June 2019
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...
Construction's economic profit curve & why you should care
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...