The construction industry is coming around to the fact that age is not an indicator of job performance. It is no longer an aberration to see construction employers hire candidates who are in their late 60s, 70s and even 80s.
Typically, disruption in the workplace is counterintuitive to productivity. But in terms of creating innovative ways to manage people, processes and technology, the concept of “disruption” isn’t such a bad thing for the construction industry. Change is stirring whether contractors are ready for it or not, and firms that have adopted new ways of managing scheduling and workflows are seeing stellar results—earning the accolades of repeat projects for key clients, as well as happy project partners.
Hiring is a tricky thing. It is a mix of both art and science. Companies are looking to attract employees who have the requisite experience to fill a role and can propel an organization toward a specific vision. Identifying the right credentials on paper is easy, but critical factors such as culture fit, team fit and personality fit are often much more difficult to ascertain—and can make the difference between adequate and exemplary achievement by an employee.
The construction industry is staring down the barrel of a decades-old talent shortage. There is no clear answer to the problem. The only thing certain is that firms will continue to compete fiercely to attract and recruit talent.
Building a positive brand image is incredibly important to every business because it is how your customers recognize and remember you. The way your brand is perceived will determine the tone that your brand is talked about within the community. Along with building a brand that is positive and recognizable, you also need to protect your fleet from being recognized for the wrong reasons. Continue »
Construction sector executives named geopolitical instability and workforce management issues as the biggest challenges facing their industry, according to new research by leading global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson. The company surveyed 350 C-suite executives across the globe to look at the most significant megatrends and critical risks facing the construction sector.
Employee safety is a high priority for construction businesses. According to the United States Department of Labor’s Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries. Due to the obvious importance, a lot of time is spent formulating safety guidelines and protocols for potential hazards such as falls, trenches collapsing, electric shock and the use of personal protective gear.
National construction employment remained largely unchanged for the second consecutive month, adding 5,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in April, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
With activity in the multifamily housing market picking up steam across the nation, concern about how the construction sector will meet increasing demand for qualified labor is mounting.
As we move from one phase of life to the next, our priorities naturally shift. It stands to reason then that our careers are shaped by the transitions we make in our lives. For example, the lifestyle and career goals of a 25-year-old are going to be very different from those of a 55-year-old.
The U.S. economy’s performance slowed in the first quarter of 2017, but nonresidential fixed investment expanded at an impressive 9.4 percent seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
People have been trying to simplify and improve the sales process since cavemen started peddling flints and arrowheads. It’s amazing how little the art of selling has changed—even as the life of the customer has gotten more complex and difficult.
“Safety – it’s all I ever hear about anymore. I just want to build buildings and do my job.” This was a direct quote heard at a roundtable discussion with the leadership team of a large construction firm.