Facebook’s changes this week certainly haven’t gone unnoticed by IT recruiters or the rest of the world. While analyses on the details of these changes vary, the consensus seems to be one that the information technology world, and thus technical recruiters and IT consultants, have long understood: Change is key to staying relevant, but it needs to be done with caution. IT recruiting firms and the IT professionals they work with often seek the balance between change and prudence in their work. Frivolous change, change done solely for the sake of meeting technology’s break-neck pace, can meet loud criticism. And loud criticism can mean the demise of a person or company’s reputation—at a break-neck pace, of course.
Marissa Mayer at Yahoo has also been struggling with similar issues. As IT staffing firms and IT contractors watched her call all Yahoo employees back to work, they also saw the criticism pour in. The results of Mayer’s change are yet to really be seen, but the consequences of shaking things up have certainly already manifested themselves and Mayer’s reputation has taken a hit. Of course, not everyone is as visible in their actions as Mayer and Facebook, but the lesson for IT recruiting agencies and anyone else in the information technology field is just to make change cautiously. Even when the industry standard requires IT recruiters CA to IT recruiters Boston to make change quickly to remain relevant, these changes are still subject to equally quick criticism.