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  • Building a Solid Foundation

    People are holding your business up

    By Barbara J. Bowes, Legacy Bowes Group


    I can just imagine the "buzz" in the exhibition hall and in every presentation room during the recent International Foundations Congress & Equipment Expo (IFCEE) 2015 in March. That's what happens when 3,500 enthusiastic attendees get together to discuss common issues, opportuni-ties and new ways of doing things. So many sessions, so many innovations and so many people to meet!

  • In-house Training Mitigates Boomer Retirement Risk

    Smart organizations can begin planning now

    By Barbara J. Bowes, Legacy Bowes Group

    We all know it’s been happening – the baby boomer exit, that is. To date, it’s been fairly innocuous. Yet, businesses are being impacted by baby boomer retirements. For instance, many small business owners have had to look to the potential of mergers and acquisitions as a means to exit their business.

    That’s because the challenge for small businesses is that not many organizations can afford to have an up-and-coming leader working as an “understudy,” especially for a lengthy period; it’s just too expensive. The result is a loss of corporate knowledge within many organizations, big and small, and the creation of a growing leadership gap.

    Couple this challenge with the fact that the leadership skills needed to take organizations successfully into the future are quite different than today’s technical skills and management style. In fact, current leaders perceive that the one key skill missing from the up-and-coming group of leaders is collaboration. In their view, collaboration is important especially because of the demand to do more with less accompanied by a continually changing global marketplace. In turn, these demands will see an increased use not only of cross-functional teams and interdepartmental reliance but also project teams that span across different agencies and/or corporations.

  • One for Me; One for You

    Learning to delegate is necessary for good management

    By Barbara J. Bowes, Legacy Bowes Group

    Think about it: are you becoming concerned there isn’t enough time to recover as you jump from one crisis to the next? Is your email inbox always full? Are you struggling to meet deadlines? Is your staff morale beginning to slip? Is your stress level inching upward and causing you to become edgy and anxious?

    If these issues and sleepless nights are wearing you down, then I can safely say that you are probably taking on too many tasks yourself. You are probably not as skilled as you need to be at delegating to your team members. Maybe the issue is that you don’t know how to delegate or are afraid to delegate.

    Delegation is a skill that is absolutely necessary for good management. It means getting things done through other people. It is all about planning, time management, professional development and the empowerment of your employees.

  • Positive Reinforcement

    Ratch/Shutterstock.comAn employee rewards and recognition program in your workplace has a positive impact on your bottom line

    By Barbara Bowes, Legacy Bowes Group

    For several years, baby boomer retirement issues were identified as the top priority in many human resource surveys. Today, the issue of employee engagement is taking over the primary lead. In fact, one survey reports that 94 per cent of participants identified employee engagement as their most important workforce challenge. 

    Yet, what is employee engagement and why should Piling Canada readers be concerned? Employee engagement refers to whether or not employees have a positive or negative approach to their work and whether or not employees are willing and/or not willing to perform at their best in ways that further benefit their employer. The reason for concern is that employee engagement has a direct impact on business success and profitability.

  • Putting People First

    Alexandr Mitiuc/Photos.comFrom recruitment to leadership, human resources management will help your business

    By Barbara Bowes, Legacy Bowes Group

    Six years ago, the results of a national leadership survey revealed five top looming workforce challenges for any and all industry sectors. The top five challenges included the attraction and retention of skilled professionals, developing manager capability, retaining high performers, developing succession pool depth and addressing management and leadership talent. 

    So, where does the construction industry stand? The answer: in a very tough place! That’s according to forecasts developed by BuildForce Canada, a national industry-led organization committed to providing accurate and timely labour market data and analysis. Their research is showing that the construction industry is currently and will continue experiencing a significant shortfall of skilled construction tradespeople over the next decade.

    I’m quite certain that corporate leaders have been fully aware of this shortfall for some time, yet are challenged as to what role they can be play in turning around an entire industry sector. My advice is to voice your concern to government and educators while at the same time focusing on ensuring your company is the best of the best in your business.

  • The Art of Networking Inside Your Company

    How to build camaraderie, co-operation and a cohesive team

    By Liz Goodgold


    When we hear the term “networking,” most of us think about meeting folks outside of our company. However, the true power of networking resides with making a connection inside of your company.

  • Transcending International Borders

    Samuel Roll Form employees work together for success
    By Deb Draper


    Canada and the United States share the longest international border between two countries in the world, 8,891 kilometres, but that line hasn’t stopped a long tradition of shared commerce and work opportunities. 

  • Under Pressure

    Strategies for addressing and alleviating employee anxiety

    By Barbara J. Bowes, Legacy Bowes Group

    Although Canadians appear to be fairly far away from any potential of encountering the Ebola virus, after reading and hearing the daily news, I can easily envision the heightened fear that’s beginning to occur amongst workers, especially those that travel to foreign countries. Not only are general citizens in the targeted countries becoming ill, doctors, nurses and other health care workers are also becoming patients.

    Then, as fear spreads, we are seeing some health care workers refusing to work, causing a shortage of staff to help curb the disease. Similarly, cabin cleaners at New York’s LaGuardia Airport recently walked off the job to protest what they perceived as insufficient protection from potential exposure to the Ebola virus. They raised concerns about the lack of proper protective equipment, as well as the quality. The one-day strike forced airline crews to clean planes themselves, which in turn creates additional health hazards. And in countries such as West Africa, there are already tremendous economic impacts as schools and businesses are closed.

    We are also experiencing challenges within our own workforces. On one hand, we are hearing announcements of new job growth opportunities while on the other we are learning of significant budget cuts and employee layoffs. As well, provincial and federal governments appear to be in a belt-tightening mode. Regardless of whether these efforts are legitimate or not, these types of incidents and/or issues cause significant anxiety amongst employee groups.



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Piling Canada is the premier national voice for the Canadian deep foundation construction industry. Each issue is dedicated to providing readers with current and informative editorial, including project updates, company profiles, technological advancements, safety news, environmental information, HR advice, pertinent legal issues and more.