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:: Developing a Personnel Management System

:: Team Building Workshop

:: Lead Carpenter Training: Get Your Production Staff to Focus on the Bottom Line!

:: Lead Carpenter Implementation: The confusing made simple!

:: Training Your Production Staff: The confusing made simple!

:: Training Your Production Staff: 5 Steps to Creating a Dynamic Training Program!

:: Building a High Performance Production Team

:: Getting the Hiring Process to Work for You!

:: Lead Carpenter Training: The What and How of Training Lead Carpenters

:: Avoiding The Multiple Job Misstep! Scheduling made simple

:: Burned Out and Hating Work? Life’s Too Short! Managing the long-term results of stress.

:: Accounting for Lead Carpenters: Making Sense Out of the Dollars

:: Time Management for Lead Carpenters

:: The Role of The Production Manager: From Firefighter to Manager

:: Change Orders: Lose Money, Make Money, You Choose!

:: Solutions For the Top Ten Mistakes Remodelers Make

:: Customer Service for The Production Staff

:: Building a Production System

:: Building a Team With Subcontractors

:: Customized Seminars

Developing a Personnel Management System

Job descriptions, interview questions, tests, and more for a complete personnel management system.

Every successful company has a system for hiring, evaluating and training their personnel. It is time to implement this strategy in the building and remodeling industries. This seminar will get participants started on workable job description for each employee group as well as evaluation/testing tools to determine placement with in the company. These tools will provide the basis for objective evaluations, pay raises, and training assessment for each employee.

Team Building Workshop

Gain the tools you need to build a great team in your company!

Good teamwork is not a given in any company and poor teamwork can cause loses in profits and moral! Learn the ideas behind building and maintaining a team and learn how to use some simple tools to achieve it. Seminar includes instruction on team building and actual exercises that you can use with your team to achieve success. This seminar is applicable to the company team as well as the company/sub-contractor/supplier team.

Lead Carpenter Training:

Get Your Production Staff to Focus on the Bottom Line!

This special seminar gives Lead Carpenters and contractors an understanding of the skills necessary for dealing effectively with work crews, subs, and customers…all with the expressed purpose of improving profit in their company. This seminar gives attendees the practical skills needed to effectively manage the site, personnel, and hands-on work. Key issues such as cost controls, scheduling, change orders, and safety are covered, as well as overviews on the systems and paperwork required. Attendees also learn important management skills and how to apply them effectively to crewmembers, subs, inspectors, architects, and clients.

Lead Carpenter Implementation:

The confusing made simple!

If you want to start a Lead Carpenter program in your company or are simply curious about what it involves, this seminar deals with the basics. You’ll leave this seminar with down-to-earth details on benefits, potential drawbacks, bonus systems, pitfalls to avoid, implementation schedules, commonly asked questions, and more.

Training Your Production Staff:

The confusing made simple!

If you want to start a Lead Carpenter program in your company or are simply curious about what it involves, this seminar deals with the basics. You’ll leave this seminar with down-to-earth details on benefits, potential drawbacks, bonus systems, pitfalls to avoid, implementation schedules, commonly asked questions, and more.

Training Your Production Staff:

5 Steps to Creating a Dynamic Training Program!

Walk out of this seminar with a detailed outline of a training program that will double efficiency and get your team geared up for profits. It’ll focus on why training is essential for your company, how to effectively train, and what training areas are critical for your production staff to master to achieve a profit.

Building a High Performance Production Team

Often production teams are working hard but not achieving their full potential. This seminar is designed to hit on several of the important topics in improving their performance. Topics include Training your employees, Incentives that work, Developing working job descriptions, Evaluating your systems, and Good job planning.

Getting the Hiring Process to Work for You!

In this business hiring the right employee is as important as having a good set of plans! This seminar will help you gain control of the process and hirer the right people for the job the first time. Ideas on where to look, how to run an interview, what to say in an ad, and taking applications are covered in this important seminar.

