A contractor’s workday is not your typical 9-5. Most put in 12-16hr days, and when they’re off the jobsite they’re right back at their desk coordinating schedules, talking to GCs, following up on administrative tasks, or managing finances. When teams are unable to balance work and home life, they become susceptible to burnout. That impacts not only productivity, efficiency, and safety but also strains personal relationships.
Contractors are in desperate need of relieving workplace stress. According to Construction Safety Week’s website, one in five construction workers struggles with mental health issues. Burnout is a huge contributor to mental health struggles, so finding tools and resources to better balance the workload is essential for not only your business’s wellness but your team’s and your own. We’ll guide you through the main causes of burnout, how to increase flexibility for your teams and your business, and how cloud-based technology promotes work-life integration to improve professional and personal lives, saving you time.
Job burnout is workplace-related stress. When your business is nonstop with no work-life balance and unhealthy work culture, it causes negative physical and mental symptoms like fatigue, irritability, and anxiety. Not only is that dangerous on a jobsite, but it is also dangerous for your business’s long-term wellness with the risk of losing employees. Here are some examples that cause burnout:
– Constantly working overtime. Without proper scheduling and monitoring hours, it’s easy to overwork your teams (and yourself) causing exhaustion. When you’re on the jobsite, that’s a recipe for an accident. When you’re in the office, that’s a recipe for costly mistakes in data. You are also stripping employees of their personal life, like taking time with family, friends, and other outlets they need to relieve work stress.
– Labor shortages will put more workload on individuals. Efficiency and productivity suffer when your business is trying to produce the same volume of work with fewer head count. When you’re stuck in survival mode it causes exhaustion, poor quality work, and resentment from overworked employees.
– Broken workflows and disconnected systems. Let’s be honest, rework is defeating. Whether it’s in the preconstruction phase reentering data or the construction phase rewiring an entire floor, it’s frustrating when poor communication and siloed data causes you to duplicate work. When your systems of process aren’t integrated, your teams get agitated, waste precious time, and lose motivation.