Best Practices and Strategic Planning Take Center Stage at AGCís Annual HR & Training Conference
AGC’s 2017 Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference wrapped up Oct. 13 after two-and-a-half days of education, sharing of best practices and networking in Phoenix, AZ. The conference continues to be a must-attend event for HR and training professionals in the construction industry.
This year’s conference was preceded by a Strategic Management Workshop for construction HR and training professionals, which was focused on helping participants understand their firm’s top business challenges and align HR and training with strategic corporate goals. During this year’s workshop, How to Get a Seat at a C Suite Table, Andrew Patron and Sal DiFonzo from FMI identified proven succession planning tactics, discussed proactive talent development approaches, defined compensation concepts, and facilitated industry thinking around organizational development.
The official opening day of the Conference started off with an entertaining and engaging session led by innovation and creativity guru Jeff Tobe. Tobe’s high-energy presentation captivated the audience as he walked them through his “Four Pillars of Engagement.” Breakout sessions throughout the day covered such topics as rethinking recruiting, managing risks and costs of healthcare, an employment law update, and creating internal subject matter experts. There were several engaging and interactive sessions at the conference as well. For example, during the always popular roundtable lunch discussions led by HR and TED Forum Steering Committee members, participants approached recent hot topics in the industry and shared successes, challenges, and best practices. Later in the day, Sarah Froning Nodarse, with Willis Towers Watson, provided attendees with practical methods for ensuring that the key outcomes of diversity, inclusion and safety are accounted for in the organizations’ human capital strategies, workforce planning, and talent management processes.
On day two, FMI consultant Andrew Patron unveiled the results of the company’s 2017 Survey on Talent Development in the Construction Industry, followed by a panel of four HR and Training professionals in construction who shared their company’s challenges and solutions first-hand. Survey topics include finding and retaining the best talent, hot trends in training, succession planning, measuring training results, using psychological and other assessments, and more. The ensuing morning breakout sessions included topics such as challenges in workplace drug abuse, compensation practices, training and development, and worker shortages. The conference concluded with an engaging discussion by Seniye Groff & Tim Sissel from Fortis Construction about building an on boarding program from the ground up.
The conference was sponsored by the National Center for Construction Education & Research, PAS, Inc., FMI, AGC Career Center, and BirddogHR.
The 2018 conference will be held October 11-12 at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel in downtown Fort Worth, TX. Stay tuned for more details.
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