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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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Four Things You Must Do to Retain Your Tech Talent

It’s no secret that the retention at tech companies is low. According to Payscale, even the industry leaders like Amazon and Google only have employee tenure of about a year. With everyone vying for the same talent, it makes sense as to why employees may not stay long. In her article at InformationWeek, Gianna Scorsone shares some things you can do to help retain your talent: Invest in your employees. Develop an employee appreciation strategy. …

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6 Ways to Keep Your IT Staff Engaged and Enthusiastic

As IT becomes an increasingly integral part of the business world, burnout of IT staff has become a major issue. In a study of 614 HR leaders, 95% said that burnout has hurt employee retention. It’s clear that IT workers are stressed out, and no Twenty-One Pilots song is going to make them feel any better about it. But in her article for Computerworld, Mary K. Pratt gives six ways to keep burnout from wiping …

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How to Navigate Ageism in IT

Ageism has become a major problem affecting employment in IT. Companies seem far more biased in favor of the younger workers, even going so far as to put graduation year preferences when posting positions. But this blatant stereotype of “older” being equal to “outdated” is just as detrimental as other forms of discrimination. In an article for CIO.com, Bob Vilolino gives some ways to help combat the ageism you may experience in the workplace. Work …

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Is It Time to Rethink Your IT Training Strategy?

New research adds a new wrinkle to the tapestry of IT training. Mindfulness, which is a practice that focuses on the present and has shown to have health benefits, may also have a benefit when training IT members. In an article for InformationWeek, Cynthia Harvey explores how the study was created and how it might be utilized in future IT training. Find Your Mind Jason Thatcher, a professor at the Clemson College of Business, was …

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6 Traits to Identify When Hiring Your IT Project Managers

Project managers, as the name implies, are the managers of a project. But ultimately they’re much more than that. They’re leaders who push their projects forward and teams toward growth. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander covers the six essential traits of a good project manager: Fast learner Conflict resolution skills Exceptional communication Initiative Emotional intelligence Stress management Find the Great Traits A project manager needs to be as adaptable as possible to their …

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Are You Coordinating Your Team the Right Way? 3 Strategies

One of the most important ways to ensure the success of a project is to properly design the team that will be completing it. Each team needs to be tailored to the task at hand and should be created with the functionality in mind. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Roger Schwarz states that there are three different types of interdependence that in turn align closely with three different types of coordination: Pooled interdependence …

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Diversity Works but We Don’t Know Why

More and more studies demonstrate a positive correlation between workforce diversity and business results. The challenges with such studies though are that the findings are correlative, not causal, and they typically cannot describe the right ways to become “diverse.” In an article for CIO.com, Paolo Gaudiano addresses these issues and describes what he sees as a more practical approach to diversity. Diverse and Quantitative To be clear, Gaudiano absolutely supports diversity in the workplace; he …

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Want to Be More Productive? Sit Next to Someone Who Is

A pretty common practice with new hires in a business is that you sit them wherever there is an open seat. It is not the most eloquent solution, but it works. New data is revealing that there are benefits to getting eloquent though. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Jason Corsello and Dylan Minor share their research that shows how the seating chart can be leveraged to improve employee productivity. Areas of Influence Corsello …

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