Business Management

  • Why You Should Create a “Shadow Board” of Younger Employe

    Involving younger employees in problem solving and developing strategic initiatives is an innovative way to engage this segment of your workforce and realize new approaches to stay on top of changing market conditions. This article provides real-life examples of how major companies have benefited from this approach, as well as guidance on how to establish your own “shadow board.”

  • NIA Establishes New Industry Certification: The Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification™

    Read about why this new certification is needed, how it will benefit your projects and the industry, and what you can learn in this 4-day course.

  • OSHA Regulatory Update

    An OSHA spokesperson provides the latest regulatory developments for our readers.

  • 79% of Construction Firms Plan to Expand Headcount in 2019, but Most Are also Worried about Their Ability to Find Qualified Workers

    Most contractors plan to add staff in 2019 to keep pace with growing demand, but are having trouble finding qualified workers. These worker shortages are having an impact on construction costs and project schedules,

  • Quick Contractor Questions: Insulation Outlook Interview Series

    Insulation Outlook staff recently sat down with some NIA members for a conversation about what’s going on in the world of contractors.

  • Affordable Worker Magnets

    Whether as a result of a booming economy, tighter immigration laws, or an educational system gone astray, finding qualified job applicants has become increasingly more difficult for those in the construction and engineering industries. Even more troubling for many smaller businesses is the question of how they can compete for badly needed, qualified workers? Fortunately,

  • Tariffs

    The other day, a client called and said, “I’m going to change the classification on my product so I don’t have to pay tariffs.” I told him I don’t recommend it. For those facing new tariffs, it may be wise to consider reinventing your approach to your compliance strategy by reevaluating your supply chain and

  • The Opioid Crisis: Waging Battle Against Deadly, Costly Problem

    Last year, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared opioids a statewide disaster emergency, marking the first time the commonwealth declared a disaster emergency for a public health crisis. The declaration suspends regulations hindering addiction care access, which Wolf hopes will help streamline treatment for the 90 days the declaration is in effect. Seven other states have

  • The Construction Industry and Immigration Reform

    For almost 20 years, the construction industry has been sounding the alarm about the declining numbers of U.S. workers entering the industry and the need for a supplemental workforce whose efforts will contribute to the GDP of an industry that can’t offshore its ultimate production. Immigrant workers are not a new concept to the construction

  • The Opioid Crisis: The Construction Industry’s Simmering Threat

    Drug overdoses claimed more than 64,000 American lives in 2016, which is nearly double the amount only a decade ago. Theories vary about the reasons behind the dramatic increase, although many attribute it to doctors prescribing opioid medications more frequently. Despite stagnant levels of reported patient pain, prescription opioid sales to pharmacies, hospitals, and doctors’