With the turmoil of the last 2 years in the digital tech recruitment sector, retention of new and existing staff is emerging as one of the key topics of 2022. Retaining the best talent reduces recruitment and other associated costs in the long term and is growing in importance particularly in the technology sector. What is trending this year for the best retention policies to tackle this.
Digital tech talent is in short supply as organisations strive to develop their technology capabilities which is increasing talent demand. At the same time digital talent has been leaving the employed market preferring to set up their own businesses or moving to contracting work. For any organisation that has core digital tech teams retaining that talent is more important than ever. According to a survey* conducted in late 2021:
- 85 percent of employees are not satisfied with their employer’s support of their careers.
- 88 percent say the meaning of success has changed for them. Work-life balance, mental health, and flexibility are now top priorities.
This has serious implications for employers who need to adapt their talent management to fit better with what employees actually want.
Create Careers Not Just Jobs.
Having a clearly defined career path for promotion and other internal opportunities gives talent achievable goals to focus on. By providing the tools and procedures for talent to progress in their careers can be a great motivating force. If there are no promotion or career progression opportunities people will see their position as just another job. Part of providing career opportunities is to have a well-structured training programme where digital tech staff can learn the new latest technology and add valuable certifications to their capabilities.
The workplace has changed thanks to the coronavirus pandemic because employees were forced to work from home. The consequence of this has been a realisation that talent can be just as productive working remotely as they are when forced to work in an office environment. What talent really expects now is flexibility from employers that allows them to work remotely when appropriate. It is generally beneficial for teams to meet and work in an office environment on a regular basis, however, consider adjusting this with the addition of flexible policies that allow talent to work from home more frequently than before. Also increasing in importance for talent is having a good work life balance which can be interpreted in different ways but can be achieved by adopting flexibility for working routines in both hours and locations worked. Some organisations are focussing more on achievements that hours worked as a more productive approach that helps talent balance their work and private life.
Having a well-structured training programme with clear career progression paths along with flexible work policies can really help address mental health issues that many employees have stated have been a concern during the last 2 years. Using a talent management or hiring tool can help human resources to manage not only recruitment but can also define training and career programmes along with benefits including flexible working policies.
One such company who are game changing the face of recruitment by providing a robust process to deliver more efficient recruitment without bias is Hire Digital. A start-up recruitment company with a global presence that has invested heavily in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to manage the digital tech recruitment and talent management process. Their ATS software platforms give digital talent recruiters a strict criterion for posting job adverts and descriptions and their AI works in such a way that it generates a much smaller more targeted candidate list by using up to 40,000 attributes. They key to this is efficiency, recruiters spend less time generating job advertisements and trawling through hundreds of CV’s to get their shortlist, Hire Digital tech can rapidly access up to 1bn talent globally.
Hire Digital is an AI technology with a human touch that is completely revolutionising the recruitment and selection process. It’s two times faster, 50 % cheaper and ten times more accurate than traditional hiring tech. To find out more speak to Robin Brohl at Hire Digital he is a real person and would love to engage with you and help you streamline your recruitment processes.
*Source ‘Oracle partnered with Workplace Intelligence Q4 2021 Global Survey