How Mentoring Can Help Improve your Employees

With the labor shortage limiting the size of building crews, construction managers are becoming more inventive and using technology to bridge the gap. One under-utilized tool in every manager’s toolbelt is mentoring. More than half of fortune 500 companies have a mentoring program to help develop talent because it works and it could work for …

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4 Mistakes for Small Contractors to Avoid

When you’re the owner or manager of a small contracting company, you have to wear all the hats! Ordering supplies, writing quotes, managing your team and ensuring your jobs come in on time and under budget. It’s a lot to handle and you can be forgiven for not putting your marketing efforts at the top …

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Labor Still the Number One Challenge for Builders

The December survey of the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index found that 87% of construction professionals site labor shortages and increased costs as their number one concern moving into 2020. Looking back, only 13% of construction professionals thought labor shortages would be a problem in 2011. That number jumped significantly in 2014 when it reached …

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Dealing with Negative Online Reviews of your Construction Company

We all know how invaluable a recommendation from a trusted friend is in finding new work for constructions companies. In fact, many companies rely on word-of-mouth to get ongoing business. By the same token, a bad review or unhappy customer can really do a lot of damage, especially now that social media allows both positive and negative reviews to reach a much wider audience and pop up every time someone searches your company name.

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Keeping your Jobsite Safe During Spring Thaw

Slippery working surfaces contribute to higher incidences of injury as the seasons change. You can help keep your crew safe and your job on track with these simple preventative measures. As more volatile spring weather moves in, your jobsite becomes a little more difficult to navigate. Warmer daytime temperatures melt snow leading to muddy, slippery …

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How to Get Rid of Punch Lists

“Buy cheap, buy twice…” is how the saying goes. The same logic can be applied to your building company. Investing in cheap labor, materials or tools can cause you headaches and cost you both in time and money. Call backs are expensive and they wreck havoc with your scheduling. Here are some ways choosing quality …

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Corrections to OSHA Fall Protection Standards

OSHA’s Personal Fall Protection System Standards were released last year, but contained some errors. Corrections took effect in December 2019. Some of the corrections included updating the gate strength of protective equipment like D-rings, carabiners and snaphooks. These items must be proof tested to a minimum tensile load of 3,600 pounds without any damage. Side …

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