April 2018 Issue
Safety Week Is Just Around The Corner
Hearts & Minds (Inside Cover)
Feature Story (Inside Cover)
New Hires/Promotions (page 11)
Career Opportunities (page 13)
Employee Spotlight (page 14)
Recent Events (page 10)
This year, May 7th kicks off the week-long celebration of—and re-dedication to—safety. Each day a different, real-life and relevant safety issue will be highlighted. The hope is that highlighting everyday safety concerns, rather than the tired, typical workplace standards will help to re-energize everyone in our collective quest to lead safer lives in and outside of the workplace.
Harper's Daily Safety Week schedule is as follows:
· Monday, May 7th – Fall Protection & Equipment Inspection
· Tuesday, May 8th – Lock Out Tag Out
· Wednesday, May 9th – Suicide Prevention
· Thursday, May 10th – Confined Space
· Friday, May 11th – Employee Recognition & Active Shooter
Safety Week is an industry-wide initiative. Beginning in 2014, more than 40 national and global construction firms, realizing that safety crosses any and all competitive boundaries, joined forces to make this annual awareness event a top priority. CEO Charlie Bacon serves as a member of the leadership committee responsible for the development and facilitation of Safety Week. The mission is simple but extremely important:
…to collectively raise the awareness of the construction industry’s continuing commitment to eliminating worker injury, and to clearly communicate its dedication to a shared culture of care and concern and the belief that every week must be Safety Week.
Leading the Learning
at the new Learning Center
Laura Cooley’s dynamic career began with Microelectronics in the California Bay Area focused on project controls and acquisition integration. It continued into the field in New Jersey, Midwest and California building Pharmaceutical laboratories and production facilities. She gained attention through strong manager, peer and client advocacy for delivering high quality results, leadership and innovation and found herself in New York City.
Laura is an Industrial Engineer, Auditor for ISO 9000 & ISO 14000, Examiner for the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and a construction industry veteran. Laura has facilitated numerous partnering sessions and peer reviews across multiple markets for at-risk construction projects. She is an experienced instructional designer and instructor holding certifications from Qualtec Six Sigma and Development Dimensions International (DDI) and has developed multiple strategic, enterprise-wide training and development programs.
Working as Director of Performance Excellence, independent consultant and Senior Manager of Operational Excellence for global construction management firms, Laura supplemented her construction field experience by innovating, developing and deploying operational systems, processes and organization-wide training and professional development programs. She has been recognized by multiple professional construction organizations as a speaker, leader, coach and mentor.
Now as Director of Operations Training & Development, Laura brings practical and diverse construction experience, education and leadership to facilitate the development of best-in-class construction professionals.
We welcome Laura Cooley, a strategic hire for the company. Laura will serve as the new Director of Training & Development, operating out of Orlando, FL.
Tips and Tricks for a Tidy Workspace
April’s showers bring May flowers and with it Spring! In preparation for the warm air and budding tulips, many people are breaking out the dust mops and Windex. This process, also known as Spring Cleaning, is a cherished tradition across the globe, and so Harper is embracing the same concept right here - in our very own office spaces. Follow these tips to tidy up your cubicle this Spring season!
Figure out exactly what is most important and only keep those items at arm’s length.
Create areas of work: Computer, papers, new items, archived items, etc.
Clean out that Catch-All drawer! Hiding junk away in a drawer does not remove the junk, it simply moves it. Use dividers, organizers or just throw items away if they’re no longer important.
Be sure to consistently disinfect your workspace. Even if your area is neat, the daily build up of dust, food stains and fingerprints accumulate over time. A routine of wiping down your desk once a week will allow you not only to disinfect, but also to clean up any old paperwork or trash that would typically linger.
After your desk is in tip-top shape, move on to your online workspace - your computer.
Never create a To-Do List using your email. Emails go in and out every day, and it is an easy way to lose information. Find a free to-do list app to help organize all of the tasks you receive every day.
A screen can become cluttered with icons and will trigger your stress hormone, making it almost impossible to find anything. Create a logical filing system and reduce your desktop icons to the most valuable.
Clear off sticky notes and reminders your monitor because they will only distract you from your work.
Happy Spring Cleaning!
"I love the open concept of this new floor plan and the splashes of color on the walls. It really makes the office a unique and inviting space to work in."
