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Not long ago, one of our key site superintendents, Brett Baker, told us he was leaving RAWSO after working for us for three years.
As anyone managing a construction company knows, losing one person is tough, but losing a manager is even tougher. It was a big hit that caught us by surprise, but we learned a lot from it, and today, we’re glad it happened.
Long story short, Brett went to work for another local contractor in his hometown, and it didn’t take him long to figure out that he was sold a bit of snake oil. Here’s what he had to say about it:
“About two phone calls with Dylan Stephens, I realized I’d made a bad decision. I just got overwhelmed and didn’t tell anyone until it was too late.”
Most importantly, whenever someone leaves RAWSO, even if we know it’s not in their best interest, it’s critical to handle the situation with patience and grace. We never want to burn bridges, and thanks to our patience with Brett, he knew we’d welcome him back.
Secondly, we learned that we needed to communicate better as a company and take the time to understand where everyone’s at and where they want to go. Since it was apparent that Brett wasn’t happy, we talked with him and decided to move him into the office to learn how to estimate work. While he’s back in the field now, he’s now much happier and feels like his career is progressing as it should.
Going back to Brett, here’s what he says he learned:
“Talk to people about your problems. When I first came to this company, I just about missed a house payment. But then I talked to them, and everything was fine. The money came. It was me avoiding those situations where I went wrong. My advice is for people to talk about their problems.”
Thanks to a few weeks of a challenging situation, we learned a lot as a company, and Brett learned a lot as an individual. Both parties took “extreme ownership,” and now we’re all better off as a result!
Checkout the podcast with our very own Brett Baker!
We go into his story, what he does day to day at RAWSO, why the grass ain’t always greener on the other side, and what advice he has for other youngins looking to move up in the world of construction.
Listen to it here at https://lnkd.in/gf-NEQb
We sincerely appreciate you following along on our RAWSO journey, and since we have grand plans for our business and team, we’re only getting started!
To learn more about our team, capabilities, and projects, check out our website at RAWSO.com or see what’s happening on our job sites day to day via @rawsoconstructors on social media.More blog