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IT managers' relationship with staff of high importance

Source: eWeek
May 8, 2012
It’s always helpful to get along with your boss, particularly in the world of IT departments, but many of those relationships need work, a survey by Web-based IT employment specialist Dice indicates. The company found when it comes to developing talent, IT managers are falling short of the mark, however: The survey found a majority of IT professionals judge their current managers as graders (61 percent) versus teachers (26 percent). Eight in 10 tech professionals say their boss plays an important role in the decision to stay or leave their current firm, the survey found.

“There will always be a need for some grading, but the emphasis should be on teaching. Tech professionals do their best work when it's a safe environment to try new solutions, explore alternatives and fail. Over time, wisdom gained equals fewer mistakes, cutting quickly to the best solution and increasing production,” Dice’s North American senior vice president Tom Silver wrote in the corresponding report.

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