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The Great Resignation: How to Stay Cost-Efficient with Test Automation

Great Resignation and Its Impact on Testing Cost – Overview 

In our latest blogs on the Great Resignation, we have extensively discussed how this nascent workplace shift is gaining momentum every day while leaving enterprises across the globe struggling to survive. The testing community is no exception to this shift. While on one hand test automation technology is improving by leaps and bounds, the talent pool of testers and QA professionals is deteriorating, leaving organizations to boost their automation, AI and advanced technical knowledge to meet demands.

With lucrative positions and opportunities on the horizon, QA teams might be encouraged to leverage their knowledge to attain greater career growth opportunities. The requirements created due to the attrition seemingly need to be filled out by recruiting new personnel. This adds to the cost to the company. On top of that, onboarding, training, and equipping new staff has its own set of challenges and resource/cost implications. 

The Great Attrition, a by-product of the Great Resignation, has also been impacting enterprises in terms of prolonged testing and development phases, which ultimately leads to slower time to market and an increase in resources and expenses. In today’s ever-competitive market, being next in line also has crucial implications for an organization’s productivity and culture.

If you want to learn about the implications of the Great Resignation, check out our first blog here. Understanding the root causes of these staggering statistics is highly crucial. Let’s get started!

Resignation Rates are Highest Among Mid-Career Employees

Many studies have indicated that the highest resignation rate for employees is for those between the ages of 30 and 45. And, surprisingly, this trend has gone up by 20% in 2021 compared to 2020. Interestingly, and contrary to the notion, the resignation rates were quite low for the millennial population as well as the 60 to 70 age group. 

Highest Resignations in the Technology and Healthcare Industries

Although resignations slightly decreased in the manufacturing and financial industries, there was an increase by 3.6% in the health care industry compared to the previous year. In technology, resignations increased by 4.5%. And, these statistics just reflect the heightened turmoil employees in the tech, and health spheres were contending with during the pandemic. 

Another report emphasizes that when skilled workers leave their jobs, the workload increases – and the remaining employees have no choice other than to pick up the slack. An overworked and stressed team can only mean lower morale, reduced productivity, and an even higher percentage of turnover. 

The global skills gap and talent shortage only add to this problem of losing many seasoned employees in the aforementioned industry verticals. Businesses are increasingly finding themselves at risk of not being able to fill open positions altogether. The growing war for talent has forced employers to take a more proactive approach than reactive when it comes to employee retention. Furthermore, this sea of unknown directly leads to an increase in cost.

Great Resignation and Testing Cost Augmentation 

The scarcity of skilled employees is causing an influx in employee costs – paying workers is more expensive than ever

Skilled testing resources are indispensable for organizations as they play crucial roles in overall product/application development and launch to market. They also pave the way for how the customer is going to perceive the application. All of these have quantifiable business impacts. Losing seasoned testing resources can add to the above challenges and cost businesses dearly. 

The general work mentality has shifted – people are no longer willing to sacrifice comfort and life for work

The pandemic has brought significant change in terms of work psychology. Opting for better mental health has become a priority. Resignations are at an all-time high leading to holes in required & established business processes, especially in QA. Integrating new personnel into already existing test infrastructures can be costly and time consuming. Lack of proper infrastructure and personnel requires compromises on release times or application quality/integrity both of which can also be costly. 

So, now the question is, how do businesses sustain in these trying times? Can test automation be the real answer and will it be enough?

How Can Qyrus Help Reduce Costs by Solving Infrastructure and Operational Constraints?

The pandemic and the consequent work-related shift have been the key drivers for encouraging enterprises to consider investments in automation to streamline processes, ensure operational efficiencies, productivity, and ultimate ROI. But the question remains – can automation really address the infrastructure and operational constraints? Let’s take the test ecosystem for more understanding. 

With test automation, the QA and manual testing resources can be freed up to engage in core competencies and address critical, and complex testing challenges. Test automation may incur costs at the beginning, but it’s a cost-effective measure for businesses in the long run. Businesses can bring together manual and automation testing to enhance their workflow efficiency, and test ROI. Additionally, some of the key benefits that businesses can cash in on with automation are increased test coverage, ease of automated test scripting, test reusability, and self-healing.

Qyrus is a state-of-the-art, low-code/no-code, AI/ML-driven test automation tool that can be your go-to test automation partner. 

Some of the key features/capabilities of Qyrus include:

  1. A one-stop, low-code/no-code automation solution for building test scripts to test data generation, and test self-healing
  2. Quick test building using recorders for web & mobility 
  3. Easy-to-navigate UI 
  4. Customizable Infrastructure & testing options (live devices & extensive browser versions) 
  5. Concurrent, performance-oriented automation testing
  6. Rich reporting – visual reporting (screenshots & videos)
  7. AI/ML capabilities – Healer, rover, scheduled runs, and many more
  8. Mitigate costly release delays – promoting efficient sprint cycles
  9. Identify bugs and inconsistencies – mitigating further development and debugging (saving money, resources, and time)

How To Stay Ahead of Latest Industry Innovations 

No matter how seasoned your business or how experienced your testing team is, there ought to be room for improvements. And, staying ahead of tech trends, innovations, and staying adaptable for a wider learning curve is the need of the hour. Qyrus automation enables your business to shift-left and be prepared for these oncoming challenges. In our upcoming and last blog on the Great Resignation, we will touch upon how you can make the most of innovations and research and development in the test automation sphere despite the challenges that the Great Resignation presents.

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