Here at Madden, we notice that when craftsmen are really out hustling on a job search, there can be a lot of options that suddenly open at once. This is actually a great scenario, because when you have more options, you have more opportunities to pick from. If you only have one option, then you might commit to something that isn’t ideal. This is more likely to occur when you focus on the methodical steps in a plan to get somewhere, rather than focusing on giving yourself more options in pursuit of their goal. As you’re in search of your new job, here are some ways that you can give yourself more options, and position yourself to have your pick from more than one opportunity:
The cold and rain can make regular construction work a lot more difficult. Especially because weather can be unpredictable here in the Pacific Northwest. Already this year we’ve had both some unusually warm temperatures, as well as snow. That’s why preparation is key! Knowing that it could continue to be cold, and likely wet, into the spring, here are some ways that you can ensure your staff stays safe and avoids injuries on the job:
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.
Artificial Intelligence is becoming more than a trendy phrase or far-out concept. The reality is that it’s being used now on projects every day. For example, Chatbots (which are automated texting software programs) are predicted to take over a large amount of personal assistant and customer service positions this year alone – saving companies over $79 million in salary expenditures!
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.
Happy, satisfied employees are up to 20% more productive, and can increase sales by almost 40%! A staff of engaged employees also lower your health care costs and increase your retention rate. Here are some ways you can ensure satisfaction from your craftsmen:
Every craftsman needs a flashlight. We use them on the job regularly, but there are so many more ways these sticks of light can really come in handy. Good thing there are so many different kinds available, so you’ll never tire of adding another to the collection! Here are some of best uses for flashlights:
There’s currently less than 1 in 5 households made of a typical nuclear married-with-children family. This is changing the landscape of how and where people want to live. Here are some trends for housing that goes outside the standard home ownership we’re used to seeing:
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: