It’s no surprise that the 2017 Harris Allied survey listed finding and hiring top IT talent as management’s greatest concern five years in a row. Brad Keywell, CEO of Uptake stated in his publication, “The fourth industrial revolution is about empowering people, not the rise of the machines.” While compensation is still listed as the top deciding factor, there is now more emphasis on workplace happiness and engagement – employees want exciting work opportunities, innovative culture, and room for upward growth.
As an IT leader, it falls on your shoulders to make sure you’re making the right investments to engage your team. Below are five tips on how to attract and retain top IT talent.
Don’t bog them down with routine tasks: Highly educated tech professionals didn’t go through years of technical education to work day-in and day-out on mundane IT tasks. They want to be challenged with stimulating opportunities. Bogging them down with tasks to ‘keep the lights on’ is a sure-fire route to employee demotivation and burnout, which ultimately leads to them seeking more exciting work elsewhere.
Enable growth opportunities: Assess current employee workloads and overall team capacity. Is your department enabled for growth and digital transformation? Do your employees have the capacity to invest in both personal and departmental growth, such as new training and certifications, or are they stretched too thin on their day-to-day tasks already? More often than not, the answer is the latter, which calls for a shift in workloads in terms of both capacity and type of task. Bottom line: employees recognize when employers invest in their growth and tend to show more loyalty.
Encourage a culture of innovation: Prepare your employees for the workplace of tomorrow. Great IT leaders cultivate a workforce that embraces constant change and innovation. The best talents are the ones who not only accept an ever-changing work landscape but thrive in it. These are the individuals who have the skills and mindset to contribute to business growth.
Allow for flexibility: IT professionals value work-life balance just as much as professionals in other industries. Setting up roles that require unreasonable hours or working through holidays is not only a fast way to lose employees, but should not be necessary if your organizational structure is strategically built. Allow your millennial workforce flexibility in their work schedule, remote login options, and generous time off. You’ll find that people are much more productive when working on their own terms.
Promote measurable impact: Quality IT talents care about the impact they’re making within their organization. It’s about more than a paycheck for them – it’s also about being a part of something larger than themselves, and about knowing the value they bring to the table. Help your employees see the connection between their job roles and company growth. Structure the department in a way that allows your IT professionals visibility into progress and impact.
How Q-wrxSM Helps
As a comprehensive IT asset and lifecycle management solution, Q-wrxSM removes all foundational, administrative IT tasks from your tech team’s plate. It takes care of critical tasks like device acquisition, logistics, lifecycle management, and proper disposal.
Q-wrxSM helps your IT team in the following ways:
It makes room for growth and innovation by taking on the routine tasks that drive away top IT talent, largely by removing the need for the transactional purchase cycle.
It allows your team to refocus on driving and measuring impact on an individual and departmental level by performing tasks that steer you towards digital transformation.
Finally, Q-wrxSM creates workplace flexibility by freeing up time and enabling remote work options for the millennial generation that demands it.
Farida Ali is CEO and President of Dynamic Computer Corporation. She is an experienced executive with over 25 years of experience building and transforming Dynamic to be uniquely positioned as an expert technology solutions provider in highly regulated industries. Farida holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan, as well as a Juris Doctor degree and membership in the State Bar of Michigan. As a certified woman-owned business and a certified minority business enterprise, Dynamic has a strong focus on diversity and inclusion, with Farida spearheading this initiative.