Why Business Travel Isn’t Just a “Perk”

For those people who have never travelled on business for a large company, at face value, this looks like something of a gravy train.When you are standing in lengthy queues for airport taxis at the end of your holiday, it can sometimes be easy to drift into a little resentment when you see those luxury limousines cruising up for business people to step seemingly effortlessly into as soon as they walk out of the terminal doors.If you are also sitting in an aircraft in what is sometimes uncharitably called “Cattle Class” and catch a glimpse through the curtains of those in Business Class, then once again your resentment can rise to the surface.Of course, it’s all perfectly understandable and many of us would admit to having experienced it. Yet before we run away with the idea that this is all about corporate excess, it’s worth taking some of the balancing factors into consideration.

Unlike when travelling for personal reasons such as holidays, business people are often expected to work while they are in transit. It’s commonplace for them to have major papers to produce or presentations to construct on their laptops while they are actually in mid-air or sitting in the back of one of those luxury limousines.

Anyone who has travelled on business will tell you that it is a fundamentally different psychological experience to personal travel. It’s extremely tiring and stressful and does not signify either the start or end of a pleasurable holiday.

Significant numbers of business travellers are forced to travel frequently. Although it’s hard to believe, the novelty of travel very quickly wears off and it can be tedious and draining when repeated regularly.

Companies don’t look for limousines to hire because they like to pamper their employees or win popularity contests. They do so because time is money and having expensive personnel doing nothing as they stand in lengthy queues waiting for buses and taxis just isn’t in the shareholders’ best interests. So, using a luxury limousine for an airport transfer is actually cost-beneficial for the company concerned.

Most business travellers, when they are travelling nationally or internationally, really don’t get much, if any, time to enjoy themselves and see the sights at their destination. One office or hotel room looks very much like any other all around the globe. It’s perfectly possible to fly very regularly to an overseas destination on business and never actually get to see anything of it other than an office and a sterile hotel room.

Finally, don’t let’s forget the severe disruption on personal lives that arises when people are forced to travel on business and particularly where they do so regularly. Partners, spouses and families can be significantly inconvenienced and as a result, additional stresses and strains can be placed on all concerned.
Okay, nobody is forcing the vast majority of business people to travel and they are presumably, at least for the most part, doing a job they enjoy. So, you don’t have to shed too many tears for them either!Even so, don’t assume that every time you see a luxury limousine collection at the airport or at an office complex, that it signifies the worst excesses of capitalism. It might be far more practical than that.

Decrease Your Costs of Hiring New Employees in the Construction Industry

Two primary costs of hiring new employees in the construction industry are advertising and training.Time and resources in advertising. It isn’t just the cost of placing an ad. It is the time it takes to weed through hundreds of applications to find a handful of truly qualified applicants. Then, the time it takes to arrange interviews and testing, check references, and make an offer. All of this takes time. Time is money.Time and resources in training and retaining. Once new employees are hired, construction managers must turn their attention to retention. A recent practice since the construction industry started to struggle for skilled labor been poaching. Project managers who are desperate to fill positions in a short time frame travel to competitor sites and offer slightly more money to lure away competitors’ workers. It is not an ethical approach to hiring, but it has eased the burden or advertising for some employers. This means you’ve wasted time hiring and training an employee who may not be with you for long.The U.S. recession and the resulting housing market crisis of 2008 shifted the dynamic of the construction industry. What had been a robust market filled with many skilled laborers turned to deserted projects. Skilled workers waited for a quick, strong comeback that did not seem to come. Weary of waiting for a turnaround and faced increasing needs for survival income, many of them abandoned the industry for other pursuits. In the years from 2007 to 2011, the industry lost nearly 2.2 million workers.According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 1.2 million jobs have been made available because of the housing market exodus. This high demand, low supply of skilled labor has made it hard for employers to control construction labor costs.Construction employers and industrial project managers who want to lure workers back to building sites have had to find creative ways to reach skilled workers. Many have relied on traditional job advertisements in local newspapers and online job banks. But these tactics end up being a time and resource drain on employers with a steady influx of unqualified applicants. This dwindling of precious time is the reason you need to work with a labor staffing agency to help you manage construction labor cost. How much is your time worth?With construction staffing agencies many hiring expenses are contained. Companies who rely on these specialized services receive the benefit of an integrated hiring process that delivers skilled, experience workers. Much of the guesswork that appears during hiring is removed.Why should you work with an agency?They can remove your hiring costs and hassles
They can minimize your Workers’ Comp exposure
They can control your health care and benefits costs
They can reduce your unemployment insurance costs
They can maximize workforce productivity
They can manage the financial impact of new labor legislationIt takes to run a successful business in today’s world. Working with an experienced staffing agency can move you down the path toward a successful business without all the administrative concerns. Look for an agency that will provide: A proven source for all your employee administrative needs
HR, Payroll, Risk Management and Payroll issues
Access to top-tier benefits and a 401k with company match
Offer health, dental, even vision
Staff your jobs with qualified, quality peopleHiring talented, temporary skilled workers is a big investment for contractors. Keeping these quick tips in mind will help you choose the best staffing agency giving you more time to reach your construction goals.

Decline in Commercial Construction Industry Endangering Specialty Contractors

The last few years have been anything but kind to the commercial construction industry, especially the Specialty Contractors they employ. Specialty Contractors are being forced to re-evaluate and modify everyday operations to adjust to the volatile economic market that is threatening their demand.Opportunities are few and far between these days, and every opportunity, big or small must be considered. For the majority of commercial construction companies, their futures appear murky, at best. Businesses that have been opened decades long are most concerned of the looming future of the employment of Specialty Workers.Through desperate efforts to stay in business, contractors are forced to take uncharacteristic jobs and must now scramble to stay competitive and profitable. Plenty of contractors have to cut their staff in half, or more, to merely survive. Even worse, several sectors of commercial industries are still in the midst of a downward spiral. A commercial construction stand still is often the best case scenario for some struggling businesses.Timelines, deadlines, and budgets are all shrinking. Stress is more palpable, the workload is more demanding, and the competition more fierce than ever. Like all industries, success is measured by supply and demand. Right now there is just no demand for specialty contractors in commercial construction.For example, Las Vegas and its commercial construction commitments in the last few years have been severely affected by the commercial construction drought. At one point they were building as far as the eye could see, littering the strip with hotels, shops, restaurants, casinos.With the huge lack of demand and vulnerable economy, the projects have only created thousands of square feet of vacant space. Commercial vacancies which include office space, retail space, etc., are all experiencing record highs. Las Vegas’ surplus of commercial space is so large that some predict the next project won’t take place for another decade.Credit issues are another factor endangering specialty contractors. The criteria necessary for approval for large credit lines has become much more stringent and has proven to be a huge obstacle. Less credit approvals contribute to the decline in commercial construction and payment for work is significantly more challenging to collect. Combine the lack of demand with a volatile economy, and then compound that with the mounting credit issues. Most will be confronted with the grim reality of the challenges the industry will face to recover for years to come.Many specialty contractors are coping by trying to be more aggressive and pursuing every possible lead or bid. Now their goals are just trying to maintain a workload to keep employees busy.If anything positive emerged from the declining commercial construction industry, it yielded plenty of experienced, qualified specialty contractors enthusiastic to work. The few that are afforded the luxury should take advantage of each opportunity and maximize efforts by creating a strong sustainable team for success.The decline in commercial construction is seriously endangering specialty contractors and their livelihood. With each project that launches, it is more vital than ever to hire valuable, productive, and efficient specialty contractors. This is not going to be an easy recovery and the current state of the industry is not indicative of a rapid growth or rebuilding period. The goal at hand should be how to survive the next few years to make it to the other side of this commercial construction recession. Adaptability is key, and may be the determining factor that keeps business doors open. Those who are willing to sacrifice and adapt will survive.