Human Resources for Construction
Like any industry, construction has unique HR challenges. We’ve worked with dozens of construction companies and have seen it all.
Common HR Problems That We Address:
- Poor Productivity
- Poor Project Performance. ...
- Skilled Labor Shortages. ...
- Workers comp -> return to work programs to reduce costs
- Hiring, turnover/proper training
- Compliance - ACA, OSHA, FLSA
- Work-life issues, traveling expenses
- Time theft/tardiness, etc.
- Time off/benefits
- Drug use - testing, rehab, etc
Not only do these issues hurt your bottom line, but they add extra stress to the management of a company. Our integrated HR services take over the burdens and risks of administering an HR program at a flexible cost to you (See: Fractional Leadership)
We can address these challenges in a few ways:
- HR automation technologies (HRIS)
- Employee Relations and Culture
- Corrective Action and Termination / Separation.
- New Hire and Onboarding Programs.
- Performance Management.
- Leadership and Employee Development.
- Employee Handbook and Policy Creation / Development
- Safety, Compliance, and Risk Management.
- Workforce Analysis and Planning.
- Benefits and Compensation.
- Recruitment and Talent Acquisition.
- Retention of Talent.
- Training and Development.
How We Helped a Seattle Area Construction Company Rethink Drive Times
For example, one of our construction clients (foundation subcontractor, ~40 employees) was over-paying thousands of dollars a month in road time expenses. We came in and implemented a number of data-driven systems and processes to identify the problem. We found that employees were double booking drive time, including lunches, taking strange routes, and being generally inefficient.
To fix this, we put a framework in place around drive time. This means that we implemented accountability systems for drivers and brought the fleet safety program into better compliance. Among other actions, we mandated ride-sharing, mapping protocols, accountability forms and excluded lunchtime from reimbursement. These early steps alone yielded $15,000 in savings the first year.
Our fleet safety program included policies around training, company manuals for drivers, incident reporting, and insurance adjustments that are less clear in cost savings, but reduce liability when a major accident happens.
HR Compliance Matters Too
While our main focus is on setting your company up for success by streamlining processes and reducing labor friction, we do keep an eye on compliance topics. Anytime that we can keep a company protected from expensive legal challenges, we can help owners breathe a sigh of relief. There are thousands of labor mandates across Federal/State/City/County governments that we help local businesses adapt to.
You Don’t Have To Build it Yourself
Instead, you can work with us in 4 different ways.
Hourly as Needed
This option is for owners who want to try us out and see what we can do for them as soon as possible. Perhaps you would like an audit to see if you comply and to identify holes in your HR operation. Maybe you want feedback on one aspect of your HR strategy, or just want to speak with us as issues arise. In any case, an hourly as-needed approach may be best for you
We also do work on a project basis. A common project is building an employee handbook that states your expectations and benefits for employees. An employee handbook is typically the first step that organizations make towards a comprehensive HR strategy as we weave together your HR foundation, benefits and total rewards, operations and culture into this document.
Hiring an experienced HR department leader will cost you upwards of $200k, it may make more sense for your organization to pursue a fractional leadership plan. In such an arrangement we have one of our top HR consultants meet with your team regularly and act as an HR director. In short, we will blend in as an integrated member of your leadership team.
If you are facing a crisis-level issue (such as a potential lawsuit), you should contact us as soon as possible. Properly managing crises can save you millions of dollars. Not only will we help you resolve this specific incident but we can help you put a prevention strategy in place to avoid future issues.
We Help Businesses Across the U.S. Outsource their Human Resources
“During a period of incredible turbulence in HR leadership, FIT HR senior staff provided necessary stability and laid the foundation for some breakthroughs in terms of our ability to deliver HR services more efficiently. They were instrumental in creating an HRIS platform that I have been able to, in a very short time, set up an online benefits enrollment, an online onboarding system, an online recruiting interface, and an online review process. All of this, in my four months here, based largely on the work that they did in migrating our old data into a new system in a responsible and thorough manner. Couldn’t be happier.”
– Kevin, HR Director, Construction Industry
You can reach out to us any time at email@example.com and we will be happy to talk with you about your specific situation and whether integrated HR is the best solution for you.
We always offer a free 30-minute consultation.