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MedComms Networking - 01 September 2020
So, how was your August? I took a breather. Of sorts. Frankly, I'm not feeling very rested. But no Zoom calls for a month was a result! And I say that as a stalwart supporter of such technologies.
Do you remember our COVID-19 and homeworking survey that we published way back in June? Watch the discussion here or view the slides here. Nine out of ten responders didn't think the way we work would return to the way it was before the pandemic.
Has anyone changed their minds?
There's lots of talk about offices re-opening across the MedComms community on a "hybrid" basis. I'm not sure what that means, or if anyone else knows. People talk about how everything will be "employee-led". Nobody forced to return to the office if they don't want to. Offices used more for training and for in-person meetings that can't be avoided. How will that work out?
Importantly, what about the 25-30 percent of responders who were struggling?
How's the back pain? Have you organised a better workstation? Has your employer provided new kit? Have they arranged a health and safety assessment? Are you still working off a laptop, whilst sitting on your bed? Are employment contracts being re-written to properly embrace homeworking?
Where do we go from here?
Last week a hefty - and largely positive - report was published, Homeworking in the UK: Before and During the 2020 Lockdown. Or, for speed, read the news reports, such as here from the Independent. Again; "nine out of 10 people in the UK who have worked from home during the coronavirus lockdown want to continue doing so."
But this US survey, also published last week, highlights challenges that many face, Not in the same boat: Career progression in the pandemic.
What about the MedComms deliverables? How will they change? What about the events business? What about the medical societies we work with? Have you attended the ESC 2020 Congress over the past few days? Everyone was welcome. Free entry to all. Lots turned up. Here are some short video insights from ESC's President Barbara Casadei in How ESC Moved to Virtual Sessions and Keeping Virtual Features in Future Cardiology Meetings.
Maybe it's finally a brave new - digital - world. I still wonder about the economics, though.
Hopefully, these MedComms Networking services will continue to provide useful insights and support across the community. We can only do more with your help. So, please join in. Share experiences and ideas and use the platform to your advantage.
Here's a request from Patricia Fonseca, a medical publications manager. Patricia is conducting independent research on digital enhancements for manuscripts submitted to peer-reviewed medical journals for a poster presentation. The survey is open until 15 September. Please join in.
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Stay safe and well, everyone.
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