How to Build a Team… and Keep It

CEDIA Business Xchange Offers Strategies for Hiring, Retaining Talent
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We’ve heard it many times, and we’ve got research to back it up–building a team is challenging. It is one of the top pain points for home technology professionals across the industry.

Jamie Briesemeister, director of sales and marketing for Integration Controls and CEDIA volunteer captured it accurately when she told us, “Our industry is so knowledgeable and adept at making electronic systems operate smoothly, yet when it comes to the ‘people’ side of our work–like hiring, training, and retaining employees–home technology professionals often struggle.”

If this rings true for you, then know that you are not alone and that CEDIA is offering resources to help you overcome this challenge. The 2016 CEDIA Business Xchange was designed specifically to address this issue, helping CEDIA members with their most valuable resource: their people.

Take two days away from your business and you will experience expert-led workshops and peer networking tailor-made to help you build a dynamic and committed team. Here, you’ll learn winning strategies to hire for attitude, tackle performance challenges, and retain, motivate, and empower the best employees. You’ll also come away with a specialized action plan ready to implement immediately. Here is a little preview of the two half-day workshops that will anchor the 2016 CEDIA Business Xchange:

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Take two days away from your business and you will experience CEDIA Business Xchange’s expert-led workshops and peer networking tailor-made to help you build a dynamic and committed team.

Hiring for Attitude

According to a study by Leadership IQ, 46 percent of newly hired employees fail within 18 months. Contrary to popular belief, technical skills account for only 11 percent of why new hires flounder. Number one on the list? Poor attitude. It’s a flaw that many managers admit was overlooked during the interview process. In this workshop, based on presenter Mark Murphy’s bestselling book Hiring for Attitude, you’ll learn dozens of techniques that will turn you into a master interviewer who can easily spot a good or bad attitude.

Getting Good People to Stay

It’s no surprise that most small-business owners see the ability to retain, engage, and develop talent as essential to their ongoing success. But all too often, that gets put on the back burner until it’s too late. The process of creating a winning employee engagement and retention strategy is not rocket science, but does require intentionality. In this workshop you’ll have the opportunity to create a plan to build and sustain a winning culture that will engage your employees.

Apart from the two half-day workshops, the schedule is packed with opportunities for small-business owners.

Get the tips you need to avoid profit-killing employment litigation in the Top Ten Employment Law Mistakes session. In this session, employment law attorney Kelly Hughes will discuss the fundamentals of the main federal employment laws every business owner should be aware of, the most frequent mistakes small-to-medium-sized businesses make, and tips for avoiding and minimizing liability.

Dedicated networking time is another unique anchor to the Business Xchange program. As a business owner, you often make decisions on your own because you are limited by whom you can turn to for advice. At Business Xchange, you will be surrounded by fellow owners and senior managers who are also trying to make their companies stronger. In other words, people like you.

Start making plans to attend this year’s event at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa in San Diego, May 11–13, 2016. If you register before March 30 you are eligible for a $100 early bird savings; CEDIA members enjoy additional savings. Learn more about this year’s Business Xchange at www.cedia.net/businessxchange.

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