In a recent article on staff turnover in the construction industry, an interesting statistic on why staff level people leave their current firms to work for other construction firms moved us. It estimated that through August 1, 2001, contractors had experienced about 14.1% turnover among staff level people.

This statistic, according to a survey by PAS, a Michigan-based company, translates to the startling fact that about one of seven construction leaders will leave current employment to work for another firm. Interestingly, a search firm that specializes in placing construction leaders found that the No. 1 reason that staff people are leaving their companies is their dissatisfaction with their immediate supervisors.