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One-Third Of Workers Have Left A Job Due To Lack Of Flexible Work Options: FlexJobs

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 14, 2019 by itnerd

According to FlexJobs’ 8th annual survey of more than 7,300 respondents, 30% of workers have reported leaving a job because it did not offer flexible work options. Sixteen percent are currently looking for a new job specifically because of work flexibility issues. With this insight, it’s not surprising that 80% also said they would be more loyal to their employers if they had flexible work options. More than half (52%) of workers have tried to negotiate flexible work arrangements with their employer.

Key Findings Regarding Employee Productivity:

  • 65% of workers think they would be more productive working from home than working in a traditional office environment
  • Fewer distractions (74%), fewer interruptions from colleagues (72%), reduced stress from commuting (70%), and minimal office politics (64%) are the top reasons people prefer their home office.
  • Only 8% would choose to go to the office during traditional office hours when they need to optimize their productivity

Interest in Remote Work is High:

  • 71% have telecommuted in a job before
  • Of those who telecommuted in 2018, 19% telecommuted more this year than last year
  • 82% of respondents know someone who telecommutes
  • 100% telecommuting is the most in-demand type of flexible work arrangement (76%), followed by flexible schedules (72%), part-time (46%), and freelance (39%)
  • Less than 5% worry a lot that a flexible work arrangement will hurt their career progression

About Today’s Flexible Job Seeker:

  • Wanting to travel (54%) is the primary reason for working, after paying for basic necessities (75%) and saving for retirement (60%)
  • Work-life balance and salary (73%) tied as the top two factors people consider when evaluating job prospects
  • Since 2013, work-life balance (75%), family (45%), time savings (42%), and commute stress (41%) have been the top four reported reasons people seek flexible work
  • Flexible job seekers are educated, with 69% having at least a bachelor’s degree and 28% having a graduate degree
  • They are also experienced in their career, with only 13% entry-level
  • A range of audiences are interested in flexibility, such as working parents, entrepreneurs, people living in rural areas, introverts, caregivers, military spouses, and more

Health and Happiness:

  • 44% said a job with flexibility would have a huge improvement on their overall quality of life and 53% said it would have a positive impact
  • 78% said having a flexible job would allow them to be healthier (eat better, exercise more, etc.)
  • 86% said they’d be less stressed if they had a flexible job

For the full list of survey findings, conducted in July 2019, please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/survey-flexible-work-job-choices

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Hex Launches New Galaxy Bag Collection

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 14, 2019 by itnerd

HEX, award-winning fashion accessory brand, today announced the new Galaxy bag collection. The collection consists of nine new bags designed to fit in any lifestyle.

HEX® GALAXY BLACK REFLECTIVE LOGIC BACKPACK | MSRP: $79.95

  • Large zippered general compartment
  • Padded storage for a 13″ – 15″ laptop
  • Front, padded tablet pocket with faux fur
  • Organizer for pens, keys, and cards
  • Reflective print illuminates when exposed to a light source at nighttime or low light conditions
  • YKK zippers with genuine leather zipper pulls
  • HEX-Heritage logo lining
  • Dimensions: 17″ H x 11.5″ W x 4.5″ D
  • Volume: 14.5L

HEX® GALAXY BLACK REFLECTIVE SHOULDER BAG | MSRP: $44.95

  • Hidden stash pocket with Velcro closure on strap panel
  • Adjustable, ergonomic crossbody strap that converts to carry upright on left or right side of body
  • Front pocket with water resistant zipper
  • Interior zipper pocket
  • Back pocket with Velcro closure
  • Reflective print illuminates when exposed to a light source at nighttime or low light conditions
  • YKK zippers with genuine leather zipper pulls
  • HEX-Heritage logo lining
  • Dimensions: 10.5″ H x 6.5″ W x 2.5″ D
  • Volume: 1.5L

HEX® GALAXY BLACK REFLECTIVE WAIST PACK | MSRP: $29.95

  • Front zippered pocket
  • Interior mesh pocket
  • Reflective print illuminates when exposed to a light source at nighttime or low light conditions
  • HEX-Heritage logo lining
  • YKK zippers with genuine leather zipper pulls
  • Overall Dimensions: 8.25″L x 2.25″W x 5.25″H
  • Volume: 1.65L

