More and more these days the answer to my questions seem to always involve the statement, “I got an app for that.” Once we go down this road, we spend 20 minutes or so looking at each other’s phones so I can download a new cool app. Somewhere in there I get the answer to my question. The plus is that I have a cool new app. Somewhere in the back of my mind though I have to question how dependent we are on “apps” and whether or not that is a good thing. Have these digital tools replaced a basic level of knowledge that we need in our profession to get work done? I wonder how this impacts safety in either a positive or negative way.
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MCA, Inc, and IEC have jointly prepared and distributed many articles in the past few years, and most of them focus on the shifting market and the demands that this places on business leaders. In addition to focusing on the business models and the business processes, we have to remain intently focused on the fact that our people have been and will continue to be the most critical component of our business success. It’s our people who serve our customers, keep our promises, and follow the processes that ensure our profitability and future existence. Recruiting is what we do to ensure that the people we have on deck for tomorrow continue to excel and bring our business new success. Recruiting is much more than running a few ads and filtering through the candidates; recruiting is the entire process of motivating people to want to be a part of your team. Effective recruiting is effective motivation, so it never ends.
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A smart lighting control solution helps decrease lighting energy use, meet building code, and enhance comfort and productivity to add value for both owners and tenants. This is essential for creating the right environment and optimizing performance in any building.
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In days past, one could find a trades program in almost every junior high/senior high school in America...
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For Midwest IEC, the past two years have been very exciting...
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Many companies are having difficulties recruiting and hiring skilled tradespeople in today’s market. Much of this is due to the “skills gap,” the gap between candidates’ skills/training and the requirements for certain jobs. Unfortunately, it’s a serious problem that shows few signs of improving. According to SkillsUSA, a national organization that provides career and technical education to more than 360,000 high school and college students, there are 5.6 million unfilled skilled jobs today. Of those jobs, 75 percent don’t require a four-year degree. That’s more than 4 million open U.S. jobs that do not require a traditional college education!
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IEC is looking to build upon the success of the 2017 PEF Patriot sponsorship campaign by boosting membership in 2018...
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Descend upon Capitol Hill, hear from an array of political speakers and get briefed on the issues critical to IEC...
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Congress’ short-term funding bill passed in January contained two tax provisions imposed by the Affordable Care Act...
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The Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion held its second meeting via web conference on Tuesday, February 6, 2018...
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