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Computer Vision in Our Day-to-Day Lives

We make micro adjustments every day to what we wear, how we shop, and how we drive. Our healthcare and industrial verticals are working with AI and Computer Vision to enhance our experiences from the user to the professional. There are a variety of computer vision applications to make life easier, more efficient, and safer. In other words, our computers have eyes. Every industry, it seems, is now touched by Computer Vision. From retail to healthcare to agriculture to banking, AI technology combines with deep learning and machine learning to help computers “see” where a car goes, an individual’s health, and what outfit might look best for any given outing. So, let’s take a look at some of the industries currently using Computer Vision. AUTOMOTIVE Human error and distractions often lead to car accidents and fatalities. According to the WHO, it’s estimated traffic accidents will be the seventh leading cause of death by 2030. To help alleviate this prediction, there is work being done on a self-driving car with sensor technology. Though autonomous cars have been tried before, this next incarnation has worked to ensure it can detect not only other cars and other large obstacles, but also pedestrians and cyclists at a distance. As it navigates through the streets autonomously, it follows traffic regulations as well as detect hand signals, and more. Efforts to train the vehicles use deep learning to predict, plan, and map its way through various scenarios. HEALTHCARE The advent of Computer Vision in technology has been a boon to the industry. It can help determine conditions of illness, reduce or eliminate misdiagnoses, and can even monitor blood loss during medical situations.  Captured images on items such as surgical sponges can be processed using Computer Vision using Machine Learning. In comparison with the human eye, the computer’s estimates were more accurate.  RETAIL  Retail has been at the forefront of many changes within the tech industry. And now, as online shopping, e-commerce, and virtual events take over traditional venues and brick-and-mortar stores, even the task of trying on clothes has gone virtual. From a virtual mirror which uses Computer Vision to help identify what outfit looks best. What may be most appropriate in what situation. Something like a movie montage, but in real time for a real person.  Retail takes things a step further by stepping up security. Using Computer Vision, retail security apps can monitor what is being recorded, what has been taken from shelves, and items being fake scanned. This information and knowledge can lead to reduced theft and other losses in stores. While other industries such as banking and agriculture have also seen a rise in Computer Vision, it’s the above which we might see in our day-to-day lives sooner rather than later. ONE FINAL THOUGHT Business processes have shifted online, looking for your next job has become more daunting than ever before. But here’s the good news. Everyone’s on the same page. Leaders, hiring managers, recruiters, and prospective employees are all navigating a new way of doing business and finding talent to keep those businesses running. In the wake of work-from-home policies, remote working, and the shifting landscape of working outside the office, technology, and particularly biotechnology careers are prime opportunities to both gain increased knowledge in your chosen field or begin your career path.  If you’re interested in Big Data & Analytics or other Data professional opportunities, check out our current vacancies or contact one of our recruitment consultants to learn more.   For our West Coast Team, contact us at (415) 614 - 4999 or send an email to sanfraninfo@harnham.com.  For our Mid-West and East Coast teams contact us at (212) 796-6070 or send an email to newyorkinfo@harnham.com.  

