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  • Thanks to rapid technological shifts and market changes, their job roles are constantly evolving, and they place more value on mission-supporting results rather than simply "clocking in" from 9 to 5. Also, many of these individuals believe that an ideal work space doesn't exist in a traditional office. Who are we describing? Knowledge workers, the vast majority of whom are seeking informal working environments that are less "controlling," according to a recent survey from Unify. The resulting report, "The Way We Work," defines knowledge workers as people who "think for a living" and engage with technology day-to-day. Most indicate that they're working as part of a virtual team more than ever. To stay connected, they depend on a mix of traditional technology tools (such as email) and newer cloud-based, on-demand solutions. These tools enable the workers to think more creatively and make quicker decisions. "Work is so much more complicated today than just the hours put in during any given day," writes Jon Pritchard, CEO at Unify, in the report's introduction. "In the average office, knowledge workers … have to contend with generational gaps, digital transformations, the on-demand economy, the fast evolving nature of work, frustrating technology and the growing realization that many of their jobs won't be in existence in the future. … As business leaders, we need to start shaping our businesses, our office spaces and the communications tools within them to suit the modern knowledge worker—or [we] stand a real risk of losing our top talent." An estimated 9,000 global employees took part in the research, which was conducted by Censuswide.

  • The majority of employees queried said they've heard a colleague say something that had a catastrophic impact on their career, according to a recent survey from VitalSmarts. In fact, many of the professionals said they have made a comment that cost them a pay increase, promotion or even their job. As part of the research, VitalSmarts has come up with a list of what we'll describe as "five career-crushing ways to express yourself," and we've adapted that survey-supported list here. The conversations and exchanges that require some degree of caution include: offering feedback to a co-worker; discussing race, politics, religion or other sensitive topics; and even written communications conducted via email. "While there are occasions when people's words paint a clear picture of their incompetence or unacceptable moral judgment, these instances are the exception to the rule," said Joseph Grenny, co-founder of VitalSmarts and co-author of the book Crucial Conversations. "Often, people speak up about issues they see as important to the business, only to be punished for their honesty. … Instead of punishing employees' candor, leaders need to build the kind of culture where anyone can safely speak up to anyone else, regardless of power or position. And in those times when they may step out of line, there should be a plan that allows them to recover and get back on track." Approximately 780 employees took part in the research.

  • By now, it's pretty clear that many companies are willing to offer great salaries for proven tech talent. If you've ever wondered how much you'd command on the market with world-class IT skills and experience, the following list of the top 10 highest-paying tech jobs may be an eye-opener. It was compiled from Glassdoor's most recent "25 Highest Paying Jobs in America" list. On that list, doctors and lawyers rank at the top (with median base salaries paying $180,000 and $144,500 respectively), but IT positions account for five of the top 10 slots. While money does matter—68 percent of the professionals surveyed regard compensation as one of their top considerations when accepting or declining a job offer—it doesn't guarantee career satisfaction. "There's no doubt that pay is among the leading factors most job seekers weigh when determining where to work," said Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor. "However, our research shows that a big paycheck isn't necessarily tied to long-term satisfaction in a job. Instead, when we dig deeper … we find that culture and values, career opportunities and trust in senior leadership are the biggest drivers of employee satisfaction." The list is based on salary reports shared on Glassdoor by U.S.-based employees over the past year. To be eligible, each job must have had at least 75 salary reports shared.

  • The majority of worldwide organizations are planning multiple—if not dozens—of mobile app projects, according to a recent survey from Progress. As a result, the hiring market is booming for mobile-specific developers. In addition, many companies are looking to outsource this function in order to get better and more affordable user designs. With typical mobile app projects lasting at least three months, development teams face numerous challenges along the way, including those related to security needs, timely delivery and the expectations of business units. In addition, the availability of required resources remains in question. "Developers need to take a long, hard look at the internal resources available to them and consider whether or not they are making the best, most cost-effective use of available skills and expertise," according to the report. "External software houses may be better placed to handle [user experience, or UX] design, for example. … As the volume and diversity of mobile devices continue to grow, customers will inevitably discover new ways to use them. The Internet of things (IoT) and a new generation of wearable and nearable devices are potentially huge opportunities for mobile app developers, but they will need to keep their options open in terms of the operating systems and devices they target." More than 150 global IT decision-makers took part in the research, which was conducted by IDG Connect.

  • The number of U.S. technology jobs continues to soar, according to a recent research report from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). In ranking specific IT employment categories, applications software developers command the top spot, followed by computer user support specialists. There is also high demand for computer systems analysts and systems software developers. CompTIA expects the push to hire—especially for software specialists—to continue well into 2016 and beyond, fueled by continued (even relentless?) interest among companies in cloud computing, the Internet of things (IoT), social tech, big data and mobility. "While the degree of cloud adoption is often viewed as a key indicator of digital business sophistication, there is much more to the transformation story," according to the report. "Many organizations now recognize that building digital workflows requires attention to every layer of the software stack. From integration and custom development to APIs and emerging software-defined hardware solutions, organizations will be forced to rethink their approaches to software." The research covers tech industry-specific employment data, and we've included some of those findings here. The report is based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

  • As the iconic fictional film character, Ferris Bueller, famously put it: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Today, "looking around once in a while" means putting away those mobile devices—something that Americans try to do, with varying degrees of success, according to a recent survey from the Harris Poll. For some professionals, attempting to unplug is a weekly effort. Others make an attempt to unplug at some point during the year. Either way, challenges abound. Many Americans admit that they suffer anxiety when they don't have their smartphone with them. Others fear "missing out" if they unplug—even for a little while. And some people think that unplugging from technology is unrealistic, given the 365/24/7 demands of the modern business age. However, individuals who do manage to take the leap acquire the priceless gift of quality time—with family or friends, or just some quiet "me" time. Conversely, a number of Americans take advantage of unplugged time to do some paperwork. Nearly 2,200 U.S. adults took part in the research.