May 2018 Issue
Hearts & Minds (Inside Cover)
Feature Story (Inside Cover)
New Hires/Promotions (page 16)
Career Opportunities (page 18)
Employee Spotlight (page 19)
Recent Events (page 3)
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
This year for Safety Week, branches are gearing up for impactful talks, activities and events. Here are some sneak peeks!
Lake Mary is engaging branch personnel with specific trainings and topics for each day. Lunch & Learns, Biometric testing, in-house active shooter training, giveaways and jobsite lunches are just a few of the exciting activities on the docket!
Tampa Recognition Event
TMH Sanitary Team
ESPN Wide World of Sports
5 Years of Service
30-35 Years of Service
10-15 Years of Service
Lake Mary Recognition Event
The Tampa team exhibited at a local career fair this past month and almost immediately reaped the rewards of their labor! Amidst 40 other vendors, the Harper booth had a steady stream of interested candidates. A few attendees even filled out an application right there on the spot!
Career Fair: Tampa Bay Build
BOMA featured Harper's Achievement on their website. Check it out HERE.
The Service Team in action! This Chiller rebuild job, worth over $200K at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando, was led by Lead Technician, Joe Patton.
Out of the entire company, Harper has received the "Service Branch of the Year"," "Growth of Maintenance Base," & "Service Profit Award" for 2017! Congratulations Service team on a job well done!
Harper Branch Recognition
Best Movement to Owner Direct
Best Training Programs
Strongest Account Management Progress
We Care Survey Less Than 2.5
Beat Construction Gross Margin Sales Plan
Health & Wellness: Allergy Season
"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."
Runny noses, pounding headaches, and choruses of “ahhchoo!”...
Oh, the joys of Spring!
The warmer weather and blossoming flowers are welcome additions to our bleak landscape after too many months of winter. Unfortunately, these seasonal beauties also bring seasonal allergies. Shockingly, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year (1). So in order to enjoy the sunny weather, green trees and fresh air this Spring, follow these tips to silence your allergies and encourage more fun in the sun!
Over the counter medicines can help mitigate your symptoms. Look for products with Antihistamines, Corticosteroids and Decongestants.
For a more natural approach, avoid certain foods: alcohol, caffeine, conventional dairy, chocolate, peanuts, sugar, wheat, citrus and chocolate. These foods commonly make hay fever worse. Substitute them with raw honey, spicy foods, bone broth, pineapple and probiotic-rich foods! And of course, drink plenty of water!
Many specialists argue that the natural course of action is better for you, so if you’re up to the challenge, start taking supplements! Spirulina, Quercetin, Butterbur, Probiotics, Vitamin A, Bromelain, Zinc and Stinging Nettle can all help target the real problem and not just address the symptoms.
For a non-ingestible alternative, try using a Neti Pot to relieve nasal congestion. Diffusing essential oils can also help open up your airways.
Clean the house! Wash clothes and bedding more often, declutter to get rid of all that winter dust, and keep your windows closed to minimize pollen entering your home. (2)
1 American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
2 Dr. Axe Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
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.
Figure 1: Dell Display Manager software comes with pre-set configurations to split the display.
Our work at LEDS involves the simultaneous use of many programs and documents to achieve the tasks at hand. Examples of this in-tandem usage can range from a simple design task such as markups shown via BlueBeam software incorporated into an AutoCAD or Revit model to design for estimate work where the design narrative, bid documents, design mark-ups, and governing codes often have to be examined simultaneously to evaluate the optimal compliant design path. Tasks with multiple sources of input such as design for estimate require constant shuffling between spreadsheets, PDFs, browsers, and modeling software, and time is quickly lost doubling back to find the lines of pertinent information needed.
Operations that involve large format displays have the greatest potential to increase and streamline work productivity. The Dell 43" 4K monitor is our first implementation of large format displays. This monitor allows the user to maximize screen real estate by offering the ability to split the display into multiple quadrants via Dell Display Manager software. The software also allows users to save a custom window arrangement for quick selection.
This custom split option grants LEDS employees the freedom to create a display arrangement that suits their personal workflow best. This benefit dramatically reduces the time shuffling between windows and improves the productivity of our employees. But beyond even the size and cell splitting capabilities, the Dell 43" monitor is also capable of simultaneously displaying up to 4 inputs. This ability facilitates collaboration between project team members, allowing them to share a monitor but still maintain a respectable amount of screen space to work in. It also allows team members to view meetings (such as Go-to-Meetings or BIM coordination meetings) and meeting-relevant information or models side-by-side.
As LEDS uses this new monitor, we will note all of the new benefits and potential downsides of this product. LEDS is excited to see these new capabilities put to use as we continue to find and try new and innovative solutions for our employees and clients alike.
Figure 2: Custom window layouts from two LEDS employees have helped them to optimize their workflow.
Tips for Driving Safely in and Around Work Zones
Know Before You Go. Check your phone apps, agency websites, and the radio for the latest traffic information to ensure a safe and timely trip.
Wear Your Seatbelt. It is your best defense in a crash.
Expect the Unexpected. Work zones change often. The area you drove through yesterday may look different today.
Avoid Distractions. Distracted driving in a work zone can have deadly consequences. Put down your phone and keep your eyes on the road.
Pay Attention to Other Drivers. Narrowed traffic patterns provide less ability to maneuver around other vehicles safely. Paying attention can prevent the need for evasive actions in work zones.
Don't Speed or Tailgate. Keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you and don't speed. Tailgating and speeding lead to crashes with other vehicles and field workers.
Obey Road Crews and Signs. Flaggers know how best to move traffic safely in work zones. The warning signs are there to help you and other drivers move safely.
Be Patient and Stay Calm. Work zone crew members are working to improve the road and make your future drive better. Stay calm and drive safely.
Source: Federal Highway Administration
National Construction Zone
National Work Zone Awareness Week was April 9-13, 2018.
Each year in the spring, National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is held to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety and mobility issues in work zones. Since 1999, FHWA has worked with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) to coordinate and sponsor the event. Over the years, other transportation partners have joined the effort to support NWZAW. In addition to a National event conducted each year, many States host their own NWZAW events.
Creating Great Opportunities for People
What's New in the Training World?
Superintendent Training for Scorecard Automation- April 11
Marketing & Communications Intranet Pages Lunch & Learn - May 3,4
new hires + promotions
Idalmis Roman - HR Manager 4-30-2018
John D'Amico - Vice President of Finance 4-02-2018
James Whitehead- Shop Superintendent 4-02-2018
Gloria Silva - People & Culture Generalist 4-01-2018
Branch: Lake Mary
Position: Project Manager
What is your favorite sport?
Watching: College Football.
What one food do you wish had zero calories?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
As a happy husband and father.
Where would you like to go on a dream vacation?
There are too many to say. Hawaii is next on my list though.
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