Every time we welcome a new year, I feel as if we are being given a chance to start anew, to refresh—even though I know Mondays are still going to be Mondays and the car payment will still be due on the 11th. It is those delicious moments in between—the unexpected visit from a friend, the adoption of a new pet, the discovery of a new hobby—that add the spice to the predictable routine.
And you might think I might be experiencing a little ho-hum myself after serving as your editor for 30 years, but that is hardly the case and part of the reason I have continued doing what I do. This year has one of those great moments that break up the same-old, same-old: December 2024 will mark 50 years that this magazine has been published, and we will celebrate that accomplishment with various articles throughout the year—at times with your help. Let me know if you have any ideas you would like us to cover.
In the meantime, we have this, our last issue of 2023.
Our first feature article, which is on page 22, recognizes that state laws are rapidly changing in favor of the recreational use of marijuana among adults, but federal law still bans it in the nation. Have AWCI’s member contractors felt the need to change their company policies based on new state laws? Are drug tests being administered regardless of what the state says? Is now the time for Cheech and Chong to consider a construction career? Read the article to find out. (Spoiler alert: Now is absolutely not the time for Cheech and Chong to consider a career in construction.)
If you get high in a different way—high on ceilings, that is—then turn to page 28 right now. Texas-based Marek is our AWCI Member Spotlight article this month, and their ceiling work is sure to give you a buzz. Learn not only about how they did their high-profile jobs, but also how the company is dealing with labor shortages and supply issues.
Finally, employee turnover will likely continue to be a problem this year, and the article that begins on page 34 examines the seven possible causes and the eight consequences of turnover. It then delivers four different things you can do immediately to keep the people who are worth keeping. It is something to seriously think about.
Thank you all for continuing to read AWCI’s flagship publication. Let’s enjoy it for at least another 50 years!