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Post by Rich Moy on Feb 11, 2016 12:00:00 PM

This post was updated in November 2017 with new information.

It won't surprise anyone if you’re already in the throes of an elaborate plan to hire developers. But addition to hiring great developers, you probably spend a good deal of time thinking about how you can set your organization up for sustainable growth.

While some of the hiring challenges that HR professionals tackled in 2015 remain, let’s take a look at some of the tech talent management trends that all hiring teams should be aware of in 2016.

Employee Engagement Will Become an Even Bigger Priority

Remember: 62 percent of the people who responded to our annual developer survey last year said they would consider new job opportunities. Considering that Josh Bersin recently found that only 13 percent of employees worldwide are “highly engaged” in their jobs, it’s clear that employee engagement will be an instrumental part of developer retention efforts in 2016.

Additionally, according to a recent ADP study, 23 percent of respondents cited disengaged employees as a key contributor to a decline in overall growth. To retain developers in 2016, companies of all sizes have already begun conducting employee engagement surveys to better serve their workforce.

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The Millennial Workforce Will Continue to Grow

In 2015, 51% of survey respondents we surveyed identified themselves as millennial developers. If that statistic isn’t staggering enough, PwC recently found that millennials will constitute close to half of the entire workforce in the year 2020. You could spend all day trying to digest the math, but there’s no denying that employers will need to understand what millennials look for when they consider tech jobs. For most companies, this likely means becoming a more active participant in the conversations happening online in the tech industry, rather than focusing on simply accumulating as many resumes as possible.

Performance Reviews Will Get a Review of Their Own

The words “yearly performance review” strike fear in the hearts of even the most confident developers. They usually serve as an opportunity for a supervisor to come down on an employee about all the things they did wrong over the course of the previous year. But many companies have begun moving away from those one-off performance reviews, and 2016 is primed to be a year in which even more organizations make consistent feedback a part of their culture.

Data Will Inform Even More Hiring Decisions

Most talent management departments understand that merely posting a job online is not enough to hire great developers. This year, look for analytics to be one of the biggest talent management trends. Not only is it important to understand which online channels are attracting the most developers, but analytics in 2016 will further empower hiring teams to identify candidates who are more likely to stay with the organization for a longer period of time.

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