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A critical issue for employers for many years, mental health in the workplace is costing employers billions of dollars in disability and lost productivity. The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing mental health issues to the forefront. As a result, many employers are finding that their response to mental health is lacking. Two speakers from Mental Health America will present their research on mental health in the workplace, addressing culture, stress and employee engagement during DFWAE’s August webinar.
WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 19 | 1 p.m. CT
COST: Complimentary for DFWAE Members; $10 for Non-members
SPEAKERS: Jessica Kennedy, Mental Health America; Taylor Adams, Mental Health America
As the United States begins to recover from its steepest economic downturn in history, the construction industry is faced with unprecedented levels of uncertainty. ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu will discuss how that uncertainty and broader macroeconomic conditions have affected the industry to date, the shape of the recovery to come, and what factors will determine the construction industry's trajectory over the coming months, including a deep dive into the results of the August Construction Backlog Indicator and Construction Confidence Index.
WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 12 | 2 p.m. CT
COST: Free for TEXO Members
SPEAKER: Anirban Basu, ABC Chief Economist
People who are in the sun a lot have an increased risk of skin cancers. Sunburn also hampers the body’s natural cooling process, perspiration. Wearing light-colored cotton clothing helps reflect bright sun-light, a broad-brimmed hat helps shade your head and neck, a wet bandana around your neck helps keep you cool, and wearing the appropriate sunscreen or sun-block helps you cope with the hot sun and avoid the discomfort of a painful sunburn.
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What's Happening at TEXOWhat's Happening at TEXO
2020 has been difficult – but we know positive things can come out of difficult situations.  We have learned several things from this crazy year:
  • We can productively video conference over the internet (saving fuel, time and energy).
  • We need to openly discuss the dynamics of our industry.
  • We need each other.
Purpose: To facilitate membership communication in a video conference based roundtable discussion with 10‑15 people about a current topic.

Vision: Members will find value in discussing current topics and casually learning from general discussion with peers.
Diversity and Inclusion Efforts in the Workplace | Thursday, Aug. 6 | 9-10 a.m.
Safety Best Practices | Thursday, Aug. 13 | 9-10 a.m.
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Discover how to mine the gold you already own - your experience, background and personality - to become your "best self" during any leadership role. Use proved techniques to channel the nervous energy of old fears into exceptional presentation skills. 
Session 1 | Monday, Aug. 17
Session 2 | Monday, Aug. 24
Session 3 | Monday, Aug. 31
Session 4 | Monday, Sept. 14
Session 5 | Monday, Sept. 21
This is an instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include first aid for sudden illnesses, injuries and protection from blood-borne pathogens; choking relief and sudden cardiac arrest for adults. This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements.
WHEN: Monday, Aug. 10 | 8 a.m. - Noon
OSHA 30-Hour Construction safety course is intended for supervisors or for workers with some safety responsibility. It provides a greater depth and variety of training on an expanded list of topics associated with workplace hazards than the TEXO Safety First class. Topics include recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards found in the workplace.
WHEN: Aug. 17-20 | 7 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.
Project scheduling is an essential tool for every project manager, executive and supervisor. Construction is difficult enough and having a solid plan can make the difference between success and failure. Good scheduling practices are essential to developing and maintaining a valid, useful critical path method (CPM) schedule. Understanding the best practices will help the user create a stronger schedule. This class will also discuss risk management, including identifying changes, noting contract requirements, developing and using fragnets, and preparing time impact analyses. This series will not require a computer or scheduling software. 
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 1 & 15 | 7:30 - 11 a.m.
  • A "No Handshake" policy will be in effect at all events. This includes fist bumps, elbow bumps and other greetings that go against the 6-foot social distancing practices.
  • Social distancing practices will be put in place in all common areas.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at the registration table and in front of all meal stations.
  • Common areas will be wiped down consistently throughout the course of the event.
  • Attendees are encouraged to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after any eating, blowing of the nose, coughing, sneezing and using the bathroom.
  • Attendees who have any symptoms related to COVID-19 are discouraged from attending any events. Attendees who have a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, or vomiting within the previous two weeks of the event should not attend.
We are committed to staying in communication with our members to provide timely updates and useful resources throughout this uncertain period, so be sure to keep checking back on our website for a continuously updated list of resources and materials: www.texoassociation.org/resources/coronavirus.
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Reliable Paving, Inc.
TEXO Challenge CupTEXO Challenge Cup
Platinum: Milwaukee Tools
Gold: Mogul Wealth, Prime Controls, TDIndustries, The Beck Group
Member Discount ProgramsMember Discount Programs
CompGroup AGC is a registered safety group formed to administer the workers' compensation program underwritten by Texas Mutual for building construction contractors that are members of the AGC. They offer expert claim oversight, specialized loss prevention services, including extensive practical safety information, workshops and special educational events. Call Julie Schatz @ 972-770-4444 or email the CompGroupAGC@RobertsandCrow.com to get information on how your agent can access this competitive program.

Through Reliant Energy’s partnerships with AGC Texas Building Branch, TEXO members receive exclusive benefits for using and promoting Reliant Energy for electric service. 

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