December 2015
Today's students can become tomorrow's leaders with direction & coaching from industry professionals
Have you ever been intrigued by the thought of being involved in education, but never considered yourself a teacher? Do you know that you can play a critical role in the development of our industry's future leaders? The construction industry will never be perfect, but getting close to it begins...
Examine the impact of buying online in the construction industry
Like the last marathon runner to cross the finish line, the construction industry has finally caught up to learning the benefits and possibilities of e-commerce. A typical large building may require thousands of separate drawings, modulations in manpower and extra material to complete the job. It...
5 key tips to ensure your feet stay safe, warm & dry this winter
As the temperature begins to drop, workers are preparing for winter replacing their old, worn-out work boots. There are a lot of factors to consider when purchasing safety footwear. Each boot carries a variety of features, technology and protective 
attributes. And once you throw sleet, snow and...
Help employees believe in individual strengths to build an environment that works
Leadership isn't just something you do, it's something you become. Hiring managers want to know why a potential employee has switched jobs, and sometimes companies, every three to five years. Often, the blame might fall to his or her employees, who seem to stop growing and doubt ownership's...
How to offset, resolve & gain insight from a bad customer experience
Every business has customers who love it and customers who don't. However, in today's connected world, both happy and unhappy customers can find a large audience for either opinion. Potential buyers spend time online reading about others' experiences with your business, and there are a lot of...
How to ensure your company achieves long-term success after you leave
A key attribute of every good leader is having a solid plan for his/her exit. Industry experts suggest having an exit plan in place at least three years before your exit. However, Jay Rammes, CPA and tax director at Barnes Dennig (barnesdennig.com), said three years is the accelerated track. "...
Use comfort features to recruit and retain qualified construction workers
The United States construction industry has rebounded in many parts of the country. According to the ADP Research Institute, more than 200,000 construction jobs were created in 2014. Although the construction industry has improved since the recession, some construction business owners are having...
Identify likely fraud schemes and develop internal controls to reduce risk
One particular statistic keeps many construction business owners and executives up at night: a typical case of fraud within the construction industry has a median loss of $245,000. This is based on the 2014 Report to the Nations issued by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) on...
Why sourcing materials plays a critical part in obtaining high-level green certifications
The green building revolution touches every aspect of construction, making the challenge of meeting certification standards increasingly important and potentially challenging for all those involved. Taking advantage of the opportunity to cut energy use and reduce the footprint of a new building or...
Avoid these 5 errors that blunt leadership effectiveness
Since 2000, according to numerous national surveys, less than one-third of workers in the United States are engaged in their jobs as measured by their involvement, enthusiasm and commitment. If you reflect on your most recent encounter as a consumer at your local retail store, restaurant or...
Shape your firm by focusing on your vision statement and the right infrastructure
Good strategy involves an interpretation of numbers and data. The most important thing to consider is that building an enduring organization requires patience, hard work and, most importantly, a strategic plan that allows the business owner to build the right infrastructure, develop his or her...
Properly prepare forms and file reports to avoid potential penalties
The Affordable Care Act resulted in several sections being added to the Internal Revenue Code that require employers to prepare and file certain reports related to the ACA. At the beginning of each year, employers must complete, furnish to their employees and file with the IRS forms in the 1094 and...
Conference delivers eye-opening information about construction risk management
The 35th International Risk Management Institute Inc. (IRMI) Construction Risk Conference (CRC) was held November 8-11 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference brought together more than 1,500 leading project owners, general contractors, subcontractors, developers, insurers, insurance...
5 steps to building an accountable and responsible team
Effectively managing a construction company is a near-impossible task. There are so many moving parts, people and customer problems—nothing is fully in your control. To make it more difficult, you are continually expected to perform perfectly at low prices. The many pressures of managing your...