Past Polls

Should dash cameras or trackers be used for your employees’ company cars?

Yes
75.00%
No
25.00%
Other
0.00%

How important is it to gain credits (e.g., CEUs) when taking a webinar or other course?

Very important; I won’t take one without it
50.00%
Important, but I’ll still take a course without getting credits
16.67%
Not important
33.33%
Other
0.00%

OSHA’s new standard for respirable crystalline silica went into effect September 23. Is it:

About time
70.00%
Too strict
20.00%
Not enough
0.00%
Other
10.00%

What is your company’s biggest challenge right now?

Labor shortages
50.00%
Profit margins
30.00%
Safety protocols
20.00%
Other
0.00%

Do your crew members use company-owned vehicles to get to the jobsite?

Yes
73.33%
No, they use personal vehicles
26.67%
No, I don’t have crew members
0.00%
Other
0.00%

How do you usually get to your jobsites?

Trailer
0.00%
Truck
90.00%
Car
10.00%
Other
0.00%

How do you use your time at the office?

Completing admin tasks, such as payroll and contracts
60.00%
Looking for new work or workers
20.00%
Working on marketing your company
20.00%
Reading, networking, etc.
0.00%
Other
0.00%

When you’re driving to jobsites, how do you spend your time?

Listen to the radio or music
47.83%
Listen to podcasts
21.74%
Make calls
17.39%
Enjoy the ride
8.70%
Other
4.35%

What does the spring season bring for your company?

More calls from potential clients
50.00%
More delays in projects
25.00%
Increased safety
25.00%
Nothing different
0.00%
Other
0.00%

OSHA has made several changes to standards that may affect the coatings community. Do you agree with these changes?

Yes, they’re just right
50.00%
No, they’re too strict
50.00%
No, they’re not strict enough
0.00%
Other
0.00%

What kind of tips would most help you do your job better?

Marketing tips to potential customers
12.50%
Paperwork tips to run your business more successfully
25.00%
Updates coming out
37.50%
Tricks of the trade
25.00%
Other
0.00%

Do you think the new president will affect the way you do business this year?

Yes, in a positive way.
45.16%
Yes, in a negative way.
32.26%
No, it will stay the same.
22.58%
Other
0.00%

What types of mass media other than print do you use for work?

Webinars
33.33%
Podcasts
0.00%
Blogs
33.33%
Social media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn)
33.33%
Other
0.00%

Have you heard about CoatingsPro’s inaugural Contractor Awards Program?

Yes, I’m planning on entering a project.
16.67%
No, I haven’t heard of it yet.
75.00%
Other
8.33%

Which of the categories for CoatingsPro's inaugural Contractor Awards Program (deadline approaching!) best fits your company?

Commercial Concrete
0.00%
Commercial Roof
23.08%
Industrial Concrete
38.46%
Industrial Steel
23.08%
Specialty Project
7.69%
Contractor/Crew MVP
7.69%
Other
0.00%

Is your company experiencing issues with labor shortages?

Yes, and it’s affecting our bottom line
36.36%
Yes, but it’s not affecting our bottom line
27.27%
No
36.36%
Other
0.00%

Why do you attend industry events (e.g., conferences, trainings, golf tournaments):

To network
37.50%
To get training or education credits
43.75%
To visit a new place/travel
6.25%
I don’t attend them
6.25%
Other
6.25%

How do you prefer to share photos?

File sharing site online
23.08%
Email
69.23%
Mail
0.00%
Other
7.69%

Which part of the magazine do you flip to first?

Feature articles
50.00%
Industry updates
30.00%
Never Again
20.00%
Other
0.00%

What social media platforms do you use regularly?

Facebook
64.71%
LinkedIn
11.76%
Twitter
17.65%
Instagram
0.00%
Other
5.88%

How do you prefer to be contacted for business opportunities?

Email
78.57%
Call
14.29%
Text
7.14%
Other
0.00%

What do you think you’d like to see more of in CoatingsPro?

Commercial projects (e.g., concrete floors and parking garages)
21.43%
Industrial projects (e.g., bridges and ships)
28.57%
Industrial projects (e.g., bridges and ships)
0.00%
Roofing projects (including SPF)
7.14%
Information regarding skills for the contractor (e.g., training, money, marketing)
21.43%
Nothing, it’s perfect!
14.29%
Other
7.14%

How many employees do you have at your company?

1-9
27.27%
10-49
18.18%
50-99
4.55%
100-199
27.27%
200+
22.73%

Have you ever taken an OSHA training class? Or any safety training class?

No.
15.79%
Yes. I feel it is important to keep up with the latest safety regulations.
42.11%
Yes. It was part of my job requirements.
42.11%

How do you hear about updates on CoatingsPro’s website?

Direct to the website
0.00%
E-Newsletters
75.00%
Twitter
0.00%
Facebook
0.00%
Other
25.00%

Which best describes your company's primary business?

Commercial Coatings Contractor
26.32%
Flooring Contract Work
21.05%
Roofing Contract Work
0.00%
Engineer/Consultant/Specifier
10.53%
Insulation Contractor
0.00%
Other
42.11%

How do you use the internet (e.g., open source, websites, social media sites) for work?

