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  • Only a minority of workers surveyed think they have good work-life balance, and they cite the constant access to technology as a primary culprit, according to a recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll for Workfront. The "Work-Life Imbalance Report" points out that a combination of demanding bosses, the constant need to work outside of normal hours and inflexible schedules regularly intrude on personal time. As a result, many employees have missed major life occasions, such as birthdays and their children's events, and most feel that the concept of the family dinner has essentially been ruined. Citing other research, Workfront notes that studies show that employees are more focused when they receive appropriate amounts of downtime. The company suggests that employers should establish acceptable times to send and receive emails (and when not to send messages), and should encourage their staffers to use all their available paid time off (PTO). "Technology is infused throughout our modern lifestyle—be it in the home or at work—but we need to be conscientious about how and when to use it," advises Joe Staples, CMO of Workfront. "More times than not, there are no parameters set by employers on what they require from employees after hours. So the default can be an always-on lifestyle—with a potential for burnout." More than 600 workers took part in the survey.

  • Money isn't everything, but it certainly can help solve a lot of problems. So it's good to know that nine of the 15 employers on Glassdoor's recently released "America's 15 Highest Paying Companies" are technology firms. Other organizations on the list are also constantly seeking top IT talent and are clearly willing to pay for it. The tech companies featured here include an Emmy-award-winning streaming media powerhouse, a virtualization giant and a Web browser pioneer. Tech "salaries are high largely because of shortages of the highest skilled employees needed to advance business into new realms," according to Glassdoor's accompanying report. "Booming demand for software engineers, database administrators and data scientists has far outpaced the supply of these skilled, hard-to-find employees. With companies scrambling to poach these valuable workers from competitors, a bidding war has pushed tech salaries to unprecedented heights in recent years." Glassdoor based its list on compensation data collected from its site users, focusing on companies with at least 30 salary reports.

  • Overall tech employment is soaring, and the number of IT workers now exceeds that of the dot.com peak in 2000, according to recently released research from Janco Associates. Demand remains strong for tech talent across-the-board, especially for those skilled in computer systems design, data processing and hosting. Hiring managers are scrambling to fill tech positions, and, as a result, salaries are increasing for IT staffers, middle managers and executives at both large and midsize enterprises. "The recovery is well under way for IT pros and should continue for some time," says Victor Janulaitis, CEO of Janco Associates. "Hiring is up across the board, as many CIOs have been given the green light to start hiring, and many have open requisitions they cannot fill because of a lack of qualified candidates. … CIOs are now starting to look for lower and mid-level project leads and managers. This is definitely a signal that job prospects will continue to be positive for IT pros." The research is based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Janco Associates' salary survey, which included technology professionals representing more than 900 companies.

  • A growing number of companies are experiencing attacks and breaches. As a result, some are responding with larger security budgets and a more focused defense.