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DPP, Signiant launch remote working research project

Survey gathers insight into distributed working during the pandemic

The DPP, in partnership with Signiant, has launched a four-month longitudinal research project into remote and distributed working during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the media industry – like all industries – is huge and unprecedented,” the organisations said in a statement. “One of the most immediate impacts is the need for almost every company to adopt remote working, using Cloud-based tools. When the pandemic eventually ends, will businesses simply return to the way they worked before? Or will working practices have been changed forever?”

The project will involve a monthly survey, across a four-month period, of around 20 questions. It will be completed by companies from across the supply chain and around the world. The monthly survey is supported by a weekly ‘flash survey’ of around five questions, intended to take the emotional temperature of respondents.

“We’re living through a key moment in world history, and we know nothing will ever be quite the same again,” said DPP MD Mark Harrison. “It’s important that we capture in real-time how this crisis is changing the way we work. Research such as this will give us unique insights that will enable us to gain wisdom from an otherwise traumatic event.”

“As Signiant solutions play a critical role in connecting the global media supply chain, enabling global collaboration, we’re working hard to do our part to help the industry keep content flowing,” added Signiant chief marketing officer Jon Finegold. “The current pandemic has certainly magnified something we’ve always believed and that is ‘we are all in this together’.”

A full report will be published in July 2020.

Companies that would like to participate should email Anh Mao at [email protected]. The research team is especially interested in participation from organisations in gaming, VFX, esports, motion picture, and television episodic production.