Every year, millions of Americans make resolutions for the New Year. Whether your goal in 2015 is to pay down debt, save more, lose weight, or start a business, there’s no better time to start than today. It’s also important for businesses of all sizes to take this opportunity to reflect on the successes and failures of the previous year and make resolutions of their own.
One industry that is important to a lot of our clients at Rent It Today is the construction industry. For those clients, we’ve pulled from a story from William Smyth of San Diego Source/The Daily Transcript which outlines a handful of resolutions for 2015 for those in that industry. Enjoy!
- Make safety a priority: According to Smyth, the construction industry is one of the “most dangerous and injury prone for workers” in the country. In 2015, Smyth says those in the industry should resolve “to stay abreast of current safety practices and regulations”, keep colleagues and employees informed of changes, take a refresher course on the kinds of behaviors that lead to accidents and injuries, and take the necessary steps to prevent those types of things from happening.
- Pursue advanced education: Smyth says that an “ongoing training in new technology, techniques, materials and codes is a vital part of being a qualified professional.”
- Develop the next generation of skilled craft professionals: As many skilled workers begin retiring, there is expected to be a serious shortage of skilled craft professionals in the near future. Smyth encourages industry leaders to “work together to find solutions and create career opportunities,” including apprenticeships and programs for schools and our youth.
- Stay connected, stay on top of trends: Smyth argues that “staying informed about construction trends and issues is crucial to being an effective business leader and preserving a positive economic climate.” He also advises workers to become active in industry professional organizations.
- Commit yourself to professionalism: Smyth says that “in order to succeed, you must demonstrate professionalism.” Make an effort to communicate effectively and respectively, be responsible and accountable, strive for excellence, act with integrity, use good problem solving skills and treat everyone with respect.