Investing in the professional development of IT staff is one of the key planks in creating a professional organisation, according to IT suppliers organisation Intellect.
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New guidelines from Intellect, published as part of a cross-industry drive to raise standards of professionalism in IT, say it is essential for organisations to value their staff.
The guidelines call for companies to invest in the ongoing professional development of IT professionals and to support their growth and development. This includes providing career development goals that are both aligned to the needs of the organisation and the personal interests and motivation of employees.
Employers should develop and value the knowledge and experience of staff, and encourage them to gain external skills accreditations and join professional groups, said Intellect.
Supporting a healthy work/life balance, by creating an environment that enables people to work while fulfilling roles as parents, for example, are also important aspects of professionalism.
Companies should encourage staff to discuss work-related ideas and concerns with managers and provide a mechanism for taking any issues to someone outside their direct management infrastructure.
“The UK IT industry makes a substantial contribution to the quality of our lives and the prosperity of the nation. However, it is often perceived as lacking professionalism,” said John Higgins, director general of Intellect.