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TEN YEAR STUDY: TWO DOMINANT CHALLENGES FACING WORKERS PRIOR TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC


RainmakerThinking has released a new study based on survey data they collected from more than 10,000 working adults in 84 different organizations and of 37 different nationalities during the ten years between the Great Recession to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

New Haven, CT, July 9, 2020—Overcommitment and work relationship conflict were the top two challenges facing workers between March 2010 and March 2020, according to a new study just released by RainmakerThinking, Inc.

This is the latest from RainmakerThinking’s workplace research, ongoing since 1993, which includes data collected from more than 500,000 individuals from more than 400 organizations, and is the basis of numerous studies, hundreds of articles, and 21 books. Their research on the intersection of overcommitment syndrome and relationship conflict at work—and how the most effective people solve that conundrum—is the basis of Tulgan’s new book, THE ART OF BEING INDISPENSABLE AT WORK: Win Influence, Beat Overcommitment, and Get the Right Things Done, to be published by Harvard Business Review Press in July.

In this new study, RainmakerThinking examined open ended response data collected between March 2010 (the end of the Great Recession) and March 2020 (the emergence of the COVID-19 Pandemic) in response to the question, “What is the most difficult challenge you face when it comes to doing your job?”

56% of respondents cited some form of overcommitment

48% cited some form of workplace relationship conflict

31% mentioned both overcommitment and workplace relationship conflict

73% mentioned at least one or both factors; only 27% mentioned neither

These numbers remained surprisingly consistent across a wide range of employees in various roles and levels in organizations of different shapes and sizes and industries.

Tulgan says, “These deeply intertwined problems of overcommitment and relationship conflict have been rising to the top, not just in this study, but in all of our research, training and consulting, more and more, over the last ten years. My search for solutions led me over and over to people who remain consistently in great demand without succumbing to overcommitment syndrome, those I refer to as ‘go-to people.’ I kept trying to figure out, ‘How do they do that?’ Figuring out how these real ‘go-to people’ stand the test of time is what led me ultimately to write the new book.”

“It is a constant theme in business, but especially since the Great Recession, organizations have been determined to get more and more work out of every employee,” Tulgan says. “Organizations have not only steadily increased everybody’s individual workload, but they have also been streamlining work by pushing increased collaboration. That means everybody is dealing with a lot more people—and all these people are almost always making requests of each other.”

What Tulgan saw, again and again, was a tendency for people—trying to be good team players and prove their value—to manage these relationships by overcommitting themselves, saying “yes” to every new ask or project, even if they didn’t have the bandwidth. Even before the Pandemic hit, when unemployment was at record lows, most employees didn’t want to give the impression they were not pulling their weight. Says Tulgan, “That is doubly true now, with so many people so worried about their job security.”

“The irony is that people who allow themselves to become overcommitted end up either dropping balls and letting people down or start to suffer from what I call ‘siege mentality’ and start hiding from everyone and everything at work. Either way, their overcommitment ends up causing conflict in their work relationships.”

The go-to people Tulgan has studied, whose way of thinking and conducting themselves form the basis of his new book, are not just “yes” people. “The reason why people ‘go to’ them over and over again is not that they say yes to everyone and everything. Rather, they play a longer game of service,” Tulgan says. These go-to people serve others more and better, add more value for more people consistently over time, and thus are the most relied upon by their peers. How? By pacing themselves, slowing down to make sure they do the right things in the right order for the right reasons, every step of the way.

Says Tulgan, “These go-to people realize that, if you are truly committed to service, you don’t burn yourself out because then you will be of no service to anyone, at least for some period of time. In fact, you will likely require the services of others.”

How do you make yourself truly indispensable at work in the post-pandemic world? Says Tulgan, “The way to add the most value for the most people consistently over time is to play the long game of service, one moment at a time. That is how you beat overcommitment, avoid relationship conflict, and win real influence so that everybody wants to work with you and nobody would want to work without you. That’s what the book is all about.”

Learn more about RainmakerThinking’s ten year study and their findings on their website.

Bruce Tulgan’s The Art of Being Indispensable at Work is due for release July 21, 2020 from Harvard Business Review Press and available for pre-order now from all major booksellers.

