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Will CIOs Be Responsible for Replacing Workers with Robots?

Automation is already making waves in the food service industry, where digital kiosks are replacing human workers in places like airports. Will this wave spread elsewhere? And will CIOs be the Horsemen of the Apocalypse at the forefront of it? Naomi Eide muses about this in a short article at CIO Dive. She shares this: “Decisions about automation are usually made by other business leaders not the CIO,” wrote Andrew Horne, IT practice leader for …

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The Stress of Remote Working

When people typically think about work stress, they imagine people chained to their work desks, putting in countless overtime. Or they just imagine people inundated by meetings and obligations. It is pretty rare that they imagine stress occurring in a remote working arrangement. But it exists, and it could escalate in seriousness as the workforce becomes more mobile. In a post at Hacker Noon, Martin De Wulf relates his experience with stress in remote working, …

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How to Keep Your Company Competitive despite a Talent Shortage

The Recession is over, and businesses are hiring again. That is great news for employees, but the businesses themselves are having trouble finding all the talent they need. In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray makes a few suggestions for how to cope. Make Lemonade First of all, now that employers need employees more than employees need employers, it is up to employers to be more humble. You should offer more to employees, like flexible …

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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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Project Managers: A Team Member’s Perspective

It would be an insightful opportunity to see how others view your behavior and evaluate your actions. In a study shared with PM World Journal, Marco Sampietro elaborates on this very idea. The team is a crucial element to executing a project well, and they hold a distinctive perception on how the operations are running. A Worm’s Eye View of Management Acknowledging the pertinence of team members’ contributions is recognized; however, little to no attention …

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