IT Heads Need Talent to Recover in 2010

Paul Lilly

Denise Dubie over at NetworkWorld has posted an interesting piece on how enterprise IT leaders looking ahead to 2010 may find themselves coming up short on staff and high-tech skills needed to grow their business during an economic recovery.

Dubie points to research from various sources who all have found that high-tech suits are fearful about how to handle business in the coming year if left with a lean staff. Robert Half Technology, for example, found that 43 percent 1,400 CIOs polled recognize that their IT departments are either somewhat or very understaffed in relation to current workloads.

"Many companies have cut technology staff levels too deeply, making it challenging for IT departments to keep pace with demands," said Dave Willmer, executive director of Robert Half Technology, in a statement. "Although businesses may be able to operate with stretched teams in the short term, being perpetually understaffed isn't sustainable and can detract from the overall productivity and morale of the organization."

Let's also not forget that there remains a question of whether IT workers will remain loyal once the recession ends. In that same report, Willmer noted that "staffing cuts and the reduction or elimination of benefits have left many employees feeling overworked and undervalued."

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