Retention In Forresters research, IT was shown to use a wide range of employee retention tactics, from training (89 percent), formal performance management programs (89 percent), new hire orientations (69 percent) to individual career development plans (69 percent), formal leadership development (52 percent) and 360-degree feedback (46 percent).Roles and Skills The prioritized skill sets of 2007 hires included security (31 percent), project management (26 percent), network management (26 percent), infrastructure architecture (25 percent) and enterprise architecture and design skills (24 percent). Sixty percent intended to train workers in change management, 59 percent intended to do so in project management, 58 percent in service management and an equal number in business process skills and vendor and sourcing management. IT decision-makers said they were most likely to outsource legacy programming (23 percent), packaged application support (23 percent) and application maintenance management (18 percent) and most likely to contract out similar skills, though at lower percentages. Check out eWEEK.coms Careers Center for the latest news, analysis and commentary on careers for IT professionals.
However, they found that for the retention programs to be effective, the tactics needed to be integrated into larger talent management strategies including dual career paths, tying rotation into promotions along these paths, correlating training with skill gaps at each path level and identifying key performers along the path and targeting them for succession planning.