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7 Things You Need to Do to Keep People on Your Team

March 22, 2019

Meet and Exceed Your Associates’ Career Expectations

While you’re likely hiring people to grow your teams and your ability to take on more jobs, don’t overlook the importance of retaining
the people already on your crew. This is especially important as the labor shortage continues to be a challenge for contractors as the
industry keeps growing. Here is our advice for retaining the people on your teams.


1. Recognize That Different People Want Different Things
    Out Of Their Careers

Supervisor with employees on jobsite

Younger team members often place a higher priority on having a diversity of work to give them
exposure to different roles, location flexibility and jobs that will increase their income. On the flip
side, someone who has been in the industry for more than a decade may be more focused on
finding stability, settling down in an area for the long term and looking for a better work-life
. Understanding what each member of your team wants in their jobs and supporting them
accordingly can go a long way to boosting their morale.


2. Help Your People Master Their Craft

Employee teaching skills to others

From project management to skills-specific training, the benefits of providing ongoing education and
professional development will often produce cross-trained people and better leaders, which
ultimately deepens the strength of your team and sets your business up for more success. As people
are learning new skills—and potentially making mistakes—make sure you’re patient and understand
this is a part of the process and coach them to get better.


3. Encourage Your Team Members to Share Ideas

Employee sharing idea with supervisor

Give your team the freedom to think creatively, be innovative and identify opportunities that
ultimately benefit your business. At ABC Supply, an Entrepreneurial Spirit is one of our Core Values,
and through it we challenge our associates to continuously improve by taking actions that benefit
their customers and their branches.


4. Listen to Your Team

Employees having a conversation on the jobsite

Taking the time to listen to your team’s ideas and using their input to create change when possible is
so important. Even if you don’t agree with the idea or can’t make change, demonstrating your
open-mindedness to at least hearing what the person thinks can go a long way toward creating a
better working environment.


5. Give Frequent Feedback

Supervisor and employee having a review

Those on your team—especially millennials—value honest, frequent feedback. They want to know how
they’re doing, where can they improve and what their path is within the company. While annual
evaluations are always a natural moment to discuss performance, some team members might prefer
real-time feedback instead of waiting months to discuss it in a formal meeting.


6. Discuss Growth Opportunities

Supervisor and employee discussing growth opportunities

Giving feedback to your team not only helps them improve in the short term but also opens the door to
conversations about how they can continue growing with your company in the long term. Growth
opportunities play a major role for younger generations. According to Forbes, focusing on professional
development is key to attracting and keeping a quality associate because it shows you’re invested in them.


7. If Someone Leaves, Have an Exit Interview

Associate exit interview

You may not know the reasons people choose to leave, so sitting down with them to talk about their
employment experiences often results in straight, truthful feedback about what is or isn’t working on
your crew. These honest conversations can help you identify the changes you need to make to
prevent others from seeking new forms of employment. If the person leaving was a great asset to
your team, leave the door open for them to return in the future.


Placing importance on employee satisfaction will help not only you, but your business. Having an open dialogue is a simple
tactic to keep your crew members on board and content with their roles.

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