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September 28, 2020
People are the heart of every company. They are not just the customers but the employees. What is the average retention for your employees, and then look at each category of employee how does that change? How much does it cost to replace them? If you figure your migration will take 1 year, and your retention rate is around a year. There is a good chance you will have replaced most or all of your team by the time you finish. Do you ask your employees why they are leaving? I would bet it probably falls into one of a couple of categories: lack of growth, competition, and company culture. You cannot do much about the competition. People will always think the grass is greener, or that the 10 - 20% or more is hard to pass up. They are right, it can be especially early in their career. However, as people go on they realize that culture and growth is more important. With a good culture and growth, some of those people who leave will probably try to find a way back. During the hiring process, you can look to hire people who match the culture the company wants to inspire. I would say growth can be the hardest part. Growth isn’t just advancement in the company, however, typically that is the goal. What are you doing to help encourage your employees to grow their skill set, to grow professionally? The cloud does have some resources for you to help employee growth. All three of the main cloud providers (AWS, Azure, GCP) have free training, and some include hands-on labs.




That training can help provide focus/guidance. All of the providers listed above have exams that describe what they feel is required for the various categories: Associate Architect, Developer, Solutions Architect, etc… Even if your employees do not take the exams, it provides them something to measure their skillset against. I am sure it will show where they already do well and where they need to improve. This isn’t just for tech, the links above have courses and learning for business and tech. Just like there is a basic cert that is great for people who just need to learn some basics around a specific cloud. Then there might be other assessments that can be taken that are more business or sales focused. If you are unable to provide an official mentorship, a service like Pluralsight where they try to use mini exams to guess your skill, or some other ongoing evaluation and feedback the exams are a good way to help.

I will be diving more into people and process in an upcoming post.

I just wanted to say thank you for going through this series with me. I look forward to diving further into several of the concepts present throughout this series. Hopefully, you have found this useful as well in your journey.