(Note: Nothing in the following post is endorsed by my current employer.)
I will do my best not to make this another bit of text lost in the sea of thoughts and opinions on our current world crisis. Instead, I’m going to take this opportunity to use the small platform I have to do what I can to support my team.
For those who don’t know, I am the Director of Experience Design Research at a hospitality company. My entire team and I (and the teams we were embedded with) have been placed on furlough until some unknown date 90 or so days from now. This means, for those of us who are full time employees, we will not be able to do our jobs and we will not be paid our full wages during that time. For my contractors, they have been released from their contracts.
What is exceptional about this team during this time of social distancing is we are all well versed in computer-mediated research methodologies. This means we do not have to do research in-person to get results. Given our current predicament, we would make great partners for anyone who needs to continue to make data-driven decisions during these uncertain times.
So, if you’re looking for research help and need people who are experienced at being scrappy and aren’t afraid of finding unique ways to work with people at a distance, please contact me! After all, that’s what cyber anthropology is all about.