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  • A significant number of employees say they've been bullied on the job, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. Many have even left their company due to the problem, and a stunningly high percentage of physically disabled workers say they've been bullied at work—a finding that seems hard to fathom. What defines bullying? While often a gray area, it typically involves what CareerBuilder describes as a "gross lack of professionalism, consideration and respect" that involves "intimidation, personal insults or behavior that is more passive-aggressive." Whatever the form, these practices appear to affect a lot of professionals, regardless of their background or organizational standing. "Bullying impacts workers of all backgrounds, regardless of race, education, income and level of authority within an organization," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "Many of the workers who have experienced this don't confront the bully or elect not to report the incidents, which can prolong a negative work experience that leads some to leave their jobs." Clearly, bullying is a serious workplace issue that management must address. More than 3,370 employees took part in the research.

  • An integration specialist offers insights into how the next version of the Windows OS will affect the enterprise, including migration and deployment concerns.

  • According to a recent survey, the best tech company in the world is not Google, Twitter or any of the other "usual suspects" that frequently dominate "best employer" lists. Instead, it's a company that specializes in the more traditional world of cloud-based human resources and finance applications. But don't worry: Google and Twitter still show up in this top 10 list, which was published by Great Place to Work's "Great Rated!" Companies were selected based on average scores provided by nearly 50,000 employee survey participants. Great Rated! has actually cited 20 companies overall, broken down into categories of large enterprises and small/medium businesses, but the following is the top 10 ranking. Given the well-reported struggles that organizations in all industries face in hiring qualified technology professionals, most could probably benefit from introducing at least some of the following cultural practices of these tech companies. (The cultural practices were compiled from news articles and online job reviews, as well as the companies' Websites.)

  • Just when you've gotten used to Windows 8, get ready for yet another version of the operating system: After a public preview this fall, Microsoft anticipates releasing Windows 10 in mid-2015. It's expected to serve as the most enterprise-focused version yet, with a lot of emphasis on productivity-boosting business features. As a multiplatform product, it will run on PCs, tablets, Windows Phones and eventually the Xbox. Many users will be happy to learn that the original Start button and Menu are coming back. (Microsoft ditched both with Windows 8.) And the new version won't abruptly switch you from a traditional Windows layout to that funky app interface, because all programs will appear in the customary Windows setting we're all used to. You may wonder why Windows 10 isn't named "Windows 9." (Did Microsoft think we wouldn't notice?) Promising to transform the brand to align with the fast pace of consumer-driven technology changes, Microsoft points out that the number "10" represents "a whole new generation of Windows." So you can expect quicker, more incremental Windows releases now—instead of grand debuts—to mirror the way mobile apps get updated. Given the interest in this operating system, we're presenting the following 11 fascinating facts about the long line of Windows products—facts that were compiled from news accounts and online resources.

  • IT professionals should benefit significantly from a surge in job creation over the next few years, according to research published by Modis IT Staffing. The accompanying report, the "2015 Salary Guide for IT Professionals," predicts that the growth of new technology jobs being created will rise at a far higher rate than overall employment growth. In addition, women will account for a greater share of the overall IT workforce. It's also encouraging to learn that a significant number of U.S. men and women serving overseas consider technology the top vocational choice for their post-military careers, according to the survey. The guide breaks out a number of key IT niches for job growth—along with average salary figures within each niche—and we're presenting some of those statistics in the slideshow below. As a bonus, we're also including best practices for getting that perfect and well-paying tech job. Modis has based its findings on information obtained through a partnership with CareerBliss and its internal data, as well as that from local clients and IT professionals in the market.

  • Do you ever feel like you're drowning in a sea of overused buzzwords and phrases at work? That's not surprising: These hackneyed terms are constantly dropped both in one-on-one conversations and large meetings, essentially serving as verbal crutches for professionals who don't feel comfortable using simpler, more direct terms. While using business and technology jargon may make you feel smarter or "in the know," the constant use of these words quickly wears thin on listeners, who may decide to tune you out. With this in mind, Accountemps has come up with the following list of the most annoying workplace buzzwords and phrases, taken from a recent survey the company published. We're sure you've heard these terms before—probably far too often—but it's important to recognize these conversational clunkers so you can avoid using them in the future. "Clarity is still king when communicating in the workplace," says Bill Driscoll, New England district president of Accountemps. "Jargon tends to confuse, not clarify. It's generally best to avoid the tired clichés and trendy buzzwords in favor of clear, straightforward language." More than 600 human resources managers in the United States and Canada took part in the research. Feel free to add your hated buzzwords in our Comments section at the bottom of this page.