I use it only for research, such as to find information on a product or person.
20.00%
I use it to connect with peers through social media.
0.00%
I use it as my main source for information.
0.00%
I use it in more than one way mentioned above.
80.00%
I don’t; I only use the internet for my personal life.
0.00%
Other.
0.00%

How do you prefer to learn about standard updates from organizations such as OSHA and EPA?

Receive email notification
37.50%
Read online
37.50%
See on social media
0.00%
Read in an article
12.50%
Other
12.50%

What is your biggest challenge related to safety?

Keeping everyone’s training up to date
25.00%
Keeping the books up to date
0.00%
Staying current on new standards
37.50%
Understanding different safety needs for different types of applications
37.50%
Other
0.00%

How do you spend your national holidays?

Taking a break from work and celebrating
100.00%
Working fewer hours
0.00%
Working the same hours but with a different crew
0.00%
Nothing changes
0.00%
Other
0.00%

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0.00%

When considering a “good” crew member, what do you mainly look for? Someone who is:

Experienced
22.22%
Reliable
66.67%
Honest
11.11%
Eager
0.00%
Other
0.00%

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What is your biggest challenge at work?

Finding and landing jobs
33.33%
Balancing your finances
0.00%
Balancing your finances
0.00%
Keeping good crews
33.33%
Completing successful projects
0.00%
Balancing personal and professional life
16.67%
Other
16.67%

What would you like more information regarding?

Concrete coatings
41.18%
Steel coatings
17.65%
Roof coating systems (including spray foam)
5.88%
Coatings failures
35.29%
Other
0.00%

What additional information would you like to hear about from experts in the field?

Tricks of the trade
75.00%
Updates to codes, standards, etc.
25.00%
Product updates
0.00%
Hot topics
0.00%
HR hints
0.00%

How long have you been working in the coatings industry?

Up to 5 years
17.95%
5-10 years
20.51%
10-15 years
7.69%
15-20 years
17.95%
20+ years
28.21%
Other
7.69%

What are you most looking forward to in the beginning of 2015?

Learning about new products and projects.
55.56%
Catching up on admin tasks.
0.00%
Attending training courses.
11.11%
Attending trade shows.
22.22%
Other. (List below.)
11.11%

What did you enjoy most in 2014?

New coatings products
18.18%
Upcoming coatings jobs
45.45%
Changes at work
18.18%
Changes at home
18.18%
Other (please describe below)
0.00%

What do the holidays mean to me and my company?

No work gets done
30.00%
I can’t get anyone on the phone
20.00%
Work picks up
0.00%
Nothing changes
30.00%
Other (please describe below)
20.00%

The upcoming winter months mean:

More time for administrative work I’ve put off
0.00%
Time to look for new projects for the next year
28.57%
Time to reflect on projects from this past year
14.29%
Nothing different; I can still do coatings jobs in the winter
57.14%
Other (please describe below)
0.00%

What motivates you to follow safe practices on the job?

Your health
64.71%
Management
5.88%
Your family/friends
23.53%
Other
5.88%

How does having a family affect your crew members?

Work schedules need to change
33.33%
Paperwork needs to be updated (e.g., insurance policies)
0.00%
Safety becomes a higher priority for those members
66.67%
Nothing changes
0.00%
Other (please describe below)
0.00%

During the hotter months, it’s most important for me to ensure that my crew is:

Taking breaks often
9.68%
Drinking lots of water
70.97%
Wearing air conditioned hoods
0.00%
Starting the workday earlier
16.13%
Other (please describe below)
3.23%

I use social media to:

Highlight my projects
18.18%
Connect with subject matter experts
36.36%
Discuss issues with my peers
9.09%
Prepare for tradeshows
0.00%
I don’t use social media
27.27%
Other (please describe below)
9.09%

Which department do you most enjoy reading in CoatingsPro?

Contractor’s Corner
62.50%
Specifying Success
12.50%
Safety First
12.50%
Marketing Savvy
0.00%
Money Matters
12.50%

If I went to one tradeshow this year, I would like to hear about:

Solutions to coatings failures
45.83%
Interesting project overviews
29.17%
Safety updates
16.67%
Information for the project manager
8.33%
Other
0.00%

CoatingsPro’s website is doing a good job of covering:

Industry news
23.53%
Top Articles
23.53%
The current issue
29.41%
All of the above
17.65%
None of the above (please describe below)
5.88%

What do you do when you go to a trade show?

I attend the education sessions
0.00%
I attend the tracks
0.00%
I walk the floor to stop by booths
33.33%
I go see the special exhibits
4.76%
All of the above
61.90%
None of the above
0.00%

What are you most looking forward to in 2014?

New coatings products
40.00%
Upcoming coatings jobs
20.00%
Changes at work
33.33%
Changes at home
6.67%
Other (please describe below)
0.00%

What do you love best about the website’s new look?

New coatings products
0.00%
Upcoming coatings jobs
0.00%
Changes at work
0.00%
Changes at home
0.00%
Other
100.00%