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5 Ways to Help Your Organization Overcome the Construction Labor Shortage

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The ongoing labor shortage within the industry is no secret. For every five skilled trade workers who leave the industry, only one new hire replaces them. With an increase in construction projects, labor shortages are projected to exceed one million workers.

Whether they’re unemployed or looking for a career change, job seekers are disappointed with what’s available. The national unemployment rate hovers around 4.5 percent, and millennials especially are seeing failure in the job market before opportunity. If there are jobs to be had in construction and job seekers who want work, why is our industry seeing a huge labor shortage? What can we do to change this and fill the void in our numbers?

Finding Talent in the Construction Industry

The role of construction human resources is changing. HR is no longer considered a department that fills out paperwork and I-9 forms. Therefore, HR needs to be considered a talent development department, helping your organization recruit and retain good workers. It's critical to establish a value proposition for potential hires and make your company a magnet for top talent. The people are out there. You just have to find them.

1. Get Social

It’s a digital world, and job seekers are connected more than ever before. Not just limited to industry job boards and job hunting websites like Monster, LinkedIn, and Indeed, job hunters are looking everywhere for leads. Social media ads on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can be incredibly effective at targeting the right people at the right time, even for construction. Ad algorithms can filter and pinpoint potential hires based on search habits, likes, interests, and organizations. Social media ads can greatly expand your reach. Facebook  currently has over 2 billion active users!

2. Network. Network. Network.

It’s time to look outside the market. In addition to reaching out to friends and friends of friends, tap into the resources your partners, suppliers, and vendors have. Other parts of the state or country may be seeing a decline in local work, and good workers may be willing to travel or relocate for good, solid, dependable jobs.

3. Increase Demand

With every construction company in the same boat searching for the same skilled workers, it’s not enough to go on reputation alone. As Schoppman advises, now is the time to publicize wins and successes. It’s also an opportunity to talk about what makes your company so great. Is it the benefits? Paid time off? Work-life balance? Opportunity for growth? Signing bonuses? Family support? Construction workers are reported to be some of the most satisfied and happy employees. Word-of-mouth testimonials from current employees can help potential hires understand what it’s like to work for your company.

4. Hire Interns

Drone use on construction sites is increasing.

The construction industry is laden with mentorships and apprenticeships to further the skills and positions of workers. To secure workers before they even leave the halls of education, some companies are offering internships with the possibility of guaranteed hire upon graduation. With job prospects shaky for new grads, this is a welcome sigh of relief for some.

5. Time to Talk Tech

Advancements in construction technology is awesome! Potential employees may not be aware of the applications used in construction. In today’s construction world, virtual reality3D printing, and drones are becoming more mainstream. It’s also rare these days to see a contractor open the truck door and have papers, documents, and receipts come pouring out. Viewpoint integrated construction software streamlines and integrates every aspect of a project, no matter how big or small.

With more than 35 years under our belt, we’re dedicated to providing construction solutions for all aspects of your business. Do you have any additional tips to beat the construction labor shortage? Share them with our community on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.