• Workplace Intimacy

    “Workplace Intimacy” 

    This week, we conducted several first month check-ins with candidates and hiring managers we matched.  These included employees regularly working directly with the person who hired them, as well as those working in a remote location away from the […]

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  • Waiting Right Match

    Waiting for the Right Match

    Labor Day weekend this year was filled with hurricane preparation, as well as watching and waiting for all of us on the East Coast of Florida. The emphasis was on the “wait” as Dorian pummeled the Bahamas while moving […]

    1 week ago, by flccadmin
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  • time theft

    Time Theft in Construction

    When interviewing a candidate for Construction, it is typically a bad sign if he asks about work hours.  We are typically a “whatever it takes” industry, and the hours to meet deadlines can vary from day to day and […]

    2 weeks ago, by flccadmin
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  • CPA and staffing

    What Does Your CPA have to Do with Staffing?

    In December 2018, we wrote an article entitled “Say Yay or Nay to Your CPA”. We asked the question, “Does your CPA firm offer you a single point of contact that stays in touch to understand your current volume, business […]

    3 weeks ago, by flccadmin
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  • stress and your career

    Stress and Your Career

    I have battled Rheumatoid Arthritis for over a decade now. The onset of the disease occurred at the same time as being prescribed the incorrect medication for a Vitamin D deficiency.  My original symptoms arose from overachieving at work […]

    4 weeks ago, by flccadmin
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  • entrepreneur or employee

    Construction Entrepreneur or Employee – Who’s at Risk?

    There are some highly interesting statistics on the SBA fact sheet from August 2018, including one that states that only about 50% of new businesses survive for more than five years. Most bonding companies will place limits upon start-up […]

    1 month ago, by flccadmin
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  • Project Delay

    Project Delays and Your Career

    This quarter, we interviewed a candidate who is in the prime of his career, but who is currently assigned to a project that is severely delayed due to both design and financial challenges.  He shared with us how he […]

    1 month ago, by flccadmin
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  • Circle of Life - generations

    The Circle of Life

    Last week, my family and I attended the opening night of Lion King. It warmed our hearts to be reminded of the Lion King film, which was released as our children were growing up.  The famous “circle of life” […]

    2 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • safety manager

    Construction Safety Professionals – Those that “Rock “and those that “Rock the Boat”

    Recently we have seen an increase in requests from companies to fill Safety Director positions. This is good news, particularly considering the problem of workplace injuries and fatalities in this country.  OSHA reports an average of 14 workplace fatalities per […]

    2 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • boots to boardroom

    Boots to Boardroom

    According to a recent article from the AGC, although unemployment continues to be very low, we should encourage students to consider the option of a trade career.  This is because trade careers provide income to students who work while […]

    2 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • independence day

    Creating Independence

    As my husband John and I worked together to plan our annual 4th of July celebration (which is also his birthday), I was overcome with thoughts of thankfulness, both for living in the land of the free, and also […]

    2 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • daily road trip

    The Daily Road Trip

    According to the American Automobile Association, the national average price of gasoline is currently $2.66.  According to Kelly Bluebook, the average cost of a new truck in America is $40,000, and of a new car, $36,000.  Tires are said […]

    3 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • Super Leader

    The Leader of the Pack – From Super Superintendent to Field Operations

    This week, newly-promoted FLCC Operations Manager Ryan Stone and I attended a workshop in Fort Lauderdale entitled “Transitioning to Supervisor”.  The purpose of the instruction was to teach team members to adjust to becoming department leaders.  After a full […]

    3 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • super superintendent

    The Super Superintendent

    “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”: a phrase coined by Benjamin Franklin long before the Superintendent title existed. The advice presented in this axiom is certainly taken up by those whom our […]

    3 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • take the helm

    Know Your Vessel Before You Take the Helm

    Anchored by Hillsboro Inlet this past weekend, I watched the parade of boats going in and out of the inlet.  The dozen or so boats anchored around us were all from different manufacturers and brands. While all the boats […]

    3 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • memorial day

    In Honor and Remembrance

    0 “Workplace Intimacy”  This week, we conducted several first month check-ins with candidates and hiring managers we matched.  These included employees regularly working directly with the person who hired them, as well as those working in a remote location [...]

