Leadership & Culture

How COVID-19 Might Represent A Hiring Opportunity For Construction


It’s no secret that the construction industry has been dealing with a labor shortage. Recent studies have indicated that over 80% of construction firms reported difficulty in finding qualified candidates.  However, the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on certain areas of the economy represents an opportunity for construction companies to solve this issue.

Where did everyone go?

At the height of the housing marketing, pre-2008, the U.S. added 900,000 construction jobs. However, during the 2008-2011 recession, construction companies shed about 2.3 million jobs.  Many of those workers found positions in other sectors such as hospitality & retail.  Those sectors stand to be decimated by social distancing and other pandemic response measures in the short term.  According to the US Private Sector Job Quality Index Team, over 37 million positions could be vulnerable to layoffs in the near term.  With appropriate stimulus and support measures delayed due to conflicts at various levels of government, a lot of people will be looking for work.

Companies can build a pipeline of candidates now.

Here are a few things companies can do to get started recruiting workers.  Even if you can’t hire them immediately, having a pipeline of candidates for when things turn around is a prudent investment.

  • Be visible in your local markets through social media
  • Share messages about your work culture, compensation, etc…
  • Have a section on your company website to highlight open roles
  • Encourage those affected by COVID-19 to apply
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Harness Launches Free COVID-19 App

Harness Software announces the availability of a FREE Safety Meeting/Toolbox Talk App that will enable construction companies to disseminate COVID-19 virus-related information to their remote workforces and help them document employee meetings. This app is immediately available to all construction companies in North America

  • The app includes access to the latest content from reputable sources such as the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • All information within the app will be organized into short talks with emphasis on points relevant to construction workers.
  • The app will be updated automatically as more information becomes available
  • All material will be available in English & Spanish
  • Foremen or Supervisors will be able to quickly capture names and signatures from the attendees of each safety meeting/toolbox talk
  • PDF records of each meeting can be automatically emailed back to the office

“Construction workers don’t have the option to work from home. Companies need easy access to the information necessary to protect their employees and keep them as productive as possible during this crisis. We are all in this together. That’s why we’re launching this free resource.”, said Tom Whitaker, CEO of Harness Software. Existing Harness Software customers will also receive enhanced resources as part of this program to battle fear & the spread of the disease.

Download the app by clicking the button below.