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21st Century Work Life and leading remote teams

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Jan 28, 2016

In today's podcast, Pilar talks to Maya Middlemiss about qualitative research, how her virtual team members communicate and how things have changed since she first started working from home 15 years ago.


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09:28 Why using video in your meetings is important and what to do if you're restricted to audio.


The Conversation with Maya Middlemiss

15:40 Pilar talks to Maya...

Insight into market reserach

Maya talks about what Saros Research does, a UK-based business with virtual clients and people spread in three countries.

"We work around our family life."

Testing chocolate.

How her virtual team communicates on Slack.

The process of recruiting for qualitative research.

Is it still important to have a local base for clients?

Working with big and small companies.

Christmas Party in Google Hangouts.

"I have a very bad habit of getting distracted by the newest shiny app."

How work and clients at Saros has changed.

"People used to talk about work life balance like they were two different things."

Maya's writing a book to help people buy research recruitment, covering the ethics, working with different audiences, etc etc. Based on her own experience.

Advocating for participants in medical and medical-related research, speaking at the Consumer Health and Wellbeing Conference.

The importance of participants understanding confidentiality.

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