Joy George

What Fresh Tech Talent looks for from their employer? | Joy George | Senior Director | Head – Human Resources | Corporate Communications and Facilities | CDK Global India

Joy GeorgeThe fast rise of the IT sector has brought a flood of talent into the business. The current generation is drawn to fast-paced, dynamic work environments, but traditional workplaces are no longer appealing to them. Instead than just being affiliated, the Gen Z and Millennial generations demand an attractive experience and aesthetics.

According to a Deloitte survey, 61% of Gen Zers in the current workforce view work as an important component of their identity. Today, the demand for information and personal development is a challenge for the technology sector in creating an environment that meets the preferences of the immensely gifted younger generation.

Opportunities with Purpose:

Today, digital talent is motivated by a sense of purpose, opportunities to generate value, and the possibility for societal influence. A competitive salary is no longer enough to attract top IT professionals. This generation aims for an open and balanced work environment that allows people to thrive. It is well accepted that the younger generation prefers purpose-driven employment, which leads to higher engagement and job satisfaction.

Work-Life Balance and Flexibility

Deloitte’s 2023 analysis found that Gen Z and millennials are increasingly seeking better work-life balance and flexibility. Approximately one-third of individuals in full- or part-time employment seek work-life balance, emphasising the necessity of hybrid or remote working methods.

Furthermore, as the report shows, there is a clear need for part-time work and flexible hours among young technologists. This highlights not just the importance of an adaptable work environment, but also the necessity to accommodate a wide range of lifestyles and expectations.

It is important to note, that all of these will have to be balanced to make sure that innovation and collaboration at the workplace and the overall engagement of the workforce do not suffer in any manner. It is at this juncture, that the role of managers and leaders becomes crucial in keeping a strong team connection through virtual meetings, connects, and communication sessions.

Focus on Ongoing Learning and Skill Development

As technology is evolving, young tech talent is looking for opportunities that help them in learning and career advancement opportunities, including mentoring and access to courses. It is a necessity for employers to provide these to attract and retain talent, become magnets for skilled professionals, and foster great workplaces.

Culture of Inclusion and Collaboration

Diversity is more than a checkbox; it is a necessity. Young IT talent values inclusive settings that encourage varied perspectives. Workplaces must support DEI in order to ensure its long-term viability and provide a better experience for its employees. Collaboration is more than a cliche; it is a breeding environment for innovation. The new standard is open and honest communication. When employees believe their complaints are being heard, they develop a sense of belonging to the company that would otherwise be difficult to achieve. All organisations should work together to build diverse teams and foster an atmosphere in which everyone’s voice is heard and everyone can prosper.

Clearly Defined Career and Leadership Pathways

Professionals, particularly technologists, like to see a clear way forward. A visible route and clear avenues for professional advancement, promotion, and opportunity to grow and be groomed as future leaders for the organisation are essential. The capacity of an organisation to retain people in today’s competitive market will be heavily reliant on clarity regarding these characteristics. Young talent tends to favour organisations that prioritise learning, skill development, and career advice above high-paying positions. So, rather than redesigning and beautifying their outdated job descriptions, companies should go with what their possible future workers would want for.

Employee Well-Being and the Workplace

Young IT talent values physical and emotional well-being, among other things. Wellness programmes, flexible workspaces, and work-life balance initiatives are not just highly regarded, but are increasingly required as a matter of hygiene.

It is impossible to negotiate a favourable working atmosphere. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, firms have observed a considerable increase in the number of employees suffering from mental health difficulties. As per a report by Deloitte, around 47% who were surveyed have claimed workplace-related stress to be the biggest factor affecting their mental health. This has now become a mandate for businesses, placing immense pressure on them to find ways and means to ensure employee well-being at all costs.

Access to Cutting-Edge Technologies

Tech stacks and access to cutting-edge tools are essential for creating a fulfilling experience for tech professionals. Cultures that encourage experimentation and innovation are appealing, and they aspire to match their expertise with cutting-edge resources. Today’s tech talent seeks more than just earning, such as identity, making a difference, and contributing to a larger cause. Employers who anticipate and adapt to these evolving needs will have a greater chance of success in this new environment.