For all its stress, the pandemic gave some people a chance to reflect on what their ideal work-life balance would be. Maybe it would be great to work remotely from a state that offers more green space and chances to get outdoors, or to become part of a new community.
As offices have started to reach a new normal, some companies have begun putting a squeeze on workers wanting to work remotely, most notably big tech companies like Amazon and Meta. But it’s not the case with all workplaces. In some states there are even schemes––with substantial grants––set up to encourage remote workers to move to new locations.
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Tulsa Remote programme has already welcomed 2,500 people to the city since 2018. It provides a $10,000 grant, broken down into helping with relocation expenses, a monthly stipend and the rest given when your first year is finished. It also gives newcomers access to a space at the coworking community 36 Degrees North, and helps with information on housing.
Vox found that what kept the remote workers living in Tulsa was its community, with the software platform Slack being a key part of helping newcomers settle in. Over three-quarters of the members who joined since 2019 have stayed in the city.
That sort of flexibility would fit alongside a job like Senior Program Manager, Disaster Health Services at the American Red Cross, a role which is currently hiring. This is a fully remote role which would involve leading and managing the Red Cross’s Disaster Health Services programme, including providing support and guidance to volunteers and staff, and serving as a disaster health subject matter expert within the charity.
Tulsa is a great spot for those who like the buzz of city life. But if you prefer a more outdoor lifestyle, there’s West Virginia. Its Ascend programme offers $12,000 to the selected remote workers: $10,000 is paid over the first year, and the remainder is given to help with the second year.
This is the type of location that will appeal to those dreaming of an outdoor life, with paddleboarding and hiking at the weekend. Ascend will even help with a year of free activities and access to free outdoor gear rentals.
Trips to Chicago will be on the list for people who move to Michigan under its remote working programme, which offers plenty to those seeking a new lakeside lifestyle.
To incentivize the change, Move to Michigan is offering workers up to $15,000 toward a new home, and a choice of over $5,000 in additional perks across that first year. After-work trips to food trucks, distilleries, wineries and even cideries await newcomers to this location.
One remote job that would suit a newcomer to Michigan is Deputy Project Manager of Communications at Tribal Tech LLC, which is a Native American, woman-centered business. In this role, the Deputy Project Manager will work to address the most pressing health and wellness needs in Native American communities, overseeing the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Behavioral Health and Wellness Program (BHWP) website, webinars, and events.
If life in a university town appeals, over at Greater Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue University is building a remote working community right on campus.
Under the Work From Purdue scheme, the selected candidates who move to the area will get a $5,000 stipend, three months at a coworking space, discounts on new housing development and access to networking events and professional development programming.
This is the sort of location that people who don’t like the extremes of other states will enjoy: it has mild weather all-year around, except for its coldest month in February, and offers hiking and biking trails and golf courses for after-work relaxation.
Roles that we might typically think of as desk-bound are beginning to be available to remote workers. For example, at Prudential, they’re hiring for a Senior Actuarial Associate – and are open to the person working in a remote or virtual location outside of Newark. This role would involve joining an agile team, and is aimed at a driven, intellectually curious leader.
These new schemes aimed at remote workers make sense for the worker and city or state. They can tempt people to try a new way of life in a place that would benefit from the injection of new community members.
For workers, it’s also a way of finding out what parts of the country might be even more enjoyable than they anticipated, while providing a chance to discover their ideal work-life balance.
Things have settled down slightly on the remote working front since 2020. But WFH Research, which undertakes a monthly online survey to examine how many Americans are still working remotely, reported in its latest survey that the pandemic permanently increased the number of Americans working from home.
A total of 12% of full time employees are fully remote, 59% are full time on site and 29% are in a hybrid arrangement, it found.
In addition, another WFH survey of job ads from January 2019-January 2023 showed that the percentage of them offering remote or hybrid roles has risen dramatically since 2019. It might not be for everyone, but remote working isn’t going away––and with schemes like these, remote work can become quite the adventure.
Lobbying, Business For all its stress, the pandemic gave some people a chance to reflect on what their ideal work-life balance would be. Maybe it would be great to work remotely from a state that offers more green space and chances to get outdoors, or to become part of a new community. As offices have started to…
Roselyn Omaka Leads Sinc Healthcare’s Nationwide Expansion in Remote Patient Monitoring
Sinc Healthcare, a leader in the realm of remote patient monitoring and a sister company to UPL Care, is proud to announce Roselyn Omaka’s addition to their executive team. This significant move marks the expansion of Sinc Healthcare’s innovative Medicare-compliant services across all 50 states in the United States, underlining the company’s commitment to nationwide healthcare improvement.
