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The pandemic year 2020 is past us but not the coronavirus and the impact it brought into our lives is probably the biggest disruption of our lifetimes.
The impact at our workplaces was such that WFH format and other factors led to 50 per cent workforce choosing for Self-Development programs on digital platforms. This and more was revealed in a nationwide survey conducted by myjen.ai, a fast growing Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered communication platform.
With the growing realty of hybrid workplaces emerging as the new normal, the survey “Pivoting to the New Normal” was undertaken to comprehend the impact of pandemic on Learning and Development of professionals, their preferences and opinion.
Key findings of myJen AI survey “Pivoting to the New Normal”
1. Self-Development programs received tremendous uptake (50 per cent Workforce)
When it came to percentage of people using pandemic time for self-development, a 35 per cent of respondents felt that more than 50% used this time for Self- Development, on the same aspect around 45 per cent people felt that around 40 per cent people used this time for Self-development, leading to a majority (around 80 per cent) having voiced that more than 40 per cent of work force used pandemic time for Self-Development.
2. Main Subjects Attraction for Self-Learning
About choosing the subject for Self-Learning, the main attraction for working population were led by Technical skills followed by Strategic Thinking & Innovation Skills, Social Media Marketing, Communications Skills and finally Leadership Skills in this order. In terms of specific skills, the importance of Communications Skills received a whopping 96 per cent acceptance, to its being very important for career growth.
3. A Thumbs up for Digital Platforms
As direct face-to-face communications with their peers and leaders got restricted due to the pandemic, it was the digital platforms and telecom services which ran the show virtually for organisations. A majority of professions voiced that more than 50 per cent people believe that Digital Platforms can be beneficial for self-development.
4. Digital Platforms- Advantages and Challenges
Talking about advantages and challenges of Digital platforms, respondents mentioned Scale, Cost, Convenience, Self-paced and 24X7 availability as the top advantages, whereas issues like Lack of interactivity, Procrastination, Discipline, Lack of Personalisation and inability to gauge learners feelings and emotions were the top challenges with the Digital platforms.
5. A Surprise- A good idea to have 24X7 Communications Coach
In a world, where work hours and pressure is on a high and people prefers to have their own personal time, in a surprise more than 56% respondents felt that it can be a good idea to have a 24X7 Communications Coach at their disposal, clearly indicating the growing role of Communications in our professional and personal lives.
The survey was conducted across different cities in India and was responded to by around 350 participants.
The participants included Learning & Development Heads, People Managers and other function leaders of organizations from across 30 different industries including Education, Technology, Infrastructure, Banking, Consulting and Financial to name a few.
The survey had equal representation from junior, middle and senior management.
Announcing the launch of survey findings, Shammi Pant, Co-Founder, myJen.ai said: “Our Survey “Pivoting to the New Normal” is an attempt to capture metamorphosis taken place in Learning & Development space due to the unprecedented pandemic. These disruptions fast forwarded the evolution of alternatives like a location no longer being a constraint to get the access to the best training and coaching, as long as you have a good internet connection, a laptop or smart phone. The uptake of digital platforms and growing role of technology is having a profound impact on workplaces, cultures and mind. This became an epiphany in our survey findings as well and we believe the changes like hybrid and blended learning are going to be permanent in our lives.”
myjen AI powered coaching products use NLP, sentiment analysis and data learning, to give the user personalized and contextual feedback. KWurd is an Email writing AI Coach Application, with useful features, an Intuitive Interface and powerful design, whereas uSpeek helps in improving spoken word from body language, word power, to voice it gives a holistic analysis, in a matter of minutes. These products mines data to show inherent de-railing patterns across teams, functions and geographies, providing invaluable insights for individuals and organisations ultimately delivering business performance
Jenny Sarang, Co-Founder, myJen.ai, said: “Pandemic has brought L&D & HR back on center stage. These functions have an extremely critical role to play in helping organisations transition into the new normal and our survey brings out these aspects clearly. There is greater realization among professionals to sharpen their domain, technical skills and most especially Communications skills. Various Studies suggests that almost 80% of your success at work places is driven by our communication skills”. (IANS)
The US researchers have discovered a class of immune cells that plays a role in miscarriage, which affects about a quarter of pregnancies.
Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco found that the recently discovered subset of cells known as extrathymic Aire-expressing cells in the immune system may prevent the mother's immune system from attacking the placenta and fetus.
