Fall 2021

Welcome!

Welcome back to another edition of PSCI's client newsletter, the IT Industry Rundown!
 
From dealing with digital transformation initiatives to implementing IT strategies as part of their organization's overall business strategy, there are many challenges facing IT leaders today.
 
Among them, are the continuing IT skills gap, employee retention, and the hybrid work model. So, in this edition of our quarterly newsletter, we share original articles from both PSCI as well as from various IT industry publications, that address each concern.

Highlighted are the Great Resignation and how company culture plays a part, the ever-growing cybersecurity skills gap and why tech's image is a contributing factor, as well as the hybrid work model and the role a company's meeting plans should play in implementing it.

I hope you find these articles both informative and helpful as you continue to navigate around these challenges. As always, please remember to connect with PSCI on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook for the latest IT industry news and information. 

Patrick O’Neill
Marketing Manager

Making Sense of the Great Resignation
Also known as the Big Quit, the Great Resignation is the ongoing trend of employees voluntarily leaving their jobs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This blog post examines its main causes, focuses on what employers can do to increase their retention rates, and talks about how PSCI can be a valuable resource for companies dealing with a multitude of open positions. Read More >>

Addressing the Cybersecurity Skills Gap
If it were to be measured as a country, cybercrime would be the world's third largest economy. The need then for cybersecurity professionals is at an all-time high. The problem, however, is that according to a recent industry report, a cybersecurity skills gap persists for the fifth straight year. This blog post takes an in-depth look at the aforementioned cybersecurity skills gap and proposes solutions for narrowing it. Read More >>

The Benefits and Challenges of the Hybrid Work Model
In a hybrid work arrangement, an employee splits their time between the workplace and working remotely. Seen as a way to attract and retain talent, it's quickly becoming the preferred working arrangement for employers. It is not, however, without its challenges. In this blog post, we review both the challenges and benefits of the hybrid work model. Read More >>
Why Some Employees May Not Be Buying Into Your Culture
Employers around the nation are dealing with the Great Resignation and how to retain their employees. Crafting a culture workers can believe in, is a big step. As one young worker put it, "I want a noble cause, not just a paycheck." In this article, Forbes explains the importance of company culture on employee attraction and retention. Read More >>

Tech Jobs Have an Image Problem and It's Making the Skills Shortage Worse
Despite the abundance of opportunity that exists within the IT industry, the younger generation (Gen Z) is shying away from a career in it. The onus, then, falls onto businesses, educators, and other academic institutions to show them that a career in IT is one worth pursuing. ZDNet goes into detail in this article. Read More >>

When Do We Actually Need to Meet in Person
As company leaders grapple with return-to-work plans, and what implementing hybrid work arrangements will look like, one thing they must consider is meetings. In this article, the Harvard Business Review poses six questions employers should be asking themselves about their meeting plans as they plot out their teams return-to-work schedule. Read More >>
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