Back to the future

2009 wasn’t a great year to be working in, or writing about, construction, and by October Building’s Good Employers Guide could be forgiven for deciding to reminisce about the boom instead. I looked at what HR departments can do to make life easier for staff at the mercy of frenzied M&A activity – deal-making is enormous fun for top execs, but less so for the underlings whose fate they’re buying and selling. Something to look forward to when the upturn finally comes…

Author: Katie Puckett

I am an experienced journalist, copywriter and editor who has covered the built environment for nearly 20 years. I’ve interviewed thousands of senior executives, politicians and experts in many fields and travelled to report on stories throughout Europe, the US, the Gulf states and India. My articles have appeared in many business and professional titles including Building, Estates Gazette, Inside Housing, the Bartlett Review, Insurance Times and Lloyd’s Market. I am co-author, with architect Bill Gething, of Design for Climate Change, published by RIBA, and I launched and edit The Possible, a thought leadership magazine for global engineering firm WSP. I'm also co-founder of Wordmule, an editorial studio that specialises in buildings and cities.

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