Even as the nation continues to struggle with high unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction firms are still grappling with the ongoing labor shortage and recruitment shortfall. Over 80% of construction firms are having difficulty filling salaried and hourly craft positions.1 This leads to firms asking employees to work longer hours, struggling to meet deadlines, facing higher costs for new work, and turning down new projects.2 The stress this puts on overworked employees subsequently harms retention rates. For every 1 worker who enters the workforce, it’s estimated that 5 skilled employees are retiring.3
It’s clear that construction has both recruitment and retention problems. So what can be done? Equipment Trader has collected 6 ideas for construction firms to improve the worker experience in order to boost retention and recruitment:
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Farming is an ancient art. As an occupation that has existed for thousands of years, agricultural folklore has lingered through the centuries and is still followed by many in the industry today. In the spirit of Halloween, we’ve collected 13 farming superstitions you need to know:
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By one estimate, for every 5 skilled workers who retire, there is only 1 new employee entering construction. Among young Americans who have decided on a preliminary career path, only 3% express interest in construction. If we want to keep our industry alive and thriving, we need to dispel the negative misconceptions that turn young people off from the work. That’s why Equipment Trader is using this infographic to take readers back to school with an insightful quiz on the truth about construction. Continue reading “Back to School: Teaching the Truth About Construction (Infographic)”
Construction has a labor problem. By one estimate, for every 5 skilled workers who retire, there is only 1 new employee entering construction.1 A big contributing factor to this issue is that kids aren’t all that interested in joining the construction workforce. Among young Americans who have decided on a preliminary career path, only 3% express interest in construction and 63% say they’ll give the industry little or no consideration, regardless of pay.2
Why aren’t young people interested in construction? Unfortunately, many people have antiquated perceptions about construction work and those who do that labor. If we want to keep our industry alive and thriving, we need to dispel those myths and misconceptions. That’s why Equipment Trader is using this post to take readers back to school, and teaching them the truth about construction. Continue reading “Back to School: Teaching the Truth About Construction”
More than ever, consumers have turned to the Internet to learn about, browse for, and complete transactions. For equipment, this trend feels different than the shopping process of years past. Instead of dealers like you talking with consumers face-to-face while they contemplate their purchase, now, a huge portion of that process has moved online.
As a dealer, accurate inventory listings on our marketplace and up-to-date contact information, helps you provide valuable information and participate in the pre-purchase process.
But what happens when an interested buyer picks up the phone to inquire about one of your units they saw online? How do you have a conversation with the lead naturally, helpfully, and in a way that shows you understand their personal goals and needs? Continue reading “Lead Enrichment 101: The Basics”
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted businesses across all sectors. One industry that really felt the impact of the pandemic was the construction industry. Projects across the country were abruptly brought to a halt. Limited work exemptions and mandatory restrictions further created challenges.
These will continue to impact construction for several months until the pandemic comes under control. The following tips can help you overcome the cost challenges that your projects might face. Continue reading “5 Tips for Lowering Construction Costs During COVID-19”
Clear summer weather makes this time of year a great opportunity to get work done outdoors, whether you’re working on construction, farming, landscaping, or do-it-yourself home improvement projects. However, the extreme heat that often occurs in the peak of summer can create risks for those working outside. Here are our summer tips for working outside with equipment: Continue reading “10 Summer Tips for Working in Extreme Heat”
Sunny, summer weather is the perfect time to get work done, from massive construction projects to smaller Do-It-Yourself home-projects. But just because you’ll need to use a piece of equipment doesn’t mean you have to buy an entire heavy-duty machine. Renting heavy equipment gives you access to the tools you need, but at a much cheaper price. Here are our tips for summer equipment rentals: Continue reading “10 Tips for Summer Equipment Rentals (Infographic)”
Online research is crucial to many buyers today, and if selling your heavy equipment is a top priority, posting it on Equipment Trader is a great place to start reaching those buyers. We have millions of visitors actively looking for their next piece of machinery on our site each month, so you’re sure to get plenty of eager eyes on your unit. Wondering how to get the most bang for your buck? Check out our top 8 tips for making sure your Equipment Trader listing stands out from the rest: Continue reading “8 Tips for Selling Your Equipment”
Summer is heating back up and it’s time to get out into the sun and have some fun! Sure, you can find some excitement on your own, but why not take things to the next level by enhancing your fun in the sun with heavy machinery? Whether you’re looking to relax or have an adventure, check out our infographic for some inventive ways to use your heavy equipment this summer*. Continue reading “Fun in the Sun with Heavy Equipment (Infographic)”