Retaining IT Talent in 2013 – Tips for HR Managers

March 27th, 2013

Hanging on to top talent in the field of IT seems more difficult than in other fields, due to the demand for skilled information technology professionals. However, adopting a few specific tactics can help you to retain the talented members of your IT staff that seem to do all the heavy lifting for your business.

Give them Room to Grow

Not only do the people who work for you need to grow in order to reach their potential as IT professionals, but they also need to know you’re giving them room to grow. Your employees need to understand that you’re as invested in them as they are in the work they do for you.

There are a few ways to do this effectively. Offer classes to help them improve their skills. Give them side projects and opportunities to put new skills into action. Reimburse them for college courses they take that furthers skills they can use on the job. All of these things make them feel as though they’re important to your company today and in the future. That feeling of importance fosters loyalty among employees.

Turn to Employees for Input

More importantly, really consider the input they provide. Most employees aren’t going to volunteer their best ideas until they believe they’re being heard. Lend weight to what they have to say and build a relationship of trust and mutual respect in your workplace.

People who feel as though they have a voice in the way things are run are much more likely to stick with your company in good times and bad than those who feel like you aren’t really hearing their voices at all anyway.

Offer them the Opportunity to Prove their Worth

Contests and competitions that offer prizes for performance are excellent tactics to allow employees to really shine in areas where they excel without forcing them to pat themselves on the back. You’ll be really surprised by the number of employees who feel undervalued and under-recognized for their contributions simply because they aren’t willing to or interested in pointing fingers at themselves.

Friendly competitions give them a chance to earn prizes for doing what they do best and also keeps them on your radar so that you know who the real producers in your company happen to be.

Promote Employees for Jobs Well Done

One of the main reasons employees leave is that they believe they have no room for growth. This is especially a problem for IT employees who do a lot of work behind the scenes and feel as though they’re constantly being overlooked for promotions in favor of flashier employees who have less substance, but more charisma.

It’s best to create clear and fair standards for promotion and consistently promote employees who earn their promotions based on the standards alone. Don’t require them to ask for advancements they feel they have earned. Plan for promotions by recruiting from IT staffing agencies, like Stark Talent, for entry level assignments.

These are small things businesses can do that will make a huge difference when it comes to retaining talented IT staff members who may consider greener pastures otherwise.