Although employers keep an eye on their staffs and monitor performance, few companies in construction directly address the issue of burnout with formal stress-management or work-redesign programs. Related Links: Pressure, Layoffs and Long Hours Generate Post-Traumatic Construction Disorder For example, Indianapolis-based RATIO Architects Inc., a 28-year-old planning and architecture practice, worked on keeping spirits up after shedding 12 of its 88 positions in 2009. “Open communication about staff adjustments is key,” says Tracy Imes, RATIO administration director. “We make sure that it’s announced to everyone when it occurs, so employees understand why and how it happened. We are trying to
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.