News from the Construction Suppliers Association

September 25, 2019

Pickpocket or Magician? The Choice is Up to You

Katie Bodiford PhotoBy Katie Bodiford
Executive Vice President

Like many reading this, I have attended my fair share of meetings. And, like you, I groan a little on the inside when I learn that a “professional speaker” is going to try and share some nugget of wisdom to help me be a better employee, manager or even just a good human being.

But as I sat listening to the presenters at CSA’s Annual Conference in New Orleans a couple weeks ago, one theme really hit me upside the head.

It was about the necessity of showing how much we appreciate our employees. We all struggle to find good people to fill various spots in our businesses. But finding them is only the start. Keeping those employees happy and not eyeballing job openings down the street is the bigger challenge. Lisa Ryan of Grategy, Inc. opened our conference discussing this issue. My biggest takeaway was her comment, “your employees are your #1 customer.”



Sales, Blueprint Take-Off & OSHA Training Coming to Oklahoma

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Mark your calendar for Oct. 15-17 for three in-demand classes to be held in Oklahoma City.

CSA will offer training for employees at all levels of your company, and registration is currently open.

Oct. 15: Intro to Building Material Sales
This value-packed, one-day session includes:

  • Product Knowledge -- learning what we sell and how it's used on the construction site.
  • Customer Service -- the "people" part and how each role is important to the sales cycle; keys to understanding the specific needs of different customer types.
  • Project Selling/Profit & Margin -- how to sell items as a package; upselling; and an overview of how profits are made.

Oct. 16-17: Basic Estimating & Blueprint Take-Off
This two-day workshop covers residential construction methods, blueprint reading, material take-off, package selling and bid presentation. Attendees receive hands-on experience figuring out an actual set of working drawings.

Oct. 16-17: OSHA 10 Training
This course will help you develop a preparedness plan for unexpected OSHA visits; teach you how to train fellow employees on OSHA guidelines & procedures; and recognize workplace safety hazards. What you learn in this course could save you thousands of dollars in fines and penalties.

Click "Read More" for details about pricing and location, or to register.


Are You Looking for Healthcare Insurance for Your Employees? CSA Can Help!

CSA has been working for more than a year to offer an association heath plan that will extend health care to member companies in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Oklahoma.

“We know that providing health insurance has been increasingly difficult for our members through the years,” said Jim Moody, CSA president. “By leveraging the size of the association, we are creating a group that is designed to provide competitive pricing for our members.”

Association health plans allow companies to band together to manage and purchase health care coverage that may save on annual health insurance costs by providing plans that were typically available to larger companies at a competitive price. Eligible member companies also will have access to supplemental benefits including dental, vision and life.

CSA is quoting these plans for eligible member groups for an Oct. 1, 2019 enrollment date.

For more information, visit or follow the link below.


In a Sexual Harassment & Termination Meeting, What are the Employer's Rights?

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QUESTION: We are in the process of terminating an employee for a sexual harassment charge by a fellow employee.

Here are the highlights of the claim/reason for termination: over a several month period this male employee made at least five inappropriate sexual comments to a female employee starting on her first day working here. All of the comments have been documented by the female employee on a sexual harassment form. In addition, there were witnesses (on one occasion, multiple) who verified the comments were made and witnessed. Based on the nature of the comments as well as the frequency, we have made the decision to terminate the employee.

When the employee came into work today to meet with us (we had planned on firing him), he brought an employment lawyer with him to the meeting.

Please let us know what additional information we need to consider before terminating the employee.


10 Ways to Market Your Business on a Shoestring Budget

By Susan Solovic
Constant Contact

When budgets are tight, marketing might be the first expense you look to cut.

Let me stop you right there.

While traditional advertising methods are costly and hard to measure, small businesses have never had greater access to cost-effective, trackable marketing tools.

But with so many digital tools available, how do you know where to start?


7 Ways to Manage Employee Holiday Time Off (It's not too soon to start)

By Donna Fuscaldo for Employers

Business owners don’t have to see red during the holidays as long as they manage their staff right. At no other time of the year do companies have to field multiple requests for time off. Handle it wrong, and it could cripple the business at an otherwise busy time of year – not to mention it can hurt your culture and your employer brand.

If it’s not managed properly it can not only prevent the business from delivering what clients and customers want but can also create internal strife, he says. To prevent any problems this year, human resources experts and business owners weigh in with their top seven tips to manage employee holiday time off.


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