4 Ways to Future Proof Your IT Teams

Firas Ghunaim
November 18, 2021
4 Ways to Future Proof Your IT Teams

1. Recruit

CIOs and IT executives may focus on these four factors to discover, attract, and employ high-potential talent:

Job openings and resumes

Job descriptions frequently stress solely technical skills and educational credentials, ignoring the wider relevance of profiles, such as their societal effect and connection with the organization's strategic goals.

A well-written job description is outcome-driven, competency-driven, and aids candidates in visualizing their personal and professional progress with the firm. It attracts applicants with a wide range of experiences and potential to apply, resulting in a significantly wider talent pool.

CIOs and HR directors may work together to periodically review job descriptions to ensure that the wording correctly prioritizes key capabilities and is not skewed toward specific technical skills, credentials, or work experience when recruiting high-potential IT talent both internally and outside.

Branding for employers

IT job candidates sometimes get erroneous impressions about a firm based on the industry it represents. For example, people may mistakenly connect stability and predictability with an insurance business that is pursuing IT innovation aggressively.

CIOs may build an employment value proposition (EVP) targeted to recruit and retain top IT talent to prevent such misunderstandings. They should make sure that job ads explicitly state the characteristics that distinguish their IT organization's brand values from those of rivals.

Selection

Organizations require a tech-enabled recruiting process that is fair and supports diversity, equity, and inclusion to support rapid development in digital business and employ a high volume of applicants for IT jobs.

Data and artificial intelligence technologies may help CIOs, IT executives, and recruiting managers screen, analyse, and discover high-potential individuals in a timely way. These technologies can assist in providing applicants with more engaging and tailored experiences.

Onboarding

Employees and businesses can have a long-term and mutually happy connection if they have a good onboarding experience. Employees can naturally engage with the company's culture if the process continues beyond a few weeks of orientation and lasts up to six months or even a year.

It provides sufficient time and space for workers to assess and improve their skills and competences in order to fulfil the organization's performance goals.

A planned and methodical onboarding process is even more important for IT personnel management in a remote/hybrid working environment. Onboarding programs for a virtual workplace may be reimagined by CIOs and IT leaders working with HR.

New recruits may find it difficult to connect with the organization's culture due to the remote working environment. Cross-functional networking, learning, and collaborative working should be encouraged by the revised programs.


2. Renew

Leadership should focus on the following to enable continual renewal of personnel competencies that meet the changing demands of digital business:

Career planning that includes the development of skills and competences

To become a flexible, high-value contributor for the organization, top IT talent searches out a variety of possibilities and individualized development pathways, which may be facilitated by a structured IT talent management approach. Instead of employing new people to meet growing digital business demands, CIOs and IT executives can identify and develop the capabilities of their existing staff, creating a culture of upskilling and reskilling.

Encourage IT employees to undergo skill assessments on a regular basis so that personalized development pathways may be created for each individual. 

Management and succession planning

CIOs confront disruptions such as approaching retirements of important executives or the loss of personnel with rare skill sets in an increasingly competitive talent market. Organizations that embrace succession planning and management as a continuous process can:

  • Be resilient in the face of setbacks.
  • Take advantage of fresh chances.
  • Feel confidence that they will be able to fill key IT positions with qualified IT personnel.

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3. Retain

To inspire and retain workers over time, CIOs and IT executives should identify variables that influence employee engagement and build a complete incentives plan.

Employee engagement and experience

Organizations with higher employee engagement levels typically outperform their competitors in terms of business success, according to research. Professional firms (like Gallup) may assist corporations in benchmarking their employee engagement levels in order to find areas for development.

The worldwide move toward a remote IT workforce has altered the relationship between work conditions, productivity, and accountability. To keep staff healthy, engaged, and effective in a virtual environment, CIOs should embrace more intuitive and sympathetic leadership approaches.

Conduct pulse surveys to gather and evaluate employee input. The findings will illustrate how hybrid/remote workplace concepts may improve employee experience.

Strategy of total rewards

While pay is important in attracting top IT talent, it is not the only element that influences employee engagement, motivation, and retention.

A complete rewards plan combines five components — salary, benefits, career management, performance recognition, and work-life balance — to offer the organization's employment value proposition.

Because the importance of each aspect varies depending on the goals and needs of targeted talent, CIOs may work with total rewards leaders to develop tailored and appropriate humanized employment arrangements. For example, remuneration in the public sector is lower than in other businesses, but this may be offset by emphasizing other qualities like as a feeling of purpose, shared mission, stability, and work-life balance.


4. Release

Former workers may return to the firm or become valued consumers, partners, or brand champions in the future. As a result, transition planning and offboarding are just as important as new recruit onboarding.

Planning Transition

Different situations result in various types of company transitions. Job transfers/promotions, mergers & acquisitions, layoffs, and other events may occur.

Transition planning takes into account all of these factors in order to develop strong processes (such as the onboarding process for new workers) for managing transitions across the business. Familiarizing a leader with a new job or elevating a person to a leadership position may be difficult without a well-structured procedure in place. Transitions can be made easier through development plans for high-potential IT personnel, mentorship, or "buddy" systems.

Offboarding

It should be done in tandem with succession planning to provide the leaving employee ample time to pass on their expertise. If done correctly, internal candidates (particularly for leadership and important jobs) will always be available to fill the vacuum and take on the new role.

The departure interview should provide a safe and friendly atmosphere for the employee to be open and honest while providing well-considered criticism. The feedback may be utilized to increase staff retention and engagement.

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