Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

This weekend marked the opening of The Observatory at One World Trade Center to the public. One World Trade is a thing of beauty for so many reasons, but it couldn't have come to fruition without the hard work and dedication of all the skilled construction professionals it took to build it. Ev... Read more

Listen To Music While You Work

Listening to music while you work has a significant impact on your brain. When you listen to music, a part of your brain that triggers the release of the 'pleasure chemical' dopamine is activated. This travels down a pathway in the brain called the "Reward System." Dopamine is the same chemical t... Read more

The Skills Gap: Who’s to blame?

As executive recruiters we get calls from companies every day interested in hiring us to look for talent. The market has certainly changed and after some very rough years things have started to pick up in a big way in the construction industry. We hear time and time again that there is a serious... Read more

Fire your “Director of Desertion”

You don’t have one? Oh, yes you do. In these times of talent wars, of zero candidates being available, and with almost every construction company needing some new hires, the No. 1 thing owners and leaders can do is protect the good staff that they already have. If you become a company that em... Read more

57-story skyscraper in a record 19 days

Skyscrapers build in a matter of weeks - will this be the "new normal"? According to the BROAD Sustainable Building Co. Ltd. headquartered in Changsha, China, it's the way of the future. Their recent triumph has been the construction of a 57-story skyscraper in a record 19 days, with the produ... Read more

How To Make Sure Company Culture Suits YOU

Corporate culture is a set of values, norms and behaviors that are shared by individuals and groups within an organization. This is a vital component to job searching and finding the right fit for you. Although recognized as important for employee retention, company culture is still not considered f... Read more

Google Workspace of the Future

Google is in the process of redesigning their Sillicon Valley, Mountain View headquarters into something that is both functional and beautiful. With the help of architects from Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studio they have designed something new and exciting in the way of high tech, gla... Read more

Successfully Negotiate Your Next Salary Increase

Asking for a raise is stressful. Some argue that you should stay away from salary negotiations; that increases in pay are a natural part of business and management will recognize your value. This may have been true in the past when many businesses had the same structures and procedures in place, no ... Read more

Interview Tips & Tricks: How To Ace The Face-To-Face

Finding a new job is a process. The best results require planning and intentional effort. Prepare to succeed or prepare to fail. Or, as Benjamin Franklin once said: "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." Would you start building a house without careful planning? Find a location: P... Read more

3D Printing

3D printing in construction is here. Sure, it may need some tweaking, but, is this the foundation of things to come? Move over century old practices and modular construction, technology is taking over. * 1,100 sq meter building. * 3 floors. * 1 floor per day. * Giant 3D printing machine i... Read more

How to keep your keepers #5: Acknowledge important milestones

Acknowledge important milestones. Loyalty and retention tend to increase when a sincere attempt is made on the part of management to remember and acknowledge dates that are important to employees. Things like birthdays, educational or professional development achievements and firm anniversari... Read more

Define Team Roles & Responsibilities For Project Success

There are many reasons that projects fail. Many challenges are rooted in team participation and engagement. Team members and managers all play an important role in moving projects along, but with great power lies great responsibility. These responsibilities and subsequent roles must be defined.  ... Read more

Golden Rule of Recruiting

In our business, we have a Golden Rule of Recruiting: There are three types of candidates, “A,” “B,” and “C,” and there are three types of employer “A,” “B,” and “C.” An “A” candidate in an “A” company is a good hire. A “B” candidate in a “B” company is g... Read more

Time & Labor Management Are An Art

Is there ever enough time in the day? The highest achievers manage their time and labor exceptionally well - focusing on results rather than activities. Being busy isn't the same as being effective. It is vital to organize and plan how much time and resources you commit to specific activities... Read more

Core Values That Attract The Right Candidates

Core values are the fundamental beliefs of a person or organization. They are the guiding principles that dictate the direction of a business and internal workplace culture. There are many different types of core values and many organizations create a list of three to seven words to represent the... Read more