3 Warning Signs Your IT Team Is Job Hunting
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User Rank: Apprentice
5/31/2013 | 4:26:53 PM
re: 3 Warning Signs Your IT Team Is Job Hunting
Yes. By the time an IT employee is looking for greener pastures, it's usually too late. Very similar to romantic relationships.
Melanie Rodier
Melanie Rodier,
User Rank: Apprentice
4/2/2013 | 2:30:18 PM
re: 3 Warning Signs Your IT Team Is Job Hunting
A lot of the points raised as reasons for leaving should be integrated into the company's corporate culture. When employees are on the point of leaving is late to be addressing issues at stake. A company and managers should have a long-term strategy looking at their needs but also what would make employees want to stay with them in the long-term. As "certifiable" suggests here, it's all about being proactive, not reactive.
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3/18/2013 | 10:33:44 PM
re: 3 Warning Signs Your IT Team Is Job Hunting
Fascinating how the onus of this article lays it all at the feet of "How the employees are acting" without any commensurate analysis of "What is the company doing"! For example, what if the company is laying off the older, more experienced, and yes, more expensive employees to offsshore/outsource to India or replace with local, younger, less experienced, less expensive employees? How does that sit with your "valued" workforce when they see how age and experience just paints a target on your future prospects with the company? Think that might have any effect on morale and excitement for the firm as it pursues the Holy Grail of cost cutting?

If management had one iota of self reflection and empathy for what is happening to America's IT workforce, they might worry less about what their employees are doing IN REACTION TO what management has already done. I know management is under pressure to "meet the numbers", but their execution in meeting their numbers leaves alot to be desired for their workers.

So don't be suspicious about changed behavior in your workers. Be suspicious about what you as a manager have done over the long term, or even recently, to bring about their changed behavior. That is what it means to be a real manager and leader, that is proactive rather than reactive to the company leadership's own policies and decisions.
User Rank: Strategist
3/18/2013 | 2:16:56 PM
re: 3 Warning Signs Your IT Team Is Job Hunting
Much of what will retain employees is a good work culture. Management that shows the employee he or she is valued. Until out of touch CEO's get the picture, that their company cannot run properly, or at all without good I.T. then things will not change. Information Technology staff are always the first to be outsourced or laid off. I have been with many employers, and some businesses I worked for have a reputation of recycling employees every two years no matter what, in order to keep I.T. costs down. They have a few experienced staff on hand to train up the newbieGÇÖs, and when they start getting good, and up for a second raise......boom! All of a sudden the model employee has all kinds of problems! Not, the employer does. My wife, who works for a health care business, has a supervisor that will send her an email if she clocks in 1 minute late, or out 1 minute late, telling her she cannot do that. She is in customer service on the Phones! Should she hang up when she is on the line, or stop taking calls 5 - 10 minutes before the end of the day? People there are leaving in droves, the business is not replacing them. The management culture in many businesses has employees that are robots, and disposable, not human beings with a life. Is it any wonder that since the workers have no stake holder position in companies, and are treated with no flexibility in life? Jobs, that have stupid 1 minute rules, why people no longer have loyalty? Management in most companies makes it seem like we are worthless, disposable Information Technology peons, so why not look for a company that is different? I have been in Information Technology for about 25 years, and on contract now for 4 years. The Contract agency does nothing, but the people I work for on site are the best. I love the culture, the managers, and am treated like family. I work hourly, so no sick time, no vacation, it is tough. I am sticking here until the economy turns around. I will be careful moving from here. I feel blessed for now.
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3/13/2013 | 10:20:33 PM
re: 3 Warning Signs Your IT Team Is Job Hunting
I'm surprised not to see something about LinkedIn here -- a star team member suddenly cleaning up her profile and making lots of new connections. That's not necessarily proof of an active job hunt since it's something we should all do periodically, but it would seem to be on the list of signs.

Here's a link to some strong pro-active career advice:

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