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The Right Workplace
The construction industry
for the past several months
has been in a "good news/
bad news" scenario when
it comes to employment.
Although the Associated
General Contractors (AGC)
of America reports that 39
states added jobs between
June 2015 and June 2016,
half of those states shed
jobs between May and
June of this year.
The AGC attributes the flattening
out of month-to-month progress
to the industry's ongoing labor
shortage - the "bad news" part of
the otherwise positive progress
the industry has made since the
Great Recession. Construction
job openings may be plentiful,
but experienced and qualified
workers to fill those jobs are not.
The AGC's Workforce Develop-

ment Plan - available in full on its website, www.
agc.org - lays out a number of ways the industry can get involved in vocational training and
legislative efforts. Although the plan is very good
from a longer-term perspective and well worth
companies' time, it may be small consolation for
companies looking to hire someone right now.
In this issue of Construction Today, writers Kim
Shepherd and Thomas Brennan (page 10) describe a number of ways that companies can "win
the battle" of hiring new employees while the
competitive war for employees rages on. Shepherd and Brennan stress that companies should
set themselves apart not only when it comes to
salary and benefits, but in their internal culture.
Does your company look like a fun place to
work to an outsider? Is it a place that values
employee input and rewards hard work in more
ways than just a paycheck? Emphasizing these
and similar cultural elements immediately and
being creative in your recruiting approach could
be what your company needs in order to finally
take the proverbial "Help Wanted" sign out of
your window.

jharris@khmginc.com | Construction Today Editor

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