This podcast from Builders Mutual discusses trends and real-life events impacting construction job-sites today. Lively roundtable conversations feature a variety of engaging industry experts, from contractors and vendors to our own risk management consultants.
Host: Mike Gerber, COO, Builders Mutual
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This special broadcast of Building Progress is from the floor of the 2020 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. We talk with a variety of professionals about the diverse career paths available within the industry. We also chatted with students who participated in the NAHB student competition, hearing their fresh perspective on how and why this industry is providing a bright future for each of them.
“I’m currently sitting on multiple job offers, still comparing them before I make a decision.”
Clemson student, Class of 2020
Customer experience matters
This episode of Building Progress takes us to Nashville, Tennessee, shortly after the devastating tornadoes in early March. There, we spoke with two long-time customers, Goodall Homes and Cygnus Construction, as well as their agents. We discussed how the storm impacted their businesses, visited the devastated sites, and learned how the response from Builders Mutual affected the recovery experience.
“The first thing (Builders Mutual) asked was, ‘How’s your family? Are you all good?’ I really appreciated that.” ~Rich Pankow, Goodall Homes, Nashville, TN
Before COVID-19 became the top public health crisis in our country, opioid abuse and addiction dominated the headlines. Sadly, the construction industry is affected by opioids at a significantly higher rate than the general population. Now, with mandated social isolation of the pandemic further increasing the risks for addiction and overdose, this edition of Building Progress couldn’t be more relevant and timely. Here, Tina Hill, director of workers' compensation claims at Builder's Mutual and David Jaffe, VP legal advocacy with the national association of home builders, address the growing opioid crisis head on.
Growing opportunities to thrive.
Currently, women represent about 9% of the overall construction workforce—and this number is on the rise. At some job-sites, the male-to-female ratio is as high as 2:1. On this episode of Building Progress, you’ll hear straight talk about this demographic shift from two women in the industry: Judy Dinelle from 84 Lumber and Tara LeDuc from Builders Mutual. We’ll discuss the benefits of adding more women in construction and look at ways women can get involved in the industry.
“Women are poised to meet the need and the (industry’s labor) needs, and I encourage women to be part of these groundbreaking opportunities. You can start out by swinging a hammer and eventually own the construction company if you want. Be a role model and make a difference.” ~ Tara LeDuc
Employment tips to combat the labor shortage.
About 80% of construction firms can’t find the labor they need (ACG 2019). Combating the challenging labor shortage is our topic for this episode of Building Progress. Michele Hemric, an HR expert from Builder Mutual, along with Gary Embler from Niblock Homes, will be providing creative ideas for attracting—and keeping—good employees in this competitive job market.
“Creating a positive culture is key. Do your employees love coming to work, and do you love having them there?” ~ Michele Hemric
Guardrail safety on today’s construction job-site.
This episode of Building Progress focuses on an important yet overlooked safety practice: putting up guardrails. It takes just two minutes to install a guardrail, but the result can be the difference between life and death. Guests Andrew Hilliard, owner of SafetyMaker, and Sean Purcell, risk management technical manager with Builders Mutual, discuss why guardrail safety is so vital, and they address ways to empower construction workers to ensure their job-sites are safe for everyone.
“We all share the responsibly, so act on the safety issue that you see. It’s not just your life that you may save. It may also be somebody else’s." ~ Sean Purcell