Who has not experienced the following? Arriving at the office in the morning and writing a to-do list, realizing at the end of the day that almost nothing has been finalized. There is always an additional, more important task or a colleague who needs a helping hand – faster, higher, further every day. The piles on the desks are not getting less. With a few tips and with discipline this can be changed. We have collected a few smart productivity hacks:
The presentation for the customer, performing at an exhibition or an internal meeting: again and again engineers have to face the challenge to present their developments. This isn’t everybody’s job. A frequent obstacle: preparing a PowerPoint presentation eats up time – and in the end it does not look that professional in many cases. The following basic tips should change that!
There are two “new” generations on the labor market: Who are the people behind Generation Y and Z, what do they stand for and are they changing the working world? Some companies will have to change their behavior and structure, because these generations do have different demands towards their working places compared to those before.
Without question, engineers have to deal with many important tasks in their daily life. Their responsibilities are always being extended with everything a top priority which increases time pressure: more and more projects need to be handled with increasing demands in less time but stable quality. In addition, smartphones, tablets and notebooks are pinging and blinking continuously. How is it possible to use working time efficiently despite these facts?
In an increasingly complex working world simple processes can be performed by machines, numerous data sources and cross-functional targets such as sustainability and efficiency need to be considered. This leads to increasing demands on employees – a challenge also engineers are facing.
Details are important for engineers. The smallest discrepancies may have major consequences in their job. Therefore being precise is essential. This applies for the design activity as well as for communication among colleagues: Describing faulty processes and listening carefully to descriptions are everyday tasks of engineers. For these tasks the dialogue is the most obvious tool – yet its importance is underrated.
Engineers are mathematicians with technical expertise. They act factual, follow findings based on calculations and rely on proven concepts. This is the stereotype. But many engineers are already acting exactly as requested by analyses of future trends in working environments: data-based, creative, planning and solution-oriented. Soft skills will no longer be a nice option – but a necessity.
It’s Oxymoron Day again! And while sitting together to choose the most creative proposals for oxymorons among your submissions, we randomly bumped into interesting facts about group dynamics. Some of them were surprising, some just funny. Therefore in addition to the most favored word pairs: ten facts about teamwork – not only for engineers.