The Transformative Nature of Data Science

What does Data tell us? Why do we want to know the information we collect and analyze? How can Data help us now? Well, sometimes you have to go back to basics. Knowing your Data helps you make better decisions for the future. This is the transformative nature of Data Science.  The Data Scientists have collected is leading toward a vaccine for a novel virus. Our massive shift from in-house workers to working from home showed us where the gaps in our internet infrastructure existed. But, the information we gathered wasn’t just where the gaps occurred, it also offers a jumping off point for how we can use what we’ve learned to improve.  We know Data is essential to business today, but how we use it, and gathering what we can learn from it, offer transformative advantages we might have otherwise missed. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Data Science is what helps us interpret the massive amounts of Data we’ve collected. With an estimated 90 percent of Data created just in the last couple of years, and an estimated dearth of connected devices estimated to grow over 75 billion by 2025, the sheer volume is daunting. Yet we still have need for change. Technologies to interpret Data at such a massive scale still need someone to gather, collect, analyze, and interpret the information. What we’ve learned so far with Data Science shows us what must change to support health workers, the health of our employees, the support of remote workers and gig workers, and how businesses can differentiate themselves from their competitors in a post pandemic world. SEVEN WAYS ORGANIZATIONS CAN PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE Prioritize Digital Collaboration As employees begin to return to ‘normal’ work hours, Gartner suggests 48% of employees will work remotely. This is an 18% increase pre-pandemic. So, when hiring managers take stock of their employees, they’ll want to consider things such as productivity and performance management and how workers are evaluated based remote working touchpoints rather than established criteria of employee performance management.Ensure Inclusivity of Employees  Bring employees into more critical roles and give them the freedom to make mission critical decisions. Open Up Opportunities and Develop Critical Skillsets Coach employees on how to develop critical skills for a variety of roles, rather than focusing on one particular role.Be Flexible The days of doing things ‘the way we we’ve always done’ are gone. It’s time to reassess, reevaluate, and prepare your employees for success. How? Consider what may may be needed for a given role’s development path. Do your employees need reskilling or upskilling?  Flexible careers. The gig economy. The freelance economy. Contractors. All these titles and labels offer flexible learning and training allowing your business to pivot smoothly and efficiently as needed. Training is the key here and it will help employees transition into other organizations, into roles with greater responsibility, and allow both your employees and your organization to adapt to changes more quickly.Teach Employees to Respond Rather than React Structure your organization and employee response to quickly course correct. Don’t assume or target a core set of future skills. We don’t know what the future holds or what skills may be needed. But if you have employees with wide interests, your business may be better positioned to make changes as needed. Implement a Culture of Inclusiveness – Remote vs. In-House Employees Diversity is an important part of any business. But with the rise of remote workers, it’s time to ensure all workers are supported in regard to healthcare coverage, mental support, and financial health pre-and post-pandemic. Inclusiveness can help to engage those workers both in-house and remote to ensure everyone feels part of the team. Devices such as VR, AR, video calls, and more can help to make every employee feel part of the company culture.Encourage Data Literacy Throughout Your Organization Everyone in your organization will need to be Data literate. Yet everyone will be at a different level of literacy. Here it’s important to define both the skills and capability. Once your leadership has a firm grasp of the Data provided to them by your Data Scientists and business intelligence analysts, then they’ll have a starting point from which to make informed decisions. Building a culture of Data begins with leadership. Are you ready for the role or are you an organization looking for someone to fill this role? Business processes have shifted online, looking for your next job has become more daunting than ever before. But here’s the good news. Everyone’s on the same page. Leaders, hiring managers, recruiters, and prospective employees are all navigating a new way of doing business and finding talent to keep those businesses running.  If you’re interested in Big Data and Analytics or other Data professional opportunities, check out our current vacancies or contact one of our expert consultants to learn more.   For our West Coast Team, contact us at (415) 614 - 4999 or send an email to sanfraninfo@harnham.com.   For our Mid-West and East Coast teams contact us at (212) 796-6070 or send an email to newyorkinfo@harnham.com.  

Three Life Science Skillsets for a Post Pandemic World

COVID-19 has reshaped the way we do business, how we interact with each other, closed and opened opportunities. Essential workers are on the frontlines and scientists work feverishly in the background to help flatten the curve and find a cure. The Life Sciences industry has seen a surge in demand, but can those needs be met in time?  New York, California, and Boston, face the highest demand and the biggest shortage of workers to fill the jobs. In Massachusetts alone, it’s estimated that though 74,000 people filled Life Science jobs by the end of 2018, there would be a need for an additional 12,000 by 2024. This was before the pandemic struck. The need is ever greater now. So, what skills do you need to enter the Biotech and Life Sciences field and if you’re in the field, how can you upskill or reskill to fill the most in demand roles?  THREE ADVANCED SKILLSETS FOR A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD Computer Vision – A subset of AI, Computer Vision can help the healthcare industry in a variety of ways. It can help identify anomalies in x-rays, help craft prediction models for things like tracking and vaccine solutions, and enhance technology workflows. Data Storytelling – One key element businesses look for in a Data professional is someone who has good data storytelling skills. The ability to translate complex numbers and statistics into something executives and stakeholders can understand is becoming ever more important and ensures sustainability of business continuity. Not only does Data Storytelling make information more digestible for non-technical professionals, it also helps business leaders to make powerful insights about where they are and what steps they need to make moving forward.Skills in Healthcare Technologies – Healthcare technology skills are in high demand. Data professionals who can use and understand medical data in real-time to get results will be highly sought after. Advanced skill sets in healthcare, biotechnology, and similar areas within Life Sciences will see a surge in demand and would be most relevant to companies now more than ever before.  Computer Vision, Data Storytelling, and Healthcare Technology skills have become three of the top skillsets needed for today’s world. Each one feeds to the other, and as important as technical skills are, it’s just as important to have soft skills. Especially now. Thankfully, both soft skills and technical skills can be taught. But there still exists a gap between school and business. Below are some ideas on how to bridge that gap. BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN SCHOOL & BUSINESS STEM and STEAM skills will be in higher demand now more than ever before. As important as it is to ensure students with the desire to move into these fields, it’s more important to begin with the schools. For the professionals already in the industry, there are other ways to encourage bridging the gap. Draw more students into STEM programming careers and sustain encouragement as they progress in their studies and career.Emphasize skills with a focus toward the life sciences field.Emphasize that students don’t have to choose a business career over a science career. There is crossover leading to more opportunities.And for those life long learners (read: already in the field), ensure opportunities for professional development.Find talent in other creative ways. Consider ‘non-traditional’ candidates. Business processes have shifted online, looking for your next job has become more daunting than ever before. But here’s the good news. Everyone’s on the same page. Leaders, hiring managers, recruiters, and prospective employees are all navigating a new way of doing business and finding talent to keep those businesses running.  In the wake of work-from-home policies, remote working, and the shifting landscape of working outside the office, technology, and particularly biotechnology careers are prime opportunities to both gain increased knowledge in your chosen field or begin your career path.  If you’re interested in Big Data & Analytics professional opportunities, check out our current vacancies or contact one of our recruitment consultants to learn more.   For our West Coast Team, contact us at (415) 614 - 4999 or send an email to sanfraninfo@harnham.com.   For our Mid-West and East Coast teams contact us at (212) 796-6070 or send an email to newyorkinfo@harnham.com.  

