How to Retain Your IT Talent

How is your IT staff retention? Are your IT professionals in it for the long haul, or are they just going through the motions waiting for the next best thing? The solutions for retaining IT talent are relatively simple. It is not really about money...

5. No recognition, no respect: Perhaps the biggest missing link required for retaining IT employees is the lack of appreciation of their accomplishments. Contrary to typical workplace practices, praise rewarding positive behavior is much more powerful and effective long-term than strong words condemning negative behavior. Show interest in the success of your employees and make your appreciation known and highly visible every chance you get. If you set a good example and expect them to succeed, they undoubtedly will.

If you incorporate these items into your management style for the long-term, I guarantee the difference in your IT employees’ attitudes and aptitudes will be crystal clear. A neat bonus is that these ideas will help stave off complacency and keep employees around — true benefits you cannot put a price tag on.


Kevin Beaver is an information security consultant, expert witness, author and professional speaker with Atlanta-based Principle Logic, LLC. With more than 22 years experience, he specializes in performing independent security assessments revolving around minimizing information risks. He has authored/co-authored 10 books on information security including the best-selling Hacking For Dummies currently in its 3rd edition. Kevin is also the creator of the Security On Wheels information security audio books and blog providing security learning for IT professionals on the go. You can reach Kevin through his website and follow him on Twitter at @kevinbeaver.