Hiring Top Tech Talent in 2022: A Go-To Guide
In our pandemic-stricken world, where WFH, worker shortages and the virtual workplace are the new norms, attracting and recruiting top tech talent has become more important than ever. What can you do to ensure your business is at the top of every tech candidate’s or recruiter’s shopping list?
Today, technology underpins almost every aspect of work.
To win your preferred tech candidates, you need to look beyond the traditional elements of company mission and purpose and competitive pay. The pandemic has changed people’s attitudes to work. Today it’s no longer ‘all about the money’ as employers across the globe look to diversify tech compensation packages with a focus on employee experience and well-being rather than just the dollars.
In effect, you need to re-imagine your business from the viewpoint of a tech jobseeker, then restructure it to differentiate yourself from competitors in the race for the most sought-after tech talent. Especially the millennials and members of Generation Z who make up a significant and growing share of this specialized workforce.
Many businesses, for example, are building a compelling employee proposition around corporate totems they consider significant and compelling, such as:
- Offering tech candidates real flexibility in their job descriptions
- A vibrant and distinctive employee-friendly culture
- A range of personal development options
Working the traditional 40 hour week is no longer standard in many professional businesses. Access to flexible work options is now considered essential to attract the best talent
With the shock of COVID, technology workers now want the whole work & lifestyle package. Alongside compensation, IT professionals consistently list technical challenges and flexibility for hours or better work/life balance among what matters most in a job offer, in addition to company culture and advancement opportunities.
The best Tech talent available looks for positions that require them to be on-site only one to two days per week, completing their remaining tasks for the rest of the week wherever they work best – whether that’s in a convenient satellite workplace or at their home office.
A company’s culture is key to building a vibrant, satisfying and meaningful work experience for all employees. And it’s a multi-faceted issue.
For example, a strong diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategy can help companies attract tech talent.
In a recent survey of 1,000 employed adults, 48% said they’d consider switching to another company if it had a well-developed DEI strategy. (1)
The pandemic has also been a hyper-catalyst for a long overdue focus on employee health and wellbeing.
According to Wellable’s 2021 Employee Wellness Industry Trends Report, mental health will be at the top of everyone’s mind this year. In fact, nine out of ten employers plan to invest more in this area in the coming years; especially since the pandemic has had a big impact on people’s working conditions, often creating a lot of additional stress and anxiety. (2)
In 2022 though companies will focus mainly on prevention; with initiatives that include rethinking workplace design to ensure the safety of their employees.
In 2022 too, worksite health promotion will increasingly come to be viewed as an investment in a business’ most important asset – its employees – with ROI/benefits that include:
- Attracting the most talented workers
- Reducing absenteeism and lost time
- Improving on-the-job time utilization, decision making and productivity
- Improving employee morale
- Reduction in turnover
- A healthier workforce in general
Creating a winning culture should always include high-quality coaching and development of employees. Millennial and Gen Z workers value this kind of investment. It’s also critical to “growing” talented employees who have the right capabilities, but not necessarily the experience. An important issue in a tight employment market.
Earning a reputation for excellence across all these areas won’t happen overnight. But the payoff is a high-calibre, diverse workforce hungry to help the company succeed in the new post-pandemic world.
In today’s competitive climate, hiring top talent is a priority for any organisation. And the search field for the right employees is now global. It has been forecast that in 2022, remote workers will represent 32% of the global workforce, close to double the figure from 2019.(3)
The rise of remote working, of course, has opened a world of possibilities with regards to acquiring top talent, making it much easier for companies to engage people internationally.
The presence of Specialist Workforce Management Organisations like CXC Global who offer Employer of Record (EOR) services to handle talent sourcing, immigration compliance, payrolling and other related services has made engaging talent internationally even easier, for companies both large and small.
Like to know more about strategies to attract top tech talent in 2022, and how workforce management companies like CXC Global can help you create a more successful future? Then don’t hesitate to contact us at CXC Global.