Construction Workers Happiest Workers, says study
When you have people making signs like this, how can you be surprised?
According to a series of one-question feedback surveys by TINYPULSE, the construction industry ranked the #1 happiest industry to work in on their Best Industry Ranking Report. We’re not surprised. Were you?
TINYpulse surveys revealed the top three issues standing in the way of happy employees were:
- Managers who aren’t supportive.
- Not having the tools to succeed.
- No opportunity for professional growth.
The construction industry is able to effectively handle #1 by having routine safety meetings and sending a message to their staff that they care. A president of another facility that got high marks for employee satisfaction advised: “Always ask for their thoughts on how to solve a problem. Always follow up with people on their ideas for improvement.”
25% of those culled mentioned that they didn’t feel that they had the tools necessary to achieve their work-place tasks. This includes having the right safety equipment, work equipment, and managerial support to do a great job. According to the study, not being able to effectively accomplish their job leads to unhappiness in the work setting.
On the third point, in the construction industry often offers coaching and career mentorship to students. Once they’re ready for the workforce, the industry has a long history of providing new workers with apprenticeships so they can learn the skills required to move on to tackle more challenging work. When an employee has a clear path of professional growth, they will be happy knowing they have a future with the company.
Last, supportive colleagues and a family-like atmosphere is the last thing the study found to be indicative of happy employees. 35% of the responses mentioned that their peers and colleagues are what drive their workplace satisfaction. Jay Walter, general manager of an Australian home-building company, had this to say about the construction environment:
“This is an industry that has many walks of life with people working in an office to people out on site,” he says. “One thing that unites everybody at the end of the day is kicking back for a little bit with a few beers and talking stuff out—the good and the bad. If people have an issue, they will come see a manager during office hours, but sometimes the best environment is when people can relax a bit and just have a drink alongside a manager.”
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