Technology is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the world. Every day, it seems as though new innovations are hitting the marketplace, changing the way that we respond to everyday challenges and concerns. Although this is excellent news for talented candidates who want to take their pick of organisations to work for, it’s not as exciting for businesses, who struggle to get their hands on the perfect hires.
It’s no wonder that companies like Airbnb are now giving their employees an annual budget for travel, and Amazon is cutting down on the work week. Employers around the globe are continually searching for new and improved ways to attract the hires they need most.
With rates of workforce loyalty falling lower than ever, and the costs of replacing employees rising ever-higher, the question is: “Does your organisation know what it needs to do to attract technology stars this year?”
1. Work-Life Balance
According to numerous Deloitte and CIPD surveys, employees now consider “work-life balance” to be one of the most important factors when it comes to deciding whom they want to work for. In fact, it might be even more crucial than salary for some of your potential new hires.
As the professional environment grows more chaotic and fast-paced, it’s important to remember that there are only so many hours in the day. The more time an employer demands from their staff, the more likely that employer is to push their critical recruits out of the door.
In the technology world, offering work-life balance opportunities can be easier than you think. For instance, many of the tasks associated with Salesforce development and consulting can be implemented from anywhere, using remote software and collaboration tools. Consider whether a flexible working schedule might make you more attractive to the talent you need.
2. Inclusion and Respect
No matter what kind of candidate you’re looking for in the job market today, it’s important to note that almost every employee expects a certain level of respect from their manager or supervisor.
According to a study from the Harvard Business Review in 2014, that is still as relevant today; employees will always be more engaged when they feel their “core” needs are being met. These needs include:
- Purpose: Finding meaning in your work.
- Focus: Knowing what’s expected of you.
- Understanding: Being able to take breaks at work.
- Recognition: Feeling valued by the team.
Technology professionals know that they’re in demand right now, so if they don’t feel as though they’re being appreciated in your business, they’ll happily look for employment elsewhere.
3. Opportunities for Development
Technology is a constantly evolving and shifting sector. This means that the experts you hire in this industry are likely to be searching for a role that opens new doors for them in an innovative environment. Make sure that the people you bring onto your team can see a future for themselves within your organisation, complete with plenty of new technology to play with.
A candidate who feels as though they might stagnate in a new role, or be unable to show off their skills in full is more likely to look elsewhere for opportunities. With that in mind, it might be worth looking for ways that you can support your staff by giving them new training and learning opportunities to tap into.
Remember, today’s talent isn’t just looking for a high salary. Potential new hires want to know that they’re setting themselves up for a dynamic and exciting career.
Most people work better in groups than they do alone. Although it’s true that technology professionals are generally more independent than other experts in the job market, that doesn’t mean that they don’t want opportunities to collaborate and communicate with people who are relevant to their position.
The critical thing to remember about teamwork in the technology environment is that it might not involve bringing groups together in person. Instead, today’s employees with a tech background are more likely to expect you to have systems in place that allow them to speak to their team members through digital mediums.
For instance, you might need to invest in a social intranet for your workplace, or think about downloading some collaborative software into your network.
5. A Source of Motivation
Finally, the fact that the technology sector is always changing and growing means that you’re more likely to be hiring people from the “millennial” demographic as the new few years move forward.
Many millennials are currently in the search for careers that not only allow them to make the most of their skills, but also keep them motivated with a sense of meaning, purpose, or pride. This generation wants to work with organisations that are socially responsible, and potentially have a positive impact on the world around them.
Think about how you can motivate a more socially-connected team as you enter the new year, and you will then attract the talent to take your organisation forward.
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