FIR Zoom Chat 5: How We’ll Get Back to Work

The fifth weekly Zoom Chat featuring listeners and FIR co-hosts Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz. Our primary discussion continues to focus on coronavirus and lockdowns, and how communicators, businesses, and whole industries – automotive and airlines to name but two – are managing, although a shift in focus is emerging: getting back to work once this crisis is on the wane. And what might the new normal look like? Watch Now You can also listen to or download the MP3…

FIR 194: The Great Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020

The April episode of “The Hobson & Holtz Report” continues the coronavirus theme from March with conversations about… Our experience being Zoombombed The role of social media during Covid-19 How toilet paper companies are responding to online criticism over shortages Microsoft’s belief that coronavirus will forever change the way we work and learn The UK Automobile Association’s belief that coronavirus will transform UK work and travel Emojis in the time of coronavirus The big data behind Disney’s magic The good…

FIR Zoom Chat 4: Zoom burnout

With so many people using video conferencing tools – especially Zoom – in their new-normal working from home lockdown environment, there’s a rise in anxiety and stress when it comes to using a tool like this as your primary method of real-time communication across the work/life divide. It’s leading to burnout says Angela Lashbrook writing in OneZero last week: When we’re already forced to conduct our work life via the same means, it’s perfectly reasonable to become overwhelmed when suddenly…

Living in Lockdown

On March 23, 2020, the UK went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and the consequent emergence of the COVID-19 infection. Since then, it’s been a time of staying home for large numbers of the population, regaled daily by government spokespeople, advertising and social media messages to “Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives.” It’s been a time of an emerging ‘new normal’ that began with panic buying of some household basics especially toilet roll and hand gel (sanitizer);…

FIR ZoomChat 3: Zoombombed!

The third weekly FIR Zoom Chat hosted by Shel and Neville on April 9 got off to a promising start and continued with great discussion with a handful of FIR listeners on preparing now for communicating return-to-work when coronavirus lockdowns are lifted or relaxed. It lasted 21 minutes or so until we were hijacked by a coordinated zoombomb attack featuring many simultaneous zoombombers that ended our discussion. The clue to what was coming, unbeknownst to us, is the unknown fella who joined us…

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