Marcus Varner
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Marcus Varner

Over the last nine years, Marcus Varner has worked in every type of content—from writing to video production to design. His focus is always on breaking through the clutter while engaging audiences with brands' most foundational messaging. He currently oversees all corporate- and awareness-level level content at Workfront.
Posts by Marcus

Can We Change America’s Toxic Workplace?

In a recent opinion piece for The New York Times, Anne-Marie Slaughter laments the state of the current American workplace, which she considers toxic by nature. Workers across the socioeconomic spectrum, from hotel housekeepers to surgeons, have stories about toiling 12- to 16-hour days (often without overtime pay) and experiencing anxiety attacks and exhaustion. Public health experts have begun talking about stress as an epidemic. Slaughter, who served as Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, was the first female Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. Department of State. After 18 months in Washington, Slaughter... Read More


The Importance of Software Management

Worldwide spending on enterprise software—defined as computer software designed to serve the needs of an organization rather than an individual—hit $314 billion in 2014, according to Statista.com. This comes as no surprise when you consider the number of different business needs these solutions were created to solve. Here are just some of the categories of cloud-based software solutions that companies today rely on, plus some of the more commonly used acronyms: Accounting and financial management software Business intelligence software Business process management Content management system (CMS) Customer relationship management (CRM) Digital asset management (DAM) Enterprise resource planning (ERP) Enterprise asset management (EAM) Enterprise work management (EWM) Inventory management software Master data management... Read More


The ABCs of Software Project Management

Software project management emerged in the 1970s and 1980s during the computer industry boom that put a desktop PC on, well, every desktop. In order to manage the rapid development cycle required to develop new software amid the new ground being broken, companies attempted to apply manufacturing-style project management techniques, but found these fell short in filling the gaps between user specifications and the resulting software. As a result, this new sub-set of project management was born, predicated on what we now know as the waterfall method, with its own unique characteristics specific to software development. Fast forward 40-plus years and... Read More


The High Cost of Work Interruptions

You’ve heard the classic interrupting cow joke, right? After circling through elementary schools for an untold number of decades, it made its most recent appearance in the DreamWorks animated film Home. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TUHb0VQkJU[/embed] While knock-knock jokes are probably one of the more annoying ways to be interrupted at work, any and all work interruptions are not only personally irritating, they are also costly in terms of productivity, morale, and even revenue. According to Basex research, interruptions cost the U.S. economy $588 billion a year. If you’re tolerating the interruption culture at your company, you are jeopardizing your profits. (Source: fastcompany.com) The Washington Post... Read More


Workfront Announces the Winners of the #YourInnerLion Contest

Marcus Varner
Marcus Varner
Tags: contest | logo

What does your inner lion look like? If the entries we received as part of our #YourInnerLion contests are any indication, folks’ inner lion can take the form of sand sculptures or vector art or dessert. To celebrate our new brand (we recently rebranded from AtTask to Workfront) and the lion logo at the center of it, we decided to hold two contests: one for our employees and one for Workfront's friends. Both contests invited our employees and friends to create and submit their own vision of our new logo. Our only rules were: Entries had to be original and the work... Read More


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