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Have You Hired Any New Talent Lately?

Our industry is facing a tremendous shortage of human capital and finding new controls technicians or engineers gets harder each and every day.
Hector Hernandez

Hector Hernandez,
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Some of the most common concerns that we hear from controls business owners are:

  1. We do not have enough time in the day.
  2. We are looking for controls technician and engineers.

If this is you, believe me, you are not alone. Our industry is facing a tremendous shortage of human capital and finding new controls technicians or engineers gets harder each and every day.

On top of that, the controls industry shows no sign of decreased growth; instead, it’s growing at an alarming rate. Just to give you an idea, the overall BAS market was valued at USD 53.66 Billion in 2016 and is expected to reach USD 99.11 Billion by 2022. This makes the recruitment of talent much harder because we are now competing for the same human resources pool while trying to meet a much larger demand.

What are you doing to get ready?

Here are some ideas which we believe can help you move in the right direction.

Some unique approaches that we have seen work and also deliver positive results are by looking inside the organization and essentially transforming the way we typically do business. 

  1. Simplify your processes:

Changing the way we do our tasks is not only the hardest thing owners are asked to do but also is one of the items that get most overlooked. Take estimating for example, when was the last time you updated the excel sheet you are currently using?

I agree that spreadsheets are a great tool and they have served their purpose for years, however, how well are they working for you now and are you really getting the results you want?

Estimating is probably 2% of your entire process, but it will affect 100% of your project. That makes it a great (if not the greatest) place to start simplifying the way your work.
  1. Make it easier for your employees to do their work:
Cloud-based services are growing by 13% every year and for a very good reason. Not only does cloud computing reduce operating costs but it also effectively increases efficiency and accessibility. If you’re still on the fence about adapting to some form of cloud service just take a look at the benefits it delivers:
Anytime, anywhere: By allowing your techs to access their files anytime, anywhere, and using any device, you will be able to reduce the need for those trips to the office immediately. This will result in more time spent on the actual projects rather than on the road.

Improved collaboration: Saving and accessing files through the cloud allows everyone to work on the same projects. The improved collaboration will easily eliminate redundancies and the duplication of efforts. Having two people working unknowingly on the same task at once is a thing of the past.

Improve employee moral: By allowing your employees to work from anywhere, both you and your team do not have to be bound to working in a set place or for a set amount of hours. This type of flexibility will open up the ability to recruit those talented individuals that cannot work in a fixed place, with a fixed schedule due to personal restraints. Not to mention eliminating the headache that comes from the morning commute. 
          1. Make ongoing training part of your culture: Promoting from within is probably the best practice I have ever experienced. Everyone benefits when an employee is promoted from within your company. This is because other employees will see the potential for a better future and more often than not, work harder to attain that.

The number one enemy of not doing this is often that neither the employee nor the owners have a culture of ongoing training (reasons may vary).

The companies that have created training programs and encourage their employees to spend time with those programs usually have a higher promotion rate than those who don’t.

Hopefully, these suggestions will help you when facing the challenge of retaining and recruiting employees.

The Cube approach is simple. We experience the same challenges as you. That’s why we have designed our platform to look at every process within our industry and eliminated all the unnecessary waste which only puts a burden on your technicians, engineers and anybody else involved.

To learn more about CUBE software and how we can help your business, visit our website or call us at (855)-928-2387.


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