Recruiting and retention challenges remain among the most concerning for companies that hire engineering professionals. I know the statistics and I experience them first hand while recruiting for our clients, but it became even more apparent when I recently attended and presented at an American Council of Engineering Companies, Washington (ACEC-WA) conference. In speaking with…

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We all know the saying, “You can’t fix it if you don’t know it’s broken.” Lack of knowledge, self-awareness, and personal bias create blind spots in our businesses and our lives, and blind spots are a recipe for disaster. If you change lanes when someone is in your blind spot while driving…the outcome is not…

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Why do engineers leave one firm for another? Perhaps you need to work harder at understanding employee needs in your firm. With a career in recruiting that spans over 20 years (yikes!), I’ve had thousands of conversations with engineers as to why they consider other engineering employment opportunities, and that gives me unique insight to…

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Anyone who has managed employees in an office environment has had to deal with a less-than-stellar performer from time to time. But when is enough enough? How do you decide that it’s time to pull the plug, especially with a hard-to-replace engineer or specialist. There are a number of factors that may be cause for…

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