Posts From the monthly archives: "May 2014"

Can construction companies and other organizations include positive attitude in job descriptions and policies? “The National Labor Relations Board says that workplace policies requiring employees to behave in a ‘positive and professional manner’ actually violate federal law,” writes Ray Hennessy, editorial director at “One employer, a non-union hospital, set up a workplace…(Read More)

Robotic termites are making news. The phrase may not be familiar to many, but Harvard researchers and others entrenched in the future of building and urban landscapes are turning to a practice dubbed “swarm construction systems.” It’s an exercise that has robots working together to build structures. The practice was highlighted on a CNBC…(Read More)

Is your organization up to speed on behavioral interviews? Construction companies and other employers don’t want rehearsed examples from candidates about their past work successes and challenges. Instead, decision makers want talent to explain how they might behave in a specific situation. As Steve Squier, strategic director at Seven Step RPO writes, behavioral interviews…(Read More)

The construction and building trades were once the kings of apprenticeships, but those days are long gone. Manufacturing and other sectors are working to create innovative programs, especially for those who don’t plan to attend college full-time. These new initiatives are attractive to young adults who get paid on-the-job training, and…(Read More)

Industry execs say building is most active in the energy, automotive, and higher education sectors. Matt Verst, director of cost planning and estimating for Messer Construction, contends companies are once again pursuing capital projects. Messer Construction, which builds in five states, is keeping busy. “Over the last year, their confidence has picked up, and they…(Read More)

A survey from CareerBuilder finds that 57 percent of businesses, including construction companies, will be hiring recent college grads in 2014. That’s up from 53 percent last year and 44 percent in 2010. According to a post on, the uptick is positive news, despite the fact that beginning salaries are unchanged from…(Read More)

The U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index, a comprehensive measurement tool that analyzes key factors relating to science, technology, engineering and math jobs and education, has released its findings. A post on states: “After a long period of flat to down indicators, there has been some upward movement, particularly in the actual number…(Read More)