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Job Rewards (by Herman Trend Alert, 10/02/13): A recent report just released by Ceridian confirms the belief when it comes to driving engagement, one size does not fit all of the generations. Moreover, it offers some valuable advice to leaders who want to engage and retain their top talent by focusing on job rewards, performance feedback, and job motivation. Log in as a member to read full article.

Engineering and Skilled Jobs Try to Keep Up with the Oil and Gas Boom (by David Butcher, IMT Career Journal, 08/12/13): The U.S. oil and gas industry, rejuvenated by the shale gas boom, is making a deep economic impact not only in the country but around the world. The rapid expansion of activity and business has required oil and gas companies to seek qualified talent to fill a wide range of positions, particularly in engineering roles. However, even as more jobs are created, employers say they face a shortage of talent… Log in as a member to read full article.

How Game Theory Can Help Businesses Improve Negotiations (by David Sims, Industry Market Trends, 08/13/13): Game theory is usually thought of in connection with such negotiation concepts as the “winner’s curse,” where winning a bid based on incomplete information usually means a buyer overpaid, or “prisoner’s dilemma,” where a business must decide if it can trust that a negotiating partner will voluntarily cooperate when it might have a better reason not to… Log in as a member to read full article.

OSHA Unveils Top 10 Safety Violations for 2013 (by National Safety Council, 10/01/13): Once again, Fall Protection tops the list of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s most-cited workplace safety violations. The presentation of the Top 10 was given before a crowded group of spectators today on the Expo floor at the 2013 National Safety Council Congress & Expo…Log in as a member to read full article.

The Great Construction Industry Myth (by Ted Garrison, The Report on Strategic Thinking #2013-9, 9/24/13): The conventional wisdom within the construction industry for the past century has been the belief in the myth that to obtain the best results for the owner, the design and construction aspects of the industry should be separated and contractors should be selected through a competitive bidding process based on plans and specifications, referred to as construction documents…Log in as a member to read full article.

Hoist and Rigging Safety (by Peter Cooke, Columbus McKinnon Corp in, 03/19/2012): The National Safety Council estimates the cost of one lost time accident at about $27,000 with punitive damages and lost production time ranging into the millions of dollars. Most hoist-related accidents that occurred in North America could have easily been prevented by simply ensuring that users were properly trained on the operation, safe rigging, inspection and maintenance procedures of the hoist…Log in as a member to read full article.

Workers Compensation Crisis: There is a growing crisis in workers’ compensation insurance. In recent years soaring medical costs, widespread abuse of benefits and rapidly escalagin insurance premiums have affected the competitiveness of large sectors of American business. Many construction companies are among those firms that have been particularly hard hit…Log in as a member to read full article.

Training Problems in Open Shop Construction: Current construction industry training efforts are inadequate to meet the needs of the industry. Training that is being done has been largely concentrated in the union sector where training funds are supplied through charges on labor hours which in turn are passed on by contractors to the ultimate user or client…Log in as a member to read full article.

The Business Stake in Effective Project Systems: Over the past fifteen years, most American manufacturers have transformed their approach to the engineering and management of their capital projects. Virtually all major firms have reduced the size and scope of workperformed by engineering organizations. Many companies are drifting because they are uncertain about the appropriate size and role of their in-house capital projects organization…Log in as a member to read full article.

Construction Owners’ Safety Blueprint: Construction always seems to make the “Ten Most Dangerous Jobs” list compiled annually by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of
Labor Statistics. An occupation “earns” this distinction based on its rate of fatalities per 100,000 workers…Log in as a member to read full article.

Workplace Attitudes Survey: The CURT Survey on Workplace Attitude was initiated by the CURT Workforce Development and Industrial Relations Committee as part of the CURT Tripartite Initiative. The Tripartite Initiative is an ongoing, owner-led discussion among labor, contractors, and owners, designed to address and resolve issues of importance to the construction industry…Log in as a member to read full article.

Building Comprehensive Labor Market Information: This document focuses on how the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) leveraged proven, innovative forecasting technology that collects, aggregates, and produces craft labor data used by industry for project planning and the development of targeted labor supply solutions; and how this technology can be used by government for labor market policy and program development…Log in as a member to read full article.

CURT’s Path Toward LEAN Project Delivery: The paths of CURT and LEAN crossed in 2001 and 2002 when the LEAN Construction Institute (LCI) made presentations at CURT’s National Conference. LCI’s presentations described what LCI was doing to define a new way to deliver projects and how these successes connect to gains already seen in the manufacturing sector…Log in as a member to read full article.

