Well, hello, September. It’s surprising how quickly you’ve crept upon us. Spring has sprung, and New Zealand Engineering projects can regain their maximum potential. With or without lockdowns, the project workload is higher than ever. It’s business as usual. We’ve learnt to adapt to a work-from-home environment and crack on with the expectations. I hear candidates crying out for “flexibility” or a “work from home” option from a potential new employer. They are looking to see what the potential benefits within the Design & Build sector could be.

Are you truly valued?

But here’s the thing, working from home is a standard benefit now. Suppose you’re not being offered a work-from-home option. Not being supported throughout lockdowns, including WFH utility expenses. Not receiving video calls from your team/managers, or being told to get away from the screen for breaks during the day. In that case, you should question whether your current employer truly values you. Managers need to make sure they prevent burnout in their team.

For example, a recent candidate of mine has had no contact from their managers over the last two weeks of lockdown. They’ve been sitting at their screen for nine hours a day. Working through their lunch breaks and receive no recognition. This made the individual feel under-appreciated. This has applied even more pressure and stress to do more. This is clearly not healthy.

Salaries and benefits within the Design & Build sector

I recruit for small to medium-sized design and build consultancies. I am seeing more benefits being included in their already attractive packages. These can consist of and are not limited to paid mental wellness support and health/life insurance policies. Also, full salary paid maternity leave, paternity pay or sign-on bonuses. All of these are used to provide peace of mind to their employees. They ensure complete job security and well mental health for any event in the future. The best part is that the market is also all yours right now.

Our clients are looking for skilled Design Engineers, Surveyors, Project Managers and Draughters of all levels. Tyler Wren also has a salary guide on offer. It includes detailed descriptions of all the additional benefits offered to our candidates. Request a salary and benefits guide today to see the industry benchmarks

Managing projects and stress

Back to my point of projects hitting their maximum potential again, the weather improves, and the construction phase completes far quicker, meaning it’s time to get the next project underway. The stress that can be applied to the workload is essential to manage. Having a supportive employer with management that genuinely cares about your well-being is so important. It’s often the difference between waking up before your alarm, raring to go or hitting that snooze button. 

No matter what level you are, or what your role is, it’s important to surround yourself with people that want the best for you. If you’ve found yourself reading this and thinking “I don’t want to be that person that hits snooze all the time anymore”, then contact us at +64 (0) 9 973 5470 or email us at careers@tylerwren.co.nz