Curbing High Turnover in Consulting Firms

by David O'Donnell, Assoc. Civ. Engr.; City of Detroit, Mich.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 12, Pg. 55-55

Document Type: Feature article


Many consulting engineering firms suffer from high-employee turnover. This is bad for the firm, and bad for the individual engineer. Suggestions to reduce turnover are given. For example, when a firm has to let engineers go during slack periods, rehire the same engineers when work picks up; instead of laying off an engineer when work is slow, give him a second task to do—e.g. client contact or marketing of the form's services; instead of laying off an engineer, have him work fewer hours.

Subject Headings: Consulting services | Professional societies | Client relationships | Marketing | Engineering firms

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