Sharon Florentine

Sharon Florentine

Senior Writer

Sharon Florentine is a senior writer for CIO.com, covering career development, IT management, training, and diversity.

Articles by Sharon Florentine

How to be a better ally to minority colleagues
Diverse-IT

How to be a better ally to minority colleagues

The heads of diversity and inclusion at ThoughtWorks, Twilio and Qualcomm discuss how white people can be better allies to underrepresented groups.
November 10, 2017
10 most telecommuting-friendly companies in tech
News

10 most telecommuting-friendly companies in tech

Remote work is a boon for both employers and employees alike. If you're looking for a job that allows (or even encourages) telecommuting, these 10 tech companies are the places to begin your search.
October 26, 2017
Remote work: A productive perk worth keeping
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Remote work: A productive perk worth keeping

Thinking of curtailing your remote work options? That’s exactly the wrong way to encourage productivity and innovation — and to attract and retain tech talent.
October 4, 2017
Why the ‘cult’ mentality in IT hinders diversity
Diverse-IT

Why the ‘cult’ mentality in IT hinders diversity

The persistent notion that a tech job should be not just your job but your hobby, your passion, your everything is detrimental to a more diverse tech workforce.
September 29, 2017
How to make meetings suck less (time and productivity)
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How to make meetings suck less (time and productivity)

Inefficient, unfocused, directionless — meetings waste valuable time and resources every day. Here’s how to shift your company away from ineffective meetings and toward productive collaboration.
September 18, 2017
How to keep ‘culture fit’ from killing workplace diversity
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How to keep ‘culture fit’ from killing workplace diversity

Workplace culture can be a strong determining factor for success. But emphasizing culture fit when hiring can result in an unhealthy monoculture if you aren’t taking steps to foster diversity and inclusion.
September 6, 2017
How AI is revolutionizing recruiting and hiring
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How AI is revolutionizing recruiting and hiring

Artificial intelligence is fast establishing itself as a game-changer in the recruiting process, enabling organizations to more readily find and hire just the right candidate for the job.
September 1, 2017
Workplace flexibility: Your key to hiring and retaining the best
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Workplace flexibility: Your key to hiring and retaining the best

If you want to hire and retain the best tech talent, you have to be flexible. Workplace flexibility is fast becoming a must-have perk for candidates and employees alike; it’s even more important than healthcare.
August 23, 2017
An inside look at today’s top tech employers
Analysis

An inside look at today’s top tech employers

PayScale data on employees’ experience and satisfaction at 52 top tech companies reveals surprising insights into what it takes to attract and retain talent in today’s IT job marketplace.
August 1, 2017
How to win the war for top IT talent
How-To

How to win the war for top IT talent

By emphasizing engagement, purpose and innovation, the financial services industry is showing how to beat Silicon Valley at its own game.
July 10, 2017
What is that agile certification really worth?
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What is that agile certification really worth?

Agile certifications help benchmark a candidate’s familiarity with the agile framework. But what do agile certifications really say about a candidate’s ability to implement agile methodologies in practice, when it really counts?
July 7, 2017
Define your organization’s culture before it derails you
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Define your organization’s culture before it derails you

Corporate culture is an important part of attracting, hiring and retaining top talent. If your organization isn't taking steps to codify and enforce the culture you want, you may end up with exactly the one you don't.
June 7, 2017
Why you need an enterprise architect
Feature

Why you need an enterprise architect

Large organizations are increasingly turning to enterprise architects to help bridge the divide between IT and the business and drive digital transformation.rn
May 18, 2017
10 most in-demand tech skills
News Analysis

10 most in-demand tech skills

Trying to land a new tech job? HiringSolved's latest reports uncovers the 10 tech skills that employers are looking for in 2017.rn
May 16, 2017
IT Career Roadmap: Salesforce consultant
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IT Career Roadmap: Salesforce consultant

Jobs in Salesforce are currently in high demand from employers. Here we look at one developer's journey and how he went from a Salesforce administrator to an enterprise game-changer.rn
May 8, 2017
Burnout isn’t budging in the U.S. workforce
News Analysis

Burnout isn’t budging in the U.S. workforce

Burnout is the new normal in the American workplace. But there is a path to burnout recovery and technology can help. But first you need to admit there’s a problem.rn
May 5, 2017
More diversity in tech means less talk, more action
Diverse-IT

More diversity in tech means less talk, more action

Yet another survey shows just how awful things are for women, POC and LGBTQ workers in Silicon Valley. It’s time to stop researching this to death, start listening to underrepresented groups the first time and begin to actually fix the problem.rn
May 4, 2017
How Myers-Briggs can create a stronger IT team
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How Myers-Briggs can create a stronger IT team

Personality assessment tests, like Myers-Briggs, have their limitations, but they can be a powerful team-building and productivity tool.rn
April 25, 2017
Do you really need a CEO?
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Do you really need a CEO?

Two very different companies; one surprising similarity: They don't need a CEO to be successful.rn
April 4, 2017
10 digital marketing jobs that top the pay scale
News Analysis

10 digital marketing jobs that top the pay scale

Looking for a career that combines the best of technology with boundless creativity and pays a six-figure salary? Digital marketing is the place to be.rn
March 28, 2017
Working while female
Diverse-IT

Working while female

A Philly freelance writer inadvertently demonstrates the (unconscious?) bias professional women face every day.rn
March 16, 2017
Uber’s CEO reacts, but who’s buying it?
Diverse-IT

Uber’s CEO reacts, but who’s buying it?

Yet another story of blatant sexual harassment and discrimination in Silicon Valley has emerged. This time from a former engineer at the already embattled ridesharing company Uber.
February 21, 2017
Why happy developers equal happy customers
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Why happy developers equal happy customers

A company's greatest competitive advantage is its ability to deliver a great customer experience. And that starts with a happy software development team.rn
February 16, 2017
14 best tech jobs in America
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14 best tech jobs in America

Glassdoor's annual Best Jobs in America report shows data scientists, DevOps engineers and data engineers rank among the best jobs overall in America's current job market.rn
February 8, 2017
Millennials can thrive by adding mainframe skills
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Millennials can thrive by adding mainframe skills

Mainframe technology continues to play a vital role in IT, and as baby boomers leave the workplace companies are turning to millennials to drive innovation on legacy systems.rn
February 7, 2017
How to track employee well-being as a KPI
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How to track employee well-being as a KPI

Healthy organizations start with healthy employees. The good news is that there is a way to measure well-being like any other key performance indicator.rn
February 6, 2017