Want to Save a Day a Week at Work? Start by Killing Bad Meetings
How to Run Effective Meetings

Meetings are one of the largest unmanaged cost areas in large organizations. Today, meetings typically consume 40% of the working time of managers and professionals, and with the global COVID-19 pandemic confining people into their homes driving them to work remotely, even more so. 

While research shows that managerial and professional people on average spend two days a week in meetings, which in most cases are boring, irrelevant, or badly run, it has taken a huge toll on businesses. 

Yet meetings are essential to organizations. Without them, organizational democracy, collaboration, communication, inclusion, buy-in, and cohesion can be compromised. Meetings in and of themselves aren’t problematic, but how we plan and conduct them can lead to them being unproductive and frustrating. 

Lack of a clear purpose and ground rules, failing to communicate expectations and failing to make concluding decisions are some of the biggest causes of bad meetings. In this infographic, we look at the consequences of these causes and go over some of the quick solutions you can apply to make your meetings more productive.  

The Impact of Covid-19 on Education
Impact of COVID 19 on Education

Most governments around the world have closed educational institutes to help contain the spread of COVID-19 which has affected people regardless of their income, gender, level of education, or nationality. 

The lockdown has inevitably interrupted conventional schooling, exposing the many inadequacies and inequities (i.e. lack of access to broadband and computers required for online education) in the education systems around the world. 

While the governments and the educational communities have made a significant effort to ensure that children continue to receive their education despite the difficult circumstances, a large part of the world’s student population still remains unreachable by the remote learning programs run by their institutes.  

Here’s a look at the impact of COVID-19 on education, highlighting the different delivery channels for remote learning and the steps governments and education institutions can take to overcome the challenges of carrying out learning programs remotely.

29 Remote Working Tools for Staying Productive
remote working tools infographic

Although working from different locations, technology has made it possible for remote teams to collaborate effectively. As a result, the necessity for working from the same location has been greatly reduced. 

While the number of people who work from home has increased by 140% since 2005, it will continue to climb over the next decade. And organizations will need to rely on online remote working tools to drive innovation, reinforce teamwork, and stay relevant in the market.  

While there are a plethora of remote working tools to choose from, it’s important to make sure that you are using the right tool. Here are 29 tools you can use for communication, document collaboration, project and task management, HR management, visual collaboration, and customer support.

The China Coronavirus: Compared to Other Major Viruses over the Last 50 Years
China Coronavirus Latest Updates

By now, China coronavirus has closed down a city 11 million people, spread to  27 countries/ regions, and infected more than 17, 000 people (surpassing SARS). 

It started with something simple – someone buying food for dinner at an outdoor market. And by now it has been declared a global public health emergency by the World Health Organization. 

Like SARS, 2019-nCoV is a zoonotic disease that passes from animals to humans. Research indicates that both SARS and the novel coronavirus likely originated in bats and jumped to humans. 

Over the last 50 years, 10 such infectious diseases have jumped from animals to people and so far the coronavirus has the lowest fatality rate. Here’s a comparison between the novel coronavirus and the other major outbreaks over the last 50 years

Why Are There So Few Female Entrepreneurs
Female Entrepreneurs Inforgraphic

You might think the gap between female and male entrepreneurs has been closing, but the fact is that the gap is still very much there. It’s not surprising that there is such a gap in male & female start-up owners when there is a huge gender pay gap crisis going on. 

Unfortunately, men typically still like to back and invest in male start-ups over female start-ups. This naturally means that there are more men in start-up businesses and at the top, while there are still a limited number of women to even reach the start-up stage, never mind high up women to back women. If men only want to invest in other males, how do women succeed in starting their own business?

It’s not all doom and gloom though, we’ve made great progress in the UK and America. But the figures in the below infographic from Total Processing remind us to keep pushing to close these gender gaps.

Brief History of the Internet – Journey of Life-Changing Digital World
History Of The Internet

A Brief History of the Internet

It took the Internet 50 years to become what it is today.

Can you believe that? Almost half a century.

But, in a way the Internet has advanced humanity far more than any other technology in history. Even the Iron age and Industrial revolution took centuries to become mature enough to develop a civilization. But, the Internet within a span of 50 years has toppled the very routine we used to live by.

Our Internet-connected smartphones are the first things that we reach out to first thing in the morning. We are almost addicted to social media, instant messaging, and on-demand online services. In other words, a life without the Internet is unimaginable.

All the facilities that the Internet is providing us today did not come together. They took their own sweet time to grow and launch. There were specific milestones in the history of the Internet that have shaped the modern digital world.

This infographic from SSL2BUY is an exploration of the history of the Internet. You will be amused to know how fast the Internet technology grew and has become a life-changing force for the entire world. Scroll down the infographic to know the Internet’s fascinating journey.