Last modified: 2019-03-13 | Approximate reading time 4 mins
As a home renovation contractor, you’re hiring and training employees to keep them working with you for a long time. However, the current manpower shortage that is happening in several provinces across the country is not making things easier. For example, in Quebec, it is estimated that 65% of all trades in the field of construction are affected by this shortage. Incidentally, several workers get frequent offers to come work elsewhere.
You won’t have any other choice to adapt to this trend, or else you risk finding yourself without workers to carry out your projects. The best advice that could be shared would be to foster engagement from your employees to keep them from looking towards the competition. Competitive salaries, continuous training and group activities are but a few aspects that could greatly help you keep your best employees.
If you’ve been a contractor for a while, you already know that underpaying your employees is one of the main factors that lead to a continuous turnover. This is why it is so important to provide good wages to each of your workers. Do not make the mistake of paying everyone the same amount, as skills and efforts provided by each are different. The best workers must have a good reason to keep going along with you and the ones that are still beginners need a source of motivation to persevere.
Find out about the salaries that are currently in effect by looking at job offers in each of the trades you are working with. It would be quite unfortunate to notice that you are losing your best workers when the competition is offering competitive wages. If you aren’t able to increase salaries, consider offering other advantages (paid holidays, schedule flexibility, collective insurance). Well being and quality of life are both integral aspects of the advantages that help differentiate companies in the field of construction and renovation.
In the field of home renovation, continuous training is a great way to keep workers. Therefore, it is important to offer developmental opportunities by allowing them to take part in training programs. This is an excellent factor that encourages motivation and engagement.
Several organisations across the country offer training programs designed to increase the skills of your employees. These classes aim to teach them different things such as the characteristics of new materials or how to apply new techniques.
Here are different organisations that offer training programs and support for each province currently covered by RenoQuotes.com:
On another note, your role as an employer is to inform and sensitize your workers about the importance of advancing their skills throughout their career. The goal is to increase their capacities as the years go by. If your company has competent workers, you will be able to increase the number of services that you offer, as well as the customer satisfaction level.
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In the field of home renovation, the best way to retain your workers is to offer them regular work throughout the year. Obviously, several projects cannot be completed in the winter, and most homeowners only want to renovate during the summer, which makes things more complicated when trying to fill up a winter schedule.
If you are looking for a good solution to find work for your employees during all four seasons, you should look into signing up with a customer referral platform.
At RenoQuotes.com, we receive dozens of projects every day from clients looking for contractors. By signing up to the platform, you will be able to define your criteria and we will send you projects that suit your needs. This will help you maximize your chances of signing contracts at any moment of the year. Learn more.
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Job rotation consists of giving the worker the opportunity to temporarily perform one or more tasks that they are not accustomed to performing. This will help reduce monotony, in addition to helping reinforce respect for the work of others.
This method can namely reveal a new calling for some workers and encourage them to learn new skills.
In addition to helping you keep your employees, job rotation is a great way to foster teamwork in people that are not used to collaborating with others. However, make sure that the rotation is implemented in a structured way in order to avoid any disturbances or delays on the worksite.
An employee that enjoys working for your company will certainly want to climb up the job ladder, as no one wants to remain at the same level throughout their career. As a home renovation contractor, your employees should be encouraged in these efforts and you should tell them about promotion opportunities from the get-go. This is an excellent motivational factor and a great way to keep employees.
Did you think that happy hours were reserved for office employees? Well, such is not the case. Activities, celebrations and various outings greatly contribute to reinforcing group cohesion by gathering employees through something that doesn’t revolve around work. Do your employees like hockey or basketball? Invite them to attend a match once a year, to express your gratitude.
Family/business nights such as Christmas Parties are just as important. It's also a good time to chat and get to know your employees in a festive and friendly atmosphere.
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