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Worldwide Now Hiring: Costume Designer, Video Editor + More Remote Crew Jobs – Backstage

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Ready for your next production job? Stay in the loop on industry and crew news with our write-up on who’s looking for below-the-line and creative talent.  

COSTUME DESIGNER: LIVE-STREAMED, VIRTUAL PLAY
A live-streamed, virtual performance of “Love–or Sarte: The Passions of Simone de Beauvoir” is looking for a remote costume designer. All work will be done from home. Applicants must be at least 24 years old and submit a cover letter. Rehearsals begin after Sept. 1 with run dates TBD. Pay is commensurate to experience. Apply here!

VIDEO EDITOR: DCG COMMUNICATIONS 
Washingon, DC-based DCG Communications is looking for a remove editor to join their media production team on a digital documentary series. Applicants must have at least 10 years of experience and have their own video equipment. Apply here!

VIDEO PRODUCTION INTERN
PurposedPreneur, an Atlanta-based community that helps entrepreneurs and small business owners, needs a part-time, remote production intern. Though unpaid, the position offers hands-on training, flexible hours, and college credit. Apply here!

POST-PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR: STUDIO CITY
Emmy Award-winning creative agency, Studio City, needs post-production coordinators to manage projects from start to finish under tight deadlines. Technical knowledge and experience with Avid, XCCAM, Aspera, etc. are required. Shifts last 10 hours and pay $200 per day. Apply here!

For more on how to get work on a film crew, visit Backstage’s crew hub!

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Work from Home

How to Work from Home Successfully – Entrepreneur

If you’re struggling to work from home, try establishing a routine and make a game plan for what you’ll accomplish each day.

August 12, 2020 4 min read

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Whether you’re a 9-to-5 office worker or an entrepreneur used to running around to clients and conferences for different opportunities, the health crisis has caused many people to make the dramatic shift to working entirely from home.

As someone who’s experienced the whole spectrum of work setups — everything from corporate offices to spaces to getting work done on cross-country flights — I can say firsthand that even though it can be hard to make this quick transition, there are steps you can take to make working from home more manageable. Many people will even find some advantages to this setup that can help propel your business or career.

Establish a routine

The key to working from home successfully is to establish a routine. If you approach each day with a plan on what you’re going to get done for every hour you’re on the clock, you’ll probably find that you can get way more done in just a few hours than you could in a lackadaisical eight-hour workday.

For example, you could establish a schedule where you spend the first hour of your day tackling your most pressing task while you have the most brainpower. Then you could dedicate time specifically to catching up on emails and checking in with clients and colleagues, rather than dealing with a slow trickle of communications that clog up your day. From there, you could set a goal relevant to your job, such as writing one article per afternoon or setting aside two hours to work on website design.

Related: 10 Tips From CEOs on Working From Home Effectively and Happily

When you get into the zone and have a clear goal in sight, you’ll be amazed at what you can get done. Even for those who have to adjust to changes like having kids at home due to schools being closed, establishing a routine will make it easier for your family to understand when you’re working and when you’re not so you can be more present in both areas.

Use organizational and communications tools

As part of establishing a routine, it’s also important to have the right tools in place to be able to stay organized and communicate well with colleagues, clients and others while working from home.

If you haven’t already, look into tools like Trello and Asana that make it easy to keep track of projects, either for yourself or if you want to track projects collaboratively with others.

Also look into tools that make it easy to stay up-to-date with everyone without clogging up your inbox. You can create separate chat channels, such as having one for your department and one for company-wide communications. Entrepreneurs can also set up private-chat channels to keep in touch with loyal customers.

Related: 10 Must-Have Productivity and Life Hacks for WFH

Video conferencing tools can also make working from home more successful. While not necessarily a perfect substitute for in-person meetings, video conferences can still help you pick up on non-verbal cues that play a big role in communications. For less important meetings, however, you may be able to skip those by communicating the information via or group chats.

Invest your time wisely

As many of you are likely seeing already, working from home can add time to your day that would have otherwise been spent on things like commuting or in-person meetings. You also might be able to establish a routine that allows you to get more done in less time without general office distractions.

Use this extra time wisely to invest in growing your business or establishing your career in areas that you may have been putting off in the past. For example, now could be a good time to focus more on networking and building your portfolio. That way, if your employment or economic situation takes a turn for the worse, you can be in a better position to market your skills and find new opportunities.

