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The #1 reason the highly skilled electricians are leaving the electrical field is because of lack of pay. It is extremely sad when a pipefitter, plumber and hvac/r makes more money than an electrician. We have the most dangerous job in the construction... — Jason7979 on Dec 02
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/stop-calling-me-millennial-please-hillary-frisbie-aponte?trk=hp-feed-article-title-like — Victoria0429 on Dec 01
One thing left out from this article was coordination with other trades on larger jobs. This is very important on all jobs. If your techs have to wait for another contractor to finish, or move out of the way, the efficiency of each worker can drop to about... — Adroit1 on Nov 30
Here is an article from Harvard Business Review on the most successful sales personality. It isn’t the relationship builder personality. Summary: http://paulself.com/successful-sales-personalities/ Full article:... — Paul Self on Nov 30
I volunteer for “having a basket of french fries with cheese” with Wave. — Julie Jacobson on Nov 30
This article was very interesting in terms of defining trends using social media buzz.  The industry (CEPro industry) can survive if it adapts to the changes that are here.  I think that CEPros should consider making the pivot toward smart home as a... — ahardeman on Nov 29
This industry is a slow death to the end for dealers and installers. Sure there will always be a few around, but it will shrink and die. The margins of this last week from manufactures direct, or TV manufactures asking us to make $3 on TV’s is a... — dbendell on Nov 29

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