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Non-Tech Skills to Look for in Tech Workers

As a CIO, you want your IT employees to command a high level of hard skills–specifically their tech experience and know-how, as demonstrated by certifications, degrees and work history. But how much attention do you pay to the less tangible soft skills and traits that still prove so critical? Soft skills cover a wide range of essentials relating to communications, team work, creativity... Read More »

How to Conduct an Effective ‘Stay’ Interview

Voluntary turnover among employees is now averaging more than 10 percent a year, and the cost of replacing a professional these days amounts to between six and nine months' worth of his or her salary, according to industry research. In other words, the stakes are high when it comes to retention. That's why CIOs and other managers are increasingly turning to what's called the "stay... Read More »

How Generations Approach the Workplace Differently

There's a general consensus that Millennials approach technology and work in a significantly different way than Gen X and Baby Boomers. They have grown up with technology, they are comfortable with it and they have been shaped by very different circumstances than their older colleagues. With about 79.8 million Millennials in the United States, they also represent the fastest growing... Read More »

IT Pros Dominate March Madness

When it comes to participating in office pools for the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament–otherwise known as March Madness–IT workers dominate, according to a Read More »

Eight Ways to Bridge the Gap in IT and Business

The divide between IT and business departments in the enterprise is unnecessary and can be overcome by communication and collaboration, according to IT leaders. Cesar Fernandez, director of Product Solutions at PMG, draws on the wisdom of computer scientist Landon Curt Noll, now a cryptologist and security architect with Cisco Systems, who once said, "You can never say all the tricks have... Read More »

Six Biggest Challenges Facing IT Managers

When it comes to being a boss, there are plenty of scary statistics out there–especially for CIOs. Nearly three out of 10 large IT projects fail. And the average cost overrun on IT projects is 27%, with one out of six IT projects having cost overruns of 200%. To get to the root of the causes behind these and other leadership issues, APQC has released Read More »

Why Confidence Is Falling for IT Workers

Overall confidence among IT workers has noticeably declined since the middle of 2014, according to recent survey findings released by Randstad Technologies. Contributing factors include a lack of conviction about prospects for the overall national economy,... Read More »

Tips on How to Spot Jerks Before They’re Hired

The vast majority of tech professionals said they've had the misfortune to work with at least one jerk in the last five years, according to a recent survey from Connectria. CIOs can't afford to take this issue lightly, because a personality-challenged team member can cause declines in overall... Read More »

How to Build an Effective IT Leadership Team

Most IT professionals don’t recognize the need for the soft business skills that are mandatory for their business counterparts.

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Fatigue Cited as Cause of Many Workplace Mistakes

Technology has helped create today's state of 24/7, always-on status among workers. And the non-stop connectivity and demands appear to be taking a toll: Nearly one-half of U.S. professionals said constant fatigue is distracting them from doing their jobs, according to a recent survey from Red Bull and Glassdoor.... Read More »

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