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”
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)”
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)”
For months, our nation has grappled with the coronavirus pandemic. The necessary precautions to fight off the health crisis has unfortunately contributed to an economic crisis, as many businesses have had to close their doors. Much work related to heavy equipment has been deemed essential and been allowed to continue operations, while other business are gearing up to reopen as many states loosen restrictions. Yet it remains to be seen if Covid-19 will resurge and lead to a return to stay-at-home orders.
With so much economic uncertainty, the benefits of renting heavy equipment will make rentals a preferred choice for many construction firms, landscaping companies, individuals doing Do-It-Yourself home projects, and many others. To help consumers make the best decisions when renting, here are our 11 Tips for Renting Equipment: Continue reading “11 Tips for Renting Equipment During Covid-19”
Ever wished you could hop on a dozer or excavator, and then just do whatever the heck you wanted?? Yeah, us too, and you can at heavy equipment theme parks throughout the country!! Diggerland USA, Dig This, and Extreme Sandbox are shaking up the amusement park industry with construction attractions that cater to individuals, families, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and corporate team-building trips alike! That sounds pretty awesome, so today we’re digging into Construction Theme Parks!! Continue reading “Rumbling, Car-Crushing Good Times at Construction Theme Parks”
It can be funny to see how over-the-top comic-book fans can be at events like Comic-Con, but then you realize people can be just as passionate about attending certain events in the heavy equipment industry. Okay, most of us don’t show up in costume, but trade shows, expos, and conventions are still a huge deal.
Trade shows are a unique opportunity to be surrounded by professionals and other individuals in your field, where conversations about work are easy and don’t require lengthy explanations about industry terms. This makes industry events fantastic opportunities to make connections, find that product that will take your business to the next level, and of course, compete with your colleagues for who can find the best giveaways.
Of course, convention and expo attendance that is truly successful requires some level of strategic planning. Below are our tips for maximizing your trade show attendance: Continue reading “7 Tips for Maximizing Your Trade Show Attendance”