Appealing to Future Engineers

By Riley Rudd on

Many companies are currently struggling with an increased turnover rate followed by difficulty in identifying new talent. This blog gives some insight to understanding what engineers want, rather than assuming what is historically true to still be relevant. The TriMech Staffing team remains up to date on the ever-changing landscape of engineering disciplines, along with what is required to hire top candidates. Although competitive salaries, appropriate benefits, and reasonable expectations are always important factors, appealing to future engineers is more than just that.

Provide Emotional Value

The era of strict employee loyalty, working at one company for most of one’s working years, is over. It can no longer be assumed that future engineers will be motivated to stay at your company with the same incentives as you offer today. Research has proven that, for all types of employees, people stay where they feel valued. More specifically, workers express the highest degree of satisfaction in a job when their ideas are taken seriously, and their hard work is recognized. All of those factors could boil down to providing emotional value to employees. This is especially important for engineers, who are incredibly motivated by recognition and accomplishment.

Making your employees feel valued is (often) free and can be done in many ways depending on your company culture and what your employees desire most. Recognizing hard work could be as simple as a quick message expressing appreciation for their efforts, or it could be a more formal recognition with a bigger audience.

Consider Contract Positions

With the rapid expansion of innovation and technological advancement, there is an incredibly wide range of new and exciting opportunities relating to engineering. Many engineers both with years of experience and those just entering the workforce will want a piece of the action without having to change career paths entirely.

Offering contract positions is a fantastic way to attract new talent. It allows engineers to explore industries and fields without committing to a full-time position and allows your business to evaluate the candidate on a trial basis – possibly opening the door to a permanent position. TriMech Staffing has valuable experience providing successful contract employees and places contract positions every day. When the opportunity presents itself, rather than outsourcing a project or risk hiring an employee you may not need long term, consider bringing on a contract employee.

Invest in Skill Development

As mentioned, the range of opportunities within engineering industries and disciplines is rapidly expanding. The modern engineering industry is creating a need for specialization among engineers as academia is unable to fully cover this vast expansion of engineering needs. Investing in skill development provides double benefit – engineers feel valued and supported, while your company enjoys a broader range of skill in its engineers.

Certification courses and microlearning platforms are two effective ways to keep your workforce sharp and knowledgeable on current trends while providing value to your engineers. Invest in innovative products such as the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and pair it with training courses, both offered by TriMech to keep engineers engaged and on top of newest innovations. In many cases, covering the costs of certifications and education saves your company time and money otherwise spent recruiting new employees that may end up needing the same type of training in the long run.

Attracting and retaining top talent is a key aspect of remaining competitive as a business. Even companies who are positioned to offer competitive salaries and reasonable work expectations still fail when it comes to understanding the needs of future engineering talent. Identify what the common denominator is between departures and use that data to improve the employee experience for others. When it comes to replacing engineering talent, rely on the TriMech Staffing team to place the right candidate for your needs.