i-work-no-comfortable-space-to-work-in-at-home-and-morehtml 2 at the linkI followed your advice pretty much to the letter I reached out to my supervisor and mentioned accommodations She was unsure who would handle the question and I was bounced around several different departments and various members of upper management before landing with a quick Slack meeting with the chief of my own department Somehow the ADA mention got lost in the message moving around but the chief was already prepared to get me a laptop I just had to fill out a form bring my desktop into the office when IT was available and came home with a fresh laptop I now have a more flexible ergonomic set up that works much better for my disabilities All I needed to do was ask3 Im afraid people at work will think Im being abusedhttpswwwaskamanagerorg202110i-used-to-drink-on-the-job-with-my-new-boss-quitting-with-no-notice-and-morehtml 2 at the linkExactly two weeks after I wrote you I worked a completely uneventful 11 hour shift and then promptly broke my ankle on my own front porch steps as soon as I got home Obviously not ideal when I work a job that has me walking 6-12 miles per shift but in the course of telling the story and sorting out accommodations for sitting-only work and future physical therapy I really did a number on it I think people are starting to realize that Im kind of just like this naturally Its a relief to be able to joke about itAlso a lot of your readers had great suggestions on potential things to bring to my doctor but dont worry Ive had my bases covered for ages Im very fortunate to genuinely just be a klutz4 Good news Fridayhttpswwwaskamanagerorg202105its-your-friday-good-news-52html 3 at the linkMy job has continued to be amazing Im still singing in my car still working from home whenever I want to I was so traumatized after 20 years at the toxic company that I am still learning that its actually okay to be happy at work that its actually how it SHOULD be but Im getting there And Three months after I started New Boss walked in my office and out of the blue gave me a 7 raise the first raise Ive ever received that I didnt have to fight for What a wonderful strange new worldOld Company did NOT replace me when I left and instead dumped everything on my former work partner Dale No raise No title change Unrealistic hours and ridiculous deadlines No more WFH five days a week in the office From a team of five to just Dale and a 30 hr a week part-timer She complained and got LOTS of promises but zero follow up To make matters worse her new boss Zoe kept trying to take credit for the few little bones they threw Dale like graciously letting her WFH one day a week saying things like Dale should just be appreciative of all that Zoe had done for her I saw the emails gag worthy levels of I went to bat for you you should appreciate this since others arent so fortunate blah blah AS IF Dale EARNED those things deserved those things but got treated like Zoe was doing her a favor THEN Dale is told theres no money for raises even though my salary was not reassigned but Zoe got a huge promotion and a massive raise They dont renew Dales executive level retention agreement but Zoe got stock options And Dales supposed to be grateful to Zoe for a single WFH dayWhen Dale got shoveled another pile of maybe next year BS the same week Zoe got the promotion that was the last straw She called up an old boss whod been after her for years to come back I told her about AAM and after she used the AAM advice to update her resume and cover letter he created a job on the spot for her More money title change fab retirement benefits the works She cut the cord after 11 years at Old Company and never looked back She is now as happy as I amThe best part of the update Warning serious schadenfreude alert Dales been gone for three months now and theyve been unable to fill the role at the seriously below market salary theyre offering for the work load theyre wanting covered Per friends still there the business guys are HOWLING about the lack of a person in this role All Old Company had to do was value the person in this critical role but they didnt learn and now they are paying ridiculous money for outside legal counsel to manage this work Zoe is also apparently stressed since having her entire remaining team of long-timers bail within her first year and not being able to hire replacements doesnt exactly look goodI love a happy ending dont youYou may also like- everything you need to know about being a new employee and more about the menstrual cup managerhttpswwwaskamanagerorg201903everything-you-need-to-know-about-being-a-new-employee-and-more-about-the-menstrual-cup-managerhtml- my new hire has past bad blood with another new hirehttpswwwaskamanagerorg201605my-new-hire-has-past-bad-blood-with-another-new-hirehtml- my coworker is threatening to lie to get our manager in troublehttpswwwaskamanagerorg201611my-coworker-is-threatening-to-tell-a-lie-about-our-manager-to-get-him-in-troublehtml

