Four Ways to Hire the Right Construction Employees
A commercial contractor is only as good as their crew! That might seem obvious, but a lot of contractors tend to cut corners with personnel or have poor hiring practices. They employ crews that are unreliable or inexperienced to save money and that brings down the quality of every project they undertake.
Whether you’re looking to hire a small crew to supervise yourself, or you’re in need of a few pointers to help vet a large general contractor, here are some of the key elements for good construction hiring practices.
How to Get Talented and Trustworthy Construction Employees
- Don’t wait until the last minute
A lot of commercial contractors try to keep their expenses low by minimizing the staff they hold onto between projects. The problem is, this leaves them scrambling to find a crew when they get a job— they’re often hiring anyone they can get. That’s a surefire way to end up with a poor construction crew. Look for contractors with full-time crews.
- Job-focused interviewing
Another problem arises when interviews are poorlyducted con. An interviewer should always ask questions specific to the job skills or experience required. Too often, interviewers ask boilerplate questions, which can lead to hires that are not a good fit for the job requirements. The better the questions, the better they better the crew.
- Offering good incentives
If a company is cutting corners with their labor force, they probably are cutting corners elsewhere. Make certain the contractor is paying the prevailing wage with benefits and that they have a safety program in place. You’ll exponentially improve your chance of getting a great job if your contractor has happy, well-compensated employees because they will most likely take high pride in their work.
- Do background checks
This should be a no-brainer. To build a quality construction crew with a minimal amount of setbacks, you must do background checks and drug checks. Discover the problem before it becomes one. Drugs on the job or violence in the workplace will bring a project down faster than just about anything else.
Businesses Trust Donald Rushing
For over thirty years, Donald Rushing Construction has been the commercial contractor of choice for projects across throughout Savannah and the Lowcountry. Contact us to discuss your next project or learn more about our hiring practices.