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One Degree Tuesday July 27 2021

These adventure cats bring joy to their owners — and social media followers

Canadians have embraced the outdoors in droves over the past year-and-a-half due to pandemic-related lockdowns — and their fluffy, tree-climbing, bird-watching feline companions have been tagging along.

CBC

A different kind of caseload: new litigation standards in Canada’s courts post-pandemic

COVID-19 caused a revolution in Ontario’s court system. What were the most important changes that resulted from the pandemic, and what are some of the more subtle developments that have emerged alongside?

LEXPERT

FACEBOOK IS OFFERING 100,000 SCHOLARSHIPS TO BLACK LEARNERS SEEKING DIGITAL MARKETING CERTIFICATIONS

The company earmarked $200 million to support Black-owned businesses following the death of George Floyd. The pledge is part of a broader $1.1 billion supplier diversity program designed to provided funding and resources to Black-owned businesses this year.

BLACK ENTERPRISE

The new equation for total reward strategies

Recently, a major US insurance broker with 20,000 agents started to question why so many were leaving the company—and taking their business books with them. The answer lay in the data about reward. It turned out the company was significantly out of touch with what people wanted. The company’s employee preference surveys had not been translated into the type of benefits it was offering. Based on the new analysis, the company redesigned its performance-based compensation, reduced equity awards, improved supplemental healthcare, and implemented a personalized training and development portal. The result: increases in agent sales performance (of 5 to 20%), engagement (up to 21%), and employee satisfaction and retention (up to 20% in some areas). What’s more, all of these gains came with a decrease in compensation costs of 8 to 12%.

STRATEGY = BUSINESS

Lucasfilm hires the YouTube deepfaker who put its Luke, Leia and Tarkin cameos to shame

I recently re-watched Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It mostly held up — except for Lucasfilm’s attempt to bring Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia and Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin back to the big screen using CGI. That’s something that only bugged me the tiniest bit the first time I watched it.

THE VERGE

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