At Mackenzie England, we have noticed a definite change in employee attitudes over the past few years; attracting and retaining talent is not simply about “top salaries” and “great benefits packages” (of course they do need to be up there too!).  But today, recruiting and retaining staff are much more about “what”, “who” and “we” and sometimes an effective team is more important than a hire.

I know that personally, I’m more energised and effective if I work within a team, which integrates well and works happily together and where I have a variety of tasks to do.  

The construction and property sectors are hard and demanding environments that have historically compelled employees to work long hours.  And despite the best of intentions, the reality is that clients’ and others’ agendas will necessitate unexpected mission-critical “drop everything and solve this NOW” pieces of work.  However, it is expected now that this should be a necessary exception, rather than the norm.

Forming excellent teams is absolutely critical in order to maximise effectiveness in the least amount of hours.  Providing employees with a varied role, in an effective team in which they feel valued also puts, and keeps, smiles on faces. Happy employees are more efficient and are more likely to remain as part of your business.

We know some clients who are naturally gifted at putting effective teams together but they also recognise that it is a constant challenge, and that they can still do better.

If you’re looking to recruit – have you looked first at your existing teams?  Where do the skills and personalities lie and is everyone getting the most out of their job, so that you are getting their best from them?

Recruitment shouldn’t be about filling a hole on a team to get a set of tasks done; you need to look at the fit of your teams and make changes or hires which benefit all.

There is an old adage that says “too many people are hired for skill set and fired due to personality”.  There is also another that wisely says “it’s better to have a hole than an *?!£%*?*!


Martin Mackenzie is director of executive search company Mackenzie England.  Based in central Scotland, serving the whole of the UK and working internationally, Martin and business partner Pia pride themselves in being distinctly different; they explore all options to help their clients identify and attract exceptional talent.  They will always be straightforward and honest, providing you with independent advice and guidance.  If you’d like to find out more please get in touch

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