Your workers are the backbone of your business, so the investment you make in attracting skilled laborers and craftspeople will pay off big. For the best results in your construction worker recruitment and training, go in with a plan.
Expand Your Recruiting Reach
Look beyond the construction industry for potential employees. Transportation, manufacturing, agriculture and many other industries all attract people who could be an asset to your company. Focus on attitude and personality over construction experience. You want a self-starter with a positive attitude and a determination to benefit your company. Find someone like this and providing training will be a breeze. In fact, many construction companies offer internships and apprenticeships to attract future employees.
Your current employees can help with construction worker recruitment and training. To encourage them to recommend quality candidates, establish an employee referral program. Offer rewards such as cash bonuses, public recognition or travel vouchers to those who bring in the best potential employees, whether or not those candidates are hired. Recruiting this way has benefits beyond cost savings. Workers who come through referrals often fit the company culture better and stay longer than those recruited in other ways.
Spend Time Screening
Before you invite a job candidate for an in-person interview, hold a brief telephone interview. This gives you a time-efficient way to go over the candidate’s resume with them, discuss their career objectives, and get a general sense of their personality.
Take advantage of pre-employment assessment tests. The results of these tests help you evaluate the candidate’s proficiency with basic skills and spot personality traits that could cause friction in the workplace.
Do your due diligence when checking references. It may seem time consuming or even excessive, but talking with candidates’ former bosses can reveal unexpected issues that could change your mind about hiring them. In addition to the references listed on the resume, take the extra step to seek out foremen and supervisors who worked with the candidate.
For more tips on improving your construction worker recruitment and training strategies, contact the construction leads experts at Construction Monitor.