According to a report conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), about 70 percent of contractors are having a tough time finding skilled workers. The struggle to fill these critical positions will directly impact many companies’ ability to bid on new projects. How can they thrive while dealing with declining manpower?
In this two-part article, our Sarasota construction attorneys will present several ways that companies can work around their labor shortage to remain efficient. This first section will focus on leveraging technology and offering job training.
Technology such as labor-saving equipment, offsite construction, and building information modeling (BIM) will help companies combat their labor shortage. Instead of relying on multiple workers to manually map out construction work and monitor progress, drone technology can be used to do the job in less time. Construction companies can use artificial intelligence to capture large amounts of data and solve problems faster and more accurately. Automated machinery can do repetitive tasks such as bricklaying, prep work, and demolition more efficiently than a traditional workforce which frees up workers to do more critical project tasks.
Offer Job Training
If your company is having trouble filling a specific need, getting creative with your recruiting efforts is necessary. There are eager applicants looking for opportunities who may not have the exact skills you require for a specific job. Apprenticeships offer them hands-on training and education in the workplace so they can begin a career in the construction field. Offering apprenticeships is one of the best ways to recruit, develop, and retain a skilled workforce.
In part two, we will conclude our series.
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.