By: Janie Kliever February 1st, 2017
Image source: photoroyalty / Freepik It’s been said that communication is the “oxygen of a distributed company.” And that’s a good analogy, because remote teams must have good communication strategies to survive and thrive. Just think about all the ways that office-based teams interact with each other: there’s traditional meetings, brainstorming around a whiteboard, popping into someone’s office to ask a quick question, hashing out a tricky problem one-on-one over lunch, catching up in the break room, and many other small ways co-workers bond and interact with each other. The question is, how do you create opportunities for all these types of communication when your team might be spread across multiple cities, if not countries?
By: Janie Kliever January 31st, 2017
The contingent workforce, the gig economy, contractors, freelancers—whatever your preferred term for this category of workers, there’s no doubt that they’re on the rise, particularly in hiring for tech jobs. And businesses are starting to realize how these types of non-traditional hires can offer a lot of value. Traditionally, there’s been a stigma around independent workers, that they can’t get a full-time position or don’t have the skills to make it in the job market. And many companies still view the contingent workforce as a way to make some quick hires and save money, with the potential tradeoff being lower-skill workers or a lower level of work quality. However, recent research reveals that this perspective is shifting, particularly in the tech industry: companies are seeking out contingent talent to gain specialized skills and flexibility over and above cutting costs. And it’s not just the motivation that’s changing, but the prevalence. In 2016, one in 10 CIOs at smaller organizations anticipated relying on contingent staff to fill more than 75% of their team.
By: Janie Kliever January 30th, 2017
Digital technology is so much a part of our daily lives that we hardly think about it. From the smartphones in our pockets, to the Fitbits on our wrists, to the cross-platform apps we use at home and work, we’re surrounded by it. But while keeping up with the latest technology personally might be a way to impress your friends, the stakes are much higher when it comes to business. In fact, it’s a matter of survival. Technology is radically changing the way businesses operate and what it takes to survive and thrive in our digital economy. The steps that organizations must take to keep up with—and pull ahead of—their competitors in terms of technology is often referred to as “digital transformation.”
By: Janie Kliever January 26th, 2017
It’s tough out there in the corporate jungle. And often a company’s survival depends on the strength of its people. That puts a lot of pressure on business leaders to make the right staffing decisions—finding qualified talent, developing strategies to keep productivity up, making sure their teams have the right competencies to stay relevant and competitive in their industry. But competition for the best people is fierce, and economic, technological, and political changes are constantly shifting the business landscape. The results of the 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey highlight the reality of this struggle: 65 percent of CIOs worldwide think a lack of talent will prevent their organization from keeping up with the pace of change.
By: Janie Kliever January 25th, 2017
Is there or isn’t there a tech talent shortage? There’s plenty of debate on the subject (here’s just a sampling, with Fortune arguing for and TechCrunch arguing against). Some might describe it as not so much a talent shortage as an overblown side effect of the the tech industry’s barriers to entry and self-imposed recruiting parameters. Others might point out the tech skills gap and cite research like the 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey, which found that 65 percent of CIOs think a lack of talent will prevent their organization from keeping up with the pace of change. We wrote about the questions surrounding the tech talent shortage ourselves here at Crossover and suggested how employers in the tech industry might avoid the problem altogether by looking at hiring from a more global perspective. But wherever you land on the issue, it’s clear that companies are feeling the effects of not being able to source the tech talent they need, and a recent study from Indeed released in December 2016 reveals just how much.
By: Janie Kliever December 22nd, 2016
Source: photoroyalty / Freepik Have you ever been frustrated by the quality of candidates that your company’s hiring assessments turn up? If so, you’re not alone. In 2016, 40 percent of employers worldwide reported difficulty filling open positions.
By: Janie Kliever December 20th, 2016
We’re drowning in data. Astronauts landed on the moon in 1969 using a tiny fraction of the data we have on personal computers today. And the amounts of data we’re producing and have access to is growing exponentially, doubling every two years and expected to increase by more than 30,000% between 2005 and 2020, with a 500% increase between 2010 and 2020 alone, according to market intelligence firm IDC.
By: Janie Kliever December 14th, 2016
Source: photoroyalty / Freepik What does the workplace of the future look like? It will very likely look like your living room, or the coffee shop around the corner, or that new co-working space downtown. That is to say, the way we work is becoming less office- or location-based and more flexible.