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Emerging Strategies for Managing an Agile Workforce

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman As more engineering managers leverage external talent on an interim basis, they are realizing that their organizations need a strategy to manage and maximize the contributions of outside experts and contract professionals. However, as workforce guru Dr. John Sullivan notes: “Some individuals think that an agile talent management strategy is little more… Read more »

It’s Time to Reengineer Your Relationships with Recruiters

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Engineering managers count on third-party recruiters to find talented professionals for contract and full-time positions, even on short notice. But relying on a reactive, last-minute approach to talent acquisition and outsiders may result in higher bill rates and fewer engineering candidates to choose from in a competitive labor market. Treating recruiters as… Read more »

Engineering Solutions to Today’s Talent Shortage

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Engineers are among the toughest spots to fill in the U.S., with 49 percent of employers struggling to find talent. In fact, employers advertised more than 280,000 open engineering positions in 2013 – setting a new high. While Congress and universities have enacted programs to support the education and future development of… Read more »

Trends with Benefits: Five Engineering Workplace Trends for 2014

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Most engineering organizations view their people as their most valuable asset. That’s why highly effective engineering managers monitor workplace changes and adapt their strategies, policies and hiring practices toward the shifting demographics, preferences and work styles of engineering professionals. We’ve scoured numerous articles, research reports and studies to come up with the… Read more »

Five Myths about Co-Employment

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman The topic of co-employment often arises when engineering firms utilize experienced contractors to meet project deadlines. Managers sometimes perceive that contract professionals pose excessive risks and threats since the co-employment topic is so misunderstood. Or as Stephen Clancy, director, Contingent Workforce Strategies and Research for Staffing Industry Analysts recently wrote in Challenging… Read more »

Should You Involve Your Team in the Contractor Selection Process?

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Did you know that co-worker relationships play the greatest role in determining on-the-job happiness – even more than financial compensation? In fact, 91 percent of engineers say they want to meet their prospective peers during the interview process, while only 73 percent say it’s important to meet the CEO. Peer interviews actually… Read more »

Key Spot Shortages Trends for Engineering Talent

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman It’s so hard to find industrial engineers in Houston, that veteran contractors command premium pay. Meanwhile, miles away in Detroit, automakers are letting employees bring their dogs to work in order to keep high flying Silicon Valley firms from poaching prized engineers. There’s no empirical evidence of a general shortage of engineers,… Read more »

Career Contractors

We thought you might be interested this article of Today’s Engineer.  The article speaks to the notion of “career contractors,” those engineers who prefer contract work over full-time employment with a single organization. Moving from project to project enables veteran contractors to work on projects they prefer.  Besides being able to work on plum projects,… Read more »

Top Engineering Managers Share Five Morale-boosting Tips

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman The lackluster economy has taken its toll on employees. A research report by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that only 29 percent of workers in the 31-to-61 age group were “very satisfied” with their job. The rest were either “somewhat satisfied” or not satisfied at all. To avoid losing… Read more »

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