The Importance Of New Employee Orientation

22% of staff turnover occurs in the first 45 days of employment. However, new employees who have gone through a structured on-boarding program are 58% more likely to be with the organization after three years. [embed][/embed] Everyone hires a new em... Read more

Find the Perfect PM: Top Characteristics

Successful construction project managers plan, manage, and handle details in a way that let you and your team relax. Andy Crowe completed a study of 860 (the top 2 percent) of project managers across industries. The study identified the top 10 traits of the rarest breed: a great project manag... Read more

Predictions for Boston Construction 2015

1. Millennials will become 50% of the workforce majority in 2015. Companies that find a way to attract and retain these tech-savvy, independent and adaptable candidates will have a huge competitive advantage. A recent BLS survey noted that 58% of Millennials expect to leave their job in thre... Read more

Why you will fail to have a great career

The pursuit of a great career. Is it really just a matter of luck or is that the excuse you’re telling yourself? According to Larry Smith, a professor of economics at the University of Waterloo, people don't pursue their passion because of the fabricated stories they tell themselves. Most peop... Read more

The Secret Sauce For Employee Engagement

There are many disturbing stats regarding employee engagement. 79% of employers believe they have a significant retention and engagement problem. 75% of them are struggling to attract and recruit the top people they need. Want to know where you stand? Check out the employee engagement calculator. ... Read more

Fuel Your Team With Empathy At Work

In the 2009 book Wired to Care, strategy consultant Dev Patnaik argues that a major flaw in contemporary business practice is a lack of empathy. Empathy fuels connection. Sympathy drives disconnection. Empathy encompasses a broad range of emotional states, including: - caring for other people an... Read more

5 Greatest Values Of Forgotten Business Ideas

In 2011, Big Think ran excerpts from all the lessons that made up their first online course, Great Big Ideas. Our entire history of innovation is very much the story of how old ideas are rediscovered, and the way that succeeding generations find new applications for these ideas. There is a lot of v... Read more

Make A List, Check It Twice

Is your to-do list endless? Are there things on your list that just never seem to get crossed off? If you’re like most people, the list just gets longer and more frustrating daily. So how can you make your to-do list work for you? Step 1: List everything. It’s happened to everyone. You’r... Read more

5 Ways To Fix Your Listening Skills

Communication is not just about what you say out loud. It’s not just about body language and eye contact. And it’s definitely not just about e-mails and text messages. Good communication requires strong listening skills. Since there are many benefits to effective communication in the workplace... Read more

Deconstructing Construction

  Even though business is booming, we all know the margins in construction are decreasing — at least with hard bid. Profit percentages are so tight, it’s hard to get an edge. With information so freely available, even the laziest of owners can figure out their contractors’ margins, risk, an... Read more

4 Steps To Forming New Habits

There are many reasons you may be looking to form a new habit at work. Maybe your life circumstances have changed, maybe your professional responsibilities have increased, or maybe you just really want to set yourself apart and win that next promotion. Whatever your reasons are, there are some simpl... Read more

How To Avoid Workplace Annoyances That Harm Your Team

Negativity at work slows down production. Persistent negativity zaps energy, reduces morale and diverts critical attention from work. Gary S. Topchik, the author of Managing Workplace Negativity, explains that negativity is often the result of a loss of confidence, control, or community. Identifying... Read more

Hiring Is A Pain In The Butt

Hiring is a pain in the butt. Let’s face it, everyone knows it, and no one wants to do it. This German job fair has take a pretty "creative" approach to attracting talent but most of our clients don’t have the time or energy to do this. We estimate about 10 % of candidates are top-shelf, th... Read more

Keep Your Keepers: Pay Your Employees Fairly

Pay your employees fairly. Now, this does not necessarily mean that you should always pay your employees the highest salary in the marketplace. I have successfully placed many high level professionals in positions for "less" money because of different perceived benefits. Factors like more growth ... Read more

3 Team Management Tools That Work

Managing a team is hard work. Administrative and soft skills are under-appreciated and under-utilized within most organizations, but people-management is invaluable, often a requirement to growing your team and getting things done. From benefits administration and payroll to collaboration and perks... Read more