Construction Sector to Improve HR Practices

Construction Sector to Improve HR Practices

Construction companies are looking to improve their HR practices in order to improve their overall employment structure. They realise it is important to motivate workers through the incorporation of technology. And for that very reason, they plan to use better HR methods to improve the working environment of their employees.

160 companies’ pledge

Companies spend big bucks on technology like management systems, but forget that they also need to apply the same amount of effort to talent retention. Over 160 construction companies have pledged to the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) that they will use better HR practices.

Two years prior, this number was but a meager 19. Now, the 160 plan to bring improvement to communication, workforce management, wellness, as well as recruitment and remuneration. It goes to show that companies are realising the need to reform their HR strategy in order to keep up with the competition.

Why is there a need for improvement?

There are instances where big companies have fallen behind their smaller counterparts due to lackluster HR practices. These smaller companies use very efficient HR practices to attract the best people out there, bearing a positive influence on the company’s growth.

The focus is also high on technology. The BCA is pushing for advanced HR solutions that can make Singaporean firms more competitive on a global level; it is crucial to maintain transparent and coherent HR practices. Companies are being urged to invest in growing their manpower. In Singapore, finding quality workers can be a daunting task. Retaining highly skilled employees through the use of better HR practices and policies will only benefit the company..

The BCA is also encouraging further training for workers. All workers will be able to receive appropriate training at affordable rates. The Workforce Training and Upgrading Scheme will bear 80 percent of the costs of a training course.

HR is not the only department being reformed within the construction sector. The authorities are also placing immense pressure on construction and engineering firms to improve workplace safety. Recently, there has been an increase in the number of accidents and deaths of workers which has raised quite an alarm. Authorities have since called for immediate reforms in occupational health and safety to ensure future accidents are avoided.

Other sectors joining too

The ongoing movement to completely reform the construction sector is for the sake of both employers and employees. Safety will protect workers’ lives and health and save companies a fair amount in paying out damages and defending claims. Improved HR practices will help retain valuable employees, bettering the situation for companies. It is not difficult to see why 160 companies have already signed the pledge; they realize that in the long run, such changes will have a positive impact on their own business.

Construction is not the only sector undergoing HR reforms. Other sectors such as the food services industry are also improving their HR practices. SPRING Singapore is helping the culinary industry with tools to identify possible gaps in their HR performance. They are getting support from government agencies in this regard.