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Believe in love: Showing your IT team you care

February 15, 2016  

As we come off a holiday filled with true love, roses and chocolate, it’s a great time to remember who always has your back at work – the IT team. By showing them your appreciation, it will help boost their motivation and ensure retention. Our annual Metrics That Matter Survey showed that 80% of IT service providers (ITSPs) are planning on hiring new employees this year, making it even more important for companies to show seasoned and new employees that they care.

Ultimately, a strong IT team is crucial to set the tone for innovation and growth within a company. Showing them a little love can go a long way. Here’s how:

  • Appreciate the Millennials: In 2015, Millennials became the most populous generation in the workforce. As this generation becomes a core demographic in IT teams, it’s important to align with their needs and ideals to motivate their best work. This includes an office culture with flexibility, a strong community and the opportunity to give feedback.
  • Don’t threaten to outsource: A way to make your IT team upset is by making them feel worthless – which happens when companies threaten to outsource IT services. When something goes wrong, try to work with the team to overcome challenges and ensure they’ll be better prepared when issues arise in the future.
  • Keep your team in the loop: With so many ITSPs planning on hiring this year, don’t forget to give your IT team a generous heads-up about new employees. The IT crew needs ample time to set up employees’ access and make sure everything is running smoothly.
  • Build in new opportunities: By providing growth opportunities like job training and mobility, as well as fun activities like team outings and awards, your team will feel appreciated. It will emphasize that your company is invested in both employees’ careers and happiness.  

Don’t be afraid to make the first move with your IT team. Showing them love and respect may make all the difference in building a top-performing team.

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