Making a career plan is unique for everyone, based on a combination of experience, specialized skills, interests, and education. The surge of COVID-19 resulted in stay-at-home orders, creating space for introspection about topics like work satisfaction and flexibility. Finding the best company that pairs specialized career development with a company culture that promotes personal development has become a huge selling point (and even a requirement) for job seekers in the war for talent. Companies recruit in many different ways, touting flextime, hybrid work models, and benefits. Still, the best companies provide prospective employees with options to create the best fit for their long-term growth, and inclusive policies and benefits are vital considerations.
To remain innovative, we prioritize and seek to further a culture that encourages diversity and equity in the AEC industry as a whole, starting within our own (virtual) four walls. We believe there is power in diversity, equity, and inclusion. We create a space for these initiatives and programs outside of Human Resources because it improves our work and empowers professional and personal advancement. Our employee resource groups (ERGS) play a key role in this:
We recognize that each person has different experiences and skills, and there are strengths in those differences. By taking an individualized approach, we can more accurately set goals and measure skills development on a personalized scale. Recognizing strength in our differences is key to attracting the most innovative problem-solvers for the biggest and seemingly most intricate AEC projects. This commitment, paired with our holistic approach to the work we do and the communities we serve, has allowed us to evolve for over a century and continue to innovate into the next century.