Well, what can I say. I did see this coming a mile off and wrote about it a couple of years ago.
I am not gloating, in fact I am saddened by it.
You see I had a conversation the other day with someone who has been around the construction game for quite a while, as part of that conversation came the inevitable "so who are you working with now". I told him how excited I was to be starting a project with an up and coming, forward thinking main contractor client.
He knew the company I was talking about and promptly said words to the effect of "by, they are gaining a swift reputation for stealing staff".
"Stealing staff," I said. You have to be joking, you can't "steal staff". People have choice and free will to work for whichever organisation they choose.
It reminded me of a time when I was the HR Manager of a sought after business to work for, when on a recruitment drive, I used to get calls from Directors of similar businesses to ours asking me NOT to interview their staff which they knew would be attracted to the positions on offer.
I had a standard response, offering them a sound piece of advice, as I would now to anyone in a position of either not being able to recruit talented people, or seeing them move on. That instead of pointing the finger at someone else, believing them to be the cause of the problem, notice that when you point a finger, you generally have 3 fingers pointing back at yourself. Go on try it, point your index finger and see what I mean.
If I was involved in an organisation where valued team members are moving on, I would definitely be looking at what I/we were doing day to day, week to week, month to month, year to year to make MY organisation THE BEST PLACE TO BE WORKING.
In my experience, people don't choose to leave a business on the spur of the moment.
You see, as humans we generally don't like lots of change. Especially around employers (and spouse/barbers/supermarket/car dealership/radio station/drive to work etc. etc.) So what makes us finally look to make a change?
I think it is the seemingly inconsequential niggles for things being "just not right" that build up over time. Sometimes its months, sometimes years, decades even. There comes a point when we say "I have had enough", and we are more open to something better coming along.
What I have seen happen during the last few years where things have been really tough, lots of people who were used to being appreciated and enjoyed what they did, have be treat like dirt and told they were lucky to have a job at all after seeing their colleagues being made redundant. It's hard to forget that, so when an opportunity to join somewhere new, shiny, bright, full of promise AND potential. Moving towards that is a bit of a no-brainer.
Creating and maintaining a happy team does not happen by accident.
I know that should my client not continually look to being the best employer in his area of specialism, creating an environment where they can get on and do a great job, then they too, can not be surprised when their newly appointed talented people wonder once again if the grass is indeed greener on the other side.
What are your thoughts on this?
About the Author
Building Top Companies
My life within the construction sector started when I was 6 years old, spending time in my dads joinery workshop.
The next 40 years saw me go from sweeping up and making tea in dads business to a career which helped grow one of the most successful private sector main contractors in the UK.
A lover of all things business related, my talent lies in developing exceptional business support services that are central to the success of all top companies.