One part of
how to fill your company's staffing needs is making sure you attract the right
trades are the most difficult jobs to fill in the market today. 70% of
construction companies are having difficulty finding workers for their jobs.
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Because quality, fully trained workers are getting harder to find, It's
important to use all the tools you can when you're trying to hire top talent
for your business. Here are some expert tips on how to fill skilled trade jobs
without expending all your resources.
your Company Culture
One of the most attractive job benefits to millennialsis a positive company culture, and with millennials making up 75% of the
workforce in the next ten years, it’s (past!) time to make sure you’re
appealing to them.
To help build this appeal so that you can
fill your skilled trades jobs, it’s important to advertise how and why your
company is a great place to work. One starting place could be surveying your
current employees about their favourite aspects of the job. That may be
anything from the flexibility you allow your employees with scheduling to the
free muffins you provide on Fridays—whatever the reasons are, use them to
appeal to new staff.
Improving your company’s culture helps
ensure your company’s reputation will speak for itself among prospective
employees in your field, and if the applicants are lining up to get in, you
won’t have to spend as much time searching for the perfect recruit. By
advertising what a great company culture you have, skilled professionals will
find their way to you.
Training Current Staff
You may already have some
employees on staff who are able to learn the skills you’re looking for.
Offering them the chance to develop those skills is going to show that you’re
invested in your team members and their professional development (as well as benefiting the future of your organization).
Investing in current employees makes sure you’re taking
advantage of the resources you already have and is likely to save you money on
new staff. Plus, it gives your employees a chance to advance in their career
and improve their skills, both things that help with your company culture.
More companies in the
skilled trades have come to rely on contract workers to meet their short-term
hiring needs. Skilled trades workers can be costly to keep on a full-time
basis, and it’s often more cost-effective to only bring in such employees on a
project-by-project basis. It saves money not just on payroll, but training and
benefits, too, making it a great option.
Bringing in contract workers can also work as a trial period
for both you and the prospective employee; it’s an opportunity for both of you
to "try before you buy”. If the situation works for both parties, you may be
able to convince your contract workers to stay permanently, making this option
a win-win for you both.
Provide a Modern Workplace
When attracting new
employees, it’s important for many people that they get the impression that
they’re becoming part of an already established team. They’ll want the feeling
that the workplace has a well-organized flow, allowing them to trust in your
existing infrastructure. It can be easier for a more up to date workplace to
bring in new workers, get them up to speed quickly, and demonstrate the kind of
dependability that most seek from their long-term employment.
Locating and bringing on
new skilled workers is often a challenge that requires a little ingenuity and a
lot of time – or work – to solve. We’ve presented a few strategies to help in
those efforts, but there’s undoubtedly more we haven’t gotten into. What
strategies have you used to bring more skilled workers into your business?
What’s going to be your strategy going forward? We’d love to hear what you are
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