Full Session with Abstracts
With Generation Z engineers just starting to enter the workforce, the challenges of managing a multi-generational structural engineering firm becomes more complicated. It is the task of the (Baby Boomer and Generation X) firm leaders to understand and engage the drivers and differences of the Millennial, and now Gen Z, engineers to stay successful, profitable, creative and technically sound. This presentation discusses successful practices to develop an engaging culture that works for multiple generations; embracing the new Gen Z grads. Topics to be discussed include; the challenges of developing technical proficiency and engineering judgment for digitally native generations; early exposure to high end technical concepts, technology as a prerequisite; the necessity of early development of soft skills in engineers; dissimilar financial drivers of the generations, corporate programs and benefits used to attract and retain engineers; using the younger staff to help drive corporate culture; explanation in lieu of direction and leveraging mentoring principals; the next generation performance review; improved focus and focused improvement; diversity as an expectation; listening and emotional intelligence as a bridge for management.
The younger generation of engineers can be some of the most creative and enthusiastic members of any organization while at the same time being some of the most challenging. The audience will find strategies to harness that creativity and enthusiasm while fostering individual perspective, level-appropriate responsibility and personal accountability of their team. Suggestions for both structured and flexible programs within companies will be offered. Managers will see where they can make modifications to evolve their engineering firms to fit today’s workforce. By embracing a culture of improvement and by making modest incremental and sustainable adjustments, firms can open up any generational divide and garner momentum to create a culture that simultaneously attracts and develops both the current and next generation engineers.