Optimizing the Construction Process: This paper envisions a substantially changed project environment, where projects are undertaken by deeply collaborative, multidisciplinary teams that contribute to project fruition, and where better, faster, more capable projects —optimized projects—are the norm rather than the exception…Log in as a member to read full article.

Guidelines on the Use of Reverse Auction Technology: Reverse Auction is a recently developed Internet-based method for bidding on construction or project services. The primary benefit of this new e-commerce tool is that it may speed up the inquiry process, making it more efficient than traditional bidding that often includes lengthy, time-consuming negotiations…Log in as a member to read full article.


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Complacency the Silent Killer

Confronting the Problem Personality

Contractors Beware

Creating Good Jobs

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Economic Terrorism

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Fundamental Principles for Program Project Implementation

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How to Sell an Idea to Your Boss

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In Defense of Middle Management

Is Recovery of Unabsorbed Home Office Overhead Still Realistic

Job Rewards

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Office Politics

On The Job Body Language 101

Only Certainty For Leaders Is That Change Will Occur


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OSHA to Strengthen Whistleblower Program

Project Owner Claims, Damages, Evidence Limited

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Roof Gardens

Self Healing Concrete

Sick Day Bounty Hunters

Solution Caused Problems

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Supervisors Greatest Discovery

Targeted Trojans Taking Aim at Business

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The Evolution of Engineering

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The Top Ten Strategies for Managers of Mobile Workers

Theres No Such Thing as Constructive Criticism

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Toxic Workplace Hinders Performance

Trends in Smart Grid and Alternate Energy

US Lacks Ability to Protect Networks

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Who are the Happiest Workers

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Work climate discourages women engineers

Workplace Violence

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Worlds First General Purpose Computer


5 Ways to Mind Your eManners at Work

7 Deadly Sins Supervisors Must Avoid

10 Common Project Management Mistakes

10 Reasons to Avoid Office Politics

12 New Years Resolutions for Engineers

2010 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

A Tale of Two Plants

Addressing The Skilled Trades Shortage

Adjusting Maintenance Costs for Inflation

Americas Skilled Worker Shortage

As More Commercial Buildings Go Green

ASSE Releases New Steel Erection Standard

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Avoid Surprises During Pump Startup

Concrete New Technology New Approaches

Deadly Dozen Activities and Hazards

Decline of US Manufacturing

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Engineering Sustainable Population Growth

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Everyday Hazards in Maintenance

Food and Jobs on Jobs

General Contractor Responsibility for Jobsite Hazards Created by Subs

Grease Gaffes

Great Construction Industry Myth

Green Building Code Introduced

Green Building Movement Raises Some Construction Defect

Green Considerations Focus on Concrete

Hoist And Rigging Safety

How Much Unemployment Will Automation Cause

Inspecting Motor Bearings

Is OSHA Killing the American Dream

Jargon Buzzwords and Other Bad Biz Writing

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Make Safety Second Nature

Making Engineering a Desirable Career Choice

Mike Rowe Testimony US Senate Committee

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NSC Unveils New Web Based Safety Management System

Oil Prices Could Wreak Havoc with Construction Costs

OSHA Announces AntiTexting Initiatives

OSHA Announces Severe Violator Enforcement Program

OSHA Increasing Emphasis on Chemicals Refineries

OSHA Top 10 Safety Violations 2013

OSHA Updates PPE Standards

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Seven Steps For Picking A Contractor

Strikes Show Labor Unrest In China

Study Confirms Cash Not the Best Employee Motivator

Subcontractor Held Liable to Workers Injured by Jobsite Hazard that It Did Not Report

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Ten Sustainability Megaforces

The Aging Worker in the US Construction Industry

The End Of Made in China

The Future of Design Blue is the New Green

The Many Faces of Fire Hazards in Industrial Settings

The Most Overlooked Aspect of Fall Protection

The Prize Predicament

The Smart Grid and Beyond

Turning Windows into Powerplants

Unions See Sharp Membership Declines

Wanted Blue Collar Workers

What Americans Think of Labor Unions

Where High Tech Metals and Minerals Come From

Who Will Write the New Book on Quality

Why Cost Cutting Safety May Cost You More

Will High Speed Rail Reinvent US Transportation

Workers Rate Safety Most Important Workplace Issue