Building Better Jobs: 6 Ways to Boost Recruitment & Retention

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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Back to School: Teaching the Truth About Construction (Infographic)

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)”

Back to School: Teaching the Truth About Construction

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”

5 Tips for Lowering Construction Costs During COVID-19

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”

10 Summer Tips for Working in Extreme Heat

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”

10 Tips for Summer Equipment Rentals (Infographic)

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)”

Fun in the Sun with Heavy Equipment (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)”

How Self-Contained Compactors Help End Waste Storage Woes

Waste management can be a real problem when the amount of waste produced is enormous. Trash compactors or garbage compactors are often used to reduce the volume of waste and manage it efficiently. Businesses that are looking for a solution to their waste management problems can likely benefit from self-contained compactors. Continue reading “How Self-Contained Compactors Help End Waste Storage Woes”

What You Need to Know about Shipping Heavy Equipment

On a jobsite, heavy equipment can be exceptionally useful, but transporting big machinery to and from the worksite can be difficult. Especially if you want your equipment shipped right — and safely — there are a number of factors to consider before transporting your machinery. Here’s what you need to know about shipping heavy equipment:  Continue reading “What You Need to Know about Shipping Heavy Equipment”

Rumbling, Car-Crushing Good Times at Construction Theme Parks

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”