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Forging connections with dispersed employees is a top priority at a company where 400 of the 500-person staff work out in the field. Alissa J. Gee, who joined Q & D Construction Inc., in Sparks, Nev., as a temp in 2015 in the role of safety director, soon saw a need for a more centralized HR department to help with compliance, engagement and employee development. Her role has expanded greatly in the past year into a job that is energizing, challenging and dynamic.
"I always think about how many people spend more time at work than they do with their families," she says. "That drives my work and motivates me to make Q&D a great place for everyone we employ."
Gee, 25, safety administrator and HR generalist for her organization, has introduced several new HR initiatives, including training, wellness and employee recognition programs. She also collaborated with company leaders to develop Spanish-language safety training that provides resources to employees and to offer workers and their families free English classes taught by a local nonprofit. So far, about two dozen employees have signed up for language classes.
"The feedback has been nothing but positive," she says.
She readily shares credit for the results. "I’ve played a key role in mobilizing employees and cultivating their strengths, but it’s employee input and management’s critical buy-in that give these initiatives meaningful impact," Gee says.
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