IT Solutions Blog

Why employers should be embracing neurodiversity

by Holly Burnett 19 April 2021

Neurodiversity refers to the natural differences within human brain function. Depending on our thinking style, our brain will process information differently. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism, and ADHD are just a few examples of alternative thinking styles. Around 1 in 7 of us are neurodivergent, meaning we have some unique strengths such as processing information quickly, spotting patterns and Lateral thinking. Shockingly, approximately 84 percent of adults with autism suffer from unemployment. Many individuals are not diagnosed until adulthood which means there could be people within your organisation that want support from their employer.

Workplaces are typically designed for neurotypicals. When thinking about attracting and retaining a diverse talent pool, we need to understand what adjustments we can make in areas such as candidate selection and within the working environment. We’re not talking about radical changes; there are simple, cost-effective solutions that benefit all employees. Besides helping neurodivergent individuals thrive, inclusive employers will also benefit from increased employee engagement, job satisfaction, and overall success brought on by a team with different viewpoints and approaches to solving a problem.

Neurodiverse teams are at least 30 percent more productive. However, 9 out of 10 organisations do not have plans that support variation in neurocognitive functioning. Early adopters such as Microsoft and Dell have autism hiring programmes that enable them to nurture an untapped talent pool.

However, one in three people say they’re disappointed with how their employer approached their neurological condition, so what can we do to ensure we attract and retain neurodivergents?

Watch the video about Neurodiversity from HSBC.

Topics: Employee Engagement, Hiring, Job Interviews, Diversity, neurodiversity

9 reasons why virtual interviews will reduce your time-to-hire

by Holly Burnett 11 March 2021

According to CV-Library, the average time-to-hire (advert to offer) an IT professional is around 41 days. In comparison, 27.5 days is the median across all industries, according to Glassdoor. The larger the company, the quicker the recruitment process, and if you use a recruitment agency like Crimson, you are more likely to reduce your time-to-hire and the average cost-to-hire.

CV-Library research also indicates that over 80 percent of recruitment professionals do not recommend application forms; instead, CV’s and quick apply buttons are favoured. Advertising in the right place and the strength of your advert will help you attract more candidates. Advertisements that fail to pinpoint salaries and convey the company culture will not attract as much attention.

Similarly, a lengthy hiring process will also deter candidates. CV-Library state that over 49 percent of candidates believe there should be no more than two stages in the hiring process. A recent poll by Crimson’s Senior Appointments Practice revealed that over 90 percent of applicants for a senior IT role would not expect any more than two to three interviews. CV-Library also found that 71 percent of candidates will turn down a job offer if they have a bad interview experience.

Introducing video screening into the hiring process can drastically improve the candidate's experience and reduce the time-to-hire. Crimson recommends using video after you have shortlisted candidates via their CV and before their face-to-face interview.

Topics: IT Jobs, IT recruitment agency, Remote Working, Employee Engagement, Virtual Interviews, Hiring, Job Interviews, Video Interviews

Senior Spotlight: February 2021

by Holly Burnett 24 February 2021

 

Topics: Senior Appointments, Tech Leaders, IT leaders

Why companies are putting employee wellbeing first

by Holly Burnett 23 February 2021

Over the years, the Employee Value Proposition or (EVP) has evolved and grown in importance. An organisation's EVP comprises several factors: compensation, benefits, career opportunities, the working environment, and culture. COVID-19 has enabled many companies to pilot working from home and introduce flexible working. Crimson's report on the pandemic's impact revealed that over 70 percent of IT leaders said their team is now more likely to work from home and they’re more likely to hire remote workers.

Topics: Staff retention, Employee Retention, Remote Working, Employee Engagement, Senior Appointments, IT leaders, Wellbeing, Mentalhealth

Nationwide survey reveals Cyber Security lessons for IT departments

by Holly Burnett 10 December 2020

There was a 44 percent increase in Cyber Security firms between 2017 and 2019, a 37 percent increase in Cyber Security workers and a 46 percent rise in associated revenue. Historically Cyber Security has only accounted for approximately 5 percent of the IT budget; however, the Cyber Security: Building Business Resilience report claims that spending on Cyber Security will double to £136bn this year.

