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

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Set Smart Goals

Be smart about goal-setting.

Many IT projects are tremendous in scale and the end can seem far off. Set both short-term and long-term goals to help employees achieve and maintain productivity. Breaking IT projects down into smaller milestones allows your employees to feel a sense of accomplishment while keeping the larger picture in mind. Setting meaningful goals also feeds into learning and development as goals can be tailored toward developing the skills necessary to help move the business forward.

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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