Why are developers so hard to keep?

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6 Reasons, Software Developers Quit Your Company

The field of software development is a fast emerging and very interesting yet challenging one. Hiring a software developer is one of the most important tasks for a start-up, if not the most important, but it can also be a very frustrating process. However, unfortunately, finding developer talent is only half the battle. Now, the work of engaging and retaining your new employee just starts

Creating something entirely new, as many can testify is not particularly an easy thing to do as it requires the bringing into existence of something that never existed before. Regarding software development, a number of factors make creation even more difficult. These factors include:

  • Frustration due to recurrence of errors in codes
  • Ease of entry into programming, resulting in poor programmers who adversely affect projects
  • Hindrances from external factors [government regulations, legacy data formats, scalability, performance preference, etc.]

Thus, those involved in the creation of new software (developers) may find it difficult to remain in an organization for a long period of time due to these factors and a varying number of other reasons. Below are some of the reasons why it is difficult to keep a developer.

Boredom

As said earlier, software development is very interesting. But one challenge many developers face is getting the kind of work that they fully enjoy. This issue is more frequent with hobby coders who would rather settle for a coding job that excites them than one that doesn’t.

Long hours of Work

Personal time is a precious entity to every human. Some project managers who have little or no knowledge about programming set unrealistic time frames for developers to complete projects. Therefore, for developers who are required to code for several hours, leaving such companies that take much of their time and at the same time cause them discomfort (from long hours of sitting)  is one choice they usually make in order to get back their time.

Ideas being turned down

When a developer’s suggested ideas in a company are being consistently disregarded, such person can feel invaluable to the company and thereby go in search of one where he/she will be better valued.

Not getting enough help from Mentors/Instructors

Creating a new software is hard enough for developers. Working in a company where support is not sufficiently provided makes it even harder. Developers don’t want to just feel they are being managed. They want to be part of a team that they can converse with and get more insights and knowledge regarding their work.

Little Payment compared to Service Rendered

When a developer is hired and eventually paid far less than his/her skills deserve, such developer ends up seeking jobs where pay can correlate with the skills offered.

Not having a Career Road Map

Lack of clarity regarding goals and expectations on the part of the developers is one other vital cause of the inability to keep them in a company for long. Without a clear and well-defined career path, a developer will tend to more frequently move from a job to another.

Once the above factors are put in check, and a very healthy workspace is created for developers, then companies may be able to keep them for long periods. However, it should be noted that these factors are not necessarily responsible for the choice of some developers in leaving companies frequently. Some just like to freelance and explore as much as they can.