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Why You Need a Tech Workforce Strategy

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We’ve written before about the importance of creating flexible labor teams in an ever changing work environment – and the VocaWorks platform can be an important partner in developing those teams.  But that strategy is only one piece of an overall workforce strategy, one that allows you to not just keep pace with changes in […]

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Business Fluency for Your Tech Hires

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Some of us may remember in school the passionate defense of a field of study by our teachers.  “English,” your English professor may have noted, “is something you are going to use every day for the rest of your lives.  Even if you never write another paper, you’ll be dealing with emails every day.  Shouldn’t […]

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Using Assessments to Find Better Tech Hires

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Many who attended universities in the United States were used to the familiar application process: submitting GPAs, test scores, and a “resume.”  Every now and then an interview could be used as well.  While GPA was an excellent predictor of how one would do in college (unsurprisingly, a sample of your grades across four years […]

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Crafting Better Tech Job Postings

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“Good help is hard to find.”  There’s a reason this saying is still with us, even in a world in which people can submit their resumes to you with a few clicks, after finding your job posting a few clicks before.  While it may often not feel true, there are actually lots of great candidates […]

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The War Over Open Offices

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For years we’ve gotten the occasional article forwarded to us or dropped into our social media feed: “Science now shows X (chocolate, red wine, coffee) does Y (makes you invincible, smarter, live longer)!”  Except that some months later, “science” manages to “prove” exactly the contrary.  The problem is the methodology.  Researchers often chase headlines and […]

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Does Unlimited Vacation Actually Work?

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From “too good to be true” perk for Silicon Valley firms to trendy benefit for companies looking for the best talent, unlimited vacation has gained more and more prominence in recent years.  But headlines aside, does the policy actually work, not just for employees, but for employers as well?  In this article, we’ll examine that […]

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Why Social Media Should Be Part of Your Recruiting Strategy

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When asked why they do not use social media to recruit, many firms cite a lack of time or legal/privacy issues.  That’s fair.  Social media recruiting does take time and there are legal and privacy questions to deal with.  But those aren’t real obstacles.  They are excuses dressed as obstacles, and the sooner you address […]

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The GDPR: the Obstacle is the Way

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In a wash of emails that reminded many Americans that even the most forward-thinking of companies can be subject to procrastination, the GDPR finally went into effect some weeks ago, after a two-year grace period which the companies could have used (but most didn’t) to update their privacy policies and notify their customers.  Ironically, that […]