    4 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • compensation points

    Three Compensation Points to Ponder

    While the construction industry witnessed a decline in job starts towards the end of 2018, they are rising again as we approach the half-way mark of 2019.  According to AGC and Chief Economist Ken Simonson, construction employment continues to rise, […]

    4 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • hiring

    Six Conversations About the Hunt, The Catch and The Keep in Construction

    0 “Workplace Intimacy”  This week, we conducted several first month check-ins with candidates and hiring managers we matched.  These included employees regularly working directly with the person who hired them, as well as those working in a remote location [...]

    4 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • project list

    A Construction History – Your Project List

    Last month, contractors were on site completing restorative work to Notre Dame Cathedral.  While this was ongoing, a fire broke out and tragically destroyed a large portion of the iconic medieval church. While the cause of the fire is […]

    4 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • relocation promise

    Five Tips To Being Hired With A Relocation Promise

    Construction hiring managers are having more difficulty locating qualified and driven candidates, despite being under increased pressure to fill open positions. According to the Sage Construction Hiring and Business Outlook Survey, published in January 2019, 77% of construction companies plan to […]

    5 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • be authentic

    The Authentic You is the One that Gets and Keeps the Job

    Warren Alter of Alter Surety Group has recently recommended reading a book called Presence by Amy Cuddy. The work instructs people to bring their “boldest” self to face their challenges. Of particular interest to us is one chapter on how to behave […]

    5 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • WIP Report

    Maintaining Your WIP to Prevent Profit Fade

    Profit Fade "Profit Fade" occurs when jobs close with lower gross profits than was originally estimated. This often occurs when companies do not maintain Work in Progress Reports (W.I.P.s).  The W.I.P. is a tool that shows estimated gross profits [...]

    5 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • the job offer

    The Offer

    When hiring for a position typically three types of candidates apply: The unemployed - seeking a job The currently employed - making a move for something other than money The money chasers - always looking for a bigger paycheck Employers [...]

    6 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • the interview

    The Interview

    Joe’s communication style is to never say he knows something until he has all the detail and facts.  Sandra’s communication style is to say she knows how to do it when faced with a challenge.  She will figure it […]

    6 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • blog-2019-03_teamwork

    Winning Games or Winning the Championship

    Last Thursday our team members from FLCC attended a leadership event where Don Campion, CEO and Founder of Banyan Air was the guest speaker. He shared with us some of the tidbits of his forty years in business, and focused […]

    6 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • Communication and Company Culture - Zone

    Lead Your Team to Success in the Zone!

    For over two decades Suzanne Breistol and her network of qualified industry professionals have been working together to help individuals in the construction industry grow their careers. Below is an overview of some of the many programs that Construction [...]

    6 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • email scam

    An Email and Text from Your Boss

    Again this week, we had an employer tell us that one of their new employees, unfortunately, was duped by the gift card scam. If you are not familiar with how the con works, Knowbe4, cyber security specialists, have an [...]

    6 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • Base Salary

    “All About the Base”

    We have a saying in Florida that “they pay in palm trees.” Not really, but it can seem that way for people wanting to relocate here from out of the area.  Often, we get people from New York, California […]

    7 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • SFL salary ranges

    2019 Florida Construction Industry Compensation- Vertical Building

    Job Seekers If you are considering a new job look at the total compensation package; challenge, growth and stability of the position.  In addition, the track record of the employer should be evaluated.  Compare where you would be in […]

    7 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • Second Spouse Syndrom

    The Second Spouse Syndrome

    “I worked for a small construction company and they had cash flow issues.” I never want to work for a small company again. “I worked for a big company and they didn’t care about their employees.” I never want […]

    7 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • Career Matchmaking and Dating

    Career Matchmaking and Dating

    As a Career Matchmaker I get many single professionals asking me if I can also introduce them to the right love match.  There are many similarities with dating for long term relationship and dating for a career match. Although […]

    7 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • value and worth

    Value and Worth in the Workplace

    There is a popular social media post that often accompanies someone’s rough day at work or a separation from their employer. The quote is: “Your value does not decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth” unknown author […]

    7 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • encouraging boss

    Encouraging the Boss – Regardless?

    Every day now a new name pops up announcing their participation or possible participation in the 2020 Presidential race. The announcements all have two things in common: they don’t agree with how the current President of the United States […]

    8 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • blog-2019-01_KnowYourself

    Do You Know Yourself?

