Real advice from real employees
With The Great Resignation having a huge impact on tech employees, we wanted to get their own opinions on what companies should do to keep their talent. Respondents gave their advice to companies in an open-ended question at the end of the survey. Three main themes emerged from respondents’ answers:
Nurture your existing employees and show them your appreciation
Three out of 4 respondents feel that their companies are prioritizing new hires instead of focusing on nurturing their existing employees. This strategy needs to change in order for tech workers to feel more motivated to remain at their jobs.
“Focus on employees internally instead of looking for new talent. Help the ones you have develop new skills and enhance their current capabilities.”
“Appreciate your people and reward them with meaningful work and growth opportunities.”
Provide more training and career development opportunities
Continuous employee training is fundamental across industries — let alone within a sector where change happens so rapidly. Tech workers need more opportunities to level up, both in terms of skills and in terms of career progression.
“Always give the opportunity to move up and teach them more valuable skills.”
“Try to make better options for learning new skills and development.”
Offer flexibility and a better work-life balance
Flexibility in location, schedule, and management style. With 1 out of 4 respondents reporting that their company has already backpedaled their remote work options post-COVID, it’s important to remember that remote and hybrid environments are not a passing fad. They cover real needs; they’re here to stay.
“Ensuring flexible working hours and work from home policy.”
“There must be a balance of work and personal life for your tech talent. Payment and benefits must be good, above average.”
“Throw out your 1950s playbook, and remove the middle managers whose job is only justified if they can physically look over [our] shoulders. And let us go remote.”
About the survey
The survey was conducted online between September 10-12, 2021 on a random sample of 1,200 U.S. employees that work in tech/IT/software departments across industries. Fifty-six percent of respondents were male and 44% were female.