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How to Keep Your Software Developers' Job Satisfaction High

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How to Keep Your Software Developers' Job Satisfaction High

Here's what one development firm does to keep its turnover rate WAY down.

· Agile Zone ·
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Happy employees work well together

These software developers are clearly satisfied.

There is always time to talk about work ethics and rules that influence the turnover rate of a software development company. It doesn’t matter what kind of bonuses or incentives you offer – if the company doesn't have strong leadership and clear guidelines, chances are high that employees won’t stay there for long.

At DashBouquet, we value the fact that our employees have been with us for quite a long time and new people keep joining the team. We think one of the reasons for that is our 'Blackbook of Rules.' Thus, we’d like to share some of it with you, so that maybe you'll be inspired to come up with your own.

Communication Is Key to Transformation

Build trust

It’s a common truth that even the smallest lie leads to big problems. A healthy work environment implies that employees can trust you anytime, and admit their mistakes or call in sick without fearing the consequences.

But in order to do this, communication channels have to be wide open.

What to communicate to your team

  • If you are not able to meet the deadline, let us know so the work can keep going.
  • If you feel ill, let us know. We don’t encourage sacrificing your health in favor of work (or any other reason).
  • If someone asks whether something is working, confirm only after checking it to avoid doing double work in the future.
  • If you don’t know something, don’t hesitate to admit it.

Develop motivation

We perform lots of actions both at home and at work. Some of them are done because we have to, while others are done because we want to achieve something. That’s what we call motivation, and that’s the difference between average and great things.

If your developers work only because they have to and do not enjoy it at all, you probably won’t get stellar results. On the other hand, if your employees are really interested in a high-quality result and approach work with enthusiasm, they will do their best to come up with an innovative and efficient solution.

What to communicate to your team

  • Try finding inner motivation for anything you do.
  • Be honest with yourself why you acted in a certain way. When you start admitting your own mistakes, you start becoming a true professional.
  • Be proactive instead of reactive; suggest things instead of asking what to do next.

Keep everything in order

There are different views on how organizing the workplace impacts overall work results. We believe that keeping everything in order is a sure sign of a professional.

This regards not only the workplace organization but the workflow organization as well. When you don’t know where the malfunction is and how to fix it, that’s disorder. The same applies to any situation where everything is blurred, and there are no clear rules on the work process.

A good organization values:

  • Employees’ well-being
  • Organization
  • Regular communication flow with the client
  • Regular and timely status calls
  • Clear code
  • Regular tests

What to Communicate to Your Team

  • Keep an eye on filling in the reports on time.
  • Do not commit the commented code.
  • Always test the code.
  • Develop a set of internal rules and follow them.

Ensure efficient teamwork

A team is not only a group of people that works on the same task. It's a group that helps one another complete that task to the best of their ability.

Here it’s worth mentioning the importance of recruitment/HR processes that help select candidates who can thrive in teams. No one can force employees to become best buddies, but it's certainly helpful if they can communicate with each other and ask for or offer help.

What to communicate to your team

Asking for help is great, but don’t go with a vague request. Do some groundwork and inform the person on the matter of the problem to make it easier for them. It's all about helping everyone succeed. 

Further reading:

Programmer Happiness: It's the Little Things

Developer Happiness Survey: The Results Are In ... Come on Get Happy?

Topics:
development ,management ,teams ,teamwork ,development company ,developers ,happy at work ,turnover rate ,communication is key ,guidelines

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