Considering a Contract Position the Positives to Expect

At some point, nearly every professional tries to determine if contract work is right for them. Whether they are considering it as a solution to being unemployed or as a potential, long-term lifestyle, temporary jobs can be part of a strong career path.

When you accept a contract position, you do experience a range of positives. If you aren’t sure what to expect, here’s a look at the benefits that come with temporary roles.

Published in Staffing News

Working With Ansible A Developers Shortcut

Whether you are a developer who wants to add Ansible to their repertoire or have some knowledge of Ansible and wish to use it more effectively, you’re in luck. There is a simple shortcut that can help you handle common tasks, familiarize yourself with Ansiblecode, and make use of what you’ve already created. By taking advantage of it, you can expand your skillset and speed up development. If you’re wondering what you can use as a developer’s Ansible shortcut, here’s what you need to know.

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project failure knock down

We invest so much of ourselves at work that it's hard not to feel like you're wearing a "scarlet F" after a project fails. Dwelling on failure isn't productive. Instead, use these tips to pick yourself up and recover your career mojo.

Analyze, But Don't Overanalyze

Review the root cause of the problems, and then identify ways to prevent those problems from occurring on future projects. Maybe your actions did contribute to the project's failure, in which case you can look for ways to improve your skills for the next project. It may also be the case that your project was doomed for reasons outside your control.

Talk to Stakeholders

When a project fails, the project may end, but the problems or challenges that led to the project in the first place remain. Discuss the situation with the client to help them decide how it will move forward. Be honest about what caused the failure. Be ready to discuss new ways of tackling the problem that will be more likely to succeed.

Talk to Your Team

Your team will feel the impact of the failure as intensely as you do; you need to lead them in responding effectively. As with your personal response, don't allow them to brood and overanalyze. Allow them only a day or so of negativity before calling a team meeting that acknowledges the failure but provides direction on how you'll move forward. Don't call out individual contributors to the failure in a group meeting; have those discussions one-on-one when needed.

Plan Your Next Steps

One failure is bad; two is much worse. Make sure you're well prepared to succeed in your next project. You may need to bring in new talent; or you may want to switch to a company that has more realistic project budgets, schedules, and resources that make success more likely. Whichever approach you choose to take, The Armada Group's connections to candidates and opportunities can help you implement your plan for future project success. Contact us to learn how our experienced recruiters work with you to meet your business needs.

IT Salaries Increase While Company Provided Benefits Decrease

Employers attract employees in three main ways: they offer interesting and enjoyable work; they offer competitive salaries; and they offer comprehensive and competitive benefits packages.

Competitive Salaries

When it comes to salaries, from the employee perspective, bigger numbers are always better. So employees, at least, will be overjoyed to read the latest ComputerWorld IT Salary Survey. Fully two-thirds of the employees who responded to the survey received raises last year. The average increase was around four percent, but some employees have received increases of as much as 50 percent.

This reflects the increased competition for IT employees and the fact that cold cash is the main motivator for employees who changed jobs. Salary increases can also motivate employees who aren't actively looking for a new job to make a change, too, so companies who want to retain staff need to make certain paychecks are deep green.

Competitive Benefits Packages

While every employee would like a bigger paycheck, when it comes to nonsalary benefits, opinions differ. Employees have different short-term and long-term goals, as well as different responsibilities outside the office. Because of this, there are no real standards for benefits packages. Companies are free to design and modify them to meet employee and business needs.

The ComputerWorld survey found that many employers are reducing benefits. In most cases, these are benefits that made sense at one time but are no longer relevant. Company-paid cellphones, for instance, were eliminated by almost 10 percent of the surveyed employees' companies. As almost everyone has a personal cellphone by now, a company-provided device is no longer needed.

Other benefits that were reported as being eliminated, such as flextime and telecommuting options, were rated important by only 29 percent of respondents.

When companies eliminate benefits, they typically select benefits that aren't being used by employees. The savings can then be redirected into providing benefits that are more meaningful and more highly valued.

Employees Remain Satisfied With Benefits

Despite the reductions in benefits, the ComputerWorld survey also reports that most employees, over 90 percent, are satisfied with their comp package. Of employees who are looking for new positions, higher salary is the main motivator. More interesting, fulfilling work is more important than an improved benefits package. That third way of attracting and retaining employees isn't easily defined or achieved simply through spending. Companies that figure out how to both pay well and keep their employees motivated and challenged will have an advantage in the increasingly competitive IT employment arena.

Published in Staffing News