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Tip: Make Your Relationship with Employees a Top Priority

January 31, 2011

MDM spoke with Graybar CFO Beatty D'Alessandro about the training programs the electrical and datacomm products distributor has implemented. The employee-owned company often promotes from within, so it has prioritized the recruitment and retention of top employees. As D'Alessandro said: "The person who today is a branch manager, 20 years from now could literally be the president of the company." Making sure employees have the right opportunities and the right training is key to maintaining long-term value in the company.

D'Alessandro also addressed the perception that younger employees many not be as inclined to stay longer term: "The younger employees that choose to stay are the ones that have a long-term perspective. Most employees don't walk through the door, instantly know this is a special place, and say, I'm never going to change jobs again. But once they get started, they find out that it's really a very ethical good company with many good opportunities and a real concern for our employees. And before they know it, they are hooked. Employees that have a long-term view are a great fit for our company."

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