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Five Classic Mistakes To Avoid When Hiring Asphalt Construction Workers

As an employer, you are always on the lookout for quality employees (well, aren’t you – see our first point). And it can seem like a constant and never ending thankless task.

So, if recruiting and retaining suitable staff seems like Groundhog Day then you need to read on!

  • YOU ARE NOT LOOKING AT THE RIGHT TIME

This might sound crazy, but the best time to hire staff is not when you are actually desperate for them.

This is because by the time you actually need the staff, you are already at the disadvantage that a) probably every other asphalt paving firm in town is also hiring crew as well and b) you are so desperate, you would take just about anyone.

What you actually want to do is to keep your eye open to find decent candidates all year round; even in – or especially in- your low season.

When you aren’t hard up against it you will have more time to interview properly and give the prospective employees proper consideration.

  • YOU AREN’T GIVING PROPER TRAINING

Not offering training and career development are one of the top reasons that any staff walk, regardless of the profession.

But in construction it is especially true. Your staff want more than a job. They want a job with prospects.

They also want to feel confident in their abilities and know that they can do the job they are being hired for, properly.

Both these things means offering your staff members appropriate training for the job.

Yes, this means paying out for courses and training, but in return you will get better trained staff who are empowered and competent in their abilities.

  • YOU AREN’T PAYING ENOUGH

Straight up, this simple reason is a major factor in construction firms losing staff.

In today’s competitive market, it is essential to pay at least the market rate if you want to attract and retain decent staff.

  • YOU DIDN’T CHECK REFERENCES

Shockingly, there are still employers out there who don’t bother to check references out.

This is asking for trouble! Take the time to check out all your candidates’ references. It can pay dividends and make your third favorite candidate suddenly leap to the top of the page.

  • YOU DIDN’T MAKE THE JOB ATTRACTIVE TO YOUNGER WORKERS

Younger workers are the future of construction and the ones which the industry is fighting to attract.

Ways of making your asphalt job stand out include emphasizing your company’s ethics and morals – for example, what is your equalities policy?

Think also about the benefits the job has besides pay – the healthcare package or the bonuses and perks of the job.

If you are not offering anything besides a wage check, the chances are your staff are going to walk at some point… if you can even attract them in the first place!