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TCEP 175: Future of Work in Engineering & Architecture 2021 Report

In the episode that is part of our Civil Engineering Entrepreneurs series, I talk to Peter Atherton, P.E., President and Founder of ActionsProve, LLC, and author of Reversing Burnout, about the recently released Future of Work in Engineering & Architecture 2021 Report. The 2021 report was conducted by Actions Prove, in partnership with the Engineering Management Institute, and created based on a survey with 587 engineers and architects in the U.S. The goal was to examine whether individuals and AEC companies see a viable career path in "mixed hybrid" work — which includes both flexible formats for traditional jobs and independent careers — for engineers and architects. The study also examines whether employers are prepared to engage independent professionals under these new conditions. There are four different frameworks throughout the Future of Work in Engineering & Architecture 2021 report, and in this episode, we talk about one of them that highlights the key considerations for transitioning to a hybrid workforce model. Engineering Quotes: 4 Key Considerations Related to Remote Work that AEC Employers Should Be Aware of: 1. Ensure That Your Employer Culture Is Open To Change With the forced changes that the pandemic brought about, companies now need to decide if they are reverting to the norm, as they once were, or continuing to evolve. It is not likely to have a company culture poised for success if they are not open to change. It is important to focus on a company’s talent attraction and retention. Approximately a third of the firms are currently using independent professional freelancers. Some firms were successfully and profitably using independent professional freelancers before the pandemic. It is not something new, but it is moving to the forefront at an accelerated pace. There is a growing talent pool that wants to be independent professional freelancers. The barriers that some firms have against the hiring of these freelancers are based on their mindset and could be changed quite easily. If firms can get their cultural model right to include freelance and remote workers, they will be more adaptable than other AEC firms. 2. Examine What Processes and Technologies Will Need To Change or Adapt To Meet the Future of Talent Sourcing People have done a lot of work ensuring that their company infrastructure could cope with 100% of their company working remotely.  It put many firms already ahead of the curve on this. There are many platforms to assist companies with remote working, and they are growing every day. 90% of talent leaders surveyed by the Harvard Business Review say that these platforms will be core to their ability to compete in the future. 3. Expand Training and Development to Accommodate and Empower These Mixed Hybrid Teams How you succeeded with teams pre-COVID is vastly different from how you succeed with teams during and post-COVID. The traditional on-site located team is not going to be commonplace from now on. The technology, training and development, processes and systems, and the mindset, that is effective with traditional employees, are the same that will make us successful when using independent professional freelancers. It opens the opportunity to not only have a blended traditional workforce but to now have a hybrid workforce. It is a win, win from a strategy perspective. Remote training is just as effective as in-person training. Because you do not need to send people to places and it will save you money. You can build training solutions that can include independent freelancers, remote workers, and people in the office. You need solutions like this to build healthy talent ecosystems in your company. Not only will it give your staff the skills, but it will also make you more profitable on your projects,

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The Civil Engineering Podcast provides engineering career advice and success stories specifically for civil engineers. Civil engineers Anthony Fasano, PE and Christian Knutson, PE host the show and showcase civil engineering projects and professionals. Each show includes an overview of an interesting civil engineering project and an interview with a successful civil engineering professional.