The Minnesota High Tech Association just released their November report for the IT Workforce. In it they share that there are currently 7,381 job openings, with the top 5 skills in demand being Java, SQL, QA, SDLC, and Linux. Chances are, you’re looking for IT professionals in Minneapolis with those same skills, which means you have competition. Project Managers, Java Developers, Software Engineers, and .NET developers are “most wanted” by you and everyone else in the Twin Cities. They’re hard to find and they aren’t cheap to come by, so you have to be strategic when looking to fill these top tech roles. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled some tips that have helped many of the Minnesota companies we’re fortunate to call our clients fill their IT talent needs.
As a leader, “Does my team trust me?” is a question to ask on a regular basis. Trust isn’t inherent. It must be earned and shared. As a leader working with technology professionals in the midst of a talent shortage, earning the trust of your team becomes even more imperative. Tech execs play a pivotal role in the success of their team, overall workplace satisfaction, and ultimately, retention. Because of this, trust has always been a core value for our company. ESP has learned that implementing trust tactics not only is essential for doing business with our clients, but it also helps foster positive relationships within our in-office team, and with our consultants.
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Demand for tech talent is fierce. The Twin Cities alone boast 164,500 opportunities for tech pros, and that number is projected to keep growing. Unfortunately, high competition also means that employers face high tech talent turnover. Though many have implemented retention-driven strategies and launched specific perks designed to hold onto these fleeting IT pros, reports still reveal a turnover rate of between 9.1% and 10.6% for employees in the tech industry.
From weddings, to family vacations, to daycare needs, the summer months demand more time of your tech employees than any other season. Not only can these busy schedules pose a threat to your team’s engagement, but conflicting vacation schedules and availabilities can also lead to lost productivity and delayed project timelines. However, the opportunities presented by this season far outweigh its challenges. Tech employers who strategically leverage the summer months by offering additional workplace perks and tactically navigating schedules create an open environment conducive to employee happiness – a key factor to increasing retention and engagement throughout the year. Rather than panicking over the obstacles that lie ahead, consider the following strategies and perks that you can use to boost productivity and keep things running smoothly.
The Millennial members of ESP’s team weigh in on how their own professional experiences and their recruitment interactions with Millennial IT pros have shaped their view of the Millennial generation, and provide some advice to their peers in the tech field
In many ways, the challenges of a Millennial workforce have already been addressed. The internet has produced extensive myth-busting content about the Millennial generation, as well as tips to help bridge the gap between Millennials and older generations. We’ve learned that there are gaps even within the Millennial generation that can cause workplace tension, and that ultimately, Millennials are comprised of individuals with unique needs in much the same way as their predecessors’ generations were. But the question remains – why do Millennial stereotypes persist, and how can we end them for good? Perhaps the answer involves Millennials looking inward to identify the ways they are perpetuating these stereotypes, and seeking solutions that will turn the talk in their favor.
That a gender gap exists in tech is an undeniable fact, though not a new revelation. Groups such as Girls Who Code and Women Who Code have made efforts to draw awareness to this issue, sharing research proving the number of women graduating from college with computer science degrees has dropped from 37 percent in 1984 to 18 percent today, along with other startling findings.
But an underlying question, the big “so what?” remains largely unanswered. As a result, many in tech are left wondering whether the hot-button issue has received more hype than it is worth.
For a fourth year in a row, we’re thrilled to be on Minnesota Business Magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies To Work For. This award is a special honor, because we were selected thanks to the anonymous survey responses of our very own ESP team! In order to determine which companies are “the best”, the survey’s questions seek to identify whether a company’s work environment, employee benefits, and overall employee happiness exceed those of “standard” employers. We’re proud to stand out from the rest, and to better understand what makes us great, we asked our team to share a few of the things we’re doing right in each of the three categories. Here’s what they had to say:
While the nation may still be struggling with obesity, America is becoming an increasingly health-conscious society. From health apps to organic fast food, going on a “health kick” swept the nation in 2015. Last January, with fresh New Year resolutions promising an increased devotion to healthy pursuits, the Twin Cities saw a sure spike in wellness trends. Despite our cold winters, Minnesota boasts the title of healthiest city in America thanks to ample park systems, exercise opportunities, and access to healthy food options. But being health-conscious in the New Year extends far beyond following the latest trend; taking care of your health will actually make you happier and more productive in 2016.
We know the holidays can be a challenging time for employees. So, while the ESP IT team is busy wrapping-up both projects and gifts, we like to reward them for a year of hard work by throwing a holiday party. Not only does this event promote one of our core values, “have fun,” but it also increases employee engagement and satisfaction at a time when productivity can be at its lowest.
The traditional “office holiday party” sometimes gets a pretty bad rep, but when you approach the celebration with consideration and excitement, we’ve found it can lead to a yearly highlight. Check out these four easy tips we’ve cultivated to make our celebration a blast.
The “most wonderful time of the year” comes with its fair share of challenges. While it’s a great time for fun with family and friends, favorite traditions, and giving, the holiday season can also generate stress and cause possible financial burden. Luckily for IT pros, flexible hours and remote working capabilities can help to combat nearly all of these challenges, allowing time at home with family without having to use PTO or unpaid hours. But the question and problem facing IT companies and employers with IT departments is this: while its employees are working remotely, how should the company proceed with business?