News from the Construction Suppliers Association

April 10, 2019

Lessons I Learned from a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year

Jim Moody PhotoBy Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

Over the course of a career, you’ll have some good years and some bad years. Every so often, one stands out as exceptionally good. Unfortunately the same is true for exceptionally bad years. Last year was, (hopefully) the worst year of my career.

The specifics of why that’s the case are not particularly important in the context of this column. And, since some of it involves personnel, it would be inappropriate for me to go into detail anyway. Instead, I’d like to spend our time together today sharing with you some lessons I learned during my annus horribilis. (Apparently that means “horrible year” in Latin which sounds much more eloquent than the English translation.)


It's Time for HR Spring Cleaning

Yeva Clark photoBy Yeva Clark, SHRM-CP
CSA Director of HR & Workforce Development

Spring is my favorite season, but the pollen always prompts a spring-cleaning frenzy. As I look forward, I realize there is a lot of “cleaning up” CSA members can do as well. I see many HR changes coming, and now is a great time to get ready for them.


Effective Interviewing Webinar Scheduled for May

Yeva Clark, CSA's Director of HR and Workforce Development, will present a webinar on May 23 at 1 p.m. EDT (2 p.m. CDT). The webinar will provide an overview of effective interviewing.

After attending this webinar, you will have a solid understanding of:

  • Laws that pertain to interview questions
  • What to ask and what not to ask
  • Volunteered information
  • Consistency
  • How to prepare for and conduct an interview

Yeva will present the webinar, but you might see Katie's name on the confirmation since she's organizing it. We look forward to having you join us!


Stay Bonuses: Incentives to Help Retain Key Employees After Owner's Death

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The unexpected loss of an owner is a big shock to a business. The sudden change can cause a ripple effect that threatens the entire organization. Some forethought might help avoid uncertainty in business succession while satisfying the owner’s wishes.

Take the following example: Bob is the third generation to run his family business. His son and daughter, who he hopes will be the fourth generation, are active in the business, but neither have all the necessary skills to take over and successfully run the business if Bob should die suddenly. There are three key employees who could keep the business successful until the children are ready to take over. The employees know Bob wants his children to take over and have no designs on ownership themselves.

Bob is concerned that they might not want to stay if he dies.


2019 Georgia Legislative Session -- Final Update

By Katie Base Roberts
Director of Governmental Affairs
Fiveash Stanley, Inc.

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Legislature Adjourns
At the stroke of midnight on April 2, the General Assembly concluded the 2019 session.  The Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House gaveled the session to a close concurrently as legislators, their family and staff members tossed homemade confetti around the chambers.

Governor Brian Kemp now has forty days to review and act on the bills that passed the legislature.  Those that did not make it to the Governor remain eligible for consideration again in the 2020 General Assembly.


Why Talented People Don't Use Their Strengths

By Whitney Johnson
Harvard Business Review

If you watched the Super Bowl a few months ago, you probably saw the coaches talking to each other over headsets during the game. What you didn’t know is that during the 2016 season, the NFL made major league-wide improvements to its radio frequency technology. This was a development led by John Cave, VP of football technology. It’s been incredibly helpful to the coaches. But it might never have been built, or at least Cave wouldn’t have built it, had it not been for his boss, Michelle McKenna-Doyle, CIO of the NFL.

When McKenna-Doyle was hired, she observed that a number of her people were struggling, but not because they weren’t talented — because they weren’t in roles suited to their strengths. After doing a deep analysis, she started having people switch jobs. For many, this reshuffling was initially unwelcome and downright uncomfortable. Such was the case with Cave.


Are You Overdosing on Caffeine?

By Michael Easter

When I gave up caffeine, the first day was like a scene out of Trainspotting. Picture a grown man balled up on the couch, sweating in November, on the cusp of vomiting, head split right in two. Then a low-grade headache that lasted for a week set in.

But I was also sleeping sounder and longer, and, despite a few mornings with a serious coffee craving, I felt better. I didn’t have as much of an afternoon slump, and I was less irritable—I was using my car horn less, and I didn’t feel as annoyed by things not going exactly how I planned. Within a few weeks, I’d lost four pounds. I’ve been off the stuff ever since.

Caffeine can indeed be a great thing, but it can also work against you. Your experience with the drug depends on your biology and how much of it you take in.


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