Sharon Florentine

Senior Writer

Sharon Florentine is a senior writer for CIO.com, covering IT careers, women in technology and diversity and inclusion. Before she joined CIO in 2013, Sharon worked as a freelance writer and project manager for technology vendors and media companies such as UBM, Microsoft, Fujitsu and Juniper Networks. She has also written for ChannelPro SMB magazine, CRN and TheLadders.com, among others. Previously, Sharon worked as a staff writer for eWEEK and Channel Insider.

10 reasons to encourage workplace distractions

10 reasons to encourage workplace distractions

Face-to-face interactions are increasingly important in a digital world, and can positively impact your business. Here's why you should encourage some ‘workplace distractions.’

Alternative education can help close IT skills gap

Alternative education can help close IT skills gap

Bootcamps, MOOCs, nanodegrees and online education providers won't take the place of a traditional degree anytime soon, but they can play an important role in helping close the IT skills gap.

How workplace distractions can actually boost productivity

How workplace distractions can actually boost productivity

Recent research from BambooHR shows that breaks, small talk and socializing in the workplace can actually help bolster productivity and employee engagement.

Cloud adoption soars, but integration challenges remain

Cloud adoption soars, but integration challenges remain

With approximately 90 percent of businesses using the cloud in some fashion, it's safe to say the technology has become a mainstay in IT. But challenges remain beyond the initial integration.

7 holiday workplace horror stories (and how to prevent them)

7 holiday workplace horror stories (and how to prevent them)

Holidays didn’t feel very jolly this year? Forced fun and infringing on employees' personal time and finances probably didn’t help. Here are seven holiday horror stories, based on an survey from organizational psychologist and...

Top 10 career stories of 2015

Top 10 career stories of 2015

2015 was another great year for IT professionals thanks to low unemployment rates, more hiring and increased wages. For CIO readers, training, education, professional development, certifications and corporate culture topped the list...

The IT leaders wish list for 2016

The IT leaders wish list for 2016

Ring in the new year with cloud adoption, hyper-convergence in the data center and IT talent with killer business acumen. Here are six technology advancements our experts want for the holidays.

Top 11 resume tips from 2015

Top 11 resume tips from 2015

Over the last year, CIO.com's team of resume experts and career consultants have helped numerous IT professionals showcase their knowledge, experience and technical skills to help them land their dream IT jobs. Here are the top 11...

Holiday stress may be hiding bigger organizational issues

Holiday stress may be hiding bigger organizational issues

Everyone's stressed during the holidays, but don’t dismiss it as just a seasonal ailment. Holiday stress may represent much more serious problems within your organization.

7 tips for building an effective video cover letter

7 tips for building an effective video cover letter

Have you been asked to provide a video cover letter? Don’t stress out or get camera-shy. Here's how to put together a winning production.

How to increase employee retention with ‘stay’ interviews

How to increase employee retention with ‘stay’ interviews

Savvy organizations are using 'stay interviews' as part of their IT talent retention strategy. Here's how to get it right.

3 tips for successful 'stay' interviews

3 tips for successful 'stay' interviews

Exit interviews come too late to retain valuable employees. Here's how to gather actionable feedback you can use to decrease turnover and improve engagement -- before workers decide to leave.

5 enterprise software predictions for 2016

5 enterprise software predictions for 2016

What does the future of software look like? Experts share their opinions on how the industry will shift in 2016.

Women in tech: Why esports are a win for diversity

Women in tech: Why esports are a win for diversity

Miriam Aguirre has been a gamer since the days of Atari. Today, as director of engineering at a mobile gaming company, she's working to bring esports to the masses and make the world of gaming more diverse.

7 ways to conquer holiday stress

7 ways to conquer holiday stress

As if the IT industry wasn't stressful enough, the holiday season adds a whole new layer of anxiety. Here's how to manage workplace pressure during the most wonderful time of the year.

Why high IT talent turnover is your fault

Why high IT talent turnover is your fault

Do you know what an EVP is? If you answered ‘no,’ it could be the reason there is so much turnover in your IT organization.

10 hot IT job skills for 2016

10 hot IT job skills for 2016

It's a great time to be in IT. Unemployment rates in the industry are hovering around historic lows, and some roles are showing unemployment rates of around 1 percent. Opportunities abound for IT pros. Here are the top 10 IT skills...

How SAP is hiring autistic adults for tech jobs

How SAP is hiring autistic adults for tech jobs

SAP's Autism at Work program is helping adults on the autism spectrum flourish in IT roles, bringing an untapped talent pool into the workplace and fueling further innovation.

How the gig economy will shape 2016

How the gig economy will shape 2016

The gig economy is making a major impact on the IT industry, and millions of IT pros are taking advantage of the flexibility, freedom and income-generating potential it has to offer. Here's what's hot (and what's not) in the gig...

How Prudential Annuities CIO sparks talent transformation

How Prudential Annuities CIO sparks talent transformation

Prudential Annuities vice president and CIO Glenn Siegmund was proud of his organization's successful multiyear IT maturation and modernization initiative. But something was still missing -- engagement. Here's how he implemented a...

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