Creating opportunities for others is the cornerstone of Kim Groves’ leadership.
“As leaders, we need to prioritize the well-being of our team, not only through career advancement but through wellness programs,” she said. “We cannot fully predict what economic, global or organizational challenges will come our way, but we can put resources and tools in place to equip our team and our clients with what they need to be prepared.
To attract and retain talent, Groves said KCW showcases the exciting opportunities that its industry and clients offer to create, transform and revitalize key infrastructure in communities.
“Once on our team, employees are connected through an intentional and welcoming onboarding process,” she said. ”They are briefed on our mental health and financial wellness programs, benefits including parental leave and hybrid schedules and our year-round team-building events, including our annual Crab Feast and Chili Cook-off. We empower our employees to shape their careers through cross-training and mentorship.”
Through quarterly town hall meetings, project spotlights and a weekly newsletter, KCW employees get connected, learn about key projects and contribute to the goals of the company, Groves said.
“These initiatives are why our team members continue to choose KCW and why our clients have a team they can count on,” she said.
As time passes, Groves is planning for a future beyond her.
“Internally, we have implemented lunch-and-learns, shadow opportunities, and soon the KCW Connector discussions to connect team members to where they want to go by hearing from those who walked before them,” she said. “This mission includes the next generation.”