 

Topics: CDO, Cyber Security, CTO, Covid-19, IT leaders, CISO

How do IT leaders manage their professional development?

by Holly Burnett 14 October 2020

This month Crimson's Senior Appointments team approached our network of C-level technologists to get the low down on their attitude towards professional development.

Qualifications are the most popular form of learning



Perhaps it's the sense of achievement or the certification that we can add to our CV, but qualifications were by far, the most popular option for developing our functional skills.

Topics: Digital Transformation, CIO, IT Jobs, Offshore IT, CTO, IT strategy, IT and business goals, professional development

Senior Spotlight: October 2020

by Holly Burnett 14 October 2020

Every month our Senior Appointments team will be interviewing a technology leader from Crimson's network of talented senior IT executives. Find out what drives these individuals as we delve into their career, their most exciting projects, and their tech predictions for 2021 and beyond. Be inspired by their stories and connect with your IT peers. 

Topics: Senior Appointments, Tech Leaders, IT leaders

Global CIO survey highlights what tech leaders can learn from COVID-19

by Holly Burnett 14 October 2020

The CIO Survey is a global technology trend report published annually by Harvey Nash and KPMG. Featuring the opinions of over 4,200 technology leaders and now in its 22nd year, it is one of the largest technology reports that exists today. 

Data gathered in this year's edition reflects on the effects of the pandemic, offering a unique insight into the minds of our technology peers; how they're navigating the new normal and their plans for 2021.

COVID-19 increased our IT budgets by approximately 5%

During the first few months of the pandemic, IT departments had to act fast, setting employees up to work from home securely and meeting customer demands with digital adaptations. For most organisations, IT spend is now at an all-time high, 29 percent of survey participants believe that the pandemic has permanently increased investment in business managed IT. This surge in investment has left many companies questioning their IT spend and how they can balance, the balance sheet.

Two strategic drivers remain the same when considering IT investment: operational efficiency and customer engagement. But the lens in which decisions are being made has shifted. Short-term decision making remains the order of the day, though leaders say they may be more confident about longer and mid-term planning as we move into the new year. Flexibility remains key as we continue to venture into the unknown.

Out are long-term, riskier investments (such as ERP), in are quick innovations on technologies such as Microsoft's Power Platform, empowering creative 'citizen developers' within the organisation. Today's decisions centre around how technology can manage cashflow, drive innovation speed to market, and realise value sooner.

Each sector has its challenges and opportunities

Topics: Digital Transformation, CIO, IT Jobs, Leadership, Cyber Security, information security, CTO, IT Architecture, IT and business goals, Remote Working, Coronavirus, Senior Appointments

Senior Spotlight: September 2020

by Holly Burnett 8 September 2020

Every month our Senior Appointments team will be interviewing a technology leader from Crimson's network of talented senior IT executives. Find out what drives these individuals as we delve into their career, their most exciting projects, and their tech predictions for 2021 and beyond. Be inspired by their stories and connect with your IT peers. 

Topics: Senior Appointments

What does the IT landscape look like post-COVID-19?

by Holly Burnett 21 August 2020

Now the dust has settled on the 'new normal' Crimson's Senior Appointments practice asked our community of tech leaders how IT departments will change post-Covid.

The future is flexible  



Just ten percent of respondents indicated that techies would be returning to the office to complete their regular working hours. The remaining ninety percent suggested flexible working will be on the agenda. YouGov research found that just one in four people want to go back to the office full-time post-pandemic. In a recent Evening Standard article, many FTSE 100 companies said they only have a small percentage of employees on-site and plan to introduce flexible working programmes to retain employees.

Topics: Digital Transformation, CIO, IT Jobs, Offshore IT, Staff retention, CTO, IT recruitment agency, IT strategy, IT and business goals, Covid-19, Coronavirus