There’s no avoiding it — the recession ten years ago has had lasting impacts. Many workers that lost their jobs during the economic crisis did not return to the construction industry. Hiring managers are drawing talent from a small pool. Many construction professionals are aging out of the workforce, and the industry lacks fresh new recruits. As a leader, it’s your responsibility to have an effective team in place. Here are our top tips on how to work around the labor shortage:
Extend Your Market
When your construction project requires all hands on deck, you’ll need to find the best in the business. One way to do this is to broaden your search horizons. If you tend to hire workers in your direct vicinity, try expanding. CCS Construction Staffing recruits workers from all over the Southeast. Consider recruiting in nearby states, or further. Contact distributors that work out of multiple locations to track down qualified candidates.
Break away from your competition by investing in talent. Paying a premium for skilled trades will attract talent to your firm first. A competitive rate is the quickest way to maximize your hiring options. If you can’t make a higher salary happen, consider other benefits that may appeal to talented trades. Favorable hours or better benefits may be attractive to your audience. Do local research to find out what trades are interested in. Consider increased wages for professional trades as well as hourly workers, and the construction labor shortage will be less of a concern.
Enhanced Training Programs
Whether you’re managing workers fresh out of school or baby boomers with decades of experience, training can always help employees grow. Have more seasoned staff aid in the training of newbies. A great way to ensure staff of all ages can work together is joint trainings. Use your company’s resources to create workers qualified for a multitude of jobs. Multitalented employees are essential to a diverse workforce, so consider cross-training your staff in multiple disciplines.
For more information on how to find the right construction professionals to fill positions, take a look at the opportunities available through CCS Construction Staffing. Our resources will help you create a diverse and effective workforce that will blow away the competition. Contact us today to learn more.
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