December 1, 2016

Compliance stamp

Compliance standards require regular monitoring by construction companies, and any manager in the industry is familiar with the levels of compliance laid out by the United States Department of Labor. That compliance includes everything from meeting occupational health and safety standards to protecting the rights of specialized construction employees such as communication tower workers, to scheduling regular inspections.

Compliance presents a unique challenge for recruiters working in the construction industry, namely because the industry-specific measures mentioned above must be paired with another set of national standards.

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is the federal office that tracks a company’s Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) — basically ensuring your company is recruiting and hiring a diverse pool of candidates. The AAP is about ending discrimination in the workforce, and ensuring race, gender, and veteran status do not affect the employability of a candidate.

November 16, 2016

Employee turnover can have a negative impact on any industry, but the effects are even more harmful for construction companies and contractors. Any construction employer knows it’s a specialized industry, and a project often can’t risk losing one of its top engineers or heavy machine operators.

This is especially true in the construction industry of today. The U.S. is experiencing a massive shortage of skilled craft workers — recent industry data shows that two-thirds of contractors are having a difficult time finding skilled employees.

That’s why it’s important for the construction industry to manage turnover and retain those employees who will get a project done as safely and efficiently as possible.

One way to do this is to practice the principles of good management.

The Construction Industry Institute says construction companies often lack structured, formal workplace management strategies, meaning employers are failing to pinpoint the reasons why skilled workers are seeking jobs elsewhere.

Best practices from the HR world can help your company become the exception, rather than the rule when it comes to retention in the construction industry.