6 Ways to Win the IT Talent War and Retain Top Performers

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Learning and Dev Opportunities

Provide ongoing learning and development opportunities.

The very nature of IT is a continuous cycle of change, with new and different skills constantly needed to keep up with changing technology. The best employees embrace this, looking for ways to grow their knowledge and skill set to continually drive your organization forward. Organizations need to match this drive, working with employees to establish clear career paths and establishing development plans and learning opportunities to support the plan. Including top performers in strategic planning initiatives and programs aimed at improving organizational competitiveness is a great way to let employees know that their input is valued. When employees see the value they add to an organization and have clearly identified opportunities for growth and advancement, they are much more likely to stay and become future leaders within the organization.

The IT talent shortage has been an ongoing problem for years in the business world and organizations are feeling the crunch. According to "IT Talent Wars and the Gig Economy," a new report from Appirio and Wakefield Research, 25 percent of IT projects are abandoned due to a shortage of qualified workers, and even those that are seen through to completion are delayed by an average of five months.

Recruiting, hiring and retaining skilled IT talent is a major business concern, with more than 33 percent of HR spending allocated toward hiring and retaining IT talent, according to the report.

Investing in employee engagement is one of the primary ways organizations can retain top IT talent. Research from The Hay Group shows engaged employees who are equipped with the tools necessary for success are 50 percent more likely to outperform expectations and 54 percent less likely to walk out the door.

In this slideshow, Mazin Abou-Seido, director of information technology at Halogen Software, has identified six tips for how you can engage your top IT talent and set them up for success in your organization.


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