Texas Swimming Pool Construction Report – October 2018

An HBW report based on the latest new swimming pool permits in Texas during the month of October 2018.

Texas New Swimming Pool Permits – October 2018

Last month, there were more than 1,315 swimming pool starts with a total construction value of nearly $68M in Texas.  Out of the four major metro areas reviewed (Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio), San Antonio rose to the top having the greatest total number of new swimming pool permits on file (475 permits) for the one-month period.  While the average value of new pool construction was steady and consistent across the board with Dallas, Houston and San Antonio averaging $45k-$54k, Austin had several higher value projects that bumped the area’s average value for new pool construction to an uncharacteristically high average of nearly $70k.  Here is a breakdown of the new swimming pool construction permits that were added to the HBW database for Texas last month:

San Antonio

As previously mentioned, San Antonio ranked #1 for total swimming pool starts last month.  With 475 new permits and a total construction value of approximately $21.8M, the average value of new pool construction was $45,868.  Out of the close to 100 active builders in San Antonio and surrounding areas last month, the following ranked as the top three for total new pool permits on file:

#1 Aragon Pools & Spas
#2 Pinnacle USA
#3 Aquadoc

 

Dallas

The Dallas metro area ranked second highest for total pool starts.  With 453 new pool permits and a total construction value in excess of $22M, the average value of new pool construction in the area was just over $49k.  Out of the nearly 160 active pool builders on file for the one-month period, the following ranked as the top three for total new permits:

#1 Riverbend Pools
#2 Gold Medal Pools
#3 Puryear Custom Pools

 

Houston

In Houston, there were 232 swimming pool starts with a total construction value of approximately $12.7M.  With an average value of $54,654, the Houston area ranked second highest for average value of construction for the one-month period.  Out of nearly 120 active builders in the Houston area last month, the following ranked as the top three for total new permits on file:

#1 Anthony & Sylvan Pools
#2 Cypress Custom Pools
#3 Premier Pools

 

Austin

While Austin held the fewest new pool permits for the month of October (156 permits – total value: $10.9M+), due to several higher value pool starts in the area, it ranked #1 for highest average value of construction (average value: $69,953).  Out of the approximately 70 active pool builders in the area for the month, the following ranked as the top three for total new pool permits:

#1 Cody Pools
#2 Anthony & Sylvan Pools
#3 Texas Pools & Patios

 

To gain more information on the pool builders and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

OSHA Update: New Final Rule on Crane Operator Certification Requirements

On Friday, October 9, 2018, OSHA announced a newly issued final rule on Crane Operator Certification Requirements.  In brief, OSHA’s standard for cranes and derricks in construction have been updated to clarify each employer’s duty to ensure the competency of crane operators through training, certification or licensing and evaluation.  As published on their website, the final rule makes the following changes:

  1. The provision that required different levels of certification based on the rated lifting capacity of equipment will be altered. While testing organizations are not required to issue certifications distinguished by rated capacities, they are permitted to do so, and it is up to employers as to whether they accept them or continue to rely on the certifications based on crane type alone.  This final rule removes the requirement that crane operator certifications include the crane’s rated lifting capacity, as OSHA determined that the capacity requirement for certification is not necessary to protect workers, and there is concern that a shortage of certified operators will disrupt the construction industry severely.
  2. Minimum Competency Requirements – The rule established a minimum requirement for deeming an operator as competent. While certification ensures an objective baseline of general knowledge of crane operation, it does not ensure that operators know how to operate a particular crane for a particular task. For this reason, OSHA is executing a requirement that employers assess the ability of their operators to run the cranes they will be using for the tasks to which they are assigned.

As with every new rule, there are a number of areas and details of which you should be aware.  Under the final rule, “critical lift” is permitted if the operator is certified and under the direction of a trainer.  When it comes to evaluations, the employer must ensure that each operator is qualified through demonstration of “skills and knowledge, as well as the ability to recognize and avert risk, necessary to operate the equipment safely…”  This evaluation must be done by a person who has the knowledge, training, and experience necessary to assess operators.  For those employees who are already employed by the company (prior to the effective date of the final rule), the employer is allowed to rely on its previous assessments and does not need to perform a new evaluation of the operator’s knowledge and skills.

