When you start a new construction project, your reputation is on the line. You don’t start looking to hire mediocre employees; you want the best. However, in the middle of an important building project, losing a good worker can be a serious challenge, a roadblock to completing the job on time. Losing good employees will happen every once in a while, but when you start noticing a trend, it’s time to take a deep look at your serious issues in your workforce planning.
When your best workers quit, it can slow down or even halt a construction job entirely. That’s why it is so important to find out the reasons why your top workers decide to move on to other opportunities. While the specific reasons for each business may be different, there are many common trends in the construction industry. Here are some reasons your most highly talented workers might be leaving.
Little opportunity for growth
Your best employees aren’t necessarily the most skilled, but they are often the most driven. They want new challenges and room to grow. Some want to become supervisors, while others are interested in building on their skills. If you are not promoting from within or offering additional trainings, your top talent may start looking for a company who will.
Ignoring the importance of work-life balance
When your best construction employees feel supported, they’ll work around the clock. However, if there is too much stress to meet deadlines or too much pressure to stay under budget, even your best employees will buckle. Taking the time to create a company that values a healthy work-life balance will show your top talent that you don’t just appreciate them as employees; you value them as people.
Constrained recognition and feedback
Your crew – both permanent and temporary employees – want to be recognized for a job well done. It’s one of the cheapest and most effective ways to prevent turnover. Recognizing hard work, even with just a sincere “thank you,” goes a long way. On the other hand, when employees want valid feedback when they don’t get the job just right, too. Productive feedback helps them become more effective and efficient on the job. Feedback can be given to each crew member individually or as a group. Employee recognition programs and regular performance reviews are two excellent ways to provide consistent feedback.
As you consider the staffing challenges your construction firm may face, remember you have many resources just a click away. Visit CCS Construction Staffing online to check out opportunities that can make your company stronger. We’ll get a plan in place that keeps your top talent happy and productive. Why waste money on a tedious hiring process when you can partner with CCS Construction Staffing and let our expert recruiters do all the hard work.