Mon, 29 Nov 2021

Four Ways Job-Hunters Can Stand Out in a Skill-Centric Job
Market

Four Ways Job-Hunters Can Stand Out in a Skill-Centric Job Market

The hiring landscape is experiencing a significant shift for not only hiring managers and recruiters but also for job seekers What used to be the traditional criteria for candidates to land interviews like college degrees and years of experience is increasingly no longer the norm Skills are now the top priority and the ways in which skills are validated have shifted dramaticallyhttpsnewsblrcomappuploadssites3202111shutterstock1653287800jpgOrganizations of all sizes are shifting their focus to skills-based hiringhttpslearncredlycomresources-for-employerscredly-skills-based-hiring-whitepaper to prioritize human and hard skills over if or where a candidate earned a college degree In todays hiring process companies desire candidates who can demonstrate competencies that increase the likelihood of jumping into a new role on the first day and supporting growth into future rolesAs skills continue to become a currency in the workplace here are four ways job-seekers can stand out in a skill-centric job market1 Pursue credential-based learning opportunitiesCandidates can verify their skills by seeking out learning opportunities paired with digital credentials which validate their knowledge for both hiring managers and recruiters With digital credentials candidates showcase data-intensive proof of skills achievements and learning They also help streamline the hiring process by pinpointing specific skills that relate to their ability to perform on the job In addition earning credentials also signals to employers that an individual is not only qualified but actively interested in making a career change and is ready to do so Most importantly credentials are proof of training and highlight relevant timely skills that span beyond a traditional academic degree2 Share relevant skills with future and current employersAfter candidates verify their skills they should share them on professional networking and job board sites This allows recruiters to see candidates demonstrated skills and reach out if theyre qualified for an open position This can flip the job-searching model which we all know can be arduous by increasing the likelihood that an individual will be sought out for opportunities It is also essential to directly share relevant credentials with a current employer to ensure an individual doesnt miss out on opportunities within an existing role because an employer is unaware of their full breadth of skills3 Create a skills-based resumeResumes continue to be the most common way for job seekers to connect with employers but that isnt to say that the traditional resume will remain the same To accommodate the new skills-based hiring surge job seekers need skills-based resumes that lead with an overview of their abilities rather than a conventional chronological listing of prior work experiences Candidates can choose to highlight whichever technical skills are most relevant to a particular job posting while soft skills like problem-solving flexibility and leadership are essential for any job since they consistently rank among the most in-demand skills across industries4 Keep track of accumulated skills from previous rolesA simple way for candidates to carry their prior learning and development into another role is by taking ownership of their learning outcomes and curating them for new job opportunities This is another area in which digital credentials play a critical role in efficiently and consistently communicating an individuals skills When a candidate invests time and resources into learning those learning outcomes should be used to reach their maximum potentialIn a skills-based market job seekers need to adapt during the hiring process by redirecting focus from a degree or specific work experience to their skills Verifiable skills allow hiring managers to see that candidates have what it takes to get the job doneJarin Schmidt helps shape the future of documenting and promoting skills by leading the product engineering and design teams at Credlyhttpsinfocredlycom With a background in design strategy and product development Jarin is passionate about helping people tell their unique professional stories through emerging technology so they can discover the most rewarding opportunitiesThe post Four Ways Job-Hunters Can Stand Out in a Skill-Centric Job Markethttpshrdailyadvisorblrcom20211129four-ways-job-hunters-can-stand-out-in-a-skill-centric-job-market appeared first on HR Daily Advisorhttpshrdailyadvisorblrcom

