To Win the War for Talent, A/E Firms Have to Sell Themselves

In industries like architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting where there is a high demand and low supply of professionals with certain skills, firm managers must actively sell their firm and opportunities.  Strong onboarding processes are also key for keeping those hard-to-get employees once they have accepted your offer.  Letitia Booty expands on this point in […]

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What Good Employees Want

Talented architects, engineers, and environmental professionals are in very high demand.  While wages are important, other factors can make a huge difference in recruiting and retaining top talent, especially in the A/E industry.  This article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offers useful items when it comes to recruiting architects and engineers. What prospective recruits want to know […]

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Integrating Cultures after an Acquisition

Integrating Cultures after an Acquisition

The A/E industry is a hotbed of M&A activity.  Forbes Magazine published an informative article for firms facing the challenge of integrating different cultures resulting from an acquisition.  M&A is a powerful way to grow revenue, but to avoid hurting employee retention it is important to acknowledge and manage competing cultures.

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Marc Richards of Tighe & Bond appointed to hazardous waste site cleanup board

Marc Richards, Vice President of the award winning engineering and environmental consulting firm, Tighe & Bond, has been appointed to the Commonwealth’s Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site Professionals (LSPs).  The LSP program includes scientists, engineers, and public health specialists and has expedited the assessment and cleanup of contaminated brownfield sites. Read more details […]

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Three Reasons for Hiring Older Workers in Architecture, Engineering, Planning, and Environmental Consulting Industries

One positive trend we’ve seen in the design industry is that there has been less resistance to hiring older workers. Perhaps this is due to the extreme labor shortage that we’re likely to see continue for some time. Whatever the reason, it’s a good thing in my opinion. Older workers bring the following traits that […]

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Here’s how the Tax Bill will Affect the A/E Industry

With the Republican-led tax bill headed to the President’s desk, The Wall Street Journal takes a closer look at how the overhaul affects homeowners, families, retirees, and business professionals.  Here are the highlights for the Architecture and Engineering industry: Pass-Through Entities Although owners of S corporations, partnerships, and other pass-through businesses are set to receive […]

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What Do Your Employees Really Think? Finding Out Can Decrease Turnover

It is the leaders who establish the cultures within Architectural, Engineering, Planning, and Environmental Consulting firms. Even in small design groups, it is the group leaders who establish the customs within their sections of their organizations.  Cultures can be healthy, toxic, or someplace in between. When a company has high turnover, fixing the problem often […]

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