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Motivating the Tech Team

Author: Pete Langlois/Wednesday, August 31, 2016/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Technology

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Research has proven that: employees + motivation = success. However, one of the hardest groups to motivate in the workplaces is often the group that says the least: the technology team. The key to motivating an IT team lies in understanding what they value, and what they don’t.

Technology professionals are motivated by intellectual challenges. As a result, they are usually happiest when working on something complex and difficult. They thrive on developing new skills and expanding those they have already. Knowing this, it is important to engage this team not through emotion-based exercises or surveys, but instead through opportunities for growth and development. The following are three proven ways to stimulate your technology team:

Show How They Support Success

Clearly define the goals and objectives of each member on your team, including a direct line of sight as to how they contribute to organizational success. Programmers’ contributions are often not well understood by others in the organization. This can be somewhat of a barrier in staying motivated. When the IT team, or any team, thinks their contributions are not acknowledged, it leads them to feel overlooked and underappreciated – and therefore disconnected.

Celebrate Their Smarts

IT professionals are unique in that they enjoy complexity and problem solving. As a result, recognition for intellectual contributions is highly valued. They are not likely to be motivated by tangible objects like mugs and paper weights. Find ways to recognize their contributions in front of their peers. Meaningful recognition is perhaps the greatest way to motivate a programmer, developer, or analyst.

Give ‘Em What They Want

Inspire members of your technology team to identify their work passions; then provide them with tasks or projects within their area of interest. Technology professionals know what kind of work they want to do, but unless asked, will just do the work they are assigned. By asking about projects which they are excited to learn or do, you are communicating they are valued.

Motivating your IT team ensures that you are getting the most out of your organization’s staff investment.

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Pete Langlois
Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois is the Chief Sales Officer at GEE Group. His blog leverages his decades of experience in hiring, training and retaining top talent and covers trends and issues of interest to employers and job candidates alike.

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