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DigiEnable Podcast - June 2020

In this episode we talk about why Podcasts are still cool, what some businesses are doing for remote working transitions and why it's inportant to understand what "pants" are!

DigiEnable Podcast Show Notes:

1. Microsoft is to replace dozens of contract journalists on its MSN website and use automated systems to select news stories, US and UK media report.

But it employs journalists to decide which stories to display and how they are presented.

Around 50 contract news producers will lose their jobs at the end of June, the Seattle Times reports, but a team of full-time journalists will remain.

Some sacked journalists warned that artificial intelligence may not be fully familiar with strict editorial guidelines, and could end up letting through inappropriate stories.

Liz mentions this book : Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble - 


2. How to Transition from In-Office to Remote Work

In the last podcast we shared our top tips for staying productive when working from home, this time we thought it was interesting to follow-up with a further topic around transitioning.

Full transition will take time – be clear in comms, schedules and have a mix of formal and informal meetings.

A blogspot blog also suggests having solutions to times when you are experiencing cabin fever or brain fog! – A great way to also understanding your energies in a day and working around them.


3. Podcasts are still cool! - Podcasts have grown 129,000% (yes, percent) in the last decade

A report released from podcast platform Stitcher has found that the number of podcasts published on their platform has grown more than 129,000% since 2010.

The report also found that the 18–34 age group makes up the largest chunk of listeners, but the 35–55 age group is more dedicated based on listening hours and the number of shows they’ve added to their favorites.


Top tips round up

Social Media: Youtube rolls out video chapters for all creators

Youtube has also built haptic responses in for mobile – they’ll get a “thump” for each new chapter


SEO: Youtube shows web-based search results – currently not being well received!

Google has been spotted showing links to web pages when people search for topics on YouTube.

But with people getting into the habit of going to Youtube to search if they want a video, is this just confusing the pattern?  


Productivity: “‘I carry my phone to the bathroom’: How remote work can foster a new kind of ‘presenteeism’

The rise of surveillance software, always-on webcams, is breeding a problem of remote “presenteeism” and an increased level of stress for some teams – make sure your remote workers are working on output-drive projects, not visibility like the old physical office scenario!

A Stanford study found a 13% increase in productivity for employees working from home — both for employees and their managers. At the same time, a LinkedIn study recently found that 86% of employees working from home feel a pressure to “overperform.”


Favourite app of the moment – Asana

Recently been supporting teams to get more digital and connected – Asana is a great project management and group task app


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