HEX® GALAXY BLACK REFLECTIVE SNEAKER DUFFEL | MSRP: $159.95

  • 2 Specialized Sneaker Compartments
  • Reflective print illuminates when exposed to a light source at nighttime or low light conditions
  • HEX-Heritage logo lining
  • YKK zippers with genuine leather zipper pulls
  • Exterior Phone Pocket
  • Removable Shoulder Strap
  • Roomy Main Storage Compartment
  • Overall Dimensions: 22″L x 13″w x 9″H
  • Sneaker Compartment: 7.96L / Each

HEX® GALAXY BLACK REFLECTIVE SNEAKER BACKPACK | MSRP: $149.95

  • Padded laptop storage for a 13″ – 17″ MacBook Pro
  • 2 Front, padded Device Ready pockets
  • Vented sneaker compartment
  • Main storage compartment
  • Air Mesh back panel
  • Organizer for pens, keys, and cards
  • Reflective print illuminates when exposed to a light source at nighttime or low light conditions
  • HEX-Heritage logo lining
  • YKK zippers with genuine leather zipper pulls
  • Overall Dimensions: 19″L x 12.75″W x 7″H
  • Sneaker Compartment: 13″H x 12″W x 5″L
  • Overall Volume: 25L

HEX® GALAXY BLACK REFLECTIVE SIGNAL BACKPACK | MSRP: $89.95

  • Large zippered general compartment
  • Padded storage for a 13″ – 15″ laptop
  • Front, padded tablet pocket
  • Front, sunglasses pocket
  • Organizer for pens, keys, and cards
  • Reflective print illuminates when exposed to a light source at nighttime or low light conditions
  • HEX-Heritage logo lining
  • YKK zippers with genuine leather zipper pulls
  • Dimensions: 17.25L 18″L x 13″w x 4.5″H
  • Volume: 17.25L

HEX® GALAXY BLACK REFLECTIVE PATROL BACKPACK | MSRP: $119.95

  • Two large zippered general compartments
  • Padded storage for a 13″ – 17″ laptop
  • Front, padded tablet pocket
  • Front, accessory pocket
  • Generous main storage compartment.
  • Organizer for pens, keys, and cards
  • Reflective print illuminates when exposed to a light source at nighttime or low light conditions
  • Waterproof zipper accents
  • YKK zippers with cord zipper pulls
  • HEX-Heritage logo lining
  • Dimensions: 19.5″L x 11.5″w x 4.75″H
  • Volume: 17.5L

HEX® GALAXY BLACK REFLECTIVE DRIFTER DUFFEL | MSRP: $99.95

  • Front padded iPad Mini pocket
  • Removable shoulder strap
  • YKK zippers with genuine leather zipper pulls
  • Reflective print illuminates when exposed to a light source at nighttime or low light conditions
  • HEX-Heritage logo lining
  • Volume: 31L
  • Dimensions: 19”L x 8.5”w x 12”H
  • Weight: 1.9lbs

HEX® GALAXY BLACK REFLECTIVE DOPP KIT | MSRP: $29.95

  • Zippered main compartment
  • Front, zippered pocket
  • Side, carry handle
  • Internal elastic pocket
  • Reflective print illuminates when exposed to a light source at nighttime or low light conditions
  • HEX-Heritage logo lining
  • YKK zippers with genuine leather zipper pulls
  • Overall Bag Dimensions: 9″L x 4″W x 6″H
  • Volume: 3.54L

Citrix Named A Leader in Unified Endpoint Management By Gartner

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 14, 2019 by itnerd

Citrix Systems, Inc. today announced that it has been positioned as a Leader in the August 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) Tools* based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision.

Today’s employees demand freedom and choice in when, where and how they work. And to attract and retain the talent they need to make their business go, companies need to provide it. But they must also maintain the security of their systems and data across the expanded attack surface that this new model has created.

Enabling the Future of Work

Part of Citrix’s digital workspace solutions, Citrix® Endpoint Management™ allows companies to:

  • Serve up personalized access to the applications and insights employees need to be their most productive.
  • Provide IT with a single control plane through which they can onboard and manage application performance without getting in the way of the user experience.
  • Dynamically apply security policies based on a user’s behavior and environment, allowing employees to work the way they want with the confidence that their applications, information and devices are safe.

To learn more about Citrix digital workspace solutions and how they can deliver a superior experience that enables your employees and organization to thrive, click here.

* Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) Tools” by Chris Silva, Manjunath Bhat, Rich Doheny and Rob Smith. August 6, 2019.

