How to Increase Job Satisfaction of Your Web Development Team

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In the past, employees were thankful to the company for simply providing them with an opportunity to earn their living. Their gratitude was shown by extreme loyalty as well as a silent agreement to occasional mistreatments such as verbal abuse, work overload, and utter disregard for work-life balance.

However, modern day business has changed the way things are perceived in the professional world. After realizing that success of every company is a result of their own efforts, employees are no longer unconditionally loyal to their employers and won’t stand for any form of mistreatment. As a result, many corporations have recognized the importance of maintaining and increasing employee satisfaction and labeled it as the crucial element in achieving long-term goals.

Key Job Satisfaction Aspects

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According to the research about job satisfaction in 2016, done by Society for human resource management (SHRM), employees consider these job satisfaction aspects to be of the utmost importance: 

  • Respectful treatment of all employees - it turns out that character is more important than money. Employees all over the U.S. believe that organizational culture, connections, and recognition for time and effort invested, can create a strong bond between management, organization and themselves
  • Overall compensation and benefits - every hour spent working should be adequately compensated. Higher the pay and benefits, higher the job satisfaction - simple as that.
  • Trust between employees and senior management - If an employee believes that their company is lead by incompetent management or that it uses wrong strategies, he or she will not be happy! Just like with their clients, companies should build trust with their employees as well - sometimes by making wise decisions, sometimes by recognizing mistakes they made and correcting them.
  • Job security - uncertainty is opposite of tranquility, and tranquility is required if one is to complete delegated tasks with precision and grace. By being unburdened by the possibility of a layoff, an employee can stay focused on matters at hand as well as long term and short term plans. 
  • Opportunities to use your work-related skills and abilities - self-actualization is something we all strive toward, which is why using every opportunity to demonstrate the talents we possess comes as natural as taking a sip of water. If an employee is allowed and encouraged to use his skill-set to the fullest, he will feel recognized and respected for his abilities and thus satisfied with his position at the company.

By maintaining high job satisfactions among employees, companies can lower their turnover and retain workers more easily, achieve higher productivity and increase profit. But, most importantly, they will have strong human resource base to build their future upon.

Job Satisfaction and Web Developers

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Now that we got basics out of the way, time to focus on the topic you are really here for - keeping your web developers happy.

Increasing job satisfaction of a web-developing team could prove to be a real challenge. A survey done by Skilledup shows that 88% of web developers are already very satisfied with their jobs. (work-life balance, job flexibility, and adequate compensation being the main reasons behind their satisfaction) With average yearly pay of just under 58.000$, below average stress levels and above average opportunities for advancement, it is difficult to pinpoint any obvious sources of potential discontent.

So is there something else you can offer to your web developers? 

By the word of the old and wise proverb “If it ain't broke, don't fix it”, maybe you shouldn’t focus on what would increase their job satisfaction, but rather which moves can you make to prevent dissatisfaction. And while some web developers stated that they are unhappy with their compensations (which is perfectly fine, since people will always want more money), only other major reason for job dissatisfaction is the lack of growth and advancement. 

Therefore...

Focus on Career Development

While having a lot of positives, one negative side of web development is the need for constant knowledge updates. Web developers need to update their skills regularly and learn about different methodologies, technologies, computer languages and codes on a continuous basis. Recent poll results show that more than 90% of currently employed software engineers, including web developers, are partially self-taught. Therefore, online or in-house training is something you should think about investing in. Analyze carefully what your company requires and organize training courses accordingly.

Make Their Job Even Easier

Nothing makes professional life more difficult and an employee more frustrated than lousy work organization. Companies that lack basic organizational structure are always hiring, simply because they cannot retain their staff - just like sinking ships, they are abandoned as soon as other opportunities arise.

As a manager, it is your duty to make your web development team’s job as simple as possible by keeping everyone in sync and a work well organized. The introduction of project management tools for software development can help the team achieve better focus and a higher level of efficiency, thus allowing them to produce better results even faster.

And Remember, Most of Them are Millennials

Since most of your web developers were born between year 1980. and 1995, they belong to the group that every rigid manager dreads - the millennials. Often perceived as arrogant and egotistic, millennials require certain approach when it comes to managing their job satisfaction. To cope with this predicament, we turn once again to the SHRM research which provides a few crucial tips you should concern when it comes to introducing millennials to the team and helping them achieve their full potential.

  • No stereotypes - judge them not by their age, but by their career level and life stage when designing training and development programs or benefits strategies. Building an appropriate approach will help millennials feel included no matter the age difference within the group. 
  • Cultivate culture - Openness, equality, community and purpose is what millennials are all about. Transparency and fairness will generate trust, but building an inclusive atmosphere within the organization will help them establish an emotional connection to the employer. And emotional connection usually implies better results. 
  • Develop and engage talent - Millennials believe managers and employers should nurture and invest in them, just so they could advance within their profession. Since they can become impatient with same old boring day-to-day tasks, it is important to provide them with challenging opportunities so they can progress and achieve their full potential.

In the end remember this: keeping your web developers happy isn’t too hard. But trying to increase their job satisfaction from ‘excellent’ to ‘beyond this world’ could prove to be quite a challenge. So pay close attention to the needs of your team and make sure you react swiftly as soon as any signs of discontent appear. In the world of digital business only happy developer will be a productive developer.