it seems the old adage is true, "people don't leave companies, they leave managers". bad managers undoubtedly cost businesses billions. recent gallup research shows that managers are accountable for a 70 percent variance in employee engagement scores across the different business units. as a result, only 30 percent of u.s. employees are actively engaged. that number sinks to 13 percent internationally.
IT reorganisations are costly both in terms of resources and productivity. To minimise those costs, CIOs and IT leaders should understand the nature of the problems they are looking to solve, have a solid strategy and be sure that business strategy is at the heart of the reorganisation efforts.
during a job search and negotiating for salary are often the most critical times where you have to speak up for yourself because no one else will. most of us negotiate all the time outside of work, like when buying a car or a home for example. preparation, confidence and thoughtfulness are all required to build the right negotiating strategy, and the good news is that, like with any skill, the more you do it the better you will get.
Full-time employees spend a large part of their day and the majority of their lives in the workplace, and how they feel about their work is important to them. In a recent Gallup survey, 63 percent of American workers are not engaged in their work, while another 24 percent are "actively disengaged." Disengaged workers are more likely to look for other opportunities, or worse, drag down the productivity of the rest of your team. Gallup estimates that the cost of disengaged workers lies somewhere between $450-$550 billion each year in lost productivity.
Most of us are trying get ahead in this world, but occasionally we find ourselves in the unenviable career rut. Maybe you realize your current position doesn't align with your long-term goals. Perhaps you received a poor performance review, or were passed over for promotion, and feel like your career has gone off the road.
In the current business climate, networking is at the nexus of technology, the customer, and true innovation, and it's about time you put your heart and soul into it. In short, it's time to get on board with social or get left behind.
In the world of tech and non-tech managerial roles, if you want a seat at the big table or you have aspirations of greatness, then certain leadership skills are necessary to take you to the next level. But how can you actualize leadership and define what makes a great leader? We spoke with authors, industry and IT career experts to find out what you can do to build your leadership skills to world-class.
Many companies have felt the effects of data theft over the last several years. It's 2014 and it doesn't look like the going is getting any easier. The technology sector seems most at risk with every week bringing the world another reported data breach. Here we look at the largest breaches in the last year.
IT is, by its nature, a technical, fast-paced and many times specialized industry. The necessary skills for career advancement are constantly evolving. With legacy systems, changing business goals and the constant march of new technology, companies are hard-pressed to find the necessary talent to keep their organization growing.
IT and technology are always going to be moving targets. The pace at which change takes place is furious compared to most industries. Technologies evolve and business objectives change. As a result, the skills required to get the job done must change, too. Finding perfect people who meet a laundry list of qualifications is a dubious task.
Making the move to a management position or the executive level isn't easy. You've got to get the job done, but you don't want to alienate the coworkers and friends that you've built relationships with over the years.
Whether you're a senior IT executive evaluating staffing needs and preparing budgets or an IT pro deciding where to invest your time to gain new skills, knowing what technologies are in demand should be a key part of your strategy.
You've gotten your letter from the vendor. The audit is coming and you've got to balance what licenses you have on your systems versus what you're licensing contracts allow. The difference could cost your organization big money so you've got to get it right but systems are so displaced or complex or evolving so fast that it seems like a full time job.
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