Unemployment among tech professionals continues to remain well below the national average. As competition for these skilled workers heats up, many companies look to add a variety of workplace perks to help attract new talent and retain current employees.
Choosing the right benefits to offer is instrumental to the business’ success in recruiting candidates. If you are interested in making a similar move, here are some of the workplace perks that are considered most desirable by IT teams.
Flexible Work Arrangements
According to Ken Matos, the Vice President of Research at Life Meet Work, “People today really value workplace flexibility and remote work because it allows them to focus their energies on work and life as opposed to commuting or other complications due to geography.”
Allowing employees the option to work on a flexible schedule or telecommute makes it easier for them to achieve an optimal work/life balance, which can improve productivity and increase job satisfaction. Both points can assist with attracting new talent and retaining your best and brightest employees today. And IT duties are especially well-positioned for such arrangements, as being in an office at specific times isn’t always critical to the performance of their duties.
Companies know that healthy workers are more productive on the job, and including wellness packages can be an excellent method for promoting health and improved well-being. Anything from fitness center benefits to stress management classes to nutritious snacks provided by the company can help with these goals. And by offering these perks, you’ll also be providing your IT team with some of the most desirable perks available.
Relaxed Dress Codes
In many cases, tech workers aren’t customer facing, so the fact they would like to dress comfortably while at work shouldn’t be a surprise. By instituting a casual dress code, many workers will perceive the office as more laid back, and that can be a great differentiator when you are trying to separate yourself from your competitors.
Student Loan and Educational Benefits
Most IT professionals spent time in college, and they may well be swimming in student loan debt. Others may be interested in furthering their education, but can’t afford to make the financial commitment. By offering student loan repayment benefits or educational cost reimbursement programs, you’re offsetting the cost associated with obtaining their level of expertise or gaining additional skills. For many, this can be a life-changing benefit, as it allows them to pursue their career goals affordably while also bringing more to the table at work.
Choice of Technology
In most cases, IT workers love tech. But not everyone prefers the same technologies or systems. Offering them the ability to have input into which technologies are brought in can increase job satisfaction as there is a higher chance they’ll get to work with their solution of choice.
By offering the right mix of perks, you can help keep your current employees happy on the job and attract top talent when positions become available. If you would like to learn more or are looking to hire a new team member, the professionals at MindFinders can help. Contact us to discuss your needs and see how our expertise can give you a leg up on the competition.
Written by Tim Booker, President and CEO of MindFinders, with over 20 years of industry experience.