IT staff comes and goes, and CIOs find themselves contemplating how to keep on their feet. Finding and retaining talent has been the key in creating a competitive advantage for a business. However, according to Gartner’s statistics, it is also the number one obstacle keeping CIOs globally from achieving their objectives. In an article for TechRepublic, Alison DeNisco counts five avenues to help your IT organization build a better talent brand:
- Learning agility
- Employee engagement
- Navigating internal mobility
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We’re living in the era where company loyalty is not as easily achieved as it used to be. The Millennial generation has a reputation for moving from job to job, constantly looking out for the next best thing. Especially for people working in technology, they often feel that they don’t have a clear career path compared with those working in the fields of marketing and finance. Therefore, young employees want regular feedback and career advice for advancement–not just one-and-done reviews, but personal conversations. When employees are in the same role for a while, they also want to look out for other opportunities or move up the elevator of ranks in a company. Professional mobility helps them learn and grow.
It’s also important for CIOs to understand the needs and demands of the younger workforce. One way to keep young talent’s feet planted and keep them challenged every day is to give them multiple careers within your company. “Reuse” and “recycle” them so that they are inspired by more creative work, while you benefit from their skills. In order to do this, you need to keep strong data on employees, or create heat maps with core competencies and the strengths and weaknesses of each employee.
DeNisco also reports 70 percent of the workforce is currently disengaged, which lures talents away. She quotes Dan Roberts, CEO of Ouellette & Associates Consulting, on keeping employees engaged at work:
One way to keep employees active within the organization is by setting up regular individual talks with them, Roberts said. “Simple one-on-ones with managers around career, personal development, and professional development really drive more engagement within the company,” he added.
You can view the original article here: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/5-ways-your-company-can-find-and-retain-more-tech-talent/