Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with an EIT who has just over two years of experience under his belt.

As many of you can relate, this is what his first two years of experience as a civil engineer looked like:

📅 September 2019-March 2020: Fulltime in the office
📅 March 2020-March 2021: Fulltime #workfromhome
📅 March 2021- present: Fulltime in the office

As productive and convenient as it was to work from home, having experienced both sides of the coin early in his career, one thing he mentioned that you just cannot replace when working from home is:


It’s easy to be swept away or hide behind all the great productivity and communication technology that is available at our fingertips:

✔ Zoom video
✔ Teams communication
✔ Texting
✔ Access to anything via the cloud

What he said was that he was happy and blessed to be with an organization who had most of the technology in place allowing them to pivot during Covid, but there is something to be said about face-to-face, in person human connection.

✔ Feeding off of each others energy
✔ The ability to read expressions and emotions
✔ Having other folks around to celebrate wins, guide performance, and light a fire under your ass when needed

Having spoken to thousands of #civilengineers working for hundreds of different companies over the past 18 months, there is definitely a longer discussion to be had on this topic specific to the #civilengineering profession. It’s an exhaustive topic, I understand, and I will share with you next week my final thoughts on this topic next week based upon my anecdotal research.

In any event, this young man and I had a wonderful conversation and to hear his mature perspective with just a few years of experience under his belt was encouraging. He was very excited to be back in the office on a full-time basis, and his advice to his peers is that as convenient and sexy as the whole #WFH phenomena is, it will 💯 hamper your learning curve and opportunities for advancement. Having the technology in place is a good backstop should things go south again, but to continuously work for an organization that has turned to allowing for FT remote work, or even a hybrid environment that is majority WFH, at least in the civil engineering profession, will hinder opportunities for advancement.

🤔🤔🤔 Would you agree with his assessment?


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