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...

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...

If Construction Wants to Survive the Labor Crisis, Paid Maternity Leave is Non-Negotiable

As contractors sound alarms over skilled labor shortages, they repeatedly overlook a hidden asset – working moms. While women make up only 10% of the building trades today, according to industry groups, they represent a massive untapped opportunity amid tight labor conditions. With strategic support like paid parental leave and...

How Bad Bonuses Breed Disengagement

Bonuses work. When done right. While variable pay plans have tremendous potential to accelerate results and incentivize top talent, without proper structuring and communication, they miss the mark. And they can cause confusion, frustration, and diminished morale. Think of the star employee who worked 80 hour weeks only to receive...

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...

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...

SUCCESSion Planning for Construction Leaders

The threat of being replaced can fill even the most seasoned leaders with dread and self-doubt. As new talent arrives, it's only natural to feel your job security slipping. Will I become obsolete? Are they ushering me out? Though it’s easy to feel anxious about being outpaced by the next...

How Happy, Healthy, and Engaged Employees Fuel Profitable Construction Companies

Every organization starts with the overall goal of being successful. To do so, they focus a significant amount of attention on customer happiness, sometimes neglecting employees. Failing to realize that a happy, healthy, and engaged employee goes a long way toward being more than just the right thing to do....

Crafting an Employee Retention Strategy for Your Family Construction Business

Family businesses offer the promise of close-knit family-like cultures that attract employees with similar values, but management must live up to this promise in order to retain employees. Family firms should lean into their unique advantages by fostering a sense of togetherness and shared identity among company personnel. Doing so will create a...

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