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31 March 2020

How to deal with information overload

In the modern “always on” world we live in, the speed of technological advancement means that we are bombarded with a huge amount of news, messaging, videos, advertisements and opinions from the moment we wake up to when we go to sleep. This can gradually become a heavy burden. A study by Roger Bon and his fellow researchers at the University of California in San Diego, which has been reported in British broadsheet newspapers The Times and Daily Telegraph, suggests that people are on the receiving end of the equivalent amount of 34 Gb of information, an amount which would overload the average laptop within a week. The study was conducted a couple of years ago so this number is likely to have increased significantly since then. The СOVID-19 pandemic has been dominating the media for weeks, creating a situation where the risk of drowning in information overload is even higher than normal. This information overload is comparable to eating unhealthily, which can be harmful to our wellbeing. The difference is that eating unhealthily harms physical health, whereas excess information harms mental health. What to do? How to deal with this information overload? The answer: in the same way as trying to change your diet and get healthy. Andrii Suslenko, Chief Communications Officer at Parimatch, shares 5 steps to help cope with an excess of information: 1. Give up fast food! Do not feed your brain with information spam. Choose only reliable sources and verified information. Enjoy high-quality products only. 2. Balance your diet! You should not focus only on the news from your region, politics, or economy. The world is much wider! Spice up your dish with international culture, innovation and sports. 3. Starve! Try and take time to isolate yourself from information. Stay alone with your thoughts. Silence is the best weapon in the fight against information overload. Do not worry that the world will collapse if you do not read the news for one day. Everything will be ok! 4. Challenge your critical thinking. Ask yourself the questions, “Why do I need this information? For what? Why do they want me to only read about this one topic?” 5. Do not eat raw! It takes time for quality reporting and insight to come to the fore. Wait 1-2 days and watch how spam is eliminated. After that, there will only be reliable and relevant sources of information. The news can often resemble a glass of muddy water, give it time, and the sediment will sink to the bottom. Take care of your mental health, and do not overload yourself with unnecessary information!

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25 March 2020

Being adaptive in the face of adversity

Today, the world is faced with a widespread challenge - the COVID-19 outbreak. Individuals are concerned that going about their daily commute to shared workspaces is putting them in harm’s way. Parimatch recognizes that it is responsible for the safety and health of its employees. One of our key values is being "adaptive," and never has it been more relevant. How can we prevent further spread of the virus and respond to the current pandemic? Parimatch shares some advice. Take care For three weeks now, enhanced sanitary measures have been in place at our company's offices: we monitor the temperature of all guests, regularly disinfect surfaces and have installed additional stations with disinfectants. We have also purchased medical masks, and 'express tests' for the virus. Staff who recently visited infected countries have voluntarily isolated themselves at home. The company recommends travelling to work by private car or by taxi - we refund 50% of this cost. We recommend maintaining a safe distance between employees who work in the office. Adapt as best you can We have taken all possible measures to ensure that our workplaces are safe, but we recommend that employees work remotely from home. We have provided the technical support required in order to facilitate effective working-from-home, including all external communication devices, internet extensions and other equipment. We strongly recommend holding all meetings online. Stay informed In this difficult time, we have to step up our crisis internal communications. All our employees regularly receive information and updates on what is happening within the company as well as monitoring reports of the global situation regarding the pandemic from verified and trustworthy sources. In addition, we send an email with recommendations on how to protect yourself from the virus, what to do whilst in quarantine and how to optimize working from home. The same information is displayed on monitors in our open spaces. Awareness and a clear action plan are the best antidotes to panic. Be responsible Parimatch has established itself as a responsible business. We understand our responsibility to safeguard the health and safety of our employees. In addition to medical insurance, our employees will be able to contact a doctor who works in our offices. For people who need psychological support amid a crisis, we now offer counselling sessions with a qualified therapist. If one of our employees were to contract the virus, the company will do everything possible to help. Stay positive A crisis is a window of opportunity. For us, it is an opportunity to uphold our corporate value of "Family and Trust” - demonstrated through love, support, and caring for others. Our employees are encouraged to stay connected with their colleagues and share their experiences of these new working conditions, to keep morale high and maintain a positive attitude. Parimatch is keeping a close eye on the rapidly-changing global situation, but in the meantime, we are continuing to work hard and look after each other.

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06 March 2020

Parimatch Supports a Clean-Living Lifestyle

One of our key corporate values ​​is ‘Clean Living'. This relates to a philosophy as much as it does to a lifestyle. The combination of the two is what regulates a clean attitude to your body, your mind, and the environment. “Healthy body, healthy mind.” Physical activity is proven to relieve stress and reduce fatigue. Playing sport is an excellent tool to develop both your physical and mental wellbeing, by encouraging patience, zeal, discipline, self-control, the will to win and teamwork. Parimatch has a real love of sports, and has created internal sports clubs for football, hockey, volleyball, running, and boxing teams amongst employees. We also hold an annual sporting extravaganza, the Summer Camp, where all employees take part in a hurdle race.The staff kitchens in our offices offer a choice of healthy snacks like fruit and nuts, and balanced meals are always on the lunchtime menu. Nutrition is an important part of a clean-living lifestyle. "If you can’t look after yourself, you can’t take care of others." Finding calm amongst the chaos of big projects and tight deadlines is a true challenge. Resilience and self-control are two qualities that can help to find serenity even in the most stressful situations. Effective managers are those that can keep a cool head, calmly communicate with their teams and stop their stress from rubbing off on other people. This is corporate culture upon which Parimatch is built. We hold lectures and workshops on the development of communication skills, life balance, and provide yoga and meditation classes run by psychology coaches and professionals. "A person's attitude to the environment is the man himself." The problem posed by climate change is a global crisis. Parimatch employees are also concerned about ecological issues and uphold the value of "Clean Living" by reducing plastic consumption. All company offices have stopped using disposable glasses, and have implemented an effective recycling system to improve waste management. We also run informative internal workshops on environmental awareness. So, Clean Living encompasses several aspects of how we act within our business and how we treat the world around us. We believe that this philosophy and lifestyle is protects the wellbeing of our employees, making Parimatch a great place to work.

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