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Did someone say free food? Companies are getting creative with WFH perks

Did someone say free food? Companies are getting creative with WFH perks

Free food at the office used to make a stressful day better.

But with so many employees still working remotely, how can bosses show their appreciation?

I asked companies what they are doing to keep the office culture alive in a virtual world.

E-commerce checkout company Fast said it’s sending gift cards to employees for a weekly team meal, along with a weekly snack box.

Another company, UKG, which offered its working parents a virtual summer camp for their kids, is now offering after-school help this fall. It’s a win-win situation: kids are entertained, while parents get a break so they can be more productive at work.

And San Francisco-based Splunk is offering an extra 30 “pandemic days,” to give workers extra time to care for themselves and their family.

Click here to read about more creative perks companies are offering.

Dropbox is going remote …. kinda

Dropbox says it’s becoming a “virtual first” company.

So what does that mean?

Employees will work remotely the majority of the time to focus on their individual work, but they’ll go into the office for more collaborative events, like strategy sessions, team building and training.

To do that, the company is going to revamp its current office space: no more individual desks. Instead there will be more collaborative and meeting spaces.

Teams will agree on dates for when they will be in the office together.

I asked Melanie Collins, vice president of people, why the company isn’t taking a hybrid approach where workers choose when — or if — they come into the office. She explained that the hybrid model could create an unlevel playing field that favors in-person workers.

“We had reservations on this model because it perpetuates two very different employee experiences that could result in issues with things like inclusion

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Global Optic Neuropathy Pipeline Review 2020: Therapeutic Analysis of 8 Companies & 4 Drug Profiles

Global Optic Neuropathy Pipeline Review 2020: Therapeutic Analysis of 8 Companies & 4 Drug Profiles

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 13, 2020–

The “Optic Neuropathy – Pipeline Review, H2 2020” drug pipelines has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

Optic Neuropathy – Pipeline Review, H2 2020, provides comprehensive information on the therapeutics under development for Optic Neuropathy (Ophthalmology), complete with analysis by stage of development, drug target, mechanism of action (MoA), route of administration (RoA) and molecule type. The guide covers the descriptive pharmacological action of the therapeutics, its complete research and development history and latest news and press releases.

The Optic Neuropathy (Ophthalmology) pipeline guide also reviews the key players involved in therapeutic development for Optic Neuropathy and features dormant and discontinued projects. The guide covers therapeutics under Development by Companies/Universities/Institutes, the molecules developed by Companies in Phase III, Phase II, Preclinical and Discovery stages are 2, 2, 4 and 1 respectively. Similarly, the Universities portfolio in Preclinical stages comprises 2 molecules, respectively.

Optic Neuropathy (Ophthalmology) pipeline guide helps in identifying and tracking emerging players in the market and their portfolios, enhances decision making capabilities and helps to create effective counter strategies to gain competitive advantage.

Scope

  • The pipeline guide provides a snapshot of the global therapeutic landscape of Optic Neuropathy (Ophthalmology).
  • The pipeline guide reviews pipeline therapeutics for Optic Neuropathy (Ophthalmology) by companies and universities/research institutes based on information derived from company and industry-specific sources.
  • The pipeline guide covers pipeline products based on several stages of development ranging from pre-registration till discovery and undisclosed stages.
  • The pipeline guide features descriptive drug profiles for the pipeline products which comprise, product description, descriptive licensing and collaboration details, R&D brief, MoA & other developmental activities.
  • The pipeline guide reviews key companies involved in Optic Neuropathy (Ophthalmology) therapeutics and enlists all their major and minor projects.
  • The pipeline guide evaluates Optic Neuropathy (Ophthalmology) therapeutics based on mechanism of action (MoA), drug
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Global Encephalomyelitis Pipeline Review 2020: Therapeutic Analysis Report Featuring 7 Companies & 5 Drug Profiles

Global Encephalomyelitis Pipeline Review 2020: Therapeutic Analysis Report Featuring 7 Companies & 5 Drug Profiles

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 13, 2020–

The “Encephalomyelitis – Pipeline Review, H2 2020” drug pipelines has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

Encephalomyelitis – Pipeline Review, H2 2020, provides comprehensive information on the therapeutics under development for Encephalomyelitis (Central Nervous System), complete with analysis by stage of development, drug target, mechanism of action (MoA), route of administration (RoA) and molecule type. The guide covers the descriptive pharmacological action of the therapeutics, its complete research and development history and latest news and press releases.

The Encephalomyelitis (Central Nervous System) pipeline guide also reviews the key players involved in therapeutic development for Encephalomyelitis and features dormant and discontinued projects. The guide covers therapeutics under Development by Companies/Universities/Institutes, the molecules developed by Companies in Filing rejected/Withdrawn, Phase II, IND/CTA Filed and Preclinical stages are 1, 2, 1 and 3 respectively. Similarly, the Universities portfolio in Preclinical stages comprises 5 molecules, respectively.

Encephalomyelitis (Central Nervous System) pipeline guide helps in identifying and tracking emerging players in the market and their portfolios, enhances decision making capabilities and helps to create effective counter strategies to gain competitive advantage.

Scope

  • The pipeline guide provides a snapshot of the global therapeutic landscape of Encephalomyelitis (Central Nervous System).
  • The pipeline guide reviews pipeline therapeutics for Encephalomyelitis (Central Nervous System) by companies and universities/research institutes based on information derived from company and industry-specific sources.
  • The pipeline guide covers pipeline products based on several stages of development ranging from pre-registration till discovery and undisclosed stages.
  • The pipeline guide features descriptive drug profiles for the pipeline products which comprise, product description, descriptive licensing and collaboration details, R&D brief, MoA & other developmental activities.
  • The pipeline guide reviews key companies involved in Encephalomyelitis (Central Nervous System) therapeutics and enlists all their major and minor projects.
  • The pipeline guide evaluates Encephalomyelitis (Central Nervous System) therapeutics based on
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Three Ways Insurance Companies Need To Rethink The Role Of Agents

Three Ways Insurance Companies Need To Rethink The Role Of Agents

Founder and CEO of SmartFinancial.com: on a mission to make the insurance buying process more efficient.

It used to be that if you asked someone who they’re insured with, they’d give you their insurance agent’s name. Billions of dollars in advertising later, people now name their carrier and barely remember the agent that signed them on. Meanwhile, the brick and mortar agencies are waning in importance, and companies like Nationwide are moving to a virtual workforce model. In my role as a CEO overseeing an insurance-technology platform, I’ve observed one thing that remains the same despite all the confusing shifts over the past few decades: Insurance agents are still the primary sales channel for insurers.

Even though carriers can communicate directly with consumers at a lower cost, insurance agents who bring profitable business to carriers are a valued and integral part of the insurance distribution chain. Here’s how future trends will likely shape the carrier-agent-customer relationship and what carriers can do to stay ahead of the curve.

1. Support agents in their role as advisers.

We see a future where insurance agents become more specialized in various niche insurance products. Agents will bring more value to the relationship with the customer by understanding and explaining coverage options on more complex policies. The agent’s role will also become much more of an advisory role that goes beyond the traditional aim of selling insurance products. Because agents are on the front lines serving customers, they will be expected to demonstrate expertise, not only about the insurance products they sell, but also the many ancillary services that insurance carriers are increasingly offering to add value to their insurance products. Car loans, home loans, cybersecurity prevention and other services will become standard package offerings. And someone has to service them. That’s why it’s

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Festive cheer for consumer durables companies

Festive cheer for consumer durables companies

Union finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday announced two schemes for central government employees that are expected to spur festive season demand for household items such as televisions, water coolers, food grinders, vacuum cleaners, immersion heaters, hair dryers and irons.

The government has offered a 10,000 special festival advance as well as a leave travel concession (LTC) cash voucher scheme that can be used to buy items that attract goods and services tax (GST) of 12% or more.

“The items that come under this category are usually goods that families buy ahead of the festive season,” Sitharaman said at a press conference.

India is in the midst of a festive season that began with Onam and will end with Diwali in November. Companies are pinning hopes on shoppers returning to their stores during this period. However, the pandemic, dent on household incomes and the unrelated uncertainty has dented consumer confidence.

“Definitely the spending should increase—from both the 10,000 festive advance and the LTC cash voucher scheme, especially for our categories of goods. All our categories attract GST of 12% or more. This puts more money in the hands of consumers. It is a very positive move,” said Nilesh Gupta, managing director at electronics retailer Vijay Sales, which runs large format stores selling television sets, refrigerators, washing machines, and laptops. The move is well-timed and could aid the household electronics categories, he said.

The fiscal stimulus is a welcome move as it will give extra disposable income to individuals, boost expenditure, and help the consumer durables industry drive additional sales in the festive season, said Manish Sharma, president and chief executive, Panasonic India & SA, that sells refrigerators, air conditioners, washing machines and televisions. The consumer durables industry lost close to a quarter of its overall business due to

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