In an increasingly competitive job market, recruiting and retaining tech talent can be tough. What’s more, a recent study shows that nearly 70% of tech workers say they would consider changing jobs within the next two years, and 39% of those under 30 say they will change jobs within that same time frame.
While finding the right talent can be challenging, a few important changes to your recruiting process could set you up for success. These include increased flexibility, transparency and career development. Here’s how to make them work for you.
Develop flexible work arrangements
Flexibility is becoming a big trend across nearly every industry, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to tech. A recent survey from Indeed found that 83% of tech workers value a flexible workplace, citing flex work hours and the ability to work from home as top priorities. To ensure that you’re accommodating these needs, assess your current work structure and see where you can build in additional flexibility. If you already offer remote work as an option, consider adding flexible hours to the mix. This is a great way to help employees integrate their work lives with their personal lives and boost their overall job satisfaction.
Pro Tip: When interviewing candidates, don’t just say that you offer flexible work arrangements — ask what arrangement would work best for them. This will help you get a better sense of their overall needs and how you can develop a structure that works for everyone.
Make transparency a priority
Transparency is another big theme across industries, and it’s especially important when it comes to developing trust with your team. Of the tech workers surveyed by Indeed, 89% said they value transparent leadership, with older workers valuing it more than any other group. To make transparency a core part of your workplace, it’s important to build it into your culture by developing open communication with your employees. This will allow you to build effective relationships with your team members and help them feel valued at work.
Pro Tip: Don’t just talk about the importance of transparency, make it a priority. Share key updates with your team and ask for their feedback when undertaking major decisions. While it may take a little while to get used to, being genuinely transparent can make a big difference when it comes to company dynamics and employee retention.
Prioritize career development
With tech talent more in demand than ever, candidates are keenly aware that they have plenty of options to choose from. Which is why it’s important to offer them development opportunities within your organization. In fact, 91% of tech workers surveyed said that opportunities for learning and education are important, so creating those opportunities can mean the difference between retaining great employees and losing them.
Pro Tip: Start the career development conversation early on to help you build rapport with your candidates and give you a sense of what you can offer them from the start. A great way to do this is to find out about their career aspirations, the projects they’d like to work on and where they feel they could add value. Once you have a better understanding of their goals, you can work with them to create growth opportunities.
With unemployment at an all-time low, it can feel challenging to find the best talent, especially when it comes to tech workers. But focusing on what you can offer employees can go a long way toward helping you find (and retain) the right hires. By focusing on flexibility, transparency and career development, you can make your organization an attractive option for any candidate.
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