IT bosses say employers do not share aims

IT managers and their employers are at loggerheads over prioritising the development of the IT staff, research by the Chartered Management Institute has revealed

IT managers and their employers are at loggerheads over prioritising the development of the IT staff, research by the Chartered Management Institute has revealed.

A 15-month study by the CMI found that, although most IT managers measure success by their ability to develop the skills of their staff, only 33% regard this as a priority for their organisations as a whole.

The findings highlight a gap between the criteria IT managers use to measure their performance and the view of their employers. It demonstrates the need for organisations to better communicate their objectives and priorities with the IT department, the institute said.

The research found discrepancies in other areas of staff development. Although 33% of IT managers felt that implementing flexible working was a measure of success, for example, only 10% felt work/life balance was valued by their employer.

"Success clearly means different things to different people, but the disparity between the aims and objectives of the individual and how they view their company's priorities reveals a need for better internal communication," said CMI director Jo Causon.

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