Finding and Hiring Construction Employees

By Devon Stone – (Sep 16, 2021)

This one-hour presentation by Contractor Staffing Source explains how to find and hire employees for your construction business.


Make Time by Delegating

By Michael Stone – (Aug 18, 2021)

It’s easy to fool yourself into believing it’s better to do it yourself, until you realize the things you’re supposed to do aren’t getting done.


Cell Phones on the Jobsite

By Michael Stone – (Jul 31, 2019)

I am not opposed to the use of cell phones on the jobsite as long as the phone is used solely to communicate information about the job, and the calls are direct and to the point.


Making The Trades More Attractive

By Michael Stone – (Jul 18, 2018)

If you want to attract the best people, you need to make the a good offer.


Share The Satisfaction of Working in the Trades

By Michael Stone – (Jul 11, 2018)

There’s a reason that working in the trades isn’t appealing. But if you do the work, you know there are positives that outweigh the negatives.


Job Superintendent / Leadman

By Michael Stone – (May 2, 2018)

Finding good employees is difficult, and you want to keep the ones you find. Sadly, I’ve spoken with a few contractors who’ve had their lead person, the one running their jobs, quit in frustration.


Hiring Friends and Family

By Michael Stone – (Apr 18, 2018)

When you own a small business you’re often asked to hire family or friends. Sometimes it works out great, but not always.


How Productive Are Your Employees?

By Michael Stone – (Dec 12, 2017)

As you add employees to a growing company, you’ll both increase production and decrease productivity. You need to account for it when you’re estimating and pricing your jobs.


Employees Are Important

By Michael Stone – (Jun 14, 2017)

It’s true that employees are important, to your business and/or to your subs who get your jobs built. But they aren’t the reason you’re in business.


Finding Construction Employees

By Michael Stone – (Jan 4, 2017)

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that it’s difficult to find employees, I’d buy an island in the South Pacific.


Subs or Employees – Are Subs More Expensive?

By Michael Stone – (Jun 1, 2016)

Does subcontracting raise the price of the project?


Sharing Company Goals

By Michael Stone – (Nov 4, 2015)

It’s the time of year when you should be planning for the coming year. Once you set your plans for the year, how much of those plans should you share with your employees?


Hiring Construction Employees

By Michael Stone – (Oct 28, 2015)

Make sure your new hire is compatible with your business, in both personality and skills.


Hire Slowly, Fire Quickly

By Michael Stone – (Sep 23, 2015)

Issues that eat into profitability: It’s easy to hire someone who looks good on paper. If the resume is terrific and their references are glowing, they get hired.


Subs or Employees, That is the Question

By Michael Stone – (Feb 25, 2015)

Recently I’ve had a number of discussions with company owners about how to get their jobs built. It all comes down to using subs or employees, or as some like to say, “Should I be a paper contractor or a real contractor?”


Hiring Employees

By Michael Stone – (Jan 7, 2015)

I’m hopeful our industry will continue to improve as owners do the remodeling, repairing or building they’ve delayed. When you sell those jobs, will you use employees or subcontractors to get them built?


Creating New Employees

By Michael Stone – (Nov 26, 2014)

We have a major problem in our industry: we’re getting old. There aren’t enough young people getting into construction.


More than a Paycheck

By Michael Stone – (Aug 6, 2014)

I recently had the opportunity to visit with some construction employees and it struck me that they didn’t know much about the company they worked for.


Getting Jobs Built

By Michael Stone – (Jul 2, 2014)

Three approaches to managing jobs. Also, paying production employees and making sure the work gets done. 


Most Profitable Construction Business Model: Do You Need Employees?

By Michael Stone – (May 21, 2014)

What is the most profitable construction business model? Do you need employees? /p>


Subcontractors or Employees?

By Michael Stone – (May 7, 2014)

Sometimes they request you use employees instead of subs, or work on a T&M basis. Clients don’t understand how the construction world works. It’s your job to educate them.


Can You Afford to Hire?

By Devon Stone – (Apr 11, 2014)

Can you afford to hire a new office employee, or take on any overhead increase? (video)


Side Jobs in Construction

By Michael Stone – (Sep 18, 2013)

Have you ever had a client go behind your back and ask your employees and/or subcontractors to work for them outside your company?