Related: Brain Hacks to Boost Motivation and Beat the Work From Home Blues

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Explosive growth report on Digital Marketing Software market All Set to Witness Massive Growth during Forecast 2020-2026 – Scientect

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This market study is a helpful reference for suggestions and counseling to the key companies, individuals, and small and large firms involved in the industry. Each sub-market is reported along with its definite progress and its contribution to the global market. Key trends that are controlling and driving the growth of the market are further explored in the report. Under market segmentation, the global Digital industry is categorized based on type, applications, and regional presence.

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Many employees are tired of working from home. Here’s what to do about it. – Employee Benefit Adviser

Working from home has been a positive and productive experience for many employees, but five months into quarantine, some may feel overwhelmed by working remotely for the foreseeable future.

With difficulties collaborating, tech breakdowns and projects continually pushed back, workers are reportedly feeling less connected and companies are struggling to prevent “work-from-home fatigue.”

“There was an initial burst in productivity, but what we’ve seen over time is that people are feeling claustrophobic,” says leadership team expert Mike Goldman. “Trying to get work done with family around you is difficult given the setup for a lot of people, and so is not being around co-workers or being in the office.”

More than half of employees (55%) want to work in an office environment again, according to a recent survey from Hibob, an HR and benefits management platform. For those that expressed interest in returning to the office, 42% said their primary reason for wanting to go back was to resume everyday work routines, and 20% said they were most looking forward to seeing their colleagues face-to-face.

“The novelty of work from home has certainly worn off,” says Rhiannon Staples, CMO of Hibob. “We went into this anticipating that it would be a short sprint, and it certainly has become a marathon.”

Staples says that work-from-home fatigue is best defined as the “deterioration of satisfaction and productivity of employees,” which can be caused by everyday monotony, or employees working remotely without the right resources in place to support them.

Working from home during COVID has presented new challenges that may not have impacted remote workers before, she says. In addition to health concerns and return-to-school uncertainty, social and political circumstances and economic challenges — including furloughs and pay cuts — are an additional strain.

“I’m feeling a very different experience right now than in other times,” says Staples, who’s worked remotely for years. “The fatigue that many employees are experiencing right now is the realization that we’re not through it yet, and that we have to brace ourselves for months ahead.”

Break the monotony

Supportive, modern companies that have really managed hybrid workforces — whether it be remote, in-office or a combination — are finding unique ways to keep remote employees connected and make them feel like they’re part of the organization, Staples says.

“Some companies are really innovative in how they think about keeping teams engaged and motivated,” she says. “Because we’ve been doing the same thing week over week for a couple of months, some companies realize that they have to make conscious decisions and investments to break the monotony.”

See also: Best tools to support your remote workforce

Staples says companies have implemented no-meeting days, or instituted summer Fridays. In other circumstances, HR leaders and managers are investing in team events to the extent that they can, such as getting small groups of employees together in an outdoor setting, like a park.

“Employers need to think about how they can continue to offer benefits, surprises and treats to employees to keep them motivated and help break up the monotony of working from home,” Staples says. “This is just as important online. I’m personally planning to do an online escape room with my team in a couple of weeks, just to do something different from the Zoom meetings we’ve been having.”

Lead by example

If employers want their employees to be more engaged and productive and adopt healthy work-from-home habits, executives as well as middle managers need to lead by example.

“I work with leadership teams and coach CEOs one-on-one, and I’m finding that it starts at that top level,” Goldman says, who has worked with companies such as Verizon, Chanel and Disney. “When a CEO is feeling overwhelmed and fatigued and stressed, that is absolutely cascading down to the rest of the organization.”

With the unique circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Goldman says leaders should “take the superhero cape off” and show vulnerability.

“By mastering self leadership and keeping your focus, it doesn’t mean that you’re always strong and always feeling great,” he says. “If you’re feeling a little stressed, it’s more than OK to be honest with your peers and team about that. Because if you’re honest with them, they’re going to be honest with you.”

Invest in employees’ mental health

The mental wellness of employees should be a concern for every employer and manager, but it can be hard to gauge when you’re not in the presence of your employees.

“First and foremost is finding ways that [employers] can focus benefits and investments on mental health, well-being and motivation [in a remote setting],” Staples says. “Many employers are rethinking and assessing benefits to ensure that they’re paying attention to these things.”

