Workforce Development

  • Companies need to fill jobs. Can recruiters help?
    There are currently more open jobs in the United States than people available to fill them, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Every industry has a labor problem. Every industry must consider how to do business anyway. How to Keep Employees Happy, Beyond PayMoney is rarely the primary reason people leave a company, according to both recruiter and industry sources. Clear communication...
  • The glass industry tackles labor challenges by rethinking its approach; redefining its image
    Read more articles about Workforce Development at glassmagazine.com/June2018The problem is clear: the construction industry is booming at a time when labor is scarce. The causes are just as well-known: experienced workers are retiring faster than new hires can fill jobs, and skills are going with them; young people aren’t interested in the trades, nor do they possess the necessary skills....
  • Downloadable resources
    Click the links below to download resources for onboarding employees. All resources are adaptable to specific company needs. Smartbrief Employee HandbookInterview Evaluation FormIT Onboarding ChecklistNew Hire ChecklistEmployment Reference CheckSample New Employee Announcement E-mail Template
  • To cultivate quality, long-term employees, invest in getting the onboarding process right
    A group of new Viracon employees being taught how to safely handle and lift glass. Onboarding, or the process of preparing new employees for job success, is vital for employee integration and retention. According to a 2007 study by the Wynhurst Group, when employees go through structured onboarding, they are 58 percent more likely to remain with the organization after three years. An...
  • Do you know how to manage it?
    If you are like most business leaders, you’ve no doubt noticed some trends in the way employees behave in recent years—too much entitlement, not enough loyalty, no work ethic and so forth. I challenge you to consider that perhaps these are not negative trends, just different ones. To better understand your employees and what drives them to succeed, you have to understand that Generation X (born...
  • Companies adjust hiring practices to cultivate a diverse, skilled and talented workforce
    Ace Glass leads attend a Spider Swing Stage training with sales rep John VanNatta. The company hires and trains new employees from multiple creative channels, including prison transition programs. Photo courtesy of Ace Glass. Although the worker shortage continues to be a primary concern for most glass industry companies, many are turning the challenge of finding qualified workers into an...
  • Building industry struggles to attract and retain female workers
    Editor's Note: Read more about the women who contributed to this article in Glass Magazine's special October issue online-only section. Economic news in the United States has been positive throughout 2016, including within the construction industry. However, many within the industry, including those in glass and glazing, continue to face one major challenge that could hinder recovery: a...
  • In the CMD iSqFt webinar, “Construction 2016: How Sustainable is the Construction Economic Recovery?” several leading construction economists addressed the challenges of the labor shortage in construction and manufacturing. To combat the shortage of skilled labor, economists noted opportunities in increasing technical and vocational training, in addition to recruiting new workers from demographic...
  • Business is up across the glass industry, and as business picks up, more labor is needed to meet demand. However, glass companies from all parts of the industry have reported a current shortage of skilled labor.For glass shops, it’s been difficult to find qualified service professionals in the currently diminished pool of candidates. According to the 2012 IBISWorld Industry Report, there are...
  • Construction employers might be missing the mark when it comes to this generation
    SOURCE: FMI CORP. As the labor market continues to tighten and more of the nation’s 78 million-plus Baby Boomers head into retirement, construction firms will need to sharpen their hiring and recruiting pencils, say experts at FMI Corp., a provider of management consulting, investment banking and people development services to the engineering and construction industry.Yet, employers might be...
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  • This commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels. 
    Great Glazing: Custom interior officeThis commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels suspended from the ceiling. Created by Tulsa artist May Yang, the mural is based on local Oklahoma themes, transitioning from rural landscape to the Tulsa skyline.   Great Glazing: Joliet Junior College Campus...
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