Last Updated: August 15, 2019
· sdeepan

How to retain your star developers!

The secret is to build a better work place...

  • Quality of work - find challenging work and match them with the interests of the individual. Day-to-day work should energize the individual rather drain her. As a developer, I have many times craved for my regular work to turn interesting enough so that i don't have to work on pet projects outside work to keep up my learning and motivation.
  • Healthy open culture - while it's quite hard to build one, it's quite easy to break it. To build such a culture,
    • Kill favouritism
    • Inculcate feedback culture - encourage instant transparent first party feedback, it will be worthwhile considering to keep the feedback mechanism well insulated from the evaluation mechanism (just to encourage openness and to kill bias)
    • Empower - let your developers take decision on behalf of you within their scope, also never one should feel her idea wouldn't fly into action within the company.
    • Trust and build trust
    • Build a safety net to encourage learning from failure - never one should fear of failure, it kills innovation.
    • Encourage healthy, open and opinionated discussions - such discussions are generally a by-product of passion
  • Peer quality - get the right people together
  • Work life balance
  • A good pay - so that it just doesn't bother them.

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Second-last bullet-point there...

I prefer seeing it written "Life Work balance". Put the driver up front where it belongs. That way, if there is a necessity for there to be an imbalance, we're reminded it's not in favour of work, which has destroyed many, many relationships. The culture should fully support that we work to live, not the other way around.

over 1 year ago ·

Interesting but unsustainable and more importantly not team sustaining. Giving children access to a candy store and a dentist does not prevent cavities.

over 1 year ago ·

The team that matters most to me is my family. I don't view investing time with my children as giving them access to a candy store.

over 1 year ago ·