Construction 101: Offseason Education Plan
It’s been said that you can never know too much. When it comes to keeping your business strong that’s certainly the case. Between staying current on detailed safety codes and the latest building techniques and following abrupt weather patterns, it can be a tall order to keep up with everything.
The offseason can be a great time to catch up. When you have time to take a breather, here are a few key training and educational tips to make time for.
- Know the rules
First things first: Make sure you’re OSHA compliant. They update their rules fairly frequently, and missteps could incur some of the largest fines in the industry. That being said, the organization does a great job of keeping their rules current and available. You can quickly access them here. You can also find valuable updates through trade organizations, including the NRCA or your regional roofing contractors association.
Building codes and regulations are another area to consistently brush up on, especially because they vary from municipality to municipality. Check with your building inspection office to make sure you’re compliant. Double-checking before starting a big project can help you avoid costly and time-consuming roadblocks.
- Offseason training
Any extra time you have can be a great chance to ensure both you and your team are up to date on your training.
Start by doing an inventory of the different types of training that each team member already has and go from there. Are there skills they can brush up on or new tools and trends they may need some additional background on? Now could be a great time to make that happen.
From sales representatives to support staff, there are plenty of ways to boost the overall expertise of your team. Maybe your office manager could be trained to run your company’s social media pages, while your sales representatives can head to an industry conference or tradeshow for the latest in building trends and products.
Try training your team members on project management programs that boost office productivity, such as ABC Connect. This online program helps create estimates on the go and more quickly during your busy season.
- Attend events
Suppliers often set up events for contractors in their area to teach them about new product offerings and trends that could potentially bolster their businesses. Not looking to buy new products? That’s fine. You never know what you might need—collect some information and keep it handy for your next big job.
Professional and industry-specific organizations offer great opportunities to network and get your business some free exposure. Just as important, these are great places to hear about major industry news like HAZMAT regulations and product trends. You can also gain exclusive access to things like prevention investments (which save you thousands of dollars in fines long term), along with tools to market your business and educational webinars.
Keep coming back to the ABC Supply blog for more industry tips and trends to best serve your customers.