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Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “The State of Construction Safety” Featured in Construction Today

By Brian Binke: February 6, 2018 Some construction employers prioritize productivity over safety. Although meeting deadlines is important in the construction industry, it should never come at the cost of a human life. Collapsing building materials, overhead power lines and heavy machinery are just a few of the potential dangers in commercial construction jobs that can all be avoided with the proper safety protocols. Continued Safety Concerns A majority of Americans who were surveyed and working in construction feel that company productivity outranks their safety concerns. The National Safety Council [...]

By | 2018-02-06T10:59:53+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “The State of Construction Safety” Featured in Construction Today

Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group: “What Employers Want in a Construction Project Manager” Featured in United Rentals

By Kim Slowey Construction project managers are in high demand at the moment. If you’re thinking of becoming one, what skills and traits will you need? We talked with Brian Binke, president and CEO of Detroit-area construction executive search firm The Birmingham Group, to find out what assets employers today want their project managers to have. Communicator with social skills The construction industry once celebrated the my-way-or-the-highway type personality, according to Binke, but today's project manager needs to be a diplomat who can work effectively with owners, subcontractors and other project [...]

By | 2018-01-26T17:08:24+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group: “What Employers Want in a Construction Project Manager” Featured in United Rentals

Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “Tips for Creating Performance Incentives” Featured in Construction Today

By Brian Binke: January 22, 2018 Once you’ve landed the best candidates for your construction jobs, the focus of your organization should shift to employee retention strategies. As a matter of course, retention should be an ongoing focus for your firm. Losing skilled workers, especially during a labor crisis, will negatively impact your company’s bottom line through lost time, slower project completion, and repeated training. A great way to help with retention is to implement performance-based incentives. Proven Retention Strategies Perhaps one of the most effective ways to achieve better [...]

By | 2018-02-06T11:08:48+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “Tips for Creating Performance Incentives” Featured in Construction Today

Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “How local recruiters can help construction find talent amid a shortage” Featured in Construction Dive

1/9/2018: Author - Kim Slowey@kimslowey Optimism about the economic future of the construction industry is high, and employers expect to increase their payrolls in the coming year and beyond, according to the Associated General Contractors of America — but no one is really sure where the labor to support all that activity is going to come from. And while the attention has largely focused on how hard it is to find skilled craft workers like carpenters, construction companies are also struggling to fill open slots for positions such as superintendents and project managers. [...]

By | 2018-01-22T09:22:37+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “How local recruiters can help construction find talent amid a shortage” Featured in Construction Dive

Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “Why Settling for Mediocre Talent is an Expensive Mistake” Featured in Construction Today

12/27/2017: Brian Binke Featured in Construction Today Settling for mediocre talent could be sabotaging your construction company’s success and shaving thousands of dollars off your bottom line. Since there is an ongoing labor shortage to fill construction jobs, some companies are attempting to resolve the issue by hiring subpar workers. Although it might seem like convenient, short-term solution, it’s a costly mistake that will only hurt your bottom line in the long run. The Cost of Mediocre Talent Settling for mediocre talent costs potentially hundreds of thousands if not millions [...]

By | 2018-01-22T09:42:15+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Brian Binke, CEO Birmingham Group – “Why Settling for Mediocre Talent is an Expensive Mistake” Featured in Construction Today

Brian Binke, CEO of The Birmingham Group, Authored “Keeping Up With the Growth of Assisted Living Facilities” Featured in Construction Today

12/13/2017: Brian Binke Featured in Construction Today American Baby Boomers are retiring in record numbers and are often looking to simplify their living arrangements. With the number of Americans over 65 years expected to (more than) double to 88.5 million by 2050, it’s easy to see that assisted living construction will be in high demand. Even though a significant portion of the aging population prefers to remain in their own homes, there are also those who need more specialized living arrangements that are typically provided by senior living communities, nursing [...]

By | 2018-01-22T09:46:50+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Brian Binke, CEO of The Birmingham Group, Authored “Keeping Up With the Growth of Assisted Living Facilities” Featured in Construction Today

Brian Binke, CEO of The Birmingham Group, Authored “Good Leadership Improves Retention – Are You Being the Best Leader You Can Be?” Featured in Construction Today

11/8/2017: Good leadership is the key to good employee retention. Surveys consistently show that one of the top factors leading to job satisfaction is getting along with your boss. If you know this, then it's time to ask yourself if you're doing what it takes to be a good leader for your team. Let’s go over some of the wrong ways and right ways to lead. The Wrong Approach Let's start with what not to do. We've all been around the type of manager where you wonder how on earth [...]

By | 2018-01-01T14:56:59+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Brian Binke, CEO of The Birmingham Group, Authored “Good Leadership Improves Retention – Are You Being the Best Leader You Can Be?” Featured in Construction Today

Brian Binke, CEO of The Birmingham Group, Featured in The Wall Street Journal, How to Know When You’re on Thin Ice at Work

10/26/2017: It starts with an uneasy feeling: You’re left out of meetings you used to attend. The boss stops offering suggestions. Once-friendly colleagues turn cool. How can you be the last one to know you’re failing or flailing at work? People often rationalize their failings by benchmarking their job performance against mediocre peers, rather than stars, saying, “I’m not that bad. Look at Joey over there,” says Brian Binke, president of the Birmingham Group, a Berkley, Mich., affiliate of the Sanford Rose Associates executive-search network. And peers are often the [...]

By | 2017-12-29T12:34:49+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Brian Binke, CEO of The Birmingham Group, Featured in The Wall Street Journal, How to Know When You’re on Thin Ice at Work

CEO The Birmingham Group, Brian Binke, Featured in CBS News

10/24/2017: Homeowners rebuilding after hurricanes in Florida and Texas and wildfires in California will face longer wait times and higher costs as a long-simmering shortage of construction workers nears a crisis stage. The number of unfilled construction jobs has reached its highest point since 2007, before the Great Recession, and it's likely to spike even higher in the months ahead in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, said Robert Dietz, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders. A tougher government stance on immigrant labor is a factor [...]

By | 2017-12-29T12:35:59+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on CEO The Birmingham Group, Brian Binke, Featured in CBS News

CEO of The Birmingham Group, Brian Binke, Authored “How to Develop and Train the Workforce Needed to Rebuild America” Featured in Construction Today

10/17/2017: The United States is in need of a labor workforce that will bring back a strong middle-class. Collaborations between government and business can help create these opportunities. Hundreds of thousands of these skilled-trade jobs are already in demand and are going unfilled. These $20 to $45 an hour jobs are left unfilled because we don’t have the skilled workers prepared for the positions. Filling these positions will benefit millions of Americans in low-paying jobs and lift many out of poverty. Here are some ways that we can build a [...]

By | 2018-01-01T14:57:00+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on CEO of The Birmingham Group, Brian Binke, Authored “How to Develop and Train the Workforce Needed to Rebuild America” Featured in Construction Today