With the tight labor market continuing, particularly in the information technology field, companies need to be creative in order to attract and retain top talent.  First, ensure that your total reward program is competitive with the marketplace, and consider offering higher starting wages, changes to your current benefits offerings, or more flexible work arrangements, in order to compete for talent.  In addition, offering relocation packages or hiring remote employees can lessen the burden of finding local talent.  Companies are also offering additional training to current employees, in an effort to provide professional development and retain staff, while filling talent gaps.