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CIOs Must Build Adaptive IT Workforces

Traditional workforce models have always attempted to be like castles: strong, sturdy, and reliable. But when it comes to IT, rigidness is a fatal flaw that has kept organizations years behind the curve. With new technologies, processes, and programs coming out every day, IT needs to find ways to take on a more rapid pace. In an article for CIO magazine, Diana Bersohn and McCree Lake explain why CIOs need to develop adaptive workforces. Working …

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How to Develop a Data Science Training Program inside Your Company

It’s no surprise that the projected openings for data-savvy professionals is on the rise. But what’s a shame is that most of those people currently learn from online and self-taught courses. It’s time to update things so that employees can learn from training inside of the company. In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett gives some steps in how to create your own data science program: Analyze the task and skills gaps in your company’s …

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Leaders Aren’t Great Judges of How Inclusive They Are

Hiring for diversity is one thing. Ensuring that everyone employed is equally welcomed and included is another matter, and the people who are best at it might surprise you. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman share their data on inclusiveness—and how many leaders are not so good at it. Ostensibly Included The authors’ data actually comes from one organization, but the business is known for its “excellent track record …

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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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