Mon, 29 Nov 2021

Personal Life Experiences Drive Passion for DEI

Personal Life Experiences Drive Passion for DEI

The banking and finance sector has long had a reputation as an industry sorely lacking in diversity and inclusion For many the very mention of banking conjures up images of stuffy older white men in suits With an increasingly diversified American workforce the banking industry cant afford to maintain a lack of diversity based on either practice or perceptionhttpsnewsblrcomappuploadssites3202111Mike-Sebring-PhotojpgMike SebringNot only does failing to embrace diversity leave organizations at risk of missing out on the contributions of top talentboth directly via hiring practices and indirectly through a lack of interest on the part of diverse workersit also puts banks and other financial institutions at risk of missing out on businessAs the American population continues to diversify so too does the distribution of wealth and business ownership Potential depositors and borrowers are increasingly likely to be people of color Banks that dont look like or think like this emerging audience are less likely to attract diverse clientele than those that meaningfully embrace diversityOur subject for this installment of our series on Chief Diversity Officers CDOs is Mike Sebring Head of Diversity Equity and Inclusion at Citizens BankhttpswwwcitizensbankcomHomePageaspx which gives him great background and insight into the importance of DEI at Citizens as well as in the banking industry as a wholeStumbling into BankingI began my career in banking the way many others did says Sebring I stumbled into it Sebring explains that in 1996 he was working in the grocery business when a friend who was working at Wells Fargo said the stagecoach was coming to Arizona as part of a recent merger As a result Wells Fargo was looking for in-store branch bankers With no prior experience in banking I was hired as an Assistant Branch Manager at the location within the grocery store I was currently working in Sebring says Knowing many of the customers already I quickly went from selling milk to selling checking accounts for my grocery store regularsA Grassroots Journey to his Diversity RoleSebring didnt start his banking career on the path to a top DEI role at least not with respect to his official job duties He was a managing director overseeing branches in the Seattle market at another bank when he learned that the banks CDO was retiring The head of talent acquisition called me to share that in recruiting for a new role my leadership with employee resource groups volunteerism board membership and community development stood out Sebring says They appreciated the fact that I knew how to drive business results through diverse teams which set me apart from many of the applicants who came from academic backgroundsSebring shares that while he ultimately walked into the role of overseeing DEI for the Americas with no previous DEI title he had in truth been living the role through my actions for over 20 years He accepted the role in 2015 and has spent the last six years in various leading DEI roles He began his current role at Citizens in February 2020A Holistic Approach to DEISome organizations hire one or two DEI professionals to tick a box with respect to their diversity efforts resulting in disappointing results At Citizens Sebring appreciates that DEI touches every part of the business customer interactions and communities we serveSeveral examples of the initiatives that Citizens has worked on to support DEI include- The launch of a diversity scorecard in 2021 focused on shifting the demographics within senior leadership ranks by increasing opportunities for advancement and growth- Required DEI learning for all colleagues to build capabilities in belonging valuing uniqueness and deciding fairly- Additional learning opportunities for managers including a focus on inclusive hiring to mitigate bias in the hiring process and inclusive performance reviews to mitigate bias during performance discussions and decisions- Close monitoring of development plans for emerging and high potential diverse colleagues and the implementation of coaching programs and 360-feedback processesThese efforts are part of the culture and fabric of the organization representing a focus on process rather than eventsImportance of Resource GroupsA common theme from many of the DEI experts we speak to is the importance of employee resource groups known as business resource groups BRGs at Citizens Our BRGs are the foundation of our DEI strategy allowing us to better understand the voices and needs of our diverse colleagues says Sebring With almost 3000 members in our network our six BRGs are sponsored by senior leaders and serve as cultural ambassadors to help formulate and influence our DEI strategy within our business unitsA Dynamic Hiring Process Aimed at DiversityThe hiring function is one of if not the most important aspects of promoting DEI within organizations something Sebring is keenly aware of At Citizens our hiring process is focused on providing exceptional candidate experiences while ensuring we consistently attract source and assess a diverse high quality applicant pool to fill our open jobs he saysThe organization says Sebring recognizes the importance of challenging assumptions and traditional ways of sourcing talent and of stepping outside of comfort zoneswhether that be location industry or skillset We have implemented several recruiting initiatives to facilitate this process including partnerships with community organizations and historically black colleges and universities to help identify qualified candidates a recently expanded diverse hire commitment to interview a slate of at least 50 diverse candidates for senior openings and develop programs specifically designed to build a strong pipeline of emerging diverse talent internally Sebring says In addition Citizens has worked to implement tools and training to help debias the selection processClosing ThoughtsSebring believes his personal life experience has been a major factor in his career trajectory As a gay man I have been lucky to have many advocates throughout my career who gave me a shot at something new and saw my potential to stretch and grow allowing me to leverage my strengths and learn from my mistakes he saysIm a big believer in karma and have used my position to advocate for others and pull them up into new opportunities Sebring says My ask of those who have read this far is to be an active advocate for those who are different than you We each have a unique role to play in creating a kinder more inclusive and equitable societyLin Grensing-Pophal is a Guest Contributor at HR Daily AdvisorThe post Personal Life Experiences Drive Passion for DEIhttpshrdailyadvisorblrcom20211129mike-sebring-dei-hr-daily-advisor-profile appeared first on HR Daily Advisorhttpshrdailyadvisorblrcom

