What CIOs Must Do to Retain Skilled IT Employees

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-07-2016 Email

The majority of CIOs surveyed said they are concerned about retaining current IT staff over the next 12 months, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. Many of these executives said their operations would be adversely impacted if a valued team member left without notice. To avoid this, and to strengthen staff engagement and retention, CIOs are regularly checking in with employees to make sure they're satisfied with their job. They're also getting proactive about career guidance and development, while regularly benchmarking salary and benefits to ensure they're staying competitive. (Despite such efforts, however, relatively few CIOs have come up with a formal retention strategy.) Of course, regardless of how hard CIOs try to keep IT staffers, some of them will leave. So technology leaders often turn to project and contractual workers to fill in the gaps—possibly finding promising new talent for more permanent hiring arrangements. "Digital initiatives require technology, design and marketing talent who can collaborate closely to meet business goals," said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "The best professionals … have technical expertise and solid communication skills, and this combination is hard to find. These workers are also difficult to retain, since many opportunities are available to them." More than 2,500 U.S. CIOs took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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