From the monthly archives: December 2014

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Brushing Up on Combustible Dust: Dangers and Methods of Protection

The importance of workers donning personnel protective equipment takes on an added dimension with the threat from combustible dust fires and explosions in the workplace.

What’s the Biggest Challenge and Success You’ve Encountered in Developing Your Safety Culture?

Our biggest challenge has been gaining new employees’ buy-in to our safety culture. We are proud of having a more stringent safety culture than some of our competitors, but it creates a steep learning curve for some new hires.

A New Meaning to Hands-On Training

Apprentices from Associated Builders and Contractors' Hawaii Chapter get to put their skills to work outside the classroom, but it’s not on an average jobsite. Through a partnership with Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, craft trainees get real-life experience, and local families in need get new homes.

‘Unlevel’ the Playing Field to Gain a Competitive Advantage

  When marketing a construction company, don’t strive to be equal to everyone else. Strive to stand out.

Municipal Solar Development Heats Up With P3 Models

Municipal solar power development is heating up as more customers demand clean energy and the public seeks to minimize energy costs. One of the ways the construction market is responding to this demand is by offering project delivery through public-private partnerships.

From College Graduate to Electrical Apprentice to CEO

Matthew Romanoff talks about taking risks, building his own open shop business and attracting young people to the construction industry.

The Challenges of Credit Management

In many cases, the payment of a company’s own bills must be put on hold until it receives payment from the parties above
it in the contracting chain. The further down the chain a project participant is, the more opportunities there are for hiccups or abuses in the payment process.

Curbing Turnover Within the First Year Of Employment

It is estimated that one out of every five newly hired employees will quit within their first year. Up to 20 percent of those who resign will leave during their first 45 days. The solution to reducing a company’s turnover rate can begin with a conversation.

Make the Most of Analytics Without Getting ‘Data Fat’

While no one wants to be left behind in accessing data that software can bring forward, construction business leaders shouldn’t pursue a flurry of data simply for data’s sake.

Report Quantifies Green Buildings’ Impact on Worker Productivity

A report by the World Green Building Council synthesizes hundreds of academic and industry studies covering a range of office design factors, including lighting, thermal comfort and acoustics, interior layout to establish a quantifiable monetary link between sustainable office buildings and occupant wellness and productivity.
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Industry Changes Push AEC Firms Toward Proactive Recruitment
When it comes to recruitment, the AEC industry is grappling with an already...

Gauging the Swing of the Republican Pendulum
As suddenly as the window of opportunity blew open for Republicans by the winds...

Q: What does it mean for your company to be employee-owned?
Employee ownership allows Choate to share long-term success with our employees...

Service Above Self
Two years ago, Gary Neal—an engineer and project manager with MEC Contractors...

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