Mon, 29 Nov 2021

The Surprising Importance of Employer Gifts

The Surprising Importance of Employer Gifts

Anyone whos worked long enough in Corporate America has likely had occasion to roll their eyes at a gift received from their company an ugly t-shirt with the company logo a pen and notepad seemingly worth less than 1 or countless coffee mugs Employers are generally aware that the gifts they give to employees arent necessarily going to be home runs After all employers are getting gifts for dozens if not hundreds or thousands of workers and its difficult and expensive to get something worthwhile and personalized for everyonehttpsnewsblrcomappuploadssites3201611Holiday-bonus-2jpg Gifts Employees Will Appreciate Even TreasureBut research from The 2021-22 Employer Gift-Giving Reporthttpswwwmrsprindablescomblogthe-2021-22-employer-gift-giving-report that Mrs Prindables a national e-commerce brand specializing in corporate gifting published in November suggests that with respect to company gifts it often is the thought that counts The report features data from a survey of 1092 US-based employees that cover a wide range of topics surrounding receiving and giving corporate gifts The report shows that 57 percent of surveyed employees said theyre more likely to be loyal and continue working for a company that provides gifts to employees while 62 percent said they do not expect to receive a gift from their employer this year for the holidaysThese two data points suggest an opportunity for employers to surprise their workers with a token of their appreciation this year Most workers arent expecting and most believe such a gesture would make them more loyal to the organizationBut Some Gifts Can Be TurnoffsAt the same time not all gifts are created equal Employers need to know that getting a gift perceived as cheap or thoughtless can be a turnoff for some employees According to the report- 37 said theyve felt underappreciated by their employer based on the gifts theyve received- 56 of respondents believe the gifts theyve received from their employer are impersonal andor generic- 66 of the employees with a household income of 100000 or more felt the gifts theyve received from their employer were impersonal andor generic- By comparison only 52 of employees making 100000 or less perceived the gifts theyve received as impersonal or generic- 42 of respondents reported having received a gift from an employer that they didnt wantWhile these numbers suggest it doesnt hurt for employers to put some thought into their gift giving its important to note that only a minority albeit a large minority felt underappreciated based on gifts theyve received Although many employees felt that the gifts they received were impersonal or generic this doesnt necessarily mean they didnt appreciate the gestureThe takeaway for employers this year is that even a relatively small gesture around the holidays can help generate a boost in employee morale and loyalty Companies that go the extra mile and try to get their workers thoughtful and meaningful gifts can expect even greater dividendsThe post The Surprising Importance of Employer Giftshttpshrdailyadvisorblrcom20211129the-surprising-importance-of-employer-gifts appeared first on HR Daily Advisorhttpshrdailyadvisorblrcom

Mon, 29 Nov 2021

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How to Spend a Weekend Full of Adventure in Palisade,
Colorado

How to Spend a Weekend Full of Adventure in Palisade, Colorado

On the Colorado River rugged Palisade is the perfect headquarters for a post-ride hang The introduction of Palisade Plungehttpswwwmensjournalcomadventurepalisade-plunge-is-colorados-epic-new-mountain-bike-trail an absolutely epic new mountain bike trail is reason enough to visit the western Colorado town Lucky enough there are plenty of other great spots to get your fill of good brews stoke and relaxationBIKERapid Creek Cycles offers rental bikes and a 35-per-person shuttle for the 15-hour drive to the trailhead The nearby town of Fruitahttpswwwfruitaorg has fantastic desert single-track at 18 RoadZippity PBR and Chutes and Ladders are classic trailsSHOOTCameo Shooting Complexhttpscameosecorg is a 1700-acre facility with electronic-scoring shooting and archery bays sporting clay ranges and 3D archery trail loops with life-size foam targetshttpswwwmensjournalcomadventurebest-e-mountain-bike-routes-in-america-mens-journalMan mountain biking through wildflowers in Greenhorn Gulch Ketchum Idaho5 Epic E-Mountain Bike Routeshttpswwwmensjournalcomadventurebest-e-mountain-bike-routes-in-america-mens-journal Read articlehttpswwwmensjournalcomadventurebest-e-mountain-bike-routes-in-america-mens-journalDRINKThere are 40 wineries in the area including five within a mile radius of town East Orchard Mesahttpspalisadecoccomwp-contentuploads202104Palisade-area-map-2021pdf Talbott Farmshttpswwwtalbottfarmscom and Talbotts Cider Cohttpstalbottscidercocom are early stops on the pedal-friendly Fruit Wine Byway tourhttpsvisitpalisadecomportfolio-itemfruit-wine-trailMen eating at breweryLike the locals Peche and Palisade Brewing Company are hearty and eclectic Courtesy ImageEATPalisade Cafe Wine Barhttpswwwpalisadecafeandwinebarcom bases meals around local produce and wine Pechehttpspecherestaurantcoloradocom does everything from Thai-fried chicken and fresh lamb to port short ribs and charred ribeye Like peaches Sweet Cheeks Peach Standhttpswwwadstreamsidecom serves seven varieties of organic peaches on 20 acresCRASHSpoke Vinehttpsspokeandvinemotelcom is a renovated 1950s-era motel catering to trail riders with cruiser bikes craft beer and cornhole Within walking distance of town its welcoming website banterIf youre high maintenance this might not be the place for yousets the tone

