Day: February 12, 2021

Banish your team’s Zoom fatigue and boost wellbeing and profits

Call it Zoom fatigue or Zoom burnout, the new epidemic that is spreading like a curse during the current pandemic is affecting millions of people worldwide. We look into the wider affects of it and show you ways to avoid or deal with it, because let’s face it, we’ve all got enough to be dealing with right now.

Online meetings rose by 270% during the past year. No surprise, that Zoom and Microsoft Teams have seen a vast rise in subscribers through the pandemic. Did either company think of the affects of too much online video calling though?

In the same way that boardroom meetings zapped our time to work effectively and meet deadlines, endless Zoom calls eat our productive time up, but the physical and mental toll is far more exhausting.

Why is talking on a Zoom so fatiguing?

Twenty faces looking at you, focusing hard to hear and

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British Business Bank lends more than £18bn to UK businesses

A new report by the British Business Bank reveals how private debt has become a valuable source of finance for smaller businesses across the UK since the 2008 economic crisis – with £18.4bn of lending in 2018 and 2019.

Private debt is often the only or most viable funding solution for smaller businesses and mid-cap firms with bespoke requirements and a need for greater flexibility in terms of financing structure.

Published with support from the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA), the UK Private Debt Research Report is the first time primary data collection and analysis has been reported for this section of the UK small business finance market. The report features data from 55 funds, managed by 37 UK fund managers, comprising the majority of UK private debt lenders that cater to smaller businesses, and covers 934 individual deals done in 2018 and 2019.

The report found

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Greentech Media is closing in mid-March

Wood Mackenzie, an oil, gas and renewables research firm, is closing the Greentech Media renewable news portion of its business in mid-March, according to former employees familiar with the matter, reports Eric Wesoff of Energy Transition Now.

Wesoff reports, “Venture-funded Greentech Media, a cleantech news, analysis and events business, was acquired by Wood Mackenzie for approximately $40 million in 2016.

“Why is Wood Mackenzie shuttering a renewable energy news business when the world is in the midst of a high-growth energy transition? GTM’s coverage areas of wind, solarstorage and grid are critical in confronting climate change and decarbonizing energy usage.

“In the media world, Politico acquired energy trade publication E&E News late last year and venture firms like a16z and Breakthrough Energy Ventures are launching or doubling down on their own media properties. Every writer you know is on Substack. Media is in flux, as always — but

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