How remote working is accelerating during Covid-19 pandemic

first_imgWith the revolutionizing of the digital world, many companies prefer to work remotely. And, then came the Covid-19 pandemic, which has swept the world by a storm. Moreover, it has resulted in severe conditions such as lockdowns.During this testing phase, one aspect that surprisingly emerged is working remotely, best known as ‘Working From Home.’ Though remote working has always caused a debate about whether employees are productive during the process or not, the answers to it have got rightfully observed during the Covid-19 phase. Plus, employee management has become less hectic. Always remember employees are assets, and they have to be taken care of well.How remote working is helping employees and organizations.When employees work remotely, there are numerous benefits to the organization/company. Few such are listed below:Increased productivity: Employees are usually comfortable working at their homes, so it boosts their overall productivity.Improved employee retention: The HR recruiter has to work little less as employee retention is maximum during remote working.Saves commuting time: One of the significant challenges in the Indian cities is commuting as travelling takes away most of the time. When employees get offered to work from home, the toil due to travelling gets eliminated on its own.How to make remote working successful?The success rate of remote working is humungous in today’s nationwide lockdown scenario and will continue to be so in the future as well. When we leverage remote working with the SaaS-enabled HR tools, then it becomes more fruitful and informative. These tools help in gaining the necessary information of the employees, keeping track of the working hours, and managing employee attendance. All SaaS-enabled HR tools to assist and become extremely handy during the 360 appraisals, assessments, performance management and recruitment. These tools also improvise day-to-day HR productivity.Now let us focus on Niti Aayog – Indian government think tankNITI Aayog is the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the government of India, providing both directional and policy inputs. While designing strategic and long term policies and programmes for the government of India, NITI Aayog also provides relevant technical advice to the Centre and states.NITI Aayog has notified that certain Saas-enabled HR tool firms should be vouched for remote working which includes Zimyo also. It provides productivity equipped with technology.It is recommending SaaS-enabled HR tools for remote working in organizations. It is also endorsing SaaS HR tools leaders like Zimyo HRMS, which facilitates working efficiently from home and helps in retaining talent.Why should organizations adopt Saas-based HRMS tools?Like they say that the HR department forms the backbone of the company, and it is a significant factor that helps in the growth of the organization. The HR Department is known to handle several tasks from day-to-day follow-ups to performance evaluation to recruitment and payroll. All these tasks mentioned above require a massive load of information. For this, the HR Manager needs to encircle the professional knowledge of every employee. Hence, it is quite a time-consuming procedure if carried out manually. Zimyo’s HRMS software eradicates the time factor and replaces it with the productivity factor.It is highly beneficial in managing the recruitment data that is otherwise quite tough to work with honestly. HRMS software or SaaS-based HR software is useful for all kinds of workplaces – from smaller organizations to large ones as the data increases daily. Hence, to maintain the information accurately becomes a very tedious manual task. On the other hand, with the HR software, it takes only a few hours to update the said data regularly.Significant benefits of HRMS tools – Why it is need of the hourNow, we look at the key reasons why SaaS-based HRMS software is essential for the growth of any organization. During digital times, the major drawback is data maintenance and how to update it regularly.Various companies are trying different techniques to embrace virtual teams with the help of technology, focusing on productivity and accessing the best talents for the most significant benefits. HRMS tools help in Monitoring KPI’s that help in measuring the performance of the employees.They can automate the process and make it more straightforward for the organization to evaluate the performance of the employee. Additionally, they help in employee retention, absenteeism and the time the employees have taken to achieve the goals.The SaaS-based such trackers help in calculating the leaves of the employees through complete segregation. Further, they also facilitate the overall performance of the employees effortlessly. Hiring and onboarding of the employees become swifter, and each employee has a defined set of role to play. With these numerous benefits, Zimyo’s SaaS HRMS is a must-have for all the organizations.To concludeThe automation of the HR Department primarily benefits the employees as well as employers. It not only helps in tracking the performance of the employee but also promotes them to work efficiently in a more articulate and dignified manner. During remote working, expected to be the future of the organizations, HRMS tools will continue being the backbone of the system. It sustains and develops the functioning of any organization.Many companies are on the lookout for SaaS HRMS tools to perform better and be on the top. These tools not only provide more in-depth insights on the working hours, leaves and productivity of the employees but also benefit during the time of appraisals as the data is accurate and ready to use.last_img read more

