Summer is just around the corner and, for many construction firms that means the busy season! We had a previous post that focused on how to manage that increased workload. One method we discussed was hiring seasonal help. What better source of seasonal help is there than college students? They are more mature than high school students, but still young, energetic, and inexpensive. (If you are tempted to hire a high school student for summer help, be sure to refer to this brochure from NIOSH.)
You may cringe at the thought of bringing an inexperienced college student onto a jobsite—so many things can go wrong! But by considering the following tips, the risks can be minimized if the right candidate is found and you invest in some training for your new hire.
With these tips, you should be able to hire a seasonal worker who can contribute to your business. And if you do, please make sure you properly train him or her! I realize how difficult it is to invest in training for an employee who will only be on the job a few months, but it is essential. Construction is inherently dangerous and these students lack experience on a jobsite. That can be a bad combination, but with proper job training and safety training, accidents are avoidable.