This is the second blog in our ‘soft skills hiring practices’ series. If you missed the first blog on ‘adaptability’, you can view it here.
We often hear hiring managers say, ”I can teach people skills, but hiring people to work in our culture is more important. I can’t teach that!” These words are so true. So how important it this topic to hiring within IT? It’s critical! Get it right and employee retention, productivity and engagement follow. Get it wrong, and the management nightmare begins. And with that nightmare, goes productivity issues, disengagement, and the spread of discontent among both your staff and the client users who must interact with your people. Culture clash affects and infects your entire organization.
Additional IT Culture Considerations
In IT, there are additional culture overlays that impact IT as perceived through the optics of the rest of the organization.
- Is IT reactive to the business or proactive business problem solvers?
- Is IT a business maintainer or a business accelerator?
- Is IT a business partner or a cost center and cost drain?
- Is IT a value creator or a value ‘eroder’?
- Is IT equipped with the right business skills that can anticipate and innovate to make the business more competitive?