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Managing a Burned-Out Team

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Burnout is a very real phenomenon that impacts overworked professionals and causes mental exhaustion, physical exhaustion and even depression. Research shows that burnout leads to decreased productivity and lack of engagement, and burnout can actually spread among a team. A single burned out employee can start a domino effect of stress and exhaustion. If you… Read more »

Motivating Your Team to Go Above and Beyond

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It’s great when engineering teams meet expectations, carrying out their tasks and responsibilities and achieving their defined goals. When a team is clicking along and doing the minimum, everything runs smoothly, but in order for the company to gain a true competitive edge, employees need to go above and beyond. How do you motivate people… Read more »

Red Flags to Watch out for During an Interview

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Hiring and retaining engineering talent is no easy feat. First, you must find someone with the right skills for each role, but you also have to be mindful of the candidate’s personality and their cultural alignment. While it’s necessary to focus on the positives, it’s equally important to watch out for red flags that could… Read more »

Interviewing for Soft Skills

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When evaluating engineering candidates, technical skills are the highest priority. However, soft skills should be of equal importance. While you can teach someone a new software program or a best practice, you can’t teach them how to think critically, act with confidence, read other people’s emotions or change their deep-rooted values. Someone who checks off… Read more »

How to Prepare Your Team for Temporary Engineering Hires

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Temporary engineers help keep projects on track and ensure the organization achieves its goals. While management may understand the value of these professionals, team members may be a bit more resistant to the idea. Permanent employees can be wary of temporary engineers, wondering if those people are there to steal their jobs. That wariness and… Read more »

Stop Turnover in Its Tracks

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Turnover can be a challenge to overcome for many reasons, but the difficulty in gathering accurate data on why employees quit is one of the biggest hurdles. However, if you’re dealing with high turnover, it is essential to get to the root of the problem so you can focus on building a long-lasting, effective team…. Read more »

Why Should You Use a Staffing Agency to Hire Engineering Talent?

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Finding the right engineering talent at the right time can be a challenge. If your talent searches are taking longer than you’d like them to, you’re concerned about the quality of candidates you’re attracting or you need to access hard-to-find skills, it might be time to partner with a staffing agency to hire your engineering… Read more »

Evaluating Culture for Your Engineering Workforce

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When it comes to building a thriving engineering workforce, culture matters. A good culture will cultivate an environment of collaboration, efficiency, support and productivity. Culture can also give you a competitive advantage when recruiting engineering talent. Despite what you may have seen in the media, “culture” isn’t about softball leagues, catered lunches and ping pong… Read more »

How Do Contractors Add Value to Your Team?

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Traditionally, companies have utilized contractors to plug staffing shortfalls. However, skilled engineering contractors can be leveraged to help a firm achieve its strategic goals. Here are some of the ways that contractors can add real value to your team. Cost Control Contractors are typically paid at a higher rate than permanent employees, but don’t let… Read more »

Are You Losing Great Candidates to Your Competitors?

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Losing candidates to competitors is frustrating – and expensive. Investing time and resources in someone who accepts a job elsewhere can set back your search by weeks, or even months. If this has happened to your team on more than a few occasions, the problem likely rests with your hiring process. These are the most… Read more »