Gretchen Price recently joined the HB Construction team as the company’s first Training Coordinator. Through a 20+ year career spanning banking, higher education, and healthcare, she has served in multiple leadership roles. Yet in order to pursue her lifelong passion, Gretchen returned to a former role: learning and development. We sat down with Gretchen to talk about her passion and what she hopes to accomplish as Training Coordinator at HB.
What led you to change direction and go back into the training and development field?
“I love to help people reach their full potential, even if it’s just by helping them connect dots. Maybe it’s my background in psychology, but I’ve always been interested in how and why people learn. Motivations, learning patterns, how people receive coaching, I think it’s fascinating. And it’s critical to helping people and companies succeed.”
What are you most looking forward to in your new role at HB?
“Just as a community member, I had always heard about HB. It’s a community-driven company, which matches up with my core values. For me, the chance to spend one-on-one time with people is the biggest draw. It feels like there’s opportunity packed into every conversation I have, whether it’s Project Managers, field staff, or anyone. Just coming into a company where people help each other and want each other to succeed, that’s special.”
Are there any new learning methods that you’re planning to apply?
“Yes, but any new solution will be custom to HB and the learner. So we’re looking at using eLearning, short bursts of information, quick reference guides, and mixing those approaches with traditional classroom-style learning. I see potential in audio, especially for the construction industry. A lot of our people spend significant time driving to and from remote jobsites. Why not leverage those large blocks of time, either for job training or personal development?”
That’s a great idea. Are there other ways you’d like to adapt training practices to fit our industry?
“I think our business presents endless opportunities to challenge assumptions. For example, we want to be thoughtful not only about what training we deliver, but also when. Timing is critical. We want people to be able to apply and retain what they learn. So putting on a six-hour class, then handing out certificates at the end, is probably not the best way to get results.”
How does company culture fit into training and development?
“Culture is the fuel behind training. So you can have this great program, this great machine, but you’re not getting out of the driveway unless your culture is in the right place. One thing we want to continue to nurture at HB is a culture of critical thinking. Collaboration, problem-solving, the search for new solutions, that’s an approach that we will continue to grow. It’s one of the ways we’re unique, and it’s how we want to be indispensable to our customers and partners.”
Gretchen received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri – Columbia, is currently in the process of becoming a GiANT Sherpa, and hopes to soon to begin her master’s program in Organizational Development. Gretchen is a firm believer in giving back to the community. She volunteers with numerous organizations in New Mexico.