    Aristotle once said, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” The relationship with yourself is one of the most important relationships in your life. I decided to study some of the hundreds of references we have received to better […]

    8 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • construction bid

    Do you Need Better Sub-Coverage?

    Last week we hosted a private meet and greet for The Bluebook at Construction Connection’s Coaching Center, the SHED, which stands for Sharing Education. The out of town contractor was Life Time Construction, the Construction Management division of Life Time […]

    8 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • Work-from-home

    Remote Construction Workforce – Not Jobsite Based

    Studies across all industries show that over fifty percent of the workforce would like the opportunity to work from home at least one or two days a week. In construction, often those assigned to the jobsite versus the main […]

    8 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • taking care business

    Setting the Pace in the New Year

    Taking care of business in a flash! I never knew this was the coined phrase of Elvis Presley—the King of Rock and Roll—until we arrived at Graceland where it appears often. I am writing to you from the guesthouse […]

    8 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • smartGoals_wp

    SMART Goals

    What is a SMART goal? How do you write an effective SMART goal? It’s never too late to look at your life and ask yourself “Is my life really how I want it to be?” Each new day can represent […]

    9 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • construction angels

    Eight Years Later

    Earlier this week I had lunch with newly married Kristi Ronyak, now Kristi Gibbs, Founder of Construction Angels. For those of you not familiar with Construction Angels, they are a National Non-Profit Organization created to provide immediate financial assistance […]

    9 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • CPA

    Yay or Nay to Your CPA?

    While working with my CEO coach in 2015, he suggested we make it a point to review our working relationship with our current CPA firm. Our CPA firm at the time had worked with us for over a decade. […]

    9 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • 2018-12_career-matchmaker-help

    Is there something we can help you with?

    We are Career Coaches and Matchmakers in Construction We work with Currently Employed Construction Management Professionals to help them achieve their career goals: Better workplace communication Shortening your daily commute Taking on More Challenge Continuing Your Education Diversifying Your […]

    9 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • career maturity

    Career Maturity

    Last week my husband and I attended a funeral for a man who was one of the first people I met in our industry after moving to South Florida in 1992. Over the years, he became a friend and […]

    9 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • right attitude

    The Right Attitude – Weather or Not!

    Sitting in my backyard—enjoying the 75°F mid-November clear sky—makes the social media posts from family and friends of their recent snowfalls seem surreal. Having spent my first twenty-five years of life in the harsh New England winters, I can’t […]

    10 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • thankfulness

    Thankfulness in the Workplace

    When you look up the meaning of thankful, the synonyms are what you would expect: appreciative, grateful, and well pleased.  A surprise to me was in addition to the expected descriptions, the word “relieved” is listed as a synonym […]

    10 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • thanksgiving2016

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    With modern life moving faster than ever, Thanksgiving gives us a day to take a collective breath, reconnect with loved ones and remember just how much we have to be thankful for. At Florida Construction Connection we are thankful [...]

    10 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • final countdown

    The Final Countdown

    November is here and well underway. We all have less than two full months before we usher in a new calendar year. Somehow—with our days and weeks already jam-packed—we make time for celebrating the holidays. Accompanied with these holidays […]

    10 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • socialism and construction

    The Confusion on Socialism and Construction

    Every week I interview someone who has successfully immigrated to the United States. The majority of these construction management professionals did so legally— often sacrificing fulfilling careers in their native countries while knowing full well that their credentials may […]

    11 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • impossible builds scorpion tower

    Constructing or Conducting?

    Recently, I tuned into PBS to watch an episode of Impossible Builds about One Thousand Museum—a project also coined the “Scorpion Tower”. Not only did the Pritzker Prize winning Architect Zaha Hadid pass away during the construction, the job […]

    11 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • blog_heart-helping-hand

    A Heart and Hands to Help

    Just a few days ago on Wednesday, October 10th, one of the most powerful storms in US history made landfall and struck the Florida Panhandle. Hurricane Michael caused mass destruction and wiped out the entirety of Mexico Beach, Florida [...]

    11 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • ownership

    Don’t Assume They Own It!

    While out for a Sunday evening boat ride just before sundown, my husband and I noticed one of the new intracoastal homes under construction left wide open with no workers in sight. No builders sign was present with a […]

    11 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • blog_work-triangle

    Time Served or Time Well Spent?

