News from the Construction Suppliers Association

June 13, 2018

What I Learned at Google -- Part 3

By Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

Jim Moody

For the past couple of issues, I’ve talked about things I learned during a roundtable visit to Google. I’ve focused on creating an environment that is welcoming to millennials, but during our visit, we also talked about general management.

The management that is attractive (and effective) with millennials is not particularly different from the management that works for Gen X (before millennials) or Gen Z (after millennials).

It won’t surprise you to know that Google employed its own analytics to help figure out the best management practices. Here are the behaviors Google distilled over the past 20 years.

Great managers:

  • Are good coaches. Rather than focusing on the punitive, good managers help those on their team perform well by coaching them toward their own personal and the team’s goals.
  • Empower teams and don’t micromanage.


Heat Stress Can Kill -- Know the Symptoms to Help Prevent Illness

By Michael Snider
CSA Regional Manager of Safety & Transportation

Michael Snider

Memorial weekend has come and gone, and I hope that everyone had a safe weekend with friends and family; honoring those that have given the ultimate sacrifice to our country. The Memorial Day holiday weekend is also known as the unofficial start of summer, as most children are now out of school and making the most of their time off.

Unfortunately for the majority of us, this means longer days in the exhausting hot summer heat. Temperatures in our region have already been nearing or exceeding the 100-degree mark, with no relief in sight. These temps partnered with high humidity can be extremely dangerous and even fatal to workers who spend a good portion of their shifts working in yards or inside unairconditioned facilities.

Additional attention must be paid to these seasonal hazards to keep your employees healthy while on the clock.


New Tax Law Changes Deductions for Moving, Mileage and Travel Expenses

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes changes to mileage, moving and travel expenses.

Standard Mileage Rates for 2018
The standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck for 2018 remain:

  • 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, a 1 cent increase from 2017.
  • 18 cents per mile driven for medical purposes, a 1 cent increase from 2017.
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations, which is set by statute and remains unchanged.

Click the link for more information on changes to moving and travel expenses.


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How to Survive When Catastrophe Strikes: Advice from a Survivor

By MeiMei Fox, Contributor

Valeria Quinones was 23 years old in 2016 when she decided to open a Pita Pit franchise in Puerto Rico. Founder Nelson Lang met and agreed to work with her.

Two years and two hurricanes later, Quinones had survived catastrophe and was able to open her business on April 6, 2018 in Old San Juan.

Working in extremely difficult circumstances has taught her many lessons. Here is her advice for overcoming adversity:


Do You Need Permission to Hire and Fire Because of Cultural Fit?

By Shari Harley
Candid Culture

  • He does great work but is really difficult to work with.”
  • “She produces great results at the expense of people.”

I hear these complaints all the time. I feel like people need permission to hire and fire because of fit. So here it is, it’s ok to hire and fire people you don’t like working with. You can find people who do great work and are nice to work with, and you deserve to have both.

Results are often considered more important than the seemingly "softer stuff," how people got those results. And it doesn’t feel legitimate to want to get rid of an employee who is unpleasant to work with. We question ourselves thinking, “Maybe it’s not that bad? Perhaps I’m being too sensitive?”

What if employees who are unpleasant to work with or don’t practice your organizational values, aren’t good employees?


Older Adults at Greatest Risk for Suicide

By Emily Gurnon, Next Avenue Contributor

Many associate suicide with young people, like troubled teens or twentysomethings who never quite got their lives off the ground.

In fact, it is much more common among older adults. According to new figures just released this week from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the highest rate of suicides in America is among people age 45 to 64. There were more than 232,000 suicides in this age group from 1999 to 2016.

Other factors make suicide attempts more likely to be fatal among older people, Van Orden says.


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