Today’s construction industry experiences rapid change. Economic, health and environmental factors contribute to changing workload demands. A lean, flex staffing solution allows contractors to balance work-to-worker ratios, complete projects more efficiently and protect their bottom line.

What Is a Flexible Workforce?

A flexible workforce is comprised of your best employees supported by high-caliber, contingent workers with the skills to get the job done on time and within budget. Flexible workforce strategies, such as a 30-40-30 approach, balance your work-to-worker ratio immediately and in the long run.

Years of data show that many construction workforces are comprised of 30 percent A-level workers, 40 percent B-level workers and 30 percent C-level workers. The C-level workers are often the least productive and most costly employees. By taking a flexible approach to construction staffing, contractors can meet workload demand using only A- and B-level workers combined with contingent craftsmen on an as-needed basis.

What Are the Benefits of a Flexible Workforce?

A flexible workforce not only enables you to optimize your staff according to project demands, but also improves the health of your business overall. Learn more about the three main benefits of a flexible workforce strategy below.

1. Increased Profit Margins

A skilled staffing partnership is built on a foundation of sustained communication and ongoing interaction between your site management and our service personnel regarding your worksite needs. For example, Tradesmen’s representatives are trained in “Construction Labor Management,” which enables them to work with you to determine the pros and cons of your current staffing strategy.

These trained labor staffing experts provide consulting and analysis of your workforce to help you devise a skilled staffing strategy that ultimately enables you to run your business more profitably, with greater workforce efficiency. The strategy meets your exact requirements because it utilizes your company’s historical data.

Our national recruitment center provides safety training to all our employees and performs skills testing for all contract labor professionals to ensure you receive workers at the skill levels you need for your projects. More than just a flexible staffing agency for contract labor, our goal is to increase your profit margins at every touch point.

2. Reduced Labor Costs

When you run a lean, core workforce supplemented by contingent skilled craftsmen, you can greatly minimize or eliminate worker’s compensation exposure and costs. Tradesmen International covers all safety-minded, skilled craftsmen under its workers’ compensation insurance. As a result, claims filed by our skilled craftsmen do not affect your rates.

The fewer full-time trades you have on your payroll, the fewer premiums you’ll pay. Plus, a flex staffing strategy substantially reduces costs related to hiring short-term craftsmen. We cover recruitment, onboarding, benefits, unemployment, payroll and other back-office costs on our trade workers, so our contractor clients save on these expenditures.

3. Maximized Productivity

With a custom flex staffing strategy, contractors increase project quality and efficiency. Under a 30-40-30 approach, construction contractors do not bring back their lowest performing B- and C-level employees. Instead, they rely on Tradesmen’s highly skilled, A- and B full-time employees to fulfill workload capacity.

As work volume diminishes, contingent employees immediately return to Tradesmen International. This eliminates profit-draining holdover costs associated with full-time payroll and maximizes productivity with a balanced work-to-worker ratio.

Develop a Flexible Workforce Staffing Strategy with Tradesmen

Tradesmen International provides a recession-proven CORE+Flex labor staffing strategy, starting with a no-cost labor productivity analysis, to help your business survive and thrive. Contact us today to devise a lean staffing strategy and request a free labor productivity analysis and consultation.