Tag: Workplace Culture

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How to remedy five management flaws and create resilient teams

Jennifer L. Donahue, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, shares her experiences on how engineers can create resilient teams prepared to weather any and all crises.

So you’re returning to the civil engineering office, but what should you wear?

Civil engineers are returning to in-person work this year, which means renewed questions about appropriate dress code.

How to maintain company culture when working remotely

Cale Ash, P.E., S.E., shares his experiences with maintaining company culture during the pandemic, and how those lessons may inform the future workplace.

New Face serves as the voice of underrepresented civil engineers

A love for rollercoasters put Jayvon Garth on the ride toward a career in civil engineering and architecture. But specific life experiences further pushed him to focus on projects that foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.

First Step: Persistence and networking pay off

Fathima Lahar, CMIT, A.M.ASCE, talks with Civil Engineering about how she made the first steps in her civil engineering career after being a stay-at-home mom.

Civil, Structural Engineers Join Social Media Campaign

Editor's note: This article first appeared on August 18, 2015 in Civil Engineering online. HASHTAGS MIGHT BE READY conversation starters now, but they began simply as metadata tags so that content—be it on social media or otherwise—could be easily searched online. Today, they have grown into the dominant way of organizing large online conversations. This includes the microblogging site Twitter, where hashtags passed through their...

How Does the 2020 Economic Downturn Compare with Others Past?

FOR ENGINEERS with several decades of experience, the current economic crisis wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic is, in some ways, a familiar challenge. Experienced engineers who weathered the economic downturns of the early 1990s; the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; the Great Recession caused by the financial crisis of 2008; and other national and international crises have learned from the past. Yet...

Will Today’s Covid-19-Prompted Teleworking Keep Working Tomorrow?

DURING WHAT MIGHT turn out to have been the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, several engineering firms told Civil Engineering magazine that all, or nearly all, of their employees were working from home, relying on computer screens, internet connections, and other technology to stay in touch with one another and keep servicing their clients. Added to that anecdotal data are the results of a survey...

Engineers Respond Quickly to Teleworking

AS COVID-19 SPREAD across the world and state and local governments closed down businesses to encourage social distancing, engineering firms faced two challenges: keeping their employees safe and continuing to work for their clients—many of whose projects were deemed essential. The solution was simple: have everyone work from home. But the execution was complex. Combining longstanding processes with new measures meant ensuring that everyone had the...

Pandemic Throws Civil Engineering Work into Uncertainty

ASCE’s Civil Engineering magazine published the feature article “Best Places for Civil Engineers 2020,” which appears in the April issue, before the widespread outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequently declared pandemic in the United States. Since then, the health and safety of civil engineers and their families; the conditions at engineering firm offices, public agencies, and jobsites; and the overall market for civil works...