Besides check-ins and daily interactions, employers should also provide a more anonymous tool, such as an employee survey, to get insights on the well-being of their workers.

“It’s really important that managers and HR people understand what kind of stress the employees are facing so that it can be addressed,” she says. “Because ultimately, it can lead to damage down the line for the business, whether that be in terms of productivity or employee retention.”

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How Stage Managers Can Find Alternative Jobs During COVID – Backstage

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As a stage manager, you’re among some of the most adaptable people on the planet as every project you lead presents new challenges, a unique community of personalities, and urgent situations requiring innovative solutions. Often a freelancer, you’re accustomed to seeking supplemental income, navigating moments of unemployment, and handling the many uncertainties that accompany a career in entertainment. 2020 was chosen to be the Year of the Stage Manager, a grassroots campaign committed to educating people about the profession and celebrating its workers. Many have pointed out it was only natural the year would end up ushering in a pandemic and a performing arts shutdown. Why? Because stage managers are who people look toward to handle the unexpected. Your abilities as a stage manager don’t make this historic moment easy but through your resourcefulness and broad skillset, you can find ways to make professional pivots work for you during the pandemic as many stage managers already have.

With the COVID pause, the natural progression for stage managers was to follow the performing arts into the virtual sphere. Whether it’s a play reading, a cabaret, or a gala, stage managers are handling the logistics and technology. Zoom is delivering more than college classes and makeshift holidays. It’s also acting as the stage while cues are called over FaceTime. Some stage managers are working with companies such as Broadway Unlocked, which has been serving the digital event arena for years–even offering virtual concession lines that allow patrons to briefly connect with one another as though they’re in an actual lobby. If you want to pivot to the virtual space, options are available.

In addition to working online events, many stage managers sought temporary work in unfamiliar areas. Trading in their black clothing for red, many found themselves at retailers such as Target. Some became census enumerators and contact tracers. In these new fields, employers are quickly recognizing the work ethic and initiative inherent in stage managers and are advancing these workers through departments. Others looked to work they were already doing to supplement their arts income and tapped into hobbies they realized could serve their financial needs. Many are making masks and selling them online. Others are working as nannies, arborists, and educators while some are reading tarot cards and hosting sports radio shows. 

While COVID may have forced some folks into a temporary career transition, others made the choice to leave stage management permanently, some even before the industry took pause. Nina Trotto went from working in theaters all over the country to becoming a barn manager at a horse farm in upstate New York, where she says her job is surprisingly familiar to the one she knew as a stage manager. Katrina Olson took a job as the senior manager of events and operations for a nonprofit cultural collaborative. She was on the stage management team of a very popular show on Broadway for years before finding her new career that has more of the “heart of downtown theater.” Additionally, Katrina and her partner knew they wanted to start a family, a process that is generally more time consuming for same-sex couples, and the stage management schedule does not allow for repeated doctor visits and the self-care required for fertility treatments. 

Even in the performing arts, stage managers encounter people who do not understand their job. It’s universally understood, however, that the show cannot go on without you. It can be hard to imagine communicating your stage management skills to someone hiring in real estate or the insurance industry, but consultants like Deb Sherrer make the transition easier. Once a stage manager herself, Deb knows that the corporate realm would benefit from self-starters who communicate well, manage large groups of people, and can resolve conflict. The trick is speaking the language of the job description. With online applications, bots are often searching for keywords to narrow down pools of candidates making it imperative that you use the employer’s vocabulary. Deb teaches clients to tell their best story and, to do this, examine each of their many attributes in order to quantify their experience for the job they seek. Timely submissions are key in this age of COVID and being able to nimbly respond to a search, without succumbing to panic, is essential. 

Despite the opportunities, these times are still challenging. Much of the gig work and entry-level jobs don’t cover the cost of living and rarely provide benefits. With children not in school, guardians must often choose between working and parenting. Any job that requires interfacing with the public carries a risk of contracting COVID and the technology required to learn new software and interact with online events can be cost-prohibitive. Some stage managers are still waiting on unemployment benefits, made complicated by having freelanced in multiple states. Systemic privilege left some better equipped for a long stretch of altered income while marginalized communities are disproportionately affected. 

Like any good show hold, this pause is a temporary one. The performing arts have been around for thousands of years and have survived plagues, global conflicts, and economic downfall. Despite the hardships, stage managers are committed to overcoming this moment together and making the industry more equitable and healthier on the other side. By sharing experiences, technology, and opportunities, the community is functioning to serve the collective whole. Per usual, stage managers are working through the break and embracing 2020 as the year in which truly anything is possible.

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Amanda Spooner is a stage manager and educator, based in New York. She has worked on Broadway and throughout the country. She is the founder of the grassroots campaign Year of the Stage Manager, the Vice Chair of the Stage Managers’ Association, an ambassador for the Parent Artist Advocacy League, and is on council at Actors’ Equity Association. Amanda received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama and serves on faculty at Ithaca College.

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Michigan Teen Jailed for Failing to Complete Online School Work Removed from Probation – Democracy Now!

A Michigan judge has closed the case against a 15-year-old African American student who had been sent to a juvenile jail in May after she failed to complete her schoolwork online. The girl, who is known simply as Grace, was released from custody in July and has now been removed from probation.

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Teaching effectively online | UDaily – UDaily

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With a rich history of research and practice in the field of online teaching accompanied by an extensive campus outreach program that ramped up when the pandemic first struck, the University of Delaware was well ahead of the curve when UD President Dennis Assanis announced the decision to deliver the majority of UD’s academic courses online for the fall 2020 semester.

Since the spring, thousands of faculty and professionals across all disciplines at the University have been working hard, reviewing course content, evaluating methods of instruction and sharing best practices to ensure that the University’s high standards are not compromised by the shift online. While this change inevitably means that the learning experience will be different, the University’s commitment to academic excellence remains strong, and the work to provide top-notch online courses is guided by more than 25 years of experience at UD in this field, and by extensive research on how people learn.

Over the last five months, UD’s Online Teaching Subcommittee of the Academic Affairs Fall Planning Committee has been rapidly progressing on its charge to coalesce and deploy UD’s strong online teaching resources as quickly and efficiently as possible to the approximately 2,000 faculty members who will be teaching this fall.

“The Office of the Provost is committed to helping faculty create high-quality online courses for the fall semester to help our students continue their UD education during this difficult time,” said Lynn Okagaki, deputy provost for academic affairs and chair of the Academic Affairs Fall Planning Committee. “We established the Online Teaching Subcommittee to ensure that we have the training programs and one-on-one consultations that best support faculty in the creation of valuable online learning experiences for our students.”

The new subcommittee had a wealth of knowledgeable UD resources to help take on this task.

“As soon as we began working together, my colleagues on the subcommittee taught me that in order to build a hybrid course [with face-to-face and online instruction], you need to build it as if it is 100% online,” said George Irvine, associate vice provost for Professional and Continuing Studies (PCS) and chair of the Online Teaching Subcommittee. “Because we have been helping faculty build courses that are 100% online, we did not miss a beat following the recent announcement about delivering the majority of the fall 2020 courses online.”

Irvine is joined on his subcommittee by several faculty members as well as representatives from Faculty Commons partners, including PCS, Academic Technology Services (ATS), the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL) and the Library, Museums and Press. Subcommittee member Fred Hofstetter, professor in the School of Education, is an online teaching pioneer. Hofstetter’s first online class from 1997, Internet Literacy, is still taught to UD undergraduate and graduate students today as Internet Technologies.

“UD has done an outstanding job of moving our courses online in the midst of this terrible pandemic,” said Hofstetter. “I am so proud of UD for having the courage to keep the majority of our courses online until it is safe to fully open the campus physically.”

Student response

Many students have expressed their appreciation for the faculty’s work this past spring to transition classes to online formats:

“I had a great experience in each of the courses, with the staff, the institution and with any and all interactions with you along the way. Anytime I had a question, you answered it quickly and in the most helpful way possible. I greatly appreciate everything you do for the program and the students.”   –Dylan Marton, graduate student, College of Education and Human Development

“When it comes to the quality of my classes in an online format, I would say it was very high.” –Mira Warrier, junior, College of Arts and Sciences

“I actually came to appreciate different aspects of online learning and the biggest one I would say is everything is truly done at your own pace.” – Steve Armstrong, sophomore, Lerner College of Business and Economics

“I was able to develop relationships with my peers and my professors. We had that one-on-one face interaction; we were meeting every other day.” –Christian Reilly, junior, College of Arts and Sciences

“It gave me so much flexibility with my classes … in the end I made the dean’s list because of it.” – Joy Gyan, junior, College of Arts and Sciences

Resources for faculty

To aid faculty members in their preparation, the subcommittee has assembled a number of resources designed to meet them at their level of comfort for teaching online. Operating on a different academic calendar than much of the University with seven- and eight-week sessions throughout the year, Monica Farling, academic development specialist, and her colleagues from UD’s English Language Institute (ELI) have been employing some of these resources.

