More companies are hiring IT employees. That means your best workers are going to leave for new jobs if the organization doesn’t give them what matters most.
There’s a common saying among management experts: “Employees don’t quit companies, they quit managers.”
IT employees’ relationships with their managers have a big impact on whether they stick with or leave a company, according to a recent survey from IT job board Dice.com. When asked if the relationship they have with their boss was an important factor in their decision to keep their current job or move on, nearly all (88%) IT professionals said it was.
One big factor that can decide whether or not that relationship is a good one is whether or not the manager does a good job developing IT talent. And, unfortunately, many of them don’t, as 61% of IT pros consider their current boss a “grader,” while just 26% describe their manager as a “teacher.”
As other surveys have shown, IT professionals are worried about keeping their skills up to date. Therefore, one critical benefit companies can offer is the opportunity for employees to develop and expand their skill sets.
Also, it’s important for managers to show employees they’re valued, according to Dice’s report. Ways to do that can range from simply saying thank you after someone does a good job to discussing possible promotion opportunities down the road with top talent who might be considered.