"Firms Upping Benefits to Attract Talent"

In those areas of the country where demand is high, firms competing for the most talented candidates are sweeting the deal by enhancing their benefits packages. Among the most popular benefits with candidates are those that help to improve their quality of life and provide...

"The Latest Trend: There Is No Trend"

How the A&D industry is doing at the moment depends on where you look. Some markets and some sectors are really hot. Others not so much. Likewise with firms. Some have more work than they can handle, while others are scrounging for clients. Try as...

"A Good Way to Lose an Opportunity"

I have always followed the precept, when opportunity knocks, answer. Apparently that quaint notion is now passé. More and more these days I am running up against the situation where individuals seeking an opportunity—whether it's an individual looking for a better position or an employer...

"Assessments Make the Difference"

Why would you want to expend so much time and money on recruiting employees and then throw it all away on a bad hire? Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? But in fact, it happens more often than you might think. The reason? Employers are not taking...

"Does Your Workspace Say “Welcome”?"

Workplace culture has moved front and center among the factors that candidates consider when deciding where they want to work. And so has workplace design. Combined, they say a lot about your firm and what it is like to work there day in and day...

"Is Your Career Strategy a Dream or a Plan?"

I have two questions for you that may change your life. What will you accomplish this year that will move you closer to your career goals than where you are right now? Where will you be in your career five years from now? I know, they...

"Hire for the Future"

Payroll is one of the biggest expenditures in a design firm’s budget. If it tilts too far in the expense direction it can quickly eat up profits. On the other side of the balance sheet, however, is revenue. In developing their staffing plans (if, indeed,...

"Job Search Strategies in a Tepid Market"

What a difference a year makes. After an extended period of rather frantic hiring, many firms are now staffed up and focused on building their client base rather than finding sufficient personnel to keep up with growing demand. For job seekers in a number of...

"Are You Helping or Hindering Your Employees’ Productivity?"

You have a lot invested in your employees, and your firm’s success depends upon them. It’s in your interest for them to be productive and perform well. Yet, many employees feel that their bosses are more of a hindrance than a help when it comes...

"A Fault Is Not a Flaw"

Sometimes work situations do not go well. We may encounter supervisors, managers or co-workers, even clients or suppliers, who are difficult to work with. We may be assigned a task without being given adequate time or resources to carry it out to the best of...

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