About the Magic Quadrant

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

 

Pulse Secure Experiences Double-Digit Growth

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 14, 2019 by itnerd

Pulse Secure, the leading provider of software defined Secure Access solutions, today announced that growing demand for hybrid IT and Zero Trust Secure Access, resulted in double digit deal volume growth in the first half of 2019. Additionally, the company announced significant achievements in product innovation, channel programs, customer service and talent acquisition.

Pulse Secure is uniquely positioned to bring together crucial secure access functions with required interoperability for hybrid IT and multi-cloud. Key milestones behind the company’s outstanding growth for 1H2019 include:

  • Pulse Secure Access Suites sales grew by 98% year over year; nearly twice the demand for suites over last year
  • Pulse Secure realized double-digit deal volume growth, including new products and service business, with subscriptions increasing by 44%
  • Bookings included the highest number of deals greater than $100,000 in Pulse Secure history
  • Pulse One Manager, including mobile security, cloud security and single sign-on, grew by more than 50%
  • Network Access Control (NAC) business grew by 45% year over year across federal, Europe and Middle East markets, and we were recognized as a top 3 enterprise NAC provider
  • New offerings were launched, including Pulse SDP, extended support and onsite services, and a global solution training and certification program
  • New Access Now partner program designed to accelerate channel sales and service opportunities while advancing MSSP enablement
  • Industry Net Promoter Score (NPS) rating increased to 52, with a customer renewal rate of over 92%

Product Innovation Extends Zero Trust Network Access for Hybrid IT

Announced in February, the Pulse SDP solution integrates Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) architecture within the award-winning Pulse Secure Access platform, offering customers a flexible path to SDP. This approach extends the company’s foundation of Zero Trust access for hybrid IT with enhanced usability, deployment flexibility, automated provisioning and reduced cost of ownership. Pulse SDP offers dual-mode VPN and SDP architecture to provide single-pane-of-glass secure access management with uniform policy management and granular, stateful access enforcement across data center and cloud applications.

Growth, Culture and Engagement Attract Top Talent

The Pulse Secure focus on individual growth, employee engagement and corporate culture continues to attract top talent globally. Pulse Secure has increased its global workforce by 5% across support, engineering, sales and marketing and institutionalized professional development across all disciplines, with participation increasing by 60%. In addition, the company’s local charitable programs are seeing an employee participation rate increase of nearly 50%.

About Pulse Secure

Pulse Secure provides easy, comprehensive software-driven Secure Access solutions for people, devices, things and services that improve visibility, protection and productivity for our customers. Our suites uniquely integrate cloud, mobile, application and network access to enable hybrid IT in a Zero Trust world. Over 20,000 enterprises and service providers across every vertical entrust Pulse Secure to empower their mobile workforce to securely access applications and information in the data center and cloud while ensuring businesscompliance. Learn more at www.pulsesecure.net.

Surprise! Facebook Paid Contractors To Transcribe Users’ Audio Chats….. Another Reason To #DeleteFacebook

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 14, 2019 by itnerd

Facebook has been paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services Bloomberg reported Tuesday citing people with knowledge of the work:

The work has rattled the contract employees, who are not told where the audio was recorded or how it was obtained — only to transcribe it, said the people, who requested anonymity for fear of losing their jobs. They’re hearing Facebook users’ conversations, sometimes with vulgar content, but do not know why Facebook needs them transcribed, the people said. Facebook confirmed that it had been transcribing users’ audio and said it will no longer do so, following scrutiny into other companies.

“Much like Apple and Google, we paused human review of audio more than a week ago,” the company said Tuesday. The company said the users who were affected chose the option in Facebook’s Messenger app to have their voice chats transcribed. The contractors were checking whether Facebook’s artificial intelligence correctly interpreted the messages, which were anonymized. […] The social networking giant, which just completed a $5 billion settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission after a probe of its privacy practices, has long denied that it collects audio from users to inform ads or help determine what people see in their news feeds.

If you want to see the denial of this behavior by Facebook, which is clearly a lie, here’s a link. But unlike Apple, Google, and Amazon who have been caught doing some form of this, I am very concerned that Facebook is doing this. After all this is a company that little to no regard for privacy and thus unlike the other three companies, this needs to be investigated and Facebook needs to be punished accordingly.

Oh… This is yet another reason to #DeleteFacebook.

