Pye-Barker July 2018


Christian Valiulis emphasizes that employee development is essential to any company’s growth. Here are a few methods he’s identified to promote it within his company. MEET AT LEAST EVERY MONTH, WITHOUT FAIL. Meetings are an opportunity for you to share where you’re at as a company, where you’re headed, and where your employees fit into that plan. Consider how your employees can be involved in such meetings. For example, at each monthly meeting, Valiulis has a different team member give part of the presentation. This builds their investment in the meeting, gives recognition to that employee, develops skills, and gives that employee an opportunity to try out a new role.

It’s no secret that employees want to work where they feel valued and nurtured. You also know that turnover is costly — Glassdoor estimates that businesses spend as much as 21 percent of an employee’s pay to find their replacement. So how do you get good employees to stay? Glassdoor’s study points out the importance of employee development. According to Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor, “Even after controlling for pay, industry, job title, and many other factors, we find that workers who stay longer in the same job without a title change are significantly more likely to leave for another company for the next step in their career.” Glassdoor’s findings corroborate the experiences of many business leaders. Chief Revenue Officer and longtime business leader

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT Steve Chu joined the Pye-Barker team in February of last year, when he signed on to be an inside sales representative at our Forest Park location. If you’ve ever called in to inquire about one of our pump applications, chances are, you talked to Steve. Steve is an extremely valuable asset to the team, bringing with him over a decade of technical expertise.


Compared to working alongside radioactive materials, just about any desk job would seem low-pressure by comparison. But Steve also finds joy in the people he gets to work with every day. “I really appreciate this position. There are a lot of good, honest people here at the company,” he says. “I really like the small- company feel.” Outside of work, Steve spends most of his time with his family. He has an 11-year-old

“I was a mechanical engineer by trade,” Steve explains, “so I used to be the one calling in to Pye-Barker for components … I got to see things from our clients’ perspective.” Having been in the shoes of the technical professionals we help every day makes a big difference. Not only is Steve able to draw on his engineering knowledge, but he also knows where our clients are coming from and can find a solution that fits their needs. The specifics of his former engineering work also give Steve a unique, stress-free outlook on his position. When asked what his favorite part of the job is, he chuckled and replied, “Honestly, it’s a lot less pressure than the kind of work I’m used to.” He recalls, “I was employed by an A.E. company that worked on nuclear power plants, for five or six years. That was a lot of stress. Do something wrong in that job and things really go wrong.” He admits that “working to save clients their downtime is important, but at least dozens of human lives aren’t on the line.”

son in boy scouts and has already been on his fair share of camping trips this summer. He’s also involved in his church and even pitches in to teach Sunday school from time to time. He’s looking forward to his son picking up golf so he can get back into his old hobby.


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