Issues With Human Resource Management In Construction
In the construction industry, the pressure to finish important projects on deadline and the need to create a safe work environment for your employees can put a lot of stress on business owners. Many do not have the time or resources to effectively manage all of these areas, which can lead to serious issues regarding:
- Recruitment: Jobs for construction workers are projected to grow 11% through 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Yet, the industry is facing a serious labor shortage, with as many as 449,000 positions that went unfilled in April 2022.
- Time and Attendance Management: The project-driven nature of construction work can make time tracking and attendance difficult to manage. As a result, meeting project deadlines and adhering to labor regulations can be challenging.
- Safety and Workers’ Compensation Costs: According to OSHA, there were 5,333 worker fatalities in 2019, 20% of which were in construction. In this high-risk industry, employers often find it difficult to maintain a healthy workforce and keep workers’ compensation costs low.
- Worker Classification: There has been a trend of companies misclassifying workers as independent contractors to avoid having to pay overtime and certain federal taxes. The penalties include the Department of Labor being able to secure unpaid wages, penalties for failure to withhold taxes, as well as other punitive damages.
How A PEO Can Help Your Construction Company
A PEO can provide comprehensive HR services for employers, including payroll processing, HR compliance, and risk management. By outsourcing these services to a PEO, business owners can focus less on payroll management, workers’ compensation costs, and maintaining compliance and spend more time on the core of your business.
At GMS, we understand the risks associated with owning a construction company
In fact, nearly a quarter of our clients are based in the construction industry. As part of our comprehensive HR services, we can help minimize risks and support your construction company in a number of ways, including:
- Employee recruitment and retention
- Time tracking and performance management
- Payroll services and tax management
- Unemployment claims management
- Health and other employee benefits
- Workers’ compensation claims management
- Workplace safety programs
To learn how to create a construction safety plan to help minimize risks, check out this blog.
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