Day: August 10, 2020

From furlough to returning to work

New data looking has revealed the considerable impacts of the furlough scheme and the prospect of returning to work to wellbeing.

The research, commissioned by Perkbox, revealed that despite being a job retention scheme, furlough has led to a huge 61% of workers on the scheme with concerns over their future job security, and a further 42% have concerns about the future of their company due to their employer’s participation in the scheme. This is despite almost half enjoying the time off and break from working that this time provided.

Furthermore, it’s not just those a part of the scheme that are feeling the impacts. Almost 1 in 5 who weren’t furloughed by their employers (but their companies did utilise the scheme) felt more secure in their job by not being chosen to be a part of it.

The scheme hasn’t just led to insecurities, it’s also led to

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Twitter tries to get ahead of Microsoft’s TikTok deal as clock ticks

Twitter is attempting to gatecrash Microsoft’s talks to buy TikTok with a proposal to acquire the Chinese video-sharing app’s US operations.

The micro-blogging network has held preliminary talks with TikTok, although it is regarded as a long shot to secure a deal given its market capitalisation of $29 billion is dwarfed by Microsoft’s $1.6 trillion value. Twitter’s interest was first reported in The Wall Street Journal.

The app, owned by Beijing-based Bytedance, has been declared a national security threat by President Trump over its Chinese ownership. Mr Trump has said it must find a buyer for its US operations within a month or face a ban. He said the app could “allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information”.

TikTok, whose video-sharing app is a hit with teenagers around the world thanks to its lip-sync, dance and comedy videos, reacted with fury. The company said it

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News media critic Doctor to set up news outlet

Ken Doctor

Over the past 15 years, Ken Doctor has served as a news media industry critic. Doctor started out as publisher and editor of an alt weekly and he also warns about hedge-fund ownership of news outlets in a column he writes for Harvard University’s Nieman Journalism Lab, reports New York Times.

He has also worked as a consultant for media companies and is also the president of Newsonomics. He also held the same post at Content Bridges.

Additionally, he has also worked various editorial roles at Knight Ridder New Media, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, Boulder City Camera and Oregon Magazine.

Now, at 70, Doctor is launching his own news outlet, “Lookout Local” and its flagship site, “Lookout Santa Cruz,” covering the California county.

“I came to the epiphany of putting both sides of my brain together,” Doctor said. “I’m an analyst. I understand the business.

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