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  • 08.27.20

    Telepresence Reshaping the Workplace

    I recently read an article by Derek Thompson (2020) with The Atlantic, The Workforce Is About to Change Dramatically, in which he shares what economist David Autor and MIT’s Elisabeth Reynolds assert about the impact of “the rise of remote work—or what they call ‘telepresence’—[leading] to a more homebound life that creates less work for others.”

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  • 08.07.20

    Temperature Assessment Devices

    There has been increased interest in temperature assessment devices as part of an overall COVID-19 response plan as businesses begin to reopen.  There is some hesitancy in using these instruments because in part as the Federal Drug Administration notes in its article, Non-contact Temperature Assessment Devices During the COVID-19 Pandemic, “Some studies suggest that temperature measurements alone may miss more than half of infected people.”

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  • 07.17.20

    Feeling More Fatigued Lately

    I do not know about you, but I feel more bushed by the end of the day than I did before the pandemic forced a lot of us to telework from home. I maintain that this feeling of exhaustion comes from stress that is induced in part from feeling a general lack of control. In an article published by Psychology Today, its authors list common symptoms of stress:

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  • 06.26.20

    Employee Commitment

    In recent months given the COVID-19 pandemic, the result has been a staggering unemployment rate within a very short period of time.  This has resulted in greater fear of job insecurity and likely lower organizational commitment.  The type of commitment that an individual inherently feels toward the company can help determine the degree of success that an employee will have in their role and subsequent level of productivity the organization will yield.

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  • 06.04.20

    Nuclear Verdicts and Social Inflation

    Last July I wrote about the dangers and risk to a contractor’s business related to cellphone use and distracted driving. And now the litigious environment is getting more frightening as a trend toward nuclear verdicts--a verdict in excess of $10 million (or is considerably high as compared to the injuries and damages) continues to grow. 

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  • 05.08.20

    Raising Awareness About Suicide Prevention

    Referring to a male-dominated industry made up of tough people who do not talk about their feelings, Te-Ping Chen (2020) wrote in his March 11, 2020, Wall Street Journal article, Construction Industry Tackles Suicide, an Occupational Hazard, “Among occupations in the U.S., workers in construction and extraction face the highest rate of suicide, according to a January report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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  • 03.26.20

    Advocacy News

    The Science of COVID-19

    It seems that today it’s Coronavirus all day, every day, and that has been particularly true at PHCC. Just to add some fact to the issue, here are some science elements from a DHS Master Question List, plus others to consider.

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  • 03.04.20

    Coronavirus Considerations for Contractors

    As of this writing, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that there are 106 confirmed cases of U.S. citizens infected by what is called COVID-19, which stands for the year the coronavirus disease was discovered.  Contractors need to consider additional steps to protect employees to the extent they can.

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  • 01.17.19

    PHCC’s E.M. Duggan Named Contractor of the Year

    Congratulations to PHCC member company E.M. Duggan of Canton, Massachusetts, just named Contractor of the Year by CONTRACTOR magazine.

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  • 10.10.18

    Special Update: Bob Melko Passes Away

    It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our good friend, industry colleague and UAC Past Chair Bob Melko.

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