Keep Your Team Engaged and Retained for the Firm’s Success

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Keep Your Team Engaged and Retained for the Firm’s Success

For your construction firm to thrive, you need to find and keep great talent. The last thing you want is for your best employees to leave for another firm. Retaining great employees requires a strategic plan. Here are some measures you can take to gain the trust and loyalty of your top talent and keep your team engaged and retained for the firm’s success.

Give Regular Feedback

Frequent communication and feedback are great ways to improve retention in a construction firm. Employees need to know where they stand and what they need to do to improve so they can take the steps needed to succeed. Also encourage them to come to your office with their questions and problems by maintaining and “open door” policy. This builds trust and encourages openness on the team. If employees can see how they are making progress, they will become more engaged, and, thus, will be less likely to leave.

Career Development

One of the best ways to show your employees that you care about them professionally and personally is to provide career development opportunities. It’s one thing to say you care, and another one entirely to actually do the work it takes to help them advance in their careers. Help your employees develop career plans that will allow them to learn on the job and advance toward their career goals. It’s a great strategy to develop and promote talent from within than have them go elsewhere to get those opportunities.

Support Diversity

These days firms have much more diversity than in times past; there are employees from many different generations working along side each other, as well as people from all different backgrounds. There are also more women in construction firms now. It’s important to support and encourage diversity on the team. It is always beneficial to have people with different points of view working together. However, if you don’t try to accommodate differences, you’re going to end up losing great employees. If your work culture only caters to baby boomers, you’re going to isolate the millennials you hire. Likewise, if you only try to appeal to millennials, you’ll lose your more established Gen X employees. Try to understand what individuals expect from their work environment and find a way to appeal to these expectations. Don’t expect that everyone will be the same and want the same things.

One of the most important responsibilities of a leader is to create a culture that support and engages their employees. This is the best way to attract and retain high-quality employees. Fostering communication, career development, and diversity will help you improve your company culture.

 

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By | 2019-12-31T08:55:31-05:00 January 7th, 2020|Construction Blog|

About the Author:

The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group
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