How To Hire Engineers In A Competitive City

 Originally posted on Forbes GETTY Hiring engineers is difficult, particularly in cities where tech talent is in high demand. In these areas within the United States, there are often more job listings for software engineers than there are actual software engineers. This makes things difficult, particularly for smaller software shops, as they have to compete with the offers that larger tech companies are able to make.  At my company, we have always approached hiring a little differently, and I think that is why we have a much easier time hiring talented senior engineers than other companies in our area. Additionally, our business often helps other companies throughout the United States build their technical teams, proving the success of this methodology. Change the…

11 Best Practices for Working Remotely

11 Best Practices for Working Remotely

By usefyi.com (Original Post: https://usefyi.com/remote-work-best-practices/) There isn’t much mystery when it comes to working in an office. Every day, you: Get dressed in company-appropriate attire. Commute to work. Join a few meetings. Take coffee breaks. Indulge in hallway conversations and lunches with coworkers. Go see a client. Commute home. Remote work is completely different. There’s no one-size-fits-all formula. Everyone has different work styles. Different times at which they work. Different work locations. Different time zones. Even though the rise of remote work isn’t a new trend, many people are still figuring out how to work remotely through trial and error, doing their best to stay happy and productive. And it’s not just people, companies struggle at making remote work too. What’s…

Is It Time to Let Employees Work from Anywhere?

Is It Time to Let Employees Work from Anywhere?

This article was originally published in Harvard Business Review    Despite a few high-profile retreats from remote work policies in recent years, data on the U.S. workforce suggests that remote work is increasing. A 2017 Gallup poll reported that 43% of employed Americans had spent at least some time working remotely, and US Census data released in 2018 reported 5.2% of U.S. workers being based entirely at home. Even as working from home (WFH) becomes relatively commonplace, a new form of remote work is emerging: working from anywhere (WFA), in which employees can live and work where they choose, typically within a specific country, but in some cases, anywhere in the world with a reliable internet connection. While many companies are just starting to consider allowing employees to work…

7 steps to building an engineering competency matrix and designing career pathways

7 steps to building an engineering competency matrix and designing career pathways

One of the biggest questions we get when we interview candidates is about their career paths and what Log(n) and our clients will offer. From time to time, I have had an opportunity to implement career paths based on a competency matrix. Having a transparent competency matrix that is shared with the whole company as well as with the prospects helps to build solid trust. Here is an article that walks us through the process of building an engineering competency matrix. Every engineer deserves a clear growth path so they can understand, plan, and execute on meaningful career growth. Providing a framework for this growth (we call ours a competency matrix; it’s also known as a career ladder, or professional…