In recent years, the demand for software developers worldwide has increased. However, in 2020, when the pandemic hit, many CIOs pulled back considerably on their IT spending. This trend has quickly reversed. In 2022, worldwide IT spending is expected to reach $4.4 trillion. Additionally, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in software development is projected to rise by 22%.
Although organizations across several industries are increasing investment into IT, the supply of technology talent has struggled to keep pace. With the demand for creativity, developers understand their importance and can better dictate their terms — including higher salary compensation and enhanced benefits. Organizations that don’t meet these expectations risk losing coveted talent.
Remote work continues to be a top priority for many developers, along with great company culture. To create a positive work environment for developers, business leaders must offer a culture that makes tech employees feel a sense of belonging and purpose while working remotely. Many developers also want opportunities for growth and the ability to provide agile and innovative toolsets to help increase productivity and collaboration.
Let’s discuss some of the ways modern organizations can still empower developers and how business leaders can build a workplace culture that attracts some of the best developers in the business.
Provide a Supportive Digital Workplace
Open source communities help developers build their skills and allow them to customize their technology stacks, as a result allowing them to optimize their productivity and learn different techniques from other open source projects. There is little to no debate that open source is critical to the tech industry and developers. Embracing open source can increase satisfaction and create a better workforce overall.
Inspire Collaboration Among Software Developers
In the past, office perks such as free food and collaborative social areas were used to attract new employees and retain current employees. However, in the remote work world, these can no longer remain a priority. Instead, business leaders should prioritize the holistic professional experience that their organization provides its employees. For developers, in particular, building this experience falls on CIOs and IT leaders to ensure they are providing workplace satisfaction, modern technology and flexible processes. To do so, they need to focus on tools that promote productivity and communication.
Most employees are familiar with the workflow software and collaboration tools that many workplaces provide. Without these offerings, remote workers would feel confused by their workload at the worst and adrift from their co-workers at best. For developers, however, these general collaboration tools won’t cut it, as they are poorly suited for engineering workflows. General collaborative software doesn’t offer the ability for deep customization, nor do they adapt natively to deploy on-prem or in the private cloud. As a result, developers have little to no use for these tools.
And that lacking sense of utility makes a crucial difference. Developer burnout is at an all-time high and inefficient workflows can keep teams from performing at their best. Or, worse, it can frustrate individual employees, leading to lower retention rates and less attractive offerings for prospective employees. Business leaders looking to offer developers an improved working environment should provide a more integrated, developer-oriented tech stack.
Empowered Software Developers are Productive Developers
While the market has changed, for many developers, fragmented tools remain a top productivity challenge. Investing in modern tools and programming languages while also removing tech complexities are the keys to improving productivity and simultaneously creating a better developer experience. This is why organizations must implement open source applications so developers can have complete visibility and control over the entire stack.
With tool fragmentation causing a number of distractions, developers can become frustrated and spend time responding to every individual incident. This poses the threat of a developer losing their love of the work. By doing away with fragmentation from old technology and selecting relevant solutions, business leaders allow developers to do what they do best: Develop software.
When organizational leaders empower their developers, they in turn find their product teams are more productive and feel more tied to the organization as well as their customers and each other. Thus, what is best for developers is best for the organization at large.