BIM: Why It Matters So Much

  You might have heard the term BIM, either in our articles, in passing, in a conversation, or maybe you use BIM on your construction projects. In the last decade, a lot of changes have been on the horizon in the construction sector. The digitalization of the industry, and constant update on new ways to get and use data on the market. The most popular has to be Building Information Modelling (BIM). Some of our readers are not yet BIM enabled, and not considering implementing BIM in their operations in the near future. I don’t think this article will change the way you do business, let’s be realistic, but I hope that it will make you consider planning to implement the technology. Building Smarter Building Information Modelling  is , in essence, a methodology. It is a method of communication present throughout the building process, from the pre-construction phase, to the post-construction services. In its ideal form, it seeks to eliminate the need for Requests for Information (RFIs).  It

7 Tips for Attracting and Keeping Top Construction Workers


Recruiting and retaining good employees have always been a challenge for companies.

Recruiting and retaining good employees have always been a challenge for companies. It seems as though now, more than ever, skilled labor has become scarcer. Whether it be a lack of workforce or general tendency to switch between companies, good new employees are hard to find. This article seeks to give you a few simple tips that you can apply to attract and keep good employees in your construction business.

  1. Identify candidates who are there for the long haul
  2. Offer the appropriate benefits
  3. Offer the proper training and career opportunities
  4. Make the safety of your employees a priority
  5. Ask your employees for feedback
  6. Include your employees in the decision-making process
  7. Create a good company culture

1. Identify Candidates Who Are There for the Long Haul

That seems obvious, but there are a few tactics to do just that. The first key for employee retention is to pick the best candidates. It is important to look for motivated, curious, determined candidates rather than just an experienced worker. The most competent workers are usually not the ones which will last longer within your organization. Look for potential in your employees.

2. Offer the Appropriate Benefits

Whether it be the right wage or salary, vacations, insurances, etc. it is important that you offer the appropriate benefits for the job. The best potential candidates will be more attracted to your business, and employees will stay longer if they are happy with the benefits and working conditions.

3. Offer the Proper Training and Career Opportunities

Motivated candidates and top employees will want potential career development in their job. It very much applies to the construction sector. Offer regular training and fair career opportunities for your employees. You can also place your key employees in positions that will make them gain valuable experience for their career development, as well as in positions where they are mentored by other employees.

4. Make the Safety of Your Employees A Priority

A good safety culture within your organization will be crucial in attracting the right employees. Your best tradesmen will not wish to put themselves at risk for the job and encouraging them to stay safe is a good way of keeping them on your side.

5. Ask Your Employees for Feedback

Asking your employees for feedbacks, like a “Happiness Index” is a good way of finding out the general satisfaction of your employees. Be open to ideas and show your employees that you care about them. Be sure to give them feedback regularly as well. Putting mechanisms in place such as a yearly formal evaluation and discussion, as well as regular informal feedback will play a significant role in maintaining your top employees happy and making sure your C employees know where they stand.

6. Include Your Employees in the Decision-Making Process

This also goes hand in hand with the previous point. Involving your employees in the decision-making process will make them feel herd and important within the corporation. Being open to suggestion is important, but you can also make them privy to company related information.

7. Create A Good Company Culture

A good company culture will attract top workers. It will also help you retain those that you already have. Organizing team-building activities, maintaining a relaxed work atmosphere, etc. are all part in making sure your employees enjoy working for your company.

It is possible to group these tips in a couple of important categories for which employees will be attracted by your business and will remain happy within your organization. Depending on the individual, certain factors may be more important than others, but touching on all of them will get you covered. Employees are attracted by the quality of life at work, professional challenges and career opportunities and financial gains. Integrating these small factors in your organization will help you remain competitive in the job market.