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Veteran Spotlight: [STEP]ping Out of Her Comfort Zone

Submitted by on Thu, 11/09/2017 - 17:48

Sgt.E-5 Nicole Cruz spent six years in the Army as a military police officer, but she never would have guessed that almost a decade later, she would be part of the United Rentals team.

After her time in the Army, Cruz spent 5 years as an operations supervisor for the security department in a hospital. When it was time for a change, Cruz took a leap of faith and committed herself the STEP (Service To Employment Program) at United Rentals.

To Boost Productivity, Improve How Your Teams Communicate

Submitted by on Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:19

Effective communication costs little yet the ROI can be huge. 


Semi-automated equipment, prefabrication, lean construction and IPD contracts all contribute to increased productivity. But something much simpler can significantly move the needle, too: effective communication.  

In a recent survey by Dodge Data & Analytics, 35 percent of respondents chose increased training on communication skills as a top method of improving labor productivity. 

Boosting Productivity by Measuring Equipment Consumption and Utilization

Submitted by on Fri, 02/22/2019 - 09:15

In equipment utilization as in everything else, you can’t manage what you don’t measure. 


Many companies in construction and heavy industry have a blind spot around equipment usage — one that’s costing them billions of dollars. A Texas A&M University study found that 82 percent of survey participants believed increasing equipment utilization could increase ROI, but nearly half of those same respondents did not track or measure it. 

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