Lead Carpenter Training:

The What and How of Training Lead Carpenters

This seminar is designed for your Lead Carpenters to learn the basics of managing the job. A shortened version of the full day intensive, it focuses on 4 key areas of the Lead Carpenters job: how their work affects the profit of the company, job planning, managing the people, and scheduling the job. Your carpenters will come away with practical, real solutions to the problems they face everyday.

Avoiding The Multiple Job Misstep!

Scheduling made simple

For you as the owner of a small remodeling company or the Production Manager of a larger one scheduling the flow of work can be a difficult job. This seminar gives you reasons for actually scheduling the flow of work and the basics of how it is done. An introduction to Microsoft projects is part of this seminar as a tool for making scheduling more efficient.

Burned Out and Hating Work? Life’s Too Short!

Managing the long-term results of stress.

A feeling of lack of control over commitments and a growing tendency to think negatively are two common symptoms of burnout and could result in serious health issues for you or an employee. This seminar, created with the help of a mental health professional, will give you details on recognizing the difference between simple fatigue and stress related burnout. The seminar will also give you an understanding of the causes of burnout in you or your employees and practical ways to overcome this service industry problem. Gaining control of your life, creating a schedule that works for you, addressing your personnel attitudes, and improving your self-care habits will all be discussed.

Accounting for Lead Carpenters:

Making Sense Out of the Dollars

Do you want your Lead Carpenters to understand why the jobs cost so much and where all the money goes? This seminar will bring it all down to earth for them so that they will understand why net profit is important to them and how they affect the bottom line in your company. This interactive seminar has helped many field personnel to say, “Oh, now I understand” and helped companies work together on creating profit.

Time Management for Lead Carpenters

How do the standard time management principles that have served so well for management people in offices apply to the construction site? This seminar takes those principles and gives practical everyday examples of how they work. Ideas like planning ahead, keeping the space organized, and working to the plan are all discussed in relation to the everyday remodeling or new home site.

The Role of The Production Manager:

From Firefighter to Manager

Most production Managers spend their time “putting out fires”. Because their time is spent reacting to the events around them they do not do other tasks that would stop the fire before they start. This seminar will look at the role of the Production manager and give step by step tips on how to turn it around!

Change Orders: Lose Money, Make Money, You Choose!

Changes or additional work orders can be money makers or money looser it just depends on how you handle them. Setting the structure in the contract, how the field staff interacts with the client, and how the boss follows through are major factor that define success or failure. Each of these will be discussed and clear direction for success will be given.

Solutions For the Top Ten Mistakes Remodelers Make

Designed as an intro to a variety of issues, this seminar will look at the common mistakes that keep companies from producing profit on their jobs. The information included is derived from personal experience and having talked with hundreds of Remodelers. Learn from others before you make the same mistakes.

Customer Service for The Production Staff

Everyone knows that referrals are the life blood of any remodeling company. But do you know what the top two actions are that your team can take that will guarantee a satisfied client? This seminar will demonstrate evidence surrounding these top two and show how simple things like the way you listen will impact your clients for life.

Building a Production System

Whether you are just starting or struggling to make a company work, the key to success is in building systems within the company. This seminar will walk you through the process of building systems, step by step. The focus will be production but the skills learned will work for sales, marketing, and management.

Building a Team With Subcontractors

Two things are clear in the life of a Remodeler and they are the way we treat others will impact the way they treat us, and we need subcontractors to build our business. This seminar will focus on understanding each other’s business needs and problems and how to build mutual goals. By helping each other both companies will more easily meet their goals.

Customized Seminars

Field Training Services prides itself in trying to meet the needs of the audience being addressed. Call to discuss specific needs related to the above seminar descriptions or for other production related issues. Cost will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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“Tim,

We at Melton Design Build would like to thank you for the training and guidance that we recently received from you. We enjoyed having you come to our office to look at the way we were operating our Production department and giving us some training…”

Kevin Gregory,
Melton Design Build