• Training a New HR Member to Work in Construction

    Working in the HR department of a construction company is a different ball game, even for experts who have spent years in HR roles. As a construction manager, you know best the importance of equipping new team members with the information and skills they need to succeed — and onboarding new HR staff is no different. Here are a few ...
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  • How the Opioid Crisis Impacts the Construction Industry

    Though many were already aware, a White House declaration in late October highlighted that the opioid addiction epidemic is a public health crisis. While the visibility of the issue is helpful, it is also important to note which industries are hit hardest by substance abuse, how to manage a realistic drug testing policy and what to do if employees ...
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  • What’s Your Job Distribution Strategy? - Part Two

    Have a Plan Well-written job ads have a lot of power, but that power can be diminished if the ads aren’t distributed effectively. Last week, BirdDogHR kicked off the two-part series on job distribution with tips for identifying an ideal candidate and embracing diversity as part of a strong strategy. This week we’re wrapping up with two more ...
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  • What’s Your Job Distribution Strategy? - Part One

    Know Your Options A job ad is only as strong as its distribution. Even if the job is fantastic, the description is strong and the benefits are desirable, if your job ad isn’t seen by the candidates that would actually be a good fit for the position, the whole effort could be counterproductive to your company’s success. When it comes to ...
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  • Leverage Social Media to Find Your Best Candidate

    It’s no secret that employers often check candidate’s social media prior to extending an offer. More people might be surprised to know that candidates are also checking in on their potential employers before they even apply. Social media has become a huge asset to companies when it comes to employer branding, and many companies are already using ...
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  • Why You Need to Make Time for Employee Reviews

    If your team is busy and accomplishing its goals, the last thing you want to do is disrupt the flow for an employee performance review meeting. But, if you put off performance reviews long enough you may find that your next meeting is triple the length, and your team member has many unattended problems to bring to your attention. 
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  • How Important is GPA for New Hires?

    Academic student success does not always translate to success in the working world, so why are two thirds of employers still looking at grade point averages (GPA) to assess whether someone will be a good hire?
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  • The Business Value of Exit Interviews

    The exit interview has long been a complicated element of human resources. When an employee chooses to leave the company, many employers want to know why they left, but often don’t know how to ask those questions in a way that results in honest, usable feedback. Soon-to-be-former employees can feel uncomfortable telling their employers why they ...
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  • Cold Hands, Warm Heart? Avoid Winter Safety Issues

    The colder months of the year come with their own safety concerns in the construction industry. Now that the warmest months of the year have passed along with a heightened risk of heat-related safety concerns, many feel as though the majority of their health risks have passed. This is a dangerous mindset to be in, as the colder months have ...
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  • More than the Numbers: Rethinking Performance Reviews

    In the past, the traditional performance review was effective for most industries. Business moved at a pace at which it made sense to conduct reviews only once or twice a year, but now that is not necessarily the case. In a world that evolves quickly, it is important to evaluate the performance review process so it does all it should, catching ...
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