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

How to Avoid the Four Most Common Siding Installation Mistakes

While LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is easier to install, builders may feel pressured to skip a second look at installation guidelines in order to get a project complete on time or makeup for labor shortages. However, whether you’re a new or longtime LP SmartSide Trim & Siding user, taking the time to be attentive to proper installation will ensure you are upholding your product warranty and avoiding potential issues down the road.

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Boreal Forest Gets Unprecedented Conservation Agreement by Ducks Unlimited Canada and LP Building Solutions

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Predictions for 2020 from LP Execs

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Industry Trends3 min
Why Key Strategies for Reducing Labor Time May Be Backfiring

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