Foremen Learn Value of Time at the PHCC Foremen Workshop

The attendees of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association Educational Foundation’s recent Super Foremen Workshop learned just how much time is wasted on a typical construction project.

In the workshop, attendees used a spreadsheet to add up the time impacts of poor planning, missing materials, personal chores done on company time, late arrivals and early departures, unplanned delays (an inspector not showing up, etc.) and more. Multiplying those lost minutes by their labor rates and the number of company employees produced shocking numbers. The worksheet calculated the lost productivity at one company with 500+ employees to be over $80 million a year.

The sold-out two-day workshop was conducted June 24-25 and hosted by A. O. Smith University from its training facility in Ashland City, Tennessee. Purdue University Professor Emeritus Kirk Alter led the program over Zoom, with the AOSU studio allowing him to move as he would in a physical classroom, teaching from slides or hitting the whiteboard to show the attendees how the numbers add up.

A.O. Smith University supported the program through use of their studio, and A. O. Smith and Kohler Company also sponsored the class, reducing the registration fee for attendees.

The foundation will conduct another online foremen training July 22-23, from A. O. Smith University, also sponsored by A. O. Smith and Kohler Company. Visit for more information and to register. Class size is limited.

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