Make the Most of August 
by Working with RealStreet!
Summer certainly seems to be flying by at RealStreet!  The last few months have been an exciting time! To recap a few highlights from previous newsletters, 
  • RealStreet opened a new office in Norfolk, VA!
  • Enhancements have been made to the overall IT infrastructure, improving processes and expanding system capabilities!
  • Four (4) new Recruiting Coordinators were hired in preparation for the coming months!
Enough about us, how are you? Have you been enjoying the beautiful summer months, or has the season nearly passed by, as you and your team stay late struggling to fill skills gaps and meet project deadlines? 

Whether you have more work than time, or you simply want a small semblance of a work-life balance, RealStreet can help! While we cannot add days to the calendar, we can help you make the most of the last full month of the season!  Contact us  to discuss a temporary employment solution. With leased employees, enjoy the f reedom and the many other benefits our talent management services provide, such as:
  • Offloading recruiting costs (RealStreet assumes the recruiting responsibilities, reducing time to fill and minimizing the risk of incurring back-filling expenses).
  • Talent management solutions (reducing HR & administrative costs, such as payroll and benefits management).
  • The option to scale employment as needed (reducing downtime, increasing flexibility and minimizing turnover).
  • The ability to effectively complete projects (saving time and money by reducing overtime and improving productivity).

Enable your team's success, without sacrificing the last month of summer! 

Best wishes, 
Katy Cook, CSP
Marketing Coordinator
Interesting Industry Information
How is the Overall Workforce?
The U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a Monthly Jobs Report soon after the beginning of each month. Each report describes the previous month's employment situation. As shown below, June saw an increase of 287,000 jobs with a slight increase in the unemployment rate, to 4.9%.

  • employment remained at 6,643,000 from May to June, but was up 3.4% (217,000) from June 2015. 
  • unemployment dropped to 4.6%, the lowest rate since 2000.
  • wages increased 2.8% from June 2015. 
  • weekly hours worked increased to 39.2 year to year. 

According to the AGC, the data indicates that the skills gap is an ongoing, industry-wide employer challenge. 

Important Regulation Changes
in the AEC Industry
OSHA is in the process of updating a number of safety regulations.  How knowledgeable are you on the new silica rule and the changes to severe injury reporting?  Is it important to have a good understanding of such topics, to ensure compliance and to better maintain employee safety.  Read the following  Construction Executive post  for a summary of some the most recent and relevant OSHA updates employers should know about.  

U.S. Department of Labor announced a significant increase in fines for workplace safety violations, beginning on August 1, 2016. M aximum fines will see a sizable 78% adjustment, with s erious violations increasing to $12,471 from $7,000, and willful or repeated violations increasing to $124,709 from $70,000. For more information, including a helpful fact sheet, refer to the DOL OSHA Press Release. 
Featured News Post
Four Ways to Effectively
Communicate with Your Team
Effective communication is one of the most important factors governing the success of an organization.  As the boss, you set the tone for your team.  If your employees are having issues with deadlines, performance or productivity, poor communication habits are likely at the root of the problem. 

Realign your team's focus through open communication. If you interact more with your employees, they will likely follow suit and communicate more effectively with you, one another and those they manage. Use the four tips in RealStreet's post to create a more open culture at your company.  Read the Full Post.
Summer Safety Information
Four Tips to Stay Safe
While Working Outdoors in the Summer
Working outdoors can be truly enjoyable, especially for those who dislike being cooped up inside an office all day. However, summer's high temperatures can cause serious problems. With the increased heat and sun exposure, it is important for individuals who work outdoors to be cognizant of the weather as well as their health and safety.

Even if you do not mind the heat, the human body is only programmed to handle so much. Furthermore, the sun can cause substantial damage to the body, if not protected. Use the four tips in RealStreet's post to take care of yourself this summer when temperatures surge to uncomfortable levels.   Read the Full Post.
National Heat Wave
The U.S. recently experienced a massive heat wave. Nearly all states endured heat indexes above 90 degrees, many reached above 100 degrees.  During times of intense heat, the  Occupational Safety and Health Administration  (OSHA), urges employers to take precautions to prevent heat related injuries. 

In a recent blog post, the administration further explained how exposure to extreme heat while working outdoors or in hot indoor environments "can be a matter of life and death." Both employers and employees need to be aware of warning signs, shown in the image below.

For additional heat safety references, utilize: 
Work Site Safety Pays Off!
This summer has been HOT! Curious why? Check out the following  TIME Magazine post discussing the causes of the recent heat wave and why it might be even hotter next summer.

If you are working outdoors or managing employees who work outside, remembe r to prioritize safety. After all, safety is often directly related to a company's success and each employee's well-being. Learn more about the benefits of job site safety in this Construction Dive Summary of the Dodge Data & Analytics SmartMarket Study

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