5 Ways to Motivate Software Developers

By Robert Half February 26, 2015 at 8:00am

Keeping your team of software developers engaged is essential, not only because their work is critical to the company, but also because they are in high demand.

Here are some great tips for motivating developers from an article by John Reed, Senior Executive Director at Robert Half Technology:



  1. Watch salary trends and offer raises and bonuses proactively. Don’t wait until an annual review to increase pay for a developer who should earn more.
  2. Show support and appreciation. Software developers know long hours are often a part of the job. Don’t leave on time when your team is working late on a deadline. Offer to test code or, if you’re not a developer, you might pick up and pay for dinner.
  3. Demonstrate trust. Don’t micromanage your team by requiring constant updates. Trust them to get their jobs done and ask for help when they need it.
  4. Listen. Software developers typically have strong opinions about their work. Listen to their point of view and, if you aren’t going to go in that direction with a project, let them know why.
  5. Offer career growth options. A top source of job frustration among IT workers polled for a Robert Half Technology survey is a lack of in-house advancement opportunities. If a team member wants to become a manager, provide any training or mentoring necessary for her to become a supervisor. For those not interested in supervising, create non-managerial career paths. Offering software developers training and certification opportunities are important, too.

Check out the article for more tips on motivating your software developer team. What starting pay should you should offer software developers? Find out:

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