FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Juli Smith, President of The Smith Consulting Group – A member of the Sanford Rose Associates® network of offices, Featured in Engineering News-Record, What HR Leaders Face: Plenty of Change and Uncertainty
By: Jim Parsons
Plano, TX 8/9/2020
“Nimble” is frequently used to describe how AEC human resources leaders responded to the cascade of challenges in the past year. On top of supporting field crews to help keep jobsites safe and productive amid Covid-19 outbreaks, HR teams scrambled to craft strategies for maintaining connections across a suddenly dispersed office workforce, sustain recruiting efforts with only limited access to prospective candidates and conduct sometimes difficult discussions of social justice issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Still, industry HR consultant Juli Smith warns that insisting on a full return to pre-pandemic office routines could ultimately prove detrimental. “Staying too rigid will affect retention and the ability to attract people,” Smith warns, citing anecdotal evidence of rejected job offers because of strict limits on working from home.