May 2015
Address your company’s concerns about adapting to technology
Mobile technology has positively changed the landscape for businesses in how they empower their employees and interact with and service their customers. That’s not news, but the surprising part is how slow some contractors are to adopt 
mobile technology. In a 2013 year-end Accenture report on...
How custom forms can improve mobile data collection and communication
Mobile data collection is typically a time-consuming, paper-pushing process for construction businesses. Keeping track of this data manually across several departments becomes problematic when the information is not entered quickly or accurately. Trying to figure out a better way to collect data in...
Optimize your website with these search tips to win government contracts
Most successful business owners recognize that technology is an important component in identifying opportunities and capturing wins. The real challenge is in effectively using these tools to benefit your company long term. Basic Manners A website is mandatory for any business these days, but is...
Managing construction safety goes beyond adhering to OSHA standards and reducing injury and illness rates
As the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s radical December 2014 steps have shown, and to loosely quote William Shakespeare, “the Obama administration will not go quietly into the night.” Expect more changes in enforcement efforts even if little completed rulemaking occurs. Complying with...
4 ways to avoid machine downtime and gain a competitve edge
It is easy to think you have a handle on heavy equipment cost of ownership, only to find your profits fall short due to partial calculations on planned maintenance. If this is happening to your business, it might be time to seek help from your dealership. Unplanned maintenance work for...
How contractors and PMs can learn from safety’s history and avoid the incidents and citations
We’ve all seen old footage of the early skyscrapers going up—workers without protective equipment on, riding cranes up and jumping from beam to beam. These were pretty normal activities at the time, but would incite a heart attack in a modern-day foreman. As the pace of modern construction...
9 tips to find the commercial auto insurance provider that works for you
No matter the size of your business, it is always a good idea to continually evaluate expenses. Revisiting standardized outlays like commercial automobile insurance can often reveal small changes that may help your bottom line. Knowing what to look for and where to look is key. Whether you are...
12 online marketing tips for the construction contractor’s website
The construction industry is changing quickly. In the past, a construction firm’s success was based largely on two pillars: quality projects completed on time and budget, and personal relationships with clients. While both of those are still important factors in guaranteeing good reputations and...
Take stock of past experiences to gain perspective on future endeavors
As a business professional, your focus is always moving forward; calculating the next move in your business strategy, the next goal to be achieved or the next great innovation. Looking ahead allows you to be introduced to opportunities that can benefit your company long term. Looking ahead also...
Benefits of employing a program to reduce claim incidents, injuries and overall costs
For years, safety and risk managers have been searching for a magic elixir in their quest to answer the construction industry’s age-old riddle: What can we do to keep our workers’ compensation costs down while still keeping safety awareness high and workers engaged? For some employers,...
Identify the legal risks of going green to avoid costly project mistakes
Maybe Kermit the Frog was wrong. It could be easy being green—at least when it comes to buildings. For corporations, schools and hospitals, sustainable building can entail anything from using waterless urinals to creating electricity. However, there are many laws to be aware of pertaining to green...
Sensor systems streamline conventional processes in projects worldwide
Smart devices are not the way of the future; they have already arrived. Beyond smartphones, other connected devices are becoming more prevalent. From refrigerators to thermostats, interiors are increasingly connected, and the outside world is following the trend. Sensors are being integrated into...
Drive business through strategy and relationship building, regardless of market conditions
Not long ago, predicting backlog was like picking the winning Powerball numbers. Not only was it risky to make assumptions on future work, it was also random and haphazard. Even with the possibility of being tagged as a low bidder, there was no certainty that projects would move forward. With a...
Learn the benefits of these structures to streamline your next jobsite
Today’s projects and jobsites are more advanced than ever. Modern equipment and machinery have made jobs easier worldwide. However, one of the most underutilized, cost-effective tools that can benefit your business easily dates back tens of thousands of years ago. Reacquaint yourself with the...
Explore the biggest benefits of integrated project management software
The value of real-time accounting data hinges on information that is automated, up-to-date and readily available any time a member of the team needs to access it. It has long been the norm for the majority of a company’s overhead costs to be spent on information management. Construction firms have...
How to engage current workers and draw future applicants
Contractors continually say they can’t find any good, trained help. Instead of developing positive solutions to their problems, they have decided to be negative. They say, “When people don’t apply, you can’t hire them.” When you don’t post a help wanted ad, people can’t apply. To recruit good...
Know the laws and potential hazards pertaining to minors on the jobsite
Construction companies are looking for summer help to fill the void left by the latest recession. One plausible solution has been hiring student workers. While this may seem like an economical choice, it is important to understand that minors between the ages of 15 and 17 employed in construction...