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Why we need mentoring and diversity in engineering

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Global Engineering Day is not just for the standard college-bred engineers. It is intended is to celebrate all scientists. The engineering field is wide open in today’s world. Many of us became engineers thanks to mentoring and encouragement from parents and teachers. On Global Engineering Day, we should ask ourselves what are we doing to introduce younger generations to the vast potential of careers in STEM.

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General manager compensation: are you paying with the pack?

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Public power utilities generally pay less than investor owned electric utilities. Public power utilities need to pay at least the average of what the rest of the public power pays. Electric utility general managers have nationally transferable skill sets and could easily be lured away by others offering more competitive compensation. Looking at more than 100 public power utilities, the American Public Power Association built a model that can be used to benchmark the lower bound of GM pay — see how your utility lines up.

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Connecting with your future workforce

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Workforce development is more important than ever as Baby Boomers retire. One of the best ways to draw recent grads to the public power industry is to build connections with universities and vocational schools in your community. These partnerships create a pipeline for recent grads to the utility and open opportunities for collaboration on innovative projects.

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Five myths about pay that are killing your utility

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Public power decision makers are constantly evaluating the costs and benefits of capital investments and equipment. However, hiring the right drivers is often based on emotion or politics. Utilities that take a logical, measured approach to hiring and pay experience better performance. It isn’t just about money — it’s really about the allocation of limited resources.

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Push beyond your limits

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The most powerful weapon you have in your arsenal to take on change is you. And your innate ability to get out of your comfort zone, to push beyond your limits. It’s not easy but it’s the only way to realize your potential for lifelong growth and transformation. What does it take to get outside your comfort zone? Stress, openness to experience, and asking yourself the right questions.

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Is your HR up to par? Best practices checklist

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As an HR practitioner, you directly impact your utility’s most important asset — people. How do you know your HR practices are on the right track? APPA has created a “best practices” checklist to help you assess and prioritize. Use this checklist to see where you are on policies, recruitment and retention, training, diversity, and technology use. And find out what resources APPA has to help.

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