Digital Transformation (DT) is revolutionizing industries everywhere. As professionals and departmental leaders in human resources, information technology, financial services and marketing/sales – we’ve seen our peers experience the benefits of automation. When proposing and evaluating your departments DT, what goals should you set to ensure the maximum impact for your company?
Digital transformation requires executive leadership to have vision and define the desired areas of outcome. The current trend, according to the MIT Sloan Management Review, is transforming three key areas: customer experience, operational processes and business models.
Baseline Today; Measure Tomorrow. Once you define your key measurement areas, it’s time to document a baseline of current data points. To start, establish procedural processes of timelines and key performance indicators (KPIs). DT often has company-wide implications and all stakeholders should be involved in defining baselines and goal setting.
Measuring Customer Experience Goals. If your objective is to digitally transform […]
For years, the tech industry giants of Google, IBM, Microsoft and others have been predicting the sweeping changes that artificial intelligence (AI), combined with robotics will bring to the future global economy and workforce.
According to a study by research firm Gartner, an estimated 1.8 million jobs may be lost by 2020, but as we know, for every negative action there is a positive reaction and an estimated 2.3 million jobs may be created.
Which side of the AI chasm will your job be on? How do you future-proof your career to ensure you are on the job-creation side?
What Industries Will be Most Affected by AI? Industries at risk have the common factor of predictable tasks and rules that machine-learning algorithms will replicate. Manufacturing, finance, retail, driving, accounting and any customer-facing positions are all at risk.
Jobs of the future will be found in the industries of STEM […]
With unemployment at historic lows, the time it takes to find, hire, and onboard a new employee is taking longer and longer. Thus, an organization needs to get the maximum benefit possible out of each new hire. With this in mind, what are the most important qualities to look for in a new tech hire?
Mentoring Abilities When bringing a new tech hire into an organization, their ability to serve as a mentor and educate those around them is crucial. For example, when senior tech professionals, mentor lower-level employees skills gaps are significantly reduced. For younger tech professionals, while they are not expected to mentor others, they should be able to work with peers and offer assistance in working through problems, educating their colleagues along the way on areas where they have expertise.
Problem Solving: Basic Program Management Knowledge Program management is a necessary discipline in every industry. A […]
The H-1B visa program (part of the Immigration and Nationality Act) has become the subject of much debate in Washington and across the nation. Over the last few months, several American business leaders in the tech community have spoken out regarding the importance of the H-1B visa program. These business leaders not only wanted to acknowledge the enormous contributions H-1B visa holders provide to the US economy but to warn the public about the tremendous negative impacts to US innovation should the program be altered significantly.
So, what is an H-1B visa and who is eligible to hold one?
H-1B Visa: The Basics An H1-B visa is a “temporary visa that employers use to hire foreigners in “specialty occupations” for which there are not enough skilled American workers to fill available jobs.” To qualify, a visa holder must have at least a bachelor’s degree. The H1-B visa grants a […]
Recruiting and hiring is a complex process. At the heart of this process lies, an important relationship between the two primary stakeholders in this arrangement: the hiring manager, and the recruiter.
The relationship between a hiring manager and recruiter boils down to two parties who have a shared goal – staffing an open position with the best candidate possible. It’s this shared goal that must unite the two parties so that it can be achieved. So, what is the best way to get a hiring manager and recruiter on the same page?
Start With a Unified Strategy With Set Milestones When a hiring manager and recruiter start a new candidate search, the first step should be developing a unified recruitment strategy. In this strategy, the position should be clearly defined as well as the general requirements the hiring manager is looking for in potential candidates.
Furthermore, responsibilities and tasking […]
In the day-to-day operations of a business, much can get lost in the noise. Issues can take over allowing small things to be forgotten which causes goals and targets to be missed. These forgotten items and missed goals, almost always result in problems and headaches down the road. So, how do organizations prevent forgotten items, missed deadlines and unattained goals?
Creating Accountability Partners: The Key to Improving Efficiency The American Society of Training and Development found “that people are 65% [more] likely to meet a goal after committing to another person.” Furthermore, “their chances of success increase to 95% when they build in ongoing meetings with their partners.”
Creating accountability partners within your tech team will help in the task of meeting deadlines and reaching performance goals. However, accountability partnerships don’t occur organically; they take planning and effort.
Ways to Include Accountability on Your Tech Team Accountability partnerships […]
Cybersecurity is on the mind of every CEO and corporate board today. Each year, corporations across the globe spend billions of dollars to secure corporate data and keep hackers out. When hackers are successful, it can cost a corporation greatly. The damage caused by hackers goes beyond financial burdens and extends to both an organization’s reputation and customer relationships. With this in mind, how does an organization successfully take on the cybersecurity challenges our connected world presents?
The Top 6 Cyber Challenges Challenge # 1 – Data, Data, Everywhere Solution: Separate Personal Employee Data from the Rest of Your Network
Businesses today are overflowing with all types of data. Where possible, use segregated networks for employee data and business operations. This segregation can prevent many headaches and can isolate damage in the event of a breach.
Challenge # 2 – Cyber Risk from Outside Parties Solution: Evaluate Third-Party Risk […]
Conferences are an essential part of professional growth. Not only do they expose attendees to upcoming trends in their industry, they can also help with soft skills such as networking.
How to Make the Most of Your Conference Experience Conferences can be overwhelming experiences stretched out over several days and jam-packed with events, activities, talks, and social gatherings. The best way to get the most out of your conference experience is to do a little pre-planning.
Do Your Research Before booking your hotel room and rental car, do a little research on the conference you are attending. Research the speakers and the topics to ensure the information provided will be of benefit to your current or future work projects. Also, think about whether there is any other business you can do in the host city, which is a nice bonus.
Create a Plan Once you have researched the conference […]
As with real estate, tech hubs are all about location, location, location. Over the past 20 years, the central tech hubs included Silicon Valley and Seattle with the most recent push including Boston and New York. However, with the skyrocketing cost of living in these primary tech cities, tax changes due to the recent tax reform legislation, and with many smaller locales rolling out the welcome mat (with tax advantages and other relocation incentives for tech companies) times are changing.
The Top 6 Emerging Tech Hubs While traditionally tech hubs have been thought to be in the pacific northwest and in northeast cities, areas in the south are now starting to gain popularity. This can be attributed to state and local efforts to attract corporate partners, affordability and weather.
Hub # 1: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Average tech salary: $97,415
Come for the cheesesteak and the Super Bowl-winning Eagles, […]
With near record levels of employment, employers today need to step up their game when trying to attract and retain top talent. In addition to traditional compensation vehicles such as salary, health insurance and bonuses, there are several perks that employers can add that improve employee experience and work-life balance, making their company an attractive place to work.
The Top Employee Perks The perks employees look for the most are teleworking capability, student loan repayment assistance, food and beverage provided onsite, wellness programs (both onsite and offsite), and discounts. The great thing about these perks is that each can be tailored to an organization, aligning with their resources and needs.
Flexible Telework Programs Employers who have established telework programs will always catch the eye of top tech talent. The flexibility to work remotely and during hours that are most conducive to an employee’s lifestyle are highly sought after. To […]