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How Tech-Enabled Contractors are Better Positioned to Recruit Smarter and Onboard Faster
Human resources in construction is tough work. Managing employees, onboarding new staff, sorting paperwork, making sure all compliance requirements are up to date, the list goes on. And thanks to the decades-long construction labor shortage, coupled with the Great Resignation across all industries that occurred at the beginning of 2022, competition for skilled construction professionals is fierce.
Without the right tools in place to help manage recruiting and onboarding processes, construction HR tasks are further complicated. As companies struggle to find individuals to fill the open positions in their construction workforces, changes are being made in recruiting strategies and new onboarding challenges are being faced.
These topics were addressed in two our recent construction HR webinars, including Recruit Better, Hire Faster, Onboard Quickly with Viewpoint HR Management and Finding Talent in the Construction Industry. Here’s a glimpse into some of the tips and tricks provided by our Trimble Viewpoint HR professionals: Terri Gresham, HR product specialist, and Marissa Baker, HR field specialist.
Changes in Recruiting
As the demands of the workforce changes, so do the methods companies use to recruit new employees. Here are a few things organizations should keep in mind throughout their recruiting process:
- Flexible or remote jobs are highly desired
- People are quickly moving between jobs based on pay and benefits
- Companies need to offer benefits that are competitive with unemployment
- Creativity is needed to grab people's attention
Human resource specialists have a lot on their plate and managing all of the above tasks can be extremely time consuming. The top onboarding challenges faced by HR teams include:
- Ensuring accuracy of forms
- Distributing and receiving onboarding paperwork in a timely manner
- Time consuming entry into the ERP
- Lack of visibility throughout the onboarding process
Contractors are struggling to hire and keep skilled workers, which is especially challenging during a time when there is plenty of work. There are talented people out there, the trick is finding them.
During the “Finding Talent” webinar, we asked attendees to share the largest challenges their organizations are facing when it comes to finding talent in the construction industry. Here are a few of their responses:
- “We struggle to find qualified applicants who are ready and interested in working.”
- “Our company is struggling to find candidates with the required qualifications.”
- “Local competition with other contracting companies.”
- “It’s challenging to get our company name and open positions out in front of the right people.”
Labor remains the number one challenge in the construction industry. With a huge backlog of new projects in the works–many of which are a part of the recently-passed $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, there’s going to be even more pressure on contractors to grow their workforces. In fact, a recent report from the Associated Builders and Contractors of America (ABC), noted that the industry faces a workforce shortage of 650,000 professionals in 2022 alone.
"We struggle to find qualified applicants who are ready and interested in working."
How Connected Construction Technology is Helping
Each of these recruiting changes and challenges adds time to the daily tasks of HR departments. Luckily, with the help of technologies like Trimble’s Viewpoint HR Management solution, these challenges can be minimized. As part of the connected, cloud-based Trimble Construction One suite, contractors’ HR departments can find all the tools they need to streamline their employee onboarding and training processes.
With digitized onboarding and document management, construction human resources professionals can choose which documents are dispersed to which employees, easily manage recruiting and onboarding forms, tasks, and checklists, collect electronic signatures and require employees to acknowledge documentation or specific requests. This minimizes the amount of time employees would spend sorting through paper forms and documents—as well as the amount of time HR departments spend inputting new hire information into their back-office systems.
Viewpoint HR Management also works to keep track of employee training. Managers are able to easily oversee and track their team’s training status and certifications. Employees can easily access and complete training within Viewpoint HR Management and upload all necessary paperwork straight to the online portal. As certifications, licenses or other documents come close to expiring, managers and employees alike will receive automatic notifications through the software. This simplified, automated tracking minimizes the amount of time construction management has to spend ensuring their teams are up to date on all the necessary training and compliance measures.
Viewpoint HR Management also provides web-based portals and mobile apps that extend HR Management beyond the back office ERP. This allows employees to self-serve many of their HR needs, saving valuable time for burdened HR teams.
With streamlined onboarding, visibility into paperwork and processes, employee self service portals, and more, the pressure of attracting and retaining talent is minimized.
We hope these tips and suggestions will help your organization with finding talent within the construction industry!