The construction industry is coming around to the fact that age is not an indicator of job performance. It is no longer an aberration to see construction employers hire candidates who are in their late 60s, 70s and even 80s.
National construction employment remained largely unchanged for the second consecutive month, adding 5,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in April, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
Tips for Using Personality Assessments in the Hiring Process Construction Contractors Can Use Assessments to Find Top Employees
Hiring is a tricky thing. It is a mix of both art and science. Companies are looking to attract employees who have the requisite experience to fill a role and can propel an organization toward a specific vision. Identifying the right credentials on paper is easy, but critical factors such as culture fit, team fit and personality fit are often much more difficult to ascertain—and can make the difference between adequate and exemplary achievement by an employee.
With activity in the multifamily housing market picking up steam across the nation, concern about how the construction sector will meet increasing demand for qualified labor is mounting.
Turn Your Website Into a Recruiting Machine Construction Contractors Can Recruit Better Employees by Focusing on Their Websites
The construction industry is staring down the barrel of a decades-old talent shortage. There is no clear answer to the problem. The only thing certain is that firms will continue to compete fiercely to attract and recruit talent.
As we move from one phase of life to the next, our priorities naturally shift. It stands to reason then that our careers are shaped by the transitions we make in our lives. For example, the lifestyle and career goals of a 25-year-old are going to be very different from those of a 55-year-old.
If business owners have found themselves in the position of needing to hire a new project manager for their team, congratulations! Not only does this mean they are doing well enough to afford to bring on a new employee, but also that they have a new opportunity to re-energize the project team with fresh, savvy and competent leadership.
Act Quickly to Avoid Losing Top-Tier Candidates to Competitors Construction Employers Must Act Quickly to Recruit Top Employees
Construction industry employers are competing against each other to hire the most qualified people. Very few top-tier candidates are actively searching for new positions on the market. A majority of the most valuable candidates are passive. Passive candidates only become open to the idea of changing jobs when an extraordinary career opportunity comes to them.
The construction industry is facing a serious challenge. Its workforce is aging faster than any other industry in the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and construction companies nationwide are looking to fill multiple positions. Companies are desperate for new talent because employees who have been with them the longest are transitioning out, and there is not an adequate pipeline of new candidates to take their place.
Typically, disruption in the workplace is counterintuitive to productivity. But in terms of creating innovative ways to manage people, processes and technology, the concept of “disruption” isn’t such a bad thing for the construction industry. Change is stirring whether contractors are ready for it or not, and firms that have adopted new ways of managing scheduling and workflows are seeing stellar results—earning the accolades of repeat projects for key clients, as well as happy project partners.
On Nov. 22, 2016, the Eastern District Court of Texas issued an injunction blocking the implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Overtime Rules, which were set to go into effect Dec. 1, 2016.
“If we build it, they will come” doesn’t just apply to fictional baseball fields. It also applies to building better benefits plans in an effort to keep and retain better construction workers. Looking back on 2016, it’s no question that the construction industry is making big changes to employee benefits. Like most industries, construction is facing rising health care costs—all while balancing the demands of attracting and retaining skilled workers.