Retention Issues Loom for CIOs

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-06-2013 Email

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.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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