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Survey shows more Britons accessing equity release in wake of pandemic


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LONDON, UK; 25 June 2020 – A recent survey conducted by equitymortgagerelease.co.uk and the UK Care Guide showed that more Britons have been looking into equity release options as a way to cope with the current global pandemic.

A total of 984 respondents took the survey online on the UK Care Guide website between 1 and 31 May 2020, with a view to understand what attitudes were to equity release, particularly in light of the current coronavirus pandemic.

William Jackson of UK Care Guide said of the survey, “Over the past few months, we have seen an increase in traffic to our website for people looking to access equity release. We wondered whether this may be because of financial issues that that people may be facing due to the pandemic. We ran a survey and were interested to see that there was a direct correlation between the pandemic and the need for cash.”

Equity release is often accessed by people to help fund their retirement or pay for their care. However, it is interesting to see that 20% of people are now accessing the money to help others financially, which is likely to be a direct result of the impact coronavirus has had on families.

According to the survey, 26% of people looking to access equity release are doing so because either they or their family is no longer in active employment due to the coronavirus; and 54% said they would give some of the money to others – perhaps demonstrating that people are looking to access the value in their homes to share it with others who may be struggling.

James Lloyd at Equity Mortgage Release said, “The recent pandemic has shown that people are still looking to access the cash in their home. Interestingly, 20% of the people that responded said they were having to access cash to help support others. This is a much higher number than we typically see. This is supported by the fact that 54% will also share some of the money with their family, mainly kids and grandkids. This shows us that people are looking to access the value of money in their home to support family members who may have lost jobs or are suffering from reduced income due to the pandemic.”

When asked how they will find an adviser to help them find the best equity release scheme, respondents overwhelmingly recognised the need for help, but more than half said they would start the process using an internet search engine.

Following that, people said they would be seeking advice before going ahead with 58% opting to speak to an equity release specialist who can help ensure that they are choosing the right deal for them.

Visit https://equitymortgagerelease.co.uk/attitudes-to-equity-release-survey/ to find out more.

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Packaging in a pandemic: How health and beauty brands can capitalise on shifting consumer habits


Recent research has indicated that changes in consumer shopping habits may be here to stay.

GlobalWebIndex’s ninth release of its coronavirus research shows that only 14% of shoppers in the UK and Ireland intend to return to buying from ‘brick and mortar’ shops immediately after lockdown eases.

Over half of global consumers say that it will be ‘some time’ or ‘a long time’ before they feel comfortable browsing the shelves of their favourite high street stores again.

Increased spending on beauty products
So, what does that mean for Health and Beauty brands? Well, it’s certainly not all doom and gloom; March 2020 saw a month on month increase of purchases of beauty products by over a third. And projections show that as the beauty-at-home trend continues, the brands who are ready and able to respond will be able to reap the rewards.

Getting products ‘Postal Ready’
Belmont Packaging are industry leaders in providing high quality postal and subscription box packaging, and having worked with a large number of Health and Beauty brands in their 40+ years of business, they are well placed to help those brands who are ready to focus more on the ecommerce aspect of their business.

Owner and Manager of Belmont Packaging, Kate Hulley said “It’s more important than ever that brands show flexibility in their business model, and our expert team can offer support and advice in the best way to get products ready to post out to customers. In the absence of a presence on shelves, it’s important that packaging enhances branding, and is of a high enough quality to compliment the products it contains. That’s where we shine.”

Product and service innovations are driving growth
The landscape of the Health and Beauty industry could look very different in the next 12 months.

Almost half of all businesses are reporting product and service innovations that they feel confident they will continue beyond the end of the Coronavirus disruption.

Whether businesses are considering introducing a subscription box model, or want to be able to deliver orders directly to their online customers, it is vital to consider how the products look when they arrive with the consumer. Attractive, quality branded packaging will deliver the shopping experience that customers are missing in these strange times.

