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Quick polls in the Talent Development Centre where independent contractors provide their input about technology trends, contracting and more.

Quick Poll Results: Do IT Professionals Follow IT Security Best-Practices

It should be a fair assumption that the more knowledge we have about threats, the more cautious we will be. For example, a hiker who is educated about dangerous animals, poisonous plants and harmful bugs is going to proceed down a nature trail much more carefully than the casual jogger who knows little about the forest. By that same thinking, an IT professional who understands security threats should be more cautious when navigating the Internet, right?

Last month’s contractor quick poll set-out to prove that theory. We asked IT contractors which password mistakes they made recently. As expected, everybody takes the odd shortcut, but surprisingly, 80% of respondents said they use the same password in multiple places and don’t change their passwords frequently. Are you shocked with these results or are they what you would expect?

Quick Poll Results: What password mistakes have you made recently?

Contractor Quick Poll: Would you ever go back to being an employee?

There are so many great benefits to being an independent contractor in the IT space. You get to set your own hours, work on projects you love, be your own boss, and take advantage of tax incentives. But let’s face it, independent contracting is not for everyone. Some technology professionals prefer not to live in the risk of hoping they have work next year or managing the extra expenses that come with the position.

In over 20 years of working with independent contractors across Canada, we’ve worked with thousands of IT workers as they made the change from a permanent position as an employee to independent contracting. Some of them absolutely loved it while others realized it wasn’t for them. In this month’s contractor quick poll, we’re asking IT contractors how they currently feel about their career decision.

Quick Poll Results: How do IT contractors manage accounting?

There are many components to accounting that, if done wrong, can lead to disaster for your IT contracting business. This is not only true for how you record the numbers, but also who manages them.

Depending on your strengths and time availability, it’s not uncommon for independent contractors to pass accounting work off to a relative, close friend or professional. Or, some prefer to manage it themselves to know it’s done how they want it done.  What’s important is that you trust the right person to do your accounting, or you may end up in serious trouble.

In last month’s contractor quick poll, we asked our readers who manages their accounting and the results are split quite evenly between people doing it themselves or hiring a professional. Keeping in mind that everybody’s situation is different, do you think you should switch up who’s looking after your books?

Quick Poll Results: Who Does Your Accounting?

Contractor Quick Poll: Do You Make These Password Mistakes?

It never ends! It seems every time we turn on the news we hear about an organization who had their data hacked in one way or another. On a personal level, how many times have you received notes from people on Facebook or through email warning you not to click their links because they were hacked?

There are a number of ways your account may be hacked, but experts frequently tell us that the easiest way to avoid a hack is to follow best practices when setting passwords and avoid falling into slumps. In this month’s Contractor Quick Poll, we’re asking our audience — knowledgeable IT professionals — how many password mistakes they make.

Contractor Quick Poll: Who Does Your Accounting?

With all the benefits that come from being an independent contractor, a major downside for many is having to deal with accounting. There are probably some of you out there who enjoy that stuff (to each their own), but from our discussions with IT contractors, managing the books is one of the more dreaded tasks that come with owning your own business.

Although an annoying job to have to do, accounting is a must for anybody trying to avoid bankruptcy and keep the CRA out of their hair. In this month’s contractor quick poll, we’re curious to know how you make sure it gets done. Do you handle the majority of your accounting or do you outsource it to someone else?

Quick Poll Results: Is There a Place for Pets in the Workplace?

In last month’s contractor quick poll, we asked our readers what they thought about pet-friendly offices. Workplace trends are seeing more and more of them today (including at Eagle); however, many other companies prefer to restrict the policy to support animals only.

Typically our Quick Polls get results with an obvious winner and most of our readers agree with each other. It looks like this time we found a topic that has the community divided. After a solid month published on the Talent Development Centre, the results are in and while close to half of the surveyed IT contractors are happy about pet-friendly client sites, an equal amount see no place for them.

Quick Poll Results: Pet-Friendly Workplaces

Contractor Quick Poll: Do you participate in the Developer Community?

Development trends and best practices are always evolving. There will always be new coding languages, advancements in technologies, and user behaviour trends that drive a need to change. Essentially, there will always be new problems and need for innovation.

Developer communities help overcome many of these challenges by opening up networking and providing the ability to share and work on solutions together. In this month’s contractor quick poll, we’re curious to know how developers participate in communities, if at all.

Quick Poll Results: How Many IT Contractors Lie on Their Resume?

We’ve been in the IT staffing industry for over 20 years now and if there’s one thing we can be certain of, it’s that most IT contractors are ethical and uphold high standards of honesty. An area we’ve seen some professionals slip, it’s when trying to sell themselves for a job where they don’t have the complete experience.

Whether or not we received honest answers is uncertain, but last month’s contractor quick poll asked independent contractors if they ever lied on their resume, or even stretched the truth a bit. The results are below and very promising for our industry. While a few admit that they may have stretched the truth a bit, nobody responded that they have completely made up experience.

Quick Poll Results: Have you ever lied on your resume?

Contractor Quick Poll: Do you support pet-friendly offices?

Pet-friendly offices have become a common trend in the modern workplace. Employers offer it as a perk to attract new talent and science has proven that dogs in the office make people nicer and more cooperative. Still, for a number of valid reasons — allergies, fear of animals, cultural beliefs — not all companies and organizations buy into the trend and maintain their people-only policy.

In this month’s contractor quick poll, we’re curious to learn how IT contractors feel about pet-friendly workplaces. Would you enjoy working at a client-site that adopted the freedom to bring your furry friend, or would potentially make you pass on the contract or work from home more often?

Quick Poll Results: When should kids learn to code?

We may not have direct influence over the education and school curriculums taught in each of our provinces, but as an industry, we definitely have an opinion. Last month’s contractor quick poll asked IT professionals when they believe kids should start learning how to code. While the age ranges differ, the results below are clear. All technology experts agree that programming must be taught in school and the vast majority believe kids should already have an understanding of it before they reach high school.

What age did you start learning to code? Do you believe it helped influence your career choice? Would your career be better-off had you learned more of it in school?

Quick Poll Results: At what age should kids learn to code?