“In many ways, online classes are not better or worse; they are just different,” said Farling. “As long as everyone goes in with a mindset that we are going to be flexible and find ways to make this work best, a lot of great things are possible. I know so much more about educational technology and online course design now than I did in March when the pandemic hit.”

For many instructors, their first step is to visit the Teaching Online webpage, which provides resources and guidance for designing learning experiences, engaging students, building courses and filling course content. The page also includes contact information for UD departments and divisions that can provide assistance, and it supplies links to self-paced and cohort-based online training programs, such as UD Online Faculty Resource Center, Getting Started with Online Teaching, UD Online Student Orientation, Teaching Online Together: SPOT ON, Delivering Learning Experiences Online (DLEO), and Wiley Online Teaching Strategies.

Farling and some of her ELI coworkers participated in a DLEO training program to redesign their classes.

“We were logging a ton of hours on Zoom, so we looked into which pieces of the classes can be asynchronous [self paced],” said Farling. “We reorganized our material to a blend of synchronous [real-time] and asynchronous content and are piloting about six of those redesigned classes this summer.”

Evaluating online learning

Another resource, the UD Online assessment system, provides multiple options to assess learning. Though the ability to operate the UD Online Testing Center in person this fall is to be determined, there are other ways to evaluate student learning, including a testing function in the Canvas learning management system, remote proctoring via the testing center or ProctorU, Zoom proctoring, ExamSoft artificial intelligence proctoring, paper-based exams via Zoom, and lockdown browser software. Instructors utilizing the assessment system are guided through the process of choosing an assessment instrument by a decision tree.

“We know there is not one perfect option for assessing online learning,” said Irvine. “We have expert staff at the UD Online Testing Center to give guidance on the best testing options or maybe even help determine that alternative forms of assessment can be used.”

Faculty are also encouraged to take advantage of digital and open education resources for their online courses, as well as other services, provided by the Library. Over the summer, many instructors have engaged in consultations with Library staff to integrate resources to make their classes more engaging.

“When the Library says, ‘We are here to help you,’ take them at their word and take them up on it,” said Farling. “They have been fantastic to work with.”

After meeting virtually with a group of ELI instructors to ensure their students have access to the necessary resources, Lauren Wallis, First Year Experience and student success librarian, worked individually with Farling on creating a research guide in Canvas that links to various news publications and automatically updates. Along with enabling Farling to keep her course materials current, this saves considerable time.

In addition to the UD Online Testing Center and the Library, one-on-one and department consultations are offered by ATS, CTAL and others. Consultations range from specific issues like how to embed a video into Canvas to assisting someone who has no idea of how to begin to build an online course.

“We are so fortunate having this technology to keep education functioning in light of the pandemic,” said Hofstetter. “E-learning is one of the most thoroughly researched fields, and we have learned a lot about what works.”

As of mid-July, approximately 1,400 courses have been positively impacted by the work of the Online Teaching Subcommittee, which has supported trainings or consultations by Faculty Commons partners with nearly 700 instructors in a variety of capacities. Faculty Commons partners are currently following up with over 700 more instructors who responded to a recent survey asking if they need help. While Irvine is proud of the efforts to date, he also acknowledges they are not at the finish line yet.

“We are very pleased with our progress, but we know there is more work to be done,” said Irvine. “Our faculty members are working really hard, and we are reaching out to them to see how we can help. Even if it is tough in the near term, this will enhance the value of a UD education.”

Whether they are looking for assistance in building their online courses or just want to check in to say they have everything under control, all UD instructors are encouraged to reach out to faculty-commons@udel.edu or respond to the “2020 Fall Faculty Request for Course Design Assistance” survey.

