Starting with a new company can be a daunting proposition, in large part because the employee doesn't know everything about the new company's culture or how it operates. At Blum, we have developed a process to help our new employees gain this knowledge as quickly as possible. Each new employee is given a list of cultural and operational tasks to master when they start work. For each task, they are assigned a champion that will help them to learn and operationalize each task. A mentor will also be assigned to each new employee, and that person will serve as a confidant to the new employee, as well as ensuring that all tasks are accomplished.
One of the most frequently asked questions, in any organization, is "how am I doing." That feedback is critical to an employee's personal and professional growth and development. At Blum, we have developed a system of continual feedback designed to give employees opportunities to interact with their supervisors on an ongoing basis to get feedback regarding how they are doing with their day-to-day activities. Twice each year, formal feedback sessions are held with each employee, their supervisor, and company management to provide feedback regarding how they are doing with their current job descriptions and personal development plans.
At each of the bi-annual feedback sessions, each employee's personal development plan will be reviewed. These plans, developed by the employee with input from management, attempt to provide two roadmaps. The first is how the employee can be the best-in-class at their current job. The second is how the employee can "climb the ladder" to the next step in their career. Supervisors and company management will serve as coaches in both regards to ensure that each employee has the opportunities and resources necessary to reach their full potential.
Blum Construction has a long history of innovation in the construction industry. That innovation has never been stronger than it is right now, as Blum is seen as a regional leader in the use of virtual technologies and building information modeling. Tablet computers and total stations are being utilized on our jobs to put the technology directly in the hands of employees in the field, where they are being used to drive efficiency and quality on each of Blum's unique and challenging projects.
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