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Stories by Sharon Florentine

How to Keep Morale High After a Layoff

Corporate restructuring and layoffs are an unfortunate, but inevitable, part of today's business climate. Keeping your remaining employees engaged, motivated and productive after a restructuring requires managers to be proactive, honest and consistent or risk alienating and losing even more key talent.

Written by Sharon Florentine08 Oct. 14 00:14

IT Leaders Aren't All Coming From Tech

The milestones along the traditional path to IT leadership look a lot like this: Earn a computer science degree, serve an IT internship, take development courses, gain coding experience, obtain certifications and sign up for management training specific to technology. However, as IT increasingly becomes a business strategy enabler, IT leaders are being promoted from places like the sales or marketing department.

Written by Sharon Florentine25 Sept. 14 05:23

Is Conflict the Secret to a Successful Business?

Conflict in the workplace is inevitable, but, if handled correctly, it can actually lead to a more engaged and productive workforce. The key is to maintain professionalism at all times and remember to be empathetic, says Piera Palazzolo, senior vice president, Dale Carnegie Training.

Written by Sharon Florentine23 Sept. 14 00:39

6 hot new IT roles for 2015

The pace of change in IT has always been brisk, but technology advances such as virtualization, the cloud, service management and a focus on information management and collaboration have forced businesses into a dead sprint to keep up. And as technology changes, so do the skills, knowledge and job roles needed to design, build, implement and manage these cutting-edge technologies. The majority of IT organizations aren't prepared for the battle, even as the war for talent rages on.

Written by Sharon Florentine08 Sept. 14 23:18

How C-Level Execs Can Learn to Speak Digital

When executives and IT teams aren't speaking the same language, projects fail, time and money are wasted, and collaboration and productivity suffer. But Decoded is looking to help overcome the "language barrier" and enhance collaboration between IT teams and C-level executives through one-day digital literacy classes.

Written by Sharon Florentine05 Sept. 14 01:14

How Far Will Businesses Go to Lure Developers

From sign-on bonuses to long-term equity bonus incentives to perks such as paying for the lease on a new Tesla, firms are upping the ante to attract and hire elite software development talent in a tight market.

Written by Sharon Florentine20 Aug. 14 06:26

How to Motivate Your IT Team After a Setback

It can be difficult enough to manage and motivate your teams when things are going well, but keeping morale high and people productive is even tougher if you've suffered a setback -- a failed project, layoffs, losing a major client -- or if personal issue are affecting a member of your team.

Written by Sharon Florentine13 Aug. 14 23:27

Construction Company CIO Builds a Better Business With the Cloud

There's no question the cloud has revolutionized the way global business is done - increasing efficiency, cutting costs and making collaboration simpler, even when customers and partners are half a world away. Vince Sarrubi, CIO of Webcor Builders, talks with CIO.com about changing older workers' minds, finding technology "cheerleaders," and how his company has leveraged cloud technology to take a bricks-and-mortar business to new heights.

Written by Sharon Florentine01 Aug. 14 23:16

It's a Seller's Market for IT Professionals

While 70 percent of hiring managers plan to hire more IT pros in the second half of 2014, candidates are showing they're not willing to accept just any offer. In fact, 32 percent of hiring managers and recruiters said in a recent Dice.com survey that their offers were being rejected, and a majority (61 percent) of respondents said candidates were asking for higher compensation than they did as recently as six months ago.

Written by Sharon Florentine31 July 14 03:20

How to judge a job candidate's personality (and why you should)

As an increasing number of companies are focusing on personality traits and potential cultural fit when hiring. These new interviewing tactics are designed to help recruiters and hiring managers uncover who candidates are -- rather than just what they can do.

Written by Sharon Florentine23 July 14 14:21

3 Ways to Spot a Bad Boss Before You Take the Job

Everyone suffers under a bad manager - morale sinks, productivity tanks, absences increase. Even those above a bad manager in the corporate hierarchy feel the impact; executives must dedicate time to resolving conflicts, and often end up assuming the role and responsibility for those who aren't adequately doing their job, says says Patty Azzarello, CEO of Azzarello Group, and a business advisor, author and executive.

Written by Sharon Florentine16 July 14 01:10

Intensive Interview Process Ensures You Hire Top Tech Talent

While many organizations struggle to retain top talent in a tight employment market, some firms are using intensive, rigorous hiring and training practices to ensure both that their hires are the right fit and that the employee stays for the long term.

Written by Sharon Florentine11 July 14 04:21

Is the work-life balance a myth?

In theory, the concept of "work-life balance" seems to make sense – splitting your days and weeks between a collaborative and connected working life while also enjoying personal activities and leisure time with friends, family, pursuing hobbies, exercise or just watching TV.

Written by Sharon Florentine07 July 14 23:04

Inside the Changing Role of the CISO

With a number of high-profile security breaches making headlines of late, organizations are increasingly realizing they must beef up their security teams or risk catastrophe. Matt Comyns, global co-head of the Cybersecurity practice at Russell Reynolds Associates, an executive leadership and search firm, sat down with CIO.com to discuss the changing role of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), the global cybersecurity landscape and why finding and retaining elite security talent is critical.

Written by Sharon Florentine01 July 14 06:28

5 Ways to Make Telecommuters and Remote Workers Feel Included

Making remote workers feel like part of the team is one of the trickiest parts of management. However, by focusing on the right technology and on effective communication and personal interaction you can create a productive remote work scenario.

Written by Sharon Florentine20 June 14 00:47