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  • Clampdown urged on staff flouting security rules

    Businesses are being urged to clamp down on staff who are flouting security rules, after a survey found that too many companies are vulnerable to ignorant or careless behaviour from their workforce.

  • Avoid obsolesence, embrace Web 2.0: CIOs

    Gartner analyst Anthony Bradley foresees "a significant shift in power" within organisations. With free internet applications, web platforms and social software, "the consumer side of the world is driving most technology advancement, not enterprise IT", he says.

  • Coaching staff doesn't require expensive consultants

    Plenty of money is made by experts who offer coaching advice to managers, but according Susan Cramm, president of Valuedance, an executive coaching firm in the US, there’s no reason why managers can’t get on and coach their staff without that specialist help.

  • How to survive the joys of a corporate integration

    Brian Fellows had seen it all before. When media conglomerate Thomson acquired NewsEdge five years ago it was the second time NewsEdge had been swallowed up by a larger competitor. The anxiety that swept through NewsEdge’s 20-person IT department was palpable. But Fellows, then the distributor of electronic news and the security manager, kept his head.

  • 'ICT has no mana': Biggs

    The New Zealand ICT industry is at the point of crisis over the number of new recruits coming into the industry, according to a report commissioned by the Game Developers Association.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES

    Recently I looked at how to handle making a mistake in the workplace. This week I’m going to look at how you handle it when it’s not you who has made the faux pas, but one of the staff you supervise.

  • How not to go about hiring IT staff

    An ugly truth about the IT job market is that opportunists too often dominate it. Honest employers and job candidates suffer because they’re forced to compete with cut-throats. Some employers see workers as property to be loaded, spent and replaced like rounds in a Gatling gun. Similarly, some workers see themselves through the lens of the dotcom heyday — demigods who could get the pay, terms and conditions they wanted with a minimum of skills.

  • How to never lay off staff: Securian shows the way

    “In some form or other, our IT group has been around for 50 years,” says Jean Delaney Nelson, vice president and CIO at Securian Financial Group. “And we’ve never laid off an employee.”

  • The art of finding staff — and keeping them

    An IT manager buying a packaged application would almost certainly do so only after adhering to a templated, multi-stage selection process. But would these executives take as much care when hiring a staff member? Eighty-five percent of the human resources executives participating in the Aberdeen Group’s recent survey, The HR Executive’s Agenda, said attracting and keeping talent was the primary challenge keeping them awake at night. The fact specialists worry about it tends to suggest it’s no small matter. IT managers have a different set of skills and responsibilities from HR managers, so how consistent and repeatable are their own recruitment and selection processes?

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