Retention Issues Loom for CIOs

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-06-2013 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

You may think your IT staffers are happy campers with no intentions to leave. But an overwhelming majority of tech professionals either plan to explore opportunities with another company, or are on the fence, according to recent survey findings from Robert Half Technology. Let's face it: Fallout from the Great Recession lingers. Talented employees who survived the worst of layoffs and the resulting increased workloads—all while being told there wasn't enough budget to provide a decent raise, nor much of a chance for advancement—are recognizing that the current business environment provides appealing, alternative options. In short, they're more than ready to test the waters. Fortunately, Robert Half also offers the following seven ways to keep your team players from straying. (And you'll be pleased to learn that not all of the suggestions involve spending more money.) "Skilled IT professionals in hot areas—such as mobile app development and IT networking—have many job opportunities in the current market," says John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "CIOs will be more likely to keep their top performers if they make retention a priority and recognize that technology workers value opportunities to build their skills and move up in an organization." An estimated 2,300 CIOs and more than 7,500 tech workers participated in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

 
 
 
  • Happy Times

    72% of CIOs say their workers' satisfaction levels are high.
    1-Happy Times
  • Itchy Feet

    35% of IT workers indicate they plan to look for another job in the next year, and another 35% are unsure about whether they'll stay.
    2-Itchy Feet
  • Primary Reasons for Leaving a Current IT Employer

    Looking for new challenges: 48%, Lacking advancement potential: 47%, Being paid too little: 38%
    3-Primary Reasons for Leaving a Current IT Employer
  • Top IT Worker Retention Strategies: Offer New Responsibilities

    Nothing keeps a job from getting stale more effectively than new and intriguing challenges which build skill sets.
    4-Top IT Worker Retention Strategies: Offer New Responsibilities
  • Top IT Worker Retention Strategies: Address Burnout

    Years of layoffs have left staff sizes depleted. Unrealistic workloads directly lead to disengagement and low morale.
    5-Top IT Worker Retention Strategies: Address Burnout
  • Top IT Worker Retention Strategies: Create a Learning Culture

    Make it clear you're happy to reimburse staff for relevant online classes, conferences, professional-certification courses and so on.
    6-Top IT Worker Retention Strategies: Create a Learning Culture
  • Top IT Worker Retention Strategies: Pay Up

    In seeking a decent raise, employees have heard "the time isn't right" for too long. You need to invest to retain key talent.
    7-Top IT Worker Retention Strategies: Pay Up
  • Top IT Worker Retention Strategies: Bring the Bennies

    Some of these features cost virtually nothing such as flex time and telecommuting arrangements.
    8-Top IT Worker Retention Strategies: Bring the Bennies
  • Top IT Worker Retention Strategies: Encourage Business Interaction

    If they're given the opportunity to demonstrate their chops and industry knowledge to the business side, your workers will shred stigmas about being "strictly techies."
    9-Top IT Worker Retention Strategies: Encourage Business Interaction
  • Top IT Worker Retention Strategies: Let Them Take Charge

    Reward high performers by designating them as managers and team leaders of impact-making projects.
    10- Top IT Worker Retention Strategies: Let Them Take Charge
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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