Business Advice6 min

Infographic: Tips for Retaining Your Best Employees

There’s been a 5% increase in construction employment in the last year, and unemployment is at a 20-year low. According to projections from the United States Department of Labor, the job outlook from 2016-2026 is expected to grow by 12%, which is higher than average.  But even as newcomers are joining the workforce, construction workers are job-jumping for better opportunities within the industry. As the industry strives to amass a workforce capable of meeting the market’s demand for homebuilding, remodeling and overall construction growth, employers will want to bolster their staff with both top recruits and seasoned jobsite veterans. The infographic below has tips on how to build loyalty and retain top talent. 

So, what are today’s construction employees looking for?

It’s Not Just About Money

Compensation isn’t the #1 indicator of job satisfaction. Your staff is also looking for a comfortable culture, opportunities for advancement and better benefits, including vacation, health insurance and better work/life balance. 

Communication Is Key

Your employees stick around longer when you clearly communicate job expectations and schedule regular meetings for feedback and questions.

Give Them Workable Materials

Easy-to-install products help increase job satisfaction. Construction pros appreciate lighter weight products that can be easily carried and cut with standard woodworking tools. LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding checks both of these boxes.

Offer Career Development

You’ll retain more top employees by giving them a clear path to promotions – and by having senior employees mentor them along the way.

These simple steps will signal that your company is serious about motivating and retaining your most productive employees.

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Business Advice4 min

Radiant Barriers For Attic: A Quick Guide

Maybe you’ve been thinking about installing a radiant barrier in your attic but have a few questions. Is the upfront cost worth it in the long run? What are the advantages? What areas of the country are appropriate for a radiant barrier? How do I make sure I install it properly? Let’s take a look at a few of these questions and see if a radiant barrier is right for you.

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Industry Trends5 min
Trends: Five Best Sustainable Building Materials Best Practices

Sustainability and green construction are dominating homebuilding trends as homeowners are choosing energy efficiency as a primary driver in their purchase consideration. However, just as all trends evolve, we’re seeing the definition of sustainability expand to include health and wellness. What does this mean for you when installing sustainable building materials? Choosing non-toxic building materials and safe building materials have tremendous benefits not only for homeowners but for you and your crew, too.

Business Advice4 min
Prepare for the 2021 Storm Season With More Weather Resistant Siding

Do you frequently build in regions with heavy rain or strong winds? 2021 is projected to be a severe storm season, which means your builds will need some extra reinforcement. Finding the most durable siding or building solution for your projects can be confusing. Thankfully there are practical ways and durable products to help prevent damage and help protect against harsh weather so you can be prepared before the storm season arrives.

Inspiration5 min
Small Home Design Ideas: Best Exterior Colors for Your Custom Smaller Home

You’re likely building more smaller houses than you were about five years ago. Homeowners across the country want affordability, energy efficiency, or simply less home to clean and maintain so they have the weekend to explore—or they’re empty nesters. Whatever the reason, they still want their small home exterior to have maximum curb appeal and have all the charm and pizzazz of a larger home.