Newand emerging technologies.
Hiringand retaining new staff members, updating skills and knowledge ofexisting information technology employees
Allover the years, there has been a substantial growth in the use andapplication of information technology in various sectors of theeconomy across the globe. The adoption and implementation of newtechnology has contributed to substantial improvements to the mannerin which current organizations carry out their activities(Christensen, 2013).A wide range of companies and organizations have incorporatedinformation technology into their systems and operations thusproviding better and high-quality services at relatively lower costs(Nambisan, S. (2013).This has been one of the strategies used by many companies to widentheir client base hence earning them a higher competitive advantagecompared other firms in the same industry. Modern informationtechnology has given firms and industries the potential to utilizenew opportunities, explore markets and conduct more on innovations.The topic for this particular study is new and emerging technologies.The emergence of modern technology has its own problems as well.Therefore, the paper will primarily focus on the highlighting howorganizations can deal with hiring and retaining new staff members sothat they can work with the company for the longest time possible aswell as updating the knowledge and skills of existing employees.
Unquestionably,each and every organization is constantly devising new mechanisms tominimize costs and maximize its profits. However, the adoption ofthese technologies requires well trained and skilled personnel. Theemployees will ensure that the information technologies incorporatedinto the industry are appropriate and consistent with the goals setby the organization. The paper will also seek to establish some ofthe strategies that should be used when hiring new staff members sothat they can select the best and most suitable candidates who willsteer the organization towards prosperity.
Hiringnew staff members
Tobegin with, there should be well-laid procedures for recruiting newstaff members within an organization(Arthur, 2012).Human resource departments should strictly adhere to these guidelinesprovided by the company so that they don’t undermine or compromisethe hiring process. Equally important, candidates should beshortlisted on merit. This entails not only focusing on theirqualifications and academic credentials but also their competence,experience level as well as their suitability for the job. Further,hiring qualified staff will be a substantial input injected to thecompany’s human resource department. The new staff members willbring in new ideas and skills essential in executing various tasks.More importantly, they will also give recommendations on some of thechanges that should be made to maximize the use of various resourceswithin the organization to achieve customer service satisfaction(Arthur,2012).On the same note, new IT staff members will analyze, evaluate andestablish the technology which should be incorporated into theorganization to maximize output at minimal costs. More importantly,Organizations should make good use of IT professionals by engagingthem in planning, developing, maintaining, and integrating varioussystems used within the company (Arthur,2012).
Retainingnew staff members
Besides,the organization should retain hired information technology staffmembers by offering them competitive salaries, conducive workingenvironments and involving them in decision making. Ordinarily, ahigh employee turnover in any company has devastating effects on itsperformance which include loss of its reputation as well as frequentdisruption of projects which may overrun budgets and definedschedules (Christensen,2013).Therefore, it is crucial for companies to take sufficient measures sothat they can retain the new employees. Firstly, the company shouldoffer competitive salary packages to the information technology staffmembers. They should always feel that their efforts and contributionis acknowledged and appreciated by the company. The recognition canbe effected through rewards, salary increment or even job promotion.This will play a critical role in motivating them so that they canwork and advance their careers within the organization. Moreover, thecompany should create a conducive environment where innovationtechnology staff members feel free to articulate their grievances tothe top management for necessary actions. Additionally, employeesshould be given the freedom so that they can try new informationtechnology and innovations, this is very crucial for the growth of acompany because better and effective ways of carrying out operationswill be invented. Equally important, there is a need for staffmembers to be involved in the decision-making process within thecompany so that they can feel that their contribution is of greatimportance. Also, allowing employees to take part in decision makingis crucial because it will be much easier for them to implement whatthey had proposed (Christensen,2013).
Updatingknowledge and skills of existing employees
Additionally,in an effort of trying to address the problem of new and emergingtechnologies, companies should update the skills and knowledge ofexisting staff members through frequent training (Arthur,2012).Undeniably, the world is becoming a global village due to consistentinnovations in technology .Therefore, it is prudent for any companyor organization to keep pace with the rate at which new technologiesare emerging. Companies should put enough machinery in theirrespective research and innovation departments so that they canalways update themselves with any changes in technology. Also, thereshould be a schedule for training and enlightening their employeeswith the most recent innovations(Elnaga & Imran, 2013).The success of a company is defined by what it does differently fromto its close competitors. For that reason, there is need for theorganization to spearhead research and train its staff members sothat they can incorporate new and emerging technologies into itsoperations. This will lead to high-quality products and enhancedcustomer service satisfaction (Nambisan,2013).
Limitationsof the solution
Understandably,technology is ever dynamic and will keep on changing with moreadvanced innovations in the coming years. However, this will posevarious challenges to companies. First, acquiring the hardware andsoftware for new and emerging technologies will be costly. (Ren &Dewan, 2015). Also, organizations will be compelled to invest heavilyin sensitizing and training their employees on the innovations to beadopted. In addition, hiring I.T specialists requires relativelyhigher costs which might strain their budgets. Moreover, the new andemerging technologies have constantly replaced human workforceresulting to high unemployment levels. Apart from that, companies areexposed to security threats. Crucial and confidential information caneasily be accessed by unauthorized individuals through the internetwho may destroy, alter or use it for personal interests (Ren &Dewan, 2015).
Toconclude, it is evident that there is a tremendous growth in the useof information technology by various companies and organizations.However, new and emerging technology has been identified as theIT-related topic which many organizations are facing as far asadopting and incorporating it into their system is concerned. On thesame note, hiring and retaining new staff members together withupdating new skills and knowledge of already existing employees is aproblem associated with new and emerging technologies. To address theissue, it is crucial that organizations come up with variousmechanisms.
First,Information technology companies should put in place clear procedureson how the exercise of hiring and retaining new staff members shouldbe conducted. Human resource departments should follow theseprocedures in order for them to hire the best candidates best suitedfor the job. Also, companies should offer competitive salarypackages, conducive working environments and involve new employees inorder to retain them. More importantly, there is need for the companyto train already existing employees to equip them with skills andknowledge essential for them to deal with some of the challengesassociated with information technology. Lastly, they should alsodetermine the most appropriate technology to be adopted so that theentire organization can be steered towards its set goals andobjectives.
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