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Working to rebuild the pipeline for recruiting and preparing new construction workers

03/29/2017 at 12:40 pm

With the construction industry in most of the country now several years into a recovery, many firms have gone from worrying about not having enough work to not having enough workers. Nationwide, 73 percent of firms report they are having a hard time finding enough qualified workers to hire according to our 2017 Construction Hiring…


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Are women setting their sights on construction?

03/07/2017 at 12:50 pm

This week we celebrate the women who put on their tool belts, hard hats, office work clothes, and executive suits to build the world’s communities and infrastructure. Construction is no longer “just for men,” and the industry, in general, is working hard to welcome more women into its ranks. But are women hearing the call…


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How to stop the brain drain in construction

03/01/2017 at 11:23 am

In the words of singer and songwriter Bob Dylan, “the times they are a changin’” when it comes to today’s workforce. These words especially hold true for long-held beliefs about older workers. As I mentioned in my previous post, people are working longer—and not just because they have to. That’s good news for a construction…


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Need workers? One source you may not be considering

02/23/2017 at 12:57 pm

When I talk with contractors about how they are handling today’s shortage of skilled workers, most are actively targeting younger generations. They are tapping into local trade schools and colleges, recruiting even before students have graduated. Long-term approaches are also prevalent as contractors work with youth programs such as the ACE Mentor program to get…


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What you need to know about year-end bonuses

12/27/2016 at 2:40 pm

As margins continue to grow, so do year-end payouts of profits to construction company owners. As of December 2016, contractors with revenues of $25 million to $100 million reported an average bonus payout of $183,813 for the president position. In contrast, the three highest reported bonus amounts (same revenue range) averaged a payout of $891,66—more…


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Seven characteristics of an effective mentor

08/17/2016 at 10:41 am

Mentorship is a good fit in construction as a way to bring more youth into the industry, attract and retain employees, and advance individual careers and businesses. In my last few post, I explored these different ways of using mentorship from a construction industry perspective. While writing these posts, however, I couldn’t help but wonder…


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