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02/11/2013

The Value of Talent Recruitment and Training

By Tom Gilligan

 
In today's environment, getting the recruiting process right is more important than ever.

Our nation is slowly but surely overcoming the economic slump of the Great Recession, which is good news for the construction industry. The financial crisis has impacted our industry, and for many, the last several years have been tough.  

Now we face an important question: How can we best position the construction sector for long-term growth? The answer lies within recruiting the next generation of talent. Faced with the challenges of the economic downturn, many construction professionals left the ranks. The market conditions also forced some of the best and brightest to find careers in other areas. As a result, we have a shortage of skilled workers, which is expected to increase as the U.S. baby boomer generation hits retirement age.

The struggling economy forced many private companies to delay construction they needed to improve productivity and sustainability levels. With the impending economic upswing, new projects are coming. I am optimistic that the market is primed to increase capacity and efficiency, leading our industry to return to prerecession levels.

To address pent-up demand, we need the right people to do the job. These are students in universities and technical schools. These are people who are currently unemployed. These are men and women who are unsatisfied with their current positions and are looking to change careers. It is time to pump new blood into this industry.

Quality is integral to our industry’s growth. To return confidence in our industry and drive repeat business, we must provide superior building and construction services to all of our customers, both privately and publicly funded. The best way to achieve quality is to recruit excellent talent and supply them with continuous, high-caliber training. Training programs should nourish the talents of construction professionals and focus on the latest innovations and technologies. The best training programs will include marketing support to teach professionals how to independently drive sales and act as brand advocates.

We also must look for workers who advance sustainability. With the sharp increase in construction projects, we will witness high levels of green market growth. When hiring new employees, construction companies should seek out professionals who understand the importance of adapting to evolving energy codes. Soon, we will be challenged to meet the standards of LEED® v4, ASHRAE® 90.1 and the IECC, and our workforce will need to understand how to do so efficiently and effectively.

Harnessing the brainpower of future construction professionals will enable us to create new innovations and technologies, while also meeting the demand for new construction projects. We can best guarantee continued growth in 2013 and beyond by building a new generation of construction workers.

Tom Gilligan is president of Butler Manufacturing

 

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04/23/2014

A key part to curbing emissions is working with local and city officials, tenants, and other groups to help make entire communities more sustainable. BOMA International shares the following strategies for greening your facility and community.

04/21/2014

Lighting fixes target the bottom line.

04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
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