Culture is the values, beliefs and methods of operation that drive revenue, create employee engagement and attract and retain only a business owner’s favorite and most profitable kinds of customers. It is the essence of how business is done. It is the way a business operates to contribute to the bottom line.
Regain Lean Momentum and Maximize Results Focusing on Lean Can Help Construction Contractors Generate Strong ROIs
Streamlining projects and improving performance are worthy goals for any company, but particularly for the construction industry, where meeting deadlines and budgets are essential keys to success. Since its development in the 1990s, the Lean methodology has helped companies across a wide range of industries increase profitability and productivity.
For businesses in the construction industry, the success of any project depends on the skill of the team working on it. To improve business outcomes, employers must build strong, talented workforces by recruiting and retaining the right candidates, developing the potential of current employees and taking numerous other steps to achieve workforce excellence.
Anyone who studies history understands that to look back is to look forward, and it seems construction technology follows suit. As construction is rapidly moving into a digital-first world, companies are seeing major shifts in the ways technology helps them streamline practices, reinvent personnel and equipment management and even use virtual and augmented reality to ideate, construct and maintain their buildings. The speedy pace of innovation has heads spinning, often leaving companies feeling a sense of fear from a lack of control.
The construction industry is in the middle of a time of rapid growth. A hot market is the perfect environment for construction companies of all sizes to take a step back, get a sense of the big picture and strategize ways to grow by branching out into new types of projects.
As communities shift their focus to building “smarter” cities, a huge opportunity exists in the construction industry. In fact, 37 percent of municipal leaders prioritize “smart buildings” as an area for future investment, according to Smart City/Smart Utility, a 2017 Strategic Directions Report by Black & Veatch.
The construction industry is facing a serious challenge. Its workforce is aging faster than any other industry in the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and construction companies nationwide are looking to fill multiple positions. Companies are desperate for new talent because employees who have been with them the longest are transitioning out, and there is not an adequate pipeline of new candidates to take their place.
Encourage Employee Engagement to Attract and Retain Millennial Employees Construction Contractors Must Engage Millennials—A Growing Part of the U.S. Workforce
You know who they are. Those unengaged employees who simply show up, do their jobs and then go home, not giving their work a second thought. However, the fully engaged employees also are obvious—those who are clearly passionate about what they do, why they do it and the impact their work is having on the world around them.
From bid preparation through project development, completion and maintenance, drones offer ways to speed results and reduce costs on heavy/highway construction projects.
A contracting business is a living, breathing organism that needs to be fed. If unhealthy, that organism will put tight constraints on a contractor’s ability not only to grow, but also to make payroll and fund projects. When nurtured properly, the business will flourish, minimizing stress in an inherently high-stress industry.
In today’s construction landscape, contractors won’t run out of work; but if their accounting strategies aren’t up to par, they will run out of money. The good news is: this is an avoidable issue. The bad news is: many contractors aren’t properly managing cash flow, and with time (approximately five to 10 years), 70 percent of small- to medium-size contractors will be closing their doors.
Industry analysts are optimistic about the construction industry, as non-residential construction spending is forecast to jump by 8.3 percent in 2016 and by 6.7 percent in 2017.