We celebrate the founding of our country on the 4th of July with a weekend filled with picnics, parades, and fireworks. We commemorate when we formally declared our independence from England and set forth in writing our grievances with the King. The vote for independence actually took place on July 2nd and July 4th was the day the document was approved. Almost instantly the day was one of celebration, becoming and official Federal holiday in 1941. For many years, the tradition was to read aloud The Declaration of Independence, as it had been read aloud in 1776 in town squares across the colonies.
Perhaps you have recently caught World Cup fever or maybe you’ve been a longtime fan, or perhaps you’ve remained immune to the charm and excitement of “the beautiful game.” No matter what, it is likely that you’ve heard at least something about Uruguay’s star player, Luis Suarez, biting Italian player, Giorgio Chiellini. (For more details, click here.) It’s shocking to watch, and further shocking since it is the third time he has done this in his career. Much has and will be written about this and with good reason. There is an opportunity to learn and not just for those directly involved.
InformationWeek’s Annual Salary Survey is out and for a few columns now I have been looking at different parts of the report and thinking about what some of the results mean to me, ATR International, and our clients. I have one last thing that I wanted to share with you in case you missed it.
InformationWeek’s Annual Salary Survey is out and as always provides an interesting look at IT salaries and great insight into what IT workers are thinking about. One thing that caught my attention as I reviewed the details were the results around training and education, which shows a bit of a disconnection between what IT workers are thinking and doing.
When my wife Maria and I started ATR International 25 years ago, we had no idea of the crazy, wonderful journey we were embarking on. I think few entrepreneurs really do, and I often joke that if they did, they might not actually start a business at all! Most of the time your focus as an owner is on the business – making sure that clients are satisfied, employees are happy, keeping the day to day operations running while also planning strategically for the future and continued growth. It is hard work but we’ve never minded that. You plan well, work hard and hope for the best. One way you know your business is doing well is if you are making money – that’s obvious, but other times you receive external validation for your efforts.
It’s one of our worst nightmares: an IT contractor walks out on an assignment in the middle of the day. My heart sank when I read the story of a UI/UX Designer placed at Apple who did just that. Contract Worker Walks Out on His Dream Job at Apple – Literally. Thanks to Staffing Talk for covering Jordan Price’s self-published piece. The story in short is that Price, placed on a temporary assignment at Apple through a subcontract, thought he had landed his dream job. Instead, he reports numerous problems including a bumpy onboarding process, too many meetings that he felt were disruptive to productivity, long hours, and, most concerning, a boss who was insulting, bordering on harassing. As to why he didn’t talk to someone and just quit, he says, “I didn’t feel there was anyone to turn to. It was unclear who exactly I even worked for or who I should share my grievances with.”
The search for the best ways of attracting and retaining talent is a never ending quest and there is no shortage of advice available on how to do it. One nearly universally accepted truth is that it helps to know what your workers want. Money is not the only motivating factor and sometimes not the most important one. We’ve written about this before in Staffing 360 (Are you Building Temples? and Training and Opportunity Key to Employee Retention). Today we offer you a quick reminder of many of things we’ve reported before. Glassdoor has put together a good infographic specific to recruiting software engineers, and it concurs on many fronts with what we’ve said previously.
No one has a crystal ball that can predict the future but it’s certainly human nature to try! The end of one year and the beginning of the next prompts a flurry of such reflection. Fortunately, since we don’t have a crystal ball, most prognosticators rely on information – data, surveys, study results, economic facts and figures, etc. – to make educated guesses. Often enough, the predictions are correct and it behooves us to pay attention; why?
Recently, I attended the Western Region Minority Supplier Development Council’s (MSDC) Annual Holiday Luncheon for a very special reason: I was there to see our Corporate Diversity Manager, Angelique Solorio, receive their Volunteer of the Year award. I may be biased, but it couldn’t have gone to a more deserving person!
What a great time of year this is! Each day seems to bring another holiday treat to tempt us or party to attend. Lights twinkle and decorations brighten the scene everywhere. For most of us the season is filled with opportunities for fun with family and friends, and amidst all the festivities, it is a time for celebration and reflection. It is a time to count our blessings and to remember those less fortunate than us. This year for the first time, ATR worked with Toys for Tots. Founded by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, the organization collects unwrapped gifts during October, November and December and distributes them to children in the community.