Are these applications something I can do on my own?
- Well, I'm not sure if you are aware of how many steps this process consists of. I then show them in my portfolio a pictorial of the steps which I'm sure my competitors aren't doing.
- We've been trained to use professional products and when put in the wrong hands could be hazardous and spell disaster.
- Some of the products we work with are reactive materials and you actually only get one chance. If you apply them in the wrong fashion, a drip or spill can become a permanent feature of your floor. It isn't as easy as one thinks.
I admire companies that invest in their employees' futures with continuing education whether the training is on software, sales and marketing, estimating, or decorative concrete applications. Round table discussions are a cost effective way of educating your employees that do not require a tremendous amount of time and can be easily implemented into your own company's business structure with topics including: "How can we increase production rates?" "How can we improve the quality of our work?" and "How should employees address clients' questions?"
With the winter months and most likely a few rain or snow days just around the corner, round table discussions can be an effective way of increasing your employees' knowledge base and showing them you care not only about improving the company but improving them as well.
Bob Harris is the founder and president of the Decorative Concrete Institute, Temple, Ga., which provides hands-on training in architectural concrete. He has personally placed or supervised the placement of more than 3 million square feet of decorative concrete and is the author of a best-selling series of decorative concrete books and DVDs. For more information, call (877) DCI-8080 or visit www.decorativeconcreteinstitute.com.