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What African Tech Employees Really Want: Insights from Founders

Africa should provide attractive packages that will help retain and develop employees in the industry.  In a recent tech seminar held by Codetrain Africa, founders and owners of technology companies urge to create a flexible work environment to enable staff to deliver at their optimum.

These were the conclusions of a panel discussion that took place in Accra as part of the Codetrain Africa Tech Career Seminar.

The deliberation was on how to help companies draw in the greatest personnel as well as how job seekers might land their ideal positions in national and international tech companies.

Training/Graduating participants were joined by tech enthusiasts, industry experts, and entrepreneurs for an amazing networking and knowledge-sharing. These prominent figures included Mr Kelvin Nyame, (CEO of Meqasa Ltd), Mr Kena Amoah, (CEO of MITA), Mr Ishaq Abubakar, (CEO of Gitcall Limited), and Mr Selasie Anani, (CTO of mPharma).

In his advice to job seekers in the technology sector, Mr. Ishaq Abubakar emphasised the need of having a strong portfolio and stated that “lack of experience is no longer an excuse in the industry.”

You can see a glimpse of your abilities in your portfolio. Don’t wait until you graduate to start constructing a portfolio; you should start doing so while you are still in school, ”he said”.

Mr. Ishaq Abubakar also pointed out that technology company owners need to view their employees as partners in their businesses rather than just workers.

“The company culture should instill in the employee the belief that, this is my business, and it will continue to operate even if I am not there.”

However, Mr. Anani thought that companies considered more than just a candidate’s aptitude for deciphering computer codes.

He stated that effective communication was crucial.

Additionally, Mr. Kelvin Nyame stressed the significance of creating an environment at work that would encourage employees to make moral judgements and maintain their motivation.

Tips for tech companies in Africa to keep their workers

  • Offer competitive salaries and benefits packages that are commensurate with the industry standards. Providing competitive salaries and benefits packages is a great way to attract and retain top talent in the tech industry. It’s important to ensure that your compensation packages are in line with industry standards to remain competitive.
  • Provide opportunities for career growth and development. Employees want to feel like they are growing and developing in their careers. Providing opportunities for career growth and development can help retain employees by giving them a sense of purpose and direction.
  • Ensure effective communication and give purpose. Communication is key to retaining employees. It’s important to ensure that employees understand their roles and responsibilities, as well as the company’s mission and goals.
  • Create the right culture that aligns with the company’s mission and values. Creating a positive work culture can help retain employees by making them feel valued and appreciated. It’s important to align your company’s culture with its mission and values to create a cohesive work environment.
  • Turn your people into ‘superheroes’ by empowering them to take ownership of their work. Empowering employees to take ownership of their work can help retain them by giving them a sense of autonomy and control over their work.
  • Show them how they’re part of the big picture by providing regular feedback on their contributions. Providing regular feedback on employee contributions can help retain them by making them feel valued and appreciated.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to future-proofing your work environment by investing in new technologies and training programs. Investing in new technologies and training programs can help retain employees by showing them that you are committed to staying ahead of the curve in the tech industry.
  • Help them prepare for their next job by providing mentorship and coaching programs. Providing mentorship and coaching programs can help retain employees by giving them the skills they need to succeed in their current role, as well as preparing them for future roles within the company or elsewhere.
  • Align your culture with success and winning together by fostering a collaborative work environment. Fostering a collaborative work environment can help retain employees by creating a sense of teamwork and camaraderie.
  • Build out your career development program by offering training, workshops, and other learning opportunities. Offering training, workshops, and other learning opportunities can help retain employees by giving them the skills they need to succeed in their current role, as well as preparing them for future roles within the company or elsewhere.
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