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Employers are going in the wrong direction when it comes to tackling the tech talent shortage, Mentoring and training employees is key, says Enterprise DB


Hiring difficulties will continue if employers don’t focus on a key staff demand that is routinely overlooked: mentoring and learning opportunities. This is indeed the main finding of the 2022 edition of the Enterprise DB (EDB) Open Source Talent Survey 2022. The survey found that workers are more willing than ever to leave companies that don’t offer such programs, meaning that talent retention is now more than just increased wages and the ability to work from home.

It’s important to regularly examine the drivers of employee satisfaction and dissatisfaction in today’s technology companies. Enterprise DB believes that analyzing these factors provides valuable insights that companies can use to ensure they retain the best employees in the face of increased competition for technology talent. More often than not, determining the source of employee satisfaction comes down to what a company doesn’t do, rather than what it does, says Enterprise DB, which provides solutions to make it easier to use PostgreSQL .

With this in mind, EDB surveyed more than 1,400 application developers, IT/operations and business management professionals around the world to find out their volume of work, the quality of training received during the past 12 months and the motivations that could lead them to seek other employment opportunities. More than two-thirds (67%) of respondents reported an increase in the volume of work assigned to them over the past 12 months. About 43% of them would consider a new job opportunity with greater career possibilities.

In addition, the survey sought to identify the level of support, guidance and training needed to keep employees happy, satisfied and motivated. Thus, EDB reports that the developers continue to examine their options in the context of the “Great Resignation”. As a reminder, the Great Resignation refers to the wave of large-scale professional resignations that began around the summer of 2020 in the United States before spreading to the rest of the world. Since then, millions of employees dissatisfied with their jobs or their salaries have left their jobs in search of better opportunities. The trend would always continue.

According to EDB, when tech talent is asked about their current job, just under half (46%) are very satisfied. About 44% are satisfied, but would be open to a new opportunity if the right position presented itself. Finally, 10% are not satisfied with their current job, bringing 54% of respondents who are open and looking for new roles. Similarly, more than a quarter (28%) have a less favorable view of their employer over the past 12 months. This means that a significant proportion of the technology workforce poses a flight risk to organizations.

Another key point the report reveals is that workers in the tech industry are particularly keen on mentoring opportunities and better access to training and certifications. EDB says talent is likely to flee to better jobs if they don’t have more mentoring and learning opportunities. For many workers, the pandemic has crippled their career advancement, and now that organizations are starting to rebound, employees are clearly eager to make up for lost time. The survey revealed that development is highly sought after by talent.

According to the report, pay and benefits are often top of mind (46%), but when asked what would make them consider another job opportunity, employees cite improved career opportunities ( 43%, up from 24% in 2021), with a focus on mentoring (38%) and better access to training and certifications (30%) in 2022, up from 17% in 2021. The report also indicates that Those most satisfied with their current employer said their organization had a mentorship program in place in the past 12 months (21%).

In contrast, those who were dissatisfied (43%) said they had not introduced distance training and mentoring this year. And EDB’s report does not seem isolated. A recent Pluralsight survey found that 40% of tech workers cite lack of career development opportunities as one of the top reasons for leaving their employer, even before compensation. According to Pluralsight, only 24% of workers plan to stay with their employer for the next 12 months and 52% plan to quit at least once a month.

This means that development opportunities are key in the battle for talent. Separately, EDB reports that the number of employees considering leaving their current roles for the opportunity to work with more cutting-edge technologies has doubled in the past year, with 32% agreeing (compared to 16% in 2021). . In addition, 19% of respondents would like a job that gives them more time to work on open source projects. EDB notes that in 2022, employees view their employer’s approach to training in emerging technologies less favorably.

Almost everywhere, a third of them have the same opinion when it comes to training in basic technologies (31%), security (31%) and compliance (24%), with less favorable opinions or assertions that training is not offered to them at all. Finally, EDB cautions companies that it is not enough to tell staff that they have learning and development programs in place. On the contrary, they must practice what they preach. EDB also points out that the workload of some employees does not allow them to participate in the available training.

For example, the Pluralsight survey found that 61% of workers felt they were too busy with other demands to attend training, suggesting that leaders need to reduce workload or better communicate the importance of training. training and development. “We recommend that organizations launch initiatives to specifically support better career path options, better mentorship opportunities, and more advanced training in emerging technologies,” EDB recommends in its report.

This, he says, will provide the competitive edge companies need in a crowded tech talent market. Furthermore, it is not enough for a company to claim to have such programs; they need to be properly implemented and employees need to be consistently encouraged and given space to invest their time in these programs. Along with improving wages and benefits, prioritizing these initiatives can provide a company with a stable and satisfied workforce, EDB adds.

Finally, according to EDB, harnessing the power of the open source community could also give companies access to the world’s brightest minds, even when they face challenges recruiting and retaining employees.

Source: EDB Open Source Talent Survey 2022

And you?

What is your opinion on the subject?
What do you think of the results of the EDB survey? Do you think they reflect reality?
Why do you think workers are more seeking out mentoring and learning opportunities?
Do you also think that the increase in salaries and the possibility of working remotely are no longer sufficient to retain talent?
Do you think it is possible for technology companies to take into account all the needs of workers as they evolve rapidly?

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