10 Issues Facing General Contractors

What’s your biggest challenge on your commercial construction projects? Contractors big and small seem to face the same problems on project after project. Whether you are a one-man painting contractor, a small remodel business, or a general contractor with many years of industry experience, these construction problems have most likely plagued you at one time or another.

Here are the answers you’ve been looking for to the ten biggest problems facing construction professionals today.

1. Lack of Skilled Workers

There is a big problem facing the construction industry: not enough skilled workers to fill a growing demand. The younger generation is being pushed toward college, and not vocational trades. The benefits of a career in construction are not being sold to millennials, and much of today’s existing workforce is closing in on retirement.

While industry experts try to tackle this problem on a national level, there are things you can do as a contractor or small business owner to help.

  • Be a Mentor: During summer months, high school students and recent college grads are looking for work. Be willing to introduce your industry to someone who may not have considered construction as a career. Mentorship also works for existing skilled labor; if one of your best workers has showed an interest in the business side of construction, you can mentor an already skilled worker on the ins and outs of construction project management or construction business ownership.

  • Use a Staffing Agency: Construction staffing agencies can have skilled workers ready to work for you when you need them. The agencies take care of pre-screening applicants, which saves you time and gets you qualified workers quickly.

2. Lack of Communication

When things go wrong on a project, it is almost always due to a communication breakdown along the way. Technology is the answer to your communication problems. Two-thirds of Americans own smartphones, so there is a good chance that almost everyone on your project has one. Using email, text messages, and construction technology apps on a project can get information instantaneously to all people on the project in real time and reduce the slowdowns and speed bumps of a communication breakdown. Also, many program and apps (such as PlanGrid) help with the movement of information.


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