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How to Recruit IT Talent without Having Top-Dollar Perks

Hiring new talent is one of the biggest problems facing IT today. The Google and Amazon tech giants seem to be able to scoop up all the best workers through great salaries, name recognition, and plenty of perks to go around. But in spite of all this, you can get and retain employees through some simple practices that can make all the difference. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Minda Zetlin explains how to …

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CIOs Need to Start Applying Logic to Salaries

There are really no steadfast rules when it comes to working out employee salaries—and that can be a problem. In essence, someone new could come along to your team, and determining what to pay them can be greeted with a shoulder shrug and a guesstimate. In a post at the Accidental Successful CIO, Jim Anderson asks if it is time for CIOs to start applying logic to salaries. Salaries Need to Make Sense Salaried positions …

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There Are No ‘Remote’ Employees Anymore

If current trends are any indication, the “workplace of the future” has just become the living room. Telecommuting is on the rise as more and more individuals each day begin working from home instead of the traditional office. But this change isn’t as bad as it might sound. In an article for Computerworld, Mike Elgan delves into the implications, namely, that there no longer a “remote” employee if everyone is working from home some of …

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3 Tips to Set Your New Employees Up for Success

It may seem like the hiring process ends when you find the right person for the job. But the shift in workplace and culture can be jarring for new employees and might create a disconnect between the employee and the business. In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray gives some ways to make your new hire feel welcome: Roll out the red carpet. Offer a buddy and a plan. Assess employee wellness over time.  Putting …

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5 Tips to Master Knowledge Transfer & Develop IT Skills You Don’t Have

Very few IT departments are fully staffed with every skill they would like to have. Most organizations just choose to live with this problem, but there are more proactive strategies to consider. Chiefly, there is knowledge transfer, the non-boring cousin of knowledge management. Knowledge transfer involves IT managers working with vendors to understand new technologies and develop in-house competencies without hiring more people. In an article for Tech Pro Research, Mary Shacklett offers five tips …

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How to Bridge IT’s Growing Generation Gap

Millennials could account for more than half of the workforce by 2020, so IT must change to accommodate the needs and expectations of this generation. But the place also has to stay livable for Generation X and Baby Boomers. How do you manage all that? In an article for CIO magazine, Minda Zetlin draws upon the insights of various experts on how IT can bridge the generation gap. Managing Skills and Attitudes With “go digital” …

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How to Support Employees’ Learning Goals While Juggling Day-to-Day Work

Most people can picture a circus balancing act: Someone is balancing their body on a rope or ball while juggling several hard-to-handle items. When it comes to business, this act isn’t far off from what managers have to do every day. So how can managers also be expected to help employees learn and develop on top of other work? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Nick Gidwani explains how to support your employees’ learning …

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How to Build a Happy and Productive Team

Assembling a productive team looks like a cakewalk on paper. All you need to do is throw talented and hardworking individuals into a team and then watch the results roll in, right? But there’s a bit more work on your part as a leader to ensure your team’s success. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels interviews four experts to see how you can make your team happy and productive. A-Team Building Essentials The first …

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3 Questions to Leverage Team Diversity

From a moral standpoint, diversity should be a given in any workplace. Business leaders, however, are driven by the bottom line and the ability for the company to outperform the others. Luckily, McKinsey has found that gender-diverse companies are 15 percent more likely to outperform and ethnically diverse companies are 35 percent more likely to outperform. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Coco Brown gives some important questions to ask when trying to create …

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4 Characteristics of High-Performance Fusion Teams

Cross-functional or “fusion” teams have become more and more important to keep up with emerging opportunities. Nine out of 10 IT employees reportedly participate in these teams now, but not all of them are effective. Despite the style now being common, you run a one-in-four chance of things working out as planned. How do you get these teams to hit it home? In an article for InformationWeek, Andrew Horne explains some characteristics of successful fusion teams: …

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