Posted on March 1, 2017 by FMI CorporationMuch has been written about millennials and how they differ from previous generations in their approach to work – and careers in general. Indeed, we see millennials often unfairly saddled with the dubious reputation for being entitled, disloyal, self-centered or optimistic go-getters, but it turns out that they are actually not that different from their older work colleagues. In fact, in our recent study “Millennials in Construction: Learning to Engage a New Workforce,” we found that millennials are indeed very dedicated and loyal to their companies and want to do more than just punch a clock and take home a paycheck. They are looking to add value, make an impact and find meaning in what they are doing. Company leaders can leverage these realities by ensuring that their young talent has a clear sense of purpose and an understanding of their roles within the larger plan. According to our findings, when the company’s vision is inspiring and clearly communicated, millennials are 25% more likely to stay longer with the company compared to those who don’t understand the company’s vision and direction.
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Posted on February 24, 2017 by FMI CorporationThe fact that most construction firms are struggling to find qualified people is old news. To be sure, much of the blame for the labor shortage problem can be laid at the feet of the Great Recession, when job demands changed dramatically and many downsized workers left the industry for good. The trouble is, these workers have yet to be replaced with workers of equal or better skills. So what can be done? The industry has responded to the challenge by treating it as an “asset” problem. Applying the same principles they would to a construction project, employers have brought a hammer-and-nail solution approach to something that requires more thought and consideration. Companies are putting big dollars into training programs focused on sharpening employee skills and competencies. But just how effective is all of that training?
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Posted on October 10, 2016 by FMI CorporationIn today’s team-based, fast-paced work environments, the ability to communicate effectively over several channels and provide ongoing feedback is key to success. Feedback makes you aware of how you are doing and what you can do to develop and improve. It builds trust in your relationships. The topic of feedback is hot in today’s marketplace. Employees are eager to know what is expected of them, how they are doing, and what they need to do to receive greater responsibilities and rewards. Employers are also eager to implement feedback tools and systems so that they can determine how they are doing in the eyes of their customers and employees. Best-of-class organizations also use feedback to help identify areas of success and developmental opportunities for their upcoming leaders. Here are five reasons why:
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Posted on October 24, 2014 by FMI CorporationNo one would argue the point that the construction industry has a unique culture and a rich history steeped in predictable practices based on how it’s ”always been done.” As the business side of the industry is being forced to deal with fluctuating economics and a workforce with a different face, we still talk about certain practices and expectations as if they are written on stone tablets and part of an immovable and unspoken set of laws.
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Posted on September 15, 2014 by FMI CorporationMillennials have once again been trending in the news, and for once, it is not about our selfie-taking abilities. Lately, I have read several articles calling millennials entitled, unmotivated, impossible to manage – I feel like half of these articles are describing two-year-olds (or what I would imagine raising a two-year-old would be like). I never realized we were so difficult to work with or understand.