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Weekly News Digest

August 19, 2021 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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The Scholarly Kitchen Looks at the Return to In-Office Work

Angela Cochran writes the following in “Transitioning Back to In-Office Work Requires a Plan” for The Scholarly Kitchen:

Pages and pages have been written about what ‘return to normal’ might look like, and what has changed so drastically in the past 18 months that we may never go back to. We talk about this a lot at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Without a doubt, more time has been spent [at] senior management meetings discussing old work policies that need to change, how we can be flexible, what it means to be remote, the difference between remote work and work from home, than any other topic. …

I have been thinking a lot about what that means as we navigate issues around office re-opening. When the pandemic started and everyone was sent home—largely around March 13, 2020, for most of us on the East coast of the United States—nothing was intentional. Since that day, we are all self-taught on how to work during unprecedented times.

Last month, we had our first hybrid department heads meetings at ASCO. About half the vice presidents and executive leaders were in the office and half logged in from home. We are currently in a ‘soft opening’ phase at ASCO. People can work at the office a little easier than before, but no one is required to come in. …

If we are going to be intentional about our next steps, we need to be honest with what that means. We may feel like our teams have done great over the last 18 months and that may be true. But everyone being at home at the same time is way different than some or even most people being at home with the others on-site.

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