News from the Construction Suppliers Association

July 26, 2017

HRM vs. Personnel Management: Why You Should Shift to HRM

Yeva DucasBy Yeva Ducas, SHRM-CP
CSA Director of Workforce Development

Thanks for all the calls in the past few weeks about HR and compliance. I'm thrilled to work with each of you to develop your HR initiatives through CSA’s new Workforce Development Program. How exciting!

But why exactly are we doing this? Most of you have personnel who handle HR-related tasks, but there is a big difference between Personnel Management and Human Resources Management. As your companies continue to grow, it is vital to shift your HR strategy away from Personnel Management and toward a more strategic HRM approach.

What exactly are the differences between Personnel Management and HRM?

Personnel Management takes a traditional approach to managing a workforce. It is a routine function that views workers as tools or inputs used to achieve desired outputs. It is primarily administrative and is concerned with recordkeeping, as well as establishing rules, policies and procedures.  READ MORE

Happy 125th Anniversary Buettner Brothers Lumber Company!

Buettner Brothers Lumber Company -- Owners Past & PresentFourth generation owners John McPhillips (l) and Jimmy Barnes (r) share the spotlight during their 125th anniversary with the last surviving third generation owner, Richard Buettner.


In a world where eight out of 10 new businesses fail within their first 18 months, it's an inspiration to celebrate a company that boasts four generations offamily ownership and 125 years in business. Buettner Brothers Lumber Company in Cullman, Ala., is celebrating its 125th anniversary this summer.

Jimmy Barnes and John McPhillips are the fourth-generation owners of Buettner Brothers, and they credit both the company's flexibility in its product line and outstanding customer service for their longevity.

The company, founded in 1892 by Hugo Buettner, originally sold chicken coops, turkey coops and beehives made in the barn behind Mr. Buettner's home. Beer barrels were another fast-moving item, serving the breweries and saloons in the area.  READ MORE

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.

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


Don't Wait! Annual Conference & Expo Pre-Registration Ends Aug. 18

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!


How to Use Trusts to Plan Family Succession

Federated LogoThe goal of most parents is to see that their children and grandchildren succeed. As long as the parents are alive, they can help their children as needed. But what if the parents die?

Family succession planning involves helping the next generation succeed by properly protecting their assets and incenting the type of behavior parents find appropriate. This can effectively be done using one or more forms of trusts. READ MORE

4 Ways to Handle Employee Summer Vacation Requests

By Pridestaff North Dallas

Summer is here, and your employees want to be anywhere but the office. It’s the most popular vacation season of the year, so your team is eager to get out of town with family and friends. As a kind and caring employer, you want them to have fun and enjoy life, but you also need to keep your business up and running.

Balancing a high volume of vacation requests is challenging, but you can do it. Follow these tips to give your employees the time off they deserve, without sacrificing productivity.


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