People are More Than an Asset

Rethinking our employees’ value

I recently read a quote that I can’t stop thinking about, from the book Widgets by Rodd Wagner: “Your people are not your greatest asset. They’re not yours, and they’re not assets.”

That’s probably something many of us have said, in all sincerity, to point toward how much employees mean to our organization. But, wow, he’s right isn’t he? In talking about our people in that way, however unintentionally, we dehumanize them — turn them into a thing, a part of our P&L.

I’m really excited about this issue because we tackle all aspects of employees — hiring, training, compensation and planning. But I hope we don’t lose sight of the fact that these are the people who make this industry go ’round.

Also, I’m stoked to have Natalie Scott on our cover this issue. A relative newcomer to the industry, she’s started her own business in the last year. I love seeing another woman in this industry succeed.

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Finally, I wanted to mention my time at the National Plasterers Council Convention in early February. It was my first time to attend, and I was thoroughly impressed. The NPC put on a good event, and this is a truly engaged group that cares about one another’s success. From the seminars to meals, people were sharing information, offering solutions and helping one another. If you install or care for pool finishes in any way, I highly recommend giving the NPC a look.

Megan Kendrick

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