Some ideas to replicate the construction sector in your work place
If you think that you are happy and content at your desk, routine job, where you are spending hours in front of the computer to design something or analyze some data or researching something, you can ask a construction worker if he or she is happy while working in his or her industry. TINY pulse conducted a survey from more than 30,000 employees of over 500 different organizations and released the “2015 Best Industry Ranking Report”. The survey was anonymous and the results revealed that out of 12 distinct industrial sectors, the workers and employees in the construction sector and facility service workers were the happiest among all the employees. After these categories, came the number of consumer products, software and technology. The fourth happiest people were the ones working in the energy, utilities and telecom industry. Health care took the fifth spot, while the manufacturing sector was in the last place.
Construction industry; both residential and commercial, has seen a fair bit of recession in the past. Now it is regaining popularity and strength. Having a GDP of only 4.9%, which corresponded to $716.9 billion in the year 2010, it rose again and 3 years later, it had a GDP of 5.8%, which corresponded to an amount of $925.4 billion. This article explains in detail why the construction workers are the happiest employees in all of the industrial sectors and how can your industry follow the example of the construction sector and replicate into your industrial sector.
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On a macroeconomic scale, this steady growth is definitely a mood booster, as it contributes to job creation and higher salaries. Who isn’t happy to get a bit more dough in their paycheck?
But before you decide to ditch your keyboard and go buy a tool belt—or a lawn mower, as landscapers were among this group—the survey team at TINYpulse recommends taking a closer look at what actually drives workplace satisfaction, and what makes people unhappy.
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
Nearly half, or 49% of employees said a negative relationship with their supervisor factored in to their overall dissatisfaction. Though many manufacturing facilities have evolved into well-lit, clean, and highly technical environments, Dan Davis, editor in chief of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, commented on dissatisfaction among the ranks of the industry. He says that the lack of routine safety meetings could send a message to staff that their employer doesn’t care what happens to them.
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.”
SUPPORTIVE COLLEAGUES = HAPPY EMPLOYEES
But skills, tools, and sensitive supervisors do not guarantee happiness. A big boost to job satisfaction was rooted in good relationships with colleagues. recently revealed that, especially among millennials, work friendships were both mood boosting and motivating.
Indeed, the TINYpulse industry survey found that 34% of the happiest employees say their peers and colleagues are what drive their workplace satisfaction, and rated them an 8.5 out of 10.
In the report, Jay Walter, general manager of JWH Group, an Australian home-building company, summed up the overall effect on happiness the industry has on its workers.
Author: Lydia Dishman
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