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A Guide for Making Winter Your Best Construction Season

Wintertime doesn’t have to mean a big slowdown in work. No matter where you build, you can always find opportunities in wintertime building that can do more than just keep you afloat until next spring. One way to do that is to stay true to your craft; resist the temptation to join the ranks of all the others who decided to try making a living plowing snow or driving tow trucks. Here are some ideas.

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Staff Up By Retraining Existing Workforce

Many companies are increasing pay rates, improving benefits and using professional search firms to fill out their ranks. Others are getting more aggressive by training their way out of shortages. For some companies, that means having to take on their own training.  If you decide to use training to alleviate some of your labor shortages, consider these strategies.

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Get on the Fast Track to Better Quality Control

You have a lot of influence over design decisions that affect quality when you work on a design-build or other collaborative delivery project. Suggesting proven materials reduces quality concerns considerably. You might also influence quality by suggesting methods that join materials reliably over the long term, and equipment that performs reliably under stress.

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Here’s How a ‘Fixer’ Can Save Your Next Project

When working on a construction project, scheduling labor, equipment, materials, documentation, and subcontractors for every task often devolves into an exercise in futility. Resource availability and phantom needs conspire to gradually build delays into the schedule. Before you know it, tasks start piling up as little resource shortages multiply.

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Top Four Things Your Client Needs to Understand

If only smooth and easy client communications was a project tool you could pull out and use at a moment’s notice. Unfortunately, that’s hardly the case. For contractors serving owners, there is often a breakdown in communication that leads to disputes and bad feelings. Some of that is simply poor communication skills. However, there is a larger list of culprits best described as misunderstandings.

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Is empathy the missing essential in your customer relationships?

Empathy here means understanding. It means being able to put yourself in your client’s shoes and know what it feels like to be them. In essence, it means learning how to treat your customers the way they want to be treated. To get to that state, you have to go to the source in a specific manner. Here’s why as well as some pointers on how to start using it. 

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Subcontractors: Find Your Dream GC

There’s no sure way to know a contractor won’t stiff you; after all, construction projects have a lot of risk and when things go south the subcontractors stand at the end of the receiving line. But, you can follow some steps that will help reduce the chances you’ll be spending time in court, instead of on the golf course.

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Integration and Automation for the Future

Two sessions at Groundbreak 2019 highlight the future of our industry—and it is all about integration. Mark Fly of ConstructConnect presented his top five bid management practices that construction companies need to modify or abandon completely. Katie Rapp of Procore, James Benham of JBKnowledge, and Scott Sanders of DE Harvey Builders provided insight into what construction payments will look like in the future.

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What’s Causing Your Projects to Fail?

Regardless of who is at fault for creating delays in construction projects, they are still delays. Missed deadlines mean late completion and budget overruns. Learn what’s causing them and how to prevent delays from happening in the first place.

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Communication Failures on the Jobsite

When the jobsite feels chaotic and disorganized, you can probably pin the blame on this likely culprit––miscommunication. Failure to communicate can ultimately lead to serious jobsite accidents, project rework, and employee problems. Effective communication is critical for collaborative work.

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