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There’s no question or debate that workplace stress levels are at critical levels and are escalating. The American Institute of Stress (AIS) reveals that 80% of us feel stress on the job and almost half say they need help in managing that stress. Team dynamics are also a big deal when it comes to workplace stress, in terms of the way teams operate and how team members interact with each other.
The above statistics show that team dynamics directly affect a whopping 92% of what causes the most stress. Being part of a team can be a quick road to disappointment, frustration, and burnout, especially when some team members work harder than others, when some are on time and others are consistently late, when there’s drama and tension resulting from gossip, and when team leaders play favorites.
Team leaders must be aware of the subtleties and undercurrents that dominate the human psyche! How should they get their company ready to prevent employee burnout?
5G might be on the verge of becoming more than just a buzzword. At this year’s MWC, smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm demonstrated the Snapdragon X50 5G Modem which will be used in 5G trials by a raft of network providers, including AT&T, BT, China Telecom and Verizon. Right now there’s not a single smartphone that can handle 5G, but the first 5G devices will be announced at MWC 2019.
One problem with the shift to 5G is that new wavelengths require completely new kinds of receivers. Millimetre waves are so precisely-targeted that devices need large antennae arrays to make sure that at least some of the waves are picked up. Although the route to widespread 5G coverage is uncertain, companies are already trialling smaller-scale deployments of the technology!
Speeds of 5G networks will vary, but many of the systems demonstrated at MWC were promising download speeds that are five times faster than 4G networks, and with the potential to get even faster. It’s this speed that will truly pave the way for those technologies that we keep hearing so much about
Uber’s launching a new business line called Uber Health on Thursday that will provide a ride-hailing platform available specifically to healthcare providers, letting clinics, hospitals, rehab centers and more easily assign rides for their patients and clients from a centralized dashboard – without requiring that the rider even have the Uber app, or a smartphone.
The Uber Health value proposition is similar to that of UberCENTRAL, the company’s ride-booking service aimed at business customers who want to provide rides for their clientele, but it’s also tailored for the healthcare industry with HIPAA standards compliance, as well as the ability to use the service on the client-side from even just a landline.
Uber Health’s creation was rooted in some alarming statistics about patient care and healthcare client absentee rates, and is a way that Uber can open up a promising new line of business while also providing a solution to a problem in the healthcare industry backed by the reliability of the ride-hailing company’s consumer service.
Around 10 years ago coworking spaces began opening up to offer affordable office space solutions to startups and freelancers, but recently much larger tech firms have been jumping in. Over the past year, larger companies are now looking for the benefits of locating in these shared office environments. As a result, big media conglomerates and newly crowned tech giants have been moving employees to coworking and incubator spaces. These spaces are set up so that Fortune 500 tech companies now have better access to innovators, innovations, talent, and reduced real estate costs.
Large corporations are partnering with coworking spaces to support innovation and idea exchanges. Tech giants such as Verizon, IBM and Microsoft are now testing coworking spaces to be near innovative startups. If you are an up-and-coming startup or small business looking to get noticed, there is no better place to make those connections happen. Is this trend going to keep up?
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