Blockchain Technologies Find Fuel in the Life Sciences Industry

When Ford first introduced the assembly line, he could only imagine how it would affect the automotive industry. But what about how it could affect supply and demand within the life sciences industry? Automotive and similar factories have been converted before to help build items most needed. Not the least of which, today, is to help supply those in the life sciences industry with the PPE and medical devices they need. Demand is high. Supply is not. Enter blockchain technologies.  As health systems become overburdened and disruptions to ‘normal’ life occur on a global scale, it’s important to ensure critical resources are prioritized. So, what can businesses do to help ensure supply and demand are met in not only these critical times, but for the future. FIVE WAYS TO ENSURE SUPPLY MEETS DEMAND When it’s difficult to supply even the most in demand products, it’s time to take an assessment of various scenarios. These scenarios can help leaders predict what and when they’ll need certain products and critical items. Assess your scenario within the framework of increased disruption.What are your capabilities?Identify the most immediate needs to meet, any risks to be aware of, and take action.Determine any structural changes you’ll need to make.Prepare to pivot. Be aware you may be in a continuous cycle of determining risk, assessing where you are and need to go, any configurations you’ll need to make to get there, and any operational procedures to improve and move forward. By assessing, prioritizing, and visualizing, companies are able to craft a clearer scope of vision. The scenarios created can offer insight into key pieces of planning to help mitigate disruptions of supply chain processes. This crisis will have long-lasting effects and implications from how we work to how we assure supply and demand. It’s in these strange crosshairs, the life sciences industry finds itself at the center of this pandemic, and at the same time is the life force which has given blockchain technologies fuel to improve. No matter where you are on the spectrum of supply chain technology, there is calculated risk to every decision. Just because we’re easing restrictions now, doesn’t mean there won’t be an about face in the next few months, and what companies do between now and then is critical. Supply is already short. Now is the time to take immediate action to help mitigate risk for patients, providers, your clients, and your communities WHAT TO DO NOW AND HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE The scale of risk is unlike any leaders have seen in recent years. Its speed adds to the uncertainty as numbers rise, decisions change, and most are left wondering what’s next. Businesses who respond quickly and confidently can help to alleviate some uncertainties, but can craft a plan crucial to understanding the complexities of blockchain within the industry. Strong data, analysis, predictive modelling can help to anticipate any further or potential disruption. Taking these steps can help make businesses more resilient in the future and also help them manage future challenges. It’s integral to have strong, responsive, and resilient risk management capabilities. To do this, your business will want to ensure their capabilities are technology-led platforms which support analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Whether you’re mitigating risk, preparing an assessment, or determining your capabilities, it’s important to ensure you’re transparent. We are all in this together. Even in business. Transparency builds trust as does assuring supply and demand by mitigating risk. It’s these things which will soon become the basics of business protocols. Business processes have shifted online, looking for your next job has become more daunting than ever before. But here’s the good news. Leaders, hiring managers, recruiters, and prospective employees are all navigating a new way of doing business and finding talent to keep those businesses running.  In the wake of work-from-home policies, remote working, and the shifting landscape of working outside the office, technology careers are prime opportunities to both gain increased knowledge in your chosen field or begin your career path.  If you’re interested in Big Data & Analytics professional opportunities, check out our current vacancies or contact one of our recruitment consultants to learn more.  For our West Coast Team, contact us at (415) 614 - 4999 or send an email to sanfraninfo@harnham.com.  For our Mid-West and East Coast teams contact us at (212) 796-6070 or send an email to newyorkinfo@harnham.com.  