    Quite often we have candidates that have worked in the construction industry emphasize their qualifications and value by stating how many years they have worked in the industry. We often hear a candidate tell us that they have 25+ […]

    11 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • peer group

    Peer Groups at Work

    This year we had a vacancy in Accounting and HR within our company due to an employee moving out of the area. We evaluated our needs for this position and determined that the right person with the interest ability […]

    12 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • blog_planning-for-end

    Planning for the End

    John and I recently have updated our wills and trust now that our children are grown and don’t require guardianship if something happens to us. At the same time, we had to update our plan for what happens to […]

    12 months ago, by flccadmin
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  • offer-letter

    Offer Letters – Eliminate False Expectations

    It is common for me to hear from a new client that they and the candidate have agreed on terms of employment. After speaking with both sides, there is ambiguity to what was discussed and what was processed and what [...]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • blog_fragile-ballerina

    Fragile Ballerinas: Are you Antagonistic?

    Several times over the years clients have contracted us for DiSC coaching with project team members who are antagonizing to others. Three of these particular instances the employee had already pushed the other party’s buttons enough where it had become […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • cell-phone-addiction

    Gravitating Eyes

    Twice in the last month, two candidates were not asked back for a second interview due to a noticeable behavior. They both had the right skills set for the positions they interviewed for.  They both presented well and showed […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • ping-pong-communication

    Communication Ping Pong

    Construction is an action result industry filled with people wired for action working in a business model driven by a schedule, balanced with quality and budget.  A good share of the projects over budget are due to people taking […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • interviewing key construction roles

    Interviewing Construction Key Leadership Roles

    Recently we have been helping our clients fill key leadership roles within their Construction and Real Estate Development firms also known as “C Level”. These roles are the roles directly connected to the CEO/President of the company assisting the […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • procedures human factor

    Process, Procedure and The Human Factor

    Last night I watched on PBS the 10 Modern Marvels that Changed America. It was about the building of the Hoover Dam, our interstate highway system and eight other major design-build projects that were revolutionary even to this day.  […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • construction overhead

    Are You Overhead?

    The majority of construction companies in America have all but the necessary few employees costed to projects. Executive, Estimating, Safety, Accounting, General Administrative, Human Resources, and Business Development are typically the roles that may be overhead or only partially […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • cost accumulation

    Cost Accumulation and Management

    by Christopher T. Marrie, HBK CPAs & Consultants Cost accumulation and management is critical to a strong financial reporting system in any industry. For construction contractors of any size it is one of the most essential functions of the business. […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • compensation allegory

    COMPENSATION Allegory

    Career - A job is what you do to earn compensation.  A career is what you build to increase the value of your compensation. Building requires new materials to stand the test of time. Offer - An offer does [...]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • salary and title increase

    I Deserve More! Compensation and Title Increases

    You work hard. You have earned and want a more expensive house. You purchase that more expensive house and move in. After you get the house you realize it requires more time, energy and expertise to maintain. It may even […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • Results Driven

    Driven for Results

    While reading The Washington Post this week, I came across an article that states “But there’s one statistic that has been vexing economists. The size of the nation’s workforce — known as the labor force participation rate — continues […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • interviewing is about you

    Interviewing is All About You!

    During interview candidates often answer questions referring to we did this, or we did that.  I compliment them on being a team player then remind the candidate an employer is most interested in what they alone took responsibility for. […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • construction-summer-rain

    Your Summer Starts Here

    The new Tommy Bahama magazine came in the mail, and the front cover in 3” bold letters says “YOUR SUMMER STARTS HERE.” Our summer in Florida usually starts with rain, rain, rain and preparing for hurricane season while those […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • military and construction

    All Gave Some – Some Gave All – Military and Construction

    This Memorial Day weekend I experienced holding new life as I met our little granddaughter for the first time. Ten perfect fingers and ten perfect toes.  She already has a personality all of her own and her preferences as […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • micromanagemen or lack of communication

    Micromanagement or Lack of Communication?

