If you’re looking for some fresh perspectives on some of the construction industry’s most pressing topics, you might want to tune into the podcast series A Viewpoint on Construction. This podcast series, just six months old, has already tackled some of the biggest issues facing the construction industry, from mitigating safety risks and preventing suicide to the changing role of women in construction and wrangling compliance issues.
Here are five of the top episodes from this year. If you like what you hear, subscribe for new episodes.
1. Women in Construction – A Discussion on the Role Women Play
In this episode, Viewpoint speaks with Tara Harmon-Kramer, owner of Ri Ky Commercial Roofing & Construction Materials Broker, and Angie Simon, president of Western Allied Mechanical, Inc. on what it means to be a woman in construction leadership today. From how they broke into the industry to the challenges they’ve faced along the way, Harmon-Kramer and Simon have fantastic stories about how they’ve persevered and succeeded. Hear their takes on overcoming barriers in construction, tips for their fellow women in construction and why the industry needs more women in leadership roles.
2. Preventing Suicide in the Construction Industry
Viewpoint looks at the staggering numbers behind suicide in the United States, including the high rate in construction. Hear a moving discussion between our host and Patsy Dunn, CFP with Siteworks Design/Build. Dunn sits on the Executive Committee of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and runs the organization’s Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP) program. Dunn shares her own story of loss, breaks down the stigma behind suicide and mental health in construction and shares what companies can do to recognize employees in crisis and implement best practices to focus on mental health and suicide prevention.
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3. The Discipline of Effective Construction Compliance Management
Maintaining proper licensing, permits and compliance measures is the bitter pill that every above-board contractor needs to take. This can be a daunting challenge as confusion about different state and locale rules, complex filing and reporting procedures and more can easily make contractors’ heads spin. John Beck, director of market strategy at Harbor Compliance joins Viewpoint to discuss the compliance landscape, highlight what contractors — big and small — need to look for and what penalties organizations can face for lack of compliance. Compliance is an absolute must to protect the public from fly-by-night outfits and shoddy work but navigating compliance issues requires due diligence and attention. Beck provides food for thought on how to best approach compliance management.
4. Planning for the Future
Gregg Schoppman, principal and Florida consulting manager with construction consulting firm FMI joins Viewpoint to discuss effective succession planning. As the construction industry workforce evolves, older generations of leaders are turning over the business torch to younger generations. How well contractors manage this process can significantly impact both the short- and long-term success of the company. What many contractors don’t know is that effective succession planning is a five- to 10-year process. Hear real-world stories, best practices and what contractors should be doing to develop an effective succession planning game plan.
5. Building Toward a Safer Jobsite
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, three people out of every 100 are injured every day on the job in construction. In this episode, Viewpoint looks at how the construction industry is tackling safety challenges head on. Greg Sizemore, vice president of health, safety and workforce development with the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) joins the show to discuss programs and technologies that are working and where the industry still falls short. Sizemore discusses the need for more safety leadership, safety improvement steps contractors can take and why the biggest roadblocks contractors cite to drastically reducing safety incidents – time and money — are more than offset by the higher productivity levels and lower overhead that enhanced safety measures provide.