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.
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.
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.
During a recent jobsite visit to check on his electricians, Glenn Taverna, regional safety manager of Starr Electric Company, Inc., was haunted by what he saw. Hoisted from a crane directly outside of the executive trailer was a crash test dummy in a safety harness. In its hands was a sign that read: “Two days ago this harness saved a life on this jobsite.”
Construction projects involve a lot of moving parts. From start to finish, dozens of subcontractors, vehicles, tools and chemicals may be brought into the fold. Digital project management solutions make it easier to keep these components aligned. However, the different types of risks they introduce are often left unaccounted for.
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.
With the Trump administration in full gear, hopes are high the new president and Congress will enact legislation supporting and expanding investment in U.S. infrastructure. While the two political parties may disagree on the details of President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan, the overarching goal of putting Americans to work through the construction of highways, bridges, rail, airports, tunnels and other projects is a rare area in which bipartisan compromise might be achieved.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has published standard form agreements since 1888. AIA Contract Documents have long been viewed as the industry standard in reflecting current industry practices and fairly balancing the risks and responsibilities of all project participants. To keep up with legal and practice developments, AIA has put together a comprehensive set of revisions to its 2017 owner-contractor agreements. Continue »