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

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Respect Work-Life Balance

Organizations are feeling the crunch after years of IT talent shortages. When multiple pressing projects are continuously delayed – or worse, abandoned altogether – it can be tempting for organizations to go into survival mode, demanding more and more from their employees. But the answer to the talent crunch is not to have your employees working 12-hour long days and running them into the ground. Fatigued and stressed out employees can't perform at their best. Avoid burnout by giving employees time to unplug and reenergize so they can reach their top performance and productivity levels. Respecting work-life balance is another great way to show employees they are valued.

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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