August 17, 2016
construction crew employee motivation

Understanding Employee Motivation

Remember when just being the boss was enough to get employees to do what you wanted them to do? You know, work hard without an attitude. Yup, that was a long time ago. Hey, Doug Phelps here. I am the […]
August 17, 2016
successful foundations

Build A Strong Foundation for Success

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Vince Lombardi Teamwork is a word we often hear in the construction industry.  And it is a […]
August 17, 2016
Pride - A Powerful Motivator You Can Influence

Pride – A Powerful Motivator You Can Influence

Here’s the deal. The construction industry is an ideal industry for creating an environment that can satisfy the needs of human motivators. I know that may be hard to believe with the frustration you may have experienced in trying to […]
August 17, 2016
construction company employee bonus plans

Making Bonus Plans Work For You

Designing and implementing bonus programs is not as easy as it may seem. If you have ever designed a bonus program and then abandoned it due to undesired results, you are not alone. You would probably be surprised by the […]
August 17, 2016
construction company employee motivation

The Impact of Money on Employee Motivation

Are you puzzled by how to motivate today’s employee? You’re not alone. It can be quite puzzling because not everyone is motivated by the same circumstances, and each individual’s own motivation may differ from time to time depending on their […]
August 17, 2016
construction teamwork principles

Construction Teamwork Principles

Just what drives employee performance? Lets examine the sports industry. I am a huge sports fan, particularly football and basketball. Take football. The coach has a collection of athletes that come from all walks of life with their own personalities […]
August 17, 2016
discretionary bonus plans

Are Discretionary Bonus Plans Good or Bad?

The most common bonus plan is also the least effective! Discretionary bonus plans are probably the most commonly used bonus plans by contractors, yet they rarely improve the performance of the employees. Why is the discretionary plan so popular? There […]
August 17, 2016
construction company bonus plans

Make Bonus Plans Work For You

There are many different ways to customize a bonus program to meet the specific objectives that you hope it will accomplish. However, there are some basic “do’s” and “don’ts” that must be followed for any bonus program to be effective. […]
August 17, 2016
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Forecasting – The Single Most Misunderstood Word

Mention the word “forecasting” to many construction company owners and then watch their eyes start to glaze-over. Talk about forecasting for more than ten minutes and then you can observe the bobbing of the head —don’t mistake that head bob […]