Rising Workloads + Shrinking Staffs Hardly Formula For Successful Editing

Rising Workloads + Shrinking Staffs Hardly Formula For Successful Editing

October 7, 2020 Uncategorized 0

Editorial managers clearly have their work cut out for them, according to results of the Editorial Work From Home Survey just completed by Editorial Solutions, Inc.

As documented in this summary of my tweets in September, workloads are on the rise for complicated reasons. Among them:

  • Meetings take up increasingly more time out of the working day
  • Sites seeking quick shift from traditional print to digital-first media must deliver a larger dose of original content—no cinch in view of current staff cutbacks.

Survey activity triggered several side-issue discussions. Leading that list was the obvious need for more editors to introduce quantitative thinking. And in-house training efforts, often not an editorial strong suit, will become even more difficult to execute.

Considerable tweeting activity was devoted to building interest in survey participation. Incentive to do so was excellent. Respondents received a free copy of my book Get Serious About Editorial Management, as well as an exclusive report detailing important survey findings. Some future studies will offer similar deals, so don’t miss out the next time. Meanwhile, if you like what you see, be sure to follow my regular Twitter feed.

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