Once an operator has passed an evaluation on one piece of equipment, the employer may allow that operator to operate different equipment without conducting another evaluation if the employer can demonstrate that operating that equipment would not require substantially different skills, knowledge or ability to recognize and avert risk. Evaluations must be documented and include the operator’s name, the evaluator’s name and signature, the date of the evaluation, and the make, model, and configuration of equipment used in the evaluation. The documentation of the evaluation must be available on the job site for as long as the operator is employed; electronic versions are accepted.

So, how does one ensure that their operator is meeting the requirements?  According to OSHA, an operator can meet certification requirements by obtaining certification from an accredited, third-party crane certification organization as described in paragraph (d) of the final rule. An employer can also comply with OSHA’s standard by developing an employer audited program and use this program to certify operators it employs. Additionally, operators can meet OSHA’s certification requirements by obtaining a state or local crane operator license that meets OSHA’s requirements.

While the final rule makes changes on requirements, it does not change who is covered by the cranes standard.  To learn more about the scope of the cranes standard, see 29 CFR 1926.1400.  The final rule will become effective on December 10, 2018, with the exception of the amendments to 29 CFR 1926.1427(a) and (f) (Evaluation and Documentation requirements), which will become effective February 7, 2019.  For more information, the details and full final rule can be found here: “Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualification”.

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Top Home Builders in Texas – October 2018

An HBW report on total permits and top home builders during the month of October 2018.

Last month, the Lone Star State experienced a month-over-month increase of 20% in new residential construction permits.  The combined total housing starts across the four major metro areas reviewed (Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio) led to 6,900 new residential construction permits with a total value close to $1.7 billion being added to the HBW database.  The region with the greatest number of housing starts for the one-month period was Houston (2,720 permits), and the area with the highest total value of construction was Dallas (total construction value: ~$778M).

When looking at leading builders by area, month after month D.R. Horton rises to the top for housing starts.  Last month, the mega builder ranked #1 in three metro areas (Houston, Dallas, Austin) out of four reviewed.  In San Antonio, Lennar Homes led for total permits, as well as ranked #2 in Houston and Dallas.  Here is a closer look at the top builders leading new residential construction last month by area:

Houston

With a 25% month-over-month increase in new residential construction, Houston ranked #1 for total housing starts, surpassing Dallas with approximately 2,720 new permits and a total construction value of $553.5M.

Out of the more than 350 active builders in the area last month, the “Top Builders” for total permits are as follows:

#1 D.R. Horton
#2 Lennar Homes
#3 K Hovnanian Homes
#4 Perry Homes
#5 KB Homes

 

Dallas

Dallas was not far behind Houston as it ranked second highest for housing starts.  Having experienced a 10% month-over-month increase in housing starts, there were just over 2,680 new residential construction permits with a total value close to $778M added to the HBW database for the area last month.

Out of the approximately 295 active builders in the area last month, the “Top Builders” for total permits are as follows:

#1 D.R. Horton
#2 Lennar Homes
#3 LGI Homes
#4 First Texas Homes
#5 Highland Homes

 

Austin

In Austin, there were 1,000 housing starts with a total value in excess of $250M last month, reflecting a 25% month-over-month increase.

Out of the approximately 120 active builders in the area last month, the “Top Builders” for total permits are as follows:

#1 D.R. Horton
#2 KB Homes
#3 Pulte Homes
#4 Taylor Morrison Homes
#5 Meritage Homes

 

San Antonio

Last month, there were approximately 490 housing starts on file with a total construction value close to $97M.  While San Antonio ranked lowest for total permits, new construction activity is ahead of the previous month (September) by a sizeable 16%.

