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Simple Hiring Practices to Increase Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Diversity and inclusion have become top priorities for many organizations over the past few years. Companies find that when they place a premium on a diverse work culture, they’re more likely to have happy employees who stick around for the long term. Consider these tips if you’re trying to promote diversity and inclusion in your organization. Change Up Your Job Postings Organizations that embrace diversity and inclusion don’t wake up one morning with a fully diverse workforce and an inclusive environment. Like most things, it takes time and dedication to create the atmosphere you’re looking for. Diversity and inclusion have their roots in the recruiting

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6 Features Buyers Expect to Find in Their Newly Built Homes

Individuals and families deciding to build their homes from the ground up are looking for features typically not standard in older homes. New homebuilding allows buyers to customize their residence with the amenities they desire. Some of the most common requests we’ve seen for new home sales include the following: 1. Energy Efficiency Energy efficiency tops the list. With utility bills at all-time highs, people want to minimize their heating and cooling expenses while limiting their environmental footprint. Solar panels that retain energy for electricity are a top request, as are electronically monitored heating and cooling systems that adjust to your preferences. Double-pane windows and

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Adjusting to the Post-COVID Construction Industry

To say that the coronavirus pandemic changed the construction industry would be a gross understatement. Truth be told, COVID-19 and its repercussions permanently reshaped the commercial construction and homebuilding industry, as well as new home sales, human resources, and people management in general. To adapt to the post-COVID construction industry, businesses like yours must rethink their staffing and recruiting tactics. Additionally, you must adopt new approaches to core business processes so that you can optimize your competitiveness in this ever-changing industry. While there are many ways that your organization can adjust to the post-COVID construction space, we recommend that you focus on these key solutions:

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4 Ways to Support an Underperforming Employee

Employee underperformance can be frustrating. Your organization’s human resources department has invested time and financial resources into the recruiting process, and naturally, you don’t want to waste this investment and cut ties with the employee prematurely. Fortunately, you may not have to. There are many ways that you can support an underperforming employee, including the following: 1. Address Underperformance Immediately The most effective way to resolve underperformance concerns and prevent staffing woes is to be proactive. If you notice that an employee’s performance has dipped, address it immediately. When addressing concerns about performance, be sure to use well-established people management protocols. Be direct, but understanding.

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3 Tips for Managing Different Generations

Modern businesses face challenges that organizations of old couldn’t have fathomed. Companies of today must efficiently carry out core business operations, find a way to make themselves stand out in the crowded digital marketplace, and manage talent from several generations. The latter challenge can be particularly difficult, as each generation in the workforce has unique perspectives, concerns, and professional objectives. If your business has team members who span multiple generations (which it likely does), there’s good news. You can implement more effective people management techniques by leveraging these 3 proven tips: 1.  Do Your Homework If you hope to effectively manage various generations, step one

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5 Value Adds Every Home Builder Should Offer

Every new construction home sold matters now more than ever with new home sales at an all-time low in most of the country. New home sales in the U.S. dropped by 12.6% month over month in July 2022, with a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 511K, the lowest since 2016. And even though sales are down, consumers are still looking for value-adds in all of their purchases, especially large ones like a new home. At the same time, builders are facing rising costs of materials and labor. There was an 8% jump in costs of materials since the beginning of 2022 and the price index

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What Interest Rate Hikes Mean for Property Management Companies

Inflation usually causes mortgage interest rates to rise, which means fewer people are purchasing new homes. Instead, they are flocking to rental properties, keeping property management companies busy. So, while high mortgage interest rates can negatively affect real estate purchases, it typically means an increase in tenants and higher than average rental prices. Right now, mortgage interest rates are rising, although they aren’t at the all-time highs seen in the 1980s where rates were approaching 20%. Mortgage interest rates tend to follow the pattern of the Federal Reserve, who said it would likely raise rates for a second time this year in a continued effort

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How to Attract Millennials to the Home Building Industry

Millennials currently make up the largest percentage of the U.S. workforce.  With the building industry in need of 650,000 employees to meet demand in 2022, it is essential to attract this age group to the trade. The makeup of the current workforce in the industry is another reason it is important to appeal to workers between the ages of 25 and 40. The average age of building industry employees in 2022 is just over 42. But, millennials are expected to make up 75% of the workforce by 2025, and it will be integral to add them to building jobs. There are several things that Millennials

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How to Handle Tough Questions from An Interviewee

In an interview, you are the authority figure and representative of the company, so getting asked a question you don’t know how to answer can be frustrating. It can lead to embarrassment for you and decreased confidence in your company for the candidate. An interview is not only a time for you to evaluate candidates, but it is also an opportunity for them to form an opinion about the company. A negative interview experience could deter a strong candidate from moving forward with a job offer. In fact, 83% of subjects in a LinkedIn study said that a negative interview experience can change their opinion

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What Perks Employees Value in 2022

The workforce is seeing changes like never before. With the pandemic, many employees have had a long break from working in the office and are now facing a return. Some ‌perks that increase employee satisfaction have remained the same in 2022, while others have increased in importance. Employee perks differ from benefits, like health insurance. Some examples include paid time off (PTO), in-office amenities, discount programs, and employee recognition. Why Are Perks Important? Providing perks shows employees ‌you value their work. When employees feel appreciated, they work harder, are more focused, and provide more value for the company. In a study by Glassdoor, 81% of

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