Intelligent CIO North America Issue 22 - Page 34

EDITOR ’ S QUESTION
MICHAEL JACK , CRO AND CO-FOUNDER , DATADOBI
For CIOs in particular , an inability to find , attract and retain top technical talent has led to uncertainty in their ability to help drive organizational growth .

Few would argue that we remain in an age of disruption , especially as it pertains to attracting and retaining top technical talent . While this has long been an issue , it is one that has been greatly exacerbated by today ’ s rapidly changing paradigms in the way people want to work – leading in large part to what is now known as the ‘ Great Resignation .’

For CIOs in particular , an inability to find , attract and retain top technical talent has led to uncertainty in their ability to help drive organizational growth . So how can CIOs find and retain people with the right skills to not only meet today ’ s business requirements , but tomorrow ’ s as well ?
Today , I believe there are three key areas on which CIOs should focus in order to overcome these challenges and rise above their talent acquisition competitors . They are : flexibility , communication and supporting entrepreneurial spirits .
If greater work flexibility is desired over traditional work scenarios , CIOs need to embrace it .
Studies are now showing that employees that are afforded the choice of working completely from home or in a hybrid fashion are more engaged , have a deeper connection to their employer and are therefore more likely to be retained and generate superior work results .
Next , CIOs should encourage transparent and consistent communication between themselves and their team members to ensure that each employee understands the direction in which their organization is heading and the critical role they play in achieving its goals .
And last but not least , entrepreneurial spirits that wish to break down technology barriers should be applauded by CIOs . New and innovative technology holds the key for organizations that wish to enhance their workforce ’ s capabilities , drive down costs and ensure competitive advantage .
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