By: Janie Kliever November 28th, 2016
Image source: Freepik Agility: it’s more than just another term to add to your list of favorite (or most hated) business buzzwords. It’s also different than specific methodologies like agile project management or agile software development. What are we talking about? Agile working, a phrase used to describe a type of flexible work that benefits both workers and employers.
By: Janie Kliever November 22nd, 2016
Forget the “unicorn”—hiring a superstar or two won’t magically make your business goals materialize. In fact, that’s the problem with traditional hiring practices: they’re overly focused on individuals.
By: Janie Kliever November 15th, 2016
News flash: remote work isn’t just a trend popular with Starbucks-frequenting freelancers and work-from-home parents. It’s an approach to work (and work-life balance) that’s increasingly becoming a viable business model for companies and a desirable benefit for employees. In fact, Global Workplace Analytics’ analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2005–2014 American Community Survey indicates that 80 to 90% of the U.S. workforce would like to work remotely at least part time.
By: Janie Kliever October 13th, 2016
What's one thing many top business leaders have in common? They read. A lot. From Warren Buffett (who devotes about 80% of his day to reading) to Bill Gates (who reads about 50 books per year, or one per week), reading—or more specifically, learning through reading—is a priority for professional development and success. When asked about the key to his success, Buffet pointed to a stack of books and gave this advice: “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.” For those who want to succeed, learning never stops. So in the interest of topping up your knowledge quotient, we’ve curated a list of five must-read business books for remote teams and leaders.
By: Janie Kliever October 12th, 2016
It’s no secret that the technology industry has a problem with women. IBM reports that women make up less than 20% of the tech workforce worldwide, but this gender gap is only the tip of the iceberg. From stereotypes that discourage young women from considering career paths in computer science and IT to outright hostility in tech work environments, it’s no wonder many female tech professionals look around at meetings and conferences to find themselves the only woman in the room.
By: Janie Kliever August 22nd, 2016
Highly qualified tech talent is the holy grail of IT staffing—everyone wants it, but it’s hard to find (or even know where to start looking). Sure, recruiters or hiring managers can look for contractors on freelancing websites, but the quality and skill level you find on these kinds of platforms is hit-and-miss since there’s no barrier to entry or vetting process. It doesn’t help that we’re in the middle of a global tech skills shortage—the largest since the Great Recession. In May 2016, Harvey Nash and KPMG published a survey of over 3,300 CIOs in 82 countries. A majority of the CIOs (65%) had a major concern: “They believe a lack of talent will prevent their organization from keeping up with the pace of change.”
By: Janie Kliever August 19th, 2016
Graphics via Freepik. Whether you work in an office or from home, staying focused can range from mildly difficult to downright impossible. From noisy co-workers (even if they’re your children—or cats) to the siren call of social media, there’s always something to distract. If those days where you feel like you haven’t accomplished much come around more often than you’d like to admit, you’re not alone. Consider these statistics: Worldwide, workers average only three productive days per week. Put another way, close to 40% of the workweek is unproductive. (Source: Microsoft) 80% of workers admit to wasting time at work, with nearly 1 in 5 wasting three hours or more per day. (Source: GetVoIP) Interruptions (and the time it takes to recover from them) consume nearly 30% of the average worker’s day. (Source: Basex) Image source: GetVoIP We clearly have a productivity problem. And it may be because we’ve been looking at productivity the wrong way. Ready for a wake-up call? Read on as we debunk three myths about workplace productivity, and keep an eye out in each section for tips for a better, more efficient workday.