The Great Canadian Road Trip II – Part 10: The Voyage Home

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 14, 2019 by itnerd

So we’ve come to the end of our second Great Canadian Road Trip. As we leave Charlottetown, I’d like to tie up some loose ends about the Hotel On Pownal. This is a good hotel that we’d recommend. They accommodated the secure storage of our bikes which aren’t exactly cheap and would not have fit in our room. And the staff were very nice and worked hard to make sure that we were comfortable.  But if I were them, They could look to improve on the breakfast front. They could offer a bit more variety in terms of what is on offer. For example, there were no pancakes or bacon on offer which is typical of most hotels that I’ve stayed at over the years. On top of that on some days seating space is at a premium with the hotel having to pull out TV trays to accommodate guests. That’s a bit lame. But other than that, this is a great place to stay.

Oh yeah, If you see this on top of your TV while staying at the Hotel On Pownal, don’t be alarmed:

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When I inquired about this, the staff said it was the IR receiver for the remote control for the TV. I investigated this by looking at the back of the TV and finding the cable box mounted on the back of the TV, and a cable running to this gizmo. Thus making their explanation highly plausible.

In terms of tech, the WiFi worked well and was generally fast enough. Thus enabling my wife and I to use our laptops and smartphones. Speaking of which, here’s how we set everything up. (Note: These pictures going forward are taken with the Nikon Coolpix P1000):

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My laptop lived on a desk with a backup drive attached to it so that I could back up the data on the laptop in case anything happened to it.

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My wife on the other hand put her laptop along with her Twelve South TimePorter on her bedside table. You’ll also see a Nomad Lightning Cable and a Orico 4 Port USB Charger which enabled her to keep her Apple Watch and iPhone 7 Plus charged. In my case, here’s what I did:

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This looks like a rats nest of cables, but let me explain. what’s going on here. I used my nightstand to charge all the lights for the bikes and both cyclocomputers. To facilitate that I used the Anker 60W 6-Port USB charger along with six Anker PowerLine Micro USB 3ft Cables. You’ll also note a clock radio that had two things going for it. First it was a bluetooth compatible and it had no sign of a Apple 30 pin dock connecter, which meant that the hotel bought this recently. Second, it had two USB ports where I plugged in my Twelve South TimePorter to charge my Apple Watch and a Native Union Lightning cable that I got as swag at a press event to charge my iPhone XS. One thing that I should note about the Apple Watch is that I only used the Urban Armor Gear Nato Strap during this trip as it could be used to ride bikes and hike which still looking good enough to go out to dinner. Though it will need a wash when we get back to Toronto. My wife on the other hand between her Nike Band and her Watch Stop Company Mesh Loop.

After packing up and checking out we made the two hour drive back up to the Confederation Bridge where we had to pay a $47.75 toll. To be clear, you don’t pay when you come into Prince Edward Island via the bridge. You only pay when you leave via the bridge.

Top Tip: There are self serve lanes where you can get in and out of the toll area quickly, and they also accept Apple Pay.

Once we were past that we were out of Prince Edward Island and back into New Brunswick. We weren’t going to stay the night in that province. Instead we were going to drive to just outside Quebec City and stay at the Holiday Inn Express Quebec Sainte-Foy which was recently renovated and highly recommended. That meant that our drive was going to be about 8 hours. But to be frank it took 10 hours because we made frequent stops along the way to refuel, take breaks and the like. But we did get to see this sort of scenery:

 

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Once we did arrive at the hotel, we were greeted with a hotel that was modern, clean, and well laid out. We were able to get our stuff along with our bikes inside in short order and relax for about an hour our so after our long drive to get there.

My wife had found a place nearby for dinner called Portofino. And though it was a challenge to get to because of major road construction, it was totally worth it as the food was outstanding. It was a great way to end this trip.

The next day after having breakfast we did the 10 hour drive back to Toronto. Some items to note about breakfast, while the Holiday Inn did serve breakfast on paper plates, they did go out of their way to recycle them. Plus they had a very good selection of food. Both of this made breakfast a very enjoyable experience.

Again, we made a number of stops for gas, breaks and the like along the way which made it 10 hours. But at the end of it it was nice to be in our own beds after being on the road for almost two weeks. Having said that, my wife and I were already talking about our next trip. We’re talking about doing some cycling in Quebec as that province is known for that sort of thing. Or doing this cycling event in Prince Edward Island next year. Or taking a trip to the United Kingdom for some cycling as it will likely be a lot cheaper to do so because of Brexit. Whatever we decide to do, you can be sure that we’ll document it here for you.