A culture of IT innovation will deliver more than just cutting-edge technology: it can actually help reduce staff turnover.
That’s the opinion of Peter Groucutt, managing director of Databarracks, who says that this absence of IT innovation and lack career progression means that staff are likely to look for a new challenge elsewhere.
Citing more research from Investors in People which says that 75% of IT professionals could move to a new employer in 2017, Peter says that business leaders must inject some excitement into IT to stop people leaving. If people are able to develop ideas and solutions using technology, they are more likely to see their current employer as being able to support their career ambitions.
“By enabling your employees to explore and develop new projects and ideas outside of their usual remit, you are inadvertently allowing them to control their own career progression.”
Happy employees are more likely to stay loyal and develop the kind of innovations that will enable businesses to harness technology as a competitive differentiator, as Peter explains.
“Business agility is critical to the future success of any organisation. In practice this might be a firm’s ability to adapt to new technologies or respond quickly to changing customer demands. Finding and retaining skilled staff is critical to the process, but many businesses struggle to retain top staff in a competitive market. Higher pay, career progression and flexible working are all factors that the research from Investors in People has identified as reasons for tech talent considering a job change in 2017.”