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Remote Jobs

The House That Remote Work Advocates Built – Entrepreneur

August 12, 2020 5 min read

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Remote has skyrocketed. When stay-at-home orders hit the U.S. in March, within a matter of days — and in some cases, overnight — 63 percent of the U.S. workforce shifted to working from home in some capacity, according to data from Gallup. In contrast, before the orders, only 31 percent of the workforce worked from home occasionally and only 4.9 percent worked from home 100 percent of the time

The foundation of this remote work surge — the philosophies, trials and errors, best practices, tools, case studies, public policies and vast knowledge supporting this swift change — has been growing and building for more than a decade. Although remote work has just been introduced to millions of people over these past few months, it’s vital to acknowledge that the overall success of this urgent remote work integration is because of the that came before this moment. 

Related: Survey Reveals 4 Transformational Remote Work Trends

I’ve witnessed these efforts and been a part of them as the founder and CEO of two fully remote companies (FlexJobs and Remote.co) and two remote work advocacy groups (1 Million for Work Flexibility and The TRaD* Works Forum). Over the past 13 years, I’ve had the incredible fortune to know and work with many of the leading remote work experts out there, and I’d like to highlight their contributions.

The voices behind remote work’s growth

Even before the world’s biggest work-from-home experiment, there were more remote-friendly jobs than at any time in the modern workforce. FlexJobs compiles an annual list of the 100 companies offering the most remote jobs, which regularly includes well-known, major corporations like Dell, UnitedHealth Group, SAP, Salesforce, ADP, American Express and CVS Health. These companies and others like them have consistently been building remote-friendly workforces, providing real world evidence that remote work can work on a large scale even when it’s by choice, not because of a health crisis. 

Automattic, the makers of WordPress, became the first “Frog Unicorn” (a.k.a. a fully remote organization valued at more than $1 billion). And then there are countless smaller, innovative remote-forward companies that integrated remote work into their models early on, such as GitLab, TeamSnap, Canonical, Help Scout, Skillcrush and Buffer.

Next, researchers, remote work advocates and advocacy groups have paved the way for evidence-based discussion and actions to help companies implement remote work. Professor Nicholas Bloom’s landmark 2013 Stanford University research found that remote work improved , reduced turnover and increased employee satisfaction. Global Workplace Analytics, WorldatWork, the Boston College Center for Work & Family, the World Economic Forum, TelCoa, The Remote Work Association, Brigid Schulte of New America, Cali Williams Yost of the Flex+Strategy Group and many more have created momentum behind the adoption of remote work. And while travel is halted during the pandemic, creative entrepreneurial groups like Remote Year and Running Remote highlight remote work’s expansive reach and exciting possibilities.

Related: 6 Tips to Make Remote Work Actually Work

The media has played an important role in demonstrating remote work’s growth, evolution and staying power. Despite occasional, hyperbolic headlines about the “end of ,” journalists like CNN’s Kathryn Vasel and Jeanne Sahadi, CNBC’s Courtney Connley and Barbara Booth, The Wall Street Journal’s Kathryn Dill, AARP’s Kerry Hannon, Fortune’s Anne Fisher, Fast Company’s Lydia Dishman and many more have diligently covered remote work’s steady rise with clear-eyed insights and analysis. Over the years, this coverage has gradually dispelled myths about working from home including only low-level, low-skilled, unprofessional jobs outside the real job market.

Finally, and importantly, public policy at the local, state and national level has codified the right for people to work remotely. In 2010, the Telework Enhancement Act required major federal agencies to implement remote work, leading to dramatic savings in time, money and resources and increases in productivity and federal employee satisfaction. There have been more than 50 related Right to Request laws or acts giving workers the right to request flexible work options or remote work proposed and/or passed around the country, including in Seattle, New York, San Francisco, New Hampshire, Arizona and Oregon. And economic development organizations in Kentucky, Colorado, Maine, Utah and elsewhere have been working to bring remote jobs to rural and economically depressed communities

I’ve been asked many times where remote work will go next. I firmly believe we are finally at a tipping point where remote and flexible work will become a long-term and important component of any healthy organization, both in emergency preparedness and in regular operations. 

So far, nearly one in five chief financial officers surveyed says they plan to keep at least 20 percent of their workforce working remotely beyond the crisis. Companies like Twitter, EY, Facebook and Nationwide Insurance have also announced huge recruiting and operational shifts towards remote work with more and more every day. 

While it’s highly unfortunate for the reasons remote work has come grow so dramatically, it is absolutely ready for it. The knowledge, systems, tools and processes leading to its success have been skillfully built, modified, tested and fortified for years.

