What Makes Software Developers Happy at Work?

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The Great Resignation, a huge exodus of workers brought on by the epidemic, has been one of the pandemic’s most notable effects. There will be a 4.5 percent increase in tech resignations in 2021 compared to 2020, making it one of the highest resignations in any industry.

What’s the deal with this development? There isn’t a shortage of demand: practically every technology-driven business has enjoyed phenomenal growth over the previous two years. Developers often work in high-stress conditions due to overworked teams and the demands of fast expansion. There is some truth to the idea that burnout is a major factor in the resignation epidemic in the software industry at first glance.

According to a study published last year, towards the end of 2021, over 80 percent of developers are not actively looking for a new opportunity. What are we to make of these two contradictory pieces of information? It’s possible that the solution resides not in other firms’ chances, but in developers’ happiness with their own, instead of in either. Can you tell whether the programmers you’re working with are content with their jobs? Is it salary, flexibility, intellectual challenge, or a combination of these factors that determines whether someone is happy or not? Over 350 developers across the world were questioned to find out.

Who are the world’s happiest software engineers, and where are they located?

Approximately 70% of working developers are currently satisfied with their jobs, with more than 90% of those polls conducted declaring it important to be happy at work. Developers are happier in India, the United States, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Money isn’t everything, but it does play a role.

According to a recent study, salaries contributed to 60% of developers’ contentment at work, along with work-life balance (58%), flexibility (52%), productivity (52%), and growth possibilities (49%). A similar trend has emerged in subsequent polls conducted by other firms, such as Skillsoft.

A poor salary, a lack of work-life balance, feeling unproductive at work, and a lack of advancement chances were the top five reasons developers were unhappy at work. Unhappiness at work rated first (45 percent), even ahead of compensation, which slid to fourth place (37 percent ). When it comes to finding new employment, developers constantly rank freedom and productivity as the most important criteria.

A developer’s ideal habitat may be a greenhouse.

Assumedly, most programmers used to work primarily from an office. However, the epidemic has resulted in a major shift to hybrid and completely remote work. New priorities emerge due to the transition from the home office to the living room. Windows, peaceful surroundings, strong natural light, and plants top what developers consider to be the perfect working environment. Just give them a chair, and you’ve completed the top five essentials of a good work environment. In the end, developers prize adaptability above anything else. Every work is different, and not everyone can thrive in the same setting. There is still a large percentage of developers who choose to work from their own home, while just 27 percent prefer to work from the comfort of an office. Hybrid work is here to stay as if we needed further proof of that.


Are programmers happy with their jobs? Moreover, two-thirds of those polled (66%) said they are. Why does it seem like there is so much movement in the workplace? On a worldwide basis, 20% of developers seeking new jobs are many people.

When it comes to attracting and retaining top-tier developers, the most urgent concern for business leaders is: How can we make sure our developers are satisfied? Managers should value flexibility, work-life balance, and productivity more than they do financial compensation. It depends on the individual, but most people prefer working from home… or in a greenhouse. The good news is that hybrid work offers you both flexibility and control.