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IT managers can reduce the turnover of talented employees

By Max Burkhalter
May 30, 2015

Just because IT jobs typically pay well and offer great job security doesn't mean that professionals with the skills to run a data center are likely to stay put. In fact, it turns out that the opposite trend is has played out in the IT industry. A recent research report by PayScale, for instance, found that among Fortune 500 companies that those in the tech industry were also those with the highest rate of employee turnover. This is especially notable considering companies near the top of the list include juggernauts like Amazon and Google, where the median salary is over $90,000 a year, according to TechRepublic.

Investing in IT now could prevent a talent shortage in the future.Investing in IT now could prevent a talent shortage in the future.

That's why it's so important for IT managers to develop targeted strategies for addressing the causes of turnover before they encourage their most integral employees to look for employment elsewhere. The profile for IT specialists will continue to rise as companies become increasingly dependent on data analysis and the facilities that store this information. IT departments that recognize the growing importance of IT will also be those that make the necessary adjustments to hold onto their talent.

Weigh an applicant's goals during the hiring process
Fixing your turnover problem starts at paying attention to red flags that crop up during the interview process. Applicants that approach the job as merely an opportunity to gain experience are also less likely to stick around in the face of a seemingly better offer. Conversely, an applicant demonstrating a passion for the company's mission and an interest in helping the firm grow is more worthy of the company's investment and resources.

Stay responsive to IT requests
CIOs must recognize when IT requests for budgetary expansions or new equipment are absolutely necessary to help the business reach its goals and be willing to advocate for IT in the boardroom. IT budgets are already on the rise - Network World noted that the percentage of revenue resourced to IT rose to 5.14 percent in 2014 to 4.95 percent in 2013.

Those small bump indicates that some companies are already recognizing the new value of IT in the era of data center-dependent business. Forcing your tech professionals to work with outdated tools will eventually prompt them to find a job at a company that is willing to value their contributions with these types of investments.

"IT budgets are already on the rise."

Make it easier for IT staff to work remotely
A more interconnected world has made it easier for employees to perform complex jobs from outside the office. Why not leverage this trend as an opportunity to hold onto employees when they need to relocate? By making use of remote console servers and online storage, it's a cinch to ensure your off-site workers have access to critical company files without compromising performance or security.

Perle's wide range of 1 to 48 port Perle Console Servers provide data center managers and network administrators with secure remote management of any device with a serial console port. Plus, they are the only truly fault tolerant Console Servers on the market with the advanced security functionality needed to easily perform secure remote data center management and out-of-band management of IT assets from anywhere in the world.


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