How the Life Sciences Industry is Changing the Way We Work

In the race to develop tests and create vaccines, the Life Sciences have become leaders within the Data industry. Working in tandem with a variety of sources such as human capital, blockchain, Data, and Analytics professionals to get help delivered to where it’s needed most. This remains a critical time for the Life Sciences. As we work to flatten the curve and take steps to reopen the economy, the Life Sciences industry is also helping to empower the workforce for the foreseeable future. For many businesses, this means allowing remote working either through the end of the year or indefinitely. The ability for those in the Life Sciences industry to collaborate remotely widens the availability and offers more virtual engagement for patients, providers, and researchers without risk of contagion. There are four key areas in which companies can focus their efforts: Strengthen and empower your workforce and business community.Ensure demand meets supply.Leverage your Data to advance how patients are treated.Ensure technologies and processes are in place to virtualize patient/provider engagement. We’ll look at each of these over the next few weeks. So, how do you empower your workforce, build your community, and ensure continuity for your business? First, determine how you might best attract and retain talent for the problems to solve now and in the future. Five Ways to Ensure Workplace Flexibility for the Future Enable your employees to work remotely through digital, virtual, and collaborative technologies.Build a transparent culture through meaningful connection between healthcare providers, patients, partners, and vendors. Make sure everyone’s on the same page at every stage.Innovate new ways to interact through digital means and encourage business continuity through remote work, virtual AI to assist with customers, and evolve connections to meet strategic objectives.Widen your scope to collaborate across geographies at a global scale.Automate when possible to expand detection and response Life Sciences Brands Set New Standards for the World of Healthcare The sudden and long-lasting impact of COVID-19 requires brands to move more quickly than ever before to best serve their customers. It’s imperative customer operations offer quality, caring, and compassion particularly within the healthcare and by design Life Sciences industry. In order to offer the best care and treatment, Life Sciences brands must use the Data and Analytics information they’ve acquired from healthcare records, researchers, and more to ensure quality care for both customers and employees. In times of uncertainty and fear, leaders must make informed, swift decisions. Trust is paramount is work, research, customer and employee relationships move to and remain online rather than face-to-face. While our collective emotional state adds to the challenge, it also offers new opportunities to be forged. The work-from-home model is dependent on having the right secure technology. Employees and businesses need to feel as secure working from home as they would in an office environment. To create this experience and build trust, implementing networking infrastructures will be more important than ever before.  Put People First As important as secure technologies, solid networking infrastructures, and customer care are, the number one priority to ensure you can meet each of these is to care first and foremost, for your workforce. It’s this caring which will enhance your efforts allowing for business continuity as you also care for your customers.  We are all in unchartered territory these days, but leaders who put their employees first are building another level of trust. Understanding the unique intensity of caring for family members and managing wellness as well as navigating increased workloads for some of their employees may seem untenable. But when your workforce is armed with the latest information, assurance of frequent communication, and the chance to celebrate small wins and jobs well done, the people you care for will care for your business.  Business processes have shifted online, looking for your next job has become more daunting than ever before. But here’s the good news. Leaders, hiring managers, recruiters, and prospective employees are all navigating a new way of doing business and finding talent to keep those businesses running.  In the wake of work-from-home policies, remote working, and the shifting landscape of working outside the office, technology careers are prime opportunities to both gain increased knowledge in your chosen field or begin your career path.  If you’re interested in Big Data & Analytics or other Data professional opportunities, check out our current vacancies or contact one of our recruitment consultants to learn more.  For our West Coast Team, contact us at (415) 614 - 4999 or send an email to sanfraninfo@harnham.com.  For our Mid-West and East Coast teams contact us at (212) 796-6070 or send an email to newyorkinfo@harnham.com.  

Five Ways Marketing Analytics Help Businesses Plan For The Future

Small business. Big business. From Amazon to Zoe’s Restaurant, everyone has taken a hit during the pandemic. Some are closed indefinitely while some have been retrofitted to make masks, ventilators, or have even become makeshift labs to find a vaccine or a cure for the coronavirus. But what’s one thing all these businesses have in common? The need for marketing.  We’ve all had emails assuring us our favorite business is doing their part to flatten the curve. Others might explain they’re refocusing or redoubling their efforts to support front line workers, but they’ll return to business when they can, and small enterprises? Every sale is a bonus for them as they struggle to make ends meet and stay in business.  So, what are some ways that Marketing Analytics are helping these businesses both big and small plan for the future? They’re making use of marketing analytics. Shift Strategies. Build Community. It’s a virtual business world, but that doesn’t mean you should stop marketing, or that your customers aren’t still around. By showing you care about your customers whether it’s taking steps to sanitize surfaces or offering high-value content.  By shifting strategies from outbound to inbound, it’s giving your customers a chance to window shop, browse, and consider before buying. Whether they’re having to be cautious about their finances or not, how you present yourself to them, keeps them around for the long haul.  Being there for your customers shows them you appreciate them and care about them. And that you’re not just about the sale. This is the virtual handshake which keeps your customers coming back and gives them something to look forward to in the future.  Show Support. Express Solidarity. This is for both your employees and your customers. When you show support and express solidarity from within your company, it speaks volumes to your customers.  These are trying times for everyone, if you must close your doors, be clear in your communications. Be honest and explain what’s happening, if and when you hope or expect to resume operations, and stay positive.  Niche Market Analysis Determine who your customers are and how they might react in times like these. How they react can determine what you do next and how you do it for your business? As much as you should have an overview of your demographics, it’s also important to take a deeper dive. Knowing this information can help you plan the most effective marketing strategy for the future of your business. This kind of raw Data offers a wealth of information and resources to help you best analyze your information.  Gather Data. Track. Analyze. This can help you get an overview of what’s working, what isn’t, and how you can pivot based on your customer’s needs. This time is an opportunity to assess, reassess, and pivot if needed to determine what works best for you and your customers. From here, you can refine your strategies, get creative in your ideas, test, and track.   Remember, Marketing is a process. Marketing is a long game. Have patience. Be consistent.  While the fruits of your labors may not be immediately felt, customers may feel of a sense of normalcy knowing you’re with them during this pandemic. Everyone’s in the same boat. We’re all in this together. Whether you’re a business on the front lines or have to close your doors for a while, using these strategies help not only your customers have something to look forward to, but you as well. As business processes have continue to shift online, looking for your next job has become more daunting than ever before. But here’s the good news. Leaders, Hiring Managers, recruiters, and prospective employees are all navigating a new way of doing business and finding talent to keep those businesses running.  In the wake of work-from-home policies, remote working, and the shifting landscape of working outside the office, technology careers are prime opportunities to both gain increased knowledge in your chosen field or begin your career path.  If you’re interested in Big Data & Analytics professional opportunities, check out our current vacancies or contact one of our expert consultants to learn more.   For our West Coast Team, contact us at (415) 614 - 4999 or send an email to sanfraninfo@harnham.com.   For our Mid-West and East Coast teams contact us at (212) 796-6070 or send an email to newyorkinfo@harnham.com

