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Confessions of a millennial

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Confessions of a millennial

Working with millennials was a hot topic at the recent Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference. Most researchers define the millennial generation as those born anywhere between 1982 and 2004 (although some sources end this in 1997). Indisputably, millennials are rapidly becoming an important part of the A/E industry. The 2016 Best Firms To Work For employee survey, which polled more than 11,000 employees, found that almost 66 percent of the workforce falls into this age category. Although the Best Firms To Work For survey didn’t find that on the whole millennials were less happy in their jobs, it...

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Be a better PM

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Be a better PM

A command of soft skills is essential to delivering a project that’s on time, on budget, and with no surprises. If you’re in the business of infrastructure and you manage projects, staff, or both, you know keeping a team working together and the project moving ahead doesn’t happen by itself. There is no shortcut for great project management, but there are traits and characteristics you can learn from, says long-time project manager Pete Carlson, chief operations officer at SEH, a multidiscipline firm with offices in nine states. Look for them in your consultant and develop them yourself. Here are eight...

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Recruiting never ends

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Recruiting never ends

If you think there’s too much recruiting, then you probably don’t realize there is no ‘season,’ but an unending grind. There is no preseason or final game for recruiting. A/E firms that don’t understand the 24/7 nature of the recruiting season may be caught off guard when candidates begin to either refuse to have a conversation after submitting a resume, or face the inability to fill a high-level need. Similarly, you may be a hiring manager, recruiter, or human resources professional who is facing hiring woes. Here are three things you and your firm can do to get into recruiting...

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Not opposed to opposition

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Not opposed to opposition

Third-generation leader of multidiscipline firm embraces debate, seeks consensus, and likes anything with bacon. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent It started with his great uncle. Then his father. And now him. Firm president John Hiltz is the third generation of leadership at the Metro Detroit-based OHM Advisors (Hot Firm #15 for 2016), and that’s right where he wants to be. “I started working at OHM before I even graduated from high school,” Hiltz says. “I did everything from landscaping to delivery and was grateful for the opportunity.” A conversation with John Hiltz. The Zweig Letter: How have you seen OHM evolve...

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Brain drains

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Brain drains

It seems like we have more of them ever to contend with. I’m talking about brain drains. The things that literally suck the life force out of you. When you get to be my age – 58 – it seems like you have more of them than ever. They rarely go away. They just keep building. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take some action to change the situation. In fact, you probably NEED to if you are going to be happy (although none of us gets out of here alive in the end)! Here are some big brain drains...

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