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Eitan Eldar: Online Tools Help Keep UK Real Estate Market Afloat During Coronavirus Pandemic


The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the whole world is massive, with a sharp down-trend in stocks and real estates in the UK. Since the pandemic became wide-spread across the globe, it has become increasingly difficult to do business as usual for everyone, even for real estate agents, as they develop new ways of viewings and valuations. The country-wide lockdown has taken its toll on the real estate market.

As it becomes increasingly difficult to carry out business as usual, Eitan Eldar says, “The quarantine and restrictions on movement set by the government to stop the spread of the coronavirus prevented potential buyers from inspecting properties and meeting with agents. We all know this isn’t good for the real estate business, but it’s the best approach to contain the spread of the virus.”

Online tools for viewings and valuations by real estate agents

With new sales becoming virtually challenging to close, the UK real estate agents are moving online in their droves for viewings and valuations. Sellers that were already on the ground on the market have their available stock reduced just by 2.6%. However, as the government restrictions on movement and physical business transactions came to being, different initiatives have been exploited by real estate agents to reach both potential buyers and sellers.

“Showing properties online has helped to keep the real estate market afloat for all during this coronavirus outbreak. However, sales are still down,” said Eitan Eldar. “This method allowed the real estate market to stay somewhat active, compared to other fields to shut down completely. With this novel initiative, investors can still go about to check out properties of their choice and close deals even as the pandemic ravages the world”.

The focus of the real estate agents is now on video viewings of properties, allowing buyers to inspect properties they are interested in ahead of the time when the restrictions will be lifted on movements. Real estate markets have started to recover from the fall it experienced at the beginning of the lockdown.

The overall result of the pandemic on real estate

Like every other sector of the economy, the real estate industry has had its fair share of the pandemic. And the impact might still be felt even when restrictions of movements have been loosened.

Eitan Eldar says, “In the real estate market, commercial real estate continues to experience the most of the impact of the pandemic. We don’t expect a fall in the private home market, at least, not in the long run”.

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Antimicrobial and antiviral nanocoatings market to grow in response to COVID-19 pandemic


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The Global Market for Antimicrobial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Nanocoatings 2020

When the current global crisis has abated, efforts must turn to future preventative measures. Nanocoatings can demonstrate up to 99.9998% effectiveness against bacteria, formaldehyde, mold and viruses and are up to 1000 times more efficient than previous technologies available on the market. They can work on multiple levels at the same time: antiviral, bacterial and fungal and self-cleaning.

Nanocoatings companies are already partnering with global manufacturers and cities to develop anti-viral facemasks, hazard suits and easily applied surface coatings.

Their use makes it possible to provide enhanced antiviral, antibacterial, mold-reducing and TVOC degrading processes, that are non-toxic and environmentally friendly, allowing for exceptional hygiene standards in all areas of work and life. As a result, it is possible create a healthier living and working environment and to offer holistic solutions to people with a diminished immune system. Nano-based surface coatings prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses via infected surfaces of so called high-traffic objects, such as door and window handles in public places, hospitals, public buildings, schools, elderly homes etc.

Antimicrobial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Nanocoatings are available in various material compositions, for healthcare and household surfaces, for indoor and outdoor applications, to protect against corrosion and mildew, as well as for water and air purification. Nanocoatings also reduce surface contamination, are self-cleaning, water-repellent and odour-inhibiting, reducing cleaning and maintenance.

Antimicrobial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Nanocoatings can be applied by spraying or dipping and adhere to various surfaces such as glass, metals and various alloys, copper and stainless steel, marble and stone slabs, ceramics and tiles, textiles and plastics.

Nanoparticles of different materials such as metal nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, metal oxide nanoparticles, and graphene-based materials have demonstrated enhanced anti-microbial and anti-viral activity. The use of inorganic nanomaterials when compared with organic anti-microbial agents is also desirable due to their stability, robustness, and long shelf life. At high temperatures/pressures organic antimicrobial materials are found to be less stable compared to inorganic antimicrobial agents. The various antimicrobial mechanisms of nanomaterials are mostly attributed to their high specific surface area-to-volume ratios, and their distinctive physico-chemical properties.

