White Paper | Published 08.18.2021

Human Dimensions Assessment of Top-Performing Personnel Within Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors

This study identified the human dimensions (personality, emotional intelligence, and behavioral traits) of key job roles within SMACNA contractors. We also learned a lot about the top 10% of performers among Project Managers and Field Leaders. Understanding our most talented people helps us select and prepare the next generation of leaders. Even if you don’t …

Best Practices for Field Leader Succession

White Paper | Published 12.08.2020

Succession planning for construction leaders: Best Practices and Examples

Succession planning is important and most construction companies have a succession plan and process for the executive team. However, field leader succession planning has not been given the same level of focus. This is an urgent topic, as the leadership in the field are the closest touchpoint to customers and are a driver of the …

Engaging a Workforce in Transition

White Paper | Published 12.30.2019

Engaging a Workforce in Transition – Keeping Skilled Labor

The construction workforce is in the middle of a significant demographic shift. Yet few contractors seem prepared for the transition ahead. This poses great risks, chief among them the viability of the industry. The New Horizons Foundation, in partnership with FMI, conducted a survey and interviews exploring how construction-related firms are preparing for the generational …

Cover Sheet - Tools for Hiring, Promotion, and Development of Sheet Metal Contractor Personnel

White Paper | Published 02.01.2019

White Paper: Tools for the Hiring, Promotion, and Talent Development of Sheet Metal and Mechanical Contractor Personnel

Research shows that using personality and aptitude assessments can markedly reduce the variability (and uncertainty) in hiring and promotion decisions compared with relying on resumes and interviews alone. The New Horizons Foundation partnered with lead researchers at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of Kansas to understand how personality and aptitude …

The Use of Just-in-Time Training in Construction

Report | Published 09.01.2014

The Use of Just-in-Time Training in Construction

The Just-in-Time Training (JITT) report examines in detail the concept and application of Just-in-Time Training. The report: Defines just-in-time training and when to use it; Identifies  the need for JITT in the construction industry; Looks at who is using JITT now using current examples; Examines current and future training needs for HVAC/sheet metal contractors; Presents …

Cover Sheet - Comparison of Cost Factors in Union vs. Nonunion HVAC & Sheet Metal Contractors

Report | Published 10.01.2007

A Comparison of Operation Cost Factors: Union Versus Nonunion HVAC and Sheet Metal Contractors

The New Horizons Foundation, in conjunction with FMI Corporation, a respected construction industry consulting and research firm, sponsored a study that focused on comparing operating costs of union and nonunion contractors. The study concluded that cost differences in total costs, labor costs, fabricated ductwork, and crew mix contributed to the operating cost differences between union …