'Opportunistic' Layoffs Expose IT Departments to Skills Deficit, says Info-Tech Research Group



    LONDON, ON, May 27 /CNW/ - According to a recent study from Info-Tech
Research Group, IT leaders view poor job performance as the top factor when
determining whether to lay off staff. However, this betrays a fundamental
misunderstanding of the purpose of layoffs.

    "With cost reduction on the brain, many IT decision makers view layoffs
as a great chance to remove low performing, negative, or poor-fit employees,"
says Jennifer Perrier-Knox, senior research analyst with Info-Tech Research
Group. "However, while the short term savings may be attractive,
'opportunistic' layoffs present several longer term problems."

    First, it suggests that IT leaders have been avoiding effective and
timely employee performance and problem management, allowing issues to remain
unresolved.

    Second, when an employee is terminated during a layoff, the vacant
position cannot be refilled with a stronger performer due to accompanying
hiring freezes, thus creating prolonged critical skill gaps.

    Third, Corporate Policies & Collective Bargaining Agreements often
dictate that layoffs be based on business need rather than individual
performance. By intertwining these two factors, companies are at risk of
non-compliance with their own internal HR governance procedures.

    "Organizations conducting layoffs should first assess business
requirements when setting IT staffing levels. Once these staffing levels are
determined, they may then consider skills and productivity when evaluating
which employee should fill a particular position," cautions Perrier-Knox.

    About The Study

    The survey completed by 192 IT decision makers across North America found
that individual job performance (85%) is the most important of 13
decision-making factors when these leaders are determining who will be laid
off. This factor is followed by relevance of skill set (73%), fit with
organizational culture (51%) and attitude/job satisfaction (45%). Importantly,
salary/compensation levels did not appear among the top five factors.

    About Info-Tech Research Group

    With a paid membership of over 21,000 worldwide, Info-Tech Research Group
(www.infotech.com) is a global leader in providing tactical, practical
Information Technology research and analysis. Info-Tech has been addressing
the needs of IT professionals for over 10 years, and is one of North America's
fastest growing full-service IT analyst firms.





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