Why Top Construction Talent Says “No” (And How to Change Their Mind)

Even for high-profile, big-budget construction projects, recruiting qualified labor has become an immense challenge. Time and again, firms are met with rejection from experienced professionals turning down seemingly lucrative roles. This harsh reality exemplifies the obstacles hiring managers and recruiters face today when pursuing top construction talent. The skilled labor...

Power Shifts To Workers As Non-Competes Get Banned

The shackles are finally coming off. For millions of American workers bound by restrictive non-compete agreements, the Federal Trade Commission's groundbreaking decision to ban such clauses nationwide is akin to a long-awaited emancipation proclamation. No longer will talented professionals find their ability to seek greener pastures or explore entrepreneurial ambitions...

The Case for ‘Boomerang’ Workers in Construction

A client recently shared a story that made me rethink some long-held beliefs around employee turnover. They told me about a superintendent named Mike, who had left their construction firm a few years prior, when a deep-pocketed competitor lured him away with a salary their smaller outfit couldn’t match.  At...

Paternity Leave in Construction: How Firms Can Support New Dads

When Mike's daughter was born, he was anxious about balancing his construction foreman job with fatherhood. His company offered only 1 week of paid leave, and he was worried about spending so little time with his newborn before resuming long workdays. Luckily for Mike, he was able to reach out...

Thinking of Switching Construction Jobs? Read This First

Fatigue from years of physical labor sets in. Noisy chaos frays your nerves. You’ve maxed out your pay scale. You’re struggling to see opportunities for growth. Whatever the reasons, nearly every construction pro experiences disenchantment with their gig once in a while. But before updating your resume, take a moment...

The 70% Rule: How “Good Enough” Hiring Can Beat the Construction Talent Shortage

As a recruiter in the trenches, I’ve seen the construction industry’s hiring crisis up close. Project managers are slammed, desperately piecing together teams at the last minute from shrinking candidate pools, even delaying projects when key roles go unfilled. Now I’m going to go against the grain and say I...

Can Hybrid Work Plug Construction’s Talent Drain?

The COVID-19 pandemic brought construction sites grinding to a halt. Teams accustomed to hands-on collaboration were forced into remote work overnight. Many adapted well during this unprecedented pivot, but in its wake, a contentious debate rages about on-site versus hybrid policies. Especially for junior staff. Those new to construction, having...

Building Up Your Bench During a Market Downturn

When clouds roll in, it’s tempting to hunker down and pray for sun. But storms can also offer firms a chance to fortify foundations and erect even stronger structures. Because while economic downturns invariably signal distress, proactive leaders can utilize these periods to upgrade their talent, hone efficiencies, and boost...

Construction Workers Lead the Charge in EV Infrastructure Boom

Electric vehicles (EVs) are having a moment. With commitments from automakers and government incentives for consumers, EV purchases are dramatically increasing across the United States. Major auto manufacturers plan to invest billions to build new battery plants and transition to electric fleets over the next decade. This acceleration in EV...

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