Multi-generational employee motivation

The modern workforce now includes employees spanning four distinct generations. This may not seem significant, but the differences between these generations go beyond age—each has its own knowledge, strengths and weaknesses. Managers must know how to work with each to maintain a successful business.

Managing employees across various generations is difficult, but if you understand a little bit about each generation you will understand what motivates each to maximize their output and leads to a fulfilling opportunity for everyone.

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Traditionalists

As members of the World War II generation, Traditionalists are conventional, frugal and they command respect. Although most are now retired, they are still a part of the modern workforce. As a manager, you should reinforce their need for structure by formally acknowledging their successes and help younger employees follow the written chain of command when interacting with them. A little bit of officially recognized feedback will go a long way with these employees.
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Top Reasons IT Projects Fail

STEM skills worker in the fieldManaging an IT project and seeing it through to completion usually requires more than simply monitoring a team and motivating employees. After all, Project Manager is a very broad job title. Even though the shortage of resources is one of the many reasons IT projects fail, it goes deeper than that.

According to Virginia Tech, most IT projects will go through five stages:

  1. initiation
  2. planning
  3. executing
  4. monitoring
  5. closing

This is often referred to as the project’s life cycle. But why exactly do IT projects fail? And what can project managers do to reduce the failure rate?
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Design hiring trends and salary demands

Choose the best staffing solution for your businessDesign careers are becoming more specialized, and those with deep experience in the digital world are currently highly sought after by employers and command high salaries. Here’s are the design hiring trends and salary demands you need to know when recruiting professionals in 2014.

Graphic Design

Salary and hiring for graphic designers varies significantly based on industry and skill set. And because demand varies equally, graphic designers have a wide salary range.

Salary: A 2012 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports $48,730 as the median annual salary for graphic designers, although actual salaries differ by region, skills, and experience. Salaries range from $30,000 to $77,000. And even though that data is two years old, the salaries are still accurate. According to Salary.com, the current median annual salary is $49,377, relatively unchanged from 2012.

Where the jobs are: The highest concentration of graphic design jobs can be found in California, New York, Florida, Texas, and Illinois, driven primarily by digital jobs in Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley, and growing tech scenes in cities like Houston and Chicago. Washington, D.C. also has the highest median salary, where graphic designers earn an average of $69,700.
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Top retention strategies for IT employees in-demand

webinar_acing_interview“As key employees are more comfortable with the economy, they are beginning to jump ship for better opportunities.”

Those words by Lisa Anderson, President of LMA Consulting Group, Inc. in a recent article about the current job market, should give all managers pause.

An improving and changing economy is creating increasing demand for skilled workers, particularly in the IT space. Several surveys have found that a majority of workers are looking for a new job these days, and you can bet that many of your best employees are considering their options.

So what steps can you take to retain the best and brightest on your team. Here are some tactics that work:
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Foster Growth to Keep Your Talent Talented

5 tips for a successful interviewGreat leaders understand that the success of their business depends largely on their employees, and how they perform and grow within the company. The hiring process is only the first stage to running a successful business and retaining high performance employees.

In order for a company to grow, employees need to grow as well. Fostering growth increases worker satisfaction and builds a stronger company culture. Here are a few proven ways to foster growth to keep your talent talented.

Defining Expectations and Setting Goals

Setting expectations should be at the core of management and the key element to combating attrition and having satisfied workers. It is the manager’s responsibility to engage a discussion with each team member to set clear, actionable, personalized, and realistic goals. Defining expectations and setting goals must start with executive management, clearly communicated to managers and team leaders, and finally conveyed to employees.
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Finding the Right Staffing Solutions for Your Business

Choose the best staffing solution for your businessAre you paying too much for your temporary help? If your organization is working with a wide array of staffing partners, the answer is likely yes.

At many companies, an inconsistent, patchwork approach to hiring contingent workers has evolved over time. While such a system may provide a high degree of flexibility and autonomy from department to department, it also comes at a price in terms of cost and efficiency. Procurement professionals and hiring managers would be well-served to consider other staffing solutions that offer greater consistency and efficiency when hiring contingency staff.

An end-to-end solution

Indeed, a more cost-effective and efficient approach could be to work with a “master vendor” that partners with your team to develop a comprehensive strategy to meet contingent staffing needs. While the move requires buy-in from different parts of the organization, a master vendor typically delivers the best return on investment while also creating more consistency across the organization, reducing risk, and freeing up more time to for managers to focus on strategic business goals.
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