Employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace. Reducing or eliminating the number and severity of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)—which affect muscles, nerves and tendons—and their associated costs is an important component in achieving that goal.
It may seem that running an electrical contracting business is harder than it used to be. Technology can mechanize many tasks and reduce errors, but research has revealed that employee attitudes have a greater effect on productivity than anyone realized.
Lighting strategies to optimize worker performance are alive and well. In fact, the correlation between lighting and human performance is now better understood than ever, and the knowledge is influencing manufacturers, lighting designers and savvy installers. The office is the latest subject.
As an electrical contractor or a project manager, the million-dollar question is “How do I get the guys to be more productive?” How often do you ask yourself this question, and how often are you surprised that the labor does not think of solving job productivity issues in what seems to you the most
Part I: The Paradox As the economic landscape of the electrical industry shifts from industrial to commercial/residential, the contractors demand more effective services from their supplier/distributors. Every day owners and operators of electrical distributors must face the question: Who are we?
Enhancing cooperation between disciplines with software ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS KNOW the high costs of labor across the entire organization. Most think about outside field force staff, technicians, installers and the like when they start evaluating ways to reduce labor costs.
A new week of estimating has begun, giving you another chance to beat your bid schedule. You tell yourself that this week you will take a lunch break every day and go home on time. You will not be distracted. You will make every minute count, and you will not work on Saturday.
Some contractors buy as few tools as they possibly can while others consider tools an investment to enhance their productivity, so they embrace them,” said Jim Eisele, Greenlee Textron product manager. To a large extent, tools are necessary to perform electrical jobs.
Brand equals image in today’s business world Branding is the key strategy of 2004 and beyond. It seems as if branding, brand management, awareness and loyalty are everywhere. Books, lectures, courses and strategy abound.
The message of safety and security The safety and security policies and procedures at any company are often extensive. But whether or not those policies are communicated consistently and effectively can make or break the facility’s overall safety and security.
Concerns about the efficiency and reliability of electricity are prompting new responses by federal and state government agencies, utilities, associations and product manufacturers. They could provide new business for electrical contractors if you can position your company for these opportunities.
Power quality problems lurk Stories about an increase in productivity in the commercial and industrial worlds attributed heavily to the growth in information technology (IT) equipment. In fact, this number has been put at $46 billion for the 2003 fiscal year.
Teams and personal service win out One of the most intriguing aspects of the 9/11 events, from a management perspective, may have to be the renewed interest in partnerships and the trust factor associated with them.
First federal privacy standard affects all aspects of healthcare The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA, though some may even know it as the Kennedy-Kassebaum Act) seems to keep making things more difficult for those in the healthcare industry.