Workforce Productivity - Best Practices
Steps to improve IT workforce productivity include:
Develop a strong team orientation - Effective teams and the effective planning and execution provide the structure necessary to get the best from all team members. Well written job descriptions are a first step in that process.
Align roles and performance objectives - Change causes by today's business environment causes misalignments of roles and focus of a significant number of the workforce. Job descriptions that are results and metric driven are an essential tool in the management process.
Set performance goals and manage workforce with that as the focus - A majority of the workforce performs better if they have specific goals they must achieve. Good job description include measurable goals.
Evaluate workforce based on defined objectives and goals - Review job performance based on job content and metrics to see how they can be modified to improved organizational productivity and minimize organizational dysfunction.
IT Best Practices News and Information
Global compliance issuesDecember 4th, 2013
The global regulation that has emerged since the financial crisis is the most rapidly evolving in nearly a century. This environment presents new challenges for compliance professionals as they navigate new regulations, implement new reporting processes within their organization, seek to create operational efficiencies and maintain an effective compliance program.
Chief Compliance Officers (CCO) and other industry professionals need to understand the regulatory reporting challenges faced by all types of enterprises, find lessons learned from others, as well as common practices that firms can leverage. Understanding these new regulations and their reporting requirements, as well as the complex data environment, are critical aspects of operating a strategic compliance program. Janco common practices for compliance excellence and share methods for new reporting implementation. Attendees will hear what challenges firms are facing, what technology and operational strategies they are using to adequately address emerging risks and how theyre ensuring adequate policies and procedures are in place.more info
IT spending slowsNovember 5th, 2013
For the last 2 quarters Janco Associates (www.e-janco.com) has been saying that spending for IT in the U.S. is slowing. Now, it is reported in Computerworld that another research firm is saying the same thing. That research firm now projects that tech spending will increase by 3.9% this year; that's well below its earlier prediction of 5.7%.
The federal budget sequester, the government shutdown and the threat of default have had negative impacts on the economy and direct negative impacts on federal tech buying, as well as indirect impacts on CIOs who simply became cautious.
For instance, CIOs who might have bought servers to meet new demand for computing power are instead moving peak loads and special projects to infrastructure-as-a-service providers.
The White House estimates that the 16-day government shutdown reduced the growth rate of GDP in this quarter by 0.2% to 0.6%.
Next year, that firm projects that U.S. business and government purchases of IT goods and services will rise by 5.3%, thanks to a revived housing market, modest improvement in employment and consumer spending, and improved exports. In contrast Janco Associates feels that spending will be less until after the election next year.- more info
Persons with disabilities at higher risk during a disasterOctober 13th, 2013
UN survey shows needs of persons with disabilities largely ignored during disasters
A high proportion of persons with disabilities die or suffer injuries during disasters because they are rarely consulted about their needs and Governments lack adequate measures to address them, according to a United Nations survey released ahead of the International Day for Disaster Reduction.
The online survey, produced by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and partners, consulted nearly 6,000 persons with disabilities in 126 countries on how they cope and prepare for disasters.
The results show that people living with disabilities across the world are rarely consulted about their needs in times of disasters. In cases where they need to evacuate such as during floods or earthquakes, only 20 percent of respondents said they could evacuate immediately without difficulty, 6 percent said they would not be able to evacuate at all and the remainder said they would be able to evacuate with a degree of difficulty.more info
CIO ToolkitsSeptember 12th, 2013
Tool Kits -- CIO CTO Tools
IT-ToolKits.com is the resource site for Information Technology management. This site contains the Information Technology and management infrastructure tools that the CIO, CSO, and CFO can use for Sarbanes Oxley, Disaster Recovery, Security, Job Descriptions, IT Service Management, Change Control, Help Desk, Service Requests, SLAs - Service Level Agreements, and Metrics. Site includes Browser and Operating System Market Share White Paper and IT Salary Survey Data.
Disaster Recovery Templates are Sarbanes Oxley compliant and the Disaster Recovery Template is included in the Sarbanes Oxley Compliance Kit
IT-Toolkits.com supports a wide range of industries and enterprises of all sizes. Our clients include over 2,500 premier corporations from around the world, including over 250 of the Fortune 500.- more info
Business interruptions to consider when creating a bcpAugust 26th, 2013
Business interruptions vary widely in more than duration. As you design your plan, consider the probability of threats that are:
Historical - events that have occurred (Power outages, earthquakes, hurricanes)
- Human - events likely from carelessness, malicious intent, fatigue, or lack of training
- Geographical - events likely as a result of the location of your business (floods, storms, lightning strikes, earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis)
- Localized - events due to system malfunctions (assembly line failures, computer crashes, sprinkler activations, chemical spills)
- Planned - scheduled events (software upgrades, system tests) that go awry
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