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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13 Farming Superstitions You Need to Know

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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Back to School: Teaching the Truth About Construction (Full Article)

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 (Full Article)”

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”

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”

7 Safety Tips For Machinery Operation

In today’s world, heavy equipment is used across multiple industries, yet production machinery can also be dangerous, especially when handled without proper care. Lack of training or improper use can lead to minor or major accidents to people working on the jobsite. Although most new machines are fully integrated with data analytics, smart automation, and safety sensors, everyone should ensure that safety tips are kept in mind and implemented. Below are 7 safety tips for machinery operation: Continue reading “7 Safety Tips For Machinery Operation”

Maintaining Equipment in Colder Weather

Maintaining Equipment in Colder Weather

As we head into the winter months, it’s time to prepare your equipment for colder weather, especially if your area will see snow and ice (if it hasn’t already). Fortunately, there are specific changes to the maintenance routine for your heavy equipment that can help you optimize your machinery’s performance all year long. Here are our tips for maintaining equipment in colder weather: Continue reading “Maintaining Equipment in Colder Weather”

Protect Your Equipment with VROOM & SCREECH (Infographic)

The construction industry loses $1 billion every year due to equipment theft, and 83% of equipment owners have been the victim of theft. It’s a huge problem, but whether your worksite is home to excavators or forklifts, there are steps you can take to keep your equipment protected. We’ve collected some of the top equipment security tips and put them into one handy infographic – take a look! Continue reading “Protect Your Equipment with VROOM & SCREECH (Infographic)”