5 Ways Contractors Can Improve How They Find and Hire Workers

Having the right staff can make a huge difference to the success of any job. Unfortunately, finding these staff members can be difficult. The process of recruiting is time-consuming and full of legal obstacles. Say or do the wrong thing and you could be facing a lawsuit.

The good news is that are ways of getting it right the first time.

  1. Agencies

Check out a reputable civil construction labor-hire firm and you’ll find most of the process is taken care of for you. The agency should have a list of potential candidates that match your needs. They’ll already be vetted, ensuring that you’ll get someone capable of doing the job efficiently and effectively.

You’ll need to study the potential candidates to choose the one you think is the right fit. However, most agencies will allow you to take workers on a temporary basis and exchange them if they aren’t what you were expecting.

That makes this the most attractive route, it’s simple and effective. Although the cost may be higher it’s worth it for the time saved. 

  1. Referrals

One of the most effective ways of finding new workers is to speak to your current staff and check if they know anyone they could recommend. In general existing staff will only recommend friends they know are good. After all, it’s their reputation on the line as well as their friends.

  1. Be Precise

It is essential that you give full details of what you need. It doesn’t matter whether you’re dealing with an agency or advertising yourself. The more specific the description the easier it will be to sort the applicants.

In theory, you should only get people applying that fit the criteria. Unfortunately, in practice, this is not always the case.

However, having a specific description allows you to define what you need, making it much easier for you to find the right person.

  1. Know Your Source

In times of economic uncertainty, the pool of potential labor is considerable. This can make it harder to find the right one for your needs. It’s a good idea to keep tabs on the industry and the industry leaders. In this way, you’ll understand who is most likely to fit your needs and you can approach them directly.

This may mean trying to poach them from the competition. But, if you’re sure they’re the one you need then it’s worth making a good offer.

  1. Team Balance

For a new worker to fit in with your team they need to be on the same wavelength. This is important as it will ensure your team stays with you, avoiding the costly issue of looking for new staff and training them.

It may seem difficult to calculate how good the rapport will be with a new worker but common interests and their demeanor should help you make the right choice.

Don’t forget, valued employees are generally more loyal. Make sure your employees know they are appreciated.