An Empty Tech Seat: The High Cost to You

Are IT consultants your best solution to the talent shortage?

The High Cost of An Empty Tech SeatDemand for tech talent is fierce. The Twin Cities alone boast 164,500 opportunities for tech pros, and that number is projected to keep growing. Unfortunately, high competition also means that employers face high tech talent turnover. Though many have implemented retention-driven strategies and launched specific perks designed to hold onto these fleeting IT pros, reports still reveal a turnover rate of between 9.1% and 10.6% for employees in the tech industry.

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Give In To Summer Fun: How To Keep Your Tech Team Productive

Give In To Summer FunFrom weddings, to family vacations, to daycare needs, the summer months demand more time of your tech employees than any other season. Not only can these busy schedules pose a threat to your team’s engagement, but conflicting vacation schedules and availabilities can also lead to lost productivity and delayed project timelines. However, the opportunities presented by this season far outweigh its challenges. Tech employers who strategically leverage the summer months by offering additional workplace perks and tactically navigating schedules create an open environment conducive to employee happiness – a key factor to increasing retention and engagement throughout the year. Rather than panicking over the obstacles that lie ahead, consider the following strategies and perks that you can use to boost productivity and keep things running smoothly.

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What Do Millennial IT Pros Need to Know?

The Millennial members of ESP’s team weigh in on how their own professional experiences and their recruitment interactions with Millennial IT pros have shaped their view of the Millennial generation, and provide some advice to their peers in the tech field

What Do Millennial IT Pros Need to KnowIn many ways, the challenges of a Millennial workforce have already been addressed. The internet has produced extensive myth-busting content about the Millennial generation, as well as tips to help bridge the gap between Millennials and older generations. We’ve learned that there are gaps even within the Millennial generation that can cause workplace tension, and that ultimately, Millennials are comprised of individuals with unique needs in much the same way as their predecessors’ generations were. But the question remains – why do Millennial stereotypes persist, and how can we end them for good? Perhaps the answer involves Millennials looking inward to identify the ways they are perpetuating these stereotypes, and seeking solutions that will turn the talk in their favor.

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Removing The Tech Gender Gap: We Need Women Techies

Removing The Tech Gender Gap We Need Women TechiesThat a gender gap exists in tech is an undeniable fact, though not a new revelation. Groups such as Girls Who Code and Women Who Code have made efforts to draw awareness to this issue, sharing research proving the number of women graduating from college with computer science degrees has dropped from 37 percent in 1984 to 18 percent today, along with other startling findings.

But an underlying question, the big “so what?” remains largely unanswered. As a result, many in tech are left wondering whether the hot-button issue has received more hype than it is worth.

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6 Simple Habits To Make You A Top Developer

Whether you’re a Web .Net, Java, or Mobile Developer, or even a Software Consultant, integrating these habits into your daily life will help you rise to the top of your field.

Let’s face it – you know that “Software Developer” is a general term. Even within the tech6 Simple Habits To Make You A Top Developer stratosphere there’s a fine line between Computer Scientists, Programmers, Developers, and Architects, not to mention the plethora of technologies under the “Development” umbrella. And just as there are myriad “types” of Software Developers, there’s no one right way among IT pros to be the best. However, what we do know is that the people who are “the best,” all possess important commonalities – they employ simple, everyday habits that develop (pun intended) them as professionals and give them an edge over their competition. We’ve pulled out six that stand above the rest, and while this isn’t an all-encompassing list, your development career is sure to benefit from incorporating these practices into your normal routine.

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Three Negative Qualities You’ll Want In Your Next IT Hire

Upon first establishing a need for tech talent, most IT hiring managers will begin by makingThree negative Qualities You'll Want In Your Next IT Hire a list of specific skills, traits, or experience levels that are most desirable. They may also make a list of skills and traits to be avoided. However, both lists can prove detrimental to their talent search, particularly in light of the tech talent shortage. Instead of blindly following traditional guidelines to filling a role or contract opening, we challenge you to consider why the following three qualities have made your “no” list. You may find that these often-considered “negative” qualities will lead you to your next great hire.

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Why ESP IT Holds An Annual Holiday Party: 4 Tips

We know the holidays can be a challenging time for employees. So, while the ESP IT teamHoliday Party is busy wrapping-up both projects and gifts, we like to reward them for a year of hard work by throwing a holiday party. Not only does this event promote one of our core values, “have fun,” but it also increases employee engagement and satisfaction at a time when productivity can be at its lowest.

The traditional “office holiday party” sometimes gets a pretty bad rep, but when you approach the celebration with consideration and excitement, we’ve found it can lead to a yearly highlight. Check out these four easy tips we’ve cultivated to make our celebration a blast.

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Next Stop: Work-Life… Integration? 5 Tips for IT Pros

There’s been a recent trend in workplace “total wellness” initiatives to shift emphasis fromwork life work-life balance, to work-life integration – and we think IT pros everywhere should rejoice. Though the work-life balance camp is well intentioned, the movement still has professionals seeing “work” and “life” as two mutually exclusive, competitive facets. Instead, work-life integration sees “life” as an interaction with multiple domains,  work, which has resulted in increased productivity and greater personal satisfaction. For IT pros in particular, the shift comes with many benefits, ultimately resulting in the potential to strengthen your reputation as a consultant.

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What’s Stuck in Your Gears?

imagesLet’s face it; work can be a grind, especially as an IT professional.  However, there are some ways to grease those gears and bring some joy and productivity back into your work day.  The following five habits will not only boost productivity at work but will also add positively to your personal life as well.

1. Single-tasking

Be honest with yourself: are you actually good at multi-tasking?  Or, do you get more done when you tackle one task at a time?  Your brain is not physically capable of doing more than one task at a time; therefore, multi-tasking is just an exhausting game of two person tag and slows your progress.  More importantly, multi-tasking can even be harmful to your brain function.  Single-tasking can be difficult in our culture but the benefits are worth the effort.  If you take the advice below, to plan out your day, single tasking will be easy.  Resist the urge to work on more than one project and see the benefits of concentrated focus.

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Time for Productivity

Daylight saving time ended on November 3rd and now the sun rises earlier in theBeing Productive At Work morning and sets by the time many people are wrapping up their workday. This change in how much sunlight you see could change your productivity levels. Whether it’s for better or for worse is up to you. We have a few tips for you to feel more productive than ever.

1. Get to sleep. According to a study by Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, for every hour of sleep a person loses they spend about 20% more time “cyber-loafing” or doing unproductive things on the Internet. And with the 40 minutes on average lost by people during the daylight saving time transition, you’re losing time that could have been used for fine tuning your resume or researching the companies you’re interested in. Stick to a sleep schedule and remain happily productive.

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