As we reach the end of the first decade of the new millennium, the IT workplace is once again starting to change. For at least the next few years we’re going to be seeing three distinct generations working together side-by-side: boomers (born before 1965), Gen-X’ers (1965-1979), and Gen-Y’ers (1980-1999). This arrangement causes conflicts and friction … Read moreTake Your Pick: Task Or Time?
We all know that having high turnover can at best be disruptive and at worst can throw projects off schedule, kill budgets, and doom overall employee morale. So you would think that if you are somehow able to have a low number of employees leaving that everything would be hunky dory, right? Wrong — you … Read moreQ: What’s Worse Then An Unhappy Worker Leaving? A: If They Stay…
So you’ve finally built a great IT team / department and now you can’t sleep at night because you are worried that everyone is going to leave. Well guess what, you’re probably right — everyone will eventually leave; however, how fast they leave depends on you. The IT field has a rich history of job … Read moreRetention, Retention, Retention
If, like me, you actually enjoy reading the 100+ business books that get published every year then you are probably well aware of what I like to call “the silver bullet syndrome”. In any given business book, the author generally describes a problem, documents the approaches that had been tried to solve the problem, and … Read moreFix It & Forget It? Nope, Doesn’t Work For IT
In the world of IT we seem to spend a lot of time talking about downsizing and folks getting fired. What hasn’t really been discussed is what the best way to leave a job is. Although in my younger days I was very good at burning my bridges behind me, these days I’ve come to … Read moreSo How Do You Gracefully Leave An IT Job?
Teams are a wonderful thing — when everyone is linked together and plays off of each others strengths an IT department can virtually hum just like a smooth flowing machine. However, when a team member decides to leave the team, whether its to go to another internal team or to go to a new company, … Read moreHe’s / She’s Leaving? Now What?
What to do when you are stuck working on a program/project that is not the executives’ current favorite? Do you feel as though you are stuck in your company’s technical back waters and that your skills are growing older, staler, and more out-of-date each and every work day? Do you look enviously at your coworkers … Read morePimp My IT Job!