Posts From the monthly archives: "January 2015"

Batteries that lack stamina are frustrating for construction project managers and others on job sites. But, there is good news. “The latest generation of laptop batteries coming onto the market are capable of independent operation for periods of time far greater than their predecessors as a result of new efficiency gains,” explains Gordon Lane on…(Read More)

There’s relief in sight for employers juggling many construction jobs at the same time. Data analytics is   altering the way information on these projects is collected, produced, organized and analyzed, according to John MacMalcolm’s post on Predicting risk, managing large amounts of data and solving problems are key components of big…(Read More)

Most construction contractors are extremely optimistic about the coming months, that’s despite a labor shortage and stiff industry regulations.  So says Stephen Sandherr, CEO of the Associated General Contractors. The group just released its Ready to Hire Again: The 2015 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, which offers encouraging news for construction jobs compared…(Read More)

The American Rental Association expects 2015 to be a busy year. The anticipated growth includes construction/industrial, general tool and party and event. Total total revenue growth of 8.1 percent in 2015 to reach $38.5 billion in the U.S., including all three segments — construction/industrial, general tool, and party and event.revenue…(Read More)

The National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook 2015 report finds plenty of competition for new college grads in construction-related fields. “As has been the case for the last several years, seniors in finance, accounting, mechanical engineering and computer science are the most in demand, with more than half of the surveyed employers…(Read More)

Construction estimators with 3-to-10 years of experience are expected to enjoy a vibrant job market the next few years. Doyle Phillips, first vice president of the American Society of Professional Estimators, says the occupational role of construction estimator would grow by 26 percent from 2012 to 2022. For those working construction jobs, the…(Read More)

European countries dominated the world’s top 10 construction markets, according to a report by EC Harris, a construction consulting company. A post on reveals highlights of the annual research. Switzerland took the No. 1 spot for 2014, followed by Denmark and Hong Kong. What are the factors driving this study? “This was…(Read More)

Construction jobs are key to a healthy labor market, says Paul Davidson, a reporter for That’s because they provide the kind of middle-wage jobs that have dwindled in recent years and the prospect of stronger pay increases. “Contractors added 48,000 jobs in December, the most since last January, and 290…(Read More)

I was recently asked to lead a presentation on the topic of multiple generations in the workplace. I’ve heard several speakers present on this topic and the punchline is generally something like this: – kids today are selfish and lazy – baby boomers must adapt their behavior to accommodate them I have a slighly different…(Read More)