Related: Pros and Cons of Remote Work: Will Your Employees Adapt?

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Digital Marketing

Myntelligence Optimizes Digital Marketing Campaigns and Unlocks Real-Time Business Insights with TigerGraph – GlobeNewswire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TigerGraph, the only scalable graph database for the enterprise, today announced that Myntelligence has chosen TigerGraph to power advanced analytics within the Myntelligence Media Automation platform to deliver integrated, real-time insights to marketers. Myntelligence, with TigerGraph, is addressing a key business challenge: Marketers often struggle to manage multiple campaigns across various digital channels while analyzing integrated results in real-time – especially when working with data repositories such as Hadoop-based data lakes.“Today’s businesses must harness the power of interconnected data to gain real-time, meaningful insights – and this data is especially critical for marketers,” said Dr. Yu Xu, founder and CEO, TigerGraph. “In fact, almost 80 percent of today’s marketers describe their customer engagement as ‘data-driven,’ with this data being essential to understanding a customer’s engagement journey before, during, and after a purchase. TigerGraph’s advanced graph analytics bolsters the Myntelligence platform, arming marketers with the real-time campaign information they need to strengthen customer relationships, resulting in higher ROI.”Myntelligence’s Media Automation and Optimization SaaS platform enables marketers to utilize all ad-tech and mar-tech platforms available in the marketing ecosystem from a single web interface and run campaigns across the entire acquisition funnel. It gives marketers a single customer view across multiple digital channels, facilitating the real-time analysis and optimization of campaign results. TigerGraph serves as the advanced graph analytics foundation for the Media Automation and Optimization system and enables the interactive, fine-grained analysis of campaign performance across multiple ad and marketing touchpoints. Marketers can then aggregate events linking to individual consumers, run flexible audience analytics queries, and drill down into target demographics. Brands can use the resulting contextualized insights to design additional customer journeys through AI-powered campaign mapping, improving campaign efficiency and increasing ROI in the process.“Myntelligence’s prime objective is to help companies build digital communications strategies and omnichannel campaigns in-house. We realized we needed to add advanced graph analytics capabilities to our platform to bridge the ‘business value’ gap,” said Carlo De Matteo, co-founder, and managing partner, Myntelligence. “We were looking for a high performing graph analytics platform that would be easy to build our solution on top of. We evaluated all the players, including open-sourced solutions, and TigerGraph emerged as the best fit. TigerGraph offers the performance, scalability, and ease-of-use we needed and allows us to connect and transform the data in our Hadoop-based data lake so that we can deliver contextualized insights to our customers.”Data lakes are built for storing large volumes of raw data in its native format. However, these storage repositories are not designed for rapid data analysis, leaving companies stranded when it comes to deriving real-time actionable insights from marketing campaigns. Companies need to do more than connect multiple digital channels – they need to unlock the business value within these data lakes. Only then can marketers optimize their ad-tech and mar-tech platforms to drive customer engagement.“Many organizations have invested heavily in building data lakes. Meanwhile, they’ve learned that extracting insights from this ‘data overload’ is a slow, difficult process,” said Tony Baer, principal, dbInsight. “Graph databases can actually complement data warehouses, picking up where data warehouses leave off. Graph databases highlight specific relationships and connections within the interconnected data, shedding light on how various factors drive the customer journey. These newly discovered connections within massive datasets provide businesses with valuable competitive information.”Helpful LinksTigerGraph CloudTigerGraph Developer CommunityTigerGraph WebsiteTigerGraph BlogTigerGraph on TwitterTigerGraph on LinkedInAbout TigerGraph
TigerGraph is the only scalable graph database for the enterprise. TigerGraph’s proven technology connects data silos for deeper, wider and operational analytics at scale. Four out of the top five global banks use TigerGraph for real-time fraud detection. Over 50 million patients receive care path recommendations to assist them on their wellness journey. 300 million consumers receive personalized offers with recommendation engines powered by TigerGraph. The energy infrastructure for 1 billion people is optimized by TigerGraph for reducing power outages. TigerGraph’s proven technology supports applications such as fraud detection, customer 360, MDM, IoT, AI, and machine learning. The company is headquartered in Redwood City, California, USA. Follow TigerGraph on Twitter at @TigerGraphDB or start free at tigergraph.com/cloud.
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