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    MedComms Networking - 15 December 2020


    It's likely you're incredibly busy just now. Many working in #MedComms are. Let's be thankful. But let's not forget family and friends and others who aren't so fortunate. And please keep an eye out for the 25 percent or so within our own community who appeared from our survey to be struggling. Maybe only quietly on their own, after switching off the video call.

    Tomorrow we've a final big Zoom meeting for 2020, Better Homeworking in MedComms. The programme is organised by Tim Hardman (Niche Science and Technology) and Steven Walker (St Gilesmedical London and Berlin). We'll explore the contradictions of homeworking and seek the experiences of a range of stakeholders. Issues to be addressed include room ergonomics, health and safety, good mental health, finances, human resources and contracts, mutual support, maintaining company ethos and socialising on line. The afternoon will end with a Christmas quiz and prizes, plus networking breakout rooms to chat and socialise. See full details here

    Steven will end the meeting by posing a question; "Do we need a 'Homeworking Charter'?". What do you think?

    My social media feeds, by definition, are dominated by #MedComms folks. People enthusiastically sending thanks to employers for hampers, bottles, blankets and more festive treats. But do we even have the basic kit we need at home? Desk? Chair? Computers with big screens? What about two big screens? The space to work? How many of us are perched on our bed, working on a laptop, dodging kids? For a few weeks it was almost fun. Now it's serious. Surely, there's no going back from this.

    Yesterday I ran an online huddle for the MedComms Workbook Freelancers. Much of the time was spent talking about pros and cons of life as a freelancer vs an employee. But the context is very different to a year ago, when I'm sure we had the same conversations. Many are getting regular invites to discuss taking employment. Some are doing so. After all, mostly they don't have to move from the home desk they currently use. And many have a very good home office set up. It's been their business to have one. And yes, we talked about the UK's changing IR35 tax rules coming in April 2021. Those were only delayed this year. Not abandoned. It's likely to get more complicated in freelance land next year and our business relies on them. There again, I said that a year ago and look what happened!

    Time will tell.

    Meanwhile, when you find time to take your next coffee break. Take time to watch the recording from last week's #MedComms webinar. Caroline Halford (Springer Healthcare), Hamish McDougall (SAGE Publishing), Jonathan Patience (Taylor and Francis) and Joanne Walker (Future Science Group) talked about how this year has been for medical journal publishing and what next year holds in store. It was great fun chatting and, I hope, insightful for everyone. Thoughts and feedback are welcomed.

    The #MedComms webinars start again on 20 January.

    Stay safe and well, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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