IT departments tuned in to business strategy

Employees in the IT department have a better understanding of their employer's strategies than employees working in the other areas of the business, according to a study by e-learning company SkillSoft.

Employees in the IT department have a better understanding of their employer's strategies than employees working in the other areas of the business, according to a study by e-learning company SkillSoft.

The survey of 3,000 people working in different business functions found that 84% of IT staff understood their employer's business objectives, compared with an average of 69% of employees working in other parts of the business.

IT staff were also more likely to learn new skills. Some 73% of IT professionals have been offered on-the-job training to learn new skills, compared with 60% of other employees.

The survey found that people working in IT departments were the most committed to learning additional skills. More than 33% of IT professionals said they would be prepared do all their training during their own time, compared with less than 25% of respondents from other departments.

Eighty two per cent said they would spend at least some of their personal time in training, provided that their employer was prepared to give them an equal amount of time for study during work hours.

Despite their commitment to learning, IT staff said they felt undervalued by their employers. More than 70% believed their jobs did not reflect their skills and talents. Only 45% felt valued by their employers.

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