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Top 10 Reasons to Give Thanks at Cisco

November 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm PST

A (U.S.*) Thanksgiving tradition in many households is to go around the dinner table and have everyone state what they are thankful for.  As we enter the twilight of 2010, I thought that it is a good time to reflect on what I am thankful for at Cisco.

Here is my (decidedly) Cisco-centric list…in reverse order (David Letterman “Top 10 List” style):

#10 – Quality of Life.  We have the technology to make it easy and productive to work from anywhere at any time.  Broadband was the first step.  Collaborative technology is the second.  And, now, pervasive video makes it quite seamless indeed.  This could also easily be the #1 reason I am thankful to be at Cisco.

#9 – Teamwork.  Two heads are better than one.  We have a collaborative culture and that makes success much sweeter.

#8 – Fun.  We have fun at Cisco.  While it may sound trite: if you aren’t having fun, why are you doing it?

#7 – Diversity.  Diversity makes us stronger.  Diversity of thinking, background, geography, products and more

#6 – Empowerment.  Cisco was just recognized as the best employer in all of Canada.  One of the reasons stated was because we empower employees to do their job.  It may be tough to get into Cisco (I, for instance, interviewed with 11 different people), but once you are hired, we trust you as a professional to do your job.

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Retaining Employees: 3 Technologies That Help

When you think about retaining top-notch employees, several factors come to mind: compensation, company culture, and company location. Here’s one more item that should be on your list--technology infrastructure.

Take a moment and think: What’s in your server closet and what’s on your employees desks? Technology can be a powerful tool to help your company hold onto employees. But few employers think about technology as a tool to retain and engage their employees.

Following are a couple technologies and how they can help your company do just that:

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