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Organizations that harness the power of 'developer experience' readily build and retain talented software developers to the benefit of the overall business.

Human-centric work is a growing movement that focuses on the needs of people, reaping business rewards in the process. As recent Gartner research shows, human-centric work practices leads to better employee performance, with workers 3.8 times more likely to be considered high performing in these environments.

As some of your most valuable employees, software developers should be considered specifically in how to best apply these insights. In the software world, 'developer experience' is a key aspect to work satisfaction - one that is not well understood by non-developers.


Headlines about 'tech' layoffs abound, but the reports can be misleading. While Big Tech companies may be letting workers go, the layoffs aren't dominated by IT talent firings. In fact, there are fewer IT workers than job openings - a lot fewer.

The unemployment rate in the technology job market in the US is about half that of other fields - just 1.5% - so the onslaught of recent reports about major 'tech worker' layoffs can be confounding.

For example, current data from online tracker company Layoff.fyi shows that 465 tech companies have fired a total of 126,057 employees in 2023 alone. And, according to layoff tracker TrueUp, so far this year, 608 tech companies have announced layoffs, affecting 162,541 people (or 2,426 people per day). In 2022, there were 1,535 layoffs at tech companies with 241,176 people let go.


But companies can focus on in-house training and other nontraditional approaches to overcome that gap.

Employers aren't adopting skills-based hiring quickly enough to keep pace with a changing labor market, according to a Feb. 28 report from General Assembly, reflecting ongoing concerns about the availability of tech skills.

HR leaders surveyed said about half of their job postings for tech jobs require a college degree, while 45% said college degrees are a top-two determining factor - but 90% of leaders surveyed said they are extremely, very or somewhat concerned that current recruiting methods will not be enough to fill open tech positions.


Forty-six Percent of HR Leaders Report HR Technology is the Top Priority

Nearly half of HR leaders cited HR technology as their top investment priority, according to a survey by Gartner, Inc.

An October 2022 Gartner survey of 118 HR leaders revealed the other top investment areas for HR leaders in 2023 are: staffing and recruiting, total rewards and learning and development


Companies worried about cybersecurity should know that the real risk is inside their corporate firewall.

Corporate leaders spend a lot of time worrying about nation-state actors and ransomware gangs, but in Gartner Predicts 2023: Cybersecurity Industry Focuses on the Human Deal, the analyst firm reports that in the next two years, roughly 50% of major cybersecurity incidents will be attributed to human failure or a lack of talent.

Looking at our investigations, roughly 50% of the people who work at any given company are cybersecurity risks. Most employees don't think of themselves as cybersecurity risks. But our research has shown that roughly 50% of people in any organization regularly save confidential IP from projects where they have been a contributor to personal databases for later access in case they leave the company.

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