June 2019
Using a knowledge transfer plan to retain important data when key employees leave
What would happen if your most experienced employees left your company? What would happen if the ones who were most instrumental in your organization’s growth and development moved on tomorrow, no longer available to contribute their knowledge? They understand the industry, how your business...
Why profits made are those measured with seamlessly connected systems
Heavy construction is catching up to other sectors when it comes to deploying software, which is prompting contractors to closely examine the roles and integration of software solutions for field operations (where profits are made) and accounting (where profits are measured).  Disparate...
How to protect your workforce against noise-induced hearing loss
According to the Occupational  Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2017, employers were required to pay more than $1.5 million in penalties for not adequately protecting workers from noise exposure; an estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers’ compensation for hearing loss...
5 qualities of best-in-class construction strategies
Several years ago, “The Office” dominated the national comedy television spotlight with its unique “mockumentary” style filming of a small paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where the naïve and not-so-politically-correct, but often kind-hearted, manager, Michael Scott, leads the team. Many of...
5 new jobs to take your project potential beyond just digging
Compact excavators are known for being efficient digging machines. But, when paired with the right attachments and a coupler system, compact excavators can perform a wide variety of tasks (beyond excavation) and generate new revenue sources. If you’re looking for untapped streams of profit,...
How the ‘I Build America’ program brings new focus on the trades
Guilherme Alves Jr. has a serious problem. While the 47-year-old owner and operator of Lakeside Concrete Enterprise in Williamsburg, Virginia, has plenty of work (his phone rings nonstop), he can’t find enough help. “The hardest part of my business is finding laborers,” said Alves. “I’ll get some...
Why company size doesn't have to be the determining factor when it comes to increasing your bottom line
In recent decades, headlines about “the rich getting richer” have cluttered top media outlets. While the nation has heartily consumed stories of income inequality, few are informed about the primary engine of this disparity—the stark earnings gap amid corporations. An economic partition separates...
Why even a solid punch list isn't the best route for ensuring project success
In construction, punch lists are just one element of a comprehensive quality-management program. If you want to reduce defects over time, with the goal of achieving great quality the first time, punch lists alone will not get you there.  When creating a new quality-management program, think...
How to overcome the stigma so the 'S' word is never again taboo on your jobsite
The suicide-prevention movement continues to spread like wildfire throughout the construction industry. It seems like there is a news story with an updated statistic almost weekly. Articles are published regularly, and industry associations are sharing these and other resources with their...
The fringe-credit, annualization & compliance mistakes that are costing you
If you work on taxpayer-funded jobs or you provide services to a government agency, you’re probably subject to the Davis-Bacon Act, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act, state prevailing-wage laws or local living-wage laws. And small compliance mistakes quickly add up to big costs.  On...
Industry experts share their solutions to some of the biggest problems facing construction business owners & their teams
Greg Barnett, Ph.D. Senior Vice President The Predictive Index Potential Benefits With gig hiring, companies are able to run leaner operations (i.e., a smaller core) and hire when there is demand. This can save significant money and allow companies to bid on many more projects because...