CONSTRUCTION: ONE PHYSICAL JOB
One of the most important and physical jobs in the United States today involves working in the construction industry. As a general contractor, it’s important to ensure that everyone is doing their jobs as well and as safely as possible. However, just like with any other job, there can be instances in which workers will start to engage in arguments and, in some cases, physical altercations with one another. It’s important to keep something like this from happening not just for their safety, but for the safety of every other worker on the construction site.
HOW TO KEEP THE PEACE
If a situation like this arises, it’s important to know what you can do to help keep the peace between any bickering workers, such as plumbers and carpenters. Here are some useful steps that you can make note of and follow to help you with this.
*Separate the involved parties immediately and as quickly as possible. Take each one aside separately and listen to their grievances, then bring them together and suggest ways that they can work together without getting into any kind of altercation.
*There are also instances in which there will be one “bad apple” looking to start trouble with almost everyone on the job site. Keep a close eye on this person and when you notice them doing something, take them aside and remind them that part of their job description mandates that they treat all employees and members of management with respect at all times.
*Keep a close eye on how well your employees work. If you find that they are going above and beyond the call of duty, consider rewarding them with something such as a raise or a promotion.
*Another useful way to help keep the peace among your workers is to concentrate on hiring individuals who have a great history of interpersonal skills. Ensure that these skills will fit into the overall culture of your company.
*It’s important to also know exactly when you should step in and stop an altercation. It’s not necessary to step in whenever anything minor takes place, but it’s also a good idea to keep an eye on these situations in the event that they may be hazardous to the typical output of your employees.
*There may be times where you may feel like interjecting your personal opinion about a conflict between two or more of your workers. Do not do this, as this can only help to make things worse.
*Think about what you say before you say it. You never want to take the chance of inadvertently insulting someone.
Regardless of the issues that may arise while on the job site, it’s important for you, as the general contractor, to ensure that all of the required work is done as efficiently and safely as possible. By stopping any potential physical altercations between your workers, you will undoubtedly ensure that this very thing happens. Not only that, but you will also help to create a working environment that is more welcoming, productive, and positive.