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Best Practices for Onboarding New Hires in Construction

Though the construction labor market is currently tight, there are many qualified candidates seeking the unique opportunities that employment with your company offers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, during most months more people move from job to job than move from unemployment into a new job. You can ease the transition for your new hires and increase the likelihood that they will remain with your company by following these on-boarding tips.

  • Develop an onboarding plan. This process should include more than an orientation and on-the-job training. An on-boarding plan could include designating a mentor or partner to guide a new hire through the company organizational structure, trainings and procedures. New workers like to feel supported by a work community as they learn about their job.
  • Set clear expectations. Communication is vital to retain employees because it demonstrates that your company is well-organized and supportive. Today’s younger workers thrive on collaboration and want to be part of a team. Solicit and acknowledge their input. Set clear expectations on job performance and how to achieve pay raises and promotion.
  • Choose durable, workable building materials. One way to retain your construction workers is to make their jobs easier. Products such as LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding can be cut with standard woodworking tools. They are lighter weight and easier to carry on the jobsite. The 16-foot panel lengths and self-aligning SmartLock option increase the speed and efficiency of installation.
  • Track progress. Create a comprehensive plan to track a new employee’s progress, such as scheduling the new hire to meet once a week with a manager to exchange feedback and answer work-related questions. When new employees feel it’s OK to ask questions, they’ll learn faster and achieve success quicker.

As your company focuses on carefully on-boarding each new construction employee, you can reduce stress on all parties and build loyalty among your employees.

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Industry Trends5 min

Managing Moisture Behind Board and Batten Siding

While board and batten siding is typically made of wood, it can also be made from vinyl, fiber cement or even steel. But if you’re worried about durability and curb appeal—and these days who isn’t?—engineered wood siding is a smarter buy compared to traditional wood siding because it mimics its look but features greater durability and easier maintenance.

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News & Stories6 min
How to Install Flashing Under Siding

Flashing is a key part of the LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding installation process, helping to protect homes from the elements by preventing moisture intrusion. When you are installing lap siding, incorrectly installed flashing may lead to moisture issues that can affect other aspects of the home, in addition to the siding.

Inspiration5 min
What Is the Difference Between Trim vs. Fascia?

When it comes to exterior cladding, homes require more than siding to protect them from the elements. Fascia and trim are two key elements that work together to create a protective barrier around the home, serving as a first line of defense along with siding.

Inspiration6 min
Top LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding Virtual Resources to Help You Build Better

In today’s landscape of high competition and new ways of interacting with clients, easy-to-access virtual resources have become even more important. That’s why LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is committed to providing you the tools you need to keep up with the changing landscape.