Tech Tuesday – Keep Skills Current

by Frank Roche on October 26, 2010

in KnowHR

As an IT professional, there is no worse nightmare than taking a job with a company that never upgrades their technology.  The reason for this is that the skillset required to be a programmer or a system administration is constantly changing.  Programmers must be on top of learning new languages all the time.  System administrators need to learn how to administer new operating systems and new software all the time.

As an HR professional, you may not care about your company’s IT policies.  You may be wondering why this post matters to you.  Well, it matters because those policies will drastically affect your ability to attract new talent.  Dead-end IT policy also raises turnover; such a policy practically guarantees an employee must leave within a few years in order to keep their skills current.

Oh, now your interest is piqued?  Okay then.  Here’s what you do.  Make sure you are sending your IT employees to relevant conferences on a regular basis.  Additionally, make sure they also have regular opportunities to get more training and earn certifications.  That’s right, it’s really that simple.  And this is a win-win situation: helping your IT employees grow helps your whole company grow.

Google is a great resource for finding local conferences and certifications. In the last year we have been to the Philly Emerging Technology Conference, the HR Technology Conference in Chicago, and, of course, the Worldwide Developers Conference.

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