There’s much more to construction training than learning the technical aspects of how to do a job. There are also supporting and amplifying skills, and knowledge, that turn acceptable performers into exceptional performers. These ‘other’ skills are increasingly needed in construction because of complexity.
Oxford Economics took a deep look at the human resources challenges in the near future and found that 66% of companies are coming up short in putting together a workforce that will meet their business goals. Basically, business leaders are out of touch with what people want from their employers in “incentives, benefits and training.”
Competitive bids are essential in winning construction contracts, but making them competitive might require adjusting the estimate.
In construction, there is a natural and continual conflict between thorough estimates and turning in competitive bids. In a way, many contractors delude themselves when they rely on spotty estimates, thinking that if they include what it will really cost for the project, they won’t win the bid. But that sets up a scenario where if they win the bid they’ll have to:
make up for unaccounted costs through change orders, materials selections or other means; or
rob money from overhead to make up for shortfalls; or
Keeping the historical elements of a building enhances the project overall. This is going to continue being a central theme in restaurant construction trends wherever history is being preserved. Using key pieces of a building during a renovation keeps the style and history of the location while maintaining its design and features.
Construction firms that regularly skirt labor law to gain unfair competitive advantages by misclassifying workers and hiring people who aren’t legally allowed to work in the U.S., are going to face closer scrutiny this year, according to a report published in the National Law Review.
Top construction personnel executives recently said being an ‘employer of choice’ was the most effective way to recruit and retain trade workers, according to FMI’s “Craft Labor Recruiting and Retention 2015 Survey Report.” But what exactly does employer of choice mean, and how do you get there?
Surprisingly it doesn’t mean your company has to get listed by a prominent magazine, or that you have to encourage your workforce to send in nominations to somebody. It’s really more about understanding the hallmarks of an employer of choice, and then nurturing those in your company.
The age of content marketing is in full swing and it increasingly relies on stories. Good stories. But, good story telling is not something that businesses selling to other businesses do well. That’s partly because marketing is often too closely tied to the story telling process.
Building a wood fired clay oven is a fun project and when you get done you’ll have fun using it too. It is however a moderately challenging project. So if you aren’t of sound body and mind, get help, or don’t do it.