Business Management

  • 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’

  • Safety Matters: Are You Experienced?

    There is some debate about what Jimi Hendrix was asking about when he sang “Are you experienced? Have you ever been experienced?” Chances are he was not talking about workers’ compensation insurance ratings, but who knows? Maybe Jimi knew that experience ratings not only affects your workers’ compensation insurance premiums, it can have a strong

  • Future Construction: Top Predictions from Industry Leaders

    Two overriding concerns for 2018 and beyond—the labor shortage and productivity—were on the minds of this year’s Construction Executive future technology panel. The construction industry’s labor shortage is expected to worsen in 2018 as Millennials shun construction careers, Generation Xers move into leadership positions, and Baby Boomers retire. “While many U.S. sectors, including agriculture and

  • Silicon Valley Is the Answer to Attracting the Next Generation in Construction

    The construction industry’s skilled-labor and engineering shortage has been escalating from a perfect storm—a confluence of those who left the field and didn’t come back, those about to retire in droves, and those uninterested in joining the ranks. The root of the labor shortage goes back to the Great Recession of the late 2000s, when