News from the Construction Suppliers Association

August 9, 2017

Here's a Trick that Made One Dealer's Recruiting More Effective

Jim MoodyBy Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

I was talking to a member the other day, and the conversation eventually turned to people. Almost every conversation I have with members these days eventually turns to people. It used to be health insurance, but I guess everyone figures there’s no good solution, so we’ve stopped talking about it so much.

So this member told me something I found interesting, and it made me happy.

He said he’d had a hard time recruiting new employees for some time, and of course that doesn’t make him unique. But he said recently he’d had more success.


Confronting Hiring Challenges? Join the New HR Roundtable Launching This Fall

Managing today's workforce requires new tools and perspectives on the task. How can CSA help as you begin this transformation? Have your HR/Personnel staff join the HR Roundtable. The inaugural meeting will be this fall, and the roundtable will meet twice a year going forward.

As part of the roundtable, your staff members will learn about HR Best Practices from industry experts and have the opportunity to share and learn from their peers. Don’t miss out on this meaningful opportunity that couples an educational component with the chance to build relationships with people who do the same thing you do.

Click here for more information and to let us know you're interested by August 31, 2017.

2017 Pre-Conference Course

Register Now for the New Advanced Estimating Workshop

CSA's new Advanced Estimating Workshop is designed to provide a better understanding of residential framing, as well as to increase efficiency in completing material estimates for its participants. This class, developed with the input of contractor sales and estimating personnel, will go beyond basic house design and focus on the difficult areas of completing framing take-offs. It is scheduled as a pre-conference course at the CSA Annual Conference & Expo.

Who Should Attend?
Personnel familiar with residential construction methods and fundamental material take-off concepts. This course is not for those just learning estimating skills, but it will take your experienced staff members to the next level.

Where? The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
When? September 12-13
Cost? $450 for CSA members


2017 CSA Annual Conference & Expo

Don't Wait! Registration Deadlines are Approaching Rapidly

The registration cut-off for all educational, social and sporting activities at the CSA Annual Conference & Expo is coming up soon on Aug. 18.

The CSA hotel room block will close on Aug. 22. You should act now to reserve your room.

We expect a great turn out at the conference. You don't want to miss it -- Register Now!


Pay New Hires for Onboarding Prior to Their Start Date?

Federated LogoQuestion: We will soon be implementing pre-employment online onboarding. As such, individuals who have accepted an offer for employment, but are not yet employed, will complete pre-employment paperwork, including I-9, W-4, etc, on a one-time basis. They will also familiarize themselves with a few select policies.

The paperwork is not burdensome. They can complete the paperwork on their own time at home and at any time prior to their first day.

The paperwork is not part of the worker's assigned duties. Do the soon-to-be-employees need to be compensated for the time it takes for them to complete the paperwork? 


3 Tips for Keeping Confidential Information Just That -- Confidential

By Adam Levy, Guest Writer
CEO, Magnet Solutions Group

According to Dell's "End-User Security survey," almost three out of four employees polled said they were "willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information." Now, that's a lot of employees.

But no business owner I know wants his or her company's information leaked, so defining "confidential information" to employees, and making sure the meaning is clear, is crucial.

"Confidential" means information that could harm a business if outsiders discovered it. And, today, of course, most of this information is stored and transmitted digitally. In some industries, such as health care, this confidentiality is legally defined, and new employees coming on board might have to sign an agreement promising not to disclose it.

In other industries, "confidential information" is more of a gray area; it could be certain customer information at a professional services firm or production processes in manufacturing.  READ MORE

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