IT Solutions Blog

17 financial wellbeing benefits that will help you retain employees

by Holly Burnett 28 February 2022

 

Topics: Leadership, Staff retention, retention, Remote Working, Company Culture, Tech Leaders, IT leaders, talent attraction, Employee benefits, Financial Wellbeing

How organisations can better support working parents

by Holly Burnett 31 January 2022

In 2012 the Queen announced government plans to improve parental leave, allowing parents to share maternity/paternity leave. At the time, some business leaders were concerned these flexible ideas were bad for business. In 2014, retail vouchers and healthcare benefits were prioritised as family-friendly benefits. More recently organisations have introduced advanced Child-friendly policies, but even in 2018 ideas were still in their infancy.

Topics: Leadership, Staff retention, retention, Remote Working, Company Culture, Tech Leaders, IT leaders, talent attraction, Employee benefits

How you and your employer can help protect the environment in 2022

by Holly Burnett 30 November 2021

In recent years the desire for sustainable products has skyrocketed. Nielsen studies show that 66 percent of consumers would spend more on a product from a sustainable brand, and 81 percent of global consumers feel that organisations should operate more sustainably. 

Individuals, brands, businesses, and even whole countries have begun to put the planet's needs before their own. Tech giants such as Microsoft will be carbon negative by 2030 and, ahead of the world's most significant climate change summit, we heard the Queen and Greta Thunberg's disdain for ‘talking shops.’ 

The conference was billed as a moment that would go down in the history books and save the habitat for future generations. But not all countries met the level of ambition expected. The Glasgow Climate pact has put more pressure on nations to commit to actions more in line with the Paris Agreement by 2030. 

Most of Western Europe and North America will pull the plug on financial support for overseas fossil fuel projects by this time next year. Many nations also agreed to accelerate their plans to phase down unabated coal power and phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. Six of the world’s leading car manufacturers (Volvo, Ford Motors, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, BYD and Land Rover) said they would stop making fossil fuel-based vehicles by 2040. 

The failure of wealthy countries to mobilise funds was a consistent theme throughout the conference. However, a new agreement will see established nations compensate vulnerable countries affected by rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions. 

According to experts, if implemented, the agreements made at the congress will prevent rising atmospheric altitude, but it may not decrease to the desired level. As we have seen with the Paris Agreement, there is no guarantee that each country will carry out their commitment; it is down to us as individuals to pledge our allegiance to the planet. 

Here is a quick reminder of how you can reduce your carbon emissions. 

Topics: Leadership, Staff retention, IT strategy, IT and business goals, retention, Remote Working, Tech Leaders, IT leaders, talent attraction, Sustainability

Digital leaders predict what 2022 has in store for technology teams

by Holly Burnett 24 November 2021

The Harvey Nash Group, a leading global provider of talent and technology solutions, published its Digital Leadership survey results earlier this month. As part of the group, Crimson is a contributor to the report. 

The 2021 Digital Leadership Report is the world’s largest and longest-running senior technology decision-makers survey. Launched in 1998 and previously called the CIO Survey, it has been an influential and respected indicator of significant trends in technology and digital for over two decades. This year a survey of over 2,100 digital leaders took place between 8th July 2021 and 11th October 2021, across 87 countries. In the UK, 823 digital leaders were surveyed.

During the last 12 months, we have seen demand spike for tech professionals as investment in IT skyrocketed to enable agility, meet customer demand, and provide new products and services. However, candidates have had a monopoly over the market with so many new opportunities, and many organisations have faced ‘The Great Resignation’. The Digital Leadership survey found that four in ten employers are struggling to retain their employees, and only one in three (38 percent) of organisations have revisited their employee offer to make it more attractive.

Aside from attracting skilled candidates’ digital leaders cannot find the talent they need. Even though more than half of the professionals surveyed said they were looking to hire regardless of location, 66 percent admitted they could not keep pace with technology trends because of a lack of skilled individuals. For example, the demand for Developers is extraordinarily high; in fact, it’s in the same league as HGV drivers and Nurses. As a result, more than half of those surveyed (52 percent) said they would be offering more apprenticeships to help plug the skills gap.

Let’s take a look at some more of the headlines from the much-anticipated report;

Topics: Leadership, Staff retention, IT strategy, IT and business goals, retention, Remote Working, Coronavirus, Tech Leaders, IT leaders, Wellbeing, Mentalhealth, HR, talent attraction, Technology Trends, Digital Leadership survey

12 virtual presentation tips you probably haven’t heard of

by Holly Burnett 27 August 2021

It’s been almost a year and a half since we unknowingly packed our desk up for a spot of homeworking. Since then, we have wrestled with the tech, discovered some huge business advantages, but began to miss the ‘water cooler moments.’ One thing is for sure, ‘Microsoft Teams / Zoom fatigue’ is real.

Research by Harvard Business school found that although our meetings are shorter, employees now have more meetings. Otter Ai notes that middle managers spend 35 percent of their time in meetings, and 92 percent of employees they asked said they multitask during meetings. On average, UK and USA professionals lose around four days per month, thanks to ineffective meetings.

Microsoft Teams has introduced settings that recommend meeting breaks, and astute managers are reducing the number of meetings in favour of ‘quiet days.’ However, how about when we need to present? How do we delight viewers and keep them from checking their emails?

We have put together some top tips to help you and your audience enjoy a virtual presentation.

Don’t worry. We won’t be asking you to ‘check the tech’ and blur your background; that’s yesterday’s news. Instead, we will take you through some new techniques and encourage you to ask yourself what you could do differently?

Nobody wants their approach to feel dated, employers are looking for authentic, creative, changemakers and you can stand out by adopting a few of these tips

Topics: Remote Working, Virtual Interviews, Job Interviews, Presentations, Webinars, Meetings

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

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

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

Crimson industry survey: IT shows Coronavirus resilience

by Holly Burnett 29 June 2020

While the long-term impact of Coronavirus on the IT industry, as well as many other sectors, remains unknown, the short-term effect has been clear for all to see over the last few weeks.

Topics: Technology Strategy, IT Jobs, microsoft project planning, information technology strategy, Remote Working, Company Culture, Covid-19