time? Above all, we want to put them in the right hands—by
promoting a company culture that places a premium on hiring
and retaining top-flight electricians.
On major construction projects, smaller service work
and everything in-between, the kind of smart materials
management that you have described is essential to achieving
good labor productivity. With regard to your electrical-service
operations, what can you share with us about how smart
materials management has contributed to the success of your
Here again the solution begins with assembling a team of
“A” players. We set the bar high in our hiring and promotion
practices. Specifically, when it comes to smart material management, you should never underestimate the value of having
capable people in the roles of purchasing agent, truck driver
and warehouseman—in other words, the ones who will make
it happen. With the right people in place in those essential
roles, you can achieve smart material management in two
ways: first, by seriously investing the proper effort in preplanning and, second, by putting everything on wheels to get it to
its point of installation.
But it takes more than just selecting, recruiting and hiring
talented people. Ultimate success of any organization requires
executive leadership to guide the continued growth and ongoing development of everyone on the team. Nothing makes me
more proud than seeing how we have accomplished that objective at McMillan Electric.
McMillan Electric presents a complete history and background of the company at www.mcmillanco.com.
SA RGEN T, a 40-year veteran of the electrical contracting
business based in Pittsburgh, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MCCO Y is associate professor in the College of Architecture and
Urban Studies at Virginia Tech. Contact him at email@example.com.
Ultimate success of any
organization requires executive
leadership to guide the continued
growth and ongoing development
of everyone on the team.
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