By Nathan | Posted on
Work projects are increasing. Financial institutions are more willing than ever to outlay money for those projects. And industry forecasting is predicting that this could be the trend for the foreseeable future. So there are lots of reasons for the owners of construction firms to be happy these days. But a recent business report indicates that their employees are pretty happy, too. In fact, across various industries, construction industry workers are the happiest, most satisfied employees in America.
TINYpulse is a company that collects information from industry employees on a regular basis in the form of surveys at the request of employers. On an annual basis, this information is released in the form of a Best Industry Ranking Report. The data is compiled from anonymous one question surveys, conducted across 12 industries and representing 30,000 workers. And according to survey respondents, the best job to have in 2015 is within the construction industry.
Why? Certainly, industry turnarounds in the last few years in employment opportunities have helped. But there are other, deeper reasons as well, ones that address the changing culture of our industry.
For example, many of the negative responses in the TINYpulse surveys dealt not with small paychecks or lack of work, but managerial support. Many dissatisfied respondents felt that their managers showed little personal interest in the welfare of their employees. They felt that management showed this in a variety of ways, which ranged from not having safety meetings to not offering advancement opportunities. Construction workers however, felt that supervisors made employees drivers in a safe work environment with frequent meetings and other training. These employees also felt that they were offered opportunities for new jobs and promotion in the form of both student and workplace mentorship programs and apprenticeships.
Construction firms that incorporated employee empowerment into their workplace practices got high marks from their employees. Firms who genuinely solicit opinions from workers on how to improve workplaces, and then institute their suggestions are firms with happier, more committed workers, according to the report. Companies that encourage a sense of "employee togetherness" (i.e. employees with similar backgrounds and interests who socialize outside of work) tend to have workers that not only are more happy, but that work more in harmony.
A caveat here, the construction industry is still dominated by male workers, many of them white and native born. As those demographics change to some degree as we advance into the twenty-first century, happy, satisfied construction workers can certainly still be the norm. But managers must be willing to embrace the new "faces" of future workers and work to incorporate them. The results can be beneficial for all within the industry, for decades to come.