They make a lot of ink and attract as much as fascinating. Research conducted by BCG and ViaVoice describes a "geek" specializing in new technologies that companies strive to hire.
Everyone is talking about it, but who is it really? What are their expectations for the business, management and business world? Are they exactly the same as others? These are the questions jointly raised by BCG Platinion and ViaVoice, dedicated to digital and innovation, to create the geek's "robot portraits." To that end, 732 samples from around the world, including data engineers, scientific data, IT coordinators, machine learning engineers, and analyst architects, were interviewed from September to October. All "geeks", or "people working in the IT and digital sectors," were defined according to their research findings.
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"Our research shows the existence of a unique professional community with code and expectations associated with the company." Geek is a rare source of evolution in a transparent market accessible to all, "said Norbert Faure, CEO of BCG Platinion Says. According to a survey conducted by France Tech in March, 60% of companies are having difficulty recruiting technology profiles in the digital field and 85% of the advanced functions of research and development are increasing. In 2017 and 2018, we will employ 13,000 positions based on this forecast. It is therefore important for the company to be familiar with these profiles and to attract and focus more often.
It is not paradoxical, it is very similar to others.
"Similar to peers, and similarly at the same time, a geek is a mutation that threatens the traditional operation of a company," the researcher wrote before explaining in detail from the beginning. Especially geeks are attached to the corporate world and are separated. 69% of IT professionals have a good image and are satisfied with their work. Prove, they still prefer an indefinite agreement (CDI) for 37% of them. But geeks are more interested in new forms of work. Preferences for CDI are 20 points lower than the rest of young French workers (57%), with 38% preferring to work or work independently.
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Another difference is that if their attachment to their peers is the first standard of accomplishment, like the rest of the saints, the geeks are concerned with missionary interest (44%), flexibility and autonomy (42% Unlike other hierarchies, they have little to do with hierarchies. The same mixture of proximity and difference in terms of value. Like their contemporaries, freedom is their most precious value. But geeks are less confident in their creativity and responsibility that young professionals generally prefer justice and security.
Modern management is the first enemy of the company's geek. Of those, 47% were found to be inadequate and illegal, and more than a third (38%) condemned the cumbersome processes and reports that are incompatible with their desire for freedom. Their ideal management is very simple: listen to the proposal (50%) and the manager can set clear goals (34%). Regarding their work, as we have seen before, they are waiting to learn to keep evolving their skills at the speed of technological progress. "Digital technology has accelerated the aging of technology in recent years, and developers today need to renew every 18 months, geeks know, which is why companies can continue to learn whether they have contacted their peers through interesting challenges. That's why we have to provide a way, "explains Vice Minister of BCG's Vinciane Beauchene.
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On the contrary, and perhaps because of their rational nature, geeks are not very sensitive to embellishment and company. They do not expect the company to understand their work. Only 24% of surveyed IT professionals consider the lack of meaning, which is one of the key constraints in the business world, compared to 58% of age-related assets. Their logic is therefore more individualistic and pragmatic. Their mission is to carry out and develop skills. As a result, I do not feel surprisingly attractive to startups or Gafa. But more generally, private companies accounted for 44%.