Out of the more than 100 active builders in the area last month, the “Top Builders” for total permits are as follows:

#1 Lennar Homes
#2 Meritage Homes
#3 KB Homes
#4 Pulte Homes
#5 Bella Vista Cmi Ltd

 

To gain more information on the builders, homeowners and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

Florida Swimming Pool Construction Quarterly Report

An HBW report and review of swimming pool permits from January through September 2018

In comparison to last year, new swimming pool construction in Florida is just a slight pace slower through Q3-2018.  Across the Sunshine State, there has been a 2% year-over-year decrease in new swimming pool permits, resulting in approximately 17,940 new permits that were added to the HBW database.  While there has been a slight dip in new pool construction across the state, there are some areas that are leaping ahead and exhibiting significant growth.  For example, the northeastern region of Florida has been experiencing increases in swimming pool starts annually since 2014, and through Q3 of this year it ranks #1 for growth with a 16% year-over-year increase and nearly 1,820 new permits on file.

West Florida is another area that has been experiencing annual increases for the past five years, and this year it is already exhibiting a 7% year-over-year increase in pool starts.  Since January, more than 3,360 new pool permits have been added to the HBW database for the area.  The county with the highest concentration of pool starts in the western region is Hillsborough; with more than 1,144 new permits, Hillsborough has experienced a 14% year-over-year increase in new pool construction since the start of the year.

Looking to southeast, it appears to be the only other Florida region where new pool construction is climbing. Last year, the southeastern region experienced an annual decrease of 3% in pool permits, and this year new construction activity appears to be picking up.  Through the third quarter of this year, pool starts are up by 3% since last year, resulting in nearly 3,620 new permits on file. The two southeastern counties holding the highest concentration of new pool permits include Palm Beach County (1,280 permits) and Miami-Dade County (992 permits).

While areas like the southwestern portion of the state held the highest total number of swimming pool starts (4,113 permits) for the nine-month period, new pool construction appears to be on the decline.  Although pool construction has been gaining in the southwest for the past five years, through Q3-2018 the area has experienced a 13% year-over-year decrease in new pool permits.  Despite the overall drop in the region, counties including Charlotte (568 permits) and Sarasota (771 permits) are ahead of last year by 22% and 3% respectively.

Other areas experiencing a decline in pool construction so far this year include Central and Northeast Florida.  Both areas have experienced annual increases in new swimming pool permits since 2014 with a change in that upward pattern through Q3 of this year.  As of September 2018, Central Florida is 7% behind last year’s totals for new pool construction, having close to 3,220 new permits for the given period.  The northeastern portion of the state is just slightly behind last year with a 2% year-over-year decrease through Q3, resulting in approximately 1,810 new permits on file.  With such a small drop, the remainder of the year provides plenty of time for the construction patterns to catch up and be on par with last year.

To gain more information on the builders, homeowners and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

Florida Residential Construction Quarterly Review

A review of new residential construction permits in the HBW database for Florida through Q3-2018

New residential construction in Florida has been on a consistent climb for the past three years, and through the third quarter of this year, the pattern remains the same as the Sunshine State continues its annual climb with a 14% year-over-year increase in housing starts so far this year.  Through the third quarter, there have been more than 62,800 housing started throughout the six major regions reviewed (Central, West, Southeast, Southwest, Northeast and Northwest), and every area is reflecting healthy growth.

The area with the greatest total number of new residential construction permits on file for the 9-month period is West Florida.  Having experienced a 7% year-over-year increase in housing starts through Q3, there have been more than 13,050 new permits added to the HBW database for the area.

Next in line is the southwest region which ranked second highest for total housing starts through Q3.  New residential construction in Southwest Florida has reflected growth every year for the last five years, and this year is no exception.  Through the third quarter of this year, the southwest has experienced a noteworthy year-over-year increase of 21% in housing starts, resulting in more than 11,880 new permits added to the HBW database.

Looking at Central Florida which has had significant increases in new home construction for the last four years, housing starts have continued to increase, but the rate of growth appears to be slowing.  Since 2015, Central Florida has experienced annual increases ranging from 11% to 25%.  So far this year (thru Q3), the area is ahead of last year’s figures by a smaller margin (2%).  While slower, residential permits are still growing in the area each year, and through the third quarter of this year, there are already more than 11,500 new residential construction permits on file with HBW.

In the northeastern region of Florida, new home construction has been experiencing remarkable growth year after year, and the area is ranked #1 for rate of growth in housing starts so far this year.  Through Q3, there has been a 26% year-over-year increase in new residential construction permits in the northeast, resulting in more than 10,800 housing starts.  Additionally, the area is on track for surpassing permit totals for higher value construction (total value > $500k) by the end of this year.

