Keeping IT Workers Happy

What are the most significant impediments to enhancing the motivation of the IT staff at your federal agency? What would have the most significant impact on recruiting, retaining and motivating the tech team at your agency this year?

A disconnect exists between information technology managers and the human resources professionals who assist them when it comes to increasing IT workers’ motivation, according to a recent report.

In a survey, IT managers and HR professionals were asked to identify the most significant impediment to increasing their tech team’s motivation. IT managers identified pay as the biggest impediment, while HR managers said that no impediment exists, contending that IT workers were already motivated.

“As the economy begins to improve, companies are dusting off technology projects they’d put on hold when the recession began,” the report authors note, adding that the number of technology jobs listed on Dice.com has increased 20 percent from the low in the middle of 2009. “That, in turn, is increasing demand for technology professionals at the top of their game.”

IT leaders and HR professionals do agree on one issue, however: more interesting and challenging assignments will have the biggest impact on motivating the tech team this year. “While technology professionals are always looking for the next challenge, it may take more than that to keep your team intact in 2010,” the report states.

IT workers are the ones who deal with frustration and weariness along with data centers and development projects. They’re also the ones under pressure to deliver on those recently resurrected projects while keeping an eye on costs. What they may recognize, more so than even their colleagues in Human Resources, is that fatigue manifests itself in many ways, including a desire for higher pay and the possibility for a workplace change.

And — more than their HR colleagues — they’re the ones who will most feel the pain if talented professionals “vote with their feet” to pursue more promising opportunities at other companies.

What do they feel will make the biggest impact on motivating the tech team this year? On this there is agreement between tech leaders and HR: more interesting or challenging assignments.

While technology professionals are always looking for the next challenge, it may take more than that to keep your team intact in 2010.

See the report at http://phx.corporate-ir.net.

What are the most significant impediments to enhancing the motivation of the IT staff at your federal agency? What would have the most significant impact on recruiting, retaining and motivating the tech team at your agency this year?

A disconnect exists between information technology managers and the human resources professionals who assist them when it comes to increasing IT workers’ motivation, according to a recent report.

In a survey, IT managers and HR professionals were asked to identify the most significant impediment to increasing their tech team’s motivation. IT managers identified pay as the biggest impediment, while HR managers said that no impediment exists, contending that IT workers were already motivated.

“As the economy begins to improve, companies are dusting off technology projects they’d put on hold when the recession began,” the report authors note, adding that the number of technology jobs listed on Dice.com has increased 20 percent from the low in the middle of 2009. “That, in turn, is increasing demand for technology professionals at the top of their game.”

IT leaders and HR professionals do agree on one issue, however: more interesting and challenging assignments will have the biggest impact on motivating the tech team this year. “While technology professionals are always looking for the next challenge, it may take more than that to keep your team intact in 2010,” the report states.

IT workers are the ones who deal with frustration and weariness along with data centers and development projects. They’re also the ones under pressure to deliver on those recently resurrected projects while keeping an eye on costs. What they may recognize, more so than even their colleagues in Human Resources, is that fatigue manifests itself in many ways, including a desire for higher pay and the possibility for a workplace change.

And — more than their HR colleagues — they’re the ones who will most feel the pain if talented professionals “vote with their feet” to pursue more promising opportunities at other companies.

What do they feel will make the biggest impact on motivating the tech team this year? On this there is agreement between tech leaders and HR: more interesting or challenging assignments.

While technology professionals are always looking for the next challenge, it may take more than that to keep your team intact in 2010.

See the report at http://phx.corporate-ir.net.

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