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Startup or a tech giant – three principles for attracting great tech talent

Robert Chew, Chairman, Best Tech Company to Work For Awards, Singapore Computer Society | Dec. 3, 2014
The three key areas that tech companies should plan for in order to attract and retain tech talent are culture, employee engagement and mentorship.

More work in the industry should be done to support mentors in managing and helping employees learn the ropes efficiently, especially the soft skills that motivate and excite employees, while making it clear that their work and effort is highly appreciated. This goes a long way in developing and keeping tech talent.


At the end of the day, companies are known by reputation within the industry. If you have a bad reputation among employees, you turn away tech talent, no matter how good your performance, pay or bonuses. The industry is increasingly looking for specialised skill sets; losing key talent can have long term effects and make it difficult to hire more good talent in the future.

Employees will always look for companies where they have good prospects, hence working on your company culture, employee engagement and mentorship programs can go a long way in setting you apart from your competition. Whether you are a Fortune 500 company or an exciting new start-up, the principles for attracting great tech talent stay the same.


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