Employee retention is one of the major challenges for business of all sizes. Finding and hiring the most qualified and experienced candidate is already a long process, but retaining talent also poses a number of challenges. Within construction, the prevalence of contract or short-term work also makes it difficult for workers to commit to a particular company. In contrast, the unpredictable nature of the industry can make it difficult for businesses to retain a large number of workers. To combat these issues and to retain your most trusted workers in the long-term, managers, supervisors and the business as a whole must do a better job of valuing its workforce and offering work perks. This article discusses some retention strategies that companies can implement to make sure workers are given plenty of reasons to stay with the business.
Establish a Collaborative Culture
First and foremost, building a rapport between managers, supervisors, construction workers and office staff is the first step. This begins with managers treating staff in a collaborative and kind manner, rather than as an authoritative and commanding figure. Much like a construction site, teamwork is one of the biggest keys to the success of any business. Having a strong collaborative culture that stretches from the office and into the jobsite is essential in setting a foundation that will encourage workers to stay with a particular company.
Focus on Health and Wellness
In addition to enhancing the everyday experience of the business through a focus on culture, provide resources that fulfill a worker’s needs outside of work. As companies already provide health insurance and benefits, consider extending this to include gym memberships or discounts to fitness centers. Physical fitness if often a focus for most construction workers outside of work, and providing them with this opportunity only enhances their experience of the company. Furthermore, set aside one day a month for onsite classes or workshops to give workers a break from work, while focusing on their health and fitness.
Another strategy of retaining your employees would be by holding seminars that can help them with work-related issues as well as things in their personal life. Perhaps consider a workshop on financial planning or customer service to help educate workers about other important subjects. Also, utilize your resources and have some of your older and more experienced staff mentor younger workers in both a professional and personal sense. Showing workers that you care for their well-being both on and off-site can be the reason they stay with your company instead of looking for work elsewhere.
Reward When Necessary
Giving your employees some days off especially on special days like birthdays and anniversaries is another good strategy for retention. Once in a while, everybody appreciates a day off, and saving it for birthdays or special occasions is always a good idea. Similarly, implementing an employee reward program will also be appreciated. Consider rewarding workers for things like working overtime or helping out when they weren’t expected to. Through the collaborative culture you have already established, having a small surprise and reward will go a long way in retaining your top talent and showing your staff that you value their hard work.