Preventative Maintenance As Talent Retention Strategy

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Posted on Monday, December 17, 2018

Sourcing and retaining the best talent is a constant battle for CTOs. But you may not realize that preventative maintenance is a useful tool for boosting employee retention. This third article in our series looks at why your talent retention strategy should look beyond remuneration and benefits packages. 

This short series of articles includes tips on how preventative maintenance benefits your business in terms of boosting performance, reducing costsequipment decommissioning and career advancement and will help to explain why it should be added to your current storage hardware support strategy. 

It’s not just about the money

Historically, you could keep your best staff by throwing more money at them, but that’s no longer the case. The modern worker is a complicated creature, deriving motivation from several sources, not just their paycheck. A survey published by AICPA this month found that 80% of US workers would choose improved benefits over a salary increase, for instance.

Job satisfaction is complex to quantify and manage, but there are some common factors. IT professionals, for example, are always keen to learn new technologies that will help further their career or keep their skills sharp. At the same time, most will actively avoid maintenance tasks like patch management.

Keeping the lights on is boring

Despite most of the budget being consumed by keeping the lights on, all IT staff would rather be involved in the development projects that will help drive the business forward. It is here that individuals are best able to test and Improve their technical abilities.

If the balance is skewed too far towards old technologies and routine jobs, your best staff will be easily seduced by offers of more project-oriented roles.

Outsource the routine

Preventative maintenance is unavoidable and important, even though your staff hate it. But rather than risk losing your best employees, you should seriously consider outsourcing preventative maintenance responsibilities to CDS.

Outsourcing is not only cheaper than carrying out the same tasks in house, but you free up talented team members to focus on other, more interesting tasks. Investing in preventative maintenance services allows you to better focus on strategic IT projects, and to keep your best employees engaged.

To learn more about how preventative maintenance services from CDS will help you keep your best staff, please get in touch. And don’t forget to check out Part I and Part II of this series.

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