In hiring craftsmen, we know that safety is always at the top of your mind. Sometimes it’s just the most basic habits that you can instill into your staff that can make the biggest impact on keeping them safe. Here are the best ways for you to make a big impact to protect your staff on the job:
All kinds of new technology are affecting the industry, giving all kinds of new efficiencies to your company that allow you to scale and grow at a faster rate. Here are some of the more exciting things happening right now:
There was probably a time when you got down to the final two or three candidates, and you had a hard time choosing between them. Each of them had admirable – but very different – qualities that they brought to the table, and you just couldn’t figure out how to weigh your options. Here are some guidelines that, as we’ve seen, will make a huge difference in the satisfaction of your decision, long after you’ve made the hire.
Due to cutbacks in the recession from 8-10 years ago, many craftsmen still haven’t returned to the job market. On top of that, a smaller pool of workers are entering field now. Some reports show that there are as many as 10 craftsmen retiring for every new one entering the field! And it’s having a big impact on the industry. A HomeAdvisor survey from last year showed that 93% of construction companies responded that they predict significantly slower growth in their business because of this shortage.
There’s a lot of stereotypes and misunderstandings when it comes to the skills and experience of a Military veteran. This may cause underlying fears from a hiring manager, even if they recognize the skills that a Military Veterans candidate can offer. Here are some common misconceptions that recruiters and hiring managers should reconsider:
The “spend money to make more money” business technique may be applicable in some industries, but the construction industry thrives on streamlining techniques. Managing the construction process and ensuring that each step runs efficiently is an incredibly important aspect of keeping costs down and maintaining timeliness.
Keep these things in mind when implementing lean construction methods:
Middle-class workers have always had mixed feelings towards the automation of the labor industry; on one hand, new technology can speed up tedious work but it can also jeopardize the necessity for human workers in general. The implementation of onsite technology certainly speeds up the process, but a complete technical overhaul of the construction process would do more harm than good because there would be a loss of the emotional aspect of development.
Even the construction industry, which is predominately based on physical development and labor, has an emotional side that robots couldn’t possibly compensate for. While machines can be programmed to carry out detailed measurements and produce accurate results, the fact of the matter is that human workers put time and effort out of their days to create a result that will inevitably impact other human beings. This emotional involvement is something that robots can’t possibly possess, and while they can certainly carry out tasks with efficiency they cannot make alternate and creative decisions that humans can.
It is a well-known fact in the construction industry that the first steps of tackling a new project set the tone for the success of the project itself. Even if the planning is impeccable and safety precautions are put into place, if the relationship with the client and project manager is not amicable, the project is already off to a shaky start. It is true that what really makes projects move along is the quality of the labor itself, but there is an undeniable ‘human’ element to all projects that can make or break the overall success.
The overbearing entity of the economy and its success inevitably boils down to the workers who put their efforts and resources into it; so it’s no surprise that the lack of workers, specifically in the construction industry, has an impact on the larger economic picture. Not only are companies struggling to find workers, but project completion is delayed largely because of the shortage in labor.
It’s no secret that the construction industry took an economic hit during the Great Recession. Many key industries to the American economy are still fighting to recover, and as a result, there are a variety of cost-effective initiatives established to guarantee the financial welfare of a post-recession company. However, risk taking is always an important part in any company’s growth, therefore cutting costs and taking the normal route can sometimes impair financial growth. After all, successful companies did not emerge by following the same guidelines their counterparts did.