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The best strategy for AEC firms in 2019

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The best strategy for AEC firms in 2019

“If we know recruiting and retention are the biggest challenges and our employees are telling us that training and development are the solution, isn’t the investment in a training program at your firm worth it?” The biggest challenge AEC firms face today is staffing; specifically, recruiting and retention. But just five years ago this challenge wasn’t even in the top five critical issues facing firms, according to Zweig Group’s AEC industry research. Why the dramatic shift? And, more importantly, why are industry leaders not giving this staffing crisis enough attention? The 2008 recession no doubt had a lasting impact on...

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Winning workplaces have (your) ears

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Winning workplaces have (your) ears

A lot of people leave their jobs because they hate their bosses. They stay because the C-suite listens to what they have to say. The results of the Best Small and Medium Workplaces 2018 present both a challenge and an opportunity for leaders. After analyzing feedback from more than 158,000 employees, the survey identified five small and five medium size companies as top workplace winners. Comments from employees in the winning companies signal an important theme. “No matter where you are in the hierarchy of the company, your opinion is heard, respected, and responded to.” “They treat employees like equals...(It)...

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Response-ability

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Response-ability

Our success, as people and as businesses, depends on the quality and speed of our response to problems and opportunities. This play on the word responsibility is not new, but it has never been more appropriate or relevant than it is to today’s AEC firms. We live and work in a world where our ability to respond effectively – to our clients, to our colleagues, to our family and friends, and even to our own deeper needs and aspirations – is being tested, threatened, and blocked at every turn. Our survival and, ultimately, our success as people and businesses depend...

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An undervalued asset

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An undervalued asset

If your firm has a weekly or monthly newsletter, great. But if not, you need to get cracking on that important piece of internal communication. Does your firm have an internal newsletter or some kind of regular firm-wide communication? If not, you should! In our consulting work, the No. 1 recommendation derived from both management and employee interviews is improved communication. A regular newsletter is an easy solution to this problem, but it has to be executed carefully and correctly. Don’t underestimate its importance and effectiveness in solving internal issues, empowering employees for business development, executing a strategic plan, achieving...

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Conference call: Michael Planer

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Conference call: Michael Planer

President of PES Structural Engineers (Best Firm #10 Structural for 2018), a 57-person firm based in Atlanta. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent “Leadership development,” Planer says, referring to his No. 1 responsibility. “We work hard to ensure that we have the next person for any role in the company identified and trained well ahead of the need for the transition. This philosophy applies from entry-level positions to my role and everything in between.” A CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL PLANER. The Zweig Letter: When did you have the most fun running your firm, and what were the hallmarks of that time in your...

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