Over the past few years, it has been abundantly clear that many contractors have their choice of work and not enough resources to handle all of the opportunities. That abundance commonly leads to the labor field being able to bounce between companies for quick wage increases, leaving company owners and management struggling to keep fully staffed with qualified people.
Charles Petersheim, a small construction business owner and blogger at Builder, recently shared some “field-tested” tips that he used to retain his most valuable employees. I’m going to paraphrase them below, but I encourage you to read the entire article, titled “Six Field-Tested Tips to Retaining Valuable Employees” over on Builder.
Petersheim has found that the following solutions have helped in employee retainage:
A 401K program with a delayed vesting schedule
Paid holidays, vacation, and flex times
Purchasing the most productive employees personal trucks, but keeping the title and ownership
Improving the day-to-day quality of the jobsite by making sure it stays very organized and allowing for long weekends
Reviewing the overall compensation and benefits with each employee regularly, so that they can see the full value the company is offering
Creating a culture of family
The author goes into much deeper detail on each topic in his blog post and I once again encourage you to read the full post.
Full story: Six Field-Tested Tips to Retaining Valuable Employees | Builder
When it comes to head to head tool battles, I can’t think of anyone that does a more comprehensive job than the team over at Tool Box Buzz. In the past, the TBB Crew has tackled in-depth comparisons ½” cordless hammer drills, portable jobsite table saws, and tape measures, among several others. Most recently, the team compared 8 different benchtop thickness planers in a variety of tests and determined the overall winner.
Construction is hard work and those working hard for your company should be paid in full and on-time for all hours worked. Cash flow can certainly complicate things for contractors, as pay draws can be delayed for various reasons, but cheating workers out of money is not only unscrupulous, but is gaining attention from government agencies.
For the past year, Construction Junkie has been analyzing hourly wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine the Top States to Work in Construction. Now that all 50 states have been ranked, this post will serve as the complete recap for all states in the countdown.
Almost 7 years ago, construction began on the west side of Manhattan’s $20 billion mixed-use development. On March 15, 2019, Hudson Yards, as the development is known, has officially opened.
Demolitions by implosion can be fun to watch when they go right – or wrong – but nearby residents can be greatly affected by the high powered blasts and huge clouds of debris that follow. A few years ago, a botched demolition in England left dozens of nearby residents unable to return to their homes for several days. Last week, an obsolete Steel Basic Oxygen Plant in Weirton, West Virginia is leaving residents in a similar situation.
Having an inflator can be a real lifesaver in any car or truck, you’ll never know when you’ll need it, but you’ll be happy you have it when you do. Since I’ve been driving, I’ve kept a 12V DC corded inflator in my trunk, which has saved me a tow several times. Recently, several major tool manufacturers have released their own versions of inflators and DeWalt is one of them.
After 50 weeks of the Top States to Work in Construction countdown, Illinois has been crowned our champion. Illinois didn’t just win, either, they actually demolished the competition. All construction professions combined for the state averaged $33.39 after adjusting for cost of living, which even topped #2 Missouri’s total average hourly rate by $4.42.
Traditional safety training for construction workers includes OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour courses, toolbox talks, and safety inspections. Those training techniques are all important and necessary, but construction workers are an extremely hands-on group of individuals and putting them in real life situations can be much more beneficial to them instead of classroom training.
Everyone in the construction has heard over and over again how young people just aren’t interested in joining the construction industry. What you don’t hear a lot about are the groups and organizations who are actively working to change that. The ACE Mentor Program is one of those organizations making a positive impact for the next generation.
The biggest story in the construction industry last year was a shocking pedestrian bridge collapse that killed 6 and injured many others on FIU’s campus in Miami, Florida. Since the collapse, there have been many civil lawsuits filed, a closed OSHA investigation, and an ongoing NTSB investigative report. The General Contractor on that project, Munilla Construction Management (MCM), has recently filed for bankruptcy protection, according to the Miami Herald.