I’ve worked alongside many IT Departments over the years.
Depending on the work culture, the IT personnel have either been supportive, inspiring, obstructive or downright incompetent.
However, when you do come across professional and dedicated IT staff then it is in your interests to appreciate them.
According to a recent study by the Economist Intelligence Unit with Oracle, IT departments are a missed opportunity. IT people are perfectly suited to driving technological change and implementing best practice. However, most companies only view them as people to implement, rather than generate, innovation.
Providing staff with opportunities to promote their ideas is the key to adapting and succeeding in a technologically driven world and IT people are uniquely positioned to guide a company through new and uncharted technological challenges.
However, they can also make working environments difficult if they become obstinate (if you’ve ever worked in education you will know what I mean).
We all suffer when creativity is stifled and it certainly helps to appreciate the talents of all your employees. IT – driven technologies are essential for innovation, so it makes sense to value those involved.