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Working from home provides a variety of benefits over a traditional office job. From escaping stressful commutes to eliminating expensive wardrobe requirements, the perks of work-at-home positions are hard to beat. Like all things, however, home-based income opportunities can have their downside, the most common of which is falling into a funk and losing productivity. Use these five tips today to perk things back up:

 

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When it comes to information technology, it’s not technology so much as it is labor that provides the value. Skilled employees who can manage and maintain technology for you and your customers, they’re the drivers of the business, of profit. And they know it. Increasingly, shortchanging and skimping on your workforce is a quick route to constant troubles and difficulty not just growing your business, but even staying in business. Your people want to be treated fairly, to share in the wealth, and when they’re not they’re not waiting before they pick up and ship off to a greener pasture. If you won’t give them what they’re looking for, perhaps your competition will.

When you’re not going to send their eyebrows raising with raw and ample salary, it falls to your benefits package to make up the difference. But modern IT workers are not settling for promises and half-measures as they perhaps once did. Now they’re looking for financial and medical security out of their benefits. They want to see a clear path to a funded retirement, modern and applicable healthcare for them and their families, and again they’re willing to pick up and go when it’s not on the table.

Companies need to step up if they don’t want to see training and orientation costs skyrocket right along with recruiting. And for their maintenance departments to need to stay busy with the revolving door on the building.

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“DevOps” is a new methodology combining development and operations. You may think you understand what it means, but do you really? Even experienced DevOps practitioners may have holes in their knowledge. Here is a list of ten items that may help to fill such holes.

1. The term “DevOps” means combining development and operations.

2. While adopted by tech companies, “DevOps” isn’t about technology, but is more an aspect of corporate culture, and requires continual optimization.

3. Most agree about what a DevOps toolchain consists of. Those links are: to Plan, to Create, to Verify, to Package, to Release, to Configure and to Monitor. Teams should start from there and customize to their needs.

4. The fiction work The Phoenix Project is a foundational work in DevOps.

5. The term “DevOps Engineer” is not universally understood to mean the same thing. Some think that DevOps can be implemented with a team, others that it must be pervasive through the organization.

6. Yet, “DevOps Engineer” is a high-paying job, and many opportunities exist.

7. Although as a culture it may seem ethereal, DevOps can be measured empirically and should be for effective implementation. It can be measured through deployment frequency, how much change is implemented with each release, deployment lead time, the prevalence of failed deployments, and through Mean Time To Recovery (MTTR).

8. DevOps need not be restricted to startups but can help even large, established companies.

9. DevOps isn’t just good for IT departments but possesses benefits throughout an organization.

10. And, DevOps techniques need not be limited to IT companies, but are useful to many other industries.

Suggested ways to use DevOps techniques in your corporation: centralized communications, flexible roles, automation, focus on improvement, and identifying problems before production.

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Artificial intelligence has become increasingly important in everyday lives of consumers. This can be seen in grocery store checkouts, automated customer service, and more. Chatbots are frequently used when people are looking for help online through an automated pop-up box, but they can also be used very successfully for entrepreneurs.

Business owners can use them essentially as personal assistants to help with data processing, scheduling, language translations, automated updates, system diagnosis, and alerts. While automation has received a negative stigma in society due to people’s beliefs of robots stealing their jobs away, automation can and should be used to help enhance their work not replace it. Humans are still required for the vast majority of jobs out there, but automation can make this work easier. This allows them to focus on less of the busy work and more of the substantial, important work that humans are really needed for.

Automation allows companies to focus on strategy and big picture work while the system processes the numbers and determines potential results of new ideas and strategies. Overall, businesses are best when humans work in a collaborative environment with artificial intelligence, allowing both sides to bring their unique skillsets to the table.

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In today’s workforce landing your dream job may seem like a difficult task. However, with a little innovation, you may be able to persuade an employer to create a position for your skill set. It won’t be an easy task but with the following tips, you may be able to achieve it. It’s important to remember that companies are in constant states of change.

It is imperative that you are able to show that you are going with the flow as well. When you reach out to pitch your idea for a new position it is important to go as high up the ladder as you possibly can. Personal networking is very important, but you also want to make sure your pitch falls on ears of someone who can help. Practice your pitch and be confident in your delivery. When developing your pitch be sure to be specific to the company and position.

Do your homework and be informed about the mission and culture of the company you are pitching. Be sure to emphasize your skill set and how you can benefit the company. Be creative, be persistent and direct, and remember confidence is key to your success in persuading a company to create a tailor-made position for you.

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