July 2017
Why technical support solutions play an important part in your success
The construction industry has historically been a slow adopter of new technologies. However, labor shortages, stiffer competition and more cost-effective and accessible systems have stimulated greater innovation in this sector. In the last decade, cloud computing and mobile devices have emerged...
5 ways to evaluate your day-to-day responsibilities & improve your company
As construction companies grow from $5 million to $10 million or more in annual sales, the owner’s role grows along with the increasing number of employees, projects, bids, contracts, customers and problems to solve. As a business coach, company owners typically call on me to help when they have...
We asked industry experts about the future of public sector work
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Using burdened labor costing to improve workforce management
One of the greatest challenges business owners face in the current economy is finding and hiring quality employees. When the construction markets crashed in 2008, many workers in the skilled trades left to pursue employment in an industry with a more stable outlook. When the construction market...
Projects changing the perception of the American construction industry
It’s said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When it comes to the construction industry’s positive impact on the lives of Americans, Mike Rydin, founder and CEO of HCSS, a construction industry software company, sees undeniable beauty. “Infrastructure is how we move, and [it is] essential...
How to encourage your staff to maintain training & manage certifications
Any job in engineering, construction or manufacturing is sure to keep you on your toes, both physically and mentally. With some of the most stringent compliance standards out there, companies must be diligent in keeping up. As a manager, this requires a joint effort from both you and your employees...
A primer on fuel & service trailers
Fuel and service trailers provide several distinct advantages to fleet managers and equipment owners. They cost less to own and maintain than stand-alone fuel and lube trucks. They can be hauled with trucks that most contractors already own. In many cases, they can provide significant capital and...
Exploring the expertise military personnel can offer your business
Almost every United States city is witnessing growth in construction—both in commercial and residential building, as well as roads, bridges and other structures. With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting the industry to increase from its current 6.9 million jobs to 7.2 million jobs by...
Create a system to avoid losing company knowledge
Perhaps history doesn’t have to have such a melancholy twist. What if a firm repeated a behavior over and over, and made its replication a best practice? More often than not, firms complete a project, collect the final payment and archive the results for the obligatory 7 years in some musty banker’...
Learn why 61 percent of businesses were hit in 2016
While ransomware has long been an epidemic, the latest figures are chilling: 61 percent of business surveyed last year said they had been hit by ransomware, according to a CyberEdge Group study. “Security is always an arms race,” said Patrick Traynor, who is an associate professor in computing...
5 considerations for investing in concrete cutting machines
Concrete projects are present at most construction jobsites, and there is an obvious need for high quality products to do work more efficiently. But how should professionals go about choosing a new concrete cutting machine? When purchasing a concrete cutting product, there are several factors to...
Discover how your company can think big in a tight labor market
Growth in construction over the past 5 years was capped off by a record-setting 2016, which saw United States spending reach nearly $1.2 trillion—a 4.5-percent increase over 2015, according to a report by JLL Research. The outlook for 2017 is even more bullish, according to Wells Fargo’s...
Texeira Contracting Inc. overcomes staffing challenges
This year has already proven to be one of dramatic change for businesses in all industries. In fact, the stakes may be as high as they have ever been for human resources (HR) compliance. To take a step in the right direction, read the regulatory “cheat sheet” below to help you improve your company’...
This year's speakers focused on education & addressing the economic unknown
The Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) is dedicated to serving the educational needs of construction financial professionals. Membership in CFMA is represented by all types of general contractors, specialty trades and construction managers, with a large number of professionals in...
How to establish a safety mindset in your company
It is imperative to make safety a priority. As an equipment owner, it is up to you to communicate proper safety tips to promote a safer work environment, as well as reduce the risk of accidents that could result in injuries. Follow these tips to create a jobsite that is ready to handle any...
The guide to building your all-star advisory team
Let’s consider that you operate the best construction business in the city, the geographical region or the country. You have no employee problems, no sales problems, projects never miss deadlines, projects are completed under budget and the company cash flow requires daily trips to the bank....
Operating your company with precision software
Would a person trust a doctor who uses a machete for surgeries, rather than a scalpel? How about if that doctor does not use laser technology that has improved surgery success rates from 80 percent to 95 percent? In either case, a person would likely not use the doctor who follows these...