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VP & Americas Product Leader, Engineering - Kelly Services
Tim McAward is Vice President and Americas Product Group Leader for the Engineering staffing brand of Kelly Services, Inc. As Product Leader, he has responsibility for branding, market positioning, “go to market” strategies and profitability for the product across North America.
Mr. McAward holds a Bachelor of Science, Finance degree from Arizona State University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
The face of engineering is changing. Despite the recent recession, engineering remains one of the most in-demand professions; so, finding the best person for a required skill set can be challenging. Multiple factors affect this challenge, including:
Due to the impact of the high demand for engineers in the U.S., many companies are challenged to recruit and retain talent. And the satisfaction of their employees will be key for this.
Although the recession curtailed many salary increases for engineers, take-home pay was not the most important reason why engineers chose or remained in their profession.
Many engineers consider job satisfaction just as important as salary. Job satisfaction is perceived as:
Today’s engineers place a high premium on work-life balance. Non-monetary perks, family- friendly benefits, and flexible scheduling are attractive to potential employees. Employees appreciate a company that invests in them personally. Provision for education and career advancement makes employees feel valued and also ensures that your workforce stays current with new technologies—a “must” for all engineering professions. Benefits that include flexibility and education can help meet corporate goals and increase employee retention. Much more can be done, to everyone’s mutual benefit.
If you´re interested to get more insights into the retention challenge for engineers I invite you to download our new white paper today, The Engineering Labor Shortage: Maximizing Employee Retention in a Changing Workforce Climate.
Kelly Services will also be a key participant in the Mfg4® Conference Sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), May 8-10, 2012 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The conference provides Kelly an opportunity to interact with engineers specializing in manufacturing from four industries – aerospace, defense, medical and energy.