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

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Provide Opportunities to Innovate

Another great way to avoid employee burnout is to give your talented team opportunities to innovate. While there will always be a mountain of important projects to work on, consider giving employees a certain number of hours per month to work on… whatever they want. It could be a business challenge, a small tweak to a process that's been bugging them but no one has had time to address. It could be something totally new and out of the box your employee suggests. Consider creating a "spark" board where ideas and solutions can be published and tracked, picked up by anyone who has inspiration to take up a challenge. Who knows? Maybe their innovations will help create efficiencies in routine processes and save your organization time and money.

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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