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MedComms Networking - 14 January 2020
Following last week's comment about #greenMedComms, I've had some interesting conversations about how we might do more. The emphasis must surely be on the travel we undertake, generally doing business together, but specifically the vast amount of airmiles clocking up on the medical conference circuit. What are the options? Virtual conferencing is easy to talk about, but maybe not so easy in practice.
Some of you will know Trisha Greenhalgh (Professor of Primary Care, University of Oxford). Take a look at the Twitter discussion she started at the weekend...
"Folks, if Meghan is allowed to join a meeting on the future of the monarchy by video call, surely 90 percent of the meetings we hold could be done without physical travel? The software for virtual meetings is now much better. We should all learn how to use it."
But it's not just about flying around conferences. Who actively encourages car sharing? Or supports bike schemes? What's happening in the company kitchen? How much disposable "stuff" are we really using? Is another client/site visit necessary?
We're all doing something. How much more could we do by opening up the conversation, together?
More and more work is done remotely by home workers, which is clearly good in many ways. But how many people are being trained to use the remote working technology optimally? It's not just about hardware and software, which is frankly very good now. It's about "humanware".
[My own top tip - turn on the flippin' video camera! How many people say "let's do a video conference..." and then don't, so losing most of the point of it? Communication is so much better when you see each other's eyes.]
I'll do my bit here, running the MedComms webinars! The timetable is bang up-to-date at MedCommsNetworking.com and I welcome suggestions for speakers and topics.
But just as I was writing this, I've had confirmation that on 1 April we'll talk about #greenMedComms! I'll explain more next week, but put the date in your diary. Wherever you are in the world on the day, please plan on joining the discussion. That's surely one for gathering colleagues around, sharing cake and then asking yourselves, "what might we do differently here? Can we?".
Meanwhile, some news snippets you might have missed...
For those of you in UK companies, or working with them, this was posted yesterday, HMRC releases contractor factsheet on IR35 rules. So, it's still coming. I'm still keen to hear from #MedComms agencies who have a plan in place - or not - and will share thoughts on how it affects our working practices.
I thought this was potentially a big move, F1000 Research joins Taylor and Francis Group. What do you think?
And this for the wannabees has some useful points to consider, Is a career in medical writing right for you?
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