Keep Production Time Productive

By Michael Stone – (Aug 28, 2013)

It's time to discuss production issues on construction projects that are often overlooked. Because time wasted on a job comes right out of profit.


Link Salary to Production

By Michael Stone – (Aug 14, 2013)

When I was selling, I always sold on straight commission only. Pay should be based on performance. When you hire a salesperson, set ground rules that you both work under.


Employees – Three Details that Cost Money

By Michael Stone – (Aug 7, 2013)

You’re in business to provide a service and make a profit doing it. Three employee issues that cost your construction company money.


Like breathing, being profitable isn’t an option

By Michael Stone – (Apr 10, 2013)

If your construction business isn’t profitable, it won’t survive. You have an option of being competitive in construction. You don’t have the option of being profitable.


Employee Issues – Speaking English

By Michael Stone – (Dec 12, 2012)

When you are looking for employees, your advertising should include the caveat that speaking, reading and writing English as a job requirement.


Cleaning the Jobsite

By Michael Stone – (Nov 14, 2012)

If you're an employer, these are things you should watch for and be prepared to deal with. If you're an employee, check to see how you're doing.


Profanity on the Job

By Michael Stone – (Sep 25, 2012)

Do you have a potty-mouthed employee who is offending your clients, subs, suppliers and maybe even your other employees?


Employees to Volume Ratio

By Michael Stone – (Jul 16, 2012)

In our book we talk about the ratio of employees to dollar volume of business. Many contractors ignore this ratio and get caught up in the urgency of building a job.


Paying a Bonus to Employees

By Michael Stone – (Oct 25, 2011)

We are approaching the time of year when the subject of bonuses comes up. Your employees might be saying, “Do you suppose they will pay us a Christmas Bonus this year?”


Volume Built per Employee

By Michael Stone – (Sep 20, 2011)

If you find yourself struggling to make payroll, there could be a lot of things wrong and one of them might be that you have too many people on that payroll.


Do You Pay Bonuses for Work Done?

By Michael Stone – (Jun 10, 2011)

If you’ve raised kids in the past 20-30 years, you know the new rules – no one loses, everyone gets a prize. Don’t keep score because it hurts their feelings.


Your Employee Manual — Time to Review and Update!

By Michael Stone – (Oct 15, 2010)

We are rapidly approaching the time of year when you should review and update your employee manual.


What Would You Do? Getting Cut Out of a Sale

By Michael Stone – (Jun 3, 2010)

I was working as a salesperson for a fairly well run remodeling company. I went on a sales call to the home of a CPA that I’d know for some years.


Construction Business Employee Manual

By Michael Stone – (Jun 9, 2009)

Many old timers in this business will tell you to be slow to hire and quick to fire. That is just the opposite of what too many construction-related businesses do.


Production Budgets

By Michael Stone – (Mar 4, 2009)

We recently heard from a company that took over a $200,000 hit (spread over several jobs) because of actions the job superintendent took.


Moonlighting Construction Employees

By Michael Stone – (Nov 21, 2008)

A question came about moonlighting employees. This is an ongoing issue for construction business owners.


Employee Benefits for a Construction Business

By Michael Stone – (Nov 13, 2008)

If a company offers no sick pay or vacation pay…but is about to start – which is more important to offer first, anticipating that the next year we can offer the other?


Becoming Part of the Solution – from Dakota Supply Group, Part 2

By Michael Stone – (May 10, 2008)

If being a lawyer is just like any other job, why do so many people regard it as a better career than that of a tradesperson like an electrician, carpenter or plumber?


Becoming Part of the Solution – from Dakota Supply Group, Part 1

By Michael Stone – (May 7, 2008)

All of the industries that we work with share one thing in common: they employ tradespeople . . . But there’s a problem: there’s not enough of you to go around.


Construction Employees – It’s Break Time!

By Michael Stone – (Aug 9, 2006)

At the start of break, the crew jumped in a truck, drove 15 minutes to a doughnut shop, had coffee and a doughnut or two, drove 15 minutes back to the job site.


Estimated Time for a Construction Project

By Michael Stone – (Jul 6, 2006)

If your employees consistently take longer than you estimated, you need to change your method of estimating. The human body can only work so fast.


Let Construction Employees Learn from Mistakes

By Michael Stone – (Jan 4, 2006)

I’ve talked to numerous construction company owners recently who are having problems with scheduling, getting jobs done, getting the right people to the right jobs, etc.


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