When looking to the northwestern portion of the state, residential construction has been on the rise annually since 2015.  Through the third quarter of this year, the northwest reflects a 16% year-over-year increase in housing starts which resulted in approximately 8,160 new residential construction permits for the given period.

Another area that has been exemplary in growth is the southeast region.  Through Q3, the southeast is already ahead of last year by 22%, resulting in approximately 7,400 new residential construction permits on file.  It is also an area that is on our radar for higher value construction (construction value >$500k) and on target for surpassing higher value starts from last year.

To gain more information on the builders, homeowners and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

New Swimming Pool Construction is on a High in Texas

HBW Quarterly Report covering the latest on new pool construction permits in Texas through Q3-2018

After three years of a slow decline in pool construction in Texas, it looks like pool starts are on the rise.  Through the third quarter of this year, the four major metro areas of Texas (Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio) have experienced a combined year-over-year increase of 8% in pool starts, resulting in 6,560 new swimming pool permits on file with HBW.  Out of the four major metro areas reviewed, Austin has experienced the greatest boost in new pools, having a 24% year-over-year increase and approximately 720 new permits on file through the third quarter.  As far as the greatest total number of permits is concerned, Dallas landed on top.  Having experienced a 5% increase in swimming pool construction in comparison to last year, there were just about 3,385 new permits on file for Dallas so far this year.

While San Antonio had the lowest total number of swimming pool starts on file through Q3-2018, the area reflects significant gains in new pool construction.  Since the start of this year (thru September), there has been a 14% year-over-year increase in San Antonio pool construction, resulting in 540 permits for the 9-month period.

Another area worth noting when it comes to new swimming pools is Houston.  Over the last three years, swimming pool construction has been steadily declining, and as of the latest Q3 reports, that pattern has taken a turn for the better.  Through September of this year, Houston has experienced its first gains in pool construction since 2014.  With a 7% year-over-year increase, there were nearly 1,920 swimming pool starts in the Houston area through the third quarter of this year, and most of the new construction took place in Harris County (1,134 permits, +11%).

When looking at construction patterns from a county-by-county perspective, Harris County wasn’t the only one to make its mark.  In the Austin area, Travis County is ahead of last year’s figures by 25%; having 550 swimming pool starts through the third quarter, the majority of Austin’s new pool construction is taking place in Travis County.  In the Dallas area, the counties of Tarrant and Dallas are also ahead of last year.  Both areas are already displaying a 13% year-over-year increase in new pool permits having 880 permits and 782 permits on file with HBW respectively.

To gain more information on the pool builders and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

Texas Residential Construction Quarterly Report

A review of Texas residential construction permitting activity from January through September 2018.

New residential construction is climbing in Texas – Since the start of this year (thru September), there has been a 10% year-over-year increase in housing starts, resulting in nearly 60,000 new residential construction permits being added to the HBW database.  All major metro areas (Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio) are having a better year than last year when it comes to new home construction.  Leading the way for growth is Dallas with a 12% year-over-year increase in new residential construction starts which resulted in more than 20,700 new permits through Q3.

Houston was not far behind in growth; with a 9% year-over-year increase in new home construction, Houston stands out with the highest total number of housing starts for the 9-month period (24,534 permits).  The Houston-area county of Montgomery has been showing great potential over the last two years, exhibiting more than a 30% year-over-year increase in residential construction through the third quarter of this year.  When looking at higher concentrations of new construction activity, Harris County is a standout; more than half of all new permits originate from Harris, and so far this year the county has experienced more than a 6% year-over-year increase in housing starts, resulting in nearly 12,700 housing starts.

Next in line for both growth and total permits is Austin.  With an 8% year-over-year increase in housing starts, there were approximately 8,950 new residential construction permits on file for Austin through Q3-2018.  More than half of all new construction took place in Travis County (5,409 permits), while the greatest year-over-year increase in housing starts could be found in Williamson County (+15%).