  • While most employees surveyed said their company does recognize good work, loyalty and other accomplishments, they are not happy about how their organization handles recognition and rewards, according to a recent survey from the American Psychological Association's Center for Organizational Excellence. Only a minority of workers think recognition is applied fairly. And most feel that their employer falls short on rewards that really matter, such as fair compensation, raises, bonuses and career advancement. Managers should pay attention to these issues because research shows that engaged employees are more committed and productive. "Today, business success depends on sustainable workplace practices and a healthy, high-performing workforce," says Norman Anderson, CEO of the American Psychological Association. "Part of promoting employee well-being is demonstrating how their efforts contribute to the organization's success and recognizing them for their good work." On the encouraging side of the survey findings, most participants said these factors aren't crushing their morale, and they are generally satisfied with their job and are motivated to do their best. More than 880 workers took part in the research.

  • One of the biggest business and technology challenges facing enterprises that are attempting to batten down the security hatches is the ongoing peril of insider threats. In some cases, these breaches occur inadvertently, when employees engage in risky or negligent behavior without realizing the damage it can cause. But threats also take place due to intentional fraud, hacking or intellectual property (IP) theft. And the nature of insider threats—an authorized person misusing or abusing access to systems and data—makes it extremely difficult to detect such attacks and protect against them. A recent survey of 355 security professionals conducted by mobile software firm Spectorsoft offers insights into the problem, which, according to industry estimates, amounts to approximately $40 billion a year in losses in the United States alone and about $2.9 trillion globally. Among other things, the survey found that while executives across a wide swath of industries acknowledge the problem and the risks, companies are largely unable to deter insider threats—and the problem is getting worse.

  • You may not think of your day-to-day work life as an inspiration for great cinema, but it's actually not a big stretch. Filmmakers have constantly explored IT innovation in creative and often compelling ways. The resulting movies have challenged our world view of technology and its impact on society, while still providing vastly entertaining popcorn fare. With this in mind, we've come up with the following list of must-see movies about technology. They obviously include some sci-fi classics, but there are also films that reflect real-life applications of technology. In fact, three of them are considered nonfiction. Combined, these films present an eclectic array of the possibilities of computer-driven advances—from virtual worlds to artificial intelligence to social media-fueled entrepreneurialism to insider cyber-security threats. And we've even included a couple that are strictly for laughs. (If we can't occasionally chuckle about what we do, then what's the point?) Because our list is completely subjective—mixing classics with more recent releases—you may disagree with our selection. If so, please feel free to suggest your own picks in our comments section at the bottom of the page.

  • Professionals need to mind their manners in the workplace because behavior really does make a difference in a career, according to a survey from Accountemps. This can be challenging, especially when working in cramped cubicles and collaborative open spaces. "Workplace etiquette is about being aware of how your actions affect those around you," says Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies (John Wiley & Sons/available now). "Time constraints and external pressures aren't excuses for bad behavior. While it takes more than just good manners to rise through the ranks, displaying professional courtesy will help your career." As part of its research, Accountemps has compiled the following top office etiquette breaches. We've also included selected best practices for workplace decorum that were provided by the Columbia University Center for Career Education. More than 450 U.S. employees took part in the Accountemps research.

  • Almost all workers occasionally complain about their jobs, but a recently released survey conducted by the Harris Poll for Spherion reports that an overwhelming majority of employees are at least somewhat happy at work. Whether motivated by money or rewarding, interesting roles and responsibilities, many employees are finding ways to achieve career contentment. That's encouraging, especially since a significant number of them describe their organizations as stressful environments. Surprisingly, when accepting a new job, many workers are willing to give up a lot for the sake of being happier in their career. For example, some are willing to sacrifice schedule flexibility, office privacy, and a lower position or job title. "[Workers] will go to extreme lengths and make sacrifices for the sake of finding job happiness," says Sandy Mazur, division president at Spherion. "Employers have a unique opportunity to capitalize on these findings and offer small, but meaningful, opportunities that can help workers be happy in their current roles. And that can pay big dividends for the employee and the employer." More than 2,015 workers took part in the research.