LinkedIn launches LinkedIn Learning Hub, IBM doubles ethical AI, and more news

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LinkedIn has announced plans to launch its LinkedIn Learning Hub, a skills-building platform currently in beta, in the second half of 2021 this week. James Raybould, Senior Product Manager, LinkedIn Learning and Glint, described it as “a smart skill building platform” in the official blog announcement.

Three core capabilities, all included in Learning Hub, are crucial factors that elevate an LXP to an expertise building stage. What can customers expect from the Learning Hub and how will it be different from traditional LXPs? Raybould provided the following information in the blog:

  1. Personalized content makes it easier for learners to develop the right skills.
  2. Community learning connects learners with people with whom they can learn and develop new skills.
  3. Skills development information informs training and development strategies with data and information.

The blog quoted Laggi Diamandi, Beta client of LearningHub and head of learning and development at London-based architecture and design firm Foster + Partners: “Simplicity, user experience and accessibility are incredible and these values ​​are so important to me as a learning professional. ”

Business leaders and employees compete for an ideal hybrid work experience

U.S. business leaders are out of touch with what employees expect from a hybrid work experience, says new Unisys Sponsored IDC White Paper titled “Digital Workplace Insights: Finding Digital Parity and Experience to Support the Hybrid Workforce”. Seventy percent of U.S. employees ranked recognition as their top priority, compared to just 50 percent of business leaders, one of many discrepancies uncovered by the survey. Flexible hours and workplaces were cited by U.S. business leaders as the most important (65%) for an ideal employee experience, compared to just 55% of U.S. employees surveyed. Other survey highlights include:

  • Almost 40% of business leaders cited difficulty communicating effectively with team members as the biggest challenge affecting employee productivity, while only 19% of employees thought it was a problem. One third of employees indicated “no or few notable challenges”.
  • Over 35% of employees said fewer face-to-face meetings were important to the employee experience; only 25% of business leaders agree.
  • Employees appreciate frequent and open communications from managers 30% more than business leaders realize.
  • Employees reported a three-way link on technology that would improve their overall work environment: collaboration tools, digital technology to work faster, and technical support when needed.

“One of the outcomes of 2020 has been the rapid adjustments in technology, processes and policies that most organizations have made to support hybrid ways of working,” said Holly Muscolino, vice president of research, content strategies and future of work at IDC in a press release. .

FlexJobs Survey Finds Employees Want Remote Work After Pandemic

FlexJobs surveyed over 2,100 people who worked remotely during the pandemic to better understand people’s work experiences over the past year. The survey looked at key areas of the work from home experience, including: video meetings, cost savings, management preferences, and expectations for the flexibility of working from home in the future. While several surveys found strong support for continued flexibility as to when and where employees can work in the future, a majority of respondents (58%) to this survey said they would seek ” absolutely ”a new job if remote work was discontinued.

Remote work was not without its problems, however. Respondents reported the inability to disconnect from work (35%); technological problems (28%); manage distractions (28%); unreliable wi-fi (26%) and the inevitable fatigue of video meetings (24%) as big challenges in working from home.

Visit the FlexJobs Blog for more information and statistics on its remote work survey.

Figma presents FigJam, its new whiteboard tool

Web-based collaboration design tool provider Figma this week introduced a new whiteboard tool called FigJam.

FigJam’s online tool aims to provide a place for reflection, with native integration with Figma when the concept is ready to take the next step. FigJam’s features include sticky notes, emojis, and drawing tools, as well as pre-built shapes, lines and connectors, stamps, and cursor chats.

Figma has also integrated voice chat into all of its products. By enabling the chat feature, users designing together in Figma or brainstorming in FigJam do not need to jump into a separate Zoom call or Google Meet.

“Our perspective here focused on how to make FigJam work as the first step in the design process, before you jump into the design work,” Figma Founder and Founder. CEO Dylan Field told TechCrunch. “We see people looking for a better, smoother experience, but we also wanted to make it simple enough to bring other people into the tool.

IBM Launches New Watson Features To Help Businesses Build Trustworthy AI

IBM announced new capabilities for IBM Watson designed to help businesses build trusted AI. These capabilities are intended to further extend Watson tools designed to help businesses govern and explain AI-driven decisions, while increasing information accuracy, reducing risk, and meeting privacy and compliance requirements. .

According to the announcement, the new features include:

  • New data privacy management capabilities: IBM OpenPages with Watson now includes a new data privacy management module designed to help businesses meet the evolving challenges of data privacy.
  • Improved explainability for forecast planning: IBM Planning Analytics with Watson will include a new statistical details page designed to provide more transparent and easier to understand facts about how a forecast prediction was generated.
  • New federated learning capabilities: IBM Watson Studio now includes new federated learning features as a technical preview to help companies apply machine learning techniques to situations where data cannot or should not be moved for reasons such as data privacy, secrecy, regulatory compliance or just the size of the data involved. .
  • New Time Series Features: IBM Watson Studio now includes time series functionality in beta, designed to address the automation, analysis and forecasting challenges of time series data commonly encountered in many industries such as finance, manufacturing and sales. by retail.

“AI is as useful as your confidence in it. Especially in business and when the stakes are high,” said Daniel Hernandez, general manager, Data and AI, IBM in the announcement. “IBM Watson continues to deliver essential new features to help businesses build trust at every stage of the AI ​​lifecycle so that business leaders can confidently operationalize AI in the hybrid cloud. “

Remote recruiting startup Deel raises $ 156 million

The shift to remote working last year has increased the demand for specific tools to better support all parts of the experience. Deel, a startup that provides payroll, compliance, and other services, is one of those companies that has reaped the rewards, growing twenty times greater in 2020.

Just 7 months after raising $ 30 million in Series B funding, Deel has now raised an additional $ 156 million in Series C funding. YC Continuity Fund led the round with existing backers Andreessen Horowitz and Spark Capital . Dara Khosrowshahi (Uber), Lachy Groom (Stripe), Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jeff Wilke and Anthony Schiller, among others, also participated in the tour. At just three years old, the funding pushes Deel to unicorn status, with a valuation of $ 1.25 billion.

Deel said he plans to use his new cash flow to expand globally and create 80 new entities around the world in 2021. Deel also plans to do some of his own jobs and develop more offerings. of products. The organization itself is fully isolated and has grown from seven employees to over 120 in 26 countries since January 2020.

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