Finally, we reviewed the permitting activity for San Antonio.  While the total number of housing starts is lower in San Antonio than other areas reviewed, San Antonio has experienced a notable increase in residential construction activity.  In comparison to last year, the area has experienced a 6% increase in new home construction, resulting in more than 5,700 new permits added to the HBW database.  The majority of housing starts took place in Bexar County (3,042 permits) where there was nearly a 25% year-over-year increase in new permitting activity across the county.

When reviewing higher value construction (greater than $500k), Dallas continues to be a leader as there have already been approximately 1,750 higher value housing starts in the area through Q3.  At this rate, the Dallas area is tracking to be just ahead of last year’s figures.  Houston is ranked second for total higher value permits having more than 820 higher value starts through the third quarter of this year, landing it ahead of last year in this value bracket as well.

To gain more information on the builders, homeowners and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

Atlanta Residential Construction Holds Steady through Q3-2018

HBW Quarterly Report – Building Activity Trend Report for New Residential Construction in Atlanta through Q3-2018

New residential construction through the third quarter of this year in the Metro Atlanta area is almost mirroring last year’s pattern.  From January through September of 2018, there have been approximately 18,550 housing starts, with the second quarter of the year holding the greatest amount of new construction activity (Q2 – 6,794 permits).  While the total number of starts is nearly on course with last year’s totals, certain counties are showing significant changes in construction patterns.  For example, Cobb County appears to be continuing its two-year growth pattern; in 2016, housing starts were up by 64%, and in 2017, the area had a 21% year-over-year boost in new home construction.  So far this year (through Q3), Cobb County is already exhibiting a 20% year-over-year increase in residential construction permits resulting in nearly 1,700 housing starts for the 9-month period.

Another county that has noteworthy activity in the residential market is Henry.  Located just about 28 miles South of the City of Atlanta, Henry County is the 8th most populated county in Georgia (source: Census.gov).  Over the last five years, annual increases in new residential construction have ranged from 17% to 50%.  So far this year, the area has experienced a 9% year-over-year increase in housing starts resulting in approximately 1,220 new residential construction permits added to the HBW database.

As far as higher concentrations of new permits are concerned, Gwinnett County ranked #1 through Q3 having 2,750 housing starts on file, reflecting a year-over-year decrease of 6%.  Next in line, Forsyth County ranked second highest for total permits through the third quarter of this year.  Currently on track with last year’s figures, Forsyth is holding steady in new home construction having approximately 1,930 housing starts so far this year (thru Q3-2018).

Other areas that had noticeable changes in construction patterns include the counties of Dekalb and Clayton.  Through Q3, Dekalb has exhibited a year-over-year decrease of 38% in new home construction that resulted in 870 new permits, a stark contrast to the four-year growth pattern that has been on record for the area since 2014.  While Clayton County broke its growth pattern in 2017 with an 11% drop in new home construction, this year the area has experienced an even greater drop in housing starts.  With a whopping 72% year-over-year decrease in residential construction permitting activity, Clayton is having a slow year to say the least.

When reviewing higher value construction (home value > $500k), Fulton County ranks #1 for total higher value housing starts so far this year.  Out of the 1,877 new residential construction permits in Fulton (thru Q3-2018), 14% (260 permits) of them were for higher value properties; at this rate, the area is expected to exceed last year’s figures by a small margin.

Information utilized for the above listed figures for metro Atlanta residential construction was directly derived from HBW construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

Atlanta Swimming Pool Construction Quarterly Update

Based on the latest swimming pool permit reports available for Atlanta, new swimming pool construction appears to be reaching a plateau this year.

When we think of taking a dip, we think of pools, and new pool construction in Atlanta has taken just that… a dip in its annual growth pattern.  While new swimming pools have been on the rise in the Metro Atlanta area for nearly five years, this year shows signs of it slowing down.  Through the third quarter of this year, new pool construction is just about neck and neck with last year, resulting in 1,768 new pool permits added to the HBW database; although there isn’t a significant difference in new construction from last year, it has certainly slowed in comparison to the 14%-18% annual increases occurring in recent years.

