Attracting and retaining top talent is often a struggle
August 06, 2013
While information technology and construction have matured throughout the years, many small firms are still struggling to find staff members that can make sense of the information streams that are harnessed by business intelligence tools. When asked, "Which one of the following is your company's greatest challenge when it comes to hiring and managing staff?" 6 in 10 small-business owners said the ability to find skilled workers. Construction companies that don't have the talent to use and manage information technology may often struggle in getting the information that can help them compete for new projects and boost their reputation in their marketplace.
It's tough to compete with large firms
More technically sophisticated construction professionals and IT workers will often be more apt to target bigger companies for employment before seeking out small businesses because their roles are more defined. In fact, even 7 percent of respondents said retaining members of their workforce is their top challenge in adding and managing staff. However, the same thing that drives candidates away is often the same thing that can get them to want to join small construction firms. IT professionals with business intelligence knowledge could quickly advance into higher roles in many small to medium sized firms that are making construction reporting a higher priority.
"Large corporations often have established brand recognition and larger human resources budgets, which can provide an advantage when attracting talent," said Paul McDonald, senior executive director with Robert Half. "But small businesses may appeal to professionals who want to acquire a variety of experiences and move up quickly. These companies can level the playing field in their recruiting efforts by highlighting what makes their cultures unique and emphasizing opportunities for skills development."
Attract younger professionals to the company
While it may be difficult to lure experienced staff to smaller construction companies, it may be a bit easier to get recent college graduates to join the firm. An article for Fox Business said some businesses can get a jump on the competition by establishing a presence at some of the top college campuses where young professionals are learning how to maximize the potential of business intelligence, including big data streams.
By conducting on-campus meetings and allowing students to get to know the firm, executives may be able to find their next IT professionals before they even complete their college careers.