LeadershipMore Like This

Business leaders have always been scrutinized for their decision making. In 1914, Henry Ford was both denounced as a fool and praised for doubling wages of factory employees from $2.34 to $5 per day. In 1987, Merck & Company decided to give away a cure for river blindness for free, an unfathomable choice for most pharmaceuticals, because they recognized the cost of the drug would be too high for impoverished international markets.

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HiringMore Like This

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.

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HiringMore Like This

If business owners have found themselves in the position of needing to hire a new project manager for their team, congratulations! Not only does this mean they are doing well enough to afford to bring on a new employee, but also that they have a new opportunity to re-energize the project team with fresh, savvy and competent leadership.

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Best PracticesMore Like This

Construction industry employers are competing against each other to hire the most qualified people. Very few top-tier candidates are actively searching for new positions on the market. A majority of the most valuable candidates are passive. Passive candidates only become open to the idea of changing jobs when an extraordinary career opportunity comes to them.

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Managing Your BusinessMore Like This

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.

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Employee MotivationMore Like This

There is no question that it is more difficult for construction and related industry firms to attract the number of candidates needed to fill today’s positions and to build managers for the future. For companies in remote or less developed regions, such as much of Northern New England, this challenge can be compounded by the lure of higher earning potential in bigger cities.

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