When taking a closer look at HBW’s Construction Activity Trend Report, the counties that hold the greatest concentration of new pool permits include: Fulton County (324 permits, +3%); Cobb County (238 permits, -3%); Cherokee County (162 permits, +1%).  In contrast, other counties in the Metro Atlanta area have experienced significant dips in new pool construction… While Forsyth County has reflected marked annual increases in pool starts as high as 42% in the last five years, this year pool construction in the area has experienced a considerable year-over-year decrease of 26%.

In favor of construction picking up before the end of the year, there are a handful of counties that are exhibiting consistent and high rates of growth in pool construction.  Counties including Walton, Paulding and Jackson have been on the lower side of the permit totals but on the higher side when it comes to identifiable growth patterns.  The County of Walton appears to be leaping out of its lull in pool construction having already experienced a 95% year-over-year increase in pool starts, and the counties of Paulding and Jackson are already ahead of last year’s figures by 30% and 33% respectively.

With just three short months remaining in 2018 and the popular season for pool construction being behind us, there is still enough time for new pool construction to pick up, but the probability is low.  This year may just be a plateau year for pool starts in the Atlanta area; that being stated, there are still plenty of new permits to peruse and use in the HBW database before the next batch and new totals come in during Q4.

To gain more information on the builders, homeowners and permits for the construction activity above, check out HBW for your copy of the latest construction data reports. To gain access to the HBW database and receive custom and detailed reports on the latest residential and commercial building activity in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, please contact HBW for details.

Making Productivity a Priority

Five tips for increasing your team’s productivity

There is no doubt that you are busy.  “Busy” has become the state of our work and personal lives, and thanks to technology, there seems to be no sign of this constant state of “busyness” stopping in the immediate future.  Unfortunately, being busy does not equate being productive, and often the two separate concepts become interchangeable and true productivity gets lost in shuffle.  In order to clear the haze and get you and your team on a direct path to productivity, here are five simple efforts you can make now to ensure that you are using your time, and team, wisely:

  1. Get on the Schedule – Time and time again, action items that do not get scheduled do not get done. As contractors, getting projects on the schedule is part of the process; after all, there is a contract in place.  While projects are designed to meet certain deadlines, other action items (especially those outside of the normal routine) have a tendency to get delayed if not on a schedule.  If you are not already using task management software, at the very least you should have a task list for tracking actions, assignments and due dates for everything from marketing campaigns to reporting.
  2. Press “Pause” – This one is a tough one for most of us but is truly essential for completing tasks. In order to be fully present and engaged in a project, you must block time aside for certain activities and priorities.  For this reason, you should find time to pause email, phones and devices for a specified period of time; this means that you hold calls and avoid checking your phone for the latest text or email that has come in.  Seems impossible, right? Just give it a try – You will be surprised by how much you can get done in one hour or more of uninterrupted time.  By making an effort to isolate certain time periods for certain tasks, you will be able to tackle projects with 100% effort instead of splitting your attention and energy several ways.
  3. Be Accountable – In order for scheduling (see #1) to be effective, you must hold everyone in your company accountable. If someone is assigned to a particular task and due date, there needs to be follow up or a system for reporting that will hold them accountable.  When a task isn’t completed, it is less often about laziness and more about a lack of system or organization.  Everyone can easily be sidetracked with too many action items, and by having a clear and solid system for reporting and accountability in place, priorities and expectations can be transparent and easily managed.
  4. Set Realistic Goals – It is perfectly acceptable to “dream big”, but when it comes to setting goals, you will want to be sure that they are realistic and attainable. High level goals are important for setting the long-term vision, but to reach them, smaller steps and goals should be in place.  Too often, long-term goals will not be broken down into stages, and this can lead to frustrated, unfocused and unproductive team members.
  5. Give Rewards and Incentives – While a more organized team with schedules and realistic goals will certainly be more productive, incentives will sweeten the deal and make the ride more enjoyable. By rewarding team members and showing your appreciation for their achievements (even the small ones), you can provide the encouragement and positive reinforcement necessary to build team morale and make productivity a habit rather than an effort.

 

For more information on construction business and marketing tips, stay connected with the HBW Blog.  To get ahead of construction activity and gain access to the latest permitting data in Florida, Texas, Georgia, Alabama and Oklahoma, contact HBW for more information on construction data reports and industry leads.