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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Industry Trends5 min

Solutions for the Starter Home Shortage

The supply of modestly priced starter homes continues to drop nationwide. A recent report by Realtor.com found that the number of homes priced above $750,000 grew 11 percent last year, while the number of starter homes priced under $200,000 fell by 8 percent.

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News & Stories6 min
The What’s & Why’s of the LP® SmartSide® 5/50 Limited Warranty

Any building professional will tell you that the quality of a building material is only as good as its warranty. This is why LP Building Solutions created an industry-leading limited warranty for our line of LP® SmartSide® siding products. One that aims to ensure peace-of-mind for builders and homeowners.

Business Advice6 min
Why It’s Important To “Respect the Spec”

While it’s perfectly alright for a jazz musician to improvise, that approach doesn’t always work as well in homebuilding. Architects, specifiers, engineers and product reps spend many hours collaboratively choosing the right materials for each job – and an abrupt substitution to save a few dollars can ironically be very costly in terms of callbacks, design underperformance and even code violations. “Ideally, all parties involved – the architect, builder and developer – have reviewed the spec before it’s final and have agreed on all the products being used,” says Karen Alves, LP Brand Marketing Associate. “That’s because finding an ‘equivalent’ for siding or fire-rated sheathing involves not just the substrate but the codes that the product meets as well.”

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Siding That’s a Cut Above

Siding installers use many different brands of circular saws, but their preferred saw may not be as important as the siding material they are cutting with it. Some builders can sometimes be a bit removed from the importance placed on saw choice and would probably rely on their subcontractors choice, like Brent Taylor. “I don’t have much of an opinion on that because I use subcontracted labor,” says Brent Taylor, owner of O.C. Taylor in Raleigh, North Carolina, who was featured in an episode of Designing Spaces on Lifetime Network renovating a century-old house using LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding.