I had the opportunity to sit in on a recent webinar we presented with FMI. The webinar, “Understanding Today’s Workforce,” discussed some of the emerging trends and best practices with the ever-changing labor force in the construction industry. Jeremy Brown, the presenter and a longtime consultant with FMI, noted there was an underlying theme for the future of the construction industry workforce – millennials are moving in and that the construction industry had better be ready to meet their needs.
The other day, gifted with a rare bit of free time, I decided to visit one of my favorite websites, ESPN.com, and catch up on spring training baseball news. I was met with a brand new site design that was far different to the ESPN I had been used to. My first, natural instinct was annoyance, as the routine navigation paths I formerly relied on were now all different. I had to take a few more moments of my time and re-learn this new site. Quickly though, I found this new design was not just better-looking, it was more functional as well. In the end, I realized significantly more content and enjoyment out of the new site.
There are many reasons to take pride in being part of the construction industry. Ours is an industry that builds wealth and a better standard of living by actually creating something, not just through creative finance. We build and service tangible, practical, and necessary structures and infrastructure. A contractor and everyone working with them on a project can point to that project after completion and say “We did that.” And it is usually something that lasts.
Sometimes, even a bad situation can cast a positive light on just how far technology has helped us simplify our daily lives.
Technology gets a bad reputation at times with the constant connection to the Internet with smart phones, tablets and other devices. Some argue that technology has taken away the “personal touch” of communication. Since I am in the technology industry, I feel that I have to defend all these new technologies in the face of older, sometimes more trusted methods of communicating.
It’s that time of year again here at Dexter + Chaney. The dogwoods are blooming, the mountain snows (what little we had this year) are melting, training staff are giving practice presentations in our training room, account managers are calling through their client lists, and the marketing team is drinking extra coffee. It must be time for our annual Users’ Conference.