Note: The following questions and answers are a summary of a phone interview done with Vickie Cunningham, co-owner of Cunningham Construction.
Cunningham Construction and the challenges of a growing business
For the last 43 years, Cunningham Construction has taken pride in performing top-notch work. Always delivering their projects on time and never getting called back to the job site, they have built a reputation across California.
We had the opportunity to interview Vickie Cunningham, co-owner and proud wife of founder, Paul Cunningham. “Paul has always been a perfectionist,” beamed Vickie. “He likes getting things done right the first time, and he meticulously makes sure that his values and high work standards are reflected throughout the business. But as our business began to expand, it became harder and harder to find workers with the same caliber and ethics, so that the name that Cunningham Construction has built for itself lived on.”
Being a small business, the company faces another challenge: getting workers’ compensation. “We are a small company, and the workers’ comp rates and its process can be horrendous!” admitted Vickie. That is why, when they discovered Workyard in October 2019, they immediately knew that it was the perfect solution to both of their problems. Leaving the tedious recruiting and HR process to us, Paul and Vickie could finally focus on growing their business. They have been using Workyard ever since!
About the workers that Cunningham Construction hired through Workyard
Cunningham Construction is very happy with both the workers they currently have hired through Workyard, especially Dan the journeyman. Paul has come to trust Dan not only in terms of his knowledge and skills, but also for being a good leader.
However, things don’t always go as planned the first time.“Sadly, we felt that the first worker we had hired through Workyard wasn’t a good fit, and we had to let him go.” Vickie confessed. “But you guys were true to your word on the 8 hour guarantee. We did not have to pay a dime to Workyard!”
They also hired an apprentice through Workyard. “He doesn’t have the adeptness of Dan. Well, he is an apprentice after all. But he has all the qualities that a good apprentice should have.” observed Vickie. “Apprentices need to take directions, they need to watch and learn, and show signs of improvement with every job they assist with. He has been meeting all of those expectations”
Vickie then went on to answer a few more of our questions.
Tell us about the process of recruiting through Workyard. Was it easy?
“Yes. Sean from the staffing team was absolutely amazing. We talked for 2-3 hours and he addressed every concern of ours before we were comfortable enough to hire through you. Workyard even delivered the workers within a week as promised. Sean is always quick to answer or return our calls whenever we need his help.”
What else do you like about working with us?
“It’s always a pleasure to interact with Workyard’s staff. Sean, Collin, and Christina are very friendly and helpful. They are quick to respond and address any issues we have. They always make sure to put your concerns first.”
Does Workyard make your human resources operations for workers easier? How so?
“Yes. Workyard handles our HR which has taken a lot off our plate. Every Monday I get an invoice for the previous weeks’ payroll for approval, and I have access to the [Workyard Crew] app! I can approve time cards on a daily basis. Workyard sends me receipts in a timely manner, and I don’t have to make any calculations, which I hated! It can’t get any easier than that. Workyard has made my life very easy”