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

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High-performing IT professionals' greatest strength is also the reason they're so in demand – their talent! To keep IT employees motivated to high performance, provide direction and a larger context for their work. Relying on a once-a-year performance review to discuss goals and performance won't cut it. Managers and employees should establish an open, continuous dialogue about performance, which includes meaningful feedback on how the employee is progressing and what might be next for them. These conversations should be collaborative and ongoing to help your IT talent to understand the impact of their work on the organization's greater success.

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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