Life Sciences Data on the Front Lines

As states begin to lift restrictions, projections of cases and deaths, are expected to rise. Racing against the clock are scientists, Predictive Data Modelers, Bioinformatics Statisticians, and AI. Together with Machine Learning platforms, they’re working to find a solution to not only flatten the curve, but stop the virus in its tracks. And the first line of defense they’re turning to? AI. AI as First Line of Defense Against Covid-19 Once a challenge to humans as taking over jobs, AI is now at the center of cutting-edge technologies to track the pandemic. Combined with other technologies such as machine learning, bioinformatics, and other Data solutions, AI has become a first line of defense against the outbreak.  With the ability to filter through massive Data sets at a speed unmatched by humans, AI is working to crack the code of how best to treat Covid-19 patients. And to help flatten the curve? Some companies are using surveillance systems to help determine hotspots, track contagion points, and help to slow the spread of the virus. Experts understand computation prowess alone won’t solve this disease. But its speediness will ratchet up the information so we can avoid years of trial and error. AI and Big Data can help give research groups, pharmaceutical firms, and even private businesses, who’ve tossed their hat into the ring to help fight this pandemic, a leg up. Healthcare Analytics Enters the Fight While there is a risk to Data given to algorithms, some private sector businesses are willing to take the chance. This kind of information can help to predict future hotspots to catch the virus in its tracks and work to ensure it doesn’t spread out from these localizations.  Using the technologies we have in place like AI, Machine Learning platforms, Big Data, and Bioinformatics can help to speed up treatment, improve vaccines and pharmaceuticals, and offers near real-time solutions. As with anything involving large amounts of Data given directly into a machine, there is an urge to be cautious.  Hotspots on a map can pinpoint where the worst or newest cases have sprung up. This insight gives experts a 360-degree view of patients using Machine Learning. Using a wide array of healthcare Data such as X-rays, ER visits, medical codes, and more, a new tracking system shows hidden areas where outbreaks could occur but may not be expected catching the virus in its tracks. Monitoring is Critical as States Lift Restrictions Though coronavirus is not the flu, flu season isn’t taking any time off. So as the two viruses collide, it’s more important than ever to monitor the spread. This can ensure hotspots are pinpointed early, efforts to flatten the curve, and monitor flare ups should the arise as the country begins to reopen. Experts are working around the clock and using this clinical Data to inform their models. Predictive modeling, AI surveillance systems, and Bioinformatics used in healthcare Data are working together to find a cure. It’s important humans do their part, too. This just might be a best case scenario of machine and human working in cooperation toward a common goal. But one thing this world needs at the speed of light beyond AI to syphon through Data? Professionals who have the technical prowess to understand the machines and the human skills of communication to explain the analyses.  One Final Thought… Business processes have shifted online, looking for your next job has become more daunting than ever before. But here’s the good news. Leaders, hiring managers, recruiters, and prospective employees are all navigating a new way of doing business and finding talent to keep those businesses running.  In the wake of work-from-home policies, remote working, and the shifting landscape of working outside the office, technology careers are prime opportunities to both gain increased knowledge in your chosen field or begin your career path.  If you’re interested in Big Data & Analytics or other Data professional opportunities, check out our current vacancies or contact one of our expert consultants to learn more.   For our West Coast Team, contact us at (415) 614 - 4999 or send an email to sanfraninfo@harnham.com.   For our Mid-West and East Coast teams contact us at (212) 796-6070 or send an email to newyorkinfo@harnham.com.  

