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August 2017

The 5 Best Practices to Retain Your Star Employees

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Technology is rapidly changing the way we interact with our world: the way we shop, the way we play, the way we socialize, and most importantly, the way we work.

It’s not just about who pays the most anymore. Money means nothing when working conditions are less than optimal. People will leave a high-paying job they’re unhappy with to go work at a company that does make them happy even if it means they’re getting paid less. With so many options and opportunities available now, why shouldn’t they?

With this in mind, a question at the forefront of your mind should be how to retain your star employees.

1. Find out what they really want– besides money

People want to work smarter, not harder. They want flexibility and options. In fact, upwards of 90% of employees feel that flexibility in their work contributes to both their success — and their quality of life — quite a bit. They want to know that you care about their success, work-life balance, health, family, and that you’re listening.

Whether it’s a flexible schedule, a better break room, a redesigned and more functional office space, the ability to work from home, or something else entirely — talk to your employees to find what they want and need. This information will then allow you to create options for your employees that not only make their work easier but feel like a bonus as well. We all know everyone loves a bonus!

2. Outsource your HR to professionals

Using a PEO, or Professional Employer Organization, can go a long way in keeping your employees happy. A PEO will ensure that your payroll, benefits, HR, compliance, and other issues are taken care of both promptly, and properly. Your employees will see that their financial well-being is important to you and that you’re dedicated to making sure any issues that do arise are addressed promptly and accurately.

3. Communication is everything

One of the most important things you can do with your employees is simply talking to them. Tell them everything! Okay, well not EVERY single thing, but most definitely all the things that matter. The good, the bad, the ugly — whatever it is they need to know, say it. Praise their hard work and any wins you notice! Knowing you’ve done something right and someone else sees it? That feeling goes a long way toward making someone happy, and willing to stay with your company in the long-term. Foster a spirit of open, respectful communication and dialogue.

The opposite direction is also true here — if an employee is struggling, coaching them on their weaknesses and ensuring that they know what they’re supposed to be doing and how they should be doing it, shows them that they matter as a person instead of feeling like just a number. You want them to succeed at their job — and they want to stay with someone who cares.  The same can go for successes and failures in the business itself. Knowing where you stand in the company, where you’re winning, and where you can help the company grow makes an employee feel like an integral part of the team.

4. Help them grow

Almost no one wants to be stuck in an entry-level job their entire career, especially not your best and brightest. They want to rise, grow, and learn! Give them the tools they need to become the best employee — and person — they can be. Seminars, training classes, ongoing coaching, conferences, creating goals and helping them achieve them, allowing room for them to advance upwards in one department — or even outwards to another department — these resources will show them that you’re interested in making sure they have everything they need. Not only will they work harder, smarter, and more efficiently, but they’ll also be willing to go the extra mile for you.

5. Create something they can be proud of

Make sure you’re a company that your employees will feel good about working for. Have good business practices. Treat your customers right. Ensure your products and services are as promised. Work with local charities. Hold fundraisers. Be environmentally responsible. Whatever works best for your company, create a brand and culture that your employees will feel good to be a part of.

In the end, it really boils down to showing your employees that they matter, and their work matters. Money may pay the bills, but having an employer who cares will make an employee want to remain loyal to you and your business — even during the hard times. By following these key best practices, you will find that it is easier to retain your star employees.

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Construction Site for Hurricane Season

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Hurricane Season is Here:

If you live along the coastline of Texas, Louisiana, or anywhere on the southern Atlantic coast, it’s that time of year again: hurricane season. Hurricane season is different every year but it’s always unpredictable. For those who work in the construction business, it’s crucial to be prepared for the worst.

While you hope you won’t actually need the preparations you make, making them is essential to protecting your company from lost or damaged property. Even worse yet would be injuries to people while they are working on the job or those who live in the areas around the job site because the site wasn’t prepared the way it should be.

The way to prevent that is to prepare ahead of time. Here are five tips to help you effectively prepare for hurricane season on your construction site:

  • Write Down a Preparation Plan: Determine an action plan detailing what you will do to keep both your construction materials and workers safe in the case of a hurricane. Having a plan in advance will help you be more prepared to act in the event that a hurricane forms and heads towards your area. Write down the plan and make it available to everyone within the company so they are aware of company policies if a hurricane should occur.
  • Watch the Weather: In the event that a hurricane is heading towards your area, monitor the radar closely to see where the weather is headed. Heed all warnings when it comes to taking shelter or evacuating. The lives and safety of workers are the most important thing when it comes to severe weather. Following the plan your company has written for emergency weather situations will keep the company’s property safe.
  • Secure All Property: Secure items on the construction site that may blow away to avoid having it blow away or onto the surrounding property where it may cause damage. Store materials that can be moved and stored to keep them from being damaged.
  • Secure Chemicals: Any chemicals that may spill should be secured appropriately so chemical spills do not cause harm to other materials on the construction site or the surrounding areas. Securing chemicals can prevent another tragedy of chemical spills affecting the surrounding area, especially if those chemicals are hazardous.
  • Secure Structures Being Built: Now that the materials on the construction site are secure it’s time to ensure that the structure that is in the process of being built is secure. Be sure that the structure can withstand the winds and rain that are coming with the oncoming storm so the project is not lost. While no building can withstand everything, it’s important to make sure that the structure is stable and safe as possible.

Post-Storm:

After the storm – when you come back to the construction site but before you resume work – here are three simple tips to ensure that your worksite is prepared for work before getting busy:

  • Inventory Supplies: Check any supplies that had to be left at the site to ensure that they are unharmed and still present and weren’t blown or washed away.
  • Untie the Equipment: Untie anything that had to be tied down and assess the condition of it. Ensure all items are in working order and are still present on the site. Prepare equipment to get back to work.
  • Assess Damages: Assess any damages that may have occurred to your materials that were left on the site or the structure that you were building. Come up with a plan to safely fix any damages caused to the property before moving on to complete your work.

Remember: When preparing for severe weather always tread on the side of caution. Workers’ safety is the top priority. Be sure to follow all local warnings and advisories to keep everyone safe. Having a plan before a hurricane strikes can help you keep the company’s property and materials safe as well!