While it may seem like a no-brainer, employee training is one of the most underrated aspects of workforce management within the construction industry. Training should not be merely a one-time experience during the onboarding process, but a continuous, evolving element of an employees' career.
Training is an investment, with major payoff for your company. Recruiting becomes easier when you can offer opportunities to workers which will advance their professional knowledge and skills. Still not convinced of the importance of employee training? The following thoughts highlight why workforce training should be a priority for your construction company.
Reduce the Skills Gap
Baby boomer retirements and a lack of qualified Millennial employees to fill those open positions has caused a worker shortage that hinders construction companies. Because there's a wide gap between the two generations, they differ in experience, knowledge and training. Implementing a systematized and streamlined training process is crucial to closing the gap and building a productive and efficient team.
Tip: Millennials and their successors, Generation Z, are accustomed to technology and smartphones, and expect to use both on the job. In fact, 89 percent of employees report wanting training anywhere and anytime they need. Up-skill younger generations through an online learning system with mobile capabilities.
Improve Risk Management
OSHA named construction's "fatal four" workplace injuries as:
- Being struck by an object
- Caught or crushed by equipment or machiner
With the proper training, these fatal risks can be eliminated. Reducing risk means being prepared, more specifically, having prepared your workforce with the appropriate safety training. Take advantage of training to reduce onsite injuries and better manage risk by implementing easy-to-use, comprehensive and mobile-friendly training software. Employees who can access training content at any time and are able to navigate those problems easily are more likely to retain and utilize the critical information, allowing your company's messaging to stick with employees.
Tip: Consider how company-required certifications can help keep your crew safer. Using a certification management system can give managers a quick glance of the certified employees that are qualified to operate equipment or work on a particular type of project.
Increase Retention and Succession Rates
By offering both on-the-job and online training to employees, your company is investing time and good faith in your workforce. Recruitment agency Robert Half reports businesses with a strong culture of learning experience up to 50 percent higher employee retention than those without. Creating opportunities through training paves a clear career path for employees to follow. Laborers seeking advancement within their organization can take advantage of career development opportunities offered to their current role, preparing them for a foreman or manager position.
Investing in training, as well as a Learning Management System, requires investment in your employees. It's an investment that you can't afford to pass up.