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is vital that companies provide
with chances to hone
their craft and learn.
must take an introspective
look at recruiting practices.
Duane Wingate is a
important when it comes to attracting young
people to a company.
* Put technology and social media to work -
Millennials are interested in technology,
so let that be an enticing carrot. Change
the way the industry is represented when
approaching a younger audience. Some
will be attracted to eco-friendly green
building. Others will want to know about
the use of mobile communications,
computers, cameras or lasers. Place specific
content to attract them to the company and
have a presence on LinkedIn, Facebook,
Twitter, Pinterest and other sites. Encourage
employees to share with their friends and
become company ambassadors.
* Enhance quality of life - This goal can be
the most difficult to achieve, but it can
also have the biggest impact on employee
retention. Health and wellness programs,
which are a growing trend across all
industries, are one of the key ways for
companies to help improve the lives of
employees. Encouraging employees to
speak up when they have family obliga-
and team leader for the
of Westport One, a St.
of MRINetwork, one of
the largest executive
search and recruitment organizations in
the world. He can be
reached at duane@
tions or are struggling to deal with busy travel schedules creates
a sense of trust and respect between the employer and employee
and restores humanity to the industry.
BLS statistics indicate steady growth in the construction industry over the next decade. This equates to 1.6 million new jobs
and doesn't factor in additional openings left by retiring baby
boomers. Competition for available labor will become increasingly fierce, so there's no time to waste in implementing tactics
that will attract and retain the workers companies need to thrive
- and survive - in this era of opportunity for the industry.
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