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3 words to define the world? – what3words

April 28th, 2015 No comments

I just read about this what3words project – Did you know that 3 words can be used to define any 3m x 3m square anywhere on the planet? It’s far more accurate than a postal address and it’s much easier to remember, use and share than a set of coordinates.

what3words-Addressing the world

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Why No RSS for News?

December 19th, 2013 No comments

Why is it that so few companies provide us with RSS feeds of their news?

I know RSS has been around for a long time (in web terms) but with my “PharmiWeb editor” hat on, I find it incredibly useful to keep track of multiple companies (and topics) in one place. Tools like Feedly, make it very simple.

However, probably less than 10% of companies provide a News RSS feed. Which means I either have to trawl round dozens of sites, or as is more often the case, I don’t bother. I’m not sure who’s missing out most?

Now there are tools to turn a website into an RSS feed, but I’ve not found them to be very intuitive or easy to set up: but why should I need to do this, when its far simpler for every company’s website to provide it for me.

Come on guys, make 2014 the year of RSS.

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Social Media Trends in the Workplace – Infographic

August 1st, 2013 No comments

The brave new world of social media has given employers fresh terrain to navigate and potential minefields to avoid. Given the increase in the use of social media and the rapid speed at which the legal and legislative landscape is changing, employers in small, medium and large companies need to properly institute policies and training in the workplace regarding: (i) managing and monitoring employee’s social media usage; and (ii) using it for recruiting purposes.

A recent survey conducted by and XpertHR, combined with our own independent research, shows that social media use on the whole continues to rise. Also on the rise is the number of individuals who use social media while they are at work (67% of companies permit access to social media for business use and 30% allow access for non-business use) and the number of employers who use it for recruiting purposes. Although an increasing number of companies of varying sizes have instituted social media policies (ranging from 51% of small companies to 80% of large companies) and may even monitor employee use of social media (40% of companies monitor use on a company provided computer), employers are not following up by being diligent and providing social media training to supervisors, managers and employees. These individuals potentially remain unaware of the legal issues surrounding their use of social media at work and how to engage in proper and appropriate use. As a result, employers find themselves facing more and more instances of discrimination, harassment, bullying and inappropriate conduct on social media which could lead to employer liability. They may also face claims that they violated the National Labor Relations Act and First Amendment in taking action against employees for negative postings about the company or employer on social media. Lastly, they should be aware that employee misuse of employer-provided computers with respect to social media use can put the employer’s networks and equipment at risk.

Author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor  June 13, 2013

Social Media in the Workplace Infographic on Social Media in the Workplace by XpertHR

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Pay employers directly for taking on apprentices!

July 30th, 2013 No comments

Apparently the government is looking into this as an option. I think this makes perfect sense. It would certainly encourage business’ to take on apprentices, and help train our youngsters in real jobs not just endless “training courses” and schemes.

Interesting article by Charlie Mullins

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End of the world?

December 21st, 2012 No comments

I’m not sure that anyone knows when the end of the world will be, but the chances are that its not today, despite the predictions of the doomsday “believers”. So what will you be planning for 2013 – assuming we get there?

Personally, I’m in a planning frenzy right now, and looking at how I can reach and interact with even larger groups of Pharma candidates. Lots of ideas in the planning stage, and I hope that throughout 2013 I can report successes (and failures) of various strategies and campaigns.

In the meantime, have a great break over the Christmas period, and use it wisely!

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Happy 12/12/12!

December 12th, 2012 No comments

A quick look at my calendar this morning made me realise that today is 12/12/12. Not that having the same number 3 times in a date is statistically that rare over the last 12 years (work it out if you want), but I guess its the last time it will happen this century. So are you going to make 12/12/12 important? Personally I’m going to spend as much as I can planning 2013, but whatever you do, make sure you spend it wisely.

I came across this article about Ray Avery (pharmaceutical scientist, inventor, and social entrepreneur) who uses the philosophy “Reverse Engineer Your Life and Make it Count”. That is, you know roughly how many days you are going to live, so if you work backwards from that. So it makes you acutely aware that they are in short supply, and that you’d better get on with things.

Obviously Ray doesn’t believe that updating his blog ranks as “important”, because it hasn’t been updated for 2 years.. but it’s still an interesting concept.

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Ignore your emails

October 21st, 2012 No comments

In the “old days” your working day was not driven by emails. These days, how many of us spend our day responding to emails and trying to fit in the work we want or need to do, around the demands that land in our in box every day.

So, here’s a radical idea. Ignore your emails. OK I don’t mean ignore them completely, but manage them. Try opening your emails at set times of the day. For a start, NOT first thing in the morning, otherwise that sets you off on the wrong path for the day.  How about 10:00am? That’s reasonable. I’m quite sure that most things will wait an hour before action, and if it’s really that important, someone will probably phone you anyway!

Once you’ve read your emails, deleted the junk, delegated whatever you can, and made a list (on paper) of the actionable tasks – turn off your email program’s auto send/receive. That way you won’t be distracted by even more emails before you’ve completed the tasks you’ve just started.  Only switch it back on at your next “online” time. How about 1:00 or 2:00, then again at 4:00. You’re still reading your emails 3 or 4 times a day, which should be enough for most people!

Taking this approach, I believe you’ll now have an extra hour or so “free” each day, so you can start to do some of the things that YOU need to do. Write that blog entry, finish off that project, proof read that article, even read the latest news. Or plan that new project that’s been on the back burner “when you’ve got the time”. If you now have 1 hour a day “extra”, you’ve got yourself almost another working day each week… use it wisely!!


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