Ed Serrano

COVID-19 – Was This in Your Risk Analysis?

Ed Serrano

Every astute business owner has a risk analysis with plans to mitigate those risks. Within the Component Manufacturing industry, elements such as housing downturn, hacking of systems, machine failings, and staff safety concerns would generally make up the topics. I’d put money on the fact...

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April 2020
Issue #12249
Page 47
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: A Typical Spring Hiring Season?

The Coronavirus is changing our landscape so fast that the three articles I wrote within the last week are no longer applicable. Because of this, I’ve decided to just give some facts and opinions from my vantage point at TheJobLine.com.  First, as of March 24th, we have not...

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April 2020
Issue #12249
Page 94
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Future Roles for Senior Truss Designers

Today, senior designers working in the office are involved not only with designing day to day projects, but also with providing training, solving problems for lower level designers, and working with customers. Their experience and knowledge are invaluable in many respects. But, consider this:...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 100
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Job Search Blues

As a recruiter, I see the geneses of job dissatisfaction and turnover. You start a job with hopes of being there forever, or at least 10 years, and within a year or two you are back looking at the job market. While the internet has made it easier to search for and find a new job, it also has...

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December 2019
Issue #11245
Page 80
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Remote Offices – This is How We Do It, Part Three

With over 30 years of experience, Roy Aldworth has worked both in office and remote. He currently works on extremely large multifamily residential projects, city block sized up to 7 stories high. He started working from home 8 years ago and was so much more productive it became permanent. There...

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November 2019
Issue #11244
Page 84
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Remote Offices – This is How We Do It, Part Two

Last month, I wrote about the evolution of my Home Office, and I invited our readers to share details about their own. Are they efficient or extravagant? Large or small? Here’s a reply from one of our readers. “I have a Dell Alienware laptop and twin 32” dell monitors. My...

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October 2019
Issue #11243
Page 82
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Remote Offices – This is How We Do It!

Sitting in my Home Office, after 27 years of working from home, I get it. The perks that come with working from home are great and the freedoms that come with it are priceless. There are downsides too. If you haven’t worked from home long term, I will just say that I hope your positives...

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September 2019
Issue #11242
Page 84
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: Whole House Builders?

Joe Kannapell

Why aren’t your trussers designing walls and EWP too, as we said they would twenty-five years ago? To pave their way, we would deliver more intelligent (“IntelliBuilt”) and optimized (“OptiFramed”) software, and builders would provide flawless “BIM”...

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September 2019
Issue #11242
Page 125
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Bonus Plan or Performance Plan—Is One Strategy Better?

The goal is the same for both a bonus plan and a performance plan—reward an employee for performance. The higher the position, the more defined are the goals. Not many bonuses that are consistently over $10k are subjective. It can’t be about how well departments out of your control...

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August 2019
Issue #11241
Page 80
Andrew Carr

Offshoring and Outsourcing—Lessons from a Personal Journey

Andrew Carr

How did this Australian component manufacturer become involved in offshoring? It started with a trip to Vietnam in 2004, and it ended much differently than I would have expected! I had been operating my company in Australia, Truss-Rite, for 16 years, selling prefabricated wall framing and...

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August 2019
Issue #11241
Page 86

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