One of the most urgent issues facing construction contractors is the ability to attract and retain talent. Several factors may be in play, including the perception that construction can be a dangerous vocation. One way you can attract and retain top talent is to provide a safe workplace with people who are properly trained and alert to job hazards.
More than 1.5 million residential construction workers left the industry after the 2008 recession. Fewer than half of those employees have come back. Meanwhile, an economic upturn and stormier weather patterns have contributed to a demand for new construction that have intensified the existing skills shortage.
Contractors are finding it difficult and more expensive to adequately staff up for the demand, leading to a much older workforce with an average age of around 50. Additional training may be necessary to assure that aging workers remain safe while performing physically demanding work. Young workers may also need extra training to bring them up to speed on worksite safety practices.