Compensation is the way to an IT professional’s heart, according to a recent survey of effective ways to ensure staff retention.

The survey, conducted by IT staffing firm Robert Half Technology, queried 270 chief information officers across Canada on the factors most successful in retaining IT resources.

Compensation ranked at 27 per cent, followed by flexible schedules at 21 per cent, opportunities for professional development at 17 per cent.

“Attractive compensation is a key component of an effective retention program as it shows employees their contributions are valued,” said Sandra Lavoy, vice-president with Robert Half Technology. “A corporate culture that includes work/life balance and training options is also highly valued by IT professionals and is crucial for retaining top performers in a competitive hiring environment.”

Robert Half suggested periodically benchmarking employee compensation against industry-standard ranges to ensure competitiveness. Also, alleviating workload can be done by bringing in project professionals during peak periods and encouraging employees to ask for help with workload when they need it. Finally, the report suggested making staff aware of opportunities to improve their skills with courses and certification programs.

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