Top remote work tools for productivity, via GitHub, GitLab, Facebook

  • With remote work a long-term reality for many companies, tools to help employees work productively from home are critical. 
  • StackShare shared which tools are most popular on its platform, while execs from companies like Facebook, GitHub, Gitlab, and Atlassian also dished on their go-to products. 
  • It’s not just about the specific tools, though, it’s about how they’re used — including to keep company culture alive. 
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Because of the pandemic, remote work has become the new normal for many tech companies. 

Firms like Facebook, Twitter, and Atlassian are allowing employees to work remotely permanently, if they wish — a practice already adopted by startups like GitLab — and adapting to new productivity products in the process. It’s not just about the tools a company uses though, but also how they use them. 

StackShare, a website for companies to share what apps they use, has

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Productivity Commission claims wide-spread regtech adoption will lift compliance

An information paper by the Productivity Commission has highlighted how there is scope for Australia to adopt regulatory technology (regtech) beyond the financial sector, with the belief it can improve regulatory outcomes and reduce the costs of administration and compliance.

In its regulatory technology information paper [PDF], the Productivity Commission noted how Australia is “well-placed” to develop regtech solutions given its “relatively stable and sophisticated” regulatory systems, but currently, extensive use of regtech remains relatively low.

“Low awareness can dampen both demand and supply responses — business need to see value in changing their software so that developers see value in investing in applications, which in turn deliver the value businesses need to see,” the paper stated.

It went on to suggest that Australia could extend its existing use of “low-tech” solutions, including digitised data, forms, registers, and transactions to streamline business and individual transactions with government, as well as

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Inertia Systems Announces New Intelligent Construction Drawings Technology to Improve Jobsite Productivity

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CHULA VISTA, Calif., Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Inertia Systems, a location-driven construction management platform, today announced the launch of its patent-pending Intelligent Construction Drawings (ICD) technology that for the first time enables proactive, data driven, and connected smart construction drawings to mitigate mistakes throughout the construction process and improve job site productivity.

Advances in construction have offered solutions like augmented reality, 3D building, drones, and robots that are completely changing the industry. However, despite more jobsite technology available now than ever before, working with construction drawings has remained a manual and inconsistent process. Typically conducted through static PDF documents, on-site project teams can waste hours each week manually adjusting individual sheets or objects within a construction drawing, with guesswork often leading to avoidable mistakes that cost teams both

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Finance Pros Say WFH Boosts Productivity

Almost two-thirds of financial services professionals have increased their productivity while working from home during the coronavirus crisis.

A new report from lobby group Humans in Finance found that 63% of survey respondents were more productive working remotely, with 18% experiencing a decline. Some 70% said their work-life balance had improved, while 58% reported improved health and wellbeing.

The survey – Remote Working in Finance: COVID-19 & Beyond – quizzed more than 600 finance professionals in over 80 locations across 6 continents. In addition to the above findings, it reveals that:

  • only 3% want to work entirely from the office post-COVID
  • 95% believe employers should offer a range of remote / in-office workplace options
  • 80% are excited by the prospect of working from any location they choose
  • 83% believe remote working could reduce carbon emissions / improve the environment
  • 75% say firms will struggle to attract and retain
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Executives Say Technology Will Boost Productivity; But Their Employees Aren’t So Sure

Fifteen years ago, one may have not recognized many of the career choices that are emerging today — such as cloud marketing manager, or data scientist. So, just imagine what job titles we might see fifteen years from now.

The authors of a report out of Citrix did just that — visualizing the workplace of the year 2035, and the types of professionals who will be making the economy tick. These new-age jobs will be tied into technology initiatives such as AI and related technologies.

The Citrix workplace study was the result of a year-long series of surveys and interviews with 1,800 business leaders, along with thought leaders from academia, think tanks, multinational boards, and leading authorities on the future of work. Here are examples of new jobs that will be created:

  • Robot/AI trainer
  • Virtual reality manager
  • Advanced data scientist
  • Privacy and
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Increasing stability decreases ocean productivity, reduces carbon burial

Increasing stability decreases ocean productivity, reduces carbon burial
Warming ocean surfaces will decrease the oxygen in the upper oceans and decrease bioproductivity, impacting the food source for dolphins and others that rely on fish and sea life. Credit: NOAA

As the globe warms, the atmosphere is becoming more unstable, but the oceans are becoming more stable, according to an international team of climate scientists, who say that the increase in stability is greater than predicted and a stable ocean will absorb less carbon and be less productive.


Stable conditions in the atmosphere favor fair weather. However, when the ocean is stable, the layers of the ocean do not mix. Cooler, oxygenated water from beneath does not rise up and deliver oxygen and nutrients to waters near the surface, and warm surface water does not absorb carbon dioxide and bury it at depth.

“The same process, global warming, is both making the atmosphere less stable and the oceans more

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Lessons from ex-Google employees about productivity and culture

Ex-Google marketeer Ismail Jeilani founded edtech platform Scoodle.

Ismail Jeilani



Ismail Jeilani


How long were you at Google, and what did you do while you were there?

I was at Google for about a year as an associate account strategist.

In simple English, that meant helping businesses in the UK and Ireland improve their advertising campaigns. By showing the right ads to the right people at the right time, both consumers and businesses are happy.

What did you learn while working there?

I obviously learned a lot about digital marketing. By helping so many businesses, I was able to get pretty comfortable setting up and optimizing marketing campaigns for businesses of almost any size.

The importance of being around smart people is that – without realising – you raise your standards and you raise your expectations of success. This can be really powerful, regardless of what you do in the future.

I

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