News from the Construction Suppliers Association

May 23, 2018

What I Learned at Google -- Part 2

By Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

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Last time I shared with you some of the insights on millennials that Google shared with one of our roundtables. What I didn't do was translate those truths into insight about how LBM companies can attract and keep millennials. So let's tackle that this week.

The first thing you have to do is accept who millennials are and adapt your management style and workplace policies to accommodate them. Yes, that can be frustrating. But choosing not to do that is going to make you a company that repels talent. Call me crazy, but that's not a recipe for business success. There are some easy ways you can adapt without selling your soul.


Immigration Webinar Scheduled for May 24

By Yeva Ducas
CSA Director of HR & Workforce Development

Yeva DucasYou still have time to register for the Immigration webinar scheduled for tomorrow, May 24.

I will host the webinar to help you navigate employment requirements and ensure you have your paperwork in shape. We'll be together for one hour, beginning at 1 p.m. EDT.

I will present information that will help you understand:

  • Form I-9 employment verification process
  • Best practices for completing and maintaining I-9 employee forms
  • Employment eligibility and antidiscrimination laws and regulations

The webinar is free for CSA members. Non-members are welcome to attend for the low rate of $79.

Although I will present the webinar, Katie Bodiford is organizing it. You might see Katie's name when you complete your registration.

If you have questions about this webinar or your I-9 process, please contact me at 470-512-1788 or [email protected].


What Should Happen When You Call Customer Support

By Pat Redd, Marketing Director
BASYS Processing

BASYS logoUnfortunately, in a world of automated phone systems and large call centers, getting the feeling that someone cares about you is not what usually happens when you call customer support. 

So, that begs the question:  What SHOULD happen when you call customer support?  Here is a peek…


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Oklahoma's Summer Fling Scheduled for June 1-3

Oklahoma Summer Fling LogoPlanning to attend the Oklahoma Summer Fling this year? Be sure to register today!

This event is a great way to meet for family time and networking with your industry peers in Oklahoma.The Fling is open to all CSA members.

The Summer Fling will be held June 1-3 at the Shangri-La Resort on Monkey Island, Okla., located on the shores of beautiful Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees.


4 Tips to  Ensure Your Company's Vacation Schedule Works

By Heather R. Huhman, Contributor

Summertime is coming, and small companies everywhere are feeling the heat. In fact, a 2017 survey of 400 employees by TSheets found that 30 percent of employees polled said they would take a vacation with their paid time off. Nearly the same number -- 28 percent -- said they'd use that time to spend with family.

If you have multiple employees taking PTO simultaneously, what do you do? In a word, "prepare."

When running a small company, having multiple employees leave on vacation simultaneously can be disruptive. However, preparing ahead of time as a means to ensure employees enjoy their time off leads to a successful summer for everyone.

With summer under way, here are four ways to handle your own company's vacation scheduling.


Your Business Doesn't Always Need to Change

By Andrea Coville and Paul B. Brown
Harvard Business Review

Evolve or die. If it ain’t broke, break it. If you don’t like change, you are going to like obsolescence even less.

By now, the idea that organizations must adapt in order to maintain both relevance and market share in a rapidly changing world is so ingrained that it’s been reduced to pithy sayings. And there are many organizations -- from Blockbuster to Kodak, print-only newspapers to pay-phone makers -- that no doubt wish they’d followed the advice.

But is constant adaptation always the best policy? Our research indicates it isn’t. Indeed, any company considering an adaptation initiative should first ask itself five questions:


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