Although the outlook for the construction industry is relatively optimistic, the industry still faces a number of challenges. One of the most challenging areas of concern is the increasing worker shortage. A shortage of workers can easily lead to legal conflicts down the line including scheduling and delay disputes. Identifying and engaging the best construction workers in the market should be a top priority. The hiring process is the where it all begins. In this two-part series, our construction lawyers in Mobile AL will share ways to keep your workforce strong.
You should always be on the lookout for great talent. Hiring continuously instead of scrambling to fill a need will save you headaches in the long run. When there is an immediate need, desperation will cause you to half-heartedly check references and other credentials. This may cause you to hire the wrong person which could increase your likelihood of a legal dispute if they aren’t truly qualified to be working on your jobsite. You can choose to hire all year long and amp up your efforts in your slowest seasons.
Use All Your Resources
Job candidates are not the only ones having a tough time finding jobs. Companies can struggle to make themselves accessible to prospects, but this could be due to a lack of innovation or desire to put forth more effort. If you are relying on one or two resources to recruit workers, you’re not doing enough. Workers can be found through social media, online job boards, employee referrals, and trade or technical schools. Additionally, tapping into the educational system is critical now more than ever to get younger generations interested in construction as a career.
Make Your Company Attractive
What sets your company apart from other construction companies? Aside from a good salary, great benefits, and a generous time off policy, your culture should entice people to want to work for you. Culture is relative from person to person, but workers should feel good about what they do and the company they work for. Evaluate whether the following characteristics describe your work environment:
- Safe and healthy environment
- Genuine camaraderie
The above are just a few things that shape the culture of a company. When the workplace is healthy, there will be less opportunity for conflicts that lead to legal issues. Head over to part two of our article to learn more.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.