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Daily Archives: October 15, 2020

HP Workforce Evolution Survey

HP Workforce Evolution – Survey Findings, October 2020 – “Despite the hardships office workers are facing during these times, employees believe they can use this disruption to better their ways of working:

  • Employers have scratched the surface of supporting employees in the new ways of working, but they are not prepared to provide everything employees need
  • Employees are therefore taking their future of work into their own hands
  • They have identified continuous learning and upskilling as key to their success, and aren’t waiting around for employers to get it
  • Office workers are also willing to make significant personal investment to ensure their home office keeps up with the changing ways of working
  • Despite the empowerment they feel,there are areas they still need help navigating –specifically a lack of digital readiness
  • Nailing down the future of work: employers need to keep in mind that flexible working hours and remote working are here to stay in order to support the future workforce…”

U.S. Virus Cases Climb Toward a Third Peak

The New York Times – “The number of new coronavirus cases in the United States is surging once again after growth slowed in late summer. While the geography of the pandemic is now shifting to the Midwest and to more rural areas, cases are trending upward in most states, many of which are setting weekly… Continue Reading

USAJOBS Website: OPM Has Taken Actions to Assess and Enhance the User Experience

USAJOBS Website: OPM Has Taken Actions to Assess and Enhance the User Experience GAO-21-31: Published: Oct 13, 2020. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2020. “The Office of Personnel Management maintains USAJOBS—a website for posting federal job opportunities from across the government. USAJOBS connects federal agencies with job seekers and facilitates the transfer and merit-based promotions of… Continue Reading

Recent K-12 Data Breaches Show That Students Are Vulnerable to Harm

Data Security: Recent K-12 Data Breaches Show That Students Are Vulnerable to Harm GAO-20-644: Published: Sep 15, 2020. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2020. “Schools and school districts collect and store a lot of personal information about their students. But are K-12 institutions adequately securing student data? We found: Thousands of K-12 students had their personal… Continue Reading

7 ways to avoid misinformation about the election

Poynter: “As Election Day approaches, you may be more likely to see online disinformation that’s aimed at influencing your vote. This year, we’ve fact-checked dozens of false claims on social media about the candidates. Other events — the coronavirus pandemic, nationwide protests against police brutality and natural disasters — have created an even more fertile environment for… Continue Reading

Working from home 101: Every remote worker’s guide to the essential tools for telecommuting

ZDNet – Working from home: The future of business is remote – From Fortune 500 enterprises to very small businesses, every organization has been thrust into the future faster than prognosticators dared dream. What factors will determine failure or success in this brave new world of work? ZDNet: “Mastering remote work is all about finding… Continue Reading

How to beat bad ballot design and make sure your vote counts

Washington Post – “…“Every year we seem to have one or two big, horrible problems that make the news,” said Whitney Quesenbery, executive director of the Center for Civic Design, the go-to organization for creating voter-friendly election materials. But even if your county ends up being that county, you don’t have to let the ballot… Continue Reading

The Debt Collection Market and Selected Policy Issues

CRS report via LC – The Debt Collection Market and Selected Policy Issues, October 15, 2020: “When a consumer defaults on a debt,a third-party debt collector often collects the debt obligation rather than the lender to whom the debt is originally owed. The debt collection market helps lenders recoup their losses when a consumer defaults,… Continue Reading

The death toll from COVID-19 has been devastating. And it’s just the beginning

Fast Company – This new data visualization shows the tremendous impact on mental health over the next decade. “More than 200,000 Americans have died due to COVID-19, and even that doesn’t paint a full picture of the tragedy. The data visualization firm Periscopic has created a heartbreaking new series of interactive graphics called “Lifelines” that… Continue Reading

Tactical Urbanism: Reimagining Our Cities post-Covid-19

Foster + Partner – Bruno Moser, Theo Malzieu, Paula Petkova. May 2020: “The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the way we live our lives. Significant and long-lasting repercussions will be felt across society and industry, many of which are sure to influence the way we approach the design of our buildings and cities. Over the past… Continue Reading