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WHERE TO FIND GOOD WORKERS?

Updated: Aug 14


Along a few years of being a labour hire company, we've found out the best places to find the construction workers in Australia (professional workers for an affordable rate). We've put this guide together for employers or team managers that you are looking to hire construction workers for their companies and teams.

So here we go.

TALK TO TECHNICIAN SCHOOLS


You wouldn't want unprofessional or untrained workers, would you? Technical schools help some construction workers learn and develop their skills. By technical schools, I’m not referring to Harvard, Oxford, or Yale. So don’t rush to brush off this option.


There are many technical schools close to you. You can contact them and consult them for their trained students. A key benefit of this approach is that your chances of finding the best workers are high. You also remove the chances of hiring poorly skilled workers.


You get to complete your job on time and still maintain high-quality constructions. However, employers must understand that instructors don't always recommend the best. Sometimes, they support students who stand the benefit them the most. So when choosing an approved worker, it's wise to drill them a little bit before going ahead to hire.


HIRING WEBSITES AND RECRUITERS


Use websites that are made specifically for finding workers, like:



Specific job boards like these usually get less traffic when compared to other general job boards. These are also more specific, so you spend less time looking for qualified workers. According to a paper on specific job boards by iCMS, specific job boards tend to bring in more targeted and high-quality applicants.


In the end, these boards may eventually result in better hires who stick around for the long haul.

KEEP IN TOUCH WITH EX WORKERS


Keeping in touch with former employees is also a way to get them back when you need them. It also serves as a way to get new crew members. You know how you can work with the best crew, but after the project, you have to let them go? That shouldn't be the end of it.


You should keep up with them and hold on to their contacts. This makes it easier to get them back when you get a new project. Good crew members also know other construction workers, so even if they aren't available, you can bank on their recommendation for new construction workers.



Also, set up official offboarding procedures to ensure that when you let construction workers go, you maintain a good relationship. This increases the chances that they come back to work for you. They also leave a good impression of you and your company, and they will be happy, referring their friends to you.


LOOK INWARDS


One of the best ways to recruit new construction workers is to ask already existing team members. Especially as a good boss, your workers will be more than willing to help you.


On the bright side, they wouldn’t recommend members that will damage the job. Since construction is a team effort, the team is as strong as the weakest man. This means they will look for the best available options for you.



Your current employees will also be willing if you start a referral program that offers bonuses. More than 68% of all construction companies use the referral program as a way to hire next-generation construction workers.


Putting an employee referral program benefits your program in several ways. Your workers take all the weight of finding, recruiting, and testing new workers. They are also happy with the incentives you provide. According to SHRM, new recruits referred by current employees may require less training once they begin work.


SOCIAL MEDIA

You can use the internet to find more construction workers through referrals as well. Although many talented and experienced construction workers


When you're looking for more construction workers, you can add a job page. It should contain easily understood questions for job seekers to answer.


If you don’t have a career page or a website, you can easily use social media. You can locate a specific niche of workers by using SEO tools. On popular sites like Facebook, you can get thousands of hits per day. You can then narrow the range by including specific requirements.


They could be

  • Location,

  • Years of experience

  • Specialty

  • Etc.




HAVE A HIRING SECTION



Have a hiring section on your website that asks specifically for workers you need.

*If you have enough traffic. If not, We suggest you using ads leading to it.




THINGS TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT

Expectation Alignment: Always make sure you express your performance expectations for the workers you hire. It saves your time and theirs.

Hiring Friends: A friend does not mean a good worker. If you're going to try a friend out, set a trial period and clear performance measurement. We also suggest you set future performance assessments ahead of time so the friendship doesn't become a reason to underdeliver.

Family/Close friend referral. Pretty much the same as above. When hiring workers from within your personal circle, make sure there will be no hard feelings in case of the hire not working out.

Gumtree hiring. Hiring from "casual" sources may get you "casual" workers. So be extra careful when interviewing and taking someone on from Gumtree like sources.

LAST THOUGHTS


Now, you have a good idea about where you could go to find construction workers. But before going ahead and post your jobs, make sure you've done your homework. Learn all about the specifics of finding good workers in this blog post here Also keep in mind that sometimes you may hire untrained workers who are willing to learn. That is not a bad idea. With good training and mindset they turn out to be the best workers you have.


Learn all about mindset and motivation on other Spades blog posts




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