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See How Your Website Stacks Up Against the Competition

March 25, 2015

 

You know your construction company needs a solid, eye-catching website to appeal to customers. But if you’re starting from scratch, or have had the same website design since Al Gore invented the internet, you probably have no idea where to begin.

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Make March Madness Distraction Work for Your Company

March 24, 2015

We all get excited about March Madness -- the games, the brackets, the bets. But having so many games going on during the middle of the workday means some of your employees will inevitably sneak a peek at the scores.

Instead of worrying about a potential loss of productivity as the Sweet Sixteen nears, why not harness that excitement to enhance the organizational culture of your company?

Sure, there's a lot of hype surrounding the NCAA Basketball Tournament, but that just means your employees are more likely to appreciate the opportunity to relax -- at least for a few minutes -- without completely disrupting the workday.

TINYhr, a human resources company dedicated to improving employee engagement, suggested a few ways to use March Madness to your advantage. HCSS also utilizes some of these strategies in our own Sugar Land, Texas, headquarters.

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UGM Discusses How Your Company Will Look in 2020

March 19, 2015

Missed out on this year’s Users Group Meetings? You might be getting left behind.

From learning about the latest HCSS software releases and features to having input on what we do in the future, UGM 2015 attendees soaked up information for a solid three days in classes, town hall meetings, Coaches’ Corner, and One-on-One sessions. They learned what strategies and products were making their peers successful, and what was on the horizon in industry trends.

They also soaked up some adult beverages and tasty snacks during networking events and the tailgate party.

While they did enjoy a few hours of fun and games, UGM attendees had a lot to think about ahead of the upcoming construction season and beyond.

President and COO Steve McGough and Vice President of Strategic Products Tom Webb provided a keynote address all about “Preparing Your Company for the Future – 2020.”

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Who Has the Happiest Employees? Construction Industry, Study Says

February 4, 2015

Do you think your employees love their jobs? Well, if you work in construction, you’re probably right.

A study released by TINYpulse found that the Construction and Facilities Services industry had the happiest workers out of 12 industries listed, with Consumer Products and Services and Technology and Software rounding out the top three.

TINYpulse’s 2015 Best Industry Ranking Report gathered data from 30,000 employees across 500 organizations using anonymous, one-question surveys the company emails once a week to gauge employees’ attitudes, likes, dislikes, and frustrations. Basically, if a company wants to know what its workers are thinking, TINYpulse can find out.

Download the full report here.

And what they learned was a bit surprising.

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AGC Survey Shows Construction Firms Plan to Hire More in 2015

February 2, 2015

A recently released study by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) shows that 80 percent of construction firms plan to hire new employees and expand their payrolls in 2015.

Just 7 percent of firms expect to reduce staff this year, according to the survey, which is part of Ready to Hire Again: The 2015 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook. The survey shows that the majority of contractors are optimistic about the year ahead, despite concerns about worker shortages and regulatory burdens.

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The Dos and Don'ts of Marketing your Construction Business Online

January 15, 2015

As a construction company, your main focus is probably not on the Internet. Word of mouth, previous performance, and reputation tend to be the major ways in which construction companies earn and grow their business.

But if you’re not putting your name and work out on the web, you could be missing out on a large section of clients.

Contractor Gorilla, a website design company that specializes in building sites for construction contractors, posted a list of Dos and Don’ts for Contractor Marketing in 2015. The list can help contractors build a website and ensure their message is reaching all the right customers.

See the full list here.

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Construction Could Benefit from World's First Rugged Coffee Machine

January 6, 2015

We at HCSS really love our coffee. We have at least a dozen different coffee brewing systems and coffee pots around our office in Sugar Land, Texas. 

And we're guessing you love the go-go juice, too. But it's hard to get a good cup of java when you're in the middle of a construction site.

No access to running water, little access to electricity, and, let's be honest: your typical coffee maker isn't going to stand up to the harsh conditions of the field.

But one very clever product could solve your caffeine conundrum.

The COFFEEBOXX coffee brewing system by OXX is the world's toughest coffee maker, designed and engineered for use outside in tough, rugged conditions. It features a crush-proof, rust-proof, spill-proof, and dust-proof design, and is also water resistant and impact resistant. In fact, the COFFEEBOXX claims to be virtually indestructible, able to withstand a 1/4-ton load.

The COFFEEBOXX is K-Cup compatible (you know, those little plastic Keurig doohickeys that brew individual cups of coffee?), and can brew 8, 10, or 12 ounces at a time. But the big perks are the retractable 3-foot-long heavy-duty power cord and the 84-ounce spill-proof water tank--the largest on the market--which mean you aren't restricted to a kitchen counter. There's also a direct water line so you can make soup, oatmeal, or whatever you want that requires hot water.

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Walking It Out: How Treadmill Desks Can Boost Your Health

December 19, 2014

Are you sitting at your desk right now?

Were you sitting at your desk an hour ago? Were you in the same spot this morning? Will you be there this afternoon?

If so, you could be one of the millions of Americans who is simply sitting too much. The typical US adult is sedentary for 60 percent of their waking hours and sits for an average of 6 hours per day, which is shown to increase blood pressure and decrease bone density. Sitting too much is linked to weight gain, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and early death.

Kind of unsettling, for sure. So how do you get off your butt?

One company has a fix for you, but it’s no walk in the park.

LifeSpan makes treadmill desks designed to keep you on your feet and moving while you work. The treadmills have features like adjustable-height desks, speed controls, mileage and time counters, and Bluetooth capability that allows you to wirelessly sync your progress to the company's fitness apps.

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6 Winter Shutdown Tasks to Help You Improve Your Business in 2015

December 3, 2014

1. Install GPS on your equipment while it is in the shop. 

 

It won't take the equipment out of commission during work time, and it will be ready to begin tracking for the new year. HCSS GPS software can track your trucks to tell you speed and location, and geofencing notifies you when a vehicle is in a designated area. Equipment can be tracked to provide run time and work time as well as location.

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How to Maintain Customer Lists

September 24, 2014

Our VP of Software Development Tom Webb recently contributed to the Ask the Experts column in Construction Business Owner magazine. 

As seen in the September 2014 Issue of Construction Business Owner 

How should a contractor maintain a customer list? For each customer who calls, I want to be able to see what I have done for him in the past and at the site where he has work. 

“There are several factors to consider when choosing a tool for storing customer information: your budget, your number of customers and your desire to record details about customer interactions.

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