Business Advice2 min

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 job site. 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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Protecting Your Business From Subcontractor Mistakes

Both general contractors and building product dealers have a lot on the line when they use subs, so it’s important to understand subcontractor liability. It’s common for both dealers and Big Box retailers to hire a subcontractor to install materials like hardwood flooring purchased at their stores. GCs likewise have relationships with many trade subcontractors.

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Industry Trends4 min
A Mid-Year Look at 2019 Exterior Trends

While many building professionals actively seek out exterior trends at the start of the new year, it’s important to keep on top of trends as we approach the latter half of 2019. Taking a mid-year look at what industry trends have dominated so far and what’s to come will ensure you are delivering your customers timely recommendations when it comes to their home’s aesthetic.

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Building Smarter Starts With Smashing Silos

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