I have not written about this in quite a few months but I used to be shocked when talking with a hiring manager or human resources professional about them adding employees.
I always ask something along the lines of, “While recruiting new professionals to your staff what are you doing to keep the ones you have and what are you doing to keep your competitors from hiring your staff”.
Nine times out of ten the look is met with a confused look. I used to be shocked by it, now I expect it.
Here is more evidence of why what I am asking is even more important.
CompTIA (Computer Technology Industry Association) released a study of 1,000+ information technology professionals that shows 58% are “looking” for a new job and of those 80% are somewhat or very active.
Did you hear that collective shiver from the management crowd? Wait it gets worse, or better depending on your perspective.
Of those looking for new gigs 60% have been with their current employer for at least three years and 52% in their roles for at least three years.
Remember all of those seasoned high tech workers who had elected job security and loyalty? Yep, they are the ones looking to move on.
Pay, little or no advancement opportunities, and new challenges are the stated reasons.
Let me bust this down to the simplest of levels: If you are bringing employees in the front door make sure you have the back door blocked with proper pay, work conditions, and job satisfaction. Retain your current talent and recruit your hard drive off and you can have one of the best staffs around.
Fail to do so and you will be lucky to maintain staffing levels and at best average talent.