Top Staffing Challenges for CIOs

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-11-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    67% of CIOs and HR executives say retaining existing staff is a top staffing issue, given all the opportunities that IT pros have with other companies.
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    52% say improving employee morale is a major staffing issue, as work demands are pushing tech employees to their limits.
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    43% feel that adding new technical skills represents a significant challenge, with a wealth of projects introducing new innovations.
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    37% say it's providing competitive compensation, given the wealth of cost-cutting and outsourcing in recent years.
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    Daily Grind

    34% say that maintaining productivity and service levels presents staffing issues, as constant change is effecting employee performance.
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    32% say providing competitive benefits is a top staffing challenge, because packages are getting "smaller" and employees are paying for more of the costs.
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    27% say it's creating employee burnout, since too many work hours are the norm these days.
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    Culture Clash

    24% say managing the organizational culture presents significant staffing challenges, with mergers and acquisitions, new leadership and other factors are ushering in directional shifts.
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    22% feel that providing a viable career path is a top staffing challenge, because tech pros highly value upward mobility along with rewarding assignments.
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    21% say it's the utilization of social networking in recruiting, given that there are many, popular networks out there which require a company's presence.
 

While CIOs would love to hire new staffers, nearly seven of 10 say they're struggling with limitations in terms of the quantity and quality of available tech talent, with one of four CIOs indicating that the shortage is "significant," according to research. And once CIOs successfully recruit talented IT professionals, they find it difficult to keep them from leaving. With this in mind, the following list presents 10 of the top staffing challenges for tech departments. They are adapted from survey research conducted by Janco Associates. They cover a wide range of personnel issues which are particularly perplexing within the tech industry, including heavy workplace demands, employee burnout, declining morale, and a general lack of career development opportunities. And, of course, there are always the perennial challenges associated with providing adequate employee compensation and benefits. In addition, the rapid pace of technology change is putting immense pressure on CIOs to increase IT skill capabilities. Nearly 120 CIOs and HR executives participated in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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