|President's Pen by Jessica Scheurich, HBA President|
It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time. -David Allan Coe
We are now faced with the core challenge to attract and retain a skilled work force as the labor market continues to tighten, technology continues to evolve, and fewer foreign students immigrate to America for job opportunities. Organizations find themselves managing four leading generations of workers silent, baby boomers, gen xers and millennials.
As these four generations continue to interact, companies can no longer assume that high pay, basic medical benefits, and a 401(k) will secure the top talent. As more Silents retire, Baby Boomers seek “postretirement careers,” Gen Xers demand challenging but balanced work assignments, and Millennials expect high perks in exchange for loyalty and technological savvy, leaders must find creative ways to recruit and retain talent. As the HBA continues to grow partnership efforts in our community to recruiting students into the construction industry it is key to create strategies for your organization’s Cross Generation Leadership efforts. Look for more information at the Builder/Developer Breakfast on March 9, 2017 and how you can get involved in retaining our youth in the construction industry.
Jessica Scheurich HBA President