Staff matters

Singapore, 24th April 2010

Another weekend is upon us and as always a good time to look back on the week’s events. The airline troubles in Europe just reminded us all how much we nowadays depend on air travel. As we speak I just confirmed my meetings in China for the next two weeks and further meetings in India and Australia thereafter!  The economic woes in this part of the world (Asia) seem now behind us and we have experienced a clear revival of new projects throughout the region since the beginning of this year.

Today’s blog is about staff. With the demands increasing again I am scratching my head for new staff, but quality staff. I can get production staff and school graduates, but finding the right experienced and skilled people is really a problem. I think all my colleagues in this region experience the same. Skilled and experienced lighting designers with at least 5-10 years in the business are difficult to find and certainly in high demand! If anyone out there is interested, please let me know!

But more importantly I cherish the great team I already have. I may be the face of the company but without my staff I wouldn’t be where I am today. I respect my staff for it and I appreciate the commitment of my staff! Thank you! I can’t say that enough. But with that also comes the challenge to nurture and grow each staff to higher levels of skills and experience. I know I am failing at this because I am “too busy” with running the company that I don’t take out enough time for them.

Growing a company is therefore also very much a matter of finding a balance between direct operational needs and growing your staff with you through on the job training, developing trust and responsibilities in project design, management and above all respect and understanding for each other.

24. April 2010 by Martin Klaasen
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