Mar 20 2020

Remote Work Among Benefits That Can Help SMBs Attract IT Talent

Flexibility and balance are key for IT professionals when searching for a new job.

Remote work has been thrust into the spotlight, with businesses all over the world switching gears to allow their employees to stay home. For many, it’s the first time they’re using these kinds of systems, but for IT professionals, it’s a perk they’ve wanted for a while.

That’s just one of the findings in the Dice 2020 Tech Salary Report, which sheds new light on the desires of technologists when it comes to the workplace. These insights can help businesses understand what they can offer to attract top talent, which can be especially helpful for small businesses that may not have the resources to compete with salaries offered by larger enterprises.

While premium professionals demand top dollar, the report shows that taking a more holistic approach to compensation can lure qualified employees. Once they’re in the organization, giving them a platform for creative problem-solving and innovation can keep them feeling fulfilled and committed to the company.  

Benefits That Draw IT Professionals to Organizations

Salary is important, but it’s not the only thing that attracts potential employees. One of the biggest disconnects between IT professionals and their potential employers is the ability to work remotely. A whopping 73 percent of technologists said that remote work was a benefit that they found important, but only 49 percent said that they currently had that flexibility from their employer.

“Despite studies showing that remote work opportunities can translate into happier, more productive employees, it seems that a subset of employers are unwilling to offer more offsite flexibility due to the difficulties associated with communication, management and fostering an innovative workspace,” the report notes.

“Clearly, there is a disparity between what technologists want and what employers are willing to offer.” 

Other emerging benefits also rank high among IT professionals. College tuition reimbursement (48 percent), wellness programs (45 percent) and family leave (45 percent) all ranked as high priorities. In each of these categories, the interest among technologists has increased in the last year.

"To entice top talent, in addition to compensation, a focus on 'emerging' benefits and remote work options will position tech companies' roles at the top of the stack for in-demand experts," says Art Zeile, CEO of Dice parent company DHI Group. Delivering on that work/life balance can be the key to attracting candidates.

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How to Keep Your Business’s IT Department Motivated

Keeping IT professionals is just as important as hiring them in the first place. Constantly training new employees can be a drag not only on productivity, but also on operational efficiency. One of the best ways to keep that talent, the report found, was to give employees opportunities to stretch their limits. 

“Over a quarter of technologists seek opportunities to be more creative in their jobs,” says Michelle Marian, chief marketing officer of DHI Group. “Employers can meet this need by offering special projects and empowering technologists to approach projects in distinct and creative ways, allowing room for continued innovation and in turn, increased satisfaction for technologists."

This means that organizations that haven’t already started automating some IT tasks should look into it. By using robotic process automation to take the mundane work off of their plate, small businesses can allow technologists to focus on more complex problems that challenge their skills and keep them feeling satisfied at work. Keeping that morale high can be just the trick to retaining employees who might get more lucrative offers.

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