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From the perspective of both employees and employers, the working environment is something that can dictate the overall feel of an office. Regardless of what type of working scenario it is, the issue of office culture inevitably crops up, and that’s not to say that it is exclusive to office environments.

The construction industry, the healthcare industry, or any industry that you can think of, has its own unique environment. Working in a construction environment is not too dissimilar to any of the working environment.

Yes, the physical attributes tend to outweigh any clerical skills but, for any office culture, there are general home truths for anybody that is looking to either work on a construction site as an employee, or someone who is starting up a construction business, and is an employer.

The Employee

From the perspective of an employee on a building site, the first thing to address, especially when you are starting out in any aspect of the construction industry, is the fact that there are no cutting corners.

The old-fashioned idea of elbow grease still stands. Cutting corners is something that you are unable to do, because if you do it will result in an accident, an injury, or the item you build will be incredibly shoddy, which will get you in a lot of trouble.

As a result, there is a lot of pressure on construction site workers to get things done properly, and as quick as possible. So, if you don’t know how to do something, it can feel embarrassing to ask, especially if you have asked a million questions already.

A lot of building sites are work driven, and the focus is not on having a good time while doing it, it’s about knuckling down and getting the task done right away!

As a result, there is a steep learning curve. If you are given a power drill with a diamond tip to drill a single hole in a stone wall, this may sound simple, but, this basic task can take a long time, purely just to drill one hole.

This is a very basic example, but this sets the tone for what life is like when you work in construction. Aside from the sheer physicality of the role, not to mention the fact that you are out working in all weathers, rain or shine, sleet or snow, you are operating under extreme circumstances.

So, when doing a task that is seemingly quite simple, it can be something that will take a few attempts to get right. You may not get a hole drilled in the wall properly, no matter how simple you think that the task is, you may locate the wrong tool for the task you are using. And as a result, these issues you can come across during your time as an employee on a construction site can be very difficult.

The work of a builder is unfairly viewed as a mindless task; however, there are lots of difficult aspects to get right, especially when you are new to the role.

So, when you are entering into this industry, the best piece of advice is to assume that you know nothing. Be ready to learn, and don’t make out that you know everything.

The culture of working on a construction site does tend to employ a natural pecking order, and this is where it is very similar to office cultures. But whereas in an office, doing something wrong maybe doesn’t come back on you for a long time, in a building site, it can mean instant issues for your work colleagues, not to mention yourself!

The Employer

If you have the clichéd image of a construction foreman, complete with hard hats and building plans in hand, this is the tip of the iceberg. Managing a construction site is more about keeping the workers happy, as well as the clients, the suppliers, as well as the minuscule tasks that you don’t tend to consider.

While running your own construction business is primarily about being an entrepreneur that has to seek out new contracts, as well as deal with the day-to-day aspects of running a company, the main issues that can crop up include the following.

1. Finances

This is a big issue for any business owner, especially when you have to allocate the resources between your workers to get the job done.

The importance of finding suppliers and contractors that can help you get the job done, as well as being a useful resource for you to go back to, is something you cannot underestimate.

Something as basic as construction trailers are something that you need to address and make the most of, you can visit ConstructionTrailerSpecialists.com and see the various uses of a trailer for transporting goods, as well as other industries that it can be used in, not just construction.

Making the most of contractors and subcontractors, and nurturing these relationships, means that you will be able to see the benefits in terms of the finances as well as your future biddings.

2. Creating the happy workplace culture

This is your doing, as an employer. There are countless resources on how to create a happy workplace culture, and there are lots of websites like on HBR.org, that are showing exactly why a positive workplace environment means better productivity.

This is a big thing for any entrepreneur to address at the outset of starting a construction business. Especially if you do not want to follow the old-fashioned methods and structures of the labor-intensive industries of yesteryear.  

3. Choosing your employees carefully

This is arguably the biggest task any business owner has to face up to, and when you start running a company with a handful of staff members and a few contact names, picking the right people for the job is harder than you think.

This is why it’s important for you to pick people who you can delegate work to, and so the load is shared. This is a big issue in any industry, and while the construction industry means you are picking people who appear to have the right skill sets, it’s also the right attitudes you need to seek out.

So, when you look at it from the perspective of the employee, the right working attitude in a construction office culture means hard work, elbow grease, and a modicum of common sense.

From either side, the construction industry is a big beast to tame, but it can be accomplished, wherever you are planning on starting out.

Do you run a construction company? What does it feel like? Share with me below.

*This is a collaborative post.