No matter the size of your company, no matter the budget, and no matter how many employees you can staff, you have to have that one IT person (or IT department for bigger companies).
You know why you need to have your IT people around, and you know it can be crucial to have a top notch team there to motivate and back up your other departments.
The hard part is finding, developing, and keeping your best IT talent.
The economy being what it is has scared some people out of certain industries, and IT hasn’t been prone to it. Some companies are even having trouble finding talent to bring on board. The demand for those that can develop new software has dwindled, but there’s still hope.
If you’re a small business, luring talent away from big companies can be a struggle because you don’t offer the same security a major corporation can. Play up the potential to shine on an individual level and attract the self-motivated, go-getters.
Play up your market niche to IT potentials—you want someone who knows about your industry and can help you find the best technologies for your staff.
Once you’ve found the right company to keep around, don’t back down on what you sold to your IT personnel. Make sure they get the opportunity to create/manage something that could really let them shine. Is it a risk? Sure. But why would you not hire someone willing to take a (calculated) shot to make your organization better? Isn’t that what you expect from everyone else?
To keep that IT favorite around, don’t forget to give them added value to their job. Tie in the projects you give them to the ultimate business goal. Allow them to feel invested in the success of a project, and thus, your business. Making an individual feel integral to the bottom line makes for a clear-guided reason to stay in a single place.
Realizing and recognizing the value in a great IT team will lead to better results in the productivity and efficiency of your company or organization. For more information on how to find the right IT person (or be the right IT person), visit the Bayside Solutions website.