Investing in the professional development of IT staff is one of the key planks in creating a professional organisation, according to the IT suppliers organisation Intellect.
New guidelines from Intellect, published as part of a cross-industry drive to raise standards of professionalism in IT, conclude that it is essential for organisations to value their staff.
“The UK’s ICT industries make a substantial contribution to the quality of our lives and the prosperity of the nation. They are also a major employer and exporter. However, these industries and the people they employ are often perceived as lacking professionalism,” said John Higgins, director general of Intellect.
Employers should develop and value the knowledge and experience of staff, and encourage them to develop external skills accreditations and qualifications, and to join professional groups.
Companies should encourage employees to openly discuss work related ideas and concerns with managers, and, if issues are unresolved, provide a mechanism for taking the issue to someone outside their direct management infrastructure.
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