‘Culture is everything. Culture is inextricably linked to engagement and engagement is the major driver of workforce productivity. If people aren’t engaged, they don’t perform,’ Holly says.
‘Unhappy, emotionally distressed workers are more likely to get sick and less likely to recover from injury. On the flip side, in cultures where there is trust, psychological safety (a comfort in taking risk and speaking one’s mind) and a strong relationship between managers and their direct reports, we know people flourish.’
It’s for this reason that Holly continues to question everything, including herself, and recommends others do too: ‘Ask yourself every day “what am I doing today to put myself in the best position to deliver on my priorities?” every week “if I get one thing done this week that thing should be?” every month “what did I do this month to learn and stretch myself? What am I committing to do next month?” and every year “what am I going to do this year that I’ll be proud of in 12 months’ time?”
‘With the convergence of social, technological and economic factors impacting the building and construction industry, it’s a great time to ensure we are asking better questions of ourselves and our people, in order to ensure a better tomorrow,’ she adds.
‘I have always been fascinated by “why” things were the way they were, particularly when it came to people dynamics at an individual, team and societal level,’ Holly continues, attributing this ‘forensic curiosity’ to a street side encounter with a homeless person at a young age which opened her mind to the different realities individuals around her were facing every day.
‘Each interaction in our daily lives, I think, provides us with the opportunity to assess ourselves, to check-in on what matters and our own development. I’m continually learning and calibrating my beliefs and world view based on these interactions.’
Now on her way to attaining a Masters of Public Policy, Information Technology at Harvard University, while running her company and speaking at conferences and events around the world, it’s clear that, across sectors and continents, Holly has a wealth of knowledge to share.
To hear the rest of what Holly has to say about the future of the building industry, register for the national conference at www.hia.com.au/conference