Message from the EVP

  • 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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  • 04.24.20

    COVID Recovery Efforts

    Many of the personal hygiene and medical protocols needed to ultimately eradicate this disease takes for granted the availability the heating and cooling of water, and maintaining healthy temperatures and humidity of controlled air.

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  • 04.09.20

    Coronavirus Creating a New Leadership Role

    Napoleon once described a leader as “a dealer in hope.” I think, however, that people are the true dealers in hope who can often inspire leaders to show the way toward a vision. During this difficult time, I would suggest that leaders must now effectively lead a group of people through virtual synergistic efforts and create new and enriched processes for achieving excellence whilst making their lives more satisfying and meaningful despite being locked down and teleworking from home. 

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  • 03.13.20

    Coronavirus Guidelines from PHCC—National Association

    We are all concerned with the potential for conditions to worsen. It is vitally important that PHCC members take the appropriate steps to reduce the impact of the outbreak on your business, workers, customers and the public.

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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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