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What IT Staffs Want More Than Salary
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Andrew Hornback
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Andrew Hornback,
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5/12/2013 | 12:24:45 AM
re: What IT Staffs Want More Than Salary
Honestly, I'd like to see clear vision and leadership as well as a career path with an organization more than money at this point.

When management doesn't deliver a clear message or a clear vision as to what the future of the organization (whether as the entire company or as a department/division), it becomes very hard to keep morale up.

Titles and salary are great, but if you can't tell me whether or not we're making and supporting widgets or fiddlesticks next week...

Andrew Hornback
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ChrisMurphy
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5/10/2013 | 8:54:44 PM
re: What IT Staffs Want More Than Salary
You're right that the money matters, and that anyone trying to hire or retain must keep in mind that they have to be competitive on pay before they get a chance to win on the other factors.
MyW0r1d
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5/10/2013 | 4:28:59 PM
re: What IT Staffs Want More Than Salary
I would only point out Figure 42 of the IT Salary Survey for executives which is entitled Reasons for Seeking a New Job. In each category of CIO, CTO, and VP, occupying the number one position by at least a 20% margin and exceeding 60 percentile of the respondents is Higher Compensation. When responding to multiple questions on a survey, one is bound to include some questions where a few respondents will answer as they think is a desired and honorable response. However, there are a few key questions that undeniably indicate the underlying feeling. Consider this with the response of 35% that would not accept a lesser position or title under any circumstance (Figure 43) and I would say if there is not a great deal of confusion, that the majority are not truly in it for the company's benefit which is a secondary motive to make the workplace enjoyable, and that they are somewhat cognizant of the political implications of their answers. This isn't to say they should feel alone, there are a number of CEOs that feel the same and would not relinquish without help (see JCPenny in 2013).
jfeldman
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5/8/2013 | 10:55:52 PM
re: What IT Staffs Want More Than Salary
That's exactly what happened. I consolidated the questions and then didn't update the count of questions. D'oh! Thanks for the catch!
Laurianne
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5/8/2013 | 9:05:04 PM
re: What IT Staffs Want More Than Salary
You're right. We boiled five factors -- "My opinion and knowledge are valued; Involvement
in setting company strategy and determining goals; My work (job) is
important to the company's success; Challenge of job/responsibility; and
Corporate culture and values" down to 4 questions. Sorry for the confusion.

Laurianne McLaughlin
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bdieringer370
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5/8/2013 | 5:55:19 PM
re: What IT Staffs Want More Than Salary
Multiple references to the 5 basic questions, but only 4 are listed: 1) Am I being listened to? 2) Does my work matter? 3) Is my work presenting an interesting challenge? and 4) Am I working for people that I respect and like and who seem decent?


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