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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 But this blatant stereotype of “older” being equal to “outdated” is just as detrimental as other forms of discrimination.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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Six Superior Tips for Hiring the Right Tech Talent

Hiring the wrong person is like buying the wrong power tool, except the problems go deeper than having an embarrassing discussion with the customer returns desk at Home Depot. That is why it is prudent to hire the right person the first time. In an article for IT Business Edge, Don Tennant shares six tips from hiring consultant Scott Wintrip to effectively build the right IT team: Embrace experiential interviews. Cultivate a diverse workforce. Line …

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5 Ways Your Company Can Find and Keep Tech Talent

IT staff comes and goes, and CIOs find themselves contemplating how to keep on their feet. Finding and retaining talent has been the key in creating a competitive advantage for a business. However, according to Gartner’s statistics, it is also the number one obstacle keeping CIOs globally from achieving their objectives. In an article for TechRepublic, Alison DeNisco counts five avenues to help your IT organization build a better talent brand: Transparency/clarity Analytics Learning agility …

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Why Staffing Your Projects Will Get Harder

In addition to all of the other constraints you will have to operate under in the coming years, you will have to face one crucial fact: The pool of highly skilled workers is not expanding as fast as the demand. There are several reasons for this, and a practicing IT project manager, as a “consumer” of skilled labor, needs to understand them. Unemployment Will Soon Be about Inadequate Skills Since the employment recovery began in …

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