What CIOs Must Do to Retain Skilled IT Employees

What CIOs Must Do to Retain Skilled IT Employees

What CIOs Must Do to Retain Skilled IT EmployeesWhat CIOs Must Do to Retain Skilled IT Employees

CIOs check in with staff to ensure they’re happy with their job. They also get proactive about career guidance and development and benchmark salary and benefits.

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55% of the CIOs surveyed are concerned about retaining current IT staff members over the next 12 months.

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24% said that losing a highly skilled team member without notice would have an adverse impact on their business because it would be difficult to replace the person.

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To boost retention, 69% of the CIOs surveyed make a habit of checking in with employees to ensure they are happy in their role.

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68% regularly evaluate IT staffers’ performance and discuss career development.

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60% constantly benchmark salary and benefits to ensure that the company remains competitive.

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Only half of the CIOs surveyed have created a formal retention strategy.

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35% bring in IT pros with specialized skills or knowledge on a project or contractual basis, and 22% do so to assist internal staff during heavy workload periods.

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21% bring in IT pros on a project or contractual basis to keep labor costs flexible when the hiring need isn’t long term, and 20% do so to evaluate someone’s abilities before extending a full-time offer.

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Relevant tech skills and certifications: 37%, Applicable work experience: 33%, Soft skills, like communications: 10%

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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