Congratulations! You just got a promotion, or maybe you started your own business. And all of a sudden, you find yourself in charge of supervising close friends and peers. It’s a tricky position to be in, and you’ll likely need to navigate it carefully. The good news is that managing friends is one of the best ways to develop your leadership skills, because you can’t fool ‘em – they know you best! Here are some tips for getting through the transition:
Secret Vodka Bottle
Just last year, a gold vodka bottle, meant to be a collector’s secret, was found near a construction site in Charlottenlund – a Danish suburb just north of Copenhagen. It was turned over to the authorities in worn condition with dents, completely empty. The bottle was created by Dartz Motorz, which is a car manufacturer in Riga, Latvia, and had been on display in a bar in Copehhagen before it was allegedly stolen.
It can be tricky to figure out what to wear in an interview, especially if you usually get your hands dirty on the job. You want to look appropriate but, obviously, not like you would be out on a site. You can be overdressed as easily as you can be underdressed, so the key is to be like Goldilocks and get it just right.
If you’ve been looking for a job for an extended period of time, it can really wear on you. In order to find a position that is rewarding, you must stay in a healthy mindset. Here are a few ways that you can overcome the frustrations of the search, and find yourself the perfect job:
There’s a common misconception that safety and health are the same thing, but they truly are not. And in our industry, employers tend to focus more on safety protocols without necessarily focusing on the overall well-being and health of their craftsmen. And, especially in the construction business, those safety rules can directly impact your team’s health. Here’s some areas where you may need to consider adjusting policy to create a balance of both safety and health:
You don’t have to get a college degree or wear a suit to earn enough money for a comfortable lifestyle. A skilled trade career can provide a lucrative and satisfying lifestyle. Incomes range from 30K-90K per year, depending upon where you live and the demand or skills of your chosen craft. Here are some good reasons why you should consider a career as a craftsman:
There are some great television, cable, and now online shows that show off the talent and business savvy of craftsmen around the world. Here are a few to watch:
The construction industry has been growing with the healthy economy and exciting innovations. Globally, various reports have indicated that the industry should continue to grow at an average rate of about 3% per year through the year 2021. The most recent 2018 Dodge Construction Outlook concurs, and the report also gave some additional specifics for the USA next year. Here are some of the highlights:
There’s a famous story retold by Napoleon Hill in Think & Grow Rich, in which gentleman by the name of Darby moved out west from Maryland to Colorado with his uncle in search of gold during the rush days. At first it was going well, but they had financed the machinery and each day they dug further into the ground, they were also digging themselves further into debt. They finally decided to sell the machinery to a local machinery junkman.
The construction industry has been around for a long time, and makes for some really strange, fun, and interesting facts. Here are a few that you may not know: