The remote workplace has ended more than just rolling your chair over to your favorite coworker's desk. Interaction levels with HR have "basically fallen off a cliff," says Robert Toole, a partner at Kona HR Consulting. Large corps often have internal HR tech tools, but many small and medium firms are adopting them for the first time during Covid-19. Historically, HR's go-to employee pulse-check has been a lengthy annual survey. But in these…less-than-certain times, employees' lives are changing too quickly for a yearly questionnaire.
Looked at on a world scale, the Covid-19 pandemic will continue to deliver shocks to global supply chains for some time to come. Even if the public health crisis abates in the UK, our economy is part of a global economy, and UK corporate IT will have its work cut out in supporting companies as they are forced to re-forge supply chains, perhaps over and over again, and at short notice. The crisis has provoked some rethinking of how the world economy ought to work, with an emphasis on the desirability of a shift from efficiency – doing things "just in time" – to resilience – building in more slack. The FT's Rana Faroohar provides an account of such rethinking in an article entitled From'just in time' to'just in case' published earlier this year. In the discussions which lie behind this article there are different emphases on a spectrum of opinion: some say we can have both efficiency and resilience equally, others that there is a choice to be made for one or the other, and yet others say it's a matter of balance, of trading off. Tony Harris, global vice-president of business network solutions at SAP, says it has to be a combination. "You wouldn't want to move to a resilient network or supply chain that wasn't also efficient," he says.
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I started in Data Science back in 2015. It was not an intended move but the answer to the needs of my employer. I was working for a company providing automation services to Spanish corporations and we had the need to leverage data to automate complex tasks whose rules could not be easily hard-coded. I had recently graduated as an engineer in the middle of a terrible economic crisis, had some statistical modeling knowledge and was proficient using MATLAB. In 2015 there was not specialized Data Science degrees or boot-camps to jump-start in the field (at least, in Spain) and the naturally closest studies you could have were, in this order: Mathematics (in Spain with a strong focus in becoming a teacher/professor in the public education system) or Software Engineer (most of them more interested in App Development or creating the new Uber of "X" than in boring Data Science stuff back then).
"…In many organizations, the human resource department is responsible for many strategic tasks from managing the hiring to [the] termination of employee[s], for example monitoring of employees' at all the levels, handling payroll, managing employee[s'] benefits and so on. To make this work easier[,] organizations across the world are investing in HR automation [to] [carry] out the best human capital decision[s]…" I know what you're thinking: "…my company's board of directors is too visually impaired to consider what kind of impact these new-flanged capabilities will have on the company to actually consider them-- let alone implement them…" but you would be wrong to think this way; because the change is not only already happening, but it is accelerating. While it is true that some companies have not fully considered implementing a complete, top-to-bottom HR automation strategy -- largely because such a thing is still too abstract a problem and a not-so-clear-opportunity right now -- news like Amazon's drive to automate hiring and onboarding for its hourly warehouse workers will not stay secret for long. Do not kid yourselves, while corporate boards are not known for being bastions of innovation and forward-thinking, they know it's possible -- even if they are unable to see its affect on the corporation's current business -- at least, not yet, anyway.
For non-native speaking English students, trying to get good grades while learning a new language can be challenging at the best of times, but as classes turn virtual some students are being left behind. BUCKEYE, Az. -- Virtual classrooms are the new normal for many students, but for non-native speaking English students, trying to get good grades can be challenging in the best of times. As classes turn virtual due to COVID-19, some students are being left behind. Valeria Gonzalez, 11, told Fox News that her school in Buckeye, Az., doesn't offer a virtual English as a second language (ESL) program. All of her classes are taught by an English speaking teacher with no Spanish translation.
The way we work has changed and it's continuing to change. People are working remotely while being part of their team irrespective of the location. With this change, traditional training methods being restrictive and costly have become less relevant. One of the challenges faced by teachers is to provide customized learning catering to the needs of every student. As different students have different requirements, even teaching one student is an arduous task as the teacher is challenged to find the right curriculum to meet their requirements.
Microsoft is looking beyond flash storage and hard drives to handle the seemingly unstoppable demand for cloud storage. Yesterday at its Ignite conference, the company announced Project HSD (via ZDNet), a new research initiative that's exploring how holographic storage could eventually be used for the cloud. And while it may sound far-fetched, the notion of holographic storage has been around since the 1960's. But now, Microsoft thinks it may be possible to use the medium effectively thanks to the rise of smartphone cameras. As the video above explains, holographic storage works by writing and reading data from an optical crystal.
Google has a new Assistant routine that will remind you of the passage of time as you continue to work from home. The workday routine will prompt you to get up and move, go for a walk, grab a glass of water and other normal human being activities at various points throughout the day, just in case, you know, you were beginning to atrophy at your desk while seasons changed outside your window. The new feature rolls out this week and comes pre-configured with suggested actions at specific times, though you can customize these yourself. So instead of (or in addition to) "start preparing dinner" at 5pm, you might set a reminder to "Take a shower, you stink" at 7pm, too. Assistant will serve these reminders through your smart display or speaker, and will also regularly share the time with you throughout the day.