Head to the web to find skilled labor?
Top of mind for the glass industry: finding and keeping skilled labor. Glass Magazine highlighted the topic in “Glaziers Wanted,” published in September, and led the conversation at the Glazing Executives Forum in Atlanta.
The glass industry isn’t alone in its struggles to find experienced tradespeople. According to a recent survey from the Associated General Contractors of America, 74 percent of construction firms report having trouble finding qualified workers. “Many construction firms are already having a hard time finding qualified workers and expect construction labor shortages will only get worse,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of the AGC, in a Sept. 4 association release. “We need to take short- and long-term steps to make sure there are enough workers to meet future demand and avoid the costly construction delays that would come with labor shortages.”
A new social networking start-up, Work Hands, is hoping to ease the hiring hardships for firms and workers by being the “LinkedIn for America’s estimated 20 million skilled workers,” according to a Sept. 24 San Francisco Gate article about the site. "We've been contacted by organizations all over the country that struggle to fill these positions, from publicly traded companies, municipal public works departments, economic development organizations and everything in between," said Patrick Cushing, WorkHands' CEO, in the article.
On WorkHands, tradespeople can create a free account that allows users to post work experience, skills, examples of past work, licenses and certifications, and additional job-related information. Employers can use the site to “hire and recruit according to their needs,” Cushing said in the SF Gate article.
It looks like the site is initially focused on the San Francisco region. However, recent activities indicate WorkHands is busy building membership throughout the West Coast and in Texas. Check out the company’s Twitter and Facebook for more updates.
What do you think? Could WorkHands work for the glass industry?
Devlin is senior editor for Glass Magazine. Write her at firstname.lastname@example.org.