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Rikka Brandon

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Rikka Brandon is the founder and Chief Executive Recruiter of Building Gurus, a boutique executive search and consulting firm that works exclusively with building product manufacturers and distributors to find, hire, and retain top executive-level talent. She is also the best-selling author of "Hire Power: Everything Entrepreneurs Need To Know To Hire Awesome People."
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Leading with communication and care

Improving your approach to employee retention and recruitment isn’t always an easy task, but it’s one that can pay off in droves.
Rikka Brandon Recruit + Retain talent brand

The power of remaining proactive on Indeed

When it comes to seeking new hires, every HR manager at every company posts job ads. It’s the standard, reactive (and almost always necessary) approach.
Rikka Brandon Recruit + Retain talent brand

How do you get employees excited about returning to the office?

For many workers, the pandemic opened their eyes to the benefits of working from home.
Rikka Brandon Recruit + Retain talent brand

What’s your talent brand and how can it help with hiring?

In this labor market, job candidates have the upper hand—and the luxury of being picky and holding out for the job and company they truly want.
Rikka Brandon Recruit + Retain talent brand

Hiring strategies for rural areas

A labor shortage is difficult enough; but if your yard is in a rural area, you’re likely feeling the pinch even more than dealers in urban and suburban settings.
Rikka Brandon Recruit + Retain talent brand

Post-pandemic hiring: Remember the fundamentals

Why is hiring amid high unemployment a challenge? The first concern is the quality of the applicant pool.
Rikka Brandon Recruit + Retain talent brand

What’s really causing high turnover among hourly workers?

The quest for quality team members in the yard and on the road continues to get more and more difficult.
Rikka Brandon Recruit + Retain talent brand

Why diversity, equity, and inclusion are crucial for lumberyards

With intentional commitment and conversations, you can start to eliminate the glass ceilings that are holding your company back.
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How to leverage phone and video interviews— with or without a pandemic

I’ve been a fan of phone interviews even before the pandemic drove many tasks in the LBM world—from office work to product training—online.
Rikka Brandon Recruit + Retain talent brand

Reframe the way you think about firing employees

When you manage a lot of people over the course of your career, it’s inevitable that you’re going to make a bad hire, have under-performing employees, and even wind up with a few difficult people.

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