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Belonging and retention

support.pngI was part of a discussion yesterday with a number of leaders talking about technical personnel retention. One of the points brought up (which is actually common sense but I hadn’t thought of quite the way they expressed it) is the role of “belonging” in retention.

 

How do the technologists in a team or corporation belong or support each other? There are a number of support networks for their industry, location or technical expertise either inside their corporation or externally on sites like LinkedIn. Do they know about these groups and is there involvement encouraged or viewed as a distraction from their role. 

 

Often as individuals advance through a technical career, their community role may be as important personally as their local role on the team. If an organization comes along that values these efforts more, the individuals are likely to switch. If they feel like an outsider in their current org. – they may as well be one.

 

This can be a tough concept for the individual’s local team leader, since the formal leader may not even be aware of, let alone involved in that community. They have their own set of issues and groups to worry about.

 

Ensuring contributions are understood at all levels is why technologists may need to go out of their way to both generate and explain the value of communities for their local teams.

 

This morning (my morning, their evening) I was in a discussion with a number of technologists in the Philippines as part of a career week discussion. This community approach to developing a support network was one of the areas I stressed to help them in their advancement.

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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