KEEPING THEIR BEST ON BOARD: Chief Information Officers Surveyed Reveal Smart Retention Strategies

Mar 29, 2006, 00:00 ET from Robert Half Technology

    MENLO PARK, Calif., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Businesses today are taking
 steps to persuade valued staff to stay -- and they don't involve a ball and
 chain. In fact, 63 percent of chief information officers (CIOs) polled said
 they're providing professional development opportunities to retain their best
 people. Offering flexible schedules and increasing base compensation also are
 popular retention strategies, among 47 percent and 41 percent of respondents,
     The national poll includes responses from more than 1,400 CIOs from a
 stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees. It was
 conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Robert Half
 Technology, a leading provider of information technology professionals on a
 project and full-time basis.
     CIOs were asked, "What steps, if any, is your firm taking to retain key IT
 talent?"  Their responses:
      Providing training or professional
        development                            63%
      Offering flexible schedules              47%
      Increasing base compensation             41%
      Offering bonuses                         31%
      Offering equity incentives                9%
      Other                                     4%
      None/no steps taken                      23%
      (Multiple responses were allowed.)
     "As the number of job opportunities for IT professionals increases, many
 CIOs are making retention a priority," said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive
 director of Robert Half Technology. "Firms recognize that technology workers,
 in particular, value ongoing educational opportunities to enable them to keep
 their skills current and continue learning on the job."
     Lee added that effective retention programs also address work-life balance
 and salary issues. "Offering flexible schedules or telecommuting options is a
 cost-effective way to improve overall job satisfaction, show appreciation and
 build loyalty. Competitive compensation packages are equally important and
 demonstrate to employees that their contributions are valued."
     With more than 100 locations in North America and Europe, Robert Half
 Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives
 ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network
 security and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job
 search services at

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