Firms using “virtual” office assistants worldwide to get the job done

When Darlene Lee found herself overburdened with menial tasks -- with an unhelpful admin assistant in her employ -- she sought out her saviour in Jerusalem, Israel.But it's not what you think. A

Published on: February 6th, 2009 Brian Jackson

How to conquer workplace worries before they cripple you

The year ahead isn't shaping up to be a good one for IT, to say the least. Here in North America, budgets are increasingly going to reflect the worsening business conditions. That means

Published on: February 5th, 2009 Bruce Stewart

Amid layoffs many companies still hiring IT workers

Shortly after Donnie Reynolds, the chief operating officer at Automated HealthCare Solutions Inc. in Miramar, Fla., learned that Microsoft Corp. planned to cut 5,000 workers over the next 18 months, he and another

Published on: February 3rd, 2009 Patrick Thibodeau

Eight points to ponder before joining a small consulting firm

As a result of the shaky economy, many IT professionals have recently lost their jobs, and more layoffs lurk ahead. Many tech workers will consider joining or forming small boutique consulting firms with

Published on: January 23rd, 2009 Bart Perkins

Gentler and kinder layoffs

With the Canadian economy continuing to deteriorate, IT companies are beginning to realize that cutbacks may be necessary for survival and competitiveness. But at crunch time, delivering the dreaded message to an employee

Published on: December 4th, 2008 Michelle MacLeod

75 per cent of Canadian and US firms ready for IT budget cuts

Three quarters of Canadian and U.S. companies are ready to make cuts to their IT spending, according to a Canadian analyst firm.Firms that remain optimistic about maintaining budgets intact may need to wake

Published on: October 29th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Massive Bell Canada layoffs could be “tip of the iceberg”

Cutting 2,500 management positions is just what Bell Canada needs to shet its image of a lumbering behemoth in a market now teeming with lean and agile competitors, technology analysts say.The massive layoffs

Published on: July 30th, 2008 Nestor Arellano

How to protect your IT job if a recession hits

With global stock markets in flux and the U.S. economy either in the midst of a recession or teetering on the edge, there are steps you can take that may help protect your

Published on: January 25th, 2008 Todd R. Weiss