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Getting your new hires up to speed

My company's new project supervisor is struggling to keep jobs on track. I hired him because I thought his learning curve would be fairly low. How can I help him to quickly get up to speed with what my business needs? More

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Creating a successful work environment

In 1987, John Abrams converted South Mountain Company, the small Martha's Vineyard construction company he co-founded in 1975, to a worker-owner cooperative corporation. He and two trusted company foreman became the original three owners, with eight employees in line for ownership; today, more than half of the company's 30 employees are owners. More

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Face-Off: Track or Trust?

Here's a look at how six people monitor the time their workers put in. More

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Mastering the Crucial Handoff to Production

If your design/sales/estimating team doesn't deliver a complete package to production, you're bound to lose profit through lack of information. Here's how five design/build contractors shuttle job particulars from sales to production. More

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Big 50: Movers and Shakers

An incentive bonus program, which divides the money from jobs that come in under bid between the owner, company, estimator, foreman, and production manager, keeps the jobs profitable. More

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