Kathleen Martin

Well-known member
Mar 16, 2020
Lexington, Kentucky
A recent phenomenon, especially in the tech community, is high resignation rates. A recent study shows that 72% of tech workers are considering leaving their job in the next year. Another reveals that 97% feel burned out. But why is it happening and how can businesses keep employees happy? Experts believe that an inclusive culture is key for retaining talent and that exclusive environments are to blame for much of this retention challenge.
The topic was the subject of a session during an Advancing Tech Talent and Diversity Community meeting at CompTIA’s Communities & Councils Forum in Chicago, where Trisha Daho, CEO and founder of Empowered, Angel Pineiro, vice president of CompTIA’s strategic academic relationships, and Lindsay Raduka, vice president of talent and culture, provided eight tips for tech companies to retain talent:
1. Make Your Culture Sticky
Workers feel as if they aren’t being treated equitably and, as a result, they are seeking out workplaces that offer more inclusion. Industry experts suggest making an intentional culture that supports diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and that actively works to support all workers as they are.
To truly include groups that often feel marginalized, you often need to have some uncomfortable internal conversations. It’s also important to examine internal efforts and define where you could be doing more. Here are some of the strategies recommended by industry experts.
2. Understand the Difference between Equity and Equality
One of the conversations surrounding retention and DEI is understanding the difference between equity and equality. Inclusion involves the equalizing of workplaces to help everyone feel represented and accepted. Daho says that “equality is giving everyone the same resources regardless of how they show up, while equity is giving everyone the resources they need to be successful.” She stresses the importance of this even if that means giving some workers more or different resources than others. She provides the example of providing captions for someone who is hard of hearing to give everyone the same experience and access.
3. Provide a Better Work Life Balance
When we talk about better work life balance, we see workers adjusting schedules to better accommodate family life or enhance their personal relationships. Pineiro notes that while we are doing better with flexible expectations, there is also a stigma surrounding those who choose to opt for a variable work schedule, with many thinking those workers lack the dedication or commitment of their peers. “People think work from home means more inclusion, but it can also result in exclusion,” states Pineiro. “If you’re not around because you work from home, your business staff and teams may not include you in certain aspects of the job.” Pineiro recommends that leadership set a clear example for staff by not engaging in work tasks or messaging when they’re outside of working hours or on vacation.
Continue reading: https://connect.comptia.org/blog/8-tips-to-retain-your-talent


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