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Tips for Motivating Programmers

Author: Pete Langlois/Tuesday, November 18, 2014/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Technology

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In every sector or industry, successful organizations have one thing in common: motivated employees. However, for managers who may not have a deep tech background, one group that can be most challenging to motivate is programmers. The good news is once you understand what is important to these code developers, you can engage and motivate them.

Oftentimes code developers are motivated by intellectual challenges. For the most part, these employees are happiest when they are working on something complex and difficult. They thrive on developing new skills and expanding those they have already. Therefore, team building exercises that are emotion-based and not related to improved productivity or skills usually do not engage them.

So, how can a manager motivate their programming team? Here are three tips to help you tap into what programmer’s value and get their best work:

Pay Off Their Passion

Inspire members of your technology team to identify what they are passionate about at work; then provide them with tasks or projects in their area of interest. Programmers know what kind of work they want to do. But unless asked, will just do the work they are assigned. By asking what they are excited about learning or doing, you are communicating they are valued. And you just might be developing a future career path for them in your organization.

Offer a Contribution View

Clearly define the goals and objectives of each member on your team, including a direct line of sight to how they contribute to organizational success. No one wants to toil in obscurity. Programmers’ contributions are often not well understood by others in the organization. This can be somewhat of a barrier to staying motivated. But, when within the IT team their contributions are not clear or acknowledged it can lead them to feel overlooked and disconnected.

Give Meaningful Recognition

Programmers are unique in that they enjoy complexity and solving problems. As a result, recognition for intellectual contributions is highly valued. While programmers can be social, they are not likely to be motivated by tangible objects like mugs and paper weights. Instead, find ways to recognize their contributions in front of their peers. Meaningful recognition is perhaps the greatest way to motivate a programmer.

Most employees want to be positive and successful at work. Managers who take the time to understand their team and create a motivational environment will create a culture of peak performance.

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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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