With Omaka’s expertise, Sinc Healthcare is poised to extend its reach, offering cutting-edge remote patient monitoring services to healthcare providers and patients across the entire country. This expansion ensures that
no matter where patients are located, they have access to top-tier healthcare monitoring and support.
Omaka brings a unique blend of biochemistry knowledge and business acumen to Sinc Healthcare. Her leadership is expected to drive the company’s commitment to legal compliance, maximize reimbursements for providers, and reduce hospital readmissions, crucial in today’s healthcare landscape.
Sinc Healthcare, under Omaka’s direction, embraces the technological advancements of AI and remote patient monitoring. This approach is set to revolutionize patient care, especially for those unable to make frequent in-person visits to healthcare facilities.
The expansion of Sinc Healthcare’s services nationwide means more healthcare providers can:
- Offer enhanced patient care through remote monitoring.
- Maintain operational efficiency and compliance.
- Utilize data-driven insights for better patient outcomes.
Sinc Healthcare has been at the forefront of remote patient monitoring since 2014, with a zero lawsuit record, emphasizing its dedication to compliance and quality care. Its services are now available across all 50 states, making it a leading figure in nationwide healthcare innovation.
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Comedy Filmmaking 101: How to Master Verbal Timing
In the realm of filmmaking, every element contributes to the tapestry of your story, and among these, verbal timing stands as a powerful thread that can weave unforgettable moments into your narrative. In this comprehensive guide, we delve deep into the significance of the pause in filmmaking. Specifically, we explore how mastering the art of the pause can elicit audience reactions, enhance engagement, and immerse viewers in your storytelling.
Setting the Stage for Verbal Timing Before we dive into the nuances of the pause, it’s essential to lay a solid foundation by considering how it fits into the broader context of your film. Here’s how to prepare:
- Develop Vibrant Characters: Craft characters with distinct personalities, quirks, and dynamics to create meaningful interactions.
- Craft a Compelling Script: Your script should encompass moments of humor, drama, tension, and surprise, setting the stage for varied emotional experiences.
- Establish Pacing Rhythms: Align your pacing with the genre and overall tone of your film, ensuring a seamless flow that captivates your audience.
The Pause as a Narrative Device A well-executed pause serves as a narrative device that can be employed in various scenarios to heighten your storytelling:
- Comic Timing: In humorous scenes, a well-placed pause following a setup line amplifies the impact of the ensuing laughter.
- Dramatic Effect: During emotionally charged moments, pauses heighten tension and enable the audience to absorb the gravity of the situation.
- Suspense Building: In suspenseful or thriller genres, strategic pauses keep viewers on the edge of their seats, building anticipation.
The Emotional Pause To evoke specific emotional responses from your audience, consider these tips:
- Timing Variations: Experiment with pause lengths. A longer pause encourages deeper contemplation, while a shorter one maintains pacing.
- Character Reaction Shots: Capture character reactions after a significant line, showcasing the impact of the dialogue on the story’s emotional landscape.
- Dialogue Placement: Position critical lines just before a pause, allowing the audience to digest and react to pivotal information.
Timing for Humor In the world of comedy, timing reigns supreme. Maximize comedic impact with these insights:
- The Punchline Pause: Pause after delivering a setup to let the audience anticipate and relish the punchline.
- Timing Delivery: Practice diverse comedic delivery styles, rhythms, and pauses to identify what suits your script and characters best.
- Physical Comedy Integration: Don’t overlook the synergy between verbal timing and physical comedy, as they can enhance each other’s humorous effect.
The Unexpected Pause Surprise your audience with an unexpected pause to create memorable cinematic moments:
- Subverting Expectations: Deviate from anticipated pacing to catch viewers off guard, generating intrigue and excitement.
- Plot Twists: Before revealing a plot twist or shocking revelation, pause to amplify its impact, leaving a lasting impression.
The Power of Editing Verbal timing isn’t solely reliant on actors’ delivery during filming; the editing process plays a pivotal role:
- Adjusting Pace: Fine-tune dialogue timing in the editing room by trimming or extending pauses to achieve the desired effect.
- Sound Design: Collaborate with your sound team to enhance pauses with ambient sounds, music, or silence, further immersing the audience.
- Testing and Feedback: Seek feedback from test audiences to gauge the effectiveness of your verbal timing choices. Analyze moments where the pause successfully elicited the desired reaction and where refinements may be necessary.
Mastering verbal timing in filmmaking demands practice, creativity, and a profound understanding of storytelling. By weaving the power of the pause into your narrative, you can engage your audience emotionally, craft unforgettable comedic moments, and intensify the impact of dramatic sequences. Remember, the pause isn’t just about silence—it’s a dynamic tool that enriches your storytelling and invites the audience deeper into your cinematic world. Embrace this art, and witness your filmmaking skills flourish, leaving audiences eagerly awaiting your next project.
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