    After more than twenty years of coaching and staffing in the construction and development industries, I have noticed oftentimes when many people report to the same executive, one person will report that the executive is a micro-manager, while others […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • Plan Your Absence out of office

    Plan Your Absence Before You Are Absent

    The saying “Life Happens” is more realistic than most of us want to face.  An unexpected car accident, family illness or death, our ailments are the ones we hope to avoid.  Vacation, training, corporate events are some of the [...]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • culture vs compensation

    Culture vs Compensation

    One of our clients suggested the topic of culture vs. compensation. Their company has been in business for over forty years.  Many of their employees have remained employed with them for a decade or more. They kept the majority […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • blog_hire-local-or-not

    Hire Local or Not?

    The majority of candidates we have matched with companies for employment over the years are individuals who were already working in construction in Florida.  A fourth of the people we place are those relocating to Florida.  If they have […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • two for one employee - labor burden

    The Two for One Employee

    When the recession hit its peak in 2007-2010 next to the call from individuals needing jobs I received calls from employers for advice on reducing labor burden, aka “Who gets let go.”  Most of them had already cut back […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • commute dispute

    The Commute Dispute

    Today as my husband and I lovingly parted ways for the day, he shared with me a dream he had about getting in an accident that seemed so real. He followed it with how many accidents there were on his […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • Go-No-Go

    Know When to Hold Them, Fold Them and Especially When to Walk Away

    The afternoon of March 15th I walked out of an appointment to the receptionist telling me the new FIU bridge had collapsed. My heart sank as I prayed there were no fatalities which of course I knew was most […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • construction PTO

    What is PTO in Construction?

    Traditionally in construction, employers offer separate paid time off benefits to employees which including paid vacation, sick leave and personal days. However, in the past decade, many employers in our industry have moved to a Paid Time Off or […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • Construction Stress

    You’re Stressing Me Out!

    All of us have inborn stressors. Each person’s stressors vary depending on how you profile. How and when we react to our inherent stress triggers, control our behavior towards stress and allow us to logically or illogically make business […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • meritocracy

    Likeability, Longevity or Meritocracy?

    Do you run a Meritocracy at your company? Once you do, it will be simple for you to answer the question I often ask employers regarding their uncertain employees. “Do they make you money, save you money or not? […]

    1 year ago, by flccadmin
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  • grammar-and-communication-construction

    How are Your Communication Skills Construction?

    Sad to say we have many people in our workforce that were born and raised right here in the US that have less than acceptable written communication skills. Many employers when interviewing take a candidate’s word to their ability […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • accept-offer-prayer

    Will you accept this offer today?

    by Ernesto Garcia I recently joined FLCC and as some of you may know our primary objective is to find leadership talent that helps corporations build different type, of projects. It’s been fascinating to learn about how a group […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • credibility interview

    Credibility – Can you interview for it?

    Credibility is trustworthiness, reliability, integrity. It’s the process of being believed in. Construction is an industry that moves at the speed of light. It takes coordination and communication with multiple parties to complete many of the next steps. The […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • sub-conscious

    Sub-Conscious

    Does your day ever go by so fast that you look back and wonder what you missed? Often in construction we miss getting a sub-contractor what they need to move the project forward. Conscious not to be confused with […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • Be My Valentine

    Be My Valentine?

    Remember the first grade Valentine’s day parties? It was required you bring a card for everyone in the class. Even at that formative age, giving a valentine to someone that might not be so sweet stirred emotions, as did […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • grieve-to-achieve

    Grieve to Achieve

    This past year was a particularly tough year for me losing four close family members including my dad.  Most people associate grieving strictly with death.  On the contrary death just tops the list of the many life events we [...]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • teddy-bear-bugatti

    The Teddy Bear behind the wheel of the Bugatti

    DiSC for Workplace Priority Scale for D Profile After many years now of administering the DiSC profile assessment to leaders in the construction industry we have discovered the majority of them profile with the Dominant (D) at the forefront. [...]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit - WOTC

    Employment-Based Tax Credits Are a Big Win for You and Job Seekers Alike

    By Shane M. Finn and Christopher Marrie With the cost of doing business constantly on the rise and as it becomes more difficult to find quality employees, there is no better time to pursue employment-based tax credits. There are […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • sexual harassment

    Don’t Let “Me Too” Become “My Business Too”

    As the calendar turns to 2018, there clearly is a renewed focus on sexual harassment in the workplace. Indeed, from the high profile cases coming out of our political arena in Washington, DC, to the outing of high profile [...]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • 2018 Hiring Helpers