Mon, 29 Nov 2021

Palisade Plunge Is Colorado’s Epic New Mountain Bike
Trail

Palisade Plunge Is Colorado’s Epic New Mountain Bike Trail

If you build it they will plunge Thats the premise behind turning a line from Field of Dreams into a trail of dreams near the dinky western Colorado town of Palisade Opened in July after 10 years of effort the aptly named Palisade Plungehttpswwwcopmobaorgpalisade-plunge is fast becoming the most epic ridehttpswwwmensjournalcomhealth-fitness5-epic-off-road-bike-rides-w497706 in the RockiesPatterned after shuttle-up-and-schuss-down classics like Moabs Whole EnchiladahttpswwwgooglecomsearchclientsafarirlsenqMoabE28099sWholeEnchiladaieUTF-8oeUTF-8 and Colorados Monarch Cresthttpswwwmonarchcrestcom the trail is the brainchild of Rondo Buecheler and Scott Winans owners of Palisades Rapid Creek Cycleshttpsrapidcreekcyclescom The 338-mile route traverses seven alpine-to-desert ecosystems while dropping 6000 vertical feet from the 10735-foot Grand Mesa to Palisade far belowIn between is everything from rolling flower-filled single-track to technical dont-fall switchbacks Throw in sweeping vistas of the La Sal and San Juan ranges desert spires of Colorado National Monumenthttpswwwnpsgovcolmindexhtm and lush farmland of the Grand Valley and its one youll want to notch on your seat posthttpswwwmensjournalcomgearbest-performance-sunglasses-for-menperformance sunglassesThe Best Performance Sunglasses for Running Cycling and Morehttpswwwmensjournalcomgearbest-performance-sunglasses-for-men Read articlehttpswwwmensjournalcomgearbest-performance-sunglasses-for-menIts definitely a marquee draw for the region says Winans head of the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail AssociationhttpswwwcopmobaorgThe first section winds 118 miles through alpine terrain from Mesa Top to Shirttail Point Then it gets spicier seemingly dropping off the edge of the world Starting with a series of spiral staircase-like switchbacks no dishonor in walking here the next three-mile section follows a reworked portion of the century-old Ottos Wall trail before dropping like a shot of whiskeyhttpswwwmensjournalcomfood-drink50-best-whiskeys-in-the-world for the final 192 miles through cliff bands slickrock ramps and creek bedsThe trail took nine different stakeholders a decade to plan and build I was having dreams of dying before it opened Winans says of the undertakingRed Bull last chair first run snowboard mountain bike contesthttpswwwmensjournalcomadventuresnowboarding-meets-mountain-biking-on-season-bending-courseSnowboarding Meets Mountain Biking in Season-Bending Freeride Sessionhttpswwwmensjournalcomadventuresnowboarding-meets-mountain-biking-on-season-bending-course Read articlehttpswwwmensjournalcomadventuresnowboarding-meets-mountain-biking-on-season-bending-courseThis is an adventure trail with consequences but its not a full-gear gravity trail Theres too much up for that As well as descending 6000 feet youll also climb 1900 Eventually youll round a corner and see Palisade and the Colorado Riverhttpswwwmensjournalcomadventurepulse-flow below Dont celebrate too soontheres still 3000 vertical feet to go before you can cross the Plunge off your list and dunk in the river at trails end

