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Managing Millennials in Construction

The Construction Pro’s Guide to Managing Millennials

There’s a construction worker shortage—but I don’t need to tell you that. While the economy rebounds and the projects roll in, Baby Boomers are leaving but Millennials (the generation born between 1980ish and 2000ish) aren’t taking their place.

Why? Some theories:

  • They crave financial stability, and construction work is largely seasonal.
  • They value formal education, and construction is an apprentice-based profession.
  • They want flexible schedules, and construction is a 9-5 (or, let’s be honest, a 7-6) job.

Without a doubt, those are all valid theories, but there’s not much you—as an individual employer—can do about them.

So I’ve come up with a guide to managing Millennials in construction: Five characteristics of typical Millennials* and practical ways for a business of any size to adjust. Most of these ideas will be an easy adjustment, others will take more planning or resources, but all should help you find and keep the new workers you need.

(*Obviously, people are different and it’s not fair to lump them all together just because of when they were born. But for the purposes of this blog post, I’m going to do it anyway.)

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Construction Hiring Best Practices

Hiring is a big deal right now in the construction industry.

In fact, according to the Associated General Contractors of America recent “2015 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook,” 80% of contractors are planning on hiring this year. Moreover, of those that report that they’re hiring, 87% are finding it difficult to hire qualified craft workers and 62% are finding it difficult to hire professionals like estimators and projects managers. 81% think finding qualified craft workers will not get any easier in the coming months.

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How Do You Set Yourself Apart in the Construction Industry

How Do You Set Yourself Apart in the Construction Industry?

You hear a lot about cost in the construction industry, but the fact of the matter is that sometimes it doesn’t come down to cost. So I sat down with Ken Y., Training & Development Manager, and asked him, how do you set yourself apart in the construction industry? Here’s what he had to say:

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How to Win at Social Media at Conference

How to Fail at Social Media at a Conference

People love to talk about social media and it can feel like a lot of work sometimes. In the construction industry, you’ve got a lot of work to do and you’re not looking to monkey around on social media, especially when you’re at a conference.

But did you know that using social media at a conference can magnify your marketing and networking activities?

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How to Build Relationships in the Construction Industry

How to Build Relationships in the Construction Industry

The construction industry is like any other marketplace. In order to be successful, you have to build strong ties, and maintain their integrity going forward. So the question becomes: how do we build relationships in the construction industry? I looked to Kevin G., Market Reporter, for an answer.

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An Interview With Robbins3D on Laser Scanning in Construction

I mentioned in a previous blog post about future construction technology trends that we’d be interviewing Ken Robbins, the President of Robbins3D, on 3D laser scanning in construction. Ken has a number of years of experience as a land surveyor, and founded Robbins Land Surveying over 15 years ago.

Over the last several years as technology became increasing more important in the construction world, Robbins Land Surveying became Robbins3D and the company got into the 3D laser scanning game.

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How Do You Qualify Construction Leads?

How Do You Qualify Construction Leads?

Another week, another #ConstChat on Twitter. This time, the topic was qualifying leads. (You can check out our last recap here.)

Given Ken Y.’s obvious enthusiasm, I allowed him to once again take the reins of our Twitter account, but I had one big condition: do not mention our product.

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Safety Is a Four-Letter Word…

OK, now that I have your attention, let’s get down to the reality of safety in today’s construction – safety is WORK. And that doesn’t even include keeping up to date on ever-changing OSHA regulations. Everyone can agree that encouraging good safety practices is not only smart for business, but it’s the right thing to do. Just as obvious is that doing safety right takes effort.

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Construction Business Advice & Managing Client Retention

Good Advice Sourced From Our Twitter Chats

It started as so many good ideas do – with a simple hallway chat. “Ken,” I said, “We have to get involved in #ConstChat!”

Ken Y. is our Training and Development Manager, and full of the best advice you’ve ever heard. Ken embodies the kind of passion that we all have for the construction industry.

He patiently allowed me to explain that #ConstChat is a weekly Twitter chat hosted by Riggins Construction’s own Bridget Willard with some guest hosts along the way. Each Thursday at noon ET, I’d watch as folks from across the construction industry had a fun, friendly chat about important topics. And I wanted us to join.

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A project rarely finishes better than it starts! - Barry Eady

4 Ways GCs and Subcontractors Can Improve Communication

We’ve heard some great feedback on our recent blog posts “6 Ways to Level the Bidding Playing Field” and “Building Bridges with GCs.”

Barry Eady is a Senior Estimator with BL Harbert International, one of our general contractors, and he wrote to us to share four ways GCs and subcontractors can improve communication.

Here’s what he had to say:

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