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Work Breakdown Structure From the Field

Construction jobsites are often unpredictable and impacted by daily changes. In order to reduce the impact of the
daily changes, an electrician needs to see the work ahead of them. This is the power of a comprehensive Work
Breakdown Structure (WBS). A WBS is a method to identify the necessary tasks that are needed to complete a specific job. The identification of tasks needs to be done by an electrician who is physically doing and leading the work (General Foreman or Foreman). To create a WBS, you bring the whole project team together to discuss and break down the project into small, manageable tasks. By writing down the individual tasks you will start to identify unanswered questions and potential risks. Once complete, the WBS can serve multiple functions. You can use it to accurately monitor job progress, real-world completion levels, and overall productivity to reduce the job risks and
predict and prevent upcoming obstacles.

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Getting Strategy Right: What Contractors Do Wrong and How to Fix it

Amidst ever-shrinking profits, increasing labor shortages, and decreasing productivity in the construction
industry, companies are trying to solve new problems with old strategies. Industry profitability for most
specialty contractors, including electrical companies, has consistently experienced 5-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) net income declines of 6.1 percent. A labor gap in the United States of 1.6 million workers, an aging workforce where more than half of its workers are over 45 years old, and a lack of interest for entrance from younger generations (43% said they would not enter construction irrespective of compensation) has increased costs and left companies unable to satisfy building demand.

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Build a Proactive Plan to Find Good Help!

I am tired of hearing contractors say they can’t find any good or trained help. When all they do is complain about their problems, they’ve decided to be negative and not develop positive solutions to their problems. I get calls and emails all the time from contractors asking how to find help. When people don’t apply, you can’t hire them. And when you don’t take out a help wanted ad, they won’t apply. And “yes,” it costs money and a proactive plan to recruit good people to work for your company!

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Why Come to IECCon?

There is no better feeling than that of independence. Having the knowledge is having the power to be independent.
IECCon is truly the place to get and keep that feeling. So come get connected and make some new lifelong friends at our biggest event of the year!

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IEC National President Testifies Before Congress on Labor Shortage

On Sept. 7, 2017, IEC National President Bruce Seilhammer testified before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access at a hearing titled, "Examining the Small Business Labor Market..."

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September 2017 Southeast Region Update

We are looking forward to joining you soon at IECCon17, October 25-28, in Phoenix, AZ, celebrating the 60th anniversary of IEC...

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Permanent Injunction Issued on Overtime Rule

Last week, a federal judge Texas struck down the Obama-era overtime rule...

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IEC Tells DOL to Rescind the Persuader Rule

IEC submitted comments in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s notice of proposed rulemaking to rescind the Obama administration’s persuader rule...

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IEC Testifies Before Congress on Labor Shortage

On September 7, IEC National President Bruce Seilhammer testified before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access at a hearing titled, “Examining the Small Business Labor Market...”

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Green is Good, Green With Prefab is Better

As an increasing number of owners and jurisdictions adopt or specify local, state, or international codes or standards in support of green building options, strategies to cost effectively conform become increasingly vital for your organization. From the standpoint of a building’s or facility’s total life-cycle cost and impact, sustainable, green, or living building design and construction can prove to be a viable option for lower total cost of ownership.

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