Partnering Magazine Spring 2019

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Building and Retaining High-Performance Teams B

uilding and retaining high-performance teams is

the employee can complete the job. However, as you have

vital to the success of a company. While change itself

likely discovered, a degree, or experience, listed on a resume

provides opportunities to grow, it also presents various

doesn’t mean the person is all that GOOD at the job—just

challenges. The construction industry is not alone in dealing

that they meet the basic requirements.

with many of the challenges that impact other professions, but there are some unique challenges we are faced with that

Instead, perhaps we should focus on evaluating soft skills

require unique solutions.

and “Emotional Quotient,” to determine if a prospective employee possesses these skills. Even though we all know

Before we can retain rock star talent, we must attract and hire them. The good news is that many of the things your company can implement to recruit talent are the same things that will help retain them and build them into high-performing team members. Companies should be working to ensure that they are not only a place where employees want to work but a place where they want to retire.

INTERVIEWING FOR SOFT SKILLS One mistake many companies make when seeking to fill positions is to hire strictly based on “hard skills”—i.e., they have a degree or certification, a particular computer skill, or years of experience that give the impression


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