Making sure your workers have top-notch skills isn't cheap: According to the Training Industry Report, U.S. training expenditures rose 32 percent year over year, reaching $90.6 billion
"The report broke this figure down into the following categories: Outside training products and services accounted for $7.5 billion, while other expenditures such as travel, equipment, and facilities represented $44 billion, and payroll for in-house educators accounted for $41.6 billion. If you're going to spend a pile of money on your employee training and development, how do you get the biggest ROI? Below are a few key directions to guide your strategy on this topic..."
Isolation, business continuity and endless to-do lists weigh heavy on IT's emotional well-being
"The IT workforce is hitting a wall, just as empathy has started to run dry. Struck by isolation, the pressure to keep businesses running remotely, endless to-do lists and personal life struggles, business continuity is a weight on IT employees' shoulders.
Six in ten (61%) technology workers say their stress levels have risen since working remotely, according to a Unify Square survey of 600 full-time enterprise employees released in December. Top stressors include missing the routine of being in the office, lack of in-person collaboration and distractions at home..."
2020 was, in many ways, a punishing stress test. It pushed businesses, workers, economies, and entire industries to their limits
"The cascading effects of transforming into a digital-first world ultimately stress-tested IT infrastructures-and piled on the strapped IT teams who run them.
And they delivered. When asked for agility, availability, and remote support, many IT teams navigated the limits of overly complex legacy IT to keep us online, keep us connected, and keep operations rolling. That degree of chaos and complexity isn't sustainable. It ends up in burnout and bottlenecks, and right now we can't afford either.
With digital business on everyone's mind for 2021, what can we do to give these teams the support they deserve?
In a word: simplicity..."
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