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Survey: Tech Managers aren't Doing a Good Job Developing IT Talent

Ann Bednarz May 16, 2012
Tech managers need to do a better job developing talent, IT pros say. There's too much judgment and not enough instruction, according to new poll data from Dice.com.

Tech managers need to do a better job developing talent, IT pros say. There's too much judgment and not enough instruction, according to new poll data from Dice.com.

The IT careers site asked about the relationship between managers and their tech staff, and unsurprisingly, most poll-takers rated it a very important (59%) or somewhat important (23%) factor in the decision to stay at their current firm or look for a new job. Just 6% said the manager-staff relationship isn't an important factor in the decision to stay at a job, and another 6% went a step further and said it's not a factor at all. (The remaining 6% of respondents are either between jobs or are the boss.)

In addition to influencing an employee's job search decisions, an IT boss has the power to influence a company's reputation and its ability to recruit tech talent, says Tom Silver, senior vice president, North America, at Dice. "Yet, when it comes to developing talent, tech managers are not making the grade," Silver noted in a report released this month.

A majority of IT professionals judge their current managers as graders (61%) versus teachers (26%), but it's more important to create a nurturing workplace than a pass/fail department, Silver said.
 

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