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Avoid OSHA citations by making sure everyone follows safety procedures on the jobsite

Follow the rules.
October 18, 2013

I have spent many years as the boss and fully realize how many critical items we are responsible for and how much attention that requires. Unfortunately, as the boss, you forget about your own personal safety. My No. 1 concern is for you, the contractor — for your safety and that of your managers and all your employees.


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Safety is no accident

Instill positive attitudes about working safely.
September 20, 2013

 The three critical and costly items where contractors ask for help more than any others are Occupational Safety and Health Administration citations, personal injury and safety.  


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Remember that you’re in the people business

A complete turnaround.
August 22, 2013

 At a recent seminar, three contractors invited me to have lunch. Two of them had used my consulting services more than 10 years ago and they were trying to convince the third to call me.  


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Risk vs. reward

Ideas to keep your company solvent.
July 18, 2013

Let’s look at some of the realistic possibilities for a contractor hoping for survival, as well as continued growth and success. One option is to expand whatever type of work that your employees can perform, based on their database skills inventories. 


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Employee survival

Do what you can to help.
June 25, 2013

 Many good contractors are struggling to survive America’s economic crisis and some have already lost their businesses. And far too many good employees are struggling at work as well as with finances at home.  


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Training Service Technicians

April 19, 2013
Maintaining effective human relations throughout your shop and service department creates an enviable reputation for attracting key employees, which naturally attracts new customers.
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Jobsite Leadership

The project superintendent and the foreman must work together to keep employees productive.
March 15, 2013
The project superintendent and the foreman must work together to keep employees productive.
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Employee Relations

Good employees provide strength for success in today’s economy.
February 13, 2013
Think back to your own business decisions. How many were costly and should have been better? You will naturally face many more critical decisions in the future. Some of them may be minor but many of them will determine your continued success and survival!
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Make 2013 your lucky year

A joint venture with local contractors could help win bids for jobs
January 15, 2013
If you happen to be superstitious, 2013 may be of concern for your life and your business.


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Safety first

December 1, 2012
Avoid OSHA visits by minimizing jobsite accidents. 
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