Managing jobsites can be challenging enough, but once interior work begins and crews are out of sight, busy construction supervisors can be at a disadvantage. Keeping track of workflow means time-consuming walkthroughs.
“You can’t offer a job from the past. Nobody will come. You have to offer a job of the future.”
This was the salient advice futurist Nancy Giordano, keynote speaker at Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Diversity & Inclusion Summit, shared with an audience of industry leaders eager to stay ahead of near-desperate workforce shortages.
Construction project planners know schedule details inside and out. They can look at a Gantt chart and easily see the relationship between tasks, the durations assigned and the resources committed. Unfortunately, few others in the construction process are interested in the symbols and graphs.
Construction labor remains one of the largest hurdles in conquering a construction project. It is always at the forefront of industry news and it’s a legal problem, too, with new overtime regulations coming into play. When dealing with construction claims, one of the largest components of any request for additional compensation is labor costs.
If economic performance reflected consumer and business ebullience, the United States would be in the midst of a historic boom.
In the construction industry, it’s not uncommon for team members to go from working on the crew to being in charge of the crew. The transition to supervising people the employee used to work alongside, or having a fellow coworker promoted to management, can be awkward. But it doesn’t have to be.
Use Technology to Prevent Labor Trafficking in Your Supply Chain Construction contractors must be aware of human trafficking signs to prevent exploitation
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.
Construction has never moved at the same technological pace as other industries. The nature of the business is that conditions change from job to job, and even construction of “cookie-cutter” restaurants and hotels present different geographic, regulatory and labor challenges. Therefore, it’s no surprise that when a tool or system works—outdated though it may be—there’s hesitation when it comes to changing it on the mere promise of a better deal. As the old saying goes, if it’s not broken, why fix it?
On Nov. 22, 2016, the Eastern District Court of Texas issued an injunction blocking the implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Overtime Rules, which were set to go into effect Dec. 1, 2016.
There are two types of project managers: those who have completed courses to become certified project managers and everybody else. While not everyone can attend official project management training, everyone can benefit from a field guide for the “accidental project manager.”
Filling the Construction Skilled Trades Gap Educating High School Students and Parents Is Key to Attracting New Talent
In today’s world, technology is everywhere. Children are mastering digital devices at ever-earlier ages. While technology is critical to many jobs, certain robust industries also require a skilled trade. Unfortunately, these industries are struggling to find the skilled workforce to fill these well-paying positions. The construction industry faces a projected job shortage of more than 90 percent, according to a recent report published by the Conference Board, a 501 non-profit research organization.