In construction, we depend on good people. Regrettably, there are many poorly skilled and unmotivated people in construction. Part of the reason is that sometimes people employed for construction projects are paid poorly, are transient workers, are poorly educated and have little motivation to stay in the industry. Construction is often not seen as a career of choice, and some end up in construction because that’s the only work they can get.
Part of these problems is related to the cyclical nature of the construction business, with short cycles of plenty of work followed by sharp downturns when work is scarce. Society often places more emphasis on sports stars, lawyers and doctors, but, in general, tradespeople and contractors are looked down on. Being in construction isn’t easy with many construction projects working long hours, sometimes in adverse weather conditions. People are expected to work far from home and away from families.
But, construction companies must also take some responsibility for poor quality employees. Contractors often employ the ‘wrong people’ focusing on cheap labor rather that the best person for the job. People aren’t trained, they aren’t trusted, they aren’t directed properly and some contractors take their employees for granted. Often Project Managers are focussed purely on the work at hand and don’t even notice others in the team.
These employment practices could wreck your business
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