No one is going to argue how important it is to be fully focused while you are at work. While this is true of any profession, whether you work in an office or food production lab or somewhere else, it is vitally important that your concentration is at its peak if you work on a construction site, as there are a lot of risks, heavy equipment, and materials and dangerous tools.
However, does that mean you shouldn’t try to make the best of your situation and make your workplace somewhere that you enjoy going to every day? No, as long as you are responsible, safe, and productive there is no reason why it should not be a good place to work, even if your work takes place on busy and noisy construction sites.
How can you improve the enjoyment you and your work colleagues have while working on a construction site? We have put together some great tips below that will help.
Invest in a Jobsite Radio
When you have a particularly long and grueling day ahead of you, and you aren’t always able to stop for much of a break, music can be a great way to make it feel as if time moves a lot faster. One great suggestion would be, if there is not one already on-site, or the one that you do have is badly in need of being replaced, to get a job site radio.
As there is a lot of background and foreground noise wherever you are working on a construction site, it is a good idea to find the best sounding jobsite radio. Remember, you want one that is not only going to sound great over all the different sounds of your site but also one that won’t distract or block out warning sounds and other important things you need to be able to hear clearly.
Invest in Some Light Forms of Break Activities
While it’s obviously important to maintain a level of professionalism and you don’t want your staff to lose focus too much during breaks and downtime, you also don’t want to overwork them or make them feel worn out by lunchtime. Just as you may find in a call center or another kind of workplace, you could consider investing in some form of break time activity that your staff could enjoy, like a dartboard or, if space allows for it, air hockey, table football, or a pool table.
The light distraction may be enough to help them recharge their batteries and refresh themselves to start their shift again after their break.
They are probably best leaving to the end of the week, as they are likely to be more distracting than a simple game of pool during a lunchtime break. However, special treats for your workforce can help to make their working lives a lot better and help them to feel less like “hired hands” and more part of the team.
Special treats could be anything you deem appropriate from a special lunch paid for all staff after work finishes on the site at the end of the week on Friday or having some form of hired entertainment in to lighten their day. Think outside the box a little – some companies invite comedians, magicians, singers, and other entertainers to come and perform for their team.
There are also therapy animals that you can hire for a visit to your worksite. Obviously, some thought would need to be put into this as not all animals are going to feel safe busy, noisy, and messy worksite.
These are just some helpful suggestions.