While the industry is continuing to grow, construction companies have been facing issues with finding talent to fill positions and get their jobs done. We’ve researched and found what some companies are doing lately to overcome the labor shortage and get new talent.
Offer More Training
Lack of training may be one cause behind the lower interest by millennials in the construction industry. According to Construction & Demolition Recycling, “The formal training required in the construction trades is harder to come by today than it was before the housing bust.” They suggest that vocational programs, technical schools and colleges may not be as prevalent as they were in the past, therefore younger generations are not as knowledgeable when choosing this career path.
Proper training is crucial with new hires, whether they’ve had previous training or not. Training or onboarding programs will ensure your entire team is well informed about the industry and your company. Regular training is also encouraged, especially for safety purposes.
Invest in Your Employees
Attract younger generations to your company by offering career advancements. On average, graduates with a bachelor’s degree owe between $20,000 – $25,000 post college and are paying these loans off well into their 30s. Creating opportunities to educate your employees can help them to grow with your company and their career. Offering management positions and better pay can also entice them to stay with your company.
With Millennials entering the workforce and technology getting more and more advanced, it would benefit your company to make use of the many construction applications available. According to the Construction Productivity Blog, “Choosing the right construction software can make a big difference for foremen and superintendents by allowing them to get more done through increased efficiency and productivity”.
Construction apps can be used on your team’s mobile devices to reduce waiting time and update employees and project information from anywhere in the field or office. They can also help with language barriers so that coworkers that speak different languages can work on the same project with less confusion and error.
Give your employees the opportunities to succeed in this industry and keep up to date with emerging, helpful advancements. Also, things like allowing for flexible schedules can be helpful to your team and make your company a more desired place to work.