ThinkstockPhotos 669200520By Brian Binke             

The construction industry continues to experience a labor shortage within all areas of the market; yet companies are optimistic about that changing in the future because of actions that they’re taking now. What are they doing to improve the pipeline of skilled construction workers entering the market? And what more can be done to improve the pipeline going forward?

 

construction equip featured imageBy Jemima Meyers

Construction and other heavy equipment is a vital asset to many businesses. Since it's a substantial financial investment, it is only fair to keep up with its maintenance at all times. Unfortunately, some silly habits can damage your construction equipment and adversely affect your ROI. There are some great tips to help you change those habits and ensure your construction equipment remains functional for a long time to come.

ThinkstockPhotos 623689570By Dwayne Kula

In the construction industry, there are many electrical contractors whose job is to help choose, install and order the electrical components for a project. A majority of this work revolves around lighting fixtures, and an electrical contractor that knows about different lighting technologies and safety requirements will be able to help aid in the construction process for an energy efficient and safe building.

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Inventory management issues can have a bigger effect on your business than you might think. The average business spends 25 to 35 percent of their annual operational costs on inventory, which reflects overspending by 35 percent due to poor inventory management practices, according to Scanco. Poor inventory management raises operational costs, reduces profits and makes companies more likely to encounter cash-flow problems. Inventory problems hurt the economy, too. For instance, accumulation of inventory dragged the U.S. economy down by nearly 1 percent in the first quarter of 2017, Bureau of Economic Analysis data shows. Products that sit on shelves don’t generate profit.

On the other hand, improving inventory management can be a cost-efficient way to cut your operational costs and boost your profit margin. Here are three best practices to help you track your inventory more efficiently while wasting less on inventory problems.

ThinkstockPhotos 584498620By Joshua Estrin, Ph.D

Research is often a long-term commitment that takes years before becoming available to the industry for review and discussion. While there are numerous factors that make this a reality, one of the most challenging is a willingness by key industry stakeholders to work collaboratively with researchers on seminal studies, in this case construction safety.  Safety in our industry is a hot topic, but when asked to make a commitment to research that will save lives, many of our largest organizations refuse to work towards the common goal of decreasing the number of construction fatalities.

shutterstock 295543439By Michelle Kennedy Hogan

Traveling to and living in a new country can be confusing and overwhelming, especially if the language is new. The United States is a diverse country filled with opportunity, but becoming a citizen can seem daunting. Last year, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, over 750,000 people became citizens of the United States.

ConstructionToday Image1By Kylie Ora Lobell

Power tools can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. When you’re running a construction site, the expenses for your equipment can add up quickly. That is why it’s crucial for your employees take care of the power tools they use and ensure that those tools last for years to come. Otherwise, you’re going to be spending unnecessary money every year to replenish your supply.

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By Jayme Cook

Millions of U.S. workers operate or ride in motor vehicles as part of their daily employment duties. Sadly, accidents involving motor vehicles are the cause of an alarming number of total fatalities. Whether your employees use their own personal vehicles for work or drive a company car, the risks presented are the same. To better safeguard employees and employers, here are the best tips, tools and training to ensure safer trips for those in the construction industry.

imageBy Sheryl Coonan

What comes to mind when you think “millennial?” How about “baby boomer”? Likely two very different comparisons.

Pew Research notes the millennial generation has now exceeded Generation X as the largest representation in the U.S. workforce. While fresh, new talent is often a plus for businesses, as newer generations join the working ranks a growing generational gap amongst these two groups, along with baby boomers, continues to take stage.

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By Susan Finch

When news breaks about devastating cyberattacks, it's banks, major corporations, restaurants and hospitals that tend to make the biggest headlines. But that doesn't mean the construction industry is immune to such attacks.

In March 2016, Turner Construction fell victim to a spear phishing scheme when an unscrupulous employee sent tax information on current and former employees through a fraudulent email account, according to iSqFt. The act resulted in massive leaks of employees' Social Security numbers, places of residence, tax withholding information and first and last names, among other proprietary information.

However, the true costs involved with hacking go well beyond paying for damages and settling class action lawsuits to those impacted. Everything from insurance premiums to lost relationships can drain the profits of hacked companies in the construction industry and beyond. Here are some of the hidden costs of a hacker attack to businesses.

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