September 26, 2017
Quarterly Event Recap: Are You Winning the War on IT Talent?
Not only would we like to thank Medtronic for hosting our Quarterly Event, we would also like to thank all of our panelists for sharing their experiences with us last week. Doug Reynolds (CIO at Starkey Hearing Technologies), Steve Arsenault (VP - IT - Global Infrastructure & Application Services at Medtronic), Melissa Flicek (Senior IT Director at Medtronic), and Silvia Hinton (VP Program Development, B2E at York Solutions) had some great insights surrounding the topic Are You Winning the War on IT Talent?
It goes without saying that attracting and retaining top IT talent is no easy task. So, what will make your organization stand out as opposed to other organizations that are trying to do the same thing?
Value Your Employees
One takeaway we had while responding to this question was investing in your talent. There are a variety of ways to do this. Melissa Flicek talked about how important it is to genuinely care about your employees. Lead with love, including tough love and honest feedback, as it will build credibility between managers and their teams. Remind your talent that they add value to not only your team, but the company as whole.
Another hot topic was motivation. As leaders, we often make the mistake of believing that everyone is motivated by the same thing. In reality, there are many different factors when it comes to motivation. Autonomy is one of the biggest motivators for the younger generation. Of course, providing coaching and guidance along the way is necessary; but, we must also allow the incoming generation to be self-directed. They may even come up with a new idea that has never been brought up!
Don’t Forget the Importance of Culture and Purpose
The culture of an organization can make or break a person’s decision to stay with a company. You can have people who are great within an existing culture, but it’s equally important to find new fuel as well. Culture drives behavior. Therefore, align your culture with your organization’s purpose. When people understand their purpose within an organization, it leads to better performance and increased job satisfaction.
Every generation faces the challenge of bringing in a new generation of talent. The younger generation wants to grow and learn, so give them that opportunity. Show them you care, find out what motivates them and create a culture that they’ll want to be a part of. With these few key tactics, you’ll be a few steps closer to finding and retaining the talent you’ve been searching for.
What is your organization doing to ensure that you are finding and retaining top IT talent?