When the construction industry expands, the demand for skilled employees naturally goes up. Unfortunately for many companies, there are only so many employees available, especially in some of the more specialized areas of the building trades. As companies face this shortage of qualified employees, they must come up with ways to attract, hire and retain the workers they need. Here are some construction employment tips that can help you navigate these difficult personnel issues.
- Tend to the basics: Good salaries, appealing benefits, vacation time, insurance, a safe workplace—all of these are considered basic by many employees. If a company appears to be holding back on these benefits, employees are going to be less willing to work for that company. Experts and specialists are especially likely to avoid working for a company that skimps on the basics.
- Give employees autonomy: Employees like to be free to make their own decisions and control their daily activities. When you have employees you can trust, or when you hire professionals, give them the freedom and autonomy that makes them happy and energizes them to put forth their best effort. Younger workers, especially, need a degree of autonomy, according to reporter Emily Peiffer in an article on the Construction Dive website.
- Provide opportunities to learn and improve skills: Make sure your employees have multiple opportunities to learn more about their own trades, along with chances to expand their knowledge into other areas. Give them access to training sessions, formal classes and direct experience or apprenticeships with older workers who have high-level knowledge and skills.
- Explain why: Help employees attain a greater sense of purpose beyond the simplest one of “building a building.” Give your employees a real sense of why they are working on a particular project and what the building will be used for once it is finished.
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