Call it a trigger, a pet peeve or that thing that grinds your gears…we all have them. Some unique, some recurring, there are those instances that set off a nearly automatic and charged response which typically ends poorly. Conventional wisdom suggests that difficult thoughts and feelings have no place at work, though. Champ up, stuff it down and put on your cheerful (or at least stoic) face and move on.
The first step to building an outstanding construction crew is to find and hire skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated employees. Once you hire these skilled workers, however, you have to make certain that you can keep them on your crew. While not everyone will be lured away by a slightly better paycheck, employees today are often enticed by benefits and other workplace bonuses, including a strong workplace culture within which they feel appreciated. If you don’t or can’t offer some of these benefits, you may find that it’s hard to keep your top employees, and even supervisors, expeditors and job managers.
Achievement, growth and progress come with a funny by-product. We adapt. What was once “out there” and seemingly unreachable, becomes normal, expected, routine. This happens because in our minds there are multiple realities simultaneously occurring with the brain bouncing back and forth between the facts about where it is today and the fantasy of where it believes it should be. This creates a void between the two points and in that void is the pursuit, the hunt, the drive to achieve, grow and progress toward something different.
Paperwork: there seems never to be an end to it. Whether you’re filling out orders, doing spreadsheets, or completing agreements, there’s always some kind of paperwork to do. People may not realize it, but the construction industry has just as much paperwork, if not more, as other industries do. Fortunately, while there are still many forms to complete and documents to submit, the electronic age has moved a lot of this paperwork online. In fact, thanks to mobile apps, there’s even less physical paper in use today than ever before, and that’s a good thing for a number of reasons. Here are some ways that mobile apps are helping to eliminate paperwork while increasing profits.
When you know a trade extremely well and have made a name for yourself, the next logical step is to take matters into your hands and launch your business. That’s easier said than done. Here are some of the steps savvy contractors take to turn their small business into a success.
In“The Art of Exceptional Living”, speaker and author Jim Rohn emphasizes the value of a key leadership habit: reflection. He states that high achievers routinely reserve time to take stock of what happened. It may be a few minutes at the end of the day or week, a few hours at the end of the month or quarter, and/or a day or two at the end of the year. Whatever the discipline, the impact is the same – clarity. Clarity comes from celebrating the wins, identifying important lessons learned and recalibrating priorities as needed.
In 2021’s overly competitive business environment, innovation is what keeps a company ahead of the competition. But, having an ingenious idea for a product or service isn’t enough if you don’t have the proper infrastructure to support it.
However, at the pace everything is going today, you may need to evaluate and improve your operations more often and adjust your strategy accordingly.
Read on to find out if your business is in need of operational help.
Here’s the problem: the construction industry is growing at a fast pace and in 2021 good workers are even harder to find. The abundant job prospects, high income, and opportunities for advancement attract more and more people. In a rush to expand their small business, builders too often race through the hiring process, frequently ending up with employees who can’t fulfill their responsibilities as they should.