Mon, 29 Nov 2021

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Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper

httpsopenspotifycomshow6kAsbP8pxwaU2kPibKTuHEBradley Cooper Nightmare Alley A Star is Born The Hangover is an actor and filmmaker Bradley joins the Armchair Expert to discuss their long-standing friendship that started at the beginning of their sobriety exploring the mysteries of the human experiences through storytelling and how he almost didnt get his breakthrough role in The Hangover Bradley and Dax talk about how their careers took drastically different paths how they were both once involved in an FBI investigation and how beautiful Bradleys new movie Nightmare Alley is Bradley explains that he was very surprised when he was voted Sexiest Man Alive how he used to be obsessed with reading the comments about his character in Alias and being held at knifepoint on a New York subwayView fullsize DaxShepardMonicaPadman- 01jpghttpsimagessquarespace-cdncomcontentv159f76c9af14aa1219138e4851638136587911-VMWXKBC0F817723JRFMFDaxShepard26MonicaPadman-01jpg View fullsize Bradley CooperScreenshot-01jpghttpsimagessquarespace-cdncomcontentv159f76c9af14aa1219138e4851638136535113-VEJ7OYQ8FB64XNHE58X1BradleyCooperScreenshot-01jpg View fullsize DaxShepard- 06jpghttpsimagessquarespace-cdncomcontentv159f76c9af14aa1219138e4851638136555927-BUBFH8854ZL3NS9998LWDaxShepard-06jpg View fullsize MonicaPadman- 06jpghttpsimagessquarespace-cdncomcontentv159f76c9af14aa1219138e4851638136613836-PY2TT7B0MZIVGFUXY9PXMonicaPadman-06jpg View fullsize BradleyCooper-04jpghttpsimagessquarespace-cdncomcontentv159f76c9af14aa1219138e4851638136545742-XTFEVN5VZMJRJV7XVDD8BradleyCooper-04jpg View fullsize DaxShepardMonicaPadman- 21jpghttpsimagessquarespace-cdncomcontentv159f76c9af14aa1219138e4851638136601512-IDHHIBH1JRQ3IAE3R7ITDaxShepard26MonicaPadman-21jpgArmchair Expert armchairexppodhttpswwwinstagramcomarmchairexppodDax Shepard daxshepardhttpswwwinstagramcomdaxshepardCreated Produced by Dax Shepardhttpsinstagramcomdaxshepard Monica Padmanhttpswwwinstagramcommlpadman Rob HolyszhttpswwwinstagramcomwobbywobHosted by Dax ShepardEdited by Monica Padman Laura MosesMixed Mastered by Billy Klein

Mon, 29 Nov 2021

Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace

httpsopenspotifycomshow6kAsbP8pxwaU2kPibKTuHEChris Wallace is a journalist author and television news anchor Chris joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how being the son of a famous journalist shaped his career who his most memorable interviews have been and his views on how we ended up with an opinion-driven 24-hour news cycle Chris talks about how he has always tried to be an unbiased journalist why he decided to write a book about Bin Ladens capture and what it was like to moderate a presidential election twice Chris explains how he once attended the Republican Convention as Walter Cronkites assistant that he was sat in the last row for his first Emmys win and what hard-nosed question he asked Vladimir PutinView fullsize DaxShepardMonicaPadman- 16jpghttpsimagessquarespace-cdncomcontentv159f76c9af14aa1219138e4851637626718852-I99JRNBS80XOX9P73AE3DaxShepard26MonicaPadman-16jpg View fullsize ChrisWallaceScreenshot-01jpghttpsimagessquarespace-cdncomcontentv159f76c9af14aa1219138e4851637626679837-3P6V4DIYXOM69BMY8OS7ChrisWallaceScreenshot-01jpg View fullsize DaxShepard- 05jpghttpsimagessquarespace-cdncomcontentv159f76c9af14aa1219138e4851637626694874-5JFKM09UA3WUZDYVE75ODaxShepard-05jpg View fullsize MonicaPadman- 03jpghttpsimagessquarespace-cdncomcontentv159f76c9af14aa1219138e4851637626702486-3MM8PAZJLHXPBPVCFZTMMonicaPadman-03jpg View fullsize ChrisWallace-2jpghttpsimagessquarespace-cdncomcontentv159f76c9af14aa1219138e4851637626873881-12ORLI6V6HTCW5FI56KJChrisWallace-2jpg View fullsize DaxShepardMonicaPadman- 05jpghttpsimagessquarespace-cdncomcontentv159f76c9af14aa1219138e4851637626731533-R5LL8APXJ2DBFQXZA26PDaxShepard26MonicaPadman-05jpgArmchair Expert armchairexppodhttpswwwinstagramcomarmchairexppodDax Shepard daxshepardhttpswwwinstagramcomdaxshepardCreated Produced by Dax Shepardhttpsinstagramcomdaxshepard Monica Padmanhttpswwwinstagramcommlpadman Rob HolyszhttpswwwinstagramcomwobbywobHosted by Dax ShepardEdited by Monica Padman Laura MosesMixed Mastered by Billy Klein

Thu, 25 Nov 2021

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