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New studies describe link between parotitis, flu

first_imgParotitis, the swelling of salivary glands most commonly associated with mumps, may be a complication of influenza infection, according to two new articles published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.Both studies look at recent non-mumps related cases of parotitis following influenza and other viral infections, suggesting that, after ruling out mumps, clinicians should consider influenza when examining a patient who has parotitis. Interestingly, the researchers found that H3N2, the influenza A strain behind this year’s severe flu season, may be more likely to cause parotitis.In the first study, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at the etiology of non-mumps parotitis during the 2014-15 US influenza season in 320 American cases. The cases occurred in 27 states, mostly in men (65%). Almost two thirds of patients (64%) were under 20 year of age.The subjects completed a questionnaire on their illness, and the CDC tested patient samples for mumps, influenza, human parainfluenza viruses 1 through 4, adenoviruses, cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2, and human herpes viruses (HHVs) 6A and 6B.The CDC detected viruses in 210 (71%) of 294 patients who provided adequate samples for testing. The most common virus was H3N2 influenza, found in 156 patients. Other viruses detected included 42 cases of HHV6B and 32 of EBV.Male patients more likely to be affectedIn a second study, the same group of CDC researchers conducted interviews with 50 parotitis patients with lab-confirmed influenza from February to April of 2015. They compared results with responses from 124 ill influenza-confirmed controls who did not have parotitis.”Patients described painful facial swelling, consistent with acute parotitis, which developed shortly after the onset of systemic or respiratory symptoms,” the authors write. “Swelling lasted a median of 4 days before resolving. Seven cases were hospitalized during their illness, including 2 patients who were admitted to the intensive care unit.”Males were more likely to suffer from pariotitis than females, for no known reason, the authors said. Seventy-six percent of patients were male, compared with 51% of controls.For most patients, parotitis symptoms struck about 4 days after flu symptoms, including chills, cough, muscle aches, sore throat, and fever.The authors of the study said that, prior to the 2014-15 flu season, only 18 cumulative cases of influenza-associated parotitis were reported since 1975.”Our findings suggest that including influenza in the differential diagnoses among patients who present with acute parotitis may be prudent during influenza season, particularly during seasons dominated by influenza A(H3N2) virus infection and when respiratory symptoms precede parotitis,” the authors concluded.Does flu cause parotitis?In an accompanying commentary, Andrew Pavia, MD, of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, notes that, although the presence of influenza virus detected in 53% of patients adds strength to the parotitis-flu association, it does not prove it.”In the absence of experimental data or the demonstration that influenza virus replicates in salivary glands, it will be hard to prove to a high degree of scientific certainty that influenza causes parotitis, he wrote.Pavia concludes by saying the two studies “strongly suggest that parotitis can be added to the long list of syndromes caused by influenza.”See also:Mar 30 Clin Infect Dis “Non-mumps Viral Parotitis During the 2014-2015 Influenza Season in the United States” studyMar 30 Clin Infect Dis “Influenza-Associated Parotitis During the 2014-2015 Influenza Season in the United States” studyMay 30 Clin Infect Dis commentarylast_img read more

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What F1 races have been cancelled due to coronavirus and when will 2020 Grand Prix season start?

first_img Source: Motorsport – thesun.co.uk CORONAVIRUS continues to sweep across the globe with thousands already dying from the killer bug.With little sign of the spread slowing down, bosses in every sport are preparing contingency plans to avoid getting any others infected.⚠️ Read our Coronavirus in Sport live blog for the latest news, updates and cancellationsChinese Grand Prix has already been postponed with more expected to followCredit: AFP or licensorsFormula One is no different and the beginning of the season has been devastated by the pandemic.What races have been affected due to coronavirus?The Australian Grand Prix was cancelled after McLaren went into self-isolation and Lewis Hamilton complained about the race going ahead.While the Chinese Grand Prix was postponed in mid-February with the Shanghai circuit 500 miles from Wuhan – where the coronavirus outbreak began.F1 bosses have insisted that they will try to find room for it in the calendar, but with 22 races being scheduled, this could be unlikely.The inaugural Vietnam GP has now also been cancelled, despite attempts to keep it on the original date of April 5.But with the Hanoi track being just 100 miles from the border of China, it was always unlikely to go ahead.The second race of the season – Bahrain – was also announced to postponed, having initially been set to take place behind closed doors. The Government of Bahrain had already revealed any foreign nationals who have visited Italy, Singapore and Hong Kong – among others – in the 14 days prior to travelling to Bahrain are not allowed entry.This was putting any teams travelling to Singapore and Hong Kong on their way to Australia in doubt, along with the two Italian teams.And on March 19, it was revealed that the Monaco, Dutch and Spanish GP’s had all been scrapped.When will the season start?With the first seven races already cancelled, the FIA says it expects the 2020 season to begin “as soon as it is safe to do so after May”.F1 chairman and chief executive officer Chase Carey said: “There was full support for the plans to reschedule as many of the postponed races as possible as soon as it is safe to do so.“F1 and the FIA will now work to finalise a revised 2020 calendar and will consult with the teams, but as agreed at the meeting the revised calendar will not require their formal approval.“This will give us the necessary flexibility to agree revised timings with affected race promoters and to be ready to start racing at the right moment.“Formula 1 remains fully committed to launching a 2020 season as soon as possible.” 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Amazing movies best funny animals Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017center_img People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 10 Best Travel Destinations in Taiwan Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Omg this is awesome 🙂last_img read more

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