A Sustainable Workforce Starts With You

Reshaping the Industry

Three actions are necessary to build a thriving, profitable and durable construction industry:

  • Acceptance.  Recognize current situations and challenges and accept they are real.
  • Leadership.  Embrace core values and principles as innovators and leaders.
  • Solutions.  Collaborate among owners, contractors and workforce for solutions.
What challenges is the construction industry facing?  What principles, like sustainable value and social responsibility, should industry leaders embrace?  Where will the solutions come from?
An article by Richard Heap in Correctional News last week discusses ways that the application of the LEAN process to prison construction can save time and money.  He makes...
There’s a major shift in the way the federal government is enforcing labor laws.  The United States Department of Labor isn’t just making sure general contractors follow the...
Both sides of the opening line of Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities can easily be applied to the construction industry of today.It is the worst of times:  With unemployment in...
An update of the 2010 report on wage theft in the 50 states was released by the Progressive States Network is entitled Where Theft is Legal: Mapping Wage Theft Laws in the 50...
A specialty contractor has come to the rescue of a homeowner in McAllen, Texas who had been cheated by the first contractor she had hired to repair her damaged shingle roof....
The decline of the way Americans value skilled labor, which we've chronicled extensively on Construction Citizen, can be seen in different ways all around us.Louis Uchitelle makes...
My audiences have heard me say many times that they are in for an interesting life.  I have told them that they will likely live to be 120 or older and that their work lives...
We attended a graduation dinner last week that was unique in its attendees and outstanding for the folks who participated or coached in a year-long workforce development program....
I am an SOB, that is a son of a baker.  When I was a kid, the workforce in our family bakery consisted of a deaf mute, an alcoholic, my grandfather, my uncle and my dad....