Many companies fail to prioritize training and career development for their current employees. Neglecting these areas can cost the business their best and brightest employees, especially when competition for IT professionals is as high as it is today.
Your company’s top talent likely has aspirations beyond their current positions, and by cultivating those interests, you can help them reach higher levels of job satisfaction and increase their value to the company. So, if your business isn’t providing internal talent room to develop their careers, you’ll likely see them heading for the door sooner rather than later.
If you position your policies properly, both the employee and the business can benefit from career development. Here’s how.
1) Manage Skill Gaps
Skill gaps in IT teams seem to grow on a daily basis, but many businesses neglect to see how internal talent development can actually resolve these issues regardless of external hiring results. Top talent generally enjoys facing challenges and looks forward to opportunities to learn. If you identify your best performers and create mechanisms by which they can build the skills necessary to fill any gaps, you not only give them what they need to move forward, but also what the company needs to succeed.
Taking an active role in the development of your employees can increase productivity and improve retention. It demonstrates the business values their workers and wants to see them succeed, which improves engagement and builds loyalty.
2) Prepare for Change
Employees are hired based on their ability to do the job today. The trick is, the job they are doing today isn’t necessarily the job they will be doing tomorrow.
IT changes rapidly, affecting how employees complete their tasks on a regular basis. Failing to provide educational opportunities to help them meet the challenge ahead means you aren’t investing in the people who keep your business running daily.
By supporting their professional growth, you ensure they are properly prepared for what is on the horizon. If you don’t, they may become frustrated, productivity can slide and they may choose to find employment elsewhere than continuing to struggle.
3) Improve the Company’s Image
Being seen as a supportive employer that helps workers develop their careers can do wonders for the company’s reputation. In turn, a positive reputation makes it easier to secure new talent when needed while also keeping your current employees on staff.
With so many websites dedicated to giving potential employees glimpses into an organization’s operations, failing to properly manage your reputation can harm recruitment efforts. And in today’s competitive market, this could be the difference between finding the talent you need and being left without many options.
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