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.
For businesses in the construction industry, the success of any project depends on the skill of the team working on it. To improve business outcomes, employers must build strong, talented workforces by recruiting and retaining the right candidates, developing the potential of current employees and taking numerous other steps to achieve workforce excellence.
Create a Succession Plan to Ensure a Smooth Ownership Transition Construction Business Owners Must Start Now to Develop a Plan for Continued Growth
If there is any industry that appreciates the importance of planning, it is the construction industry. When so many moving parts need to come together for a construction project to be completed on time and on budget, planning and communication are the foundation of success.
There are two types of project managers: those who have completed courses to become certified project managers and everybody else. While not everyone can attend official project management training, everyone can benefit from a field guide for the “accidental project manager.”
There is a growing trend in the construction industry to train project managers. Reasons include the obvious goal of improved performance—both qualitative and financial. Other reasons are grounded in the many challenges faced by firms today to grow and retain staff, and develop future leaders for eventual leadership transition.
Where Skill Meets Ambition ABC’s National Craft Championships Shine a Light on the Industry’s Top Performers and Vast Career Opportunities
You have only six hours to complete the project. You’re working against the clock and against your competitors, and the judges are watching your every move. You’ve only had one night to consider what your scope of work might be. The cameras are rolling. This is it. At Associated Builders and Contractors’ National Craft Championships (NCC), the pressure is on.
Continuous Feedback Improves Employee Performance Performance Evaluations Help Construction Companies Create More Productive Work Environments
William James got it right when he said, “The deepest craving of the human nature is the need to be appreciated.” People want to know how they’re doing, and they want to be appreciated for a job well done. Daily performance evaluations are powerful tools to connect with this natural human desire and boost performance.
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.
Building an effective team of employees is a key to any businesses success. In some work environments, there are captive team members who have vested interest in a single organization. However, the fluid nature of construction projects makes building an effective team more challenging.
Hiring for and developing soft skills is critical to having high-performing, long-term employees. Business leaders can teach many aspects of a given job, but find it hard to identify and quantify soft skills.
Employers in the construction industry face a unique set of challenges in managing, developing and retaining workers. Some difficulties stem from the transient nature of the construction workforce, as many employees are temporary and are hired on only a per-project basis.
With the labor shortage upon us and the economy beginning to recover from the recession, workforce development is a huge topic of conversation in the construction industry. Following are a few ways contractors can deal with growth and the exodus of the baby boomer generation from the trades.