Have you started setting your goals for 2021? With this crazy and unpredictable year coming to an end, I know I’m ready to challenge myself in new and exciting ways!
To begin setting your goals, first look back on your personal and professional accomplishments of 2020 to reflect on what went well. Ask yourself questions like “What new skills did I learn or discover? What did I enjoy doing that I wasn’t expecting? How did I spend my free time?” You may have had more time on your hands to pursue new opportunities. Whether they were hobbies or professional achievements, you probably learned new skills that had an impact on how you want to spend your time in the future.
As you consider your goals for 2021, remember to:
Some goal suggestions to get started:
We conducted a quick poll to determine the status of remote / home office workers commercial and public agency organizations.
80% of organizations report that 50% or more of their employees are working from remote / home office locations.
75% -100% staff work remote 59%
50% - 74% staff work remote 21%
25% - 49% staff work remote 9%
0% -24% staff work remote 12%
In some instances, employers are allowing remote office locations to continue as long as the employee wants to and return full-time, part-time, or not at all, at their discretion.
Of course, there are some job categories where this would not be possible such as aircraft mechanics and surveyor field technicians. But, we have become an electronic industry which allows many, such as GIS Technicians, to work from a remote office location.
Do we work better online?
A summary of a New York Times article 6-28-20
By David Gelles
© The New York Times Co.
When the online learning company Chegg started working remotely in March, Nathan Schultz, a senior executive, was convinced that productivity would plummet 15% to 20%.
Hoping to keep his employees on task, Schultz tried to re-create the high-touch style of management that had served him well throughout his career. He set up a Slack channel with his two closest deputies, where they began communicating incessantly, even as they spent hours a day in the same Zoom meetings. He began regularly checking in on many of the other members of his team.
“The first reaction was to smother,” he said. “I was trying to replicate the many touch points you have in the office environment.”
It didn’t work. Schultz himself soon felt burned out, and he could tell that his constant online presence was not very popular with his employees. So, he eased off.
Then something surprising started happening. Projects were completed ahead of schedule. Workers volunteered to take on new tasks. Instead of falling into a rut and losing focus in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Chegg employees became more productive.
Companies, too, are discovering that processes and procedures they previously took for granted — from lengthy meetings to regular status updates — are less essential than once imagined. And although some executives are concerned about burnout as working from home continues, they are enjoying the gains for now.
“We’re seeing an increase in productivity,” said Fran Katsoudas, Cisco’s chief people officer.
Most of Cisco’s employees have been working from home for months, and Katsoudas said data showed many were accomplishing more. For example, according to the company’s tracking, customer service representatives are taking more calls and customers are more satisfied with
At Eventbrite, the engineering team is thriving, while the sales and customer service teams are having a harder time working from home, the chief executive, Julia Hartz, said.
Hartz said that her customer service team worked in a more collaborative manner, and that Eventbrite’s representatives missed being able to trade tips on how to handle different situations.
“It’s never the same call,” she said. “Our office is open. There’s a bullpen-type feel. You can turn your chair around and all face each other and share ideas or share the stress with your coworkers. You can’t do that remotely.”
Satya Nadella, the chief executive of Microsoft, lamented the loss of in-person interactions, even as he said productivity was ticking up.
Nadella said he worried that companies like Microsoft were “burning some of the social capital we built up in this phase where we are all working remote.”
Douglas Merritt, the chief executive of Splunk, an enterprise software company, questioned whether the appearance of busy remote workers was leading to actual gains.
“There’s a big difference between activity and productivity,” he said. “There’s no doubt that our employee population is not performing at the same level they were.”
At Chegg, 86% of employees said their productivity was as good as or better than before, according to an internal survey. They attributed the uptick to not commuting and not having boundaries to the workday.
Recently, Schultz’s team completed a project for Verizon in 15 days that he said would have taken a month during normal times.
As a Civil Engineer job recruiter, we have seen that many candidates try to find greener pastures by job hopping with multiple companies. Having a track record of constant job changes in the civil design profession can often be discredited. Some selective industries may be considered acceptable, but not within the civil engineering profession. There are plenty of legitimate reasons people change companies, but if you are one who is constantly searching for a better opportunity, you might press pause and reconsider your decision. Here is why:
As of December 2019, the United States unemployment rate was at 3.5 percent and the number of unemployed persons was at 5.8 million. A year earlier, the jobless rate was 3.9 percent, and the number of unemployed persons was 6.3 million. Generally, the ideal unemployment rate is 4.5 percent.
What does the current unemployment rate mean for Job Seekers?
Are you looking for a job? If so, this is a great time for you to be on the job hunt! We are currently in a job seeker’s market. Now is the time to get out there to review the plethora of jobs that are available. Since fewer people are looking for a job, you will most likely have more job offers to choose from.
Conversely, employers may have trouble with their hiring since we are in such a tight labor market. Since job seekers have their choosing for whichever position they are most interested in, retaining the best talent is becoming more difficult for companies. They may see more job-hopping occurring, and there is a higher level of competition.
Are you searching for GIS jobs in Portland or some other city in the U.S? There are quite a few changes job seekers are going to have to manage in the coming years, so it can be helpful to collect a few tips before lining up those interviews. As one of the nations leading geospatial staffing agencies, GeoSearch, Inc. is a recruiting firm that specializes in geospatial technologies. We keep our thumb on the pulse of the job market and have compiled some tips for you.
Here are some things job seekers should be aware of in 2019.