    2018 Hiring Helpers

    Let’s start your year off with an assessment to see how you rate on preparing to hire for your company. The unemployment rate is down. Top performers are difficult to find and they are more likely to hire on […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Our Career Matchmaking team at Florida Construction Connection celebrates this holiday season with thankfulness to each person that chose to work with us for your hiring needs or right career match. We appreciate your ongoing gift of referrals and […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • Communication Successes

    Give the Gift of Communication – It Keeps on Giving

    As we gather for our year end festivities and express our gratitude for the people we work with, it is an excellent occasion to share the successes of the company with the team. In addition the end of the […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • furthering your education

    Give yourself and your career a gift this holiday season

    Many construction companies share the successes of the year by gifting employees with a cash gift or bonus during the holiday season. It is a token of appreciation for the hard work each person put in during the year. […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • Communication Success and Failures

    Grow Your Business with an Attitude of Gratitude

    As the year draws to a close, you are likely taking some time to review the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2017 as you plan for next year. Such introspection and planning is important to maintaining a […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • help veterans, veteran focused charities, veteran

    Combat Boots to Hardhats – What you can do to help our Veterans

    For a military member, the transition from their military career to a civilian career can be quite jarring. For many service members the only experience they have with an employer is what they have gained in the military, which […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • hire a veteran, veterans, veteran, construction, benefits

    Debunk the Myths – Hire a Veteran

    Veteran’s Day is one of the many times we are reminded to honor those who have served our country, to remember the sacrifices and hardships our service members faced in the line of duty. It is also one of […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • veterans, career advice, civil engineering, civilian career, construction

    Lost in Translation – How You Can Ease the Transition into a Civilian Career

    Within the fabric of the military structure, the Civil Engineering career field is the military’s equivalent to the construction industry. Civil engineering in our armed forces includes numerous sub-industries such as: electrical work, construction of roads and bridges, construction for […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • jobs, job, resume, hiring, recruiters

    FINDING A JOB CAN BE A JOB

    There are many factors today which affect your ability to find a job right for you and securing the position.  Let’s discuss some of those elements and address how you can increase your odds of going back to work. […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • natural disaster preparedness plan

    Don’t let a Natural Disaster take you by Surprise

    Natural disasters seem to be happening more often across the country. From the fires on the west coast and the hurricanes slamming the south east to the barrage of snowstorms we can expect as winter approaches, there will certainly be […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • construction-force-majeure

    Is your Contract Hurricane Ready?

    As we begin to near the end of what is potentially the costliest hurricane season on record, those affected are left thinking, what now? In the construction industry, this question can be particularly troublesome.  Hurricanes bring projects to a [...]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • Emergency Preparedness Plan

    Business Disaster Preparedness Plan

    As per HurricaneSafety.org, Hurricane Preparedness Plan does not end at home. An often over-looked segment of hurricane safety is the workplace. Whether or not you are an employee or an employer, it is essential to take proactive steps in […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • natural disaster

    What’s fair for time off before and after a natural disaster?

    When a natural disaster strikes there is often a significant amount of uncertainty regarding how to handle absenteeism related to the natural disaster. Before hurricane Irma slammed South Florida, many residents chose to evacuate the area rather than stay […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • contractors heroes

    Contractors- Heroes after Disaster Strikes

    Our neighborhood participates in a private social network called Nextdoor.  It has been fascinating to watch the different posts before and after IRMA made landfall and observing the differing attitudes among the posters regarding the contractors who answered the […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • the d personality

    Fearfully and Wonderfully Made – The D Personality Profile

    After many years of DiSC coaching, specifically for the Construction Industry, looking back there is a pattern with the majority of individuals we profile as a "D". D is known as a dominant profile, and those that do not [...]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • vulnerable trust

    Vulnerable Trust – Nothing to do with Stealing

    Patrick Lencioni, author of the top selling book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, describes the 5 dysfunctions of a team and uses a pyramid to show the levels: Absence of Trust Fear of Conflict Lack of Commitment Avoidance [...]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • behaviors

    The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team

    The Model introduces The Five Behaviors model in the context of a real team. It explains how the behaviors derive from The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, and describes how critical [...]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • everything DiSC

    Get to Know Everything DiSC

    So what is Everything DiSC? Everything DiSC is a simple,  powerful model of human behavior – helping you to understand yourself and others better. It's possible to have a stronger, more efficient work team, and  the DiSC model is the secret! DiSC has [...]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • contractor friend or foe

    Owner / Developer – Are You A Contractor Friend or Foe?

