Whether you are fully remote or in a hybrid work environment, avoid the “Zoom ceiling” by understanding and working around the potential pitfalls that come from lowered visibility in the office.
When remote work was mandatory and all or most of your co-workers, your boss, and many of your external stakeholders were remote, the playing field was level. There was a real sense that we were all “in this together.” People were remarkably understanding and accepting of quirky situations, whether IT related or the result of the blurred line between home and work (think dogs barking and children crying during meetings). That kind of tolerance is now rare. And it’s just one of many pitfalls for remote workers.
Source: Don’t Disappear in the Hybrid Workplace – Knowledge at Wharton
3M has suspended production in Belgium of the polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) used in the chipmaking process, which is considered hazardous to human health.
The materials supplier halted production of PFAS at a plant near the Belgian village of Zwijndrecht on Mar. 8. The company notified clients including Samsung, SK Hynix, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., and Intel, according to Business Korea.
3M aims to restart PFAS–related manufacturing and continues to make non–PFAS related products at Zwijndrecht, a company spokesman said in an email to EE Times.
Source: EETimes – 3M Cuts Output of PFAS Used in Chip Production
People without housing face a multitude of threats to their well-being every day. Increasingly, those threats include becoming a victim of gun violence.
This month has brought a multitude of such reports.
A recent string of targeted shootings injured three and killed two homeless men in New York City and Washington D.C. In Sarasota, Florida, the bodies of two unhoused women were found weeks apart on the same hiking trail. In New Orleans, a woman named Chelsea Nicole Whitehead was fatally shot near her encampment last Wednesday.
Source: Series of Shootings Highlight Rising Violence Against Homeless People
War is always a humanitarian tragedy, but the indiscriminate killing of civilians has been particularly painful to witness. I am proud of BlackRock’s support for refugees fleeing their homes. In consultation with our stakeholders, BlackRock has also joined the global effort to isolate Russia from financial markets. In the past few weeks, BlackRock mobilized a philanthropic response to help those in need and support our colleagues in Europe, closest to the war. While we do not have offices or operations in Russia or Ukraine, I know that this has created a great deal of stress and uncertainty for all of our employees, particularly those in Europe, and we have worked to provide them with the resources they need.
The ramifications of this war are not limited to Eastern Europe. They are layered on top of a pandemic that has already had profound effects on political, economic, and social trends. The impact will reverberate for decades to come in ways we can’t yet predict.
Source: Larry Fink’s Chairman’s Letter to Shareholders | BlackRock
U.S. military researchers are asking industry for new ways to analyze and treat depression and other mental health issues in U.S. military personnel to help stressed warfighters say in the fight.
NEAT (Neural Evidence Aggregation Tool) aims to bring together advances in cognitive science, neuroscience, physiological sensors, data science, and machine learning to develop processes that can measure what a person believes to be true.
Source: DARPA asks industry for ways to diagnose and treat mental health issues using machine learning and sensors | Military Aerospace
Designers and developers of medical devices are aware of the relevance and risks involved in single faults, which must be avoided in all states of operation. However, the dynamics of development, technological progress, and the normative framework require in-depth expertise—especially for innovative equipment.
From a regulatory and technical perspective, it is very clear why single-fault safety should be ensured in electrical, electronic, and programmable electronic medical equipment (E/E/PE systems). For example, the drug dose delivered by an infusion pump must never be too high or too low, and a neonatal incubator for premature newborns must safely and reliably keep the temperature within narrow limits, never going above or below those limits even in the case of a malfunction.
Source: Challenges for Single-Fault Safety in Medical Devices
Many companies have employee wellness programs with the goal of reducing the skyrocketing costs of health care for their workers. But there is little evidence that these programs are effective.
Wharton management professors Iwan Barankay and Peter Cappelli suggest that instead of free gym memberships or yoga classes, companies should try to meet the most vulnerable workers where they are by offering support tailored to their needs. Helping those employees find a primary care doctor or transportation to routine appointments, for example, would improve their health outcomes better than cash incentives.
Source: Why Employee Wellness Programs Don’t Work – Knowledge@Wharton
Immigrants’ use of non-cash government benefits would not threaten their eligibility for green cards under a proposed change to the so-called public charge rule unveiled Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security.
The proposal, the department’s interpretation of a historic regulation designed to keep out immigrants the government deems likely to rely on public assistance, thus becoming a “public charge,” marks a return to a long-standing interpretation that the Trump administration did away with.
Source: Proposed rule nixes Trump interpretation of ‘public charge’ – Roll Call
These specific cases are fictional, but they are based on the experiences of people I have seen over the course of more than 20 years in my work as a clinical psychologist. If you, too, have found yourself using substances more than you used to, you might be wondering whether your behavior is turning from a casual pastime to an addiction. I have written this Guide to help you find an answer to that question.
Source: How to know if you’re addicted | Psyche Guides
The United States, which leads the world in COVID-19 cases and deaths, could be closer to the pandemic finish line if it had better data collection, said Wharton statistics and data science professor Abraham (Adi) Wyner.
Vaccination status, drug efficacy, patient health, and a raft of other information related to the pandemic is scattered across fragmented systems. The lack of clarity has led to confusion, along with growing frustration in the government’s response to a disease that has killed nearly 900,000 Americans since its detection here in January 2020.
Source: Why the U.S. Needs Better COVID Data Collection – Knowledge@Wharton