The Global Market for Antimicrobial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Nanocoatings 2020 provides a detailed analysis of measures that can be used to address and mitigate the current pandemic threat, now and in the medium-term.
Report contents include:

• Size in value for the Antimicrobial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Nanocoatings market, and growth rate during the forecast period, 2017-2030. Historical figures are also provided, from 2010.
• Antimicrobial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Nanocoatings market segments analysis.
• Size in value for the End-user industries for nanocoatings and growth during the forecast period.
• Market drivers, trends and challenges, by end user markets.
• Market outlook for 2020.
• In-depth market assessment of opportunities for nanocoatings, by type and markets.
• Antimicrobial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Nanocoatings applications.
• In-depth analysis of antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal surface treatments, coatings and films.
• In-depth analysis of antibacterial and antiviral treatment for antibacterial mask, filter, gloves, clothes and devices.
• Over 100 company profiles including products, technology base, target markets and contact details.

Further information and sample content at: https://www.futuremarketsinc.com/the-global-market-for-antimicrobial-antiviral-and-antifungal-nanocoatings-2020/

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Future Markets Inc., is an advanced technology consultancy with a focus on the development and commercialisation of nanomaterials and nanotechnology. We provide global business intelligence and strategic consulting across a wide range of technology sectors to industry, governments and investors worldwide, helping clients find new business opportunities in advanced and smart materials.

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Smart Africa Launches Africa Wide Coordinated Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic


Smart Africa, a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socioeconomic development , has launched a continent-wide technology based coordinated impact response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for Africa.

Kigali,Rwanda., March 27, 2020 – Smart Africa has launched a continent-wide technology based coordinated impact response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for Africa. This response is aimed at bringing together the 30 member states under the Smart Africa Alliance and the 40 private sector members of the Alliance to coordinate efforts to stem the pandemic in Africa.

In order to tackle this unprecedented crisis, by its magnitude and its impact on society, the Smart Africa Secretariat seeks to support digital health services projects that aim at improving and accelerating the African governments response to the challenges of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The projects under the initiative are aimed at assisting African countries to:

  • Assess individual risk and guide decision making;
  • Assist African populations in finding nearby testing sites;
  • Provide reliable updates and alerts from public health authorities;
  • Report on community status;
  • Track and report transmissions.

Moreover, to ensure that the efforts are relevant to the African context, critical technological parameters are considered as below:

  • A solution available via web, application (iOS, Android, Windows), USSD, and other messaging platforms;
  • Data collection from diverse points such as individual smartphones or terminals at public facilities (e.g. testing terminals at border controls, testing terminals by medical authorities, etc.);
  • A reporting dashboard accessible to the admin with relevant data – specific rights depending on the status of the admin (e.g. public authorities, medical authorities) will be established;
  • Anonymized data (no personal information including name, ID, address recorded on the system) generated by use of the solution can be published in real-time through a database accessible with an API and map interface on a public website for public health authorities to monitor;
  • Reliably informative content available in local languages in various formats (written – vocal with Interactive Voice Recognition technology) – e.g. prevention practices, isolation practices, closest health facilities, additional one-on-on support, etc.;
  • Assessment and guidance compliance to the World Health Organization (“WHO”), national and local public health guidelines and include exposures, symptoms of illness, and underlying health status.

There are numerous international interventions to the coronavirus pandemic but so far very few that are relevant to the immediate African context. We are bringing a credible and coordinated technology based African response which must go beyond our 30 member countries to the entirety of the African continent. The aim is to save lives and we must all do our part,” said Mr. Lacina Koné, Director General of Smart Africa.

The response will be initiated through a call for proposals which will involve numerous stakeholders across Africa. Once initiated the response by governments to the pandemic is expected to be coordinated, efficient and to save lives.

About Smart Africa

SMART Africa is a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socioeconomic development on the continent, ushering Africa into a knowledge economy through affordable access to Broadband and usage of Information and Communications Technologies.

The Transform Africa Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda on 28th-31st October 2013 culminated in the adoption of the Smart Africa Manifesto document by seven (7) African Heads of States (Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Mali, Gabon, Burkina Faso) in which they committed to provide leadership in accelerating socio-economic development through ICT’s.

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