Report: Only 29% of IT workers plan to stay with their current employer

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According to a study by Gartner, Inc. Only 29.1% of IT workers worldwide have a high intention to stay with their current employer.

IT workers are even more likely to leave their jobs than employees in other positions, with a 10.2% lower intention to stay than non-IT workers — the lowest of all corporate positions.

This puts CIOs at the epicenter of talent acquisition and retention challenges.

CIOs may need to advocate for more flexibility in work design than the rest of the enterprise, as IT workers leave earlier, are more in demand, and more adept at remote work than most other workers. Indeed, data shows that a more flexible and people-oriented work policy can reduce staff turnover and increase performance. In a separate 2021 Gartner survey of 3,000 employees across a wide range of industries, functions and geographies, 65% of IT workers said their ability to work flexibly will influence their decision to join the organization. to stay.

Work flexibility options affect the whereabouts of IT staff.  65% agree, 14% disagree and 21% neither agree nor disagree.

Gartner recommends that a people-centered work model can drive talent and business outcomes if it is well designed and implemented. To achieve this, CIOs must rethink outdated assumptions about work that are unnecessarily limiting on three key dimensions.

First, reconsider the assumptions around working hours. The Monday-Friday 9am-5pm work schedule dates back to the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, when factory workers needed daylight to see what they were doing. It is no longer necessary to let it limit you.

Then rethink the focus on the office. Many managers think that employees only get work done when they come to the office where managers can see them. But the pandemic shattered that myth.

Finally, consider the role of meetings. The meeting culture started in the 1950s, when people had to come together physically to make decisions. Now synchronous and asynchronous collaboration tools provide us with many ways to connect with others.

CIOs moving away from these assumptions can unlock the organization’s ability to hire and work anywhere, hiring, retaining, and surpassing those who return to industrial-age work paradigms in the process.

Gartner surveyed 18,000 employees worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2021, including 1,755 employees in IT. Responses were collected monthly in 40 different countries in 15 languages.

Read Gartner’s full report.

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