Temporary workers on the rise due to uncertainty | Reskilling remains important | Inside the rise of BYOM work culture
August 6, 2020
SmartBrief on Your Career
Getting Ahead
Do expanded benefits discourage a return to work?
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A report from Yale University argues that enhanced unemployment benefits do not have a negative effect on employment, Jim Wang writes. The report -- based on data that does not reflect the full US labor market and focuses on hourly workers -- states that people who received the expanded benefits returned to their jobs at the same rate as others, Wang notes.
Full Story: Forbes (8/4) 
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Due to the uncertain economy, businesses are hiring temporary workers and contractors instead of permanent staffers, primarily for HR, technology and finance positions. According to a recent Gartner survey, the number of US companies looking to replace full-time employees with temporary workers has doubled to almost 33%, compared to pre-pandemic findings.
Full Story: USA Today (8/5) 
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Reskilling remains important
This article shines a spotlight on four skills that are already important, but stand to see their value increase in a post-pandemic world, including systems thinking and strategic foresight. The article also lists 10 skills of growing importance and 10 skills whose value is starting to fade, according to the World Economic Forum.
Full Story: World Economic Forum (8/5) 
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As the pandemic continues, it is becoming clear that the hybrid workplace is here indefinitely -- -- a paradigm shift that is called Bring Your Own Meeting (BYOM). To accommodate this, companies are looking for tech solutions that provide wireless presentation capabilities as well as built-in security measures.
Full Story: AV Network (8/5) 
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3 Dimensions for Safely Reopening the Workplace
Is it possible to get back to work safely? How do we do it? And where do we start? This session will explore the critical factors of getting back to work readiness to maintain employee safety and business continuity during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Register here.
Making the Connection
Once you have made a first-level connection on LinkedIn, you need to cultivate that connection to turn him or her into a potential client, writes Bryce Sanders, president of Perceptive Business Solutions Inc. He offers 10 steps to do that without scaring the person away.
Full Story: ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (8/3) 
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The Landscape
Film, TV industries cautiously resume production
Safety is the top priority as film and television productions cautiously resume operations, and many organizations are finding they have to adapt to new challenges as they arise. Cloud-based workflows that allow some staff to work remotely are gaining popularity, and many productions are recruiting medical experts to ensure cast and crew are working safely.
Full Story: TV Technology (8/4) 
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Companies added 167,000 jobs to payrolls in July, down sharply from the upwardly revised tally of 4.31 million in June, according to ADP. July's job gain was well below the median expectation of 1.2 million among economists surveyed by Bloomberg.
Full Story: Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (8/5) 
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The Water Cooler
Satellites spot penguin poo to locate new colonies
Satellite imagery captured of Antarctica helped scientists identify 11 new penguins colonies. The discovery, which was possible because the images showed brown stains caused by massive amounts of penguin droppings, brings the total number of known colonies in Antarctica to 61.
Full Story: LiveScience (8/5) 
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