Category Archives: Company

What to look for when choosing a commercial contractor

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The contractors you choose to design and build your commercial building project can have a huge impact on the finished facility. Not all builders are created equal. It’s important to do some research before making your decision. There are some factors to look for that can help you recognize a good commercial construction contractor. Experience […]

Recruiting and Retaining Talent During the Labor Shortage

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The Fails Management Institute (FMI) recently released its 2017 survey titled “Talent Development in the Construction Industry.” The report states that 89% of A/E/C firms are facing a labor shortage. The results in the report indicate that companies that are successful in retaining their employees, place an emphasis on the below three talent practices: FREQUENT INFORMAL FEEDBACK. […]

MANAGING MILLENNIAL TALENT

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Millennials are a prominent presence in today’s workforce. They have different preferences, working styles, and ideas than their Gen X or baby boomer counterparts. In general, millennials value efficiency, strong communication, and flexible work environments. With that in mind, here are five tips for managing and motivating your millennial talent. Flexibility Millennials appreciate a flexible […]

What is an Apprenticeship?

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It’s no secret that the construction industry is facing a shortage of skilled and talented labor. More and more construction projects are popping up every day but the number of laborers able to complete the work is going down. Many tradespeople are reaching retirement age and there aren’t enough young adults choosing a career in […]

Contractors can have open houses too

Open-houses aren’t just for realtors and home-buyers. Companies can also benefit from hosting open houses where they invite their customers, vendors and employees to their office for an event. Build relationships. Customer and partner events allow employees to have face-to-face interactions with the customers and vendors they email and call on an often weekly basis. […]

Four Signs of a Successful Foreman

For construction contractors, successful projects mean future repeat business and a strong reputation in the industry. In many cases, the success of a project comes down to the foreman running the job. Foremen are tasked with completing high quality work safely, on strict budgets and with tight deadlines pushing the project’s pace. A good foreman […]

Dear Project Managers: Try New Products

Project Managers have the ability to make material and equipment decisions on a daily basis. While many project managers prefer to stick with the same, standard product they’ve used before, there is an argument to be made for being open to trying new products. Trying out new, innovative materials, gear, and tools can have the […]

Stress Management for Project Managers

Being a project manager in the construction industry can come with high levels of stress. With high levels of stress come headaches, low energy levels, stomach pains, muscle tension, and a host of other negative side effects. Factors that contribute to stress for project managers working specifically in the construction industry include: Environmental Conditions. In […]

Why Proper Boiler Maintenance is Essential

An alarming report written by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry details a massive boiler incident that caused a relatively small hot water boiler (625,000 BTU) to explode and literally rip a building apart.  In this particular case, the size of the boiler was just under the recommended size to have regular operational inspections […]