    It amazes me how many times a wealthy individual who is involved in financing a project will get into the minutiae of construction when they have a contractor working for them that is a practiced professional in construction. In […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • project-manage-people

    Do You Project Manage People?

    by Suzanne Breistol My husband John, President of a Real Estate Development firm, with a foundation in construction management, was coaching our talent acquisition team with me recently. We were discussing the different characteristics that make an estimator successful […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • interview-behaviour

    Interviewing for Behavior

    Many interviewers get caught up in what a person has been doing in their most recent position and never move beyond that.  They rule someone in or out based on assuming that person can’t, or won’t, be able to [...]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • Estimator Wiring

    Operational Leaders: Do You Understand Your Wiring vs the Wiring of an Estimator?

    Back in 2014, I wrote an article for ASPE National’s newsletter titled: Estimators, You’re on the Top Occupations List! The prediction by the US Department of Labor is that 40,000 new estimating jobs would be created in the construction industry [...]

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  • Estimating & Preconstruction

    The Estimating and/or Preconstruction Management Career Path – What is a day in the life?

    Estimating and preconstruction titles. They are used in crossover often, yet someone can work in preconstruction and not ever have prepared a detailed estimate before. Where did the crossover come in? The crossover came in when the majority of [...]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • construction senior estimator

    Estimators: You’re on the Top Occupations List!

    This article was published by Estimating Today on February 2014 Edition. To see full magazine, click here. In 2010, at the height of the recession, I was asked to do a presentation for ASPE (American Society of Professional Estimators) […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • wp_HR-construction-hiring

    HR and the Construction Hiring Process

    Having over 20 years of construction staffing, along with education, volunteer service and work experience in the construction industry, weeding through resumes is still challenging. I often say; some of the best candidates have the worst resumes and some […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • employer HR checklist

    Employer HR Check-up

    Yes or No Do I have someone in my organization that is responsible for Human Resources (HR), whether officially titled HR or not? If answered yes: Is this person responsible for keeping my organization staffed? Is this person responsible [...]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • Mentor and Leader

    Mentoring With Our Backs Turned

    Flash back 30 years or more in the construction industry and you will find that the majority of the individuals that started at that time had to, as it was called, “pay their dues”.   The interesting part about that […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • being mentored

    Three Steps Forward – To Mentor or Not

    Rarely within construction companies today do you see official written and followed mentoring programs. If you currently have a mentor or mentors that you communicate with on a regular basis, then you are fortunate.  You have probably already realized […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • featuredbook-mentoring101

    Featured Book: Mentoring 101 by John Maxwell

    Ask the best leaders in any organization how they learned to be successful, and you often hear the same answer: they had a good mentor. Mentoring 101 is a very short and practical read authored by a well-known expert on […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • easter-passover_wp

    Happy Passover & Happy Easter!

    Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is an eight-day spring holiday that celebrates the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. Easter, derived from Hebrew: פֶּסַח‎ Pesaḥ is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded [...]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • MoreVolume_blog

    More Volume Does Not Mean More Profit

    The DBIA, in a publication titled “ Design Build Done Right”  , define project delivery as “a comprehensive process including planning, design and construction required to execute and complete a building facility or other type of project.” Choosing a […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • BigVsSmall_blog

    Big Company, Big Project vs The Majority

    What size company do you feel is best for you to work with? Under 10 Million Under 10-25 Million 25-50 Million 50-100 Million 100+ Million How this question is answered often reflects someone’s perception of what a company doing […]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • BassContest_wp

    Contest Time!! →We Have a Winner!

    Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this contest a success! Congratulations Diana V., the winner of the $100 Bass Pro Shop Gift Card - Safety Poll contest! Here are the results of all your answers: Are you OSHA Certified?OSHA [...]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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  • 2017-03-welcomeAboard

    The Proof is in the Pudding

    We ask the question to every candidate we interview “What is the position/positions you are interested in pursuing?” Most candidates will check off a position such as Vice President and in addition many candidates experienced only in an entry [...]

    2 years ago, by flccadmin
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