Technology companies need to re-examine their hiring practices

Posted by Hope Davo

Nov 21, 2014 9:30:00 AM

While the tech sector in general bemoans the lack of technology-proficient workers available to them, it continues to engage in hiring practices that exacerbate the problem. It is an all-too-common refrain through the halls of any software, hardware or other company today that IT skills simply aren't where the business economy needs them to be. A combination of unfriendly hiring decisions, institutional blindness when it comes to hiring outside of white males, and other problems are making the issue of finding technical knowledge in the labor pool worse. In order to combat this, companies need to examine their hiring structures and make sure that they are on the right track for hiring.

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Topics: Management

Cloud phone systems and the future of tech

Posted by Daryl Reva

Nov 19, 2014 8:30:00 AM

What will the future hold? This old questions is always getting newer answers. While much of modern technology being used by firms would seem space age to people from even 10 or 20 years ago, we are perpetually looking forward to understand what the next great technical accomplishment will be. For many, beginning to use a business phone system will be the biggest and wildest investment of the year. But there are always more opportunities for things to develop. How should our IT departments work with companies today in order to let everyone positions themselves in such a way as to take advantage of the next big thing? The answer is predominantly by remaining flexible and open to new technologies as they come by.

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Your best employees may be freelancers

Posted by Susan Newbold

Nov 18, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Over the past couple of years, the digital skills gap has created an unceasing demand for highly knowledgeable workers within organizations. We have all been wondering where to look for the next set of talented individuals who are needed to create the Web systems and business decisions that will shape the future of the economy. According to recent reports, digital skills are down. There are elements of understanding on how to work with, assess, interpret, apply and create data on a digital scale. There will be more elements that require the application of information from inputs from the Internet of Things and other systems that require workers who are skilled at dealing with vast data sets. Despite this, many companies have been hiring primarily freelancers.

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Topics: Management

Netflix: The evolution of a company

Posted by Daniel Smith

Nov 7, 2014 10:00:00 AM

If ever you need an example of a business that's managed to totally keep up with - and even help define - the times, look no further than Netflix. The multimedia powerhouse enjoys the kind of predominance in the film industry that all but ensures it'll never go out of style. But its ascent to the top of the celluloid food chain is anything but chance; indeed, the company owes its success to a carefully executed business strategy that has evolved with the years. Examining Netflix, we can understand how enterprises can - and should - exist in a state of constant adaptability. 

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Topics: Management

Wanted: Someone Who Can Do My Job Better Than I Can

Posted by Amber Newman

Nov 6, 2014 1:58:39 PM

I have a great job. I’m the Director of Marketing Communications for a growing company in an exploding industry with an outstanding team.  And I’m quitting. Why? It’s time for me to move on and prove to myself that I can do something new, and Fonality has prepared me to accept my first VP level position at a company in a different industry. I’m proud of what I accomplished at Fonality, but even more proud of what I learned.

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Topics: Careers

Desk vs. your body: A guide to conquering your daily foe (Part 2)

Posted by Lynn Jones

Nov 6, 2014 12:31:00 PM

In part 1 of this piece, we talked about carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that arises from habitual use of hands in activities like typing. But if you thought that was the only desk job-related condition that arise from years of the 9 to 5 grind, we're sorry to inform you that you're mistaken. Here are some other conditions that illustrate just how perilous it can be to work a desk job. Fortunately, we have solutions as well. 

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Topics: Productivity, Mobility

How New Communications Technology is Impacting Financial Firms

Posted by Amber Newman

Nov 5, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Guest Author: Today's post comes to us from Dave Landry Jr. Dave is an online business journalist with a background in finance and global business communications. In addition to discussing the value of call conversions, his writing also covers globalization, virtual technology and social media marketing. Follow him on Twitter to find more of his writing!

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Topics: Mobility, Business Communications

Desk vs. your body: A guide to conquering your daily foe (Part 1)

Posted by Lynn Jones

Nov 3, 2014 12:28:28 PM

You own the desk, so don't let the desk own you. Every day, countless Americans walk into office buildings and lower their gluteus maximi and minimi onto chairs of leather, pleather, mesh and plastic. The rest of the day is spent planted firmly on the chair, and if you don't think this wreaks havoc on the human body, then you're sorely - literally sorely - mistaken. In all likelihood you're reading this article from a desk chair that is silently working to send you to an early grave.

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Topics: Productivity, Management

Top Three Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Call Conversions

Posted by Amber Newman

Oct 20, 2014 2:10:49 PM

Guest Author: Today's post comes to us from Dave Landry Jr. Dave is an online business journalist with a background in finance and global business communications. In addition to discussing the value of call conversions, his writing also covers globalization, virtual technology and social media marketing. Follow him on Twitter to find more of his writing!

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Topics: Mobility, Business Communications

Say hello to the all-GIF keyboard

Posted by Amber Newman

Oct 9, 2014 1:49:49 PM

With the new iPhone out there, it's clear that the nature of mobility is changing in a big way. Sure, maybe a "phablet" or two already existed in the world, but it's not until this iPhone 6 that the thing has really become ... cool. I mean, seriously, just look at it. The lines have been ridiculous if you want to snag one now, but soon the time will come where everyone can get an iPhone 6. And they undoubtedly will.

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Topics: Remote Work, BYOD