It’s one thing to hire and find an engineer that seems to be a perfect fit, but it’s an entirely different challenge to keep them happy and remain loyal to your company.
1. Make it easy
If your engineering team constantly works on the same projects and problems they have solved many times before, then your days are numbered.
As your company grows, employees should feel that they’re growing along with you. Reward them with more senior job titles if you must.Thousands of companies are in need of engineers, don’t give them a reason to look elsewhere.
2. Limit inspiration
The need for face-to-face interaction has decreased since the rise of the internet – use that to your advantage. Give your engineers the ability to tailor fit their life and personality around their work. Realize that sometimes working from home (or anywhere else) can be more productive.
Keeping them stuck in the same environment, no matter how cool your office is, can and will eventually dampen the desire to work.
3. Leave feedback as just feedback
One of the most important voices in a tech company comes from its engineers. More often than not, they will be the first to identify a problem or discover a better way of doing things – don’t forget that.
Don’t stop at the discussion, find concrete ways to solve it as one unit.
4. Pinch your pennies
Your old computers may still run as good as new but holding on to dated technology for the fear of a big investment will put you at a disadvantage.
It’s a well-known fact that engineers are paid higher than the average employee. So, if you can’t match the competitor, compensate in other ways. Be sensitive to your team’s needs, and don’t scrimp on the necessities.
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