Retaining Talent Through Coaching and Mentoring
Presented by Jennifer Keegan, AAIA, of GAF; Jennifer Stone, GRP, LEED AP, of Johns Manville; and Ellen Thorp, CAE of NWIR
Building enclosure consultants are often in the position of training and/or supervising an employee, teaching a facility manager about roof system maintenance and forensics, explaining to a building owner or HOA board why a seemingly simple enclosure issue is actually quite complex, and working collaboratively with contractors to problem-solve and get work done quickly. As we enter the longest period of uninterrupted growth in the construction industry, building an inclusive culture amidst diverse project teams benefits one’s professional practice and reputation. Supporting female employees on the rooftop, at the wall, or in the office is critical to reducing employee turnover. Creating a collaborative culture that is supportive of women is also beneficial to all employees and colleagues.
Future leaders are entering the workforce with the expectation that coaching, mentoring, and emotional intelligence are a basic skillset among their colleagues and managers, so there is a need and value for consultants to possess and utilize these skills to successfully retain a future workforce. Organizations without deep knowledge of these topics risk plummeting employee retention rates.
Content will be provided by a professional coach knowledgeable about the building enclosure consulting industry and supplemented by IIBEC members.