It’s Election Day!Read the rest of this entry »
At the risk of being Captain Obvious, it’s Election Day. Have you voted?
Unlike any other, this election has seen a record number of Americans casting their ballot days, even weeks before today's official voting day. COVID-19 made many of us wary of being exposed to the virus, so states took steps to make voting more convenient and to limit the need to visit a polling place.
That doesn’t mean …
Chronic Pain Patients Find Telehealth Cost EffectiveRead the rest of this entry »
Telehealth continues to demonstrate its popularity, this time among people suffering with chronic pain.
At their annual meeting this month, itself held online, anesthesiologists heard that patients who met with their pain specialist remotely were overwhelmingly satisfied with the experience.
Conducted by the UCLA Comprehensive Pain Center in Los Angeles, the survey period began in August 2019, long before the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients at the pain center were given the …
Banking Trends That Are Here to StayRead the rest of this entry »
What the ATM did for getting cash, the covid pandemic is doing for many other banking services.
More than ever, customers are turning to online banking to pay bills, transfer funds, and handle transactions they would have visited a branch for just a few months ago.
Baby Boomers, the generation most reluctant to have downloaded their bank’s mobile app, have embraced online banking in record numbers. Shortly after businesses were …
A Lifesciences Lab Where Robots Do All the ExperimentsRead the rest of this entry »
In the heart of Silicon Valley is a biotech laboratory run by robots. They carry out experiments ordered by scientists anywhere in the world who simply login to the lab, describe their project, set options like the cells to use or the types of analyses to perform, and go on to do other things while the robots do the rest.
The Strateos lab in Menlo Park, California is as sophisticated …
Neanderthal Genes Make COVID Worse for SomeRead the rest of this entry »
An impaired immune system, age, obesity and underlying medical issues are the well-known risk factors for becoming seriously ill with COVID-19.
Genetics, too, play a role, helping to explain why some young and otherwise healthy individuals will have a severe reaction and most others don’t. Variants on one region of the human chromosome are behind the increased risk.
But why do some people have the variant and others don’t? Blame …
Chief Marketing Officers in Demand AgainRead the rest of this entry »
The COVID-19 pandemic may have wreaked havoc on marketing departments, but it did nothing to quell the hiring of chief marketing officers. If anything, it’s likely to have spurred job changes at the most senior marketing level.
A Forbes report tells us that in the first half of the year hiring of CMOs was up 15%. “Are you surprised,” asks writer Norm Yustin, “that COVID-19 has had a positive impact …
It’s National Customer Service WeekRead the rest of this entry »
Never before have customer service professionals been more critical to the success of a business.
When COVID-19 shut down stores and offices across the nation, customers and clients turned to the internet and phone to order goods and get help. Customer service representatives became, not just the first point of contact, but often the literal and only voice of an organization.
Even before the pandemic, the job of a customer …
How the World of Work Is ChangingRead the rest of this entry »
“The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed employment,” declares this year’s Labor Day Report from Littler Mendelson, one of the largest employment law firms in the world.
“The challenges employees and employers continue to face this Labor Day are enormous and unprecedented. Even when the coronavirus is finally behind us, many of these challenges will remain," says the report, released on Labor Day.
In five, to-the-point parts the report lays out …
Your Health Could Depend on What’s In Your GutRead the rest of this entry »
Nutritionists have long told us “You are what you eat,” an adage embodied in the food pyramid every child learns in school. Now, out of the Netherlands comes evidence that what’s in our gut has a connection to a variety of illnesses including osteoarthritis, heart disease and diabetes.
Presenting the findings of a broad study of 422,417 unrelated adults of British ancestry, author Dr. Hilde Groot of University Medical Centre …
Job Trends Are Slowly Headed In the Right DirectionRead the rest of this entry »
Strong hiring by the staffing industry helped employment continue its upward trend in July, the third consecutive month The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index (ETI) has improved.
In July, staffing firms in the US added 143,700 new jobs. The growth was second only to the half million workers brought on by restaurants and bars. The majority of those workers were laid off when businesses were ordered to close.