More than 150 attended the 10th Annual HR Professionals Conference and the 5th Annual Training, Education & Development Conference, which ran back-to-back with a joint keynote session earlier this month in Kansas City, Missouri.
In addition to the Jay Forte’s keynote address on how to maximize results by engaging and empowering employees to do their best, attendees had ample opportunities to participate in roundtable sessions, hear presentations by industry experts on a wide variety of topics, network at social events, and, most importantly, connect with their construction industry peers from across the nation.
The HR Professionals Conference offered a unique mix of both plenary and breakout sessions on keeping your organization free from workplace violence, surviving a Wage and Hour Audit, recent and upcoming employment law changes that affect construction; and roundtable discussions where attendees were able to share best practices for creating a mentoring program, lowering healthcare costs, and hiring from a remote location.
For the first time in conjunction with the HR Professionals Conference, AGC held a Federal Contracting Compliance Construction HR Workshop that provided critical information for general and specialty contractors engaging in federal construction work by offering practical guidance from seasoned industry professionals. Presentation topics included E-Verify for federal contractors, understanding ethics in the construction industry, and panel discussions on both the Davis-Bacon Act and affirmative action compliance and audit preparation. Several industry professionals shared their experiences after successfully undergoing an audit, and Kris Talynn of Okland Construction gave an insightful presentation on the importance of training subcontractors and how to go about doing so.
The opening TED Conference session by FMI’s Andy Patron was a huge success, as he introduced the 2011 U.S. Construction Industry Talent Development Report, which contains a wealth of information about the challenges, concerns and innovations having an impact on the construction industry in the last year. The report is available free with a registration to FMI.
Additional TED sessions included well-attended breakout sessions on creating and using distance-learning programs; helping guide field personnel to become great classroom facilitators, creating a culture of learning for Hispanic employees, and measuring the value of investing in workforce education.
AGC would like to thank our generous sponsors, without whom the conferences would not have been possible: the National Center for Construction Education & Research, PAS, Inc., HireTouch by Imagetrend, eMars, FMI, BirdDog, and Capitol Immigration Law.
Both conferences and the federal workshop will be held Oct. 15-18, 2012, in San Antonio, so mark your calendars now!