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Workforce & Safety

Retaining Construction's Greatest Asset

As the industry struggles to improve its reputation among the younger generation, many tactics can be used to foster a company culture that improves employee retention. Offer attractive benefits packages. Provide access to training and education. Keep communication with leadership clear and comfortable. Focus on safety. Encourage employees to become active in their communities. And, don’t be afraid to have a little bit of fun.

Filling the Surety Industry's Generation Gap

Word of the construction industry’s labor shortage is being heard loud and clear: Two-thirds of U.S. contractors are having a hard time finding qualified workers and possess a virtually nonexistent backfill of young talent entering the industry. But what about the surety professionals working behind the scenes? Are they facing the same challenges?

Industry Changes Push AEC Firms Toward Proactive Recruitment

When it comes to recruitment, the AEC industry is grappling with an already limited pool of talent, mass retirements of baby boomers and difficulties attracting millennials—compounded by rapidly advancing technologies, evolving project delivery methods and owners demanding specific capabilities on complex projects. 

Owners also have become increasingly savvy and well-educated in terms of design concepts, construction processes and delivery methods. They want to be highly engaged in the construction process, and many have their own internal design and construction teams that understand costs, schedules and constructability issues.

How Field Service Technicians Are Reaching Higher Levels of Efficiency and Ensuring Safer Jobsites

The availability of more data will make sensors smarter, and usher in the opportunity for analytics programs to not only optimize and streamline field service, but also push jobsites capable of time and money-saving measures towards a zero downtime reality. 

Practicality Drives Remote Workers

  More than 90 percent of millennials, Gen Xers and baby boomers take advantage of their company’s remote work policy, according to a survey of about 300 full-time workers by West Unified Communications. The vast majority of respondents work remotely from home and predominantly for practical reasons, such as caring for a sick child (35 percent), avoiding a long commute (30 percent), improving productivity (30 percent) and avoiding office distractions (28 percent). Three-quarters of remote workers use email and phone as their main form of collaboration, followed by instant messaging, video and web conferencing, and apps.

Jersey City Adopts PLA Requirements

  City councilmembers voted 6-3 to approve a measure that rewrites Jersey City’s project labor agreements (PLAs) to require developers to hire union and local workers for city-subsidized construction projects exceeding $25 million. Specifically, the revamped PLAs require women or minority workers who are Jersey City residents to comprise at least 20 percent of the workforce on jobs subject to the agreements. 

NIOSH App Calculates Safety of Manual Lifts

  A free mobile app from NIOSH, called NLE Calc, offers a quick and simple way for workers to assess their risk for injury before they manually lift an object. The app is based on the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation, an internationally recognized standard for safe lifting.

An Inside Job: Use Indoor Construction Cameras to Monitor Workflow and Safety

Indoor construction cameras can give project managers the ability to remotely monitor interior construction on multiple jobsites. They can provide the immediate benefit of helping managers discover chokepoints in the workflow and where improvements can be made in safety and security. 

Survey Gives Insight on Architecture and Engineering Firms’ HR Practices

Forty-two percent of all responding firms did not have a full-time HR department, and 81 percent of respondents said that the person in charge of HR functions participates in the firm’s annual business planning process. 

Baton Rouge Leads U.S. Cities in Construction and Extraction Jobs

When it comes to construction and extraction (C&E) job opportunities, Baton Rouge, La., is the place to be. However, when looking at the cost of living, C&E workers in second-place Detroit got a bigger bang for their buck.

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