Motivation can be a difficult concept to pinpoint and identify. Different people have different reasons for taking or working a job, and subsequently, different aspects they like in a job. Tailoring one specific aspect may work for one, or even several employees, but certainly not everyone. Therefore, understanding a multitude of reasons is ideal for maintaining high morale and an effective, productive work force. Here are the top five things tech employees want in a job:
1. Compensation and benefits.
IT workers know how much they’re worth – and it’s considerable in comparison to other verticals. Paying a fair wage ranks among more than 50 percent of IT professionals as their primary motivator. However, pay is unique because it’s often the primary, but almost never the only motivator.
2. Job Stability.
When a professional accepts an offer, there is an unspoken agreement that both sides commit long term. When a professional is unsure about their future, or the future of their IT department, this creates a perpetual undertone of instability – which often can create or encourage self-serving behavior in employees.
IT workers, perhaps more than other sectors, enjoy being challenged and solving complex problems. Mundane, routine, and repetitive tasks can wear on a professional’s enthusiasm. Workers want new tasks and responsibilities, even if they aren’t attached to a pay raise or promotion. Allowing workers to trade tasks can be an effective means to combat this.
4. Flexible schedule/Remote working.
Most IT workers are on a computer most of the day – enabling a large plurality the ability to work from home. Many workers are even willing to take a pay cut to work from home or work their own hours. Regardless, this is also one of the top requests from tech employees.
5. Relation with superiors.
This is a broad category, ranging from effective leadership to employees feeling that their opinions are valued. Often, workers want “attaboys” and praise or recognition, and will opt for a company that offers them more freely. Other professionals simply want to have a say in the direction of a company or project. Whichever the case may be, your company should strive to avoid an oppressive environment, instead allowing ideas to transfer freely.
There are a number of reasons different people choose different employers. The business culture of a company is often equally as important as the compensation and pay. Thus, creating a culture suitable for innovation is the most important aspect of an effective IT workforce.
At The Armada Group, culture is one of the ways we create lasting relationships between employer and employee. We carefully vet candidates to understand what they’re looking for, and match them to businesses of a similar vision. This method has enabled us to recruit for some of the top companies in the U.S., as well as the fastest growing companies in the world. Contact us today to see how we can help you.