Life After Lockdown: Three Trends of the New Normal

It’s been a few months since remote working became a way of life. Our offices have moved into our dining rooms, kitchens, and onto our couches. We’re business professionals, teachers, and family units all rolled into one and all in one location. But some locations around the world and in the U.S. are beginning to return to normal. Well, the new normal. So we thought we’d take a moment to consider three trends of the new normal. These include not only a focus on remote working, but also how we interact with each other individually and within our communities. Each is a lesson this year has already taught us and forges a new path as we move forward. Remote Working Where once telecommuting or working remotely was an added benefit it is now commonplace. It’s become de facto business strategy to keep businesses running. In recent weeks, we’ve seen advice on how to sharpen your focus when working remotely, job search strategies as millions of American workers face unemployment and the future of the way we work. Things are changing. Fast. And in unprecedented ways. But there remains research to be done, metrics to analyze, and opportunities abound for those with a penchant for computers and numbers. We’re talking to you Data and Digital Analysts, Web Analysts, E-commerce and Blockchain Data Scientists.  Physical Interaction Social greetings have changed. Rather than shaking hands, some may touch elbows. Others nod. Perhaps a wave. Still others may offer another form of greeting. Physical interactions have been dictated. For now. How long this will last is unclear, but we may have to face a reality of alternative greetings from now on.  How we react to one another may dictate feelings or concerns both made deliberately and unconsciously. Though we may stand a little farther apart and feel uncomfortable around others for a time, at the same time, we want to do for others and begin to focus on our immediate communities. Whether our neighbors are our friends, colleagues, or last names on a mailbox, this has become a time to come together. Virtually. And at a distance. Community Focus We are social creatures at heart and crave community. Social media platforms have finally reached their aim. To bring people together. Online. There was a time in human’s early development in which we thrived when we cooperated. Our survival instincts have returned once again as our communities become smaller and more isolated. Instead of every man for himself it is neighbor helping neighbor.  Could it be that 2020 is the year we grow as a group? Is it possible these shifts of living in the moment altruism be what moves us forward toward the future?  When you live in the moment, you know the danger may be in the background. But the resilience of people and their communities are strong. The will to survive ever present.  There are plans to begin reopening. Events like concerts, weddings, board meetings, sales meetings, and more may still be limited or moved to a face on the screen. Whatever must be done to get the job done is what it means to be resilient in a time of crisis. Adapt. Be flexible. Be open to change. No longer are these words on a mood board or to instill team spirit. This is the new normal.  On Final Thought… Business processes have shifted online, looking for your next job has become more daunting than ever before. But here’s the good news. Leaders, hiring managers, recruiters, and prospective employees are all navigating a new way of doing business and finding talent to keep those businesses running. In the wake of work-from-home policies, remote working, and the shifting landscape of working outside the office, technology careers are prime opportunities to both gain increased knowledge in your chosen field or begin your career path.  If you’re interested in Big Data & Analytics or other Data professional opportunities, check out our current vacancies or contact one of our expert consultants to learn more.   For our West Coast Team, contact us at (415) 614 - 4999 or send an email to sanfraninfo@harnham.com.   For our Mid-West and East Coast teams contact us at (212) 796-6070 or send an email to newyorkinfo@harnham.com.  

Six Ways to Sharpen Your Focus While Working Remotely

Welcome to the world of remote working. Our days are blending together as much as we try to set boundaries and time restrictions. The one silver lining in all of this? We’re not alone. From the essential workers on the front lines to the CEOs in their home office, we’re all in this together. Our online systems are being tested as much as our interpersonal systems. So, how do we navigate this uncharted territory and what can we do to put some normalcy into the unusual? Move Forward without Fear In crisis, we tend to reaction. Yet, this is the time to slow down and assess with an eye to moving forward so you’re ready for what comes next. Strike a balance between when to pause and when to push. For example, many individuals are taking this time to study, learn new languages, and find ways to get a leg up on the competition. What would move you forward? Find Your Creative Space To be creative, is to be innovative. It’s not just for the artist, painter, musician, writer. Your creative space helps you to pause, to focus, and from there to innovate. What passion project have you been tossing around in the back of your mind? What have you always wanted to do but didn’t have the time to focus? How could the challenges you face, the burdens carried, be shared or delegated to give you the creative space you need? Be Empathetic Though we’re all in this together, family, friends, colleagues, stresses can more easily magnify. Find outlets for your frustrations such as meditation, a virtual coffee with a friend, or even reading a few chapters of a book you’ve been meaning to get to. Maintain a Sense of Humor Leaders set examples. In these times, it’s important to set a tone which can be both relaxed and driven. Tell a funny story, share a favorite photo, plant something unusual in the background to add a little fun to your virtual meetings. Reach Across the Aisle to Solve Issues They say two heads are better than one. What if instead of rivals pitting against each other, they worked together? Consider the story of rival CEOs in the healthcare sector collaborating on a solution to the coronavirus. In isolation, we’re thinking creatively, and reaching across the aisle toward a common goal. Purpose and Data Driven Focus Thrives As interpersonal and interconnected as we’ve become, we are still a data-driven world. It is this information we can gather and take to heart to move forward with purpose and focus. No matter the industry you’re in, consider your purpose, and see how you might change things for the better both now and in the future. What can you do for yourself? What can you do in your career? How will you advance your situation from survive to thrive? As business processes shift online, looking for your next job can be more daunting than ever before. But here’s the good news. Leaders, hiring managers, recruiters, and prospective employees are all navigating a new way of doing business and finding talent to keep those businesses running.  In the wake of work-from-home policies, remote working, and the shifting landscape of working outside the office, technology careers are prime opportunities to both gain increased knowledge in your chosen field or begin your career path.  If you’re interested in Big Data & Analytics professional opportunities, check out our current vacancies or contact one of our recruitment consultants to learn more.   For our West Coast Team, contact us at (415) 614 - 4999 or send an email to sanfraninfo@harnham.com.   For our Mid-West and East Coast teams contact us at (212) 796-6070 or send an email to newyorkinfo@harnham.com.  

