The labor shortage is one of the biggest challenges contractors are facing today. According to the 2020 Construction Outlook Survey, more than eight in 10 construction firms report difficulty filling positions and more than half believe the problem will continue into next year. Failing to adequately staff a jobsite leads to numerous challenges, including turning down work, postponing projects, overworked employees, quality control issues and increased costs for the company.
Often, construction businesses look to pull in seasonal or temporary labor as a stopgap to keep projects progressing amid industry-wide labor challenges. Demand for seasonal and temporary employees in the construction industry has only increased. While tapping this workforce can seem like a perfect solution to help construction businesses meet growing demands, this approach creates unique challenges in ensuring jobsites are adequately insured. When hiring seasonal or temporary employees, construction businesses will benefit from considering the following.
Reprinted courtesy of John Lack, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.