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    MedComms Networking - 20 July 2021


    Boom! Times three. A week after launching our new survey, Working practice: Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on current and future patterns, we've already passed 300 responses. It intrigues me how quickly you get a good sense of what the final headline figures from a survey will be - and there are going to be some interesting ones here - but, of course, the bigger the total response the better. So please join in. And I'm always curious to read the text comments, which are different by definition, so the more responses the more interesting the data.

    Many companies have run their own in-house surveys and other consultation activities to help plan their future working practices (or have they?) but independent data like this and on this scale helps everyone. And nobody else is doing it in and around MedComms. So, please spread the word and encourage relevant others to participate. Once again, we'll share the data freely afterwards to help everyone think about new - and not-so-new - working practices. Closing date is 13 August. Complete the survey here. Thank you.

    In the survey we ask questions about how you are coping with home-working and generally with the pressures of MedComms work.

    In last week's webinar, Paul Hutchings (founder of fox&cat), and two key members of his network of independent specialist consultants, Kathy Chillistone (Independent HR Consultant) and Paul Phillips (Consultant and Trainer), highlighted the difference between helpful and unhelpful types of pressure. They provided their perspectives on how a deeper understanding of pressure can help us better manage our "mental health". The concept of a stress container was a simple, effective model to think about. As was the idea of "culture plasters". Like when your employer sends you a bottle of wine (bowl of fruit/box of chocolates.. replace with your own example) and says "thanks, but keep on working the over-long hours...". They might encourage quick and easy, positive, LinkedIn updates, but may not address the fundamental problems.

    Watch the video here. It's maybe a good one to stream together with your team, to catalyse a group discussion about how you're all doing.

    Last week, I also ran an online session with representatives from Helios Global Group where we recorded short conversations around several key questions that entry-level jobseekers ask. I called them MedComms Essentials and I'm hoping it will be the start of a much bigger series. But feedback would be welcomed. Tell us what you think about the format. Is it useful to do more? View the first six here.

    This week we have a big crowd gathering for tomorrow's #MedComms Forum, which we will run as an extended webinar, Veeva for MedComms agencies - a deep dive. Join us to ask your questions of the experts and share your own experiences of the PromoMats and MedComms platforms. We'll hear about future developments and about the specialist support that is available for this community. Everyone's welcome.

    Stay well, everyone. And, please, look out for each other.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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