Has The Way We Work Changed Forever?

Remote working. Flexible hours. Four day weeks. Universal Basic Income. The past few years have seen no shortage of suggestions when it comes to what the future of the working world will look like. But with many major nations currently working from home by necessity, it’s a time to reflect and reset for both businesses and prospective employees.  It’s also a time to assess, plan, and prepare for what happens after. What could the world of work and its culture shift look like in the not too distant future? If nothing else, the pandemic and subsequent response has opened our eyes to where things are broken. These will be the areas looking to hire, both now and in the future, and the key to these hires is to know which of your transferable skills most closely align with the need. But it won’t only be industries that change. They way we’re working with and speaking to each other has already changed dramatically, perhaps even irreversibly.  Culture as Silver Lining From closed door offices to cubicles. From open offices to co-working spaces. Our settings help dictate our culture. Why? Because culture is the model by which we get the job done.  So, far from the empty “how are yous” and polite handshakes, the climate we find ourselves in now offers a glimpse into a world of real connection. People practice social distancing, but come together via FaceTime and Zoom. People are reaching out to chat about things other than business and showing a little of ourselves and the lives we lead. There is no more separation of work and life during business hours. And that’s okay. What have we been missing? We’re no longer numbers and signature blocks on a screen. People want to see each other, to have a real connection. Video meetings are par for the course as we seek to interact as close to our interactions in the office hallway. Except this time, we’re adding in the personal element and the “how are you?”/”I’m fine” remix is on pause or stopped for more meaningful conversation. Now, when we ask, we genuinely want to know and rather than gloss over the question, we’re opening up and telling each other what’s going on in our lives. Finding Community Amidst Social Distancing Businesses and individuals are getting creative to help keep some sense of normalcy. Though we’re far from business as usual, there are opportunities all around to create virtual communities and conduct celebrations. Imagine virtual happy hours 0at the end of the week. Pizza parties over FaceTime. Trivia nights with clients. Social distancing has brought us closer together. Who knew? It’s that effort at normalcy during these unsettling times which are another way toward the future of the way we work. Our desire to be together, work together, interact, innovate, and create. We are fixing what’s been broken – our systems, our processes – and finding the silver lining in the culture shift of the future of work. As business processes shift online, looking for your next job can be more daunting than ever before. But here’s the good news. Leaders, hiring managers, recruiters, and prospective employees are all navigating a new way of doing business and finding talent to keep those businesses running.  In the wake of work-from-home policies, remote working, and the shifting landscape of working outside the office, technology careers are prime opportunities to both gain increased knowledge in your chosen field or begin your career path.  If you’re interested in Big Data & Analytics or other Data professional opportunities, check out our current vacancies or contact one of our recruitment consultants to learn more.   For our West Coast Team, contact us at (415) 614 - 4999 or send an email to sanfraninfo@harnham.com.   For our Mid-West and East Coast teams contact us at (212) 796-6070 or send an email to newyorkinfo@harnham.com.  

FIVE JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES FOR LOCKDOWN

As business processes shift online, looking for a job requires a different approach than it did six weeks ago. The good news is that leaders, hiring managers, and recruiters are all navigating this new way of doing business and, as a result, are continuing to look for talent to keep those businesses running.  With the shifting landscape of working outside the office, those in Data & Analytics are perfectly placed  to both gain increased knowledge in their chosen fields or and take the next step on their career paths.  So if, you are on the job hunt at the moment, here are our five top tips: NETWORK We may be practicing social distancing and unable to go for a coffee, but with a variety of events shifting online, networking is still a viable strategy. This may also be a good time to reconnect with old friends, old colleagues, and see how you might help each other. Show interest in what they’re doing and engage in a real conversation. Show you value their time and that you can offer value as well. After all, it’s who you know.  DRESS AND PLAN FOR SUCCESS Don’t forget, the basics are still the foundation from which to begin your search. Get dressed and “go to work.” Review and update your resume. Tailor your cover letter to the business you’re applying to. Don’t send your resume scatter shot to anyone hiring. Focus on what interests you and for which you have the skills or can transfer skills from other sectors.  Phone and video interviews have become more commonplace in recent weeks and months. Dress as you would for an in-person interview. Find a quiet area to talk. Practice eye contact. Show interest in the position and don’t be afraid to ask about their hiring timeline. BE THE PROBLEM SOLVER THE BUSINESS NEEDS  If you want to stand out in a slow job market, it’s important to show employers that you can alleviate their frustrations and tackle their challenges. Be the problem solver companies are looking for by consistently conveying, at every step of the hiring process, that you have the experience and expertise necessary to be successful in the role.  BE INDISPENSABLE AND READY TO SHOW YOUR VALUE Communicate and clarify your boss’s needs. Follow through on what you say you’ll do and what you’re given to do. Make coming to you to get the job done a no-brainer. Show empathy to your colleagues and your boss. In an uncertain world, being calm goes a long way.   STAY POSITIVE The market may have evolved over the past few weeks but so have a number of new opportunities. With that in mind, it’s important to stay positive. A mindset shift will help you adapt to new normal and help keep you in the right frame of mind. In some circles, it’s the law of attraction.  Stay positive, research and keep up to date on your sector, and determine what skills are transferable and you may just be surprised at what you find.  If you’re interested in Big Data & Analytics professional opportunities, check out our current vacancies or contact one of our expert consultants to learn more.   For our West Coast Team, contact us at (415) 614 - 4999 or send an email to sanfraninfo@harnham.com.   For our Mid-West and East Coast teams contact us at (212) 796-6070 or send an email to newyorkinfo@harnham.com.  