Health & Wellness
Mark Your Calendars
Creating Spool drawings in Revit
This innovation was passed off to the planning departments and is currently being beta tested in some branches pending implementation.
Revit is a software used by many of our planning and coordination departments for fabrication drawing production. In order to roll out this software in every planning and coordination department though, there had to be a way to keep the process lean and create Spool Drawings using Fabrication Parts in the Revit Software. The current out-of-the-box Revit lacks the ability to do this. Using Dynamo, Luis Ojeda was able to craft a tool that allows the generatation of "Spool Drawings" using the Revit platform. By creating this tool, Harper is yet again able to stay ahead of the competition through innovation.
Randomly select (3) Innovation submissions every two weeks and give them a $50 eGift card.
Good Innovation submission and is being implemented but has a specific/limited application- $200 Gift Card
Idea does not meet general requirements, has already been reviewed or is already being implemented.
General Innovation Submissions
All submissions via the submission form will receive a follow-up confirmation email.
Innovation Forum reviews these submissions and and categorizes the idea under one of the following designations:
Topic is directly related to another department /group (i.e. safety) who will be the "decision makers" and it will no longer be discussed by the forum. These are candidates for the $500 if they are implemented.
Employees submit Innovation Ideas via Form
Random submissions ARE chosen each month and will receive an award.
"Pass It Off"
Innovation being implemented on large scale or has large ROI. Reward $500
Ideas which are proven to be valid will proceed to the approval / implementation phases.
National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC) hosted Women In Construction (WIC) Week this past month. In concert with the collective female voice, Harper women stepped up to share their thoughts about their roles in this industry. In case you missed the social media blasts, here are a few to whet your appetite for next year:
WIC Week “highlight[s] women as a visible component of the construction industry. WIC Week also provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.”
We are proud and thankful for the female influencers in our offices and on our jobsites.
Women in Construction Recap
Creating Great Opportunities for People
What's New in the Training World?
PM Module Training - March 13th, 14th, & 15th
Service Tech - Manufacturer Certification Training (Liebert & Daikin) - February 26th - March 2nd
Med Gas Training - March 5th - March 9th
Franklin Covey - 5 Choices Productivity Training - March 28th
Hanger Assembly Training - March 28th
Congratulations to Holt Hamilton & His New Bride, Alex Romigh Hamilton!
Congratulations to Alex Taugher & His New Bride, Stephanie!
Holt, South Florida Project Executive, married his sweetheart, Alex Romigh, at Creek Farms in Melbourne, FL on February 18, 2018. They spent a week chasing the northern lights, dog sledding, riding snow mobiles, exploring the arctic, fishing, and swimming in the fjords (brrrrr!) in beautiful Northern Norway.
Congratulations Holt & Alex!
The Taughers were wed at Holy Family Catholic Church in Orlando on March 3rd. The reception was at the Hilton on International Drive where 135 family and friends witnessed a happy couple share their first dance, cake cutting and joyous dancing! Because both Alex, Harper Project Manager, and Stephanie grew up in Fairfax, VA and only moved to Florida 18 months ago, their Florida wedding was considered a "destination" wedding.
As pictured here, Alex wore a white tuxedo to honor his dad. "My dad wore a white tux when my parents got married, so I decided to do the same to honor him since he passed away," he shared.
The couple were excited to share where they had their rehearsal dinner: Bay Hill Club & Lodge. When HUGE sports fans make up both families, there really wasn't any other choice. Alex commented, "Everyone thought it was extremely cool to see all of the Arnold Palmer memorabilia, the men's locker room (which we learned is actually just a bar), and take pictures in front of his statue."
Greg Kimble - Branch Financial Manager - 3/5/2018
Position: Senior Project Manager
How has Harper helped you in your career development?
Harper has given me more responsibility and freedom in my role than I have had in the past. This has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of all aspects of our division, from the early sale through the closeout.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
David Benoist (I hear he performs local opera here in Tampa).
What does true leadership mean to you?
A good leader is one that can get his/her team heading to the same end goal in a unified manner. One that understands the strengths and weaknesses of the team and can set up the parts accordingly. A good leader will also have the respect of the team because without that, they won't follow for long.
What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
A luxury box for the Tampa Bay Lightning and one for the Georgia Bulldogs.
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