Best PracticesMore Like This

“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.

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RetentionMore Like This

There is no question that it is more difficult for construction and related industry firms to attract the number of candidates needed to fill today’s positions and to build managers for the future. For companies in remote or less developed regions, such as much of Northern New England, this challenge can be compounded by the lure of higher earning potential in bigger cities.

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Employee MotivationMore Like This

The first thing that comes to mind about a business’ strategy for human capital is people. Businesses must have the right people in the right roles who are energized to be efficient and profitable. The question that top executives should be asking is why their best people stay. They must determine what it takes to keep the best employees engaged and enthused about the work, as well as their individual status in the organization. The best source of that information is the employees themselves.

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Employee BenefitsMore Like This

In recent years, construction workers have incurred the most injuries of any industry in the private sector, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet, these workers count on being healthy to work and support themselves and their families. In the event that a worker experiences an accident on the job, he or she may not be able to afford the financial setbacks associated with medical bills.

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RecruitingMore Like This

After several years of increasing demand, construction firms are expanding their payrolls in almost every market segment. They are optimistic about growth in the retail, warehouse and lodging segments, as well as demand for manufacturing, energy and hospital construction. They also are ready to purchase and lease new equipment. Although the outlook is optimistic, construction firms face a number of significant challenges. Foremost among those challenges is the growing shortage of qualified workers to fill available positions.

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Continuing EducationMore Like This

One of the main components to a successful business is hardworking, talented employees. From the skilled laborer to the foreman to the front office operations manager–each role is critical in keeping the machine functioning at a high level. Like any part in a machine, neglect can lead to a costly breakdown. It will leave the business struggling to keep up with its customer project obligations and competitors in the marketplace.

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Employee MotivationMore Like This

All businesses have employees, customers, revenue and expenses, but few develop a true company culture in which employees are engaged and motivate. Creating a vibrant company culture requires time and energy from leadership. Without leadership commitment, there’s no way to create an engaging work environment. Use the following tips to create a culture that will keep current employees happy and attract new talent

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