In 2015, employee training and retention was on every business owner’s mind. The skilled labor shortage that the industry is currently facing has made retaining valued employees more important than ever. Four of CBO's top 10 articles in 2015 concentrated on finding and keeping hard workers who would improve your company’s bottom line.

Articles from CBO’s regular columnists, George Hedley and Gregg Schoppman, claimed six spots on the list. Hedley and Schoppman focused on building a strong business plan for your company that would grow with your workforce and project schedules.

With a forecasted growth of 8.9 percent in 2015 and 8.2 percent in 2016 (according to AIA), advice on winning larger, more profitable projects was paramount to your plan for success in 2015. The top story, “How to Become a High-Margin Contractor,” discusses best practices for doing just that.



Rounding out the list in the 10th spot was an article from CBO's July cover series on managing millennials. Through this article, you learned that the secret managing the new workforce well is not very different from your current and past employees: treat employees with respect, offer varied training opportunities and have a detailed plan for growth within the company. Check out the list of our top 10 articles of 2015 below, and let us know what you think by sending a tweet to @CBOMagazine.

1. How to Become a High-Margin Contractor

Prioritize daily tasks to help increase your business’s profitability
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2. The Next Great Extinction

Learn more about the construction industry’s vanishing employee roles
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3. 5 Questions to Keep Employees Happy

Engaging your employees for greater productivity is easier than you think
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4. Find Your Company's Frontline Leaders

Help employees reach their full potential to maintain a skilled and safe workforce
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5. 9 Secrets to Retaining Good Employees


How to engage current workers and draw future applicants
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6. The Checklist You Need To Run a Successful Business

Gauge where your company stands in key areas of success with this tool
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7. Build Your Business Blueprint

12 steps to implement your best action plan
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8. Focus on the 4 Cs of Construction

Address the competition, company, customer and climate to finish every job right
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9. 2015 Construction Industry Outlook

Recovery in the nonresidential construction market is expected to continue
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10. Managing Millennials


15 tips for managing the new workforce
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Do you have a topic you would like covered in 2016? Email Elizabeth Manning at to submit your ideas for what we should include this year!