Execute the perfect rollout to keep business running as usual.
You’ve purchased a GPS fleet tracking solution, and now you are ready to roll it out on your vehicles and assets. How do you ensure a successful and smooth implementation? A rollout of fleet or asset tracking devices can bring down your productivity if not executed correctly. So, let’s look at the...
Learn how to use software to create standardized, repeatable processes for greater efficiency.
Standardized, repeatable processes are not just for owners who want to grow large companies. The current marketplace and economy are prompting construction companies of all sizes to transition to formalized processes and seamless software solutions to ensure profitability and minimize risk. By...
Adequate air movement is important for the productivity and safety of your crew.
Lack of air movement on construction sites can exacerbate safety problems associated with heat and air quality, and makeshift solutions can create new issues, such as noise control and fire hazards. Since workers are typically on construction sites only temporarily, mobile fans that supervisors can...
Organization and readiness are keys to maintaining efficiency.
Research has shown that up to two-thirds of a mobile tradesman’s days are lost to time-wasting activities, including the search for tools and materials and trips to the hardware store to purchase misplaced or forgotten supplies. These tasks and other time-robbing activities can severely impact...
As the need for workers increases, learn how to attract and retain top performers.
We recently conducted a survey to discover our readers’ most pressing workforce management challenge. They answered loud and clear: More than half of those surveyed stated that finding skilled employees was their greatest hurdle. Another 20 percent of readers stated that effective hiring was their...
Realize the power of performance profiles and job descriptions to boost performance.
Imagine this scenario: Your organization just spent $5,000 in hiring and orientation costs for your new superintendent. Getting him up to speed over the next six months will cost another $45,000. Your return for this $50,000 investment will depend directly on his ability to succeed in his position...
Create a healthy employee culture with these three steps.
What makes a construction company a great place to work? Business leaders have ideas of what they want their company cultures to be like, but ultimately it’s the employees who decide whether a company has a healthy culture—and whether they want to stay with you in the long term. That doesn’t mean a...
Classifying your employees properly will help you survive audits and keep insurance rates lower.
For most businesses, workers’ compensation is the largest insurance expense line item. Being able to secure the lowest possible premium and reduce the impact of an audit will help you avoid the headaches many companies face in managing this insurance. Unfortunately, construction owners face...
Search engine optimization can help build brand awareness and drive sales.
The Yellow Pages don’t cut it anymore. Consumers use search engines, not telephone books, to find contractors, remodelers and other service firms in the construction industry. Therefore, search engine optimization (SEO) is required to rank high in search engine results pages, driving website...
Don’t compete on cost—invest time and effort in the estimating process to realize greater success.
How many times have your estimators or you uttered the phrase, “That firm is bidding below cost”? While not all contractors are responsible bidders, if you are facing credible competition that seems to be bidding below cost, you probably need to ask yourself if you know your costs to execute work....
Use the prequalification process to improve your chances of avoiding subcontractor default.
The construction environment over the last several years has presented challenges that have placed subcontractors and general contractors in a state of vulnerability that must be properly managed to avoid negative impacts on their organizations. Scarcity of work and ferocious competition have...
Devise an effective plan and execution strategy to minimize downtime.
Editor’s Note: This is the first article of a two-part series covering disaster preparation and recovery. Part two will appear in August 2013.Hurricanes, tornadoes and other severe weather conditions in the United States have had an astonishing impact on the nation’s economic state, and tragic...
Develop a shop drawing and submittal system that works.
How many times have you been delayed on construction projects because you didn’t have the approvals needed to order materials and keep the job moving? For example, forgetting to get the concrete foundation design mix approved by the structural engineer can stop a scheduled concrete pour for days....
Give employees incentives to maintain and protect your equipment.
Equipment maintenance is a key component of any construction company’s operating costs. If employees damage equipment or fail to use it efficiently, the profitability of the firm can be significantly affected. Enoch Legall of MacGyver’s Construction asks how to combat equipment misuse:How can we...
Select the wheel loader that will provide the most productivity and longevity for your operations.
As we enter the heaviest part of the work season, construction contracts nationwide are generally holding steady, and the industry continues to have a positive outlook. A report from the Associated General Contractors of America indicates that many metro areas are adding jobs as construction...