The researchers showed that pregnant mice who did not have this subset of cells were twice as likely to miscarry, and in many of these pregnancies fetal growth was severely restricted.
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"When you're pregnant, the immune system is seeing the placenta for the first time in decades -- not since the mother made a placenta when she herself was a fetus," said Eva Gillis-Buck, from UCSF.
"Our research suggests that this subset of immune cells is carrying out a sort of 'secondary education' -- sometimes many years after the better-known population of the educator cells have carried out the primary education in the thymus -- teaching T cells not to attack the fetus, the placenta and other tissues involved in pregnancy," she added. The findings are published in the journal Science Immunology.
The immune system has to be educated not to attack one's own tissues and organs to prevent autoimmune disease. But pregnancy presents a unique challenge since the fetus expresses proteins found in the placenta as well as proteins whose genetics are distinct from the mother.
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"It was a conceptual leap to link Aire-expressing cells, which are critical for preventing autoimmune disease, to pregnancy," said Tippi Mackenzie, Professor of Surgery at UCSF's Center for Maternal Foetal Precision Medicine.
In the thymus, Aire-expressing cells begin interacting with other immune cells very early in life to teach them what not to attack. The thymus begins to shrink and is nearly gone by adulthood, by which time most immune cells have been educated. But as the thymus shrinks, the population of eTACs in lymph nodes and the spleen expands, the researchers explained.
The study suggests a healthy pregnancy may depend on having these cells around, they added. (IANS/KB)
The tiny emojis being shared on billions of devices worldwide can play a major role in digital communication, with most people saying that emoji compels them to feel more empathy towards others, according to an Adobe report.
Adobe's global emoji study found that emoji even helps people overcome language barriers and form connections that would otherwise be difficult to do.
"We were surprised and delighted by the discoveries made in the survey, most notably how enthusiastic respondents were for emoji as a means to express themselves," the company said in a statement.
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Emojis sometimes get criticized for being overly saccharine, but this sweetness is key when it comes to diffusing some of the heaviness of online communication.
"Many of the emoji are focused on positive emotions, so it's easy to insert them into our conversations and lighten the mood," the Adobe study said.
It's not surprising that over half of those surveyed feel more comfortable using emojis than talking on the phone or in person.
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This applies to less intense situations too. Dating, for example, can be tricky — especially when it's online or via digital apps, as it often is now.
The study also found that emoji even helps people overcome language barriers and form connections that would otherwise be difficult to do.
In celebration of World Emoji Day on Saturday, Adobe's '2021 Global Emoji Trend Report' surveyed 7,000 people in the US, the UK, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, and South Korea. (IANS/KB)
Following the grand Richard Branson show where he carried Andhra Pradesh-born Sirisha Bandla and fellow space travelers on his shoulders after successfully flying to the edge of space, it is time for Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos to applaud Sanjal Gavande, one of the key engineers who designed the New Shephard rocket set to take Bezos and the crew to space on July 20.
Billionaire Bezos is set to fly to the edge of space aboard what is touted as the world's first unpiloted suborbital flight. Born in Kalyan, Maharashtra, Gavande is a systems engineer at Blue Origin who always dreamt of designing aerospace rockets.
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After completing Bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Mumbai, she flew to the US in 2011 to pursue a Master's in mechanical engineering from the Michigan Technological University. She also applied for an engineering job at the US space agency NASA but finally landed her dream job at Blue Origin
Sirisha flew to the US in 2011 to pursue a Master's in mechanical engineering from the Michigan Technological University.IANS
Bezos, his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Mary Wallace 'Wally' Funk, and other passengers are set to liftoff from west Texas and travel just beyond the edge of space on July 20. Blue Origin announced this week that Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old high school graduate from the Netherlands, would join the crew.
Oliver is the son of millionaire Joe Daemen, Founder, and CEO of the Dutch investment company Somerset Capital Partners. Blue Origin, however, did not reveal how much Daemen paid for his son's trip to space. Bezos chose July 20 as the launch date to honor the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
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The launch site for Blue Origin's first human flight will be in a remote location north of Van Horn, Texas, from where the firm had launched New Shepard for previous flights. Blue Origin has received final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to carry humans on the New Shepard rocket into space.
On July 12, Bandla touched the edge of space with three others, including Virgin Galactic's billionaire CEO Richard Branson. Bandla vaulted into space onboard VSS Unity 22. After the successful spaceflight, Branson carried the Indian-American on his shoulders while celebrating their flight to space, at Spaceport America in New Mexico. (IANS/KB)