Don’t Be Afraid to Boost Your IT Employees’ Value

A dichotomy exists in today’s business world: training employees adds value to a company but offering certification-driven training boosts an employee’s individual value, which can increase the amount he or she should be compensated.

The “perfect” solution? Organizations provide training for their IT employees but do not offer to certify them. After all, IT pros who are certified are worth more than those who aren’t, and it can be assumed that companies don’t always feel they can increase these individuals’ salaries to match their growing skillsets. This is understandable. Tight budgets don’t leave much wiggle room for increasing employees’ pay, which is why it seems company leaders avoid boosting their IT employees’ value by offering them training without certification.

But a sound argument can be made as to why this is not the perfect solution. In our more than 25 years of corporate training experience Directions has seen certification-driven training – the type of training that can boost an employee’s compensation – boost organizational value more than just training alone.

In fact, read our case study about how accelerated certification-driven training helped a medical network in California continue to serve over one million patients a year by seamlessly migrating to Windows 10.

IT Certifications Benefit Employees

Getting various certifications is a wise move on the part of an IT specialist. IT pros who invest in becoming certified in various IT specializations increase their personal value significantly and increase their chances of getting hired and promoted. In The Value of Technical Certification, Microsoft explained,

“Certifications fuel new and valuable careers. Microsoft Certified Professionals spend less time interviewing and more time driving value. Adding a Microsoft certification to your resume helps you stand out and get hired—faster. In some cases, certification has allowed hiring managers to fill positions 25% more quickly. What’s more, certified new hires are fully productive an entire month sooner than their uncertified peers. This level of productivity makes your impact and skills clearly stand out.”

Isn’t it incredible that simply becoming certified in an IT specialization increases an employee’s value to the point that he or she is able to bypass long interview processes, stand out among job applicants, and sail through mundane IT onboarding practices? These advantages should motivate any Information Technology pro to seek certification.

IT Certifications Benefit Employers, too!

IT certifications don’t merely help employees; they also benefit the companies those employees work for. A study mentioned in the IDC whitepaper IT Certifications: Shorter Road to Valuable Positions (to download the PDF, click “download the IDC white paper” beneath the heading “what every technology professional needs to get ahead”) revealed the ways in which businesses profit from having certified IT workers on staff, including…

  • Improved productivity and reduced costs
  • Improved IT staff efficiencies
  • Improved availability and risk mitigation
  • Increased business agility

Since financial worries are what usually prevent employers from increasing the value of IT employees, “improved productivity and reduced costs” may appeal most to company decision makers. Referring to improved productivity and decreased costs associated with IT certifications, the IDC whitepaper reported,

“Certified employees reach full productivity faster after being hired. As a result, interviewed organizations have reduced costs associated with hiring new employees and minimized the disruption to operations caused by employee turnover. Interviewed organizations reported that each new hire incurs substantial costs in terms of hard costs (advertising, recruiters, etc.) and employee time (HR, LOB). As a result, longer tenure benefits organizations by reducing the frequency with which they must incur these costs of hiring.”

Certifying IT employees will dip into a company’s budget slightly, but it will ultimately lower an organization’s bottom line. Also, it will ensure a company’s IT infrastructure is managed and supported by expertly trained IT professionals.

Where to Get Employees Certified in IT Specializations

Not wanting IT employees to become more valuable is just one barrier to employers facilitating IT certification. Another roadblock is company leaders being unsure of whom to turn to for certification. There are many IT training companies out there. Which one should employers trust to certify their IT pros? Directions Training is a sound option.

For over 25 years, Directions has been training and certifying people in dozens of IT specializations such as Cisco, Azure, and Windows 10. Peruse our many IT certifications here.

It’s evident that IT certifications aren’t just helpful to Information Technology professionals, but also to the companies they work for. If your organization could benefit from reduced costs, increased productivity, and brilliant IT infrastructure support, getting your Information Technology employees certified is your best bet.

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