How To Lead A Remote Team

GitHub. How-To Geek. Toptal. Zapier. These are just a few of the businesses which have been 100% remote since their inception. On the front lines of the remote working lifestyle, they understand the benefits and the challenges businesses new to remote teams are facing. In recent years, some businesses tried offering remote working, then pulled workers back in house. Some offer part-time work-from-home opportunities, but still required a few days in the office. In today’s climate, businesses have been forced to develop remote working strategies and everyone is learning how to manage this new way of doing business. There are a variety of apps and software to help businesses work as close to the old ways as possible. So, as remote workers learn how to balance their personal and professional lives while at home, leaders also must learn how to manage remotely. Below are a few immediate benefits of remote teams for business. Three Immediate Benefits of Remote Working Less overheadsLess office politicsIncreased productivity However, there’s more to leading remote workers than the above. As teams tighten, it’s important to ensure everyone is on the same page. Most of what’s been done within the office walls can also be done virtually. Planning a staff meeting? Zoom. WebEx. GoToMeeting. Google Hangouts. Microsoft Teams. These are all video conferencing call software applications you can use to not only conduct your weekly staff meetings, but client meetings as well. Record the meetings so you can refer to comments or questions, you may have missed or to refresh your memory of planned next steps. Managing projects? Think Trello. Asana. Monday. Basecamp. Slack. Assign teams. Have a space just for brainstorming or just for fun. Emulate the office environment of those quick hallway meetings and watercooler chats. Need to access documents from anywhere? Google Drive. Dropbox. Box. These are just a few of the applications which allow anyone with a link to jump in and add their two cents, comment or correct. Does your team have all the necessary equipment? Computers, phones, access codes, passwords? How can you help them best do their jobs? These are just a few things to think about when planning for and leading remote teams.  Leading Remote Teams One of the issues remote workers once faced was “out of sight, out of mind” leadership. In an office, it can be easy for a manager to walk past someone and communicate on the fly or for remote workers to feel left out in company events, strategy sessions, or general camaraderie with others in the office. Companies who have always been or are moving to fully virtual teams have now levelled the playing field. However, this change marks just how important communication is for your team. Often, the best managers will check-in regularly. These managers are good listeners who offer feedback, check on progress, and determine if there’s too much workload or if an employee is ready to take on another project. Managers who communicate without micromanaging engage in trust and accountability of their employees. Having this kind of ownership of habits and behaviors can improve productivity and the trust goes both ways. Reach out to everyone on your team regularly. To ensure you’re including everyone when you assign tasks or projects, it’s a good idea to have a list of employees with their photos. Set Clear Boundaries and Guidelines It’s even more important when working from home to set clear hours for working and avoid burnout. Add to this the best methods of communication to use such as a project management app like Slack, a quick text or Skype call, or an email. Don’t forget to make allowances for how things like childcare may be handled as many are not only working from home, but may also be homeschooling, too. Ensuring everyone is clear on when they can turn to colleagues versus when they should reach out to their leaders helps put everyone on the same page.  Keep Everyone Connected Remote working is a lifestyle. But not everyone may be ready for it or have the personality for it. One benefit of the brick-and-mortar office is camaraderie and connection, even if it’s just a smile and wave in the hallway. Even the most resolute remote workers feel lonely and disconnected at times. Staying on task can feel paramount to success, but to meet the new challenges of a virtual team go a little deeper. Not only is it important to make time for personal interaction, but businesses can organize virtual check-ins and fun events. Think Trivia time, funny videos or GIFs, even virtual pizza parties.  It’s important in this time of social distancing and remote working lifestyle to stay connected and engaged with your workforce. It could even make your business stronger and more in sync than ever before. Not only can it be of benefit to your business, but can also offer and open up opportunities for more future employees. Without a location base, you open yourself up for the right person for the job, no matter where they are.In the wake of work-from-home policies, remote working, and the shifting landscape of working outside the office, technology careers are prime opportunities to both gain increased knowledge in your chosen field or begin your career path.  If you’re interested in Big Data & Analytics or other Data professional opportunities, check out our current vacancies or get in touch one of our expert consultants to learn more.   For our Mid-West and East Coast teams contact us at (212) 796-6070 or send an email to newyorkinfo@harnham.com.   For our West Coast Team, contact us at (415) 614 - 4999 or send an email to sanfraninfo@harnham.com.  

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