7 Important Factors That Contribute To DCAA and DOL Compliance

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7 Important Factors That Contribute To DCAA and DOL Compliance

The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) conducts audits on government contractors to determine compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).

Every contractor who conducts business with the DOD must pass a DCAA audit, which is basically a broad-based review of the contractor's operating procedures and every process connected with the DOD contract.

Do what does it mean to be DCAA and DOL compliant? And which actions are important for a contractor to take to increase his chances of passing?

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Discussing Employee Push-back on a New Software

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Discussing Employee Push-back on a New Software

Contractors are always interested in furthering their business undertakings. Advances in technology enable many decision makers to focus on expansion, instead of the day-to-day activities.

But, what happens when your employees do not like the software updates implemented as a result of business growth? Of course, it is natural for employees to oppose change, but when the system is not working as anticipated contractors can incorporate the following methods to silence the negativity and increase productivity.

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The Art of Loyalty: How to Reduce Employee Turnover

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The Art of Loyalty: How to Reduce Employee Turnover

Employee turnover is one of the highest preventable business costs.

Losing a valued employee disrupts your production process and forces you to spend time and money finding and training a replacement. It also angers customers, who come to trust a particular employee and don't want to deal with a different one.

As the construction industry has one of the highest turnover rates, reducing your turnover gives you immediate advantages over your competitors. 

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Ways to Manage Multiple Jobsites at the Same Time

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Ways to Manage Multiple Jobsites at the Same Time

Is your company growing? Are you finding your contract list expanding with multiple projects that require simultaneous on-site management?

This stage of expansion can quickly lead to overworked, exhausted managers and leaders. Beat back the stress and find new ways of managing in your company to deal with the shift toward multiple projects.

Here are several ideas to help you get started.

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5 Ways to Make Your Construction Employees More Efficient

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5 Ways to Make Your Construction Employees More Efficient

Keeping employees motivated and functioning at a high level is important for any business.

It can be even more crucial in the construction field when there are deadlines to meet and finishing late or producing below par work can cost a company thousands of dollars.

The following are five ways to motivate your employees and help them work more efficiently.

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How to Manage the Risk of Subcontractor Defaults

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How to Manage the Risk of Subcontractor Defaults

A defaulting subcontractor is bad news for everyone.

The project must be halted, money is lost on all fronts, including bonding companies and project owners, and others are less likely to work with the subcontractor in the future.

Managing subcontractor risk appropriately is key to preventing this bad news: General contractors do not need to take the full risk of a subcontractor default on themselves.

Proper default clauses, responses, and general risk management can help prevent defaults and mitigate any damage done.

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Stay Organized at the Job Site and Save Time

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Stay Organized at the Job Site and Save Time

The world of advanced technology has made it easier to communicate with others. Technology helps to keep you organized and saves time.

Utilizing its many benefits will provide you with the means of communication necessary to run your contracting business smoothly.

When managing your time amongst many job sites, it's important to prioritize by urgency. When you're meeting with a potential customer, it's very important to discuss their expectations on a time frame.

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Key Questions a Contractor Should Ask the Client Before Starting a Job

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Key Questions a Contractor Should Ask the Client Before Starting a Job

As a contractor - particularly those in construction, landscaping, roofing, and the like - it is generally considered common knowledge that work should never begin before certain information is obtained from the client.

What specific information should be obtain, however, is often a matter of debate. Garnering as much information as possible allows a contractor to gain a thorough understanding of the projects and its specific elements. Asking a client questions about a projects allows a contractor to determine if the client is a good fit and also give him or her the opportunity to properly prepare a bid and draft a contract.

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