Custom-made products are catching on in a big way. Modern technology allows small-scale factories to see profit with even small production runs and to create custom products without purchasing new equipment or resetting everything on the production floor. Suddenly, small water bottle manufacturers can let customers design their own bottles, customizing everything from the pattern, size, and even shape. With the right software and equipment, a modern factory can create a million unique items without having to charge more or even spend extra time creating them.
It’s no secret, the pool of available construction laborers is shrinking, and it has been for some time. As our country’s education policies favor college preparation to job skills training, fewer students are considering careers in construction. The Great Recession forced many companies and contractors to lay off workers and reduce their hiring, making the career path unfavorable to many newcomers. And as the baby boomers start retiring, the staffing shortages are just getting worse.
Now that the economy is improving and construction projects are on the rise, finding qualified workers to fill this new need is becoming increasingly difficult. Fortunately, the team at Madden Industrial Craftsman can help.
A little fear is a good thing. You want employees who perform their best, and fear of underperforming is a great motivator. But too much fear can do more harm than good. You don’t have time to hold your employees’ hands through every task, or constantly be telling them what to do next.
The job of leadership is to create a work site where employees are confident in their abilities, take initiative, and trust their own instinct — but are also comfortable coming to you when they have questions. So how do you foster that type of work environment?
We’ve all worked a job where safety was a four-letter word. People cut corners, because saving time was more important than staying safe. Co-workers laughed if you ran back to the truck to grab a pair of safety goggles. Someone told you a harness isn’t necessary if you won’t be on the ladder for very long.
It’s not uncommon for safety measures to be seen as time-consuming hassles, especially when you’re constantly pressured to get things done as quickly as possible. But every time one of your employees takes a safety shortcut, they not only put themselves at risk, they put the job and the entire company at risk too.
When it comes to winning new projects, it’s not enough to work hard, do things right and come in under budget. Those things will all help, but only if you have the communications skills to get that message across to prospective clients.
Don’t worry. You don’t have to take a master’s class on writing to communicate with clients. In fact, if you’re not comfortable writing, you can communicate in person or over the phone. It’s not how you communicate, but what you communicate.
You can’t predict an OSHA inspection. OSHA doesn’t work on a site-by-site list to plan its inspection cycles. Instead, they perform random inspections and respond to incidents or complaints.
That means instead of planning for a set inspection time, you need to make sure your site is prepared for an inspection at all times. Here’s how to be ready if OSHA shows up at your doorstep.
You’ve built a successful business. You’ve worked long, hard hours creating relationships with your clients and delivering above and beyond their expectations. You’re a recognized name in your industry. Now the truly hard work begins.
Once you’re established, how do you continue to make your business grow year after year? There are plenty of buzzwords that get thrown around: innovation, leadership, branding, smarketing (yeah, it’s a thing!). But when it comes right down to it, all that stuff is secondary to the people you put in front of your clients every day.
Facts about the Labor Market in King and Snohomish Counties
- 2015 brings the tightest labor market in over 7 years; and will continue to become more challenging for employers to hire and retain quality workers. National Labor information released Friday September 4, 2015 reported lowest unemployment nationally since 2008 at 5.1%.
- The July 2015 unemployment rate in King County was 4.0%, and 4.3% in Snohomish County. The Federal Reserve (2015) puts Full Employment somewhere in the unemployment range of 5.0% and 5.3%. We are a full percentage point below what is defined as full employment.
Managing a project involves more than just understanding how to read schematics and organize a team of full-time and temporary workers. Whether you’re constructing a new building, renovating an office complex, or rewiring someone’s home, a successful project manager needs to excel in three areas: communication, leadership, and risk management.
If you employed more than 50 full-time or full-time equivalent employees last year, you must file a 1094-C form this year to ensure your company is compliant with the latest Affordable Care Act guidelines. Failing to file, or filing incorrectly, could mean hefty penalties for your company; so start now to make sure you’re ready to file in the new year.