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Retaining Great Employees: 5 Strategies for Success, By Michelle Stedman, Director of Professional Services, BirdDog

Industry Poised for Growth & Change
In the latest FMI U.S. Construction Industry Talent Development Report, 53% of companies said that they are facing shortages in terms of skilled workers. Of those companies, 93% felt the actual number of skilled workers available was the reason for the shortage.

As the economy recovers and the construction industry works its way through 2015, businesses are faced with new challenges. Many organizations haven’t been proactively recruiting or retaining employees in an organized manner. Understanding 5 strategies to retain top employees will help you preserve the investments that you made in recruiting in the first place.

Retention Strategy #1: Retention Starts with Onboarding
Retaining your best employees starts on their first day. The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that about half of hourly workers resign within the first four months in a position while half of senior outside hires resign within 18 months so you can see why a focus on onboarding is imperative.


Successful onboarding improves job satisfaction, lowers turnover, increases performance levels, reduces stress, and leads to better career effectiveness. Understanding and building an onboarding program around the answers to following questions are a great first step in developing your onboarding strategy:
• What is it that makes a person succeed in your organization?
• What are the norms that can blindside a new hire and isolate them from their colleagues?
• What processes are necessary for them to know?
• What information do they need in order to be successful?

What else do your new employees need to be successful? Start with this list and add to it. To get the rest of the strategies, download 5 TECHNIQUES TO RETAIN EMPLOYEES.



In today’s competitive construction landscape, speed and agility are critical. As a business leader, you also know that time can be the difference between hiring a talented candidate or watching him or her have success with the company down the road. In the long run, it’s the growth opportunity that your company is going to lose if you are hindered by your recruiting and hiring process.

Finding and retaining qualified talent is a challenge that has always been a part of the construction industry. It’s nothing new to you. What is new is the current gap in talent and the shortage of qualified applicants. Finding those candidates with the specialized skill sets and knowledge you need is becoming a time consuming, resource draining, daunting task.

But it doesn’t have to be. It’s time to take the complication out of identifying candidates with the potential to take your company to new heights. It all starts by getting your own house in order. That way, when you make a connection with a great candidate – you’re prepared to hire.

Register Today
BirdDog has done the homework for you and identified 5 top recruitment trends that are gaining momentum in 2015. Join BirdDog for an online webinar on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 that can help you simplify your hiring strategy, improve the quality and quantity of candidates, interview more people in less time, and report for efficiencies and OFCCP compliance. Register Today



Building Your Talent Pool for Future Growth

During the past few years, training and developing construction teams has been diverted. As contractors hire more people to support new work, we must recognize that some of our talented veterans left the industry and are not coming back. As we hire newer people with less experience, there is a significant need to train them quickly and efficiently.
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Webinar: How to Hire and Retain the Right People

The goal of most organizations is to have a robust workforce that supports the right people in the right positions. However, the construction industry is currently faced with workforce recruitment challenges of an insufficient quantity of craft workers, supervisors, managers and staff for available positions, and also an industry image that may not be appealing enough to attract and retain the younger Millennials.

On September 16 at 2:00pm ET, join Andy Patron, FMI Principal, for a complimentary webinar, sponsored by Viewpoint Development Partner, BirdDog, and learn how to attract the right people, hire quality employees that fit your culture, and identify common mistakes that companies may make when addressing poor employee retention. Register today!








Video interviewing is here to stay and is quickly becoming a staple in a modern construction recruitment strategy.

A recent OfficeTeam (a leading staffing service) survey conducted by an independent research firm, interviewed more than 500 HR managers at U.S. companies on whether video interviews are a part of their recruitment strategy. The survey found the percentage of HR managers using video interviews went from 14 percent to 63 percent in just one year. In addition, 13 percent of respondents believe their organization will use video more frequently to meet with applicants in the next three years.

Video interviews are happening today.

Whether you consider yourself low tech or high tech, there’s no reason to be intimidated by video interviewing. When you understand the ins and outs, you’ll quickly be on your way to putting video to work for you and your company’s recruitment strategy. Attend this webinar by Viewpoint Development Partner, BirdDog, to learn these 5 things:

• Embrace the “awesome” factor of video
• Save time with video interviewing
• Increase efficiencies
• Make better hires
• Stay EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) compliant and use video at the same time

Interested? Join Michelle Stedman, Talent Acquisition Strategiest, for this compliementary one hour webinar and learn how to improve your construction recruitment strategy, save time and make better hires with video interviewing.