I was asked recently what today’s greatest challenges are for concrete contractors. I came up with a list of seven, in no particular order:

  1. Increasing complexity of materials and equipment.
  2. Increasing difficulty of complying with regulations (employment, safety, environmental, ADA, MBE).
  3. Dealing with the shortage of workers and developing existing workers into leaders.
  4. Determining the best time to invest in your business versus the “hunker-down” mentality that has dominated over the past 5 years.
  5. Managing your businesses and operations with the newest software and communication platforms.
  6. Transition/succession